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Community Service Bulletin

October 31, 2012


FSILG&D Community Service Challenge Photo Contest

Do you have photos or video footage showcasing your fraternity, sorority or independent living group doing service or supporting philanthropy? Send servicechallenge@mit.edu any relevant media with a short caption. If your submission is selected as the winner, you will be able to choose the nonprofit recipient of a $50 donation to be made in your group’s honor.

All media is due by 5pm on November 8th. Submissions will be posted online and judged based on Facebook “likes”. Photos and videos can date back to 2011, but not earlier. Participation in this photo contest will be factored into the judging of the 3rd annual FSILG&D Service Challenge to be held in the Spring. Note that all media submissions become the property of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and may be used for publicity purposes.

Questions? Contact Amanda David at acdavid@mit.edu.

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Nov 3: Charles River Conservancy

Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-12pm. Join CRC Volunteer Coordinator, Danielle Stehlik, for a day of cleaning up the parks! We'll be weeding garden beds, planting daffodils, and more! Thanks to the generous donation from Mahoney's Garden Center, we will be planting 10,000 daffodil bulbs along the Parklands! RSVP to dms@thecharles.org if interested

Nov 14: Bose Speed Mentorship Program

Working on an innovative project that makes a positive change in the world—locally, nationally or internationally? Interested in being mentored by Bose executive officers and employees? The MIT IDEAS Global Challenge has invited Bose executive officers and employees to help mentor teams for one evening. Employees come from around Bose and have experience in manufacturing, design, strategy, customer relations, electrical engineering, and much more. This is your chance to share your work with Bose and receive feedback and advice about your project and network with top Bose executives and employees. This might be a chance for a long-term mentorship relationship. This event is limited - so save your spot!

Wednesday November 14th 6:30-8:30, Location: E62-233

Please fill out this brief application form at http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/rsvp.We will let you know if you have been selected to join us for this event. If you have any questions, please email globalchallenge@mit.edu.

Nov 21: Innovation Awards: Request for Proposals: Technologies for Health

The Center for Global Health is offering an Innovation Award for up to $100,000 to accelerate innovative technologies to improve health in resource-limited settings in low- and middle-income countries. We are looking for innovative technologies with strong public health impact, commercial viability and sustainability, and end-user input throughout the technology development process. Innovation Awards are designed to be a part of a growing portfolio of health technologies supported by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at the Center for Global Health. Innovation awards are intended to provide one year of research, development and/or commercialization support at a research institution, NGO, or for-profit company. For additional information, please see the full Request for Proposalsand visit the Center for Global Health website: http://www.massgeneral.org/globalhealth. Submission deadline is November 21, 2012.

Nov 30: Inspirational Teacher Award Nominations

Nominate your favorite high school teachers for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award! Help them gain recognition in their communities and access to great MIT resources. It will also mean a lot to them to know that you still remember them.


Nov 30: Apply for the 2013 Lemelson- MIT Prize and Win $30,000!

- Individual inventors and/or key contributors to a team project, or whohave otherwise demonstrated a portfolio of inventiveness are encouraged to apply
- Applicants become a part of a cohort, benefitting from events, networking, and other opportunities
- In addition to monetary support, Winners (and up to 2 Finalists) gain national media attention, enabling them to further develop their ideas and/ or entrepreneurial ventures

Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2012
For more information, contact: Shannon O’Brien (shannon1@mit.edu) - 617.258.5798

Jan 18: Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Students are encouraged to develop their own proposals for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.

Applications must be submitted by January 18, 2013. For application instructions, FAQs, and summaries of prior award winners, visit http://www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp.

Ongoing Opportunities

Chinatown Reading Room Seeks Volunteers

The Chinatown Lantern reading room provides intergenerational space for library and informational services, and art, cultural, and educational programming. We are looking for volunteers to help with our youth programs: tutoring in homework and test-prep, as well as arts and crafts. You can make a difference in someone’s life by committing an hour a week!

