UAAC Weekly Update
Weekly Update: Winter Break
Greetings from the University Academic Advising Center!
Because we’ll miss you over the holidays, the UAAC is hosting a special Winter Quarter Welcome Back Q&A! Advisers will be available for Drop-in Q&A on January 5th, 6th, and 7th from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Like all Drop-in Q&A sessions, we will meet with each student for 5-10 minutes on a first-come, first-served basis.
We will resume normal Monday (3:00-4:30) and Thursday (1:30-3:00) Q&A times during the 2nd week of winter quarter.
In addition, please take a look at our upcoming Winter Quarter Events below.
We wish you a safe and joyous holiday season!
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***
Medical School/Health Professions Program Visits/Special Programs
- Pre-med & Pre-health Study Abroad Student Panel: Tuesday, January 13th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
Join us on Tuesday, January 13 for a student panel of pre-med and pre-health students sharing their perspectives on the study abroad experience. Ask questions and learn about the practical considerations and benefits of incorporating study abroad into your own academic plan. The program will take place in the University Academic Advising Center at 1940 Sheridan Road. Dinner will be provided.
- NU Engage Chicago Summer Program: Tuesday, January 20th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
This summer, Engage Chicago is pleased to offer an exciting program component for students interested in careers or further study in health and medicine. The Engage Chicago: Health & Medicine Concentration will consist of a series of weekly seminars and field experiences that help students explore contemporary issues and prospective careers in medicine, public health, health policy, and other related fields. A light dinner will be provided.
- NU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Presentation: Wednesday, January 21st @ 5:30 pm Register Here
Representatives from NU's Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be present to discuss the program and respond to questions. Light dinner will be served.
- Research Grants & Fellowships for Pre-med and Global Health Minor Students: Thursday, January 29th @ 12:00 pm Register Here
Research Grants & Fellowships – Special Info Session for Pre-med/Global Health Minor Students
What academic-year and summer pursuits will make your med school application stand out—and also put money in your pocket? Peter Civetta and Emily Hittner (Office of Undergraduate Research), Jason Roberts (Office of Fellowships), Jason Kruse (University Library) will provide an overview of NU and external funding sources that can provide money for lab research, public service projects, and internship-style experiences. Light lunch will be served.
- Rush Medical College: Thursday, January 29th @ 5:30 pm Register Here
Representatives from Rush Medical College will be present to discuss the program and respond to questions. Light dinner will be served.
- NU-Feinberg Connections Medical Student Panel : Thursday, February 5th @ 6:00 pm in Chambers Hall Register Here
Want to learn more about the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus, admissions, curriculum, and student life? The NU-Feinberg Connections Program is hosting a Feinberg medical student Q&A panel with dinner provided on Thursday, February 5th at 6:00pm in Chambers Hall (next door to UAAC)!
- Options Before Medical School : Wednesday, February 25th @ 4:00 pm Register Here
Whether you call it gap, glide or bridge year, 60% of our accepted MD applicant pool takes some time between undergraduate and medical school. Learn about the NU resources available to help you plan that time. Co-presented with advisers from Northwestern Career Advancement and the Office of Fellowships.
- University of Minnesota Medical School: Monday, March 9th @ 5:30 pm Register Here
Representatives from the University of Minnesota Medical School will be present to discuss the program and respond to questions. Light dinner will be served.
Pre-med Workshops for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
- Applying to Medical School in June 2015: Friday, January 16th @ 2:00pm Register Here
- Personal Statement Workshop: Monday, February 9th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
- Applying to Medical School in June 2015: Tuesday, February 17th @ 5:30pm Register Here
- Personal Statement Workshop: Thursday, February 26th @ 3:00 pm Register Here
- Personal Statement Workshop: Tuesday, March 3rd @ 12:00 pm Register Here
Pre-med Workshops for First Year Students
- Pre-med Info Session: Thursday, January 15th @ 3:30 pm Register Here
- Pre-med Info Session: Wednesday, January 28th @ 5:30 pm Register Here
- Pre-med Info Session: Friday, February 20th @ 10:00 am Register Here
- Pre-med Info Session: Tuesday, March 10th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
Drop-In Question and Answer Sessions
- Speical Winter Quarter Welcome Back Q &A : January 5th, 6th, and 7th from 9:00-4:30 pm.
- 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.
Northwestern PA Program Virtual Information Session
Date: Friday, December 19
Time: 11am – 12pm, Central
The Northwestern University Physician Assistant Program will continue its monthly virtual information series on Friday, December 19th at 11:00am. Topics include an overview of the PA Profession, specifics about the NU Program, and admission requirements. Sessions are driven by interactive Q&A using the AdobeConnect platform. Attendees must register at the following link prior to the session beginning. Registrants will be sent the log-in URL.
