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A Guide to Finding a Tech Career with Numbers
Seeking Latine Participants for Focus Group Study
Readers and Tutors Needed for ECE 167 Sensing and Sensor Technologies
Readers Needed for ECE 183/293: Advanced Topics in Agriculture Technology
Cybersecurity Workshops From Slug Security!
Readers Needed for BME 118/218: Math of Mind
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-Paced Options
CNC Machines Manufacturing Scholarship
Securing Open Source Software Hackathon
Deans' and Chancellor's Awards Applications are NOW OPEN!
ECE 183 Advanced Topics in Agriculture Technology Course Announcement
Statistics 4+1 Contiguous Pathway
Digital NEST: Free Career Development Conference Opportunity 5/3-5/5
Johns Hopkins University CTY Summer 2023 Jobs
Women Got Game - Gaming & ESports Summit
Explore Faculty Research in Computing / Design in a 1-Credit Course
Undergraduate Internship Opportunity for Electrical Engineering/Other Majors
Spring 2023 Pathways to Grad School
CodePath - Summer Courses Available
Latino Role Models 2023 Conference is on 3/25
Digital NEST: Career Development Conference - Updates to Share!
Deadline Closing: Travel Scholarships! ✈️
A Guide to Finding a Tech Career with Numbers
Seeking Latine Participants for Focus Group Study
Join David Haussler for a new course this Spring - Mathematics of the Mind!
Hello, we are looking for readers and tutors for ECE 167 (Sensing and Sensor Technologies). This is a paid role with minimal time obligations (4-6h/wk, more if desired). Pay rates as follows: undergrad readers $18.40/hr; MS and beyond readers $19.28/hr; tutors $19.28/hr.
Interested applicants can find more information here: https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/
Contact the instructor, Professor Colleen Josephson (email@example.com) with any questions.
Hello, we are looking for readers for ECE 183/293 (Advanced Topics in Agriculture Technology). This is a paid role with minimal time obligations (4-6h/wk, more if desired). Pay rates as follows: undergrad readers $18.40/hr; MS and beyond readers $19.28/hr; tutors $19.28/hr.
Interested applicants can find more information here: https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/
Contact the instructor, Professor Colleen Josephson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Are you a hacker at heart? Do you dream of cracking codes, breaking firewalls, and exposing secrets? Have you ever been curious about how the internet stays safe? Tinkered around a site, trying to find exploits? Well, then Slug Security, UC Santa Cruz's Cybersecurity Club, maybe for you!
Would you like to learn how to hack into servers, create malware, and avoid detection like a true hacker? Do you want to use a Pringles can to make directional antennas and scan for vulnerable networks? Do you want to compete in national competitions and compete against other hackers to see who is the best?
Then join us! We are a student-led cybersecurity club dedicated to fostering a community of hackers who work to improve security.
We host workshops and actively compete in CTF and national competitions such as the NSA Codebreaker Challenge.
We meet every Monday from 1-2 PM at Baskin Engineering 2 Room 506.
Visit our site (https://slugsec.ucsc.edu) for more information. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or email us at email@example.com.
Reader with coding experience wanted for BME 118/218: Math of Mind. This is a paid role with minimal time obligations (4-6h/wk, more if desired). Pay rates as follows: undergrads readers $18.40/hr; MS & beyond readers $19.28/hr.
Interested applicants can find out more information here: https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/.
Contact Matt Elliott for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Make your resume stand out with the premier sustainability designation called the LEED Green Associate! LEED is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. As buildings can become LEED Certified, people can become LEED accredited! The best way to break into the sustainability space is to attain the LEED Green Associate. It also shows employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. Since the LEED GA exam doesn’t have a stellar pass rate, the value of the extra letters behind your name will carry even more weight.
Our engaging webinars have helped over 10K students and professionals learn the material cold AND clear the exam with a very high passing rate. The LEED Professional Designation has helped past participants attain internships and jobs and now is a great time to add this credential.
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-paced options:
I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:
The above options (1-7) are all identical.
Register for a live webinar or start today with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here - https://leadinggreen.com/
This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!
