New College has been recognized by US News & World Report, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review/USA Today and other leading publications as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, one that combines outstanding academics with the affordable cost of a public institution. For this year only, New College will offer an ambitious $15,000 per year scholarship ($60,000 over four years) for highly qualified out of state students. They have only 63 of these limited scholarships available and hope you can help them identify outstanding students from your school who might be a good fit for this program.
Please contact Mitch Finer (email@example.com), Director of Enrollment, New College of Florida, 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243
I would like to share with you several NASA opportunities for high school students AND educators. The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for students and teachers who are interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) and includes three opportunities for participation:
- VASTS Teacher Institute
- Becoming a VASTS Master Teacher for the 2013 program
- VASTS program for high school juniors
Do you want to learn more about the latest scientific information about Mars from NASA scientists and engineers? Do you have a desire to incorporate real data from Mars rovers and orbiters into your lessons but have no idea where to begin? Have you found yourself wanting to find inquiry-based, engaging and hands-on NASA activities for your students but just don't have the time to mine all of the relevant sites or to try out the lessons before making your first class the test subjects? And do you want to infuse your teaching with the latest Web 2.0 tools and videos that you create using NASA multimedia resources and images?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then we have the workshop for you!
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center are offering a free Teacher Institute as part of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program from February 9-15, 2013 for high school science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) teachers in Virginia.
- Lodging for ALL teachers - there are evening activities.
- Payment for a substitute to your school.
- Stipend payment to cover incidentals.
- Mileage reimbursement for those living outside a 50 mile radius from our offices in Hampton.
- Most meals.
- Teacher Institute Resource Binder chock full of NASA-developed activities, lessons, and data.
- Introduction to Web 2.0 tools and ways to integrate into a 21st century classroom.
- Software and programs needed for video creation and podcasting!
- Opportunity to meet and share ideas with fellow STEM educators from across the state.
The deadline for applying is Friday, December 14th!
For high school juniors, VASTS is an interactive online learning course with a robotic and human space-exploration theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify. Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules and a final project to be completed from December 2012 through April 2013 under the guidance of master educators. Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars. Students who successfully participate in VASTS earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy.
Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application, http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org. The deadline for the application is November 2, 2012.
If you are interested in becoming a Master Teacher for these amazing Scholars for the online course, please visit: http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org/educators for more information. The application deadline is November 2, 2012.
VASTS is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, NASA Langley Research Center, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and industry. VASTS is also part of NASA’s National High School Aerospace Scholars (NHAS) program.
For more information on any of these programs, please contact:
Education Program Specialist
Or visit: www.vasts.spacegrant.org
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University would like to invite you to connect online with their admissions staff on October 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.. This open house will be devoted to highlighting their top programs and answering your questions about admissions, financial aid and student life.
Live presentations include:
They look forward to meeting you there!
-The Admissions Team at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL/EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS: URUGUAY TEACHER EXCHANGE PROGRAM – REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION!
Travel Dates: Summer 2013 (host Uruguayan administrators in February 2013)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2012
The Uruguay Teacher Exchange Program is a short-term, mutual exchange opportunity for US and Uruguay elementary and secondary school teachers, fully funded by the US State Department, and administered by American Councils. The program consists of both US hosting of Uruguayan teachers and a two-week summer travel program in Uruguay for American educators. It gives participants the opportunity to share best practices and work together on educational issues of mutual interest. This program is open only to full-time teachers who are fluent in Spanish, and have at least three years experience in a K-12 school with a strong Spanish language, immersion, or bilingual program. The program includes a hosting stipend for each US partner school, and a stipend for purchasing educational materials in Uruguay. Participants are also eligible for alumni small grants for follow-up activities.
Go to http://www.americancouncils.org/program/48/USEEP/ for additional information and application instructions. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-833-7522 for further information.
NOTE: Additional Educational Seminars to India, Italy, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, and Thailand will be announced later in the school year (pending funding).
White House Actively Seeking Interns for 2013
Attention Members! Please pass this on! The White House is currently recruiting talented young people for the White House internship program. The application period for the 2013 White House Internship Program is now open. There are two opportunities to apply. The first opportunity is for Spring 2013 and the application deadline is September 23, 2012. The second opportunity is for Summer 2013 and the application deadline is January 27, 2013. Interested students should go to www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships for eligibility requirements and application details.
Interested in BRYN MAWR hurry: Travel scholarship available for potential students. http://www.brynmawr.edu/admissions/visit/travel-scholar/
It takes me roughly 15 minutes to arrive to campus of Emory University from downtown Atlanta during morning rush hour. On my way to I drive through neighborhoods that have manicured lawns that help to set the tone for walking onto this campus. Emory University is a well-organized walking campus that offers a relaxing environment for learning.
When I did my Foursquare check-in for Emory University I received a tip that this campus is the Harvard of the South. It has a southern charm that is the South’s answer to ivy covered walls in New England. What I also discovered is that Emory University has nationally acclaimed professors who are experts in their field (Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff, Former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Jeffrey Koplan, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, Symphony conductor Robert Spano and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate for 2012-13 are current members of the faculty).
Emory University is a private institution that was founded in 1836. Asa Candler, one of Coca-Cola founders donated $1 million and 75 acres of Atlanta property to start the school. It currently has an enrolment of a little more than 7,000 students. All first and second year students must live on campus. I believe this helps to give a great since of community for the students.
