Final HMP3 Weekly Email of 2014!  11.30.14

Even though this is the last weekly email of the year, there are some exciting things coming up! 

HMP3 HIGHLIGHTS:

1.  Volunteers needed for Doc 4 A Day!  The School of Medicine has asked HMP3 to find volunteers for this program, taking place next Saturday, Dec. 6.  Here is the invitation:  Twice a year, the med and pharm students run a Doc 4 A Day event on campus for local high school students. The goal of this event is to introduce the students to the health sciences by introducing short interactive modules in various organ systems as well as career development advice.  We typically have UCSD undergraduates help chaperone the students throughout the day and tell them about their own experiences thus far. I was wondering if you could help me find 6-12 students who would be interested. Doc 4 A Day is taking place from 8-4 on December 6th. The time commitment could be either half a day or the whole day.

Half day:  8:00 am-12:00 pm or 12:00 pm-4:00 pm              Whole day:  8:00 am-4:00 pm

***Please write back and let me know if you would like to volunteer, and if you do, whether you want the morning or afternoon, or the whole day.  I will fill the slots on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Note from Adele:  Everyone who says they want to do it MUST commit to showing up, or it will make HMP3 look bad and they might not want to use us again for this.  I am excited that the med school looks at HMP3 as their resource for premeds on campus, and I’d like to keep it that way!  It sounds like a fun day. 

2.  HMP3 Service is sponsoring BE THE MATCH!  Get your cheek swabbed to see if you can save someone’s life with your bone marrow!  (They have painless methods of extraction now, so don’t be scared.)  THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR MULTI-RACIAL DONORS!  Look for us on Tuesday, Dec. 9 on Library Walk from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 

 

3.  Project Success FREE TUTORING continues through 10th Week!  Get ready for your finals!!!    

 

Location:  The Raza Resource Centro (in the rear of the Student Services Center, just off of Rupertus Lane)

 

Mondays

2:30-3:30 pm : Sarah Min, Jerry Yang ( Gen chem, Math 10 A-C and BIPN100)

3:00-4:00 pm : Chau Ngo, Jerry Yang (Gen Chem, O-Chem, BIPN 100)

Thursdays

10:00-11:00 am : Kevin Vo, Tiffany Tran, Jamie, Michael (Genetics, Math 20C, General Chem, BICD100 and BIPN 102)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm  Victor Contreras (Immunology and/or Structural Biochemistry)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm : Emily,Siderth, Jennie and Kevin H (Genetics, Gen Chem, Ochem, BILD 1/2, BIMM116 and BIMM100)

12:00-1:00 pm : Ugen Pham (BIMM100,110 and BIPN 102)

12:30-1:30 pm : Anne Cabangcala (Chem 4)

1:00-2:00 pm : Ashley Adams, Shriya, Jamie (Genetics, Chem 6 A/C, BILD 1, BIPN102 and BIMM100)

 

4..  HMP3 still has the old MCAT Practice Tests for sale for $20 each (regular price $35) through January of 2015.  The New 2015 MCAT Practice Test is also on sale now for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Write to let me know which tests you want.  You will need to pay for the tests before I can order them.  When you write in with your order, let me know your availability to come by the office to pay for your purchase.  *Note:  The Official MCAT2015 Sample Test and all of the preparation products for the new exam offered by the AAMC will be available free of charge to students that qualify for assistance under the Fee Assistance Program in 2015 and beyond.

5.  Adele’s office hours for Week 9:  Wed 12-4, Thurs 1:30-3  Week 10:  Tues/Thurs 12-3, Wed/Fri 1-4  Finals Week:  Tues 12-2, Wed 2-4

 

CALENDAR

Mon. Dec. 1  Thinking about applying to grad school but haven't taken the GRE yet? Come out to SPOT's last GBM of the quarter!  6:30 PM in the Thurgood Marshall Room in the Price Center.  Kaplan will be offering a GRE strategy session that includes practice problems and helpful test-taking tips. 

