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Honors College Announcements for the Week of December 7-13, 2011


Guess Who's Coming to Hunter?


Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Mount Sinai School of Medicine

to explain “PATHWAYS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL”   Wed, Dec 7, 1:00pm. 615 HW

Dean of Admissions from the MSSM will discuss access to medical school as she walks you through the application process  and delineates what makes  AN ATTRACTIVE CANDIDATE TO A TOP 20 MED SCHOOL.



Charlotte Beyer, Hunter ’69 and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of American Finance invites all Pre-Business and other interested students to

“A Conversation with Paul Volcker”

 Mr. Volcker served in the federal government for almost 30 years during five presidential administrations, and was Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Barack Obama from February 2009 until January 2011.

Appointed as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he was re-appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. As Chairman of the first National Commission on the Public Service (the “Volcker Commission”) in 1988 and the second Volcker Commission in 2002, he established himself as one of the nation’s strongest advocates for the revitalization of the public service

Dr. Richard Sylla, the Henry Kaufman Professor of the History of Financial Institutions and Markets at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Chairman of the Museum, will facilitate the discussion.

Presentation will be followed by Q&A and reception. Reservations required. Admission is free for students.

Please contact Tempris Small at 212-908-4110 or Please mention Ms. Beyer’s name when making reservations.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212.908.4110



The Mind-Body Connection: Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate teaches mental and physical acuity, mind-body co-ordination and lifelong leadership skills while also enhancing health and well-being.

It’s challenging, fun and welcoming to all levels, especially beginners.  Join other Macaulay students in this opportunity to explore and study the fundamentals of Shotokan Karate.

In collaboration with the Japan Karate Association,  Dr. Jake  Levitt, MD, will offer a special demonstration class for Macaulay students.

 Dr Levitt, a fourth-degree black belt, is a student of Sensei Masataka Mori, a pioneer of instruction in North America, having immigrated to Manhattan’s upper West Side where he has taught since 1966.  Master Mori’s students have established student clubs at such distinguished universities as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia and the University of Connecticut.

All Macaulay students interest in fitness, fun and creating a student karate club are encouraged to attend this demonstration class.

Wednesday,  December 7th,  at 7 pm
Hunter College, West Building
Take the escalator down to Level B-4


4.   Author Reading at Hunter!


 Alice Fulton reads at Hunter!

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.

 West Lobby, Hunter College, West Building, Ground Floor.

RSVP: to or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required.

Alice Fulton's 2001 poetry collection Felt was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. Her other books include Palladium (winner of the National Poetry Series and the Society of Midland Authors Award), Dance Script With Electric Ballerina (winner of The Associated Writing Programs Award) and most recently Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems.


5.  Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute Spring 2012 Internships

 The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute has openings for interns in the areas of Research, Communications/New Media, Graphic Design/Web Development, and Public Programs/Special Events.

Research Interns will assist Roosevelt House visiting scholars and other faculty with academic research projects in public policy, human rights, public health policy, and other relevant areas.

Communications and New Media Interns will draft communications and publications to support the mission of Roosevelt House and help manage Roosevelt House’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, etc.).

Graphic Design and Web Development Interns will create posters and other marketing materials for Roosevelt House programs and assist the web development team with website management, editing, and updating.

Public Programs & Special Events Interns will coordinate and assist in event planning for policy and human rights lectures, discussions, roundtables, and conferences; and support fundraising initiatives and Roosevelt House donor opportunities.

Go to click on “Macaulay Maintained Internships” on the upper right for more information or to apply.


6.   U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
          Summer 2012 RESEARCH Experiences


•    Undergraduate students
•    10 week research experience
•    $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses                                                                           •    Areas of research:
Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences
•    Projects offered at:
o    National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River
o    DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory
o    Other research facilities, including Air Force Research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology
•    Locations include CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NM, NJ, OH, SC, TN, WA, VA

U.S. citizenship required
•    Application deadline: January 5, 2012

Go to


7.  The 2011 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge: The Science Behind the Prize
A Competition for CUNY Undergraduate Students

The Nobel Prizes in physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics were recently announced.

You are invited to describe in 1000-1500 words, the scientific concepts behind the work for which one of the 2011 Nobel winners received their respective prize and the present and future significance of the research to humanity.

The outlines must make the science accessible to the lay person.

The essays will be read and judged by a distinguished CUNY faculty committee.  Three prizes will be awarded in each category (physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, and economics) and one additional prize will be awarded to the best essay submitted. 