Location: 888 Washington St. #102, Boston, MA 02111

Time commitment: from one hour per week during afternoon hours (3:30-6pm Tuesdays thru Thursdays)

Please contact Joan Chen at joan.chen@bcnc.net or 857-250-2080. www.chinatownlantern.org.

SolSolution Solar Ambassador Mentors

SolSolution is seeking college-age volunteers to act as mentors to the Solar Ambassadors, by training and coaching the students through leading SolSolution’s solar workshops and presentations. Volunteers should have a strong background in math and/or science, a passion for environmental sustainability, and an interest in working with youth.

Mentors will be expected to commit 5 hours per week to learning workshop materials, practicing presentations and activities, and ultimately working directly with younger students. This position provides an opportunity to teach workshops based on the SolSolution solar curriculum and guide young Solar Ambassadors to make an impact for their school and broader community.

Primary Responsibilities

  • >Train students in environmental curriculum
  • Support students in leading workshops and presentations
  • Provide feedback and coaching to students

Skill and Educational Requirements

  • Consistent, punctual, responsible, and motivated
  • Experience in STEM fields, particularly environmental science
  • Enthusiasm for working with students and youth development

Please send resume via email to: Michelle Adler, madler@sol-solution.org
Application is available at: http://bit.ly/SAMentors.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Davis Projects for Peace

Davis Projects for Peace is offering a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer of 2013. The aim is to "help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." MIT will select several compelling proposals to send forward, and at least one is guaranteed to be funded! Think creatively, innovatively, and entrepreneurially — this is a chance to formulate and test ideas for peace. Proposals should be emailed to davis-peace@mit.edu by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. If your proposal is selected, we will help you refine it. You should be available to make final revisions before February 8, 2013.

See http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/ for more details of the program, examples of past winners
Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

Vecna Public Service Internships in Kenya

Vecna and the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center are collaborating to offer you the opportunity to build your expertise as you help people in need. Put your ingenuity to work for a great cause while working with people from a great company!

Vecna promotes primary care in emerging and under-served areas worldwide by providing resources and technology for sustainable and scalable healthcare delivery. Vecna’s software engineers donate intellectual property and up to 10% of their time to the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust. The engineering team is developing and improving low-cost and easy-to-use technologies that connect patients with care and medication. These solutions are making an impact on families and medical clinics around the world. Vecna’s CliniPAK, the Clinical Patient Administration Kit, plays a key role in forwarding our global health and primary care initiatives. These units include rugged touchscreen tablets, cell phones, solar panels, and biometric devices to capture patient data for better reporting and better care. The CliniPAK is deployed in clinics and hospitals throughout Kenya and Zanzibar.

Internship opportunity
Fall 2012
-Learn about CliniPAK and contribute your ideas to the technology or project management challenges of delivery to developing areas

IAP 2013
-Travel to Kenya to help the Vecna team deploy the technology in two clinics

Spring 2013
-Assist the Vecna team with technology redesign or deployment and workflow improvements

Summer 2013
-Return to Kenya and help the team deploy CliniPAK in 10-15 clinics

Contact: psc-internships-staff@mit.edu

Become a Legatum Fellow at MIT

Applications are now being accepted for the Legatum Fellowship at MIT. The program prepares students for entrepreneurial careers in low-income countries. While earning a degree at MIT, the Legatum Fellowsdevelop business concepts that can be translated into viable and scalable enterprises in the rapidly expanding markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Tuition assistance
Business plan coaching
Strategic guidance
Networking opportunities

Application Deadlines
December 15, 2012:Deadline for Sloan Round 1 applicants
February 15, 2013:Deadline for all other applicants

Learn more about this opportunity at legatum.mit.edu/fellowship

The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center is not responsible for the quality or safety of outside service agencies, and does not screen volunteer placements or projects. The Community Service Opportunities bulletin is published once a week by the staff of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. If you have questions, feel free to call us at 617-253-0742, or stop by 4-104.

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