Friday, November 21, 2014

Energy Innovation Contest

[[If you are interested in competing in the REI Energy Innovation Contest, please email me at Rodenburg@envsci.rutgers.edu]]

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) recently announced an Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce the energy consumption at Rutgers to make the university carbon neutral by 2030. Three prizes ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and 1,000 for third place) will be awarded to undergraduate students or teams who have submitted energy reduction plans selected to be the most innovative, practical, and low-cost solutions.



The students are asked to develop implementable plan reducing student energy consumption on campus as well as promoting awareness about smarter eco-friendly practices across campus. The plans should contain an analysis of costs and energy savings, a timeline for implementation, and suggestions for how the plan can be implemented and how the costs and energy savings were calculated.



This is an opportunity for the students to draw upon all the resources that Rutgers has to offer and to truly make use of the interdisciplinary pool of knowledge that is made available to them. However, we recognize that it can be daunting for an undergraduate focused on the task load required by a major to venture outside familiar areas of knowledge.



To that end, the REI asks the faculty to identify the students in your classes who may be interested in this opportunity, to help them get thinking about initial ideas, suggest contact within other departments, and form teams with fellow students. By providing support and guidance, you will give your students the opportunity to think and work in a broadened perspective.



The submission deadline is March 23, 2015. Register for the competition by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at bea@marine.rutgers.edu by February 27, 2015. Please use “Energy Innovation Contest” in the subject line.



The full details about the Energy Contest, including the application form and full rules, are available on the REI website at http://rei.rutgers.edu/. You can also contact Beatrice Birrer at bea@marine.rutgers.edu if you have questions.



We appreciate your support in this endeavor!



Cordially,



Paul FalkowskiDirector Rutgers Energy Institute
Bennett L. Smith Professor of Business and Natural Resources

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

paid undergraduate research positions for Summer 2015

The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) has several openings for paid undergraduate research positions for Summer 2015 through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Positions are available at ReNUWIt's four partner schools: Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Colorado School of Mines, and New Mexico State University. 
 
More information about the program, including application requirements and instructions, may be found at http://www.renuwit.org/education Please share this information with motivated undergraduates in your network, and encourage them to apply. 
 
Please contact Pam McLeod (pamelamc@stanford.edu) with any questions or concerns. 
 
The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paid positions with Fund for the Public Interest

** Jobs to Impact Issues that Matter! Interview Near Rutgers Campus! Part-time/ Full-time** The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, NJPIRG, and Environment New Jersey. This year we will be working to protect our Shore by closing loopholes in the clean water act & protecting public health by fighting the overuse of antibiotics. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in our New Brunswick Office. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills. As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process. We will be holding interviews in our Office near campus over the next few weeks. To Sign Up For an information session/ interview please call us at 732-246-8128 or visit our website at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply.html?lcl=NEWB Earn on average $400-$600 a week, working for something you believe in!

Michael Bralow
Citizen Outreach Director Fund For The Public Interest
104 Bayard St 6th Floor
New Brunswick NJ 08901
(O) 732-246-8128

Summer internships with Homeland Security

Now accepting applications for
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
2015 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more.

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: December 22, 2014

Detailed information about the internships can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/

A poster is located at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/files/hs-stem-2015-poster.pdf

Previous participants’ testimonials can be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/stories-hsstem.html

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

career fair Tuesday Nov 18

The Career Exploration and Networking (CEN) Series is a great way to meet professionals in your area of interest and learn about what "a day in the life" of the job and industry is like. The event will start off with a panel of professionals, followed by a networking social. Learn more about the agriculture and environmental fields by talking with panelists and asking them your burning questions about the their job or their career journey.
Not only does this event present an opportunity for you to explore careers in a specific industry, but you will also be able to make personal connections with employers that could lead to jobs or internships. 
Agriculture & Environment CEN
Tuesday, November 18 from 6-8 pm 
Cook Student Center, MPR B

Featured employers:
  • Environ International Corporation
  • Hunterdon Medical Center
  • Sav-A-Tree
  • Greystone Consolidated
  • NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Brewla, Inc 
This program requires pre-registration. Click here to register. Business casual attire recomended.

River Access Assessment/GIS Intern

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
River Access Assessment/GIS Intern
BACKGROUND
The New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program (HEP), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, is seeking an intern to assist with the completion of a GIS-based waterfront Public Access Assessment, for the core urban waters of the New York/New Jersey Harbor estuary. HEP was established in 1987 to protect the natural resources of the harbor, through restoration, community stewardship, and education activities. The USDA Forest Service co-manages the New York City Urban Field Station with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department, where the focus is on improving quality of life in urban areas by conducting and supporting research about socio-ecological systems and natural resource management.
The intern will contribute to the GIS-based Public Access Assessment of the Hudson and Raritan River watersheds through GIS analysis and by managing a web-based stewardship group survey of stewardship groups that protect and restore the river and/or provide river access to the general public. The intern position is paid ($17/hour) and will begin immediately, continuing through Spring 2015, for 10-15 hours per week.
Skills gained through this experience include: spatial analysis/GIS, survey implementation, and multi-criteria decision analysis.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
 Compiling GIS layers from multiple sources.
 Assisting with identification of assessment measures and performing GIS calculations.
 Managing web survey emails and responses.
 Conducting follow-up phone calls to enhance response rate.
 Contributing to an assessment report.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
 A bachelor’s degree in natural resources management, planning, geography, or a similar field is preferred.
 A minimum of third-year undergraduate status is required.
 Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
PREFERRED SKILLS
 Working knowledge of ArcGIS, including ModelBuilder.
 Experience with managing EXCEL data files.
TO APPLY
To apply, please submit an application (cover letter, resume, and references) to Dr. Michelle Johnson, US Forest Service at: Michelleljohnson@fs.fed.us. Position open until filled.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Research experience in South Africa

Dear Colleagues, Could you please alert undergraduate students at your respective institutions about the following NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates site program? Students working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines (including Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology) and health science disciplines are encouraged to apply. Duration: 8 weeks during June, July, and August 2015 Stipend: $2000 stipend plus all travel and lodging expenses in Limpopo Province, South Africa Research: Conduct community-based research at the interface between water, societal, and human health disciplines. Learn: Visit http://faculty.virginia.edu/jasmith/reu to learn more and view application instructions. Application deadline: December 22nd, 2014. _______________________ James A. Smith, PhD, PE, F. ASCE Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Environmental Engineering Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering PO Box 400742 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 22904-4742 434-924-7991 jsmith@virginia.edu http://faculty.virginia.edu/jasmith/