UAAC Weekly Update
Weekly Update: November 21 - November 27, 2014
Greetings from the University Academic Advising Center!
Below is a list of important upcoming events, programs, and opportunities that we would like to highlight for you for the coming weeks.
Upcoming UAAC Events
***All Events are held at the UAAC (1940 Sheridan Rd.) unless otherwise specified***
Pre-med Workshops for Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
- Applying to Medical School in June 2015: Tuesday, December 2nd at 3:00pm Register Here
Topics covered in this session will include: Timeline, Overview of Application Process, and Academic and Non-Academic Factors (GPA, MCAT, personal statement, letters of recommendation, interview, etc.)
Pre-med Workshops for First Year Students
- Pre-med Info Session: Wednesday, December 3rd at 4:00pm Register Here
- Pre-med Info Session: Thursday, December 4th at 3:00pm Register Here
First year pre-med information sessions provide an overview of the medical school application process, review a suggested timeline, required coursework, the importance of clinical experience, and University Academic Advising Center services.
* All first year students are required to attend a pre-med information session before they are permitted to schedule an appointment with an adviser.
Drop-In Question and Answer Sessions
- Mondays (3:00pm to 4:30pm) and Thursdays (1:30pm to 3:00pm)
Drop-in Q&A is open to all premed students, including freshmen and alumni, and is meant for brief questions. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions are limited to 5-10 minutes per student.
One Book Northwestern: "Race and Healthcare: Dealing with Disparity"
Date: Tuesday, December 2nd @ 2:30pm
Location: Evanston Hospital Frank Auditorium. Parking (for a fee) is available in hospital lot or with valet.
Despite improvements, differences persist in health care quality among racial and ethnic groups. This panel will examine the barriers to accessing quality healthcare, and present options for change.Panel moderated by Dr. Daniel Vicencio, Medical Director, Mercy Family Health Center.
Registration required; limited seating available. RSVP to RACEexhibit@ywcae-ns.org
*Northwestern's Ryan Field or Intercampus shuttles have stops located at the Central "L" stop, located near the hospital
Weinberg Student Alumni Engagement Fall Quarter Career Trek: Healthcare with Dr. Sabrina Kendrick
Date: Friday, December 5th @ 1:00 pm
Location: Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, 2020 W Harrison St. Chicago, IL 60612
Join the Weinberg College Office of Student Alumni Engagement for a visit with Dr. Sabrina Kendrick at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Engage in Q and A with Dr. Kendrick about pathways to careers in medicine and walk away with excellent professional insight, advice, and tips. This trek is open to all Weinberg students (whether you are a first year student just beginning the career exploration process or a senior in the midst of the medical school or other graduate school admissions process).
QUESTIONS? Contact: Amy Mynaugh, Director Student Alumni Engagement, Weinberg College, firstname.lastname@example.org
Snacks @ Searle: Learn about NU peer-based and community-oriented academic programs
Date: Friday, December 5th @ 10:00am
Location: 627 Dartmouth Place
The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching offers several peer-based and community-oriented programs for Northwestern students. Click here to learn more about the programs offered. You can also visit their website for more information: www.northwestern.edu/searle.
If you are a participant in, or just interested in, a program of the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, you should stop by a Snacks @ Searle event. Students are welcome to drop-in the first Friday of each month anytime between 10:00am-11:00am. Click here for more information.
Internship, Volunteer, Fellowship, & Job Opportunities
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
Mentorship: Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine
Program Dates: June 15 to July 31, 2015
Application deadline: March 1, 2014.
The Summer Mentorship program at the Center for Reproductive Medicine offers students interested in gaining real research experience in medical science with a special focus in reproductive medicine with an opportunity of working closely with world-renowned team of scientists and researchers. Staff members publish regularly in the most respected journals in the field, are frequent invited guest speakers at important scientific meetings around the world and are active leaders in professional societies in human fertility and assisted reproduction.
For details about this mentorship, click HERE
Northwestern Work Study Position: Northwestern University's Mouse Histology and Phenotyping Lab
Northwestern University's Mouse Histology and Phenotyping Laboratory is looking for work study students. Students will assist with laboratory duties including tissue and slide preparation, immunohistochemistry, tracking and ordering supplies, and other general lab duties. The position is located on the Chicago campus in the Feinberg School of Medicine. The 0.5 hours of travel will be paid travel time to partially compensate for time spent taking the intercampus shuttle bus between the Evanston and Chicago campus.
8-10 hours per week and the work schedule is flexible between (8:30am-5:00pm).
Pay Rate: $10.00/hr
Click here to view our web site. Feel free to contact Dr. Lin Li with questions.
Volunteer/Job Opportunity: Research Assistant, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
The Craniofacial Biology laboratory at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Research Center is currently seeking a volunteer or part- time employee for an open position in the laboratory.
The main goal of the Craniofacial Biology laboratory is to study craniosynostosis, a condition in which the bones of the cranial vault fuse prematurely. It aims to further explore the role of FGF receptors using the zebrafish animal model. As a research assistant in the lab, you will be responsible for learning and performing molecular biology techniques, primarily zebrafish genotyping. You will also be responsible for maintenance and husbandry of fish. See here for more details about the laboratory: http://www.luriechildrensresearch.org/gosainhome/. Interested applicants should email email@example.com.