First Prize:          Apple iMac Computer
Second Prize:     Apple iPad II
Third Prize:         Amazon Kindle wireless reading device

First Prize winners from each category will be forwarded to a second faculty committee that will select the Grand Prize winner for the best essay submitted overall.

 Please note that previous first prize winners are not eligible for this year's competition. The Grand Prize winner will receive $3,000.

Essays must be submitted by December 9, 2011.  They should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and submitted by email with subject heading “CUNY Nobel Science Challenge –your essay category” to:

Please note:
Essays must be your own original and independent work.
Essays will be judged on accuracy and clarity.
Challenge is open to all first degree undergraduate students currently registered in a degree program at CUNY.
When you submit your essay, include in your college, major (declared or intended), class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) and the best telephone number where you can be contacted.

Winners will be announced in February, 2012.

For more information, visit




 2012 Hunter/Fried Frank LSAT Diversity Initiative
Priority deadline:  December 15

It’s that time again! Are you thinking about preparing for the LSAT?

Sophomore year is not too early to begin studying if you plan to attend law school immediately after graduation.

As part of a diversity initiative in conjunction with a prestigious New York City law firm -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson -- Hunter College offers an especially designed, extensive two-part course for Hunter students to prepare you for the Fall 2012 LSAT. 

NOTE:  In addition to the course described below (which has a focus on the Fall) we have other arrangments in place to subsidize your studies as you prepare for the June 2012 LSAT.  So please apply either way and alert the office to your timing on the application form.

Part 1: Spring Introductory Component
The Spring Intro Component starts at the beginning of next term with an introduction to core LSAT concepts – on four consecutive Sundays – and then continues with guided self study and two additional workshops on select Sundays later in the term.

Part 2:  Summer Intensive Component
The Summer Intensive Component will commence in June, and run through October, meeting twice on weekday evenings from 6-9:30, with diagnostic tests to be completed during the weekends.

To apply for entry:    Complete the (i) 2 attached forms, and include (ii) a copy of your resume and (iii) a current transcript (unofficial is fine) and email to (noting LSAT prep in the subject line) OR enclose materials in a flat 8-1/2x11 envelope and bring to Room 812 East and leave in the mailbox of Elise Jaffe, Hunter’s pre-law advisor.

Cost:  This is a highly subsidized course, and scholarship arrangements may be possible for hardship situations.  The student contribution for the Spring Component ONLY (Feb.-May) will be $100.  The student contribution for the Summer Intensive Prep (June-Oct.) will be no more than $400 (contingent on funding to be confirmed in the spring.)  Note that, by comparison, a shorter standard 3-month long commercial course costs approximately $1500



The Leon Cooperman Pre-Business program is recruiting!!!!!!!

In addition to unparalleled access to a range of different opportunities interns also receive annual stipends up to $2500.

The Leon Cooperman Pre-Business Program provides a cohort of talented Hunter College students with the financial support, skills and self-confidence to pursue successful careers in business and to compete for admissions to leading business schools around the world.

The Program seeks to accomplish this through scholarships and
internship support, an MBA admissions preparation program, career
panels, interviewing workshops, and the creation of a mentoring
network for Hunter College students.

More information about the Scholarship and the application process can
be found here:

The deadline for 2011 – 2012 has been extended to Thursday, December 15, 2011.


10.  Student leaders wanted for Macaulay Service Abroad Initiative!

Do you want to improve health care in impoverished communities? Do you want to educate underprivileged populations about disease and hygiene? Do you want to make a difference in someone's life?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining the Macaulay chapter of the Global Medical Brigades.

Global Medical Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to health care. Each year, more than 3,000 student volunteers and health professionals travel to Central America to establish mobile medical clinics in under-resourced communities.

 Through fund-raising and grant-writing, volunteers purchase medical and pharmaceutical supplies, recruit medical professionals, and travel to areas that lack access to medical treatment. 

More information can be found here:

Anyone interested in getting involved with this service opportunity please email the attached application to  by 5pm on Dec. 9th and fill out this survey.


11.   Want to make a difference in the lives of families and children?

Consider the Children’s Corps, an innovative and exciting program created to equalize life opportunities for children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Inspired by the model used by Teach for America, Children’s Corps recruits, trains, places, and supports individuals who are dedicated and committed to making a difference.

Selected Corps members enter our five-week summer leadership academy, after which they are placed as a preventive or foster care caseworker in one of our partner child welfare agencies throughout New York City and Westchester.

