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Now that we're back in the swing of things for the semester, it's time to look forward to some fall events, conferences, and opportunities for you and your students!
In This Issue:

PRISM Symposium 2015  - Save the Date!

As many of you know, the PRISM Symposium of Undergraduate Research is the highlight of our year!  We have already selected this year’s date and want to share it with you so you can be sure to note it on your calendars, smartphones, and tablets!  The Symposium will take place next spring on Wednesday, April 29, in the afternoon and early evening.  We welcome all forensic and computer science faculty to attend.

Some Dates to Know

October 11:
-  Weill Cornell Open House
October 15:
-  Graduate School Fair
October 22:               
-  Monthly Meeting for Students

October 26:               
-  Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Graduate Programs Open House
Beginning November 1:               
-  NSF GRFP Deadlines
November 3:               
-  Deadline to Declare Interest in Obtaining Goldwater Scholarship Nomination

November 3 - 6:                 
- NEAFS Conference
November 11-16:               
-  ABRCMS Conference
November 15:               
-  PRISM Outing to Edison House

November 19:               
-  Monthly Meeting for Students

December 3:               
-  Mentor Meeting


Graduate School Fair

The John Jay Career Center, The Pre-Law Institute, and the Pre-Health Careers Advisement Center invite all students to attend John Jay’s Graduate Fair. This year, over 40 graduate programs and 10 medicine/health programs will be attending. Of the 40 programs, over twenty have masters or Ph.D. programs in sciences, from Chemistry to Anthropology and Criminal Justice. For a breakdown of all the graduate programs and the disciplines in science they represent, follow this link. Here’s why all your students should attend:
  • they can learn about what these programs look for in their candidates;
  • a chance to win a Kaplan GRE or MCAT course;
  • fee waivers!
Throughout the Fair, there will be a program of scheduled talks from various representatives on topics of interest for applicants to grad/law/med schools. For a full program of those talks, follow this link.

The Fair will take place Wednesday October 15, 2014 in the Gym (4th floor Haaren Hall) from 1 - 4 p.m.

PRISM Mentor Meeting - December 3 Community Hour

This year, our PRISM Mentor Meeting will take place on December 3rd during Community Hour. We will host Dr. Joel Oppenheim, former Dean of Biomedical Sciences at NYU-Sackler, who will discuss strategies to develop mentoring relationships with students. We will also go over planned changes to the program and give you a chance to tell us how we are doing and how we can help you better. Also, you will be fitted to receive one of those fancy PRISM lab coats you have seen your students wearing in lab!

Anything Cool Happening in Your Lab?

We love to share the accomplishments of our PRISM students and mentors and Facebook is one of the best platforms for this!  We often learn about official publications and awards, but we also want you to share your or your lab’s smaller victories. Did you grow a great batch of mutant cells?  Tell us and send a picture!  Capture a cool video when using your lab’s high speed camera to gather data?  Send us the a link!  Recently find a new on-line tool?  Share the details! 

Scholarship Opportunities

Please read about these two scholarship opportunities and make a point of encouraging your eligible and promising mentees or graduates to pursue them:

Each year the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards sophomores and juniors interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, and engineering scholarships of up to $7,500.  Students must be nominated by their school for this opportunity, so if you have a worthy student in mind, encourage him or her to contact  Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, in The Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities (OFSO) by November 3 at the latest.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides up to $32,000 in monetary support over a three-year period, in addition to a $12,000 cost of education award for the institution in which the award recipient is enrolled. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.  It is open to current seniors and recent alumni.  The NSF’s deadlines to apply are in November depending on the field of study.  If interested, students can visit the website linked above or contact Ms. Elizabeth Broccoli at OFSO for more support.  Please note, students must be citizens or permanent residents in order to be eligible.

PRISM Monthly Meeting for Students - October 22

The second official PRISM monthly meeting of the year will take place on October 22, during community hour in room 09.64NB, and will include Dr. Marcus Lambert, Director of Diversity and Recruitment at Weill Cornell who will talk about graduate programs and about opportunities to do summer research at Weill Cornell. Next week, students will receive the usual email invitation for this event, which is mandatory for funded students.  Mentors are always welcome to join us. 

Have You Bookmarked the PRISM Website Yet?

If you haven’t been on the PRISM website in a while, click here and check out some of our recent blog posts! The PRISM team posts about a variety of topics such as scholarship opportunities, student and alumni accomplishments, links to forensic science career webinars, and more!  We welcome guest blogs from students or mentors.  Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have an idea for a post or you wish to write one yourself.  In addition to these blog posts, you can find archived faculty newsletters, program guidelines and forms, event pictures and highlights, and much more.  Don’t miss out!

Conference Attendance

One of the features of the recently revamped PRISM website is the section on conference attendance.  We want to continue to highlight each student or group of students when they attend and especially those students who present at conferences.  To do so, we need your help!  We’ll be asking students to give us some details upon their return, but if you are also in attendance and have any anecdotes or pictures to share, please contact us when you get back.

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