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Community Service Bulletin

December 14, 2011

Spotlight

Thank a high school teacher who inspired you! (deadline 12/16)

Nominate your favorite high school teacher for the MIT Inspirational Teacher Award. Help your teacher get recognition as an inspiration — and get access to some great MIT resources.

Submit your nomination now! The opportunity closes on December 16.

http://web.mit.edu/inspire/nomination.html Questions? Ask us at inspire@mit.edu

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Celebrate Christmas Eve Day with lonely elders (12/24, deadline 12/14)

For many frail and formerly homeless elders (who are now permanently housed at the Anna Bissonnette House) who do not have any family with which to spend the Christmas holiday, this can be a particularly lonely and sad time. So PMD is gathering friendly volunteers with whom the elders can share their stories and opinions and some special, holiday touches.

Unlike Thanksgiving, this is a smaller, more low-key event. We prepare hearty appetizers for the dozen or so elders who seek companionship, distraction, and special snacks during what can be a very difficult holiday. We sing carols (with a pianist if one volunteers, or karaoke-style).

No cooking experience is necessary, but all volunteers should be healthy and enthusiastic about singing Christmas carols, plus healthy and able to follow simple recipes and to clean up while standing all afternoon.

All volunteers must comply with state criminal record check requirement through PMD unless they have already done so with PMD. The official authorization document must be completed, signed, and returned WITH A PHOTOCOPY OR SCAN of the front and back of government-issued ID received by PMD no later than 12/14. The official form is available online at http://www.pmd.org/events.phtml

The event will be held on Saturday, December 24 from 1:30-5PM at the Anna Bissonnette House in the South End. To sign up, register online by 12/14 at http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22E25339BYH

Volunteer as a Judge at the Pioneer Charter School of Science’s Annual Science Fair! (1/13)

The Pioneer Charter School of Science is a high-performing charter school serving low-income families from Chelsea, Everett, and Revere. Many of our students have a very little exposure to academia and will be the first in their families to attend college. Therefore, our mission is to expose them to leaders within the academic world in their surrounding neighborhoods to encourage them to maintain high standards for their own academic and professional future.

We are currently seeking judges who work in the fields of science or math for our annual Science Fair, and we would be most honored if you would consider participating.

The event will be held on January 13, 2012 from 10am-1pm at Pioneer Charter School of Science
51-59 Summer Street Everett, MA 02149

Judging will take place for about 3 hours, beginning at 10:00 am. We will provide you with a brief orientation, clear guidelines, and a form for judging projects. You will judge display boards that students have created and question them about their projects. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided.

Please contact us if you are available to judge or if you have any questions about the event.
Please contact: Mahmut Bekin at mbekin@pioneercss.org or (617) 389-7277

Ongoing Opportunities

Lemelson Student Prize: Final call for applications! (Deadline 12/14)

Today's young inventors are tomorrow's technological and entrepreneurial leaders. The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize seeks to support a community of inventors at MIT and to recognize and inspire these burgeoning inventors and innovators.

The student prize is awarded annually to an MIT senior or graduate student who has created or improved a product or process, applied a technology in a new way, redesigned a system, or in other ways displayed a portfolio of inventiveness. Award winners gain invaluable exposure to the science, business and investment communities through national press around this award.

Past winners include Alice Chen for her invention in tissue engineering human liver cells in mice, Erez Lieberman-Aiden for inventing Hi-C, a new method to 3D map the human genome, Geoff von Maltzahn for developing therapeutics to fight cancer, Carl Dietrich for developing the Transition, a Personal Air Vehicle, and Amy Smith for inventing low-tech devices for addressing problems in developing countries. Find out more about past recipients in our Winners' Circle.

Application guidelines are here: http://web.mit.edu/invent/a-student-4.html

$7,000 Carroll L. Wilson Award for MIT Grad Students (deadline 1/16)

Calling all MIT Grad Students: Get Funding For Your International Project!

The Application for the Carroll L. Wilson Award 2012 has been released. The Carroll L. Wilson Award is a grant for up to $7,000 awarded to graduate students, in any MIT department, who wish to pursue exciting and challenging opportunities abroad. We would like to invite all MIT grad students to apply for this fellowship to travel abroad. The deadline is Monday, January 16th, 2012, so students should start putting their proposals together as soon as possible.

To download the 2012 Application, go to: http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/clw-award

Any MIT graduate student is eligible to apply for the award. Every year, about four to five students receive $7,000 each, after a competitive evaluation of proposals and interviews by the Award Selection Committee.

If you have any questions, please contact: Christie Chong, CLW Awards Administrator, MIT Entrepreneurship Center at yih@mit.edu or visit http://entrepreneurship.mit.edu/clw-award

MIT/Wellesley Upward Bound Program

Volunteers are needed to provide academic assistance in the areas of Math, English, Science, Social Science, and World Language, to disadvantaged high school students in our after school tutorial program. High school level tutoring experience is preferred.

