Inaugural STEM event Intern

Utah Department of Heritage and Arts


Inaugural STEM Event Intern


Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: April 18th, 2022, flexible
Anticipated End Date: December 20, 2022 (flexible depending on intern's plans)
Hours/Week:  TBD

Location: Utah STEM Action Center, 3848 S West Temple, SLC, UT

Compensation from host organization: none
Company Website: https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • none

Position Description:

Project Overview:

The Utah STEM Action Center (STEM AC) was established in 2013 in the Governor’s Office, and is one of the divisions in the Department of Culture and Community Engagement.  The STEM AC is the state’s partner in ensuring optimal access to STEM resources for K-12 and post-secondary students, families, companies, and cultural and community partners.

 

Governor Cox has asked the STEM AC to plan for the first ever Utah Week of STEM that will celebrate “all things STEM.” He will make an executive proclamation on the first day of STEM week (most likely the first week of November) to kick it off. The only requests that he has made for the design of the week is to provide opportunities to announce private-public partnerships that support STEM efforts and focus on activities that support greater inclusion and access that help to broaden participation in STEM.

The role of an intern will include the following:

  • Support the Director of the Center in all planning activities, which can include convening stakeholders for input
  • Help to establish a planning committee, including the structure and function of the committee (e.g., subcommittees, representation etc.)
  • Help to coordinate tasks and responsibilities with committee members
  • Support communication efforts to solicit volunteers in the community
  • Attend any needed meetings with the Governor’s Office
  • Support the Utah STEM Education Foundation in soliciting in kind support for the Week of STEM activities
  • Help to create a communication and promotional strategy for the week event

Benefits of internship:

  • Opportunity to work with a team that is committed and passionate about STEM education; the STEM AC team is a collaborative and fun team that is all about doing good……with STEM.
  • Ability to create a professional network
  • Great vitae/resume addition to have worked in an organization that is in the Governor’s Office
  • Build communication, project management, teamwork and creative event planning skills
  • Opportunity to be a part of an exciting inaugural STEM event

 

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at jacqueline.broida@utah.edu with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.

Savannah Romney

Savannah Romney

Savannah Romney is a double-major in biology and math at the University of Utah.

Savannah participated in the ACCESS Scholars scholarship program for entering first-year students who are dedicated to expanding science education to all sectors of our society, including to women who traditionally have had a harder time breaking “the glass ceiling.” She appears to have shattered that ceiling (so wear your shoes … there’s glass everywhere!)

A Utah native, Savannah commutes to school every day from Draper where she works in the Parkinson lab studying e-coli.

“During my ACCESS year, I have gained confidence in my abilities as a student, leader and scientist,” she says. Savannah talks about how ACCESS connected her with peers who share her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and learning in general. The ACCESS network now includes “Some of my best friends!” she says.

She reminds young people who are considering a university education that life at the U is “fast paced, so balancing academics with your personal life is so important.”

Her favorite ACCESS social was the Star Party at the U’s observatory atop the physics building where the night sky is brought into high relief for researchers and students alike.

“While transitioning to college can be intimidating,” she says, it is comforting to know you are not alone. ACCESS Scholars connected me with the very best advisors, mentors, and peers/friends I could ever hope for!”

To conclude, she says that “if you’re passionate about STEM and want to enhance your college experience, ACCESS Scholars is for you!”

 

by David Pace, first published @biology.utah.edu

College Rankings

College Rankings


U.S. News & World Report has released their 2022-2022 National University Rankings. The University of Utah is now ranked No. 1 in Utah and No. 42 nationally among public universities.

The College of Science fared even better. National rankings for public universities put Biology at No. 13, Chemistry at No. 20, Mathematics at No. 22, and Physics & Astronomy at No. 47.

There are many factors used to determine a school’s final ranking in the U.S. News & World Report but one factor that is not considered is cost. When cost is factored, there are few universities that challenge the University of Utah.

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Youth Education Assistant Intern

University of Utah Youth Education


Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: June 6, 2022
Anticipated End Date: August 12, 2022
Hours/Week:  30-35 hours/week, schedule varies, but M-F between 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Location: on campus
Compensation from host organization: none
Company Website: https://continue.utah.edu/youth

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • none

Position Description:

Desired Skills:

  • Desire and ability to work with children in a classroom environment
  • Adaptable and flexible to daily changes
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Prior experience in STEAM-based subjects
  • Self-directed, punctual, and highly organized
  • At least 18 years old
  • Valid driver’s license

Description:

We are looking for applicants who enjoy working with youth and are interested in day camps. Interns assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their camper group within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes. Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Help to guide groups and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities.
  • Be aware of safety concerns and report problems to the proper authority.
  • Assist with the preparation and implementation of activities and programs.
  • Encourage campers to participate in camp-wide programs, special events, and all other activities by demonstrating excitement and enthusiasm appropriately.
  • Assist in any activity however needed.
  • Help ensure the health and welfare of campers.
  • Recognize and respond to teachable moments in the group.

