Geology presents ten-week internship opportunity 'UCORE'
The MHCC Geology department held a presentation Jan. 21 encouraging students to apply for a 10-week paid summer internship at the University of Oregon.
The internship program is called UCORE (Undergraduate Catalytic Outreach & Research Experiences) and is held on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Funding is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Interns participate in research being conducted by Ph.D. candidates at the U of O. Interns will be paid a $3500 stipend and provided with housing on the U of O campus for the duration of the internships
Geology instructor Daina Hardisty, who hosted the meeting, reported that about 40 students attended and that she was aware of several geology students alone who were interested in applying. She said, “I feel we had quite a turnout with 40 students. I hear that PCC had only 15 attend their meeting.”
UCORE interns Isaac Hastings Hauss, Tina Nguyen, Shade Oluloro, and Codi Quimby spoke to interested MHCC science students about their experiences during the summer of 2009.
Quimby, a geology student who participated calibrating tide gauges used to study the Cascadia subduction zone, said that the experience helped her decide which aspect of geology she wanted to pursue and that the internship gave her the confidence to pursue a graduate degree.
“I went in not knowing exactly what I want to do,” Quimby said. “I realize now that I would like to participate in applied research and in educating the public to prepare them for natural geological disasters.”
Oluloro, a pre-pharmacy student, worked studying platinum-based cancer treatment drugs to help improve current drugs and to design better future ones. Oluloro said, “There are many benefits to the program. We were provided free housing, we had a stipend, and we received free enrollment in a Physics 399 class.” She said, “I am also much more confident speaking in front of crowds now.”
Hardisty said the personal growth she sees in the UCORE interns is phenomenal. “They come back with more direction, more confidence and believe that a graduate degree is within their grasp. This is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you are interested in physics, chemistry or geology, don’t miss it.”
Information can be found outside Hardisty’s office in room 2590. The deadline to apply is Feb. 26 and can be done at http://www.uoregon.edu/~msiuo/undergrad/ucore/application.html.
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