Tues./Wed. Dec. 2 & 3  Biotechnology Consulting Competition Info Sessions, 6:30-7:30 pm (Tues: NSB Auditorium, Wed. Pacific Hall 3500).  See Announcement #1 below for details.

Tues. Dec 2  Invited to an Interview? Make it Count, 5:30-6:30pm in the Raza Resource Centro (in the back of the new Student Services Center).  An expert panel of graduate students will give undergraduates their insights on the interviewing process for graduate school. Light refreshments will also be provided.  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/SEM_1_FLYER.png.

 

Wed. Dec. 3  PRE-MEDICAL APAMSA: SUMMER TRIP to INDIA, 9:00 pm in the Student Services Center Room 300 (same building as Yogurt World).  That's right!  We're going to India this summer!  If you'd like to know more, come to the meeting!  We will be going over the trip details and project timeline and assigning leadership positions to interested individuals. If you are interested in international medical staff & patient interaction (surgical suturing, bandaging, etc), come and join us!  Please note: There are a limited number of spots, and it is crucial to attend the first few meetings if you are interested in going on the trip.  Questions or concerns: contact Komal Kapoor at kokapoor@ucsd.edu

 

Thurs. Dec 4  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Hemophilia and its Importance to Dentistry & Price Is Right: Dental Game.  Topics: The Pacific Beach Tuesday managers will be presenting on hemophilia and its relation to dentistry. Also, members will play The Price Is Right regarding clinic supplies. Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Rooms 2 & 3, 6:30pm

 

Thurs. Dec. 4  Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM) GBM #3, 7:00 pm in the ERC Room. Our guest speaker will be our club advisor, Dr. Mimi Guarneri. She is a renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine who has received much recognition for her work, especially in San Diego.  You would not want to miss this chance to meet her!  FREE FOOD will also be provided.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/390513331068624/

 

Sat. Dec. 6  Doc 4 A Day volunteer opportunity!  See the HMP3 Highlights section above (#1) for details! 

 

Sat. Dec. 6  CPR/BLS Certification Course, hosted by Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Pre-Health Honor Society, 9am-12pm in the Marshall College Room. CPR/BLS certification is very useful for professional health schools, clinical programs, volunteer internships, and hospital employment. Through this program, you will receive certification that is good for two years. The price is only $45, which is about half the price you would normally find it for. Seating is limited to 40 people and sign-up is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visit http://thecprhero.com/ucsdaed/ to learn more or to sign up. Questions can be directed to ucsd.aed@gmail.com.  Website: http://aed.ucsd.edu/index.html  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlphaEpsilonDeltaUCSDetachapter

 

Tues. Dec. 9  HMP3 is sponsoring BE THE MATCH!  Get your cheek swabbed to see if you can save someone’s life with your bone marrow!  (They have painless methods of extraction now, so don’t be scared.)  THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR MULTI-RACIAL DONORS!  Look for us on Library Walk from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. 

Thurs. Dec. 11  Would you like to serve as a volunteer on the USNS Mercy or USNS Comfort Hospital Ship in 2015?  People who have served on the trips will discuss the missions and answer any questions about these trips. It will be a very interactive evening, and people can sign up on a list of potential volunteers. Space is limited on the ships, and we need to let the Navy know early in 2015. When these ships are afloat, they are the 5th largest hospital in the world!  This meeting will be occurring on December 11th, Thursday, at the Pharmacy School, Educational Rooms 2 & 3 at 7:45pm. If we have a large crowd, we will move it to the auditorium on the same floor. 