Unite for Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities
Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for their volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with their local doctor partners.
Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India (volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
Complete details are available online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad
Mabelle Arole Fellowship: Pre-Med Fellowship Opportunity in India
Undergraduate students who are interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship, s/he defers entrance to medical school for one year.
Applications are due in mid-January 2015 and finalists are interviewed in late February in Washington, DC (at the candidate's expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2015 and returns in late spring of 2016. The Fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status. All relevant information and application are available on the AMSA website, including a link to the Jamkhed site and reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at dpyle@JSI.com or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).
Project Horseshoe Farm Gap Year
Project Horseshoe Farm is a one-year Fellowship with the non-profit Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, Alabama. The Horseshoe Farm Fellowship is a pioneering attempt to rethink and provide a new model for how to prepare our most promising future community service leaders in medicine and healthcare to lead effective grassroots community-based efforts in their own communities once they have completed their education and training. The service arm of Project Horseshoe Farm has a very strong social entrepreneurial bent and spirit, and is largely driven and staffed by Horseshoe Farm Fellows and other community volunteers. The focus of our service is on programs for adults with mental disorders and on youth mentorship, activities, and academic enrichment programs.
Many of the Fellows in the past have been pre-med, but this year they have people of varied health-related interests such as healthcare administration, public health, and psychology. Because of the nature of Horseshoe Farm, they receive exposure to non-profit management, mental health, community health, youth development, and much more. For more information, contact Erin McMinn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application due February 10th.Return to top
Other Premed/Prehealth Resources & Opportunities
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP)
Northwestern is hosting Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) this winter. Sponsored by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a national student group for underrepresented minorities in medicine, this program will help expose young minority students to aspects of the healthcare field and encourage them to pursue a career in the health professions.
The dates for HPREP 2015 will be: Jan 10th, 17th, and 24th, Feb 7th, 14th and 21nd
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 pm at the Feinberg Campus in Downtown Chicago
All applications must be submitted by Dec 8th, 2014. Apply Here.
Social Entrepreneurship Institute
Presented annually by Unite For Sight, the Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes lunch and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Shubert Theater, New Haven, Connecticut
Complete details and the Institute schedule can be seen on the Social Entrepreneurship Institute website.
2015 MCAT Practice Test Review
While there are no required courses for the MCAT exam, your undergraduate coursework should help you develop an understanding of the concepts tested on the new exam and give you practice with the skills you will be responsible for knowing and applying on the MCAT exam. Here are the AAMC resources to help you prepare.
Courses of Interest
Below are Northwestern University courses offered winter quarter.
SOCIOL 110-Intro to Sociology
Broad overview of a wide range of social issues and ways of sociological thinking. Characteristics of group life. Interrelations of society, culture, and personality; major social institutions and processes.
SOCIOL 208-Race & Society
What is race? Some assert that biology is at the root of the concept of race. Others argue that preconceived biases, much more than biology, govern the way people think about race and racial inequality. In either case, race is framed as an exceedingly complex matter with important social and political implications. Students in this course will critically review both the biological myth and social reality of race, as well as engage ideas about the factors responsible for persistent racial inequality in modern America.
SOCIOL 216-Gender & Society
This course explores how our society creates ideas of what gender and gender-appropriate behaviors are. Furthermore, it examines how these ideas are linked to sexuality and relationships, inequality, and political conflict.
SOCIOL 314-Sociology of Religion: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
This course offers an introduction to the sociology of religion, focusing specifically on how religion intersects with race and ethnicity in the United States. The course will offer a comparative lens into the religious experiences of blacks, white, Latinos, and Asians in the U.S.
SOCIOL 319-Sociology of Science: Experts & Society
Experts command a great deal of authority in our society, a seemingly natural consequence of their knowledge. This course will seek to denaturalize expert authority, by examining its institutional and practical bases. We will draw on works from sociology, history, anthropology, and science and technology studies to understand how experts are organized into professions, how they go about establishing credible fact, and how they engage in the process of democratic decision making.
SOCIOL 328-Inequality & American Society
The class will include consideration of questions such as: Why has inequality in the U.S. increased? What are the consequences of inequality? What processes maintain inequality and what policies might mitigate negative effects of inequality? The course is structured partly around debates on controversial topics in this area. The course will focus on sociological perspectives but will also include work from other social science disciplines.
SOCIOL 376-0-20-Sexuality & HIV/AIDS
In this course, we will draw upon social scientific literature to examine how the HIV/AIDS epidemic has shaped contemporary understandings of sexuality as well as the importance of sexuality in responses to HIV/AIDS. We will consider this interplay of sexuality and HIV/AIDS via a diverse array of topics, including: HIV-stigma and sexual prejudice; social movements and access to treatment; the politics of HIV-risk categorization; and new frontiers in HIV-prevention (e.g., PrEP and male circumcision).
SOCIOL 376-0-24 (Asian American Religions)
Religion is one of the most significant institutions in Asian American communities and plays a powerful force in sustaining, shaping and transforming Asian Americans. Using a multidisciplinary approach, this course examines important themes in Asian American religions: immigration, community, race and ethnicity, generation, and class. We will look at religious experience across multiple religious traditions and ethnic groups. Critical to our study is understanding how American racial and religious structures shape Asian American religious experiences. Students will study Asian American religious experiences through fieldwork in local Asian American religious congregations.
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