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The VISTA will re-tool a web-based platform to provide students with information about research opportunities within the community. The VISTA member would work with IT staff to revise the web platform, test it with different stakeholders (students, faculty/staff, and community partners), and then create materials (on-line videos and in-person workshop tools) to spread awareness and teach people how to use it. Ultimately, the revamped on-line system, outreach materials and workshops and how-to guides will become part of the fabric of university-community partnerships that will be sustained by the Career Development Center and project staff as well as the users themselves: STEM students and community partners.

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8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews

This is a recent article that was published on by Jerome Ternynck.

1. What role will I fill?

When it comes to an employee’s role in a business’s strategy, the job title explains only so much. You are filling a void on the living, breathing team. Is this company hoping for an ideas person, a mentor to other employees, a creative force, a rule follower, a rule breaker? Get to the specifics of “who” your position is supposed to be.

2. Why does this role matter to the growth of the company?

Use this question to explore the expected level of engagement. Are you more comfortable being in a low- or a high-impact role? Do you want to be in a role that is universally respected within the company or are you OK being the undercover hero?

3. Who would my colleagues be?

The best interviews include three to four team members. If that is not the case in your interview, use this question to gain insight into team dynamics and personalities. These are the people you will spend every day with, so they need to pass what Tom Gimbel calls “the airplane test“–someone you would enjoy sitting next to on a long flight.

4. What would I be doing that makes your job easier?

This question has two benefits–you will find out who is going to lean on you the heaviest and what you will need to do to keep the other teammates happy. The answers to this question will be the immediate problems each team member is hoping you will solve.

5. What are additional important skills I will need to do this job well?

What are the soft skills needed for this particular job? Find out if the company needs someone who is also a self-starter or works well in teams. This is also an excellent time to bring up any additional skills you have that are appropriate for position.

6. How does the company measure success?

Identifying how your progress in this position will be measured will give you a better idea of whether or not you will be successful. Get specifics on what your deliverables will be per project. Ask about common work habits of people who have had this position in the past whom the company considered successful.

7. What would you expect from me this month, in three months, and in a year?

Chances are that your employer has a trajectory for your role in mind. Find out what you will need to deliver in the next coming months. Ask yourself if this pace feels doable for the way you work.

8. What is your mission?

This is one of the most important questions you can ask. Research shows that employees are most happy when their goals align with those of their employers. Get philosophical here and find out why you are both here in this room and if you want the same things.

Repeat your questions for each hiring manager you meet, because you will get different responses from different people. As a CEO, I am often the last person in the round of interviews. It happens time and time again that I will say, “Do you have any questions for me?” and get a polite “No, I got a lot of my questions answered.”

I didn’t get my questions answered though. Keep the conversation going. If you want to work for my company, you have to ask for it.

CloudNOW Innovation Awards

CloudNOW Innovation Awards

On June 17 at the CloudNOW Innovation Awards, CloudNOW announced a nation-wide contest to identify the first ever Top College Women in Cloud.

CloudNOW’s is extending its reach into college age. We’re doing it because we want to empower today’s college women to become the creators of tomorrow’s technology and tomorrow’s leaders. We can’t wait to announce the very First Top College Women in Cloud in January 2015.

You can learn more about CloudNOW’s approach to solving the women in tech problem at

We are providing a total of $7500 in scholarship funding to the Grand Prize Winners. Donate now.

Contest Details:

Submit Your Business Plan, Technical Plan or Demo Highlighting Your Vision to Excel in a Technology Career. It is as simple and as broad as that. Please use the following as guidance:

  • Your concepts must be clearly state the origin of the idea and business impact and be supported by diagrams and illustrations. The idea can be inspired by an existing product or service so long as it is not a replication.
  • Describe how you have used cloud or converging technologies to solve a particular problem.
  • Described the benefits, efficiencies achieved, or other impact of this project in measurable and demonstrable metrics
  • Discuss the most valuable lesson learned from this project
  • Finally tell us why it should win for the Top Women in STEM Award.