Note: day camps subjects include: Physics, Science, Algebra, Marine Biology, Space Science, Animal Science, Mycology, Biology, Genetics, and more!

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at jacqueline.broida@utah.edu with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.

Distinguished Researcher

Distinguished Research Award


Jon Chaika, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, has been awarded the Distinguished Research Award (DRA) from the University of Utah.

The DRA recognizes outstanding achievements in research by University of Utah faculty. Up to three awards for outstanding achievements in research are awarded to university faculty each year. This prestigious research award provides a faculty member with a $10,000 grant to pursue research and/or creative pursuits, as well as recognition at the university’s commencement exercises.

"It’s a big honor to receive the DRA, and it adds to my excitement to continue working on the problems that I have been pursuing," he said.

The funds from the award will allow Chaika to meet with other colleagues on his research. "The type of mathematics I do doesn’t need labs or expensive machinery, but it does rely heavily on interactions with other people,” he said. “This award will allow me to work with my collaborators, domestically and abroad."

Jon Chaika

Research on dynamical systems

Chaika’s research is in the field of dynamical systems, which seeks to understand a space and a map by following individual points. The map could represent the passage of time in a physical system. Ergodic theory is a sub-branch of dynamical systems that uses an idea called a measure to do this. A measure is an abstraction of the idea of length or area (or volume). One of the families of systems Chaika studies is billiards in polygons. In these systems, a point travels in a straight line inside a polygon until it hits one of the sides. Once it hits a side, it obeys the law of elastic collision, bouncing off the side the same way a billiard ball would off the side of a pool table. It then continues to travel in a straight line until it hits the next side, where it again has an elastic collision. Chaika and Giovanni Forni, a mathematician at the University of Maryland, have been able to show there are billiards in polygons in which the flow in different directions is usually uncorrelated.

Other awards

In July 2022, Chaika will give an invited lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). Originally scheduled to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, the conference now will be held remotely. Chaika will present jointly with Barak Weiss, professor of mathematics at Tel Aviv University.  Invited lectures are organized into sections, and Professors Chaika and Weiss will present within the “Dynamics” section. The U’s Department of Mathematics will have outstanding representation at the ICM. In addition to Chaika, Mladen Bestvina, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, will give a plenary lecture at the event.

In 2020, Chaika received a Simons Fellows Award in Mathematics. He obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010 from Rice University and joined the University of Utah in 2013.

by Michele Swaner, first published @ math.utah.edu

 

Distinguished Educator

Distinguished Educator Award


Claudia De Grandi

Claudia De Grandi awarded College of Science Distinguished Educator Award.

Claudia De Grandi, assistant professor (lecturer) of educational practice in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to the educational mission of the College of Science by receiving the 2021-2022 College of Science Distinguished Educator Award.

Nominations for the award include faculty who have gone above and beyond to foster community, provide engaged learning opportunities, or otherwise substantially enrich learning experiences within the College of Science community at the university.

“I am excited and honored to receive this award! It’s a pleasure to work with faculty, students, and staff in the College in the pursuit of educational excellence.”

In supporting De Grandi’s nomination, Christoph Boehme, professor and chair of the department, said, “The award recognizes the excellent work that Claudia has done over the past years, not just as an outstanding course instructor, but also for course and curriculum development. We are so lucky to have her as a faculty member in the department.”

Some of the projects she has been actively involved with in the department include: designing and leading the teaching assistant orientation for incoming graduate students, reforming the undergraduate physics curriculum, and piloting a new peer-to-peer mentoring program (the PANDA Network led by Dr. Gail Zasowski).

Since fall 2020, Dr. De Grandi has served as the chair of the Physics and Astronomy Teaching Excellence Committee, the goal of which is to support all faculty and instructors in the department to design effective learning environments and foster student success. The ongoing work of this committee includes: creating a community in the department to discuss and share teaching practices and tools (especially during the beginning of Covid-19 and the adjustment to online teaching); providing instructors with the tools to seek feedback from students (e.g. via mid-semester anonymous surveys); and advising department leadership on the implementation of teaching innovation.