Note from Adele:  This is a very popular opportunity!  You can find the location of this event by crossing all the way through the Biomedical Library on the medical school campus, then turning left on the street (Osler Lane).  Right before you reach the Pharmacy School, you will see stairs leading down to a below ground level patio area.  Go through the glass doors, and you will have arrived. Sponsored by the Pre-Dental Society—all future health professionals of any kind are invited and welcome to attend!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  Your Health Done Write is looking for new members to join the team!  Your Health Done Write is a student-run newsletter and is just one of the many health & wellness resources the Mind Body Nutrition organization at UCSD has to offer. By being a member of the committee, you are inspiring the next generation of UC San Diego students to live a healthier lifestyle. The YHDW committee is an excellent way to gain valuable leadership experience, hone your writing skills, and improve your scientific literacy: all necessary traits for adept doctors, researchers, and professionals. Position descriptions and the application are at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F2mMrn2IqzRUtJ1Q4Vsv5JJXG8ZwsKQ4Qf95xvIQydU/edit?usp=sharing

2.  Biotechnology Consulting Competition Info SessionsAre you interested in collaborating with other undergraduate science students? Do you want the opportunity to network with executives of a biotechnology company? The Biotechnology Consulting Competition is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students work together and apply their critical thinking skills to battle a challenging problem biotechnology companies face today. Benefits include a networking opportunity with biotechnology professionals, a possible internship, and the chance to broaden professional and collaborative skills. If you are interested in learning more about the competition, come to one of our informational sessions on either Tuesday, 2 December, 6:30PM-7:30PM at the NSB Auditorium OR Wednesday, 3 December, 6:30PM-7:30PM at Pacific Hall 3500

3.  World AIDS Day 2014:  UC San Diego will honor World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1, 2014, to focus attention on and raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had in the San Diego community, the nation and the world.  Our campus will sponsor a number of opportunities throughout the day in recognition of World AIDS Day, including the display of three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Price Center Ballroom East from 9:00a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Other opportunities include: * A passport event for students, with an opportunity to win a free  iPad mini for completed passports.  Professor Eric Geiger performing “I'M WITH YOU and something is happening” at 11:30 a.m. at the Triton Steps. * Dr. Ankita Kadakia from UC San Diego’s Owen Clinic will speak at 3:00 p.m. in the Cross-Cultural Center.  Dr. Kadakia will discuss using the drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a strategy that
helps prevent HIV infection. * Stories from young people living with HIV at 7:00 p.m. * Free and confidential HIV testing from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on
Library Walk. * Red ribbon distribution throughout campus and on Library Walk. * Exhibits from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom East, showcasing the impact of HIV and AIDS, as well as musical  performances throughout the day. * HIV/AIDS Resource and Information Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Library Walk. *  Presentations in each of UC San Diego’s Campus Community Centers regarding the intersection of HIV/AIDS with specific communities. * Sections of the Quilt on display will be ones that have emerged from San Diego organizations and individuals as San Diegans have responded to the AIDS crisis, both in the early years of the epidemic and through today.

4.  LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY:  UCSD Pre-SOMA is seeking officers for our executive board. SOMA stands for Student Osteopathic Medical Association.  We are seeking for 1 0 2 publicity chairs and a historian. Applications are due by December 20th, but preferably ASAP because we will be starting up during the Winter Quarter! For more information, you can contact us at ucsd.presoma@gmail.com.

 

TEST PREP GIVEAWAY

1.  In honor of the Holiday Season, Kaplan invites you to enter our Holiday Prep Giveaway.  To help you prep for Grad school and Holiday Shopping one lucky UCSD student will win a Kaplan Course Flashcards Set and a $50 Cash Card!

 

Click this link to sign up: bit.ly/UCSDKaplan

 

***Contest ends 12/15/14

 

Upcoming Live Online Kaplan Test Prep Events:

(To sign up for the events listed below go to: kaptest.com/events)

***Note all times are in ET.  Pacific Time is 3 hours earlier.

 

GRE

11/22    Practice Test     12:00pm-4:00pm ET

12/1      Sample Class    10:00pm-11:30pm ET

12/9      Practice Test     9:00pm-1:00pm ET

12/21    Practice Test     2:00pm-6:00pm ET

MCAT

11/23    MCAT Bootcamp 2015   8:30pm-10:30pm ET

12/8      MCAT 2015: Inside Scoop         12:30pm-3:30pm ET

12/28    Sample Class                6:00pm-7:30pm ET

OAT

11/22    Practice Test     4:00pm-8:30am ET

12/18    Practice Test     7:30pm-11:30pm ET

12/23    Sample Class    10:00pm-11:30pm ET

PCAT

11/25    Practice Test     9:30pm-12:30am ET

12/20    Practice Test     12:30pm-3:30pm ET

12/13    Sample Class    1:00pm-2:30pm ET

DAT

11/22    Practice Test     11:00am-3:30pm ET

12/18    Practice Test     8:00pm-12:30pm ET

12/23    Sample Class    8:00pm-9:30pm ET

 