Tutors are needed on Mondays/Thursdays from 3-6PM, and Tuesdays/Wednesdays from 3-8PM. We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to at least one day per week, with a minimum commitment of 2 hours per day. For consideration, please forward a letter of interest and a resume to upwardbound@mit.edu. For more information please contact Evette Layne at upwardbound@mit.edu or 617-253-5124

Volunteer Opportunity for STEM Students & Alumni (February 2012)

Innovation and invention are cornerstones of American society, but not all young people have role models to open doors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To help meet this need, WGBH (Boston’s PBS station) and the Lemelson Foundation launched an exciting invention-based mentoring program called the Time to Invent Club in 2009. The program places STEM professionals and college students in afterschool sites once a week to co-lead an hour-long program. Working with a group of fifth graders, the mentors use a stepped-out curriculum that inspires underserved youth to explore invention.

We are currently looking for volunteers to serve as mentors for an 8-10 week program beginning in February 2012 at afterschool sites in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Indiana. For more information, visit www.timetoinvent.org. If interested, please contact Liza Goldstein: liza_goldstein@wgbh.org or (617)-300-3642.

Science Share Mentoring (January-April 2012)

Science Share Mentoring is looking for assistance from 1 or more MIT science students with our Science Fair next year. It will be held on Monday, April 30th, 2012 in Lincoln, MA. Teams of students meet to identify a science project, work on the project, document findings and provide presentation skills. Students can work on any/all types of experiments. There are not a set theme for this event.

Lincoln is accessible by the commuter rail (via Porter Square) and is a short walk to school (or a pick up could be arranged). Mentors are needed from January-April 2012, and dates and times will be determined based on the volunteers’ schedules.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Judy Pistorio at judy.pistorio@verizon.net or 781-259-1283.

Apply for a Tech Museum of Innovation Tech Award!

An annual program of the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Tech Awards are designed to inspire global engagement in applying technology to humanity's most pressing problems.

The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and companies from around the world that are utilizing innovative technology solutions to address urgent issues in the areas of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development. The technology used can be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology.

Each year, candidates are nominated and then, if judged eligible, invited to submit applications. Individuals, not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit companies are eligible. Self-nominations are accepted.

Awards will be presented in each of the five program categories (education, equality, environment, health, and economic development). Three laureates in each category will be selected and one laureate per category will receive $50,000. Laureates will be honored at an annual gala event and inducted into the Tech Awards Network. The goal of the awards network is to create opportunities for learning, networking, and exposure to assist the laureates in furthering their work. [NOTE: MIT OpenCourseWare was a 2005 Education Award Laureate.]

Visit the Tech Awards Web site for complete program information and nomination procedures, including profiles of previous award recipients: http://thetechawards.thetech.org/

Gates Ag Grand Challenge (August 2012)

Biotic stresses such as viruses, fungi, bacteria, weeds, insects and other pests and pathogens are a major constraint to agricultural productivity from fields to markets in the developing world. With few resources to combat or prevent infection and infestation, people farming small plots of land in developing countries are most vulnerable to these stresses and can experience devastating crop losses.

The Challenge:
The aim of this topic is to solicit transformative solutions to the pest and pathogen pressures faced by smallholder farmers in developing countries. We encourage researchers and entrepreneurs to harness the emerging information and tools in biology and engineering for the goals of agricultural development, to generate ideas that will revolutionize current approaches to crop protection by focusing on the plant, the pests, pathogens, weeds, and/or their interactions.

For more information go to
http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/ProtectPlantCropsRound8.aspx

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Legislative Internship at the Massachusetts Bike Coalition

MassBike is currently looking for interns for the upcoming Spring Semester, starting in January, who are interested in doing work in the nonprofit world of active transportation. Tasks include:

  • Compose technical memoranda regarding federal and state transportation funding
  • Prepare fact sheets, packets, and other materials for the 2012 National Bike Summit
  • Coordinate with local bicycle groups or other advocacy organizations around the state for the National Bike Summit
  • Analyze upcoming legislation relevant to bicycling

For more information or to apply, visit MassBike.org or contact Price Armstrong at price@massbike.org or 617-542-2453

Develop a proposal for a Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 fellowship! (deadline 2/2)

Davis Projects for Peace offers a $10,000 fellowship for an MIT undergraduate student project that promotes peace, to be implemented in the summer. 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.

The award will be made to an MIT undergraduate, but the undergraduate may use the funds to also support team members as appropriate.

Find the details at: http://mit.edu/mitpsc/opportunities/davis/index.html Deadline to apply: noon, Thursday, Feb 2, 2012. Have questions? Need help planning or writing? Contact Alison at hynd@mit.edu

2012 Echoing Green Fellowship Application Now Open

Echoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.

Through our two-year Echoing Green Fellowship program, we provide start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. We offer:

  • A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years
  • A health insurance stipend
  • A yearly professional development stipend
  • Conferences led by organizational development experts
  • Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization
  • A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world

For more information, go to http://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship/echoing-green-fellowship#fellowship

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