Corps members commit to agencies for two years of casework and agencies provide a full salary, complete benefits and further training.

Candidates must have received their bachelor’s degree by June 2012 and be eligible to work in the United States.

Salary range: $30,000 - $38,000 with full benefits with an undergraduate degree .

The recruiter will be on campus to discuss the program and application process with the Children's Corp: Information Session Thursday, December 8, 2011, 1 – 2pm, East Building, Room 805.


12.  Interested in Working for the Betterment of the Environment?
 Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation offers scholarships to students who are sophomores and juniors and who have the commitment and potential to make significant contributions to the environment and related fields.

This national scholarship program provides a scholarship of up to $5,000 and offers the opportunity to participate in a special scholar orientation weekend to meet and work with a national network of environmental leaders.

 Further information and a sample application are available at the Udall Scholarship website:

Interested students must contact Myrna Fader of their intent to apply and must submit applications by February 1, 2012.



For more information please contact the MLEF Program Office:
Email: 2012 PROGRAM 

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week paid summer internship with opportunities in the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for women
and minority students who are currently enrolled in Science, Technology (IT), Engineering, and Math majors
at an accredited college or university.

Provide opportunities for educational advancement and career development through an award winning internship program for women and minority students in Science,
Technology (IT), Engineering and Math.

 Applicants must be a US citizen
 Undergraduate students completing their sophomore
     year in Spring 2012 through PhD candidates
 Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

Application deadline is December 31, 2011. The start
date for the summer internship program is June 4, 2012.

For more information about DOE/FE and to complete the
MLEF application, please visit our webpage:


14.   DMI Scholars program of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy.

The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy created DMI Scholars to identify progressive college activists from underrepresented communities and train them in the skills necessary to succeed in entry-level public policy positions.

Applications are now available for the 2012 Class of DMI Scholars! To apply, please download the application here:

DMI Scholars is a “Public Policy 101” for students who want to keep our country moving forward. Our two-week DMI Scholars Summer Institute will be in New York City during Summer 2012.   There, Scholars will learn to approach problems through a policy lens and meet people on the frontlines fighting for fair and just public policy. After our intensive summer training, we will help students throughout the year explore careers in the field through internships and follow-up trainings.

With DMI’s network and expertise, DMI Scholars will become the future Legislative Directors, Policy Analysts and Advisors who fuel the progressive movement with new ideas and effective advocacy.

Applicants should be sharp, creative college sophomores and juniors with a passion for changing the world, strong communication skills, and an interest in exploring public policy as a vehicle for their activism. We strongly encourage students of color, immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community and students from low-income and working class backgrounds to apply. All expenses are paid.

Application deadline: January 31, 2012.

To learn more, download the application:
To apply, send application materials to



 An internship or post graduate opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides paid opportunities for undergraduates, grad students, recent graduates, and faculty to participate in high-quality research alongside world-class scientists to solve real-world problems.

 Opportunities are available for internships and co-ops, research appointments, and sabbaticals.  All opportunities are limited to scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical fields.

You can access all available opportunities through the website of  This will take you to the profile based application system where you can apply for numerous programs after you complete your profile.  The Talent and Opportunity System allows you to create a profile, and then for each program or job posting that you apply for, you only answer 5 or 6 questions.

Individuals who choose an internship or research opportunity at ORNL are paired with world-class scientists to solve real-world problems.

All levels of participants from undergraduates to faculty are encouraged to publish research papers with their mentors.

There is a featured two minute video of research participants at ORNL sharing their thoughts on how accesses to world-class research facilities and staff have catapulted their careers in science and technology.  If you would like to see the  video, you can find it on YouTube at


16.    Humanity in Action Fellowship     June 2- July 3, 2011

The Humanity in Action Foundation  brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce research exploring how and why individuals and societies  have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values.

Separate programs will take place for five weeks in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw.

The program is open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors and graduates for the undergraduate classes of 2009 and 2010.  Students of all academic disciplines, interests and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Fellows are selected on the basis of leadership potential, academic achievement, the willingness to work with others, and a commitment to human rights and social justice.

Further information and the application is available at their website:

Deadline:  January 10, 2012


17.  And saving what may be the best for last:

Finished With Finals Ice Skating Party—Dec. 22, 6-8pm

Skate at Citi Pond Rink in Bryant Park. Stay tuned for the special Macaulay students-only deal and post-skating “warm-up” gathering! Sponsored by your Macaulay Scholars Council.