 

SUMMER PROGRAMS

1.  The Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an intensive, six-week residential program designed to enhance the academic preparation of JUNIOR undergraduate students and above who are actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school.  Students choose a concentration in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or physical therapy.  The curriculum is designed around an inter-professional framework that provides:

 

· Introduction to the rigor of first-year health professions courses

· Discipline specific instruction time (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy)

· Workshops on admissions, professionalism, test-taking and learning skills

· Individual and group advising

· Mock interviews

· Seminars on current and relevant health sciences topics

· Community service opportunities

· Networking and social events

 

Upon completion of the program, participants will have the tools that will help them to assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to application into a health professions school.  Participants are provided with housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.  Full program details, as well as the program application can be accessed from our website.  SAEP will take place on the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University from May 19- July 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 1, 2015!   

 

2.  Argonne National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students for the 2015 summer internship and part-time work experience programs!  http://www.anl.gov/education/undergraduates

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Planning your classes for next quarter?  Be sure to include time for some significant volunteer opportunities! 

1.  HMP3 SERVICE is sponsoring the Larry English Foundation, dedicated to helping student athletes at Gompers and Lincoln High School get into college by providing tutoring services.  Tutor training will be on Wed. Jan. 7 at 3:00 pm at Gompers Preparatory Academy.  These student athletes from under-represented minorities are in need of your help!  Here is more information for you, and instructions for signing up:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PRO_Volunteer_Handout_PDF.pdf and http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD%20Adele%20Tutors.docx

Volunteer hours and locations:  Lincoln High School M/W from 2:00pm-4:30pm or Gompers Prep Academy M/W from 2:45pm-5:00pm. 

Volunteers start date:  Mon. January 12, 2015 for individuals with complete applications and submitted paperwork.

2.  I’ve been publicizing this wonderful volunteer opportunity for a couple of weeks.  Now you can access the volunteer registration site!  Combine5 http://combine5.com/  is coordinating a “Healthy Lifestyles Fitness & Nutrition Fair” on January 10, 2015.  Jennifer Farace, Director of Curricular and Student Affairs at UCSD School of Medicine is looking for student volunteers to help out at the fair.  Here is a personal note from her:

We are looking for people to help out in 3 shifts:

7-10 am          Event Set-Up

10am-1pm     Booth/Exhibitor Set up/Registration and Event Tasks

1-4 pm            Event Tasks/Clean-Up/Break Down

Here is the sign-up link:  http://c5athletics.org/volunteer/

Volunteers will be helping the organizations set up their booths, directing parking, event registration, and assisting with the flow of people at the various booths and activities (i.e. we will have an obstacle course for the “big” kids and jumpies for the littles, so we need to make sure we don’t get too many people trying to go a once.)

I hope students are willing to volunteer for these tasks. There will be many community organizations taking part, as well as people the City of San Diego, the Food Bank, and the Health and Human Services Agency of San Diego. The School of Medicine will also have several booths at the event – medical students will be performing health screenings for attendees. Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet people from many different health-related organizations in San Diego County.

Flyer for the fair:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/C5_Healthy_Lifestyles_Fitness_Nutrition_Fair.pdfNote:  the date of the fair is incorrect on this flyer.  The actual date is Saturday, Jan. 10.

 

3.  Here is a great opportunity to take part in the UCSD Biocircuits Outreach program. Of all the outreach programs, this is probably one of the best ones. Basically you would go to an elementary school in Encinitas (about 12miles away) that is underrepresented with a mostly Hispanic population. The experiments include biological and physical sciences (induced geology). The classes are 3rd-6th grade.  Roya Mahmoudi is the coordinator. She is very passionate about this program which she has been running over the past few years. Roya also has previous teaching experience since she used to be a high school science teacher. 

