STEM & Entrepreneurship Summer Reading List

While the last thing you probably want to do this summer is read another book off of a reading list, but trust us–these books will inspire and inform you about real people in STEM and entrepreneurship!

LA STEM Summer Guide

Whether you're vacationing or staycationing in Los Angeles this summer, there are tons of science, technology, engineering and math activities you can do! Click through our guide to get planning your Southern California summer.

Perfect Films for a STEM Movie Marathon

Celebrity Scholarships

Check out these two awesome celebrities who are helping students, like yourself, achieve their educational dreams by providing scholarships. 

Celebrity Endorsement: Rihanna

Associated With: Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: June 10, 2016

Fine Print: Available to a citizen or native of Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica going to study in the United States. 

Celebrity Endorsement: Karlie Kloss

Associated With: Kode With Karlie - Flatiron School

Application Deadline: Not open yet

Fine Print: Sign-up below to get more to get notified when applications open up. Also, click below to learn about the scholarship class of 2015. 

 

 

 

Geologist Road Trip: Top 5 Places To Visit This Summer

Interested in what's on the ground more than what's in the sky? We have you covered! 

We've compiled the top five spots that you should visit this summer to feed your geology curiosity. 

Yellowstone National Park

Location: Yellownstone National Park, Idaho/Montana/Wyoming

Fact: The most geysers, about 300, anywhere on earth.

 Mammoth Cave National Park

Location: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Fact: World's longest known cave.

La Brea Tar Pits

Location: Los Angeles, California

Fact: For thousand of years natural asphalt has been coming up out of the ground.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Location: Big Island, Hawai'i

Fact: This year the park is celebrating it's Centennial.

Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Fact: Named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage site.

 

 

Astronomer Road Trip: Top 5 Places To Visit This Summer

Not sure what to do with your summer? Pack up a road trip with your friends or family and visit these five locations in the U.S. Each of these places are perfect for the budding astronomer. You'll be amazed with what you are able to see with your own eyes, but just in case don't forget to pack a telescope.

So start planning your star-gazing road trip now. You'll definitely make your friends back home jealous when you Instagram photos (like the ones below) at each of these locations and are able to say #nofilter. 

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Image by Nate Levesque

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Location: Mount Desert, Maine

 

CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK

Location: Coudersport, Pennsylvania

 

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Image by Wayne Pinkston

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Location: Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada

 

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Image by Jacob Frank

DENALI NATIONAL PARK

Location: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska

 

NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

Location: Lake Powell, Utah

 

 

3 Math Camps To Attend This Summer

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Image via North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics

North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics Summer Accelerator

Location: Durham, NC

Length: 12 days online or 5 days on campus

Dates: May 30, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Deadline: Ongoing until course begins

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Image via Stanford University

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Length: 4 weeks on campus

Dates: July 10, 2016 - August 6, 2016

Deadline: July 10, 2016 - August 6, 2016

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Image Via Math Circle

LSU Math Circle

Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Length: 4 weeks on campus

Dates: June 6, 2016 - July 1, 2016

Application Deadline: May 6, 2016

How to Choose a College, Part 2

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So you've read our five factors to consider when choosing a college and have probably narrowed down your list of colleges. But what if you still haven't made a decision? Lucky for you we have more hints on how to choose a college! Consider these four factors when making your decision and you should be set! 

1. Student Life

What is it like to be a student at the school? Are there lots of clubs and activities? What about sororities and fraternities? Check out the college websites to see what they offer and be sure to ask about these on your campus tour.

2. On-Campus Housing

Are you planning to dorm on campus? While we think dorming is a great way to meet other students and experience living away from home, you should check with your college to see what their housing options are. Some schools only guarantee on-campus housing for freshmen and some offer co-ed dorming on the same floor. Be sure to find out what the housing situation is at the schools you're considering so that you can see what your options are.

3. Diversity

College is a great place to meet people from different backgrounds and walks of life. If you're used to a diverse community, then a school that doesn't have a diverse population probably won't be comfortable for you. Check with the school to see what kind of population they have so that you can be sure to find a school you'll love.

4. Large vs. Small Schools

Public school or private school, colleges vary greatly. Public schools are typically larger and have a higher student:professor ratio and private schools tend to be smaller and have smaller student:professor ratios. Are you looking to be surrounded by 30,000 or more students and can't wait to join hundreds of other students in a lecture hall? Then a large school might be the right choice for you! Keep in mind that it might take longer to graduate from a larger school due to the amount of students crowding you out of classes.

All set to make your decision? Awesome! Now check here for some scholarships!

5 College Engineering Scholarships for Females

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Lillian Moller Gilbreth Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $14,500

Available To: Junior, Senior

Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $7,000

Available To: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior Senior

Fran O'Sullivan Women in Lenovo Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Available To: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Chevron/SWE Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Available To: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior

Northrop Grumman Corporation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Available To: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior

Want to see more scholarships? Click here!

