Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Apply to be a Northern Ambassador

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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The program offers students an excellent opportunity to hone research skills and to experience life as a graduate student. Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply. Due to funding restrictions, participation is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (those holding a green card.)
All programs for 2015 are listed at and include projects in Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Microbiology, Minority Health Disparities, Nanotechnology, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology, and Virology.
Their online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review of applications begins Monday, February 2 and all applications are due by Monday, March 2.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 ILMA Conference

Internships with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies (EFS) is pleased to announce summer sessions of our 2 field course opportunities: Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies & Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies. These courses (ENST 391) are approved for 3 undergraduate semester credits through the Environmental Studies Program of the University of Montana at Missoula and are open to undergraduate students in an ecosystem related department/major such as yours.

In these courses, students learn basic concepts in ecosystem science and engage with a wide variety of hands-on field research methods while conducting an original field research project. New this year are extended credit options of a post-course Independent Research project or Internship at our course partner location. These extended opportunities will greatly enhance the overall educational strength of the program.

Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive along the Caribbean coast of Mexico *
May 21- June 8
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, camp, & hike in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
June 23 – July 11 or July 19- August 6

An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning
while immersed in an incredible ecosystem setting!
* Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research *
* Earn 3 undergraduate transfer credits *
* Also offering post-course, extended credit options of
Independent Research & Internships *
-- Open to students from all universities & majors --
-- Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula’s Environmental Studies
Program: ENST 391- for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.
For all course information visit:
Direct any further questions to Steve Johnson, Course Director at

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability

Students will spend two months in beautiful West Central Wisconsin in Menomonie, training under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, mathematics, geology, or communications.  This will better prepare students in their analytical skills while also furthering our knowledge for improving eutrophic lakes, particularly in the Midwestern U.S. Not only will you improve your analytical skills in a particular discipline, but you will gain interdisciplinary, applied problem solving skills that reflect larger changes in sustainability related research in academia, government, and the private sector.  We have fun, we learn stuff, and we try to make a difference to our collective relationship with nature.  So will you.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Careers with a CAUSE

Scholarship Opportunity: Renewable Energy

Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund

Photo of Steve HansenSteve Hansen was a brilliant educator who taught thousands of students in Wisconsin about the importance of renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship. His creativity, energy, and compassion inspired all of us to be better people. The Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor his spirit and memory, and to help the next generation carry on his important work. It is designed to assist students who are interested in attending college, technical college, or other training courses to study renewable energy, energy efficiency, or sustainable living topics.

Scholarship Guidelines
Scholarships are awarded to students who reside in the Midwest (WI, MN, MI, IA, IL, IN, OH). Students should possess a clear goal of desiring to make her or his community, environment, or world a better and more sustainable place to live. Students should be able to show prior interest and or education in the field.

Criteria for awarding scholarships is based on student motivation, enthusiasm, and commitment. GPA and scholarship will be considered, but are not the deciding factor. High school students, college students, and non-traditional students are invited to apply. Scholarships are typically set at $500, and will be sent directly to the college in the student's name.

Application Process
Applications are due to the MREA by April 15 of each year. Click here to download an application form and procedure.

Field Studies of Animal Behavior

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sepela Field Programs

Sepela Field Programs will be offering four field courses this year:

Field Photography
Animal-Plant Interactions
Primate Veterinary Care
Field Primatology

NIU LEED Meetings

Friday, January 16, 2015

Environmental Law & Policy Center Field Organizer Fellowship

Field Organizer Fellowship
The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) seeks to hire an entry-level Field Organizer for a one-year fellowship term.  The Field Organizer’s primary job responsibilities involve outreach to community groups for ELPC’s children’s health protection and diesel pollution reduction campaign, and focused work on other “hot” ELPC campaigns where additional help is needed. S/he will seek and engage new partners, help to coordinate relationships with coalition members, engage in community outreach activities, and draft informational and persuasion pieces.  This is a great opportunity to learn and get exposure to the major environmental issues facing the Midwest at one of the region’s largest environmental groups.
ORGANIZATION: ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic environmental advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural heritage. We are public interest environmental entrepreneurs who engage in creative business deal making with diverse interests to put into practice our belief that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. ELPC’s multidisciplinary staff of 40 talented public interest attorneys, environmental business specialists, policy advocates, and communications specialists brings a strong and effective combination of skills to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life in our communities. ELPC’s headquarters is in Chicago with additional offices and professional staff in Columbus, OH, Des Moines, IA, Jamestown, ND, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Sioux Falls, SD, and Washington D.C.  ELPC has an annual budget of $6.5 million and started in 1993.  See