This event occurs every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm (that includes travel time, only a 1 hour lesson plan). These lessons are held once a week throughout the academic year (roughly going until June). Although to be a teacher for this program, you have to dedicate going to the school once a week for the whole year, volunteers are also really needed to help assist the graduate student teachers whatever weeks are possible. Volunteers will not have to come every week but just give Roya an e-mail or whoever Roya teams you up with. 

To take part in this incredible volunteer opportunity please contact Roya at roya@ucsd.edu. She would like to meet with you and make sure to have you work with the right teacher and the right grade level. Here is the website if you are curious about doing this:  http://biocircuits.ucsd.edu/outreach/

4.  PRE-MEDICAL APAMSA: SUMMER TRIP to INDIA (Meeting WEDNESDAY 12/3/14:  That's right!  We're going to India this summer!  If you'd like to know more, we will be having a meeting Wednesday in the Student Services Center (near Yogurt World) Room 300 at 9:00pm. We will be going over the trip details and project timeline and assigning leadership positions to interested individuals. If you are interested in international medical staff & patient interaction (surgical suturing, bandaging, etc), come and join us!

 

Please note: There are a limited number of spots, and it is crucial to attend the first few meetings if you are interested in going on the trip.

Questions or Concerns: Contact Komal Kapoor at kokapoor@ucsd.edu

 

FOR FUTURE DOCTORS:

1.  Want to be accepted to medical school in New York City after your sophomore year, with any major and without taking the MCATSounds too good to be true?  It isn’t!  Check out Mt. Sinai’s FlexMed Program highlights:

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Early Acceptance: students apply at the end of their sophomore year in college

[if !supportLists]       [endif]No MCAT: accepted students are not permitted to take the MCAT

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Revised pre-med requirements: We have eliminated Organic Chemistry as a pre-requisite

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Flexibility: We want our students to “Flex” their intellectual, creative, humanistic, and scientific muscles

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Academic Freedom: students are free to pursue the area of study of their choice, unencumbered by the traditional pre-med science requirements

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Flyerhttp://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/FlexMed_Brochure_Mount Sinai.pdf. 

 

If you would like additional information or would like to discuss this program, please contact George Schreiner at  george.schreiner@mssm.edu.

Note from Adele:  You still get to graduate from UCSD, it just takes all the pressure off and allows you to study what you want the rest of the time you’re here—and NO O-CHEM & NO MCAT!  

2.  HMP3 still has the old MCAT Practice Tests for sale for $20 each (regular price $35) through January of 2015.  The New 2015 MCAT Practice Test is also on sale now for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Write to let me know which tests you want, then come to my office during office hours to purchase yours.    *Note:  The Official MCAT2015 Sample Test and all of the preparation products for the new exam offered by the AAMC will be available free of charge to students that qualify for assistance under the Fee Assistance Program in 2015 and beyond.

 

FOR FUTURE NURSES

1.  Check out the Frontier Nursing Courier Internship Program.  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Frontier_Nursing_Internship.docx.  In existence since the 1920's, this service learning program offers participants an opportunity to shadow healthcare practitioners in rural and underserved communities, learn about Appalachia, and grow personally.  Applications for the summer 2015 program can be found at www.frontier.edu/courierDeadline to submit a complete application with letters of rec:  Feb 13, 2015.

FOR FUTURE OPTOMETRISTS

Summer Programs for you:

1.  Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future  July 13-17, 2015

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.ico.edu/admissions/events-for-prospective-students/focus-on-your-future/  Program Contact:  Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson@ico.edu

2.  The Ohio State University, I-DOC  June 15-17, 2015

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry.  The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry.  Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care.  Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program.  Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included.  Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.

