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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 and opportunities! 
In This Issue:

PRISM Symposium 2015  - Save the Date!

As many of you know, the PRISM Symposium of Undergraduate Research is the highlight of the 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.

Some Dates to Know

October 11:
-  Weill Cornell Open House
October 15:
-  Graduate School Fair
October 20:               
-  RSVP Deadline for 10/22 Monthly Meeting
October 22:               
-  Monthly Meeting

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


Graduate School Fair

The John Jay Career Center, The Pre-Law Institute, and the Pre-Health Careers Advisement Center invite all to attend John Jay’s Graduate School Fair. This year, over 40 graduate programs and 10 medicine/health programs will be attending. The fair will take place Wednesday October 15, 2014 in the Gym (4th floor Haaren Hall) from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, follow this link.


PRISM Outing to Thomas Edison's Labs

Famous scientist Thomas Edison worked and lived as an adult in West Orange, New Jersey.  The National Park Service has preserved his home and labs as a museum for visitors.  PRISM is sponsoring a trip to these labs on Saturday, November 15, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., including our travel by chartered bus.  We will see where Thomas Edison perfected his phonograph, experimented with x-rays, and dabbled in making movies!  We will also be receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of his chemistry labs, not usually open to the public.  An event flyer will be sent out next week with additional information.  You may wish to RSVP early to since spots are

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 or prestigious scholarships that you earn, but we also want you to share your and 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 a link! Don’t be shy. 

Scholarship Opportunities

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.  If interested, visit the website linked above for more information, and contact The Office of Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities or Elizabeth Cayton Broccoli, John Jay College Pre-Law Coordinator, 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 your field of study.  If interested, visit the website linked above for more information and contact Ms. Broccoli at OFSO immediately for support. 

PRISM Monthly Meeting - RSVP by October 20

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 also about opportunities to do summer research at Weill Cornell. Next week, you will receive the usual email invitation for this event, which is mandatory for funded students.  All students are required to RSVP, even if not attending, by October 20, using the doodle link in the invitation, available here in advance. 

Have You Bookmarked the PRISM Website Yet?

If you haven’t been on the PRISM website in a while, click here and check it out!  Do it now!  You’ll be glad you did!  The PRISM team posts informational blogs about a variety of topics that will appeal to you and help you along the way.  Just in the last couple of months, these blogs have included posts about scholarship opportunities, student and alumni accomplishments, links to forensic science career webinars, and more!  We even have guest blogs from time to time with advice from your peers!  In addition to these blog posts, you can find archived 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!  Upon your return, expect an email from Fran asking you to report on your experience!  Additionally, we want you to send us pictures that you take.  Please be sure that someone at the conference is in charge of getting pictures that include everyone!  NEAFS and ABRCMS conference students – your conferences are coming up soon so this means you!
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