Cost: $200 - Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)
Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options - https://leadinggreen.com/
Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at email@example.com
Scholarship Name: CNC Machines Manufacturing Scholarship
Description: This award is available for students pursuing a certification, certificate, associates, or bachelors in manufacturing or a related area of study
Closes: Sept, 29th 2022
Winner Announced: Oct 30th, 2023
Application Link: https://cncmachines.com/
The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.
The online application for the 2023 Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards is NOW OPEN!
Please read the application guidelines below and contact a faculty mentor to confirm they are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
All 2023 applications must be completed and submitted online by Sunday, April 2, 2023. All graduating Dean's and Chancellor's winners will be recognized by having their names listed in the commencement program during UC Santa Cruz's graduation ceremonies.
DEANS' UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS
Dean's Awards are granted to fifty of the most excellent undergraduate research theses or projects (ten from each academic division) completed at UCSC during the academic year. Each Dean's award project will receive $100 for outstanding achievement in their division. Winners of the Dean's awards will be announced by the end of April 2023.
CHANCELLOR'S UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS
Fifteen Chancellor’s Awards are granted to the most outstanding top three theses or projects from each division's Deans' Awardees. Each Chancellor's Award project will recieve an additional $500. Winners of the Chancellor's awards will be announced by the beginning of May 2023.
The Steck Award will recognize the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees. This student (or team) will receive (or share) an award of $2,000 and the winner's mentor will receive an award of $1,000. In addition, the winning research project will be bound and copies given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.
The Steck Award winner will be posted on the winners page of this site by the end of Student Achievement Week - early June 2023.
Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week. The names of the 2022 winners are posted here and they were acknowledged at the 2022 UCSC College Commencement ceremonies.
Read here about the 2021 Steck Award winner, Olivia Ross, whose project involved studying the possibility of detecting primordial black holes using pulsars. "Ross has never chosen the easier path. If anything, she always picks the steepest and most slippery slope" - Dan White (from UCSC NewsCenter).
- All research project submissions must include at least one letter of recommendation by a faculty mentor/sponsor. Once the student submits their application, a separate email to the listed letter writer will be sent automatically containing the link for them to upload the letter of recommendation.
- All undergraduate students applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support will be possible.
- All applications must include a Description/Abstract of their research project.
- All applications must include either an attachment of a completed thesis or completed project or performance (by URL). Research projects must be finished when the application is submitted. Projects that are still in progress, or are planned to be completed after the application deadline, should be submitted in the following application cycle. Submitted applications that are incomplete, or do not have a project attachment or link, or are projects that are not yet completed, will be rejected.
- The applicant should choose the one faculty mentor/sponsor of their project who is most familiar with the project and who will be able to provide the strongest letter of recommendation. Only one letter of recommendation is required. Mentors should be UCSC faculty/lecturers/post-docs/researchers etc that have a CruzID.
- For group projects, only one student in the group (usually the lead in the project) completes an application. They then must list the other students as project students. Each project member must approve of the application that is submitted.
- When the faculty mentor/sponsor submits their letter of recommendation, they must also approve the submitted project. As soon as the student submits their application a separate email to the designated letter writer will be generated automatically containing the link to upload the letter of recommendation as a pdf. The deadline for letters and approvals is a few days after the student application deadline. It is strongly recommended that the letter writer complete their recommendation as soon as possible after being contacted by the student.
- Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
- Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
- Projects completed in spring 2022 (and therefore not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2023 awards competition, even if the student has already graduated.
- Previous award winners are only eligible to submit projects in the current application cycle if those projects are significantly different in scope or topic from the previously awarded project.
Application requires use of your CruzID Gold password
Undergraduates: ECE 183 Advanced Topics in Agriculture Technology has been approved as an elective for both concentrations of the Electrical Engineering BS, and as an elective for the Robotics Engineering BS. Please contact Dr. Josephson for more information and a permission code if you are interested.
The Statistics 4 +1 contiguous pathway allows highly qualified undergraduate students to get a leg up in graduate school and job applications and gain a deeper understanding of statistics and data science tools by jointly completing an undergraduate major and an M.S. degree in Statistical Science.