How to Choose a College, Part 1

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Received your college acceptance letters? Congratulations! But now comes the hard part: Choosing which school to attend. Making such a big decision can be scary, but if you follow these guidelines, your decision should be easier to make!

1. Don't let rejection get you down

With an estimated 20 million students applying to college each year, it's no surprise that many of them don't get into their top school. If this happens to you, don't worry! Your future is not doomed because you didn't get into MIT or Stanford. There are over 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. You don't have to attend a top-tiered school to succeed. If you work hard and do well, you will succeed at any college you attend!

2. Location, Location, Location

What schools have you been accepted to attend? Are they close to home or on the opposite side of the world? Where your school is located is a very important factor to consider.

Do you prefer the city or is a rural location your dream? If you're looking for easy access to shopping, dining and weekend activities, then a school that's situated in or near a city will be a better choice for you than a school that is more isolated. But on the other hand, if the thought of studying in a city isn't your thing, consider a school farther away from large cities and opt for a school in a small town.If you plan on attending a community college or plan on living at home and commuting to school, you will obviously want to choose a school that isn't too far away.

While the idea of going to school in another state can be exciting, keep in mind that it also comes with the added cost of out-of-state tuition and extra travel costs.

3. Compare Curriculum

Different schools have different programs. Check online for the Bulletin for the program you're enrolling in to see what the required classes are. If you're going to major in computer science and one school has a better developed and more extensive computer science program than another you're considering, you'll probably want to consider the school with the better curriculum.

4. Money, Money, Money

Probably the biggest deciding factor you'll face when deciding which college to attend is money. The price of attending college varies greatly. Some colleges can cost over $50,000 per year while others are less than $20,000.Luckily there are lots of financial aid opportunities for students that can help earning your degree more affordable! First, make sure you've completed the FAFSA. We have a post on why you have to do it here. Without the FAFSA, you can't received federal financial aid. If you've already completed the FAFSA, great job!

Check with your top colleges to see what their financial package is for you. Ask them what scholarships and aid you can receive from them and what you can expect to pay. Many schools have merit-based financial aid for incoming freshman that can help reduce your tuition by $1,000 or more and a few schools even offer 100% tuition coverage!

If you're still looking for more aid, check online to see what scholarships you might be able to apply for. There are tons of scholarships just waiting for you!

Once you've factored in all of your aid, you can see how much you owe and see if you can get loans to cover the rest. Keep in mind that attending a college that's out of state can cost you more in tuition and travel costs.

5. Tour Your Top Schools

Once you've narrowed down your list to your top two or three schools, arrange for a tour of the campus. Most schools offer free private or group tours which you can usually arrange by visiting the college's website or by calling their Admissions office. The tour guide will show you the campus and answer any questions you may have. It's a good way to experience the school and see what it 's like! 

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Still can't decide which school to attend? Check back next Thursday for part two where we answer more questions about how to choose a college!

 

 

 

Scholarships

While you may be stuck in the middle of finals, it's never too early to start thinking about money for the next school year! Take some time during spring break to apply for these amazing scholarships:

Happy Pi Day!

Here are some fun facts to help you celebrate 3.14159 and impress your friends, teachers, or both.

1. The symbol for Pi is π and it comes from the Greek language.

2. The symbol represents a constant, which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to it's diameter. 

3. As a constant number that means no matter the size of the circle the Pi number will be the same. 

Want to learn more about Pi? Click here to visit a site dedicated to all things π.

 

Top 5 Historical Women in Science

Marie Curie

(November 7, 1867 - July 4, 1934)

Claim to Fame: Marie was a physicist and chemist who pioneered research on radioactivity and received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903. 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

(June 9, 1836 - December 17,1917)

Claim to Fame: The first Englishwoman to become a doctor and surgeon in Britain. She was also the co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women. 

Ruth Benerito

(January 12, 1916 - October 5, 2013)

Claim to Fame: Love your wrinkle resistant cotton clothes? You have Ruth Benerito to thank since she was a chemist and the one to discover how to make wash and wear cotton cloth. 

Elizabeth Blackwell

(February 3, 1821 - May 31, 1910)

Claim to Fame: Elizabeth was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S and helped create the U.S Sanitary Commission after learning more about the 

Gertrude B. Elion

(January 23, 1918 - February 21, 1999)

Claim to Fame: Gertrude won and shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. She was an American biochemist and pharmacologist. 

 

Why You HAVE To Do the FAFSA

College is expensive, there's no denying that. Tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks, class supplies, food--it adds up quickly. How do you pay for it all? If you're like the 22,000,000 students who apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, you need help. But just like college, you have to apply for it. 

