Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Ag Discovery 2013 Mentors

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in joint with the USDA/APHIS holds a program every summer known as Ag Discovery. This program is designed to give students a unique education of agriculture and natural resources while providing them with a campus experience. We are currently looking for current University of Maryland students to serve as Ag Discovery Mentors for the program.

Mentors are students who live with Ag Discovery participants during the 3 week program (July 7th – 26th). They will receive room and board, a stipend, and are included on any field trips the participants take. Last year, such field trips included, DuPont Labs, Brookside Gardens, National Zoo, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Capitol Hill, and USDA/APHIS research facilities. 

Students who are interested in making connections, promoting the University and are able to work with kids (ages 14-17) are encouraged to apply. Government and Policy, Economics and Public Health majors may be particularly interested in the position. 

Interested? The Office of Academic Programs will start conducting “interviews” for students interested in the position! Contact Alyse Carter,, to learn more and to set up a meeting with Drs. Evelyn Cooper and Leon Slaughter!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

IDB Job Posting: Research Assistants

The Research Department (RES) of the Inter-American Development Bank seeks applications from recent university graduates for its highly selective Research Fellowship Program at IDB Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Research Assistants (RAs) work side by side with RES economists on their research, providing valuable support while gaining incomparable experience. Individuals chosen for the program should be well qualified to perform a wide range of research activities for RES staff including preparation of papers, reports and presentations, compilation and use of databases and performance of econometric and statistical analyses.

RAs at RES typically have prospects of engaging in doctoral-level studies. In the recent past, former RAs have continued their studies in the economics departments of top universities including, among others, MIT, University of Chicago, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of Maryland, UCLA, Penn State University, Boston University and Duke University.

Those interested in the Research Fellowship Program should apply by April 12, 2013. Candidates must be available to start work between June 1, 2013 and September 1, 2013. A complete job description and detailed application procedures are available here.


Deadline Approaching: UMD Summer Language Institute

The University of Maryland’s School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) Summer Language Institute offers an intensive language and culture programs for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students of Arabic and Persian. These programs will run from June 2nd – August 5, 2013 and feature the following:
  • Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced level training in Arabic & Persian (as well as Content Level in Persian)
  • Small group time with language partners for additional support, speaking practice, andtutoring
  • A focus on building listening comprehension skills through media and current events
  • Complete one full year of language study in an intensive summer (12 credits)
  • Proximity to Washington, DC, allowing for a rich calendar of weekly cultural events and lectures, and the opportunity to collaborate with government & business professionals
  • Small class sizes, 22 contact hours per week, and dedicated faculty and staff members
Our application deadline is April 15, 2013; please contact our staff at (301) 405-9266 if you have any questions.
Our courses are filling up quickly, so please get your application in soon if you would like to be considered.
Apply now!

ECON Departmental Scholarships Available

The Economics Department is pleased to announce the availability of several undergraduate scholarships recognizing academic excellence for the 2013 - 2014 academic year. They are:

The Honorable Idamae Garrott Memorial Scholarship
The Melanie E. (Lee) Easley Memorial Scholarship
The Moskowitz Family Scholarship
The Mark C. Sullivan Economics Scholarship
The Melville J. Ulmer Scholarship
The Mark D. and Tracye C. Turner Scholarship in Economics
John Cumberland Award in Environmental Economics

More information including scholarship descriptions, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found here.

Application Deadline is Monday April 1st.

Summer Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

Bright Futures: Internship Scholarship Fund

Have you been offered a wonderful unpaid summer internship and are concerned about finances?

The University Career Center & The President’s Promise is awarding need-based scholarships averaging between $250 - $1,250 to help offset expenses while furthering your academic and career goals during a summer internship.

The application will be available on Monday, April 1 through We will accept applications until Wednesday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m. 

For more information on eligibility:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award

 Have you had a great experience with an Advisor either in your department or in the College?

If so, please consider nominating that Advisor for the BSOS College Spring 2013

Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor Award!

Nominating An Advisor:

Instructions and nomination information are available


Any BSOS Advisor including: faculty, BSOS College Advisors, and Departmental Advisors

*Advisors who have received the award during academic years 2007-2012 are not eligible

Deadline: All nominations are due: Friday, March 29, 2013



 Francis DuVinage, Director – Margaret Peterson, Coordinator –

Have you been involved in research as an undergraduate, either as an individual or as part of a team, at Maryland or beyond? Would you like the opportunity to present your work at Maryland’s largest, most visible and diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments?
Then present your research at Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2013!