RESPONSIBILITIES: Be a member of ELPC’s Children’s Health Protection and Diesel Pollution Reduction Campaign team (2/3 of Field Organizer’s time), and assist on other ELPC project teams as hot issues arise. Seek out, meet with and energize grassroots partners, attend and participate in public meetings, and otherwise assist ELPC’s project staff advance our goals.  Draft short educational and persuasion pieces, conduct research for special projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: This Field Organizer must be a good people person (comfortable meeting people and finding common ground), persuasive, flexible, able to learn quickly and work effectively in a fast-paced professional environment with public interest attorneys, MBAs, public policy advocates and communications specialists. S/he should have good writing skills, be hard-working, able to multi-task and prioritize work under deadlines. Some knowledge of environment, clean energy, climate change solutions and/or other public policy issues is valued.  In short, ELPC is looking to hire a smart Organizer who can effectively represent the organization and advance its mission.  A Bachelors’ degree, previous work and/or internship experience is required.

SALARY:  $30,000, plus excellent benefits.  This fellowship position is for one year.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and professional references by email to:   Telephone inquiries are discouraged.  The Environmental Law & Policy Center is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff.

Summer Employment with NIU STEM Outreach

NIU STEM Outreach is looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to help with our 2015 summer STEM camps.  NIU's STEM Camps are an excellent opportunity for NIU students and especially STEM education majors to gain valuable experience working with students while engaging in fun exciting STEM outreach activities.

Counselor responsibilities include supervising day and evening sessions, as well as staying overnight with the campers.  We are also looking for exceptional students who are willing to work as session leaders to help us plan and oversee camp activities and sessions for various camps.  All lodging and meals for the week are included, and one of our camps even includes a free trip to Six Flags Great America! 

For counselor applications and more info on our camps, please contact the NIU STEM office at 815.753.0533, or by email at

Applications are due April 6th, but candidates may be interviewed as applications are received.

For more information about camps with STEM Outreach, visit their website at 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Summer Course: Analysing Earth Friendly Technologies: Studying Context, Culture and Design

Upcoming 2015 Courses in Sustainable Water, Food, Design and Technology!
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Analysing Earth Friendly Technologies:
Studying Context, Culture and Design...Summer 2015

You are receiving this email because:

~You're looking for something new in 2015
~You have one or more of these passions:
Solar and other Alternative Energies
Social Enterprises
The Summer School explores the implementation of earth-friendly technologies in international development, considering social, technical and economic issues relevant to urban, peri-urban and rural contexts in Mexico.
Check out the presenters in our upcoming courses in the partner list below.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Environmental Summer Intern

Student Career Seminar hosted by the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals

Internships at Argonne National Laboratory

Dear Colleague:

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students for the 2015 summer internship and part-time work experience programs!

Over the years, Argonne has supported thousands of students in their explorations of STEM research careers; provided access to cutting-edge research facilities and fostered relationships with world-class scientists all within 30 miles of the third largest city in the country. We are looking to grow our summer 2015 cohort of students.

Intern, Kevin Banks, speaking on his internship experience.

We have a number of programs accepting applications for summer opportunities. Please share with your networks. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about our programs.


Lisa Reed
Undergraduate and Graduate Program Lead
Educational Programs, Argonne National Laboratory

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
This program is for students wishing to perform research in a STEM field under the guidance of laboratory staff on projects supporting the DOE mission. This program is supported through the DOE's Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
January 9, 2015 Poster/Oral Presentation;
Peer Review
Community College Internship
The program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy’s mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. This program is supported through the DOE's Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
January 9, 2015 Poster Presentation;
Final Report
Student Research Program
This program is for students wishing to perform research in a STEM field under the guidance of laboratory staff on projects supporting the Argonne mission.
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
February 1, 2015 Final Report
Research Aide
This program provides opportunities to work on a temporary basis with scientists and engineers as a Research Aide. In this position, students are assigned specific technical tasks to support their assigned division’s research agenda and needs.
Online Application;
2 letters of reference
March 1, 2015 N/A