“Emory has a great network of professionals,” says DC Public Schools School Counselor Meredith Makar. “Everyone is academically minded. Once they enroll on campus they are thinking about the next level.”
This next level thinking is fostered in intimate classroom sizes. The average class size is around 19 students. Freshmen students should expect to have larger enrollments in mandatory required classes. “During my time on campus I had very small classes,” says Makar who is a member of the class of 2001. “This allowed the professors and classmates to know me.”
Emory University has one of the largest endowments in the nation. I think this is one of the reason they have a variety of financial aid options for students. Please do not let the $55,992 price tag fool you. During my visit I am told that Emory University is committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all accepted students. Now keep in mind that what a university thinks you can pay and your family’s financial situation may be totally different. Makar shared that she graduated with around $20,000 worth of student loans. If you are interested in Emory University please do not let money be the reason you don’t apply. This Academic Tourist had a great experience on this campus and would recommend you taking a deeper look at this southern school.
News & Notes:
I downloaded the University of Virginia “Good Old App” today to take it for a spin as a prospective student. I found it a great place to keep abreast of all things UVA admissions. I like the timeline that they share regarding their admissions process. You can plan your visit by downloading a PDF of the daily schedule on campus tours. You can also make arrangements to visit a class or get connected to the Monroe Society in order to have an overnight visit.
You can also keep up with CavDog and get connected to twitter sensation Dean J. This app is free and will comfortably fit into your iPhone.
I am traveling to RFK in Washington, DC for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic. Morehouse College battles Howard University for the 2nd time in 15 years. Howard University won the battle last year 30 – 27. This event is more than a football game. It is one part Homecoming Game and Battle of the band. It should be an enjoyable Saturday event.
Welcome to the 2012 - 2013 academic year. I hope you had a refreshing summer. I am tan, rested and ready for this new year of blogging. My goal is to share something with you most Wednesdays. I am hoping that the #academic tourist will be able to share educational destinations along the way.
The 2012-13 Common App Online went live the evening of July 31. Within 24 hours, nearly 48,000 individuals had registered an account and 194 applications had been submitted. We are officially in the college application season. May all your applications be a good fit for you or a loved one. Most importantly may they be on time. See you next week.
The #Academic Tourist learned about a travel opportunity for you today. The Virginia Private Colleges (http://www.vaprivatecolleges.org/) are hosting VA Private College Week July 30-August 4, 2012. If you visit three or more participating colleges during this week you will receive three application fee waivers. This means no application fees for three participating Virginia private colleges of your choice.
Programs like these are well planned and want to gather the attention of students and parents that are taking a summer day to do a college search. You will get personal attention and they will help you process a school that is a good fit for you.
This program is designed for rising Juniors, Seniors, School Counselors and College Counselors. I hope that you become an #Academic Tourist and are able to take advantage of this great opportunity. Please share photos or thoughts if you attend.
This week the Academic Tourist traveled to a local college fair. A college fair is a great opportunity to gain information from a variety of different campuses. I helped to navigate a few students through their first fair. I took for granted that not every young person is comfortable talking with strangers let alone adult strangers. Remember mom did say don’t talk with them.
Coaching the young people and putting into perspective the purpose of the fair helped to ease these teenagers’ minds. “They want highly qualified and interesting students like you,” I explained. “Think of it like buying a car. They want to tell you about the great features that their campus has to offer.”
Just like a car they had a list of demands that they wanted to ensure were met. They included:
· Nice dorms
· Excellent food
· Their major
· Entertainment (that includes a quality football team and basketball team that they could get behind)
· Size of campus
· Distant from home
These were some of the things that the students wanted to know about. I believe that every campus can educate students. The extra features are what make a particular campus a good fit for a student. When one purchases a car you have the option of driving off the lot with the basics. Many people however want a car with heat, air and electric windows. I am hoping that you’re getting the picture.
I became these students caddie helping them navigate the over 125 schools that participate. I coached my first student to ask one simple question. “Do you have Criminal Justice,” my nervous student said. This one sentence got the conversation started.
The second college fair for a student is always a little easier. You can explain in advance what is going to happen but too actually going through one gives you a sense of what to expect. Here are a few suggestions that I think can assist any student to successfully navigate a college fair.
1. Identify what colleges will be attending the fair
a. I recommend that you visit the schools that are on the top of your list then investigate schools that you never thought of attending.
2. Make sure that you write out the essential questions that you have concerning the schools. Below is a starter list that can get you started on your own list.
a. How do you handle IB & AP credits?
b. What are the most popular majors?
c. What is the average class size?
d. What do students do on the weekend?
3. I suggest students create business cards or pre-addressed labels with their contact information. This will save you time when you are meeting with the admission representatives. This will also assist you to navigate a very busy or crowded fair.
4. When you complete the college fair take time out to review the materials that you received. Send out emails to representatives that shared their business cards. Admissions representatives meet thousands of students every year but I am always amazed how they remember students. Sending an email to ask additional questions is acceptable. Sending an email to say thank you is the right thing to do.
Finally, it would be worth your while to visit and register for two national college fairs. Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. They support the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (also known as NACAC) has released its schedule for the 2012. Please visit https://www.gotomyncf.com/ to register for a fair near you.
Mark Ausbrooks is the Academic Tourist. He occasionally blogs about colleges and universities that he encounters.