While it might take some time to complete, you have to do the FAFSA if you want any kind of federal financial aid. Grants, loans and work-study all require that you complete the FAFSA. Even if you don't think you need loans, many colleges and universities offer scholarships based on the FAFSA and won't award scholarships if you haven't completed the FAFSA.

Because the FAFSA evaluates your family's financial situation, it can be a little complicated. Your high school guidance counselor or the finance office at the college you want to attend should be able to help you. If you have more questions, you can call the FAFSA customer service line at 1--800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Quick Tips & Facts

  • Deadline: June 30. (March 2 if you live in California and want to apply for the Cal Grant)
  • FAFSA homepage: https://studentaid.ed.gov
  • It's best if you parents do their taxes before completing the FAFSA (unless you're married or an emancipated minor).
  • You CANNOT receive federal financial aid without completing the FAFSA.
  • List the schools on your FAFSA from most expensive to least expensive (they base the amount of your financial aid on the first school listed so you want to list the most expensive school first).
  • Requirements for the FAFSA are different for undergraduate students and graduate students; be sure you follow the correct requirements for your level of study.
  • You have to reapply each year.

 

Volunteer Abroad: Science Edition

Have you ever wanted to volunteer AND travel? Did you know that you can do both those things and help with science? We know it sounds too good to be true, but visit Volunteer Latin America to preview some of the amazing opportunities available to students interested in science and travel. 

Check below to see a few of the awesome opportunities that they have online:

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Image by Tanguy Sauvin

Sea Turtle Camp Caretaker

  • Hang out in Costa Rica
  • Age 18+
  • Volunteer length: 3 months
  • Cost: $0, Room & board is covered + you get $100 each month
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Image by Hans Eiskonen

Volunteer at Ecological Reserve

  • Hang out in Costa Rica
  • Age 16+
  • Volunteer length: 2 days to a maximum of 60 days
  • Cost: $25 each day
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Image by John Mark Arnold

Volunteer with a Microalgae Project

  • Hang out in Colombia
  • Age 18+
  • Volunteer length: 3 months minimum
  • Cost: $0

 

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Image by Colby Thomas

Veterinarian and General Volunteers

  • Hang out in Bolivia
  • Age 18+
  • Volunteer length: 1 week or 1 month
  • Cost: $8 per day

Student Insider: Terri Burns

NAME: Terri Burns

SCHOOL: New York University

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

GRADUATION YEAR: 2016

The summer after my freshman year of college, I applied to Google's Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development Immersion program, geared for non-technical majors. It was my first time visiting a technology company and while I was there, I saw a talk by Megan Smith, now CTO of the United States. Smith talked about the power of technology in enhancing people's lives around the world, and I was hooked. I decided to start learning how to code that summer and ended up changing my major fall of my sophomore year.

On What Inspired Terri To Pursue Computer Science

Tech@NYU, NYC's largest student technology organization, is what encouraged me to pursue computer science. The fall semester of my sophomore year, when I decided to change my major to computer science, I also joined the executive board of Tech@NYU. I was so fortunate to be around incredibly interesting, driven, and smart computer scientists-- especially at a time when I knew very little about the field of technology. Tech@NYU not only pushed me to stick to the field, but it also encouraged me to apply to other programs and internships where I've met other amazing people in the industry.

 Ringing in Square's IPO

Ringing in Square's IPO

On Working While In College

My dear friend Cassidy Williams reached out to me on Twitter about a position at Venmo. At the time, I knew her through a Tech@NYU event which I planned and where she spoke. I was actually living in London at the time, so I had a few remote interviews and then got the job which I started when I returned to New York. Before then, I had worked at my school's IT department for a year and a half, did some volunteering at a startup in my hometown called Chicks Can Code, and was a Google Student Ambassador.

On Being Involved With A Campus Club Like Tech@NYU

I feel so honored to be part of the Tech@NYU family. I was surrounded by a team that consists of some of the brightest student technologists in NYC. As President, my role is mainly to facilitate the execution of events/projects for each of our internal teams, which includes Infrastructure, Startup Week, Hack Days, Freshman Circuit, Design Days, After Hours, and Demo Days. Everyone on our board is super talented and are great leaders, which makes my job easy. Again, I'm super honored (and lucky!) to have been accepted to join the board my sophomore fall, so I just feel really grateful to be where I am now.

 Instagram takeover for the Anita Borg Institue at the Grace Hopper Conference

Instagram takeover for the Anita Borg Institue at the Grace Hopper Conference

For Students Interested In Attending The Grace Hopper Conference


Last year was my second year attending. I was able to connect with a lot of people I'd met over the years through internships, tech events, and the internet. That year I spent most of my time interviewing for full time positions, because I'm a senior. (It's great the GHC gives students an opportunity to do so many interviews in a short period of time, rather than spreading it out.) The Anita Borg institute fortunately let me do an Instagram takeover for their account, so I was also able to keep track of what I was doing and share it with everyone who follows the account! I think that GHC is a great opportunity to connect, and will get better over time as it focuses more on intersectional feminism. After the conference, I was featured as a guest writer and got to write a piece on my feedback for the Anita Borg account.

New Year's STEM Resolutions

If you've been curious about learning something new, make 2016 your year to do it! Now that you know how to prioritize, you can put those lessons into action and make 2016 your year! There's so much to learn in STEM and with many skills that can be learned online for free, why not start right now? We did a little digging for you and found some free online skills that you can learn in 2016 to help you with your STEM goals.

STEM:

Whether you're interests are in science, technology, engineering or math, having a grasp of statistics can be very helpful. While you'll more than likely take a statistics class or two in college, make it your New Year's resolution to get a jump start at learning it right now! Statistics can be used in any STEM field and taking an online tutorial to introduce yourself to it can help you learn the basics. Stat Trek offers a variety of online, self-taught courses in statistics through free tutorials, or check out Udacity for their free, professor-guided Intro to Statistics course.

Technology:

If java means coffee to you, ruby makes you think of a red gem and python elicits thoughts of a large snake, it might be time to learn a new language.

Depending on where you are with your education, you may be learning a new language right now. Be it French, Spanish, Mandarin or one of the many other languages spoken around the world, learning another language can help you communicate with others. But there are other languages that can help you, as well. For those who lean toward the tech side of STEM, there are more than just foreign languages that can be learned.

Java, Ruby and Python are some of the many programming languages that are commonly used. Go back to your prioritizing goals. What kinds of jobs and careers are you looking for? Check the websites of companies you want to work for and look at what programming languages they require fluency in. Want to work at Apple? Their job site lists over 600 jobs, each with different requirements. To be an Application Security Manager there, they require expertise in Python, Java, PHP, Perl and Ruby, just to name a few.

That's a lot to learn and it might seem a little overwhelming. Use your prioritizing skills and learn one language at a time. Code Academy has free online coding classes that you can learn at your own pace. They're easy to understand and learning a new language is a great New Year's resolution!

 

 

 

 

 

Stress-Reducing Activities for Finals Week

We know that end of semester rush to finish projects and papers while trying to find time to study for finals has got you stressed out. You probably think that you don't even have five minutes to spare to take a breath and look up from your books. But you should! Small breaks actually help you do better! According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (aka MIT) Center for Academic Excellence, taking regular breaks helps your brain stay alert and productive. Try our favorite activities below during your study breaks to help your brain stay sharp for your finals:

1. Coloring BooksWho says that colorings books are just for children? Anyone can do them! Taking a break to color is great because not only are you doing something creative, but you're also giving your brain something different to work on. If you only have a few minutes to take a break, we highly suggest this one! And with the wide variety of coloring books (there are even math pattern coloring books!) available in stores and online, you're sure to find one that you'll like.

2. Bubble bathsYou're studying hard; you deserve a break! After you've finished writing your longest, hardest essay, take a few extra minutes to treat yourself to something nice. Spa’mazing has a chemistry kit that lets you mix your own bubble bath! It’s a fun break that will make you feel like you're at a luxurious spa. 30 minutes is plenty of time to soak in the bubbles and once you're out of the bath, you'll probably be rejuvenated and ready to start your next essay or project.

3. ExerciseWe're not saying you have to train like you're trying to make the 2016 Olympic team (if you are, shoot us an email; we definitely want to feature you), but a few minutes of exercise can help you clear your mind and energize you. Take the dog for a quick, brisk walk, shoot some hoops or do a little bit of yoga alongside a video on YouTube. Whatever it is, make sure you're getting up and moving. 10 minutes of exercise will get you energized for your next hour of studying. Remember to drink water, too, so you stay hydrated and alert. Our go-to app for that is Waterlogged. It’ll track your water consumption and even remind you throughout the day to have a glass.

4.  ChoresOkay, we know this is probably not anywhere near the top of your To-Do list, but it is an activity that is productive! Whether it's hanging your laundry, taking the garbage out or doing the dishes, you're accomplishing a task that would otherwise take more of your time later. Plus, helping out around the house without being asked to do it first is probably going to make your parents very happy (remember they have stress, too). Win-win!

5. Board GamesHave a sibling who you're "too busy" to play with? Use one of your study breaks to play a STEM game like Robot Turtles Game or Code Monkey Island . Your sibling will appreciate that you took time to play a game with them and you'll get to have fun, too! Just don't get too carried away that your little break turns into a game night and you completely forget to study.

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