The pathway is open to students from a wide variety of majors, including computer science, technology management, economics, mathematics, and physics. Students must declare their interest in pursuing this contiguous pathway no later than their ninth quarter of study at UCSC, and more typically at the end of the sixth or seventh quarter of enrollment. Learn more at https://grad.soe.ucsc.edu/contiguous_pathways#stat
We'd like to share a FREE career development conference called NEST Flight taking place May 3rd through May 5th from 4pm to 7pm. I've attached a flyer with more information and with the QR code for students to register!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Science Teaching Assistants
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the East and West coasts.
We are currently seeking individuals with expertise in a number of computer science-related subjects, including:
- Introduction to Robotics
- Introduction to Programming
- Fundamentals of Computer Science
- Data Structures and Algorithms
A full list of courses can be found at On-Campus Summer Programs Courses | Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) (jhu.edu)
Why teach for CTY?
- share your passion for computer science with highly motivated and talented students
- be a part of an intellectual community
- develop your teaching skills in a supportive, collegial environment
- work alongside dedicated educators from around the world
- limited class size, plus an instructor and assistant for each class, ensures a low student-teacher ratio
- competitive salary plus room and board at our residential sites
2023 Program Core Dates
- Session 1: June 22-July 15
- Session 2: July 15- August 5
*Santa Cruz runs one week later than the dates above
·Teaching assistant candidates are generally graduate or undergraduate students with experience tutoring or as a TA.
Other positions such as Resident Assistant, Health Assistant, Instructor, and Residential Program Assistant are available.
Apply: Fill out an online application at JHU Jobs
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Women Got Game: WGG
- Gamers Developers Conference – San Francisco, CA (Friday, March 24, 2023)
- Women’s Final Four – Dallas, TX (Thursday, March 30, 2023)
- Morris Brown College – Atlanta, GA (Saturday, April 15, 2023)
- Summit: 1PM – 5PM EST
- Tournament: 6PM – 9PM EST
Theme: “Unlimited Opportunity”
A summit consisting of conversations, connections, and competitions; introducing Women of color high school college students to diverse female corporate partners & entrepreneurs in the gaming/esports industry. WGG is the first-ever property of its kind, where successful Women of color corporate executives and entrepreneurs educate, mentor & pay it forward to Women of color college & high school students interested in the gaming & esports industry. The summits will take place during Women’s History Month.
Want to explore new ideas in computing / design research, meet motivated peers, or have interesting things to talk about in interviews? Join CMPM 15, a 1-credit course that introduces research areas that UCSC faculty are actively engaged in, many of whom are looking to involve undergraduate students, and some of which accept most students who have taken CMPM 15. Topics this quarter include brain-inspired neural networks, sustainable sensor networks, explainable AI, accessible technology, 3D modeling, autonomous vehicles, design research, and educational technologies. All students are welcome! (first years, all majors, grad students, etc.).
Do you love plants? Specifically cacti? Specifically the prickly pear cactus? Do you also want renewable energy that will help the environment and our ecosystems in the future? Well, the Living Solar Panels Team here at UCSC headed by ENVS Ph.D. student Charlie Chesney is trying to make solar panels out of these fascinating succulents! If that piques your interest, then reach out to us because we're looking for 2 Electrical Engineering Majors with any of the skills mentioned above. Soldering skills are not required but adequacy in working with circuits/circuit boards and some coding knowledge are highly needed. If you're interested in a very interdisciplinary lab environment where you may learn subjects way different from your major, then come join us! Send your resume and why you would be perfect to join our team to: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: MERR 35A: Pathways to Graduate School - Phase 1, 2 Units.
This is the first part of a 2-part class series guiding students from graduate school exploration through application and preparing for the grad school environment. The second course (MERR 35B) is offered in the fall.
When: Spring 2023, Thursdays from 3:20-4:55
Where: On campus, in-person, Merrill Academic 132
Who: Sophomores and juniors in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Latinx, EOP, and other underrepresented students are prioritized and especially encouraged to express interest in the course.
How: Students who would like to be part of the course, can fill out the interest form to request a permission code.
For more information:
Contact Sara Sanchez with any further questions at: email@example.com.
CodePath.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization reprogramming higher education to create the most diverse generation of software engineers, CTOs, and founders.
In 2022, CodePath partnered with 68 colleges and universities across the country. Within those partnerships, we enrolled 6,900 students in our courses; 70% of them identified as Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, first-generation, and/or low-income. We achieved all this through our no-cost Silicon Valley-backed courses for CS students.