This year Undergraduate Research Day will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union, so your work will reach the widest possible audience.

The Undergraduate Research Day poster session will run from 1 to 4 pm on May 1, with set-up beginning at 12 noon. You can be present part or all of the time. All majors and fields of research – including creative and performing arts – are welcome!

Submitting a proposal is free and easy – you can find the form on the MCUR homepage at – the deadline to submit your proposal is Monday, April 15 but we strongly encourage you to submit early. We look forward to learning about your work!

If you have questions, please contact us at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Optimal Solutions Group - Research Analyst Positions

Research Analyst I

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) is a leading non-partisan public policy research firm that conducts studies and provides technical assistance on workforce development, welfare, education, health care, community development, and related subjects. Our mission is to provide policy makers with rigorous and timely studies that enable our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations, to improve public well-being. Optimal is located at the University of Maryland's research park at M-Square. For more information see

Optimal has multiple openings at the Research Analyst I position. Research Analysts assist senior researchers in a variety of research and analysis tasks including: collection and preparation of data from surveys and administrative information systems, performing basic analysis and coding of survey instruments, conducting literature searches, contributing to written reports and proposals, and providing general administrative project support. Must be able to work independently but also function effectively as a member of the project team.

Requirements and Qualifications:

· Solid communication and presentation skills;
· Quantitative and/or qualitative research experience;
· Computer programming experience, especially in SAS or STATA, is a plus;
· General computer proficiency is required

Education: B.A./B.S. in Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Statistics, or related discipline.

Submit applications to or apply online at

Friday, March 8, 2013

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BSOS Global Scholars Program is Launching! Are You on Board?!

Did your year or semester abroad teach you to see the world from a different perspective?  Do you want to share this perspective with a small group of fellow Terps?

Did you grow up overseas? Would you like to connect with a group of college students in the home country you haven’t visited in a decade and share that experience with other BSOS students?

Are you a fan of a foreign film director whose work relates to a social or behavioral science and would you enjoy viewing a film and moderating a discussion of their work with your fellow students?

Are you an international student who’d like to connect with a small class of other BSOS students?

Are you passionate about a global cause and want to host a spokesperson for that cause by video-conference?

Do you enjoy collaborating with others from diverse backgrounds?

Do you have strong communication skills?

Do you have a passion for community service?

If the answer to three or more of these questions is “yes” you are a good candidate for BSOS Global Scholars.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Attention Recent Graduates - Position Available Immediately at WealthEngine

About WealthEngine

WealthEngine, Inc. is a rapidly growing, venture backed technology company. WealthEngine has built a strong reputation as the leading provider of wealth identification and prospect research solutions that have helped its clients collectively raise billions in funds. In addition to having the largest wealth database on the market, WealthEngine helps thousands organizations identify and target prospective donors and clients with its proprietary analytics and rating systems. WealthEngine, Inc. offers a competitive salary and comprehensive employee benefits including medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) plan.
Currently seeking a Client Service Associate for Commercial Accounts

The job requirements are as follows:

1. Must have a bachelors in economics, business, statistics, math or related field
2. This is an entry to mid level position but some job experience is required
3. The position will be filled immediately and is a full time job located in our Bethesda headquarters

The candidate would be managing a series of data mining projects/ account management, working with luxury marketers on their marketing campaigns, working with financial planners to help them grow their book of business, and similar tasks. Account management in this context does NOT mean accounting, but rather relationship management.

All interested candidates should send their resumes to along with a cover letter.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Spring Break Open House

Hello all,

I’m with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a few federal agency created in 2011 by the Dodd-Frank Act. We regulate consumer financial products: mortgages, student loans, credit cards, credit reporting services, payday loans, auto loans, and any other product that’s pitched to everyday Americans by banks and other financial institutions.

From March 18 – 20, we are having a Spring Break at CFPB for current undergraduate students. Students will spend three days at our headquarters in Washington DC, meeting CFPB staff, attending presentations, and taking part in activities. We will highlight everything the bureau does, with a focus on our Operations division (that solves our logistical issues in innovative ways), our Research, Markets, and Regulations division (which does original economic research), and our Supervision office (which ensures that banks and non-banks are complying with the law). We will also have general information about opportunities for internships and employment in the federal government and CFPB specifically.

This is an excellent opportunity for any student who will be in the DC area over spring break and is interested in economics, public policy, the financial markets, or the federal government. We have a limited number of slots available, so any student who is interested should contact me at ASAP.

Bruce Arthur
Project Manager
Operations Division
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau