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March 6, 2013
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  • University welcomes community college students for STEM research
    Students from three community colleges are getting more than just a taste of what they'll be doing in the future as they participate in the University of California research project the "Sequence to Success DNA Barcoding Challenge." The project, which also includes university students, is being funded with the assistance of a Department of Education grant. "This grant aims to increase the number of community college students transferring into the STEM fields and improve their success and retention in the university," said Richard Cardullo, professor, faculty director of a STEM program at the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and co-principal investigator of the grant. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (3/5) Email this Story
  • Educational video games give students the controls
    A version of the SimCity video game launching today is intended to help engage students in classroom lessons and encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. SimCityEDU is part of an effort by GlassLab -- Games, Learning and Assessment Lab -- and housed at Electronic Arts offices, to also provide accompanying lesson plans and an online teachers' network for the refocused game. USA Today (3/4)
  • Ideas to help students whose behavior affects performance
    Students who are struggling need patience and encouragement to build confidence and learn, writes special-education teacher Laurie Wasserman. Wasserman in this blog post shares ideas that she learned during a recent experience with a challenging STEM professional-development project. "I realize that the most valuable lesson I've learned from this STEM grant wasn't how to use the laptop, or navigate the math; it's how I can better approach my students whose behaviors affect their classroom performance," Wasserman writes. MiddleWeb/Two Teachers in a Room blog (3/3)
 
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  • Energy companies, engineering students benefit from internships
    Petroleum companies that open their doors to engineering students through internships not only provide invaluable experience for the students, but the companies get a head start on recruiting much-needed engineering graduates. "We have more opportunities than students," said Jack Gray, director of the engineering internship office at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering. "If an employer isn't engaged in this early recruitment, they've probably lost anywhere from a quarter to maybe as high as a third of students. It's absolutely critical for them to get involved in early recruitment." Financial Post (Canada) (3/5) Email this Story
  Trends 
  • Crowdfunding tips for young entrepreneurs
    Crowdfunding is set to become an option for entrepreneurs, and it could be particularly helpful to young entrepreneurs who don't have the track record that banks and traditional investors seek. Startups seeking money this way need to tell a compelling story, reach out to locals and prepare to share their financial and personal information, write Larry Baker and Charlie Tribbett, co-founders of Bolstr. YoungEntrepreneur.com (3/4)
  • Have internships become essential for landing a good job?
    Many employers say they are more interested in what college students do outside of their classroom activities than their majors or grade-point averages, according to a survey released Monday by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In response to the growing preference, many colleges are developing programs to encourage students to take internships or co-ops, where they can study and work at the same time. American Public Media/Marketplace (3/4)
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