This summer, we are offering courses in:
- Intro to Software Engineering – Introduces software engineering and computer science concepts to students with little to no programming experience. Primarily taught in Python programming language and focuses on beginner topics from conditional, loops, big O notation, dictionaries, strings, and arrays.
- Technical Interview Prep — Ace the technical interview, students will gain a preview of real-world software topics and be prepared to solve challenging algorithmic problems in whiteboard and coding interviews. Geared towards juniors and seniors - ends with a virtual career fair.
Thank you to those who have already shared our free virtual conference with all of your slug students and colleagues. We have two very exciting updates to share with you!
We're so happy to welcome Jeremy Almond as our opening keynote speaker for NEST Flight 2023. Jeremy is the co-founder and CEO of Paystand, a Fin-tech company based in Scotts Valley, CA. Jeremy was raised in Stockton, CA and was the first to graduate college and attend graduate school from his family. Students can join us at NEST Flight 2023 to hear his inspiring story and connect with him. His company is growing & hiring!
We will also be offering the first 70 attendees to register a swag bag that we will mail out post-conference. This does apply to folks who have already registered! Make sure to share out with students today so they can secure a seat and a swag bag!
Attaching our conference recruitment flyer below for you. Students can register here: https://www.accelevents.com/e/
I am a part of our team at TechGuide, where we write helpful resources about Analytics, Computer Science, Design, Engineering, and Fintech. I am reaching out to share a guide that we published, titled, A Career with Numbers: A Complete Guide.
While many skills are becoming increasingly antiquated, number-based professions are becoming ever more crucial. Furthermore, there is a diverse range of applications that this field is involved from the strictly scientific realm to Business, Sociology, Farming, and even Sports. In our modern data-driven world, a Career in Numbers is an excellent choice for both young prospective college students and working professionals, wishing to shake up their careers.
Our guide tackles important topics such as the ff.:
- How to Prepare for a Number-Based Career
- Tech Degrees
- Training Programs
- Special Scholarships; and
- Number-based Career Paths
Our guide is available free on our site at https://techguide.org/
Event Location: Baskin Courtyard
DNA DAY 2023 returns Friday, April 21! Activities include a poster session highlighting UCSC's cutting edge research, resource fair, photo booth, hands-on strawberry DNA extraction, and other fun activities. Come to Baskin Courtyard 11AM-1PM and join the festivities!
Table at DNA DAY
The resource fair at DNA DAY is a great opportunity for student clubs and campus units to share information and recruit new members. To spread the word about your group and join the fun, use the link to reserve a table by Tuesday, March 21: https://forms.gle/RYY3Yj8BtiaM9iLCA
Volunteer at DNA DAY
Be a part of the behind-the-scenes crew that makes it all happen! Set up starts at 9:30AM and clean up is 1:00-1:30PM. All volunteers will receive a DNA DAY t-shirt and our undying gratitude! Anyone who volunteers for an hour or more receives a free lunch. If you are interested in being a part of the excitement and volunteering for DNA DAY, please fill out the form by Monday, April 17, 2023: https://forms.gle/8tscnjaRSovJJ2Rn9
Event Location: Baskin Engineering, E2-180
Sign up for ACMHacks!
ACMHacks is a hackathon organized by ACM at UCSC. During this event, students will come together to create projects based on our theme of Unity. Unity not only represents harmony but also embraces diversity in bringing together various aspects into a cohesive piece. Thus, we challenge hackers to incorporate various aspects of computer science and different technologies in their projects. During the hackathon, along with project building, we will host workshops and social events for hackers to explore new topics and build relationships with their peers.
The hackathon will take place in E2-180 located in Baskin Engineering, from 4/14 7pm to 4/16.
Sign up here: tinyurl.com/acmhacks2023application
Find more information here: https://linktr.ee/acmhacks
Focused ultrasound or "curing with sounds” is a revolutionary non-invasive medical therapy. It sends harmless sound waves to treat 160 medical conditions, such as cancer treatment with no surgery or chemotherapy, and brain conditions without opening the skull. We, at Yektasonics, are developing a novel hardware-software co-designed Phased Array to be used in Focused Ultrasound medical devices. We also commercialize our technology in non-medical applications. We recently shipped our single channel Power Module to a major ultrasound company in USA.