Northwestern's 2nd Annual Intramural Global Health Case Competition
Date: Saturday, February 14
On Saturday, February 14, 2015 Northwestern University will hold its 2nd annual intramural global health case competition. Teams will be made up of undergraduate and graduate students across all schools and various disciplines who will compete to develop innovative, feasible, and sustainable global health solutions. The goal of the case study competition is to train the next generation of global health leaders through a unique competition experience built upon a real-world challenge. The application is now open and will close on January 12, 2015. More information available here.
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.
MD Summer Experience in Clinical Neurology at Emory University
MD-SEE offers clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology. Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a “patient assistant,” helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients’ history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations. Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co-authored by the faculty mentor.
Regenerative Medicine Summer Internship Opportunities
The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and macular degeneration. Under the guidance of one or more scientific mentors, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as tissue engineering, genetic engineering, and science policy. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of not only laboratory skills but also communication skills as well. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. Additionally, a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the summer will provide students with an opportunity to present their results to scientists from other research institutions.
The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found at www.sens.org/2015-summer-scholars. Applications will be accepted until 12 pm PST February 2, 2015.
Summer Clinical Research Internship in Pediatrics
The 2015 Summer Clinical Research Internship in Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center offers pre-medical students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related their specific sub-specialty. The primary focus of this internship is clinical research and writing. Each departmental track of the program will grant admission to 2-3 students. These students will have the unique opportunity to join a faculty member in completing an ongoing research project and/or create a new project proposal with his or her mentor’s guidance. Research Interns will also gain valuable insight into the publication process, including opportunities to participate in co-authorship of research projects in peer-reviewed pediatric journals.
All application materials must be submitted and received by March 1, 2015. All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance early in April. Apply and learn more about the internship here.
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.
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.
STEP-UP: Summer Internships Available in Biomedical Research
STEP-UP (Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons) is a program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that offers 10 weeks of full-time basic or clinical research to undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of college.
Participants will receive a stipend of $4500 and paid travel expenses to the STEP-UP conference in summer 2015. Limited housing is also available. Applications are open online from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015 at stepup.niddk.nih.gov. See the program flyer for more details.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.
UAID Symposium on Health Inequities
United Against Inequities in Diseases (UAID) will be taking over Miami for the weekend of January 16-18, 2015. The itinerary is put together already, including workshops by businesspeople, activists, politicians, researchers, and other people who fight health inequities every day from every angle. In addition to speakers, there will be an Ebola Epidemic Simulation, real life case studies in health inequities, and an Innovative Social Change Competition with a cash prize for the winners. Scholarships are available to aid with travel expenses.
Register today at http://www.uaid.org/symposium (deadline is December 15th). Please email Karl Chamberlin, UAID Director of National Events, at email@example.com with any questions about the UAID Symposium.
Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy
The Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to learn more about this MA program in one of the following online information sessions:
- Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, 3 p.m. (EST)
- Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 2 p.m. (EST)
Each information session will explore the MA curriculum, concentrations, practicum opportunities, admissions, financial aid, and the unique and individualized student experience.
RSVP for the online session. Apply for our fall 2015 class. Applications are due January 31, 2015.
Cummings School Open House
- Open House for M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Program, Monday, January 12, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This unique one-year graduate degree program offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationships between people and animals, and how those relationships are reflected in our culture, institutions, and public policy. Information or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://vet.tufts.edu/mapp/
- Open Hours for M.S. in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program, Friday, January 9, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This twelve-month program focuses on health relationships at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment Information or RSVP: email@example.com, http://vet.tufts.edu/mcm/
- Master of Science in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MS-IDGH), Friday, January 9, 2015 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This program is intended to train students in understanding the emergence, establishment and spread of infectious agents across the globe. Information or RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, http://vet.tufts.edu/msidgh/
For more information contact Virginia Shugrue
American Physician Scientists Association 11th Annual Meeting
APSA (American Physician Scientists Association) is motivated to provide a breadth of training and professional development opportunities for aspiring physician-scientists. The annual meeting in
Chicago will offer the opportunity to network with physician scientists and students. Students can also participate in a variety of sessions and meet our outstanding lineup this year of Craig Thompson, President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Lasker Laureate Alfred Sommer; and Francis Collins, Director of the NIH.
Date: April 24-26
Location: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
If interested in attending the APSA annual meeting register on the main APSA webpage.
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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