  1. You must currently be in college or grad school studying STEM
  2. Women can apply for both the team and individual Award
  3. Men can apply for the team Award only, teams must be 3-5, and must have at least one woman

Submission Deadline: 01/15/2015 Submit your application on CloudNow!

Summer Bridge Student Receives NASA Internship

Congratulation to Joaquin Martinez, who participated in the 2012 Summer Bridge to the Beach program, on receiving this amazing opportunity at NASA! We wish him the best of luck on this journey. Here is a blurb from the Press Telegram’s article on him:

Fast forward to today, and the 16-year-old mechanical and aerospace engineering major is among 20 undergraduate students in the nation selected for NASA’s 2014 Aeronautics Scholarship Program.

He is also the first Cal State Long Beach student to be awarded the prestigious two-year scholarship of $15,000 per year. As part of the program, he will participate in an internship at one of NASA’s research facilities over the summer.

Article: 16-year-old CSULB student nabs one of 20 NASA Aeronautics scholarships [Press Telegram]

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Internship

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:

A poster is located at:

Previous participants’ testimonials can be found at

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

Fellowship at the U.S. Dept. of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click to get started NOW!

Life as a STEM Major

By: Annabelle Cantu – Promotora de STEM

Life as a STEM major is just about what you would imagine it to be. I almost always get the same facial reaction from people when asked what I am studying, followed by either an “ew”, “wow”, or my personal favorite “why”. In society today STEM careers are in high demand, yet there does not seem to be enough college students up for the challenge of pursuing STEM degrees: a problem to which I would ask the same question, why?

Since my freshman year here at CSULB about 85% of the friends I have met in STEM courses have switched their major out of the realm of science. I entered this university knowing that there was only one route for me – chemistry. Similar to my friends I started to realize the difficulty and demand of the classes I was taking my second year. I became depressed with my academic performance and uncertain if I was good enough to stay a chemistry major. I reached out to an advisor and a few professors and seemed to get the same answer – switch majors. I contemplated switching out of science, but realized I did not come to college to major in something I was not passionate about. Fortunately the same semester I had joined the Hispanic Health Opportunities Learning Alliance (H2OLA) and had a graduate mentor to talk through my problems with.

To this day I never regretted staying with my major. After struggling I realized that no one is going to believe in your abilities if you don’t believe in yourself in the first place, and that you are not going to believe in yourself unless you give yourself a reason to.


Information about minority research programs at SACNAS 2014

Here is a letter from the Assistent Director of Outreach

Hello SACNAS Chapter Advisors,

We are currently recruiting for our minority research programs. Please
share the information below with your students and colleagues. Thank you!

Are you looking for a summer research or postbaccalaureate program? Are
you interested in participating in a student development program while you
pursue your Ph.D.? Come visit the Washington University in St. Louis, The
Genome Institute Booth #529 at SACNAS 2014!

The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis offers the
Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) programs that are directed to
increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue Ph.D.’s in
genomics and related fields.

We have two OGR programs: Undergraduate Scholars, an eight-week summer
program and Extensive Study, a one-year postbaccalaureate program. Both
programs include conducting mentored research with premier investigators
in genomics, genetics, and other disciplines as well as enrichment (eg.
GRE preparation, career counseling, and presentation and writing
workshops, and journal club). We provide a competitive stipend/salary,
housing (summer program only), and travel to St. Louis. To learn more
about our program and see past participants, visit our website at

In collaboration with the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
(booth #525), we also offer the Initiative for Maximizing Student
Development (IMSD) Program designed to prepare the next generation of
underrepresented Ph.D. students for competitive careers in biomedical
sciences. This program provides a competitive stipend, travel funds for
conferences, academic and personal development workshops, supplemental
advising, and a community of scholars. To learn more about the IMSD
program, visit our website at

Program staff and current participants will be available from all programs
to speak to you at SACNAS 2014. We look forward to seeing your there!

If you have any questions please contact us at