Our technology is an order of magnitude lower cost, and it has some performance breakthroughs. Yektasonics has received numerous awards/recognitions, such as NSF award for I-Corps 2023, being a finalist of American Heart Association in Bay Area in 2022, an award from the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor at Launchpad 2022, a finalist of UC Big Ideas Competitions in 2021, and being a company in residence at UC Berkeley Citris Foundry in 2020.
We have an interesting and challenging Software Research position, where a strong candidate will contribute to our existing software and develop new modules, such as Yektasonics Operating System, our whole software package, our embedded computing interface, our feedback processing codes, and more. The work will be done mostly in C/C++. The work is hosted at UC Santa Cruz BSOE. The candidate should enroll for research credits, and the hours will be paid in future from our profits.
If you are interested, please email your resume as well as your transcript to Navid Gougol at firstname.lastname@example.org. Navid is the CEO/Founder of Yektasonics. You can check out the company website for more information at www.yektasonics.com.
Focused ultrasound (FUS) or "curing with sounds” is a revolutionary non-invasive medical therapy. It sends harmless sound waves to treat over 160 medical conditions, where this number has increased 4 times in the past 4 years. FUS is used in cancer treatment with no surgery or chemotherapy, and brain conditions without opening the skull, to name a few. We, at Yektasonics, have innovation in ultrasound to be used in FUS medical devices as well as other non-medical applications.
In ultrasound, they use sophisticated electronic systems to drive transducers (the element that generates acoustic waves). These drivers are single channel Power Modules or multi-channel Phased Arrays, which are our technology at Yektasonics. The problem is these Power Modules and Phased Arrays are very expensive and they have performance limitations.
We have solutions that are an order of magnitude lower cost, with some performance breakthroughs. We successfully shipped and sold our first batch of our Power Modules last year to a major ultrasound company, and they have reordered a new batch. We are wrapping up our Phased Array to be launched this year, and we are going to miniaturize our technology for some portable ultrasound applications, such as ultrasonic Deep Brain Stimulator (uDBS). uDBS will replace the current severely invasive Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS), used in neurologic conditions such as Parkinson and Epilepsy.
Yektasonics has received numerous awards/recognitions, such as a National Science Foundation award for I-Corps 2023, being a finalist of American Heart Association in Bay Area in 2022, an award from the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor at Launchpad 2022, a finalist of UC Berkeley Big Ideas Competitions in 2021, and being a company in residence at UC Berkeley Citris Foundry in 2020. The current R&D is sponsored by the University of California, with exclusive IP ownership by Yektasonics.
We are seeking a passionate and talented Business Development Staff for our upcoming NSF I-Corps program to develop our business model based on Lean Launchpad methodology. We want to find the market opportunities for our Power Module, our Phased Array, and our future portable ultrasound device in both medical and non-medical sectors. The staff can also be part of other business activities later on, such as scaling the company, raising capital, marketing, and more.
If you are interested, please email your resume as well as your transcript to Navid Gougol at email@example.com, who is the CEO/Founder of Yektasonics and a doctorate student at UCSC. You can check out the company website for more information at www.yektasonics.com.
I am looking for a dedicated individual tutor for ECE 103. The tutor will typically dedicate 6 hours per week helping students during one-to-one 1-hour sessions. Preferably someone who already took the class and got a good grade.
Please apply here https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/
Salaries are here https://apo.ucsc.edu/compensation/salary-scales/index.html
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We are looking for a group tutor for High-Speed Digital Design (ECE 173).
We are particularly interested in undergrads who have taken ECE 173 in a previous quarter and received a grade of B- or higher, but will consider other students with sufficient justification in the application. Please apply at https://rta.soe.ucsc.edu/, and include the quarter in which you took ECE 173, your grade, and any other information you feel might be relevant for your application, such as hardware projects, internship experience, any previous tutor/reader experience you may have, etc.
Experience in ECE 174 and PCB layout tools will be a plus.
Weekly Commitment: ~4 hours p/week. The tutor hours schedule will be made before the first class, and will accommodate your individual schedule.