For more information, please visit: http://optometry.osu.edu/IDOC  Program Contact:  Justin Griest, 614.292.2647, griest.6@osu.edu

3.  University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp  Session I, June 17-19, 2015  or Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp  Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata@berkeley.edu

 

 

FOR FUTURE VETERINARIANS

1.  Official list of all vet schools in the world, with links to each one:  http://aavmc.org/College-Specific-Requirements/College-Specific-Requirements_College-Specifications.aspx 

 

 

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS

***HOPE stands for Healthcare Opportunities Preparation & Empowerment, and is intended to help underrepresented minority and/or first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged students.  It is also open to any student who is dedicated to providing health care for the underserved***

1.  SACNAS AT UCSD PRESENTS:  Invited to an Interview? Make it Count, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Raza Resource Centro (in the back of the new Student Services Center).  An expert panel of graduate students will give undergraduates their insights on the interviewing process for graduate school. Light refreshments will also be provided.  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/SEM_1_FLYER.png.

2.  Students interested in attending medical or other professional school programs should apply to the NIH Summer Internship Program. Students with experience with health disparities and a keen interest in learning more about the biological, environmental, social, and genetic causes of health disparities are especially encouraged to apply. Want to become an MD/PhD?  Check out the NIH-Amgen Scholars Program on the website above.  The Amgen admission committee welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

3.  Research is an excellent opportunity to become more engaged in your field of study and interact with faculty members in prospective graduate schools. The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M.

SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.

The application for the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan is now open!  For more information about the program’s requirements, benefits and online application, please visit our site: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/prospective-students/srop  Please contact us at srop.rackham@umich.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to your application. GO BLUE!

4Did you know that the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in the MD/PhD joint degree?  Website:  http://go.osu.edu/success.

Note from Adele:  They are particularly interested in HOPE-eligible students.  The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9week enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program (stipend and travel allowance provided). While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in stateoftheart research facilities.

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

In order to be considered for SUCCESS, students must be graduating in the year of 2016 or 2017, enrolled in a U.S. 4year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.  Applications for the SUCCESS Program are available online now through January 23rd!  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/2015_SUCCESS_Flyer.pdf.

5.  The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) participates in a networking event every year with the purpose of recruiting students from underrepresented populations for Graduate Clinical Psychology programs. The event is usually a poster presentation where those interested in getting into a Clinical Psychology PhD program get to meet and network with directors of these programs, as well as present some of their research, share their CV with the directors and have an opportunity to attend some relevant workshops about graduate school in Clinical Psychology.

The next meeting will be on January 24th, 2015 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interested students should fill out an online application to attend the event, and those accepted will get notified on a rolling basis. Unfortunately, the CUDCP doesn't have funding to pay for students' lodging or travel, but there will be cash awards and recognition for the best posters presented at the event. Posters eligible to be presented at CUDCP can be for research presented at other conferences, posters with preliminary results, or posters proposing future research. We will be sending out poster templates to those who register for the event.

Note from Adele:  My department (AEP) gives travel awards of up to $500 for students who are presenting at meetings and conferences.   See me for an application! 

6.  Applications for the 2015 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD/PhD students are now being accepted.

Find out more about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program and its unique blended learning format by clicking here.

Eligibility information:  The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

·         Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;

·         Underrepresented minority, disabled and/or disadvantaged backgrounds;

·         US Citizens/Permanent Residents;

·         Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.

The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1, 2015.

***Here is a “thank you” video by the 2013 Gateways class that explains why this program is so special.

7.  Here is a website from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), specifically designed to help underrepresented students get into medical school:  http://aspiringdocs.org/

 

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Have a wonderful time with your family and loved ones—I know I will!  And I’ll see you in 2015!!!  Yours~  Adele 

P.S.  How to unsubscribe from this email:  Just go to our website at http://hmp3.ucsd.edu and “click to join”.  Put your email address in the “Opt Out” box.  That should take care of it. 

 

Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator

Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

Location:  Student Center B, room 209

Corner of Gilman Drive & Mandeville Lane

Mailing address: 9500 Gilman Drive, 0311

La Jolla, CA 92093-0311

Phone: 858-534-7579  Fax: 858-534-8895

Email:  asavage@ucsd.edu  Website:  http://hmp3.ucsd.edu