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HCHC Weekly Updates

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


1.    Biology classes of potential interest to pre-law students

2.    Volunteer research assistant needed in Dept. of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine

3.    Cornell is coming to Hunter

4.    PAID fall internship position -- apply ASAP to Halpern, Brown Darienzo!!

5.    Spring 2012 White House Internship

6.    Public Policy Program Open House

7.    Special Program at St. Jude's Hospital

8.    Pre-Law Internship Search Strategies

9.    Information about Physical Therapy at Hunter

10.    Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop


1. Biology classes of potential interest to pre-law students

CSI: Hunter (Forensic Biology)
Fulfills 4.5 credits of GER/2/E Lab Requirement
BIOL 150 (4.5 credits) Prerequisite: Math 101

Lecture - Monday and Thursday 8:10-9:25am Lab 3hr- depends on section

Course Description: Introductory laboratory course for non-biology majors. Cover techniques used by forensic scientists to analyze a crime scene, and the biological concepts behind them. Learn how biological evidence like fingerprints, blood, and DNA are collected, analyzed, and presented as evidence to solve crimes. Former guest speakers include: Innocence Project, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and current DNA forensic research.

The credits for this course will not count towards the credits required for the Biology Major.

For further information about this course please contact Dr. Janette Gomos Klein at:



Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) research assistant needed to assist physician with research projects taking place at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center Department of Pediatrics and/or Woodhull Hospital. 

Projects involve looking at the impact of parent literacy on children’s health, with areas of focus including parent understanding of medication instructions/prevention of medication errors, and childhood obesity prevention.

The research assistant would help with multiple aspects of the research projects, including:

Data collection
-       Enrollment of families
-       Performing parent interviews and administration of assessments

Maintenance of research data
-       Scoring of questionnaires and assessments
-       Data entry

Administrative support
-       Preparation of materials for assessments
-       Ordering/organizing study materials, including incentives for participation and office supplies

-       Fluency in English and Spanish
-       Excellent communication and organization skills
-       Prior research experience (preferred)

This position also provides a unique opportunity to become involved in research projects with the potential to collaborate on scholarly abstracts / publications.

If interested, email Ms. Cerra at with a copy of your most recent resume and the Volunteer Application.

For more information on Resume, Cover Letter, and Letter of Interest writing please see the Career Development Office located on the 8th floor of the East Building and view their website here:



Doctors and admissions representatives from Weill Cornell will be discussing:
*Disparities in Health
*The Holistic Review Admissions Process: The need for it!
*Medical School Admissions process at Weill Cornell Medical College
*Summer program opportunities for premedical and medical students at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering
*Cancer Center
*Time management, how to do it all?

Time: September 14, 2011 (Wednesday) 1-3 PM
Room: TBA


4. PAID fall internship position -- apply ASAP to Halpern, Brown Darienzo!!

We are happy to announce a great paid part-time internship opportunity beginning this Fall, 2011. Below please find the job position details and its qualifications. We welcome all students with a keen interest in the law to apply, however freshmen and sophomores are preferred.

To apply for the position, submit your resume by email at with the subject line "Fall Internship 2011" in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

After the resume is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview.

Company Overview:
 Halpern, Brown & Darienzo, Esqs. specializes exclusively in personal injury and represents people who are victims of another party’s negligence or carelessness. Our firm is dedicated to providing the best possible legal representation to our clients. We are a firm of lawyers and supportive legal professionals that work in a team based environment on a wide range of legal initiatives, including litigation support, discovery matters, legal writing, and case investigations.

For more information, visit us on the web at

Position Details – Part Time-Legal Assistant
The Law Offices of Halpern, Brown & Darienzo, Esqs. is seeking an exceptionally bright, detail oriented, multitasking and self-motivated individual to support our legal team.

This individual must commit to 3 or 4 days a week, for 6 hours each day.  Specific days of the week are contingent upon individual’s class schedule.  

This exciting role requires superior attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines, great organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple critical tasks. As such, the candidate must be skilled at anticipating problems, managing multiple priorities and problem solving. A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with clients, inside and outside the company, is important.

The Legal Assistant is responsible for arranging conferences and developing materials for client meetings, basic legal writing, general office support functions, such as file maintenance, and direct support on expense reports, appointments, etc. The ideal candidate is able to handle a substantial amount of secretarial work in a team environment, while keeping abreast of general business objectives, policies, standards, services, procedures and related information in order to maintain a comprehensive awareness of the law office. Other key responsibilities include:

Basic Qualifications:   
•    Detailed planning, time management and organizational skills
•    Advanced knowledge of Macintosh and Windows Operating systems as well as strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.    
•    Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines
Preferred Qualifications
•    Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
•    Positive, proactive and able to always exercise great judgment
•    Ability to demonstrate sound judgment even in ambiguous situations
•    Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams
•     Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Strong analytical and computer skills
•    Common sense, great judgment, and a good sense of humor

To be determined, commensurate with experience.


5. Spring 2012 White House Internship

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today's young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2012 program.

We are reaching out to your organization to encourage you to pass along information to members interested in public service.  We encourage everyone to visit for detailed information about the program, the application process, a timeline with deadlines, and the departments that participate in the program.

 A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and three letters of recommendation.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2012 is September 11, 2011.

"This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. These committed citizens become a part of the White House team. The assignments given to an intern on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos.

While the interns' individual responsibilities and tasks vary, they are united through weekly events and, most importantly, through service. Interns participate in a long-term service project to help the surrounding community. This is a great opportunity to promote leadership and a way to learn about their fellow intern class. Each week, interns come together for a speaker series with senior staff members and participate in off-site field trips around D.C."


6. Public Policy Program Open House

concerned about climate change and the environment?
worried about social or economic inequities?
passionate about education and health reform?
interested in immigrant rights?

Learn more about Hunter's exciting program in public policy at our upcoming
Open House
Wednesday, September 14, at 1: 3 0pm
At Roosevelt House, 47--‐49 East 65th Street
(Between Park and Madison Avenues)

The new undergraduate program in public policy offers students an opportunity to study key policy issues and analyze ongoing political debates on national, state and local levels. It provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge on the inner workings of the government, its structure, and the different factors involved in the shaping and passage of policies affecting both our local communities and society at large.

The 18--‐credit minor and 27--‐credit certificate programs in public policy prepare students not only for a career in policy--‐related fields, but provide them with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be active participants in a democratic society.

RSVP to or call 212--‐396--‐7946 to reserve your spot


7. Special Program at St. Jude's Hospital

YOU MUST HAVE A 3.4 GPA (Overall AND in Biology, Physics, and Math) to apply.

Apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-28) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program.

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them.

All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.

Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. The stipend is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local students.

The POE home page ( contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online.

The deadline for receipt of all 2012 application materials is February 1, 2012. Early application is highly recommended.

Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are preferred, but hard copy is accepted.

Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-33S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides stipends for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.


8. Pre-Law Internship Search Strategies

3-Part Tuesday Evening Workshops:  Creative search strategies for pre-law internships and other resume builders.  A structured approach to critical thinking can be useful in a variety of contexts, in the courtroom, the boardroom, or the classroom.

In this three part workshop you will be introduced to the OASIS approach to problem solving, with specific attention to finding a summer job, aligning your personal interests with a career in law.

The internship search workshops will take place on three consecutive Tuesdays:  Sept 13, 20,27, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Room 417 West.

 The programming is cumulative, so it is key to attend every session.

Participation limited to 30 -- please RSVP to and note "internship workshop" in the subject line.


9. Information about Physical Therapy at Hunter

For students interested in the Physical Therapy Program at Hunter College please see the below for details about an information session:

Physical Therapy Program Information Session
Where: Brookdale Campus
425 East 25th Street
Room E 002                                                                         When: Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 5­- 7:00PM 

This session will consist of a formal presentation about pursuing a career in Physical Therapy at Hunter College/Graduate Center of CUNY, followed by a question and answer session. For optimal benefit to those attending, please arrive by the starting time. Detailed information is provided about the curriculum, the application process, prerequisite requirements, and outcomes of recent graduates. Current students may be available to speak with you.

For more details, visit the Physical Therapy Program website at                                                           Contact Name: Mary Cleary
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 212-481-4469


10. Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop

Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop
September 8, Thursday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) or September 9, Friday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m)
Room 417 West

You need only attend one session.  Students who attended the spring sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. 

This session targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2012.

Students looking for general guidance about internships, LSAT prep, course selection and general guidance about how to be a "pre law" student should attend the session on Undergraduate Law School Planning to be held on Sept 22.

 See the Pre-Law Website under "events" for more details.


End of announcements week of September 7-13, 2011



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