February 1, 2023
Voice of Inspiration
Save the Date!
The NSF PRISM Project welcomes Dr. Ileana Vasu to lead professional development for our mentors and scholars during Spring 2023!
LEVERAGING OUR COMMUNITY CULTURAL WEALTH THROUGH PRISM MENTORSHIP
Friday, February 17, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, virtual over Zoom
Friday, February 24, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 PM*, virtual over Zoom
3:00 - 4:00 PM*, virtual over Zoom
*Repeat sessions: choose the time that works best for you
Dr. Ileana Vasu is a professor of mathematics at Holyoke Community College (HCC), Principal Investigator for the NSF HCC STEM Scholars program (2015 - present), and an educational consultant. She is passionate about STEM education, diversity, access, gender, and equity. In these workshops we will learn about the Community Cultural Wealth framework as developed by Tara Yosso (2005) and utilized within the NSF HCC STEM Scholars program.
In these workshops we will be engaged with Yosso’s model of Community Cultural Wealth (2005), a framework which has been helpful both in designing and researching the NSF HCC STEM Scholar Program. Asset-based frameworks and practices such as Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and the Community Cultural Wealth model can foster the development of equity-centered high-impact practices program practices and can be used to explore best mentoring practices. During these workshops, we will also have the opportunity to explore how this framework could be applied to a PRISM mentoring context and engage both scholar and faculty perspectives.
Augsburg STEM Transfer Visit on February 20th
Are you exploring transfer options for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024?
Attention PRISM Scholars at Century College, Minneapolis College, and Normandale Community College: the STEM faculty, staff, and students of Augsburg University invite you to visit!
- Learn about opportunities in STEM at Augsburg
- Continue to receive your NSF Scholarship at Augsburg for up to $10,000 per year, on top of your financial aid package
- Full and part-time paid summer research opportunities
- Tour Hagfors Center classrooms and labs
- Chance to meet current STEM students and faculty
"Humanizing Transfer: Key Faculty Practices" virtual workshop for faculty, Feb 28th
Greetings from the Minnesota Private College Council!
We invite faculty from any major to join us for a special virtual workshop on Feb 28th, from 3:00-4:30 pm. As part of the Transfer Initiative Project, we are pleased to have Xueli Wang from the University of Wisconsin Madison leading our session. This workshop is designed for faculty members interested in supporting transfer students in the classroom and onto degree attainment.
Humanizing Transfer: Key Faculty Practices
How can faculty at transfer-receptive institutions best support transfer students within and beyond the classroom? This is a vital question of national importance that many transfer champions have tried to tackle.
University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and author Xueli Wang gives unique and evidence-based insight into this question by taking the audience on a reflective journey filled with transfer students’ lived experiences and actionable practices for faculty as they strive to enact a positive change in the journey of transfer students. Grounded in her practice and research, notably her award-winning book, “On My Own:
The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways,” Dr. Wang humanizes the transfer process and experience—the assets transfer students are and bring, the challenges they face, the classroom interactions and learning moments that make a difference, and more. The workshop also consists of an interactive component where the audience will engage in brief yet generative activities, leading to ideas that will continue to inspire after the workshop.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NSF, AACC Call all Community College Student Innovators!
Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, has launched its platform to advance student innovation and impact in STEM through the Community College Innovation Challenge. The competition seeks to foster the development of students' innovation, communication and entrepreneurial skills. It also enables students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use science, technology, engineering and mathematics to make a difference in the world and translate that knowledge into positive action.
In 2015, AACC and NSF funded the initial launch of the challenge. The CCIC is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a supportive faculty or an administrator mentor, use STEM to produce potentially transformative and innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Teams of two to four students are invited to submit proposals, and up to 12 final teams will be selected to develop their proposals during an innovation boot camp. The teams will then create and present an entrepreneurial pitch to a panel of professionals with a chance to win cash awards.
AACC's mission to build a nation of learners by advancing America's community colleges aligns with the goals of the NSF's Advanced Technological Education program to prepare students for meaningful employment in the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.
All team submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on March 30, 2023. To learn more and apply, visit: https://www.aaccinnovationchallenge.com/
Semiconductor REU Program at University of Michigan
The University of Michigan and Intel Corporation are excited to announce this special opportunity for undergraduates to conduct next-gen semiconductor research with world-class faculty at the University of Michigan! The Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities for Undergraduates in Semiconductor Technology is a new program to bring undergraduate students from across the US to conduct research at the University of Michigan this summer. Research opportunities will involve topics ranging from physics, chemistry, and materials to devices, circuits, systems, and algorithms. Please encourage interested undergraduate students to apply.
Program Dates: May 30 to August 4, 2023
Benefits: $6,000 stipend; provided housing in university dormitories or housing allowance; partial food allowance.
Application Deadline: February 7, 2023 for full consideration.
See our website for more information: https://semireu.engin.umich.edu
The Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio), an NSF Engineering Research Center, is excited to announce its 2023 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)!
The ATP-Bio REU is a 10-week research internship targeting STEM students nationwide, including community college students, who have not participated in prior research. Students will spend their summer doing exciting, cutting-edge research to help “stop biological time” and radically extend the ability to bank and transport cells, aquatic embryos, tissue, skin, whole organs, microphysiological systems (“organs-on-a-chip”), and even whole organisms through a team approach to build advanced biopreservation technologies. ATP-Bio REU students will work at the University of Minnesota, Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Riverside, or Texas A&M University. Lodging and travel are provided, along with a stipend.
ATP-Bio aims to enhance the diversity of future scientific communities; we strongly encourage applications from underserved, underrepresented, and underresourced groups.
Program Dates: June 5, 2023–August 12, 2023
Benefits: $6,000 stipend; travel to and from hosting institution; room and board/food stipend
Application Deadline: February 10, 2023.
For more information about our program: https://www.atp-bio-education.org/atp-bio-reu-program-2023
UpTurnships’ Application for our 2023 Summer programs is now open!
The attached flyers have more information on current opportunities with UpTurnships. UpTurnships works with sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major who are interested in business (Finance, Marketing, Graphic Design, Data Analytics, Operations, Supply Chain, IT) opportunities. Unique to next year, UpTurnships will also be holding an internship program in the Duluth, MN area for students who live in or can live in the area.
Minnesota SciTech Internship Program
SciTech connects college STEM majors to paid internships at small Minnesota companies -- it's a one-stop shop for finding STEM internships statewide! Gain hands-on experience, network with pros, build your resume, and "earn while you learn."
In order to be eligible for SciTech internships, students must meet the following criteria:
- Minnesota resident OR living in and attending college in Minnesota
- At least 18 years of age
- In good academic standing (2.5+ GPA)
- College junior or senior (at least 60 credits completed) OR
- Technical or community college student (at least 24 credits completed) OR
- Enrolled in a STEM degree at an accredited U.S. college
- Legally eligible to work in the U.S. (international students may participate if they have CPT/OPT work authorization)
Deadline to apply: Varies
For more information on how to apply and to view a list of current internship opportunities, visit https://scitechmn.org/.
Resources from the 7th Annual Applying for Paid Research Experiences STEM Workshop and Community Dinner
The following program resources provides information for students seeking research opportunities.
1) https://www.atp-bio.org/ (Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems)
2) The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN)
Interested in learning more about advocacy, research and how it relates to the human experience? Click below:
- NSF-supported research impacts nearly every field of science and engineering. NSF's influence reaches from the ends of the Earth to the depths of the oceans and to space and beyond. Our Multimedia Gallery has some of the most stunning images from NSF’s research legacy. We have pulled some of the most beautiful gallery images for you to use as a virtual background.