Since her arrival at the U in 2018, De Grandi has been teaching several large-enrollment introductory physics courses and labs geared to all STEM majors. De Grandi designs her courses with these goals in mind: fostering community and collaboration among students, creating a space for incremental learning, and providing resources and access.

Informed by her previous teaching experience at Yale University, De Grandi brought to the U a new course in the spring of 2020: the Being Human in STEM course (SCI 3900/HONOR 3990). The goal of this course is to create a space for dialogue between STEM students and STEM faculty to investigate together the theme of diversity and climate within STEM. As part of the course, students develop and implement their own projects with the goal of improving the experience of STEM students at the university. The course satisfies the University General Education Diversity requirement and also counts as an Honors College elective. De Grandi has co-taught this course for the past three years in collaboration with other faculty in the College of ScienceCollege of Engineering, and College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Here is what one student said about the course. “This class gave me the tools I needed to be more inclusive and bring more humanity into STEM and the world. It has really just opened the door for me to realize that I have so much more to learn and experience. I am humbled by what little I know and how much I have to learn; but this class has given me the tools to start asking why. [It has also helped me in] re-examining my perceptions and how the dominant culture influences the foundations of our societies. It is by asking these questions and coming to these realizations that will then allow me to understand how we and I begin to dismantle it. Thank you all for giving us these tools! — Sam Bagge (Geology) Being Human in STEM 2021

by Michele Swaner, first published @ physics.utah.edu

 

Quality Associate Intern

DiscGenics


Quality Associate Intern

Position Description:

  • Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
  • Anticipated Start Date: Decided upon offer
  • Anticipated End Date: TBD
  • Hours/Week: part-time
  • Work Schedule: TBD
  • Work Location: 5940 Harold Gatty Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • Compensation from host organization: TBD

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Pursuing a degree in a scientific related field (chemistry, microbiology, or other related field).

Description

  • Department: Quality
  • Reports to: Nicole Bowen

Summary:

The quality intern will work on quality-related projects and help build laboratory and QA related processes in order to prepare for commercialization.

This role interacts with all levels of the organization in a collaborative and positive way with colleagues to facilitate department and organizational initiatives for cultural cohesion aligned to the DiscGenics Values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The intern will take direction and will work on projects related to building of laboratory and QA related activities for product
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • Knowledge of scientific principles associated with chemistry, microbiology, or other related fields.
  • Exceptional time management and multi-tasking
  • Team leadership skills and team
  • Adheres to and leads with the Company Values of Integrity, Innovation, Accuracy, Teamwork and
  • Regular and predictable
  • Ability to report to work responsive, free from sedatives, and in a non-sedative state.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of quality-related principles

Working Conditions:

Position requires qualified individuals to see, hear and speak (verbally and audibly). Required to ascend and descend stairs; sit, stand, lift, bend, stoop, crawl and kneel. The employee must also use hands to finger, handle or feel. Occasionally reaching with hands and arms, climbing or balancing are required. May be asked to drive or travel by car, air, or other transportation for business purposes.

Must be able to lift and carry 20 pounds.

Must be able to function effectively with noise in a lab environment. Natural and regular stressors occur on the job.

Must disclose prescribed pharmaceuticals and/or OTC that may impair or affect the ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Natural and regular stressors occur on the job.

 

 

Additional Information:

Disclaimer:

Please note: DiscGenics reserves the right to change, modify, suspend, interpret, or cancel in whole, or in part, any of the duties outlined above, at any time, and without advance notice to the employee.

 

Lab Intern

DiscGenics


Lab Intern

Position Description:

  • Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
  • Anticipated Start Date: Decided upon offer
  • Anticipated End Date: TBD
  • Hours/Week: part-time
  • Work Schedule: TBD
  • Work Location: 5940 Harold Gatty Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • Compensation from host organization: TBD

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Coursework and wet lab experience in biological, chemical, or related field of science

Description

  • Department: AM Development
  • Reports to: Will Heaton

Summary:

The Lab Intern at DiscGenics is responsible for basic lab support. This role interacts with all levels of the organization in a collaborative and positive way with

colleagues to facilitate department and organizational initiatives for cultural cohesion aligned to the DiscGenics’ Values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lab Organization
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Basic Lab Work
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • General understanding of biological laboratory processes
  • Fast learner who can transition between tasks
  • Excellent leadership skills, ability to foster creative and productive team
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and organizational
  • Comfort working in fluid structure of a start-up
  • Independence and creative problem-solving
  • Ability to handle highly confidential business
  • Must be willing to work with human cells and
  • Exceptional time management and multi-tasking
  • Team leadership skills and team
  • Adheres to and leads with the Company Values of Integrity, Innovation, Accuracy, Teamwork and
  • Regular and predictable
  • Ability to report to work responsive, free from sedatives, and in a non-sedative state.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Working Conditions:

Position requires qualified individuals to see, hear and speak (verbally and audibly). Required to ascend and descend stairs; sit, stand, lift, bend, stoop, crawl and kneel. The employee must also use hands to finger, handle or feel. Occasionally reaching with hands and arms, climbing or balancing are required. May be asked to drive or travel by car, air, or other transportation for business purposes.

Must be able to lift and carry 20 pounds.

Must be able to function effectively with noise in a lab environment. Natural and regular stressors occur on the job.

Must disclose prescribed pharmaceuticals and/or OTC that may impair or affect the ability to perform the essential functions of the job. Natural and regular stressors occur on the job.

 

Additional Information:

Disclaimer:

Please note: DiscGenics reserves the right to change, modify, suspend, interpret, or cancel in whole, or in part, any of the duties outlined above, at any time, and without advance notice to the employee.

 

Lab Analyst Intern

Nelson Labs


Lab Analyst Intern

Position Description:

  • Application Deadline: rolling, April 7, 2022
  • Anticipated Start Date: decided upon offer
  • Anticipated End Date: TBD
  • Hours/Week:  Full-time
  • Work Location:  Salt Lake City
  • Compensation from host organization: TBD

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • Biology or Chemistry major or similar (such as Biochemistry)

Summary

Job summary:

Interns are trained and proficient in all basic lab techniques.  These analysts learn and perform specific tests in the lab they are assigned.  They report to an identified supervisor in their assigned area with collaboration from the internship coordinator.

Essential job functions:

Scientific/General

  • Perform studies, both GLP and non GLP; start to finish under supervision of the Study Director.
  • Order supplies and media.
  • Ensure testing is conducted according to approved procedures (SOP, STP, PDS, SDS, etc)
  • Perform basic lab procedures such as:
    • Plate counts
    • Gram stains
    • Streak plate
    • Aseptic technique
    • Daily standardization
  • Perform duties in the section assigned

Regulatory & Compliance

  • Know and follow applicable regulatory requirements (GMP, GLP, ISO, etc).
  • Know and follow company policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all data are accurately and concurrently recorded.
  • Notify the Study Director of any unforeseen circumstances or events that occur during testing.

Professional Development

  • Complete and document training prior to performing procedures.
  • Complete required training on time.

Customer Service

  • Uphold the NLI service standard.
  • Meet or exceed sponsor and supervisor expectations.

Job requirements:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to follow written procedures
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Ability to work with a variety of people

Physical requirements:

Employee must stand and walk for 70% of the day; sit at a desk for 30%, 10% of sitting time is spent working on the computer and must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.

Additional Information:

IMPORTANT: you must apply both through the Facilitated Internship Program (link below) and on the Sotera Health Website (linked) for this position!

Overdose2Action Grant – Synthetic Opioids Research Intern

Utah Public Health Lab


Application Deadline: April 7, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: May 31, 2022
Anticipated End Date: August 5, 2022
Hours/Week:  15 hours/week, between the hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm M-F

Location: 4431 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84129
Compensation from host organization: $15/hour
Company Website: https://uphl.utah.gov/

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Additional Requirements for This Position:

  • 2nd-year student or above

Position Description:

The Overdose2Action grant aims to study the prevalence and representation of fentanyl and fentalogs throughout the state of Utah, especially as they relate to non-fatal overdoses. Our role in the laboratory is to facilitate partnerships with hospitals and syringe exchange programs in order to obtain appropriate samples. Our responsibility also encompasses testing these samples, which involves using sample preparation techniques and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry instrumentation to test for suspected analytes.

The role of the research intern would be to conduct work both in and out of the laboratory, including networking with a wide variety of local public health partners, gaining familiarity with the developed analytical chemistry/toxicology methods and instrumentation, and preparing/running samples under the supervision of the Chemical Threats Technical Supervisor.

Additional Information:

This internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at jacqueline.broida@utah.edu with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.