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EECS Weekly News: April 7, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Register for EECS Graduation
Every year, EECS student clubs organize a School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Graduation. This event is shorter and more personal than the university-wide graduation, and is tailored to the faculty and students of our school. This year’s event is June 14 @ 7:30 in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. REGISTRATION: To march in EECS Graduation, you must pre-register. For details, see: http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/acm/eecs-grad/. Cap and gown are required. Graduate students are required to buy a hood.

IN THE NEWS

Open-source conference at OSU set for April 12
Beaver BarCamp 14, an informal conference where participants can explore anything from science to art, technology, food, culture or other topics is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at Oregon State University. The free event is open to the public, and will be held at the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It is hosted by the Open Source Lab at OSU, and sponsored by Rackspace. Corvallis Gazette-Times

Letter: Shakeup at College of Engineering deserved more coverage
Both the OSU Barometer and the Oregonian have had several articles and editorials on this terrible show of leadership by the provost. Yet the G-T has been strangely silent. Corvallis Gazette-Times

NOT NEWS, BUT OF INTEREST

Starting Salaries Up 1.2 Percent for Class of 2014 Grads
With an increase of 3.7 percent, health sciences garnered the highest increase among the disciplines for the Class of 2014, while humanities and social sciences and computer science trailed closely with gains of 3.5 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively. National Association of Colleges and Employers

Happy International Beaver Day!
Did you know that April 7th is International Beaver Day? Enjoy this most important of days with Animal Planet's "Best Dam Beaver Playlist." http://blogs.discovery.com/animal_oddities/2014/04/happy-international-beaver-day.html

OPPORTUNITIES

Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research at OSU seeks applications from OSU undergraduates in all majors who are engaged in research, engagement, or creative endeavors outside of the classroom to serve as Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA) for the 2014-15 school year. Ambassadors of URSA will represent OSU research and creativity at campus and community events to help promote and expand undergraduate research and creativity efforts across the campus. Details

OSU IEEE Store Seeking Volunteers
Located in the basement of Dearborn Hall, the store provides students with many common, esoteric, and special order electrical components and parts for their school or personal projects. Student volunteers are crucial to the operation of the store, which is entirely student-operated. This is your opportunity to better serve the OSU community. Volunteering is easy, fun, educational, and it looks great on scholarship applications and resumes. A typical volunteer may work in the store for only one or two hours per week, although more time is certainly welcomed. Details

GHC Scholarship Grants
GHC Scholarship Grants enable students and faculty, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). At GHC you can connect with other women in computing and innovative organizations, hear stories from peers and experts in computing, and get quality career advice specific to your needs. Undergraduate, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world are encouraged to apply. The GHC Scholarship Grants for students typically cover all expenses for attending the conferencing including conference registration, meals, lodging, and fixed amount of travel reimbursement funds. Application deadline: April 16. Details

Pitchlandia: A pitch competition designed for Portland
If you’ve been sitting on a great startup idea, or quietly working on a side project, the folks at Pitchlandia want to talk to you. Or, more accurately, they want you to apply for their event. Applications to pitch at the event are open until April 30. Portland Business Journal

EVENTS

WiN PubTalk: Technology Cage Fights
Tuesday, April 8, 6pm to 8pm, Corvallis Sports Park
$10 at the door; includes food and no-host bar
Which technologies and ideas will your organization bet on in the next 5 years? Join the Willamette Innovators Network as we use the wisdom of the crowds to find out in a fun, high energy format! Each cage fight will pit a pair champions who are ready to rumble (figuratively!) over their beliefs. After a few rounds of "blows" the crowd will chime in and the side with the loudest cheers wins. Details

ChickTech Volunteer Fair
Tuesday April 8th, 7pm-8:30pm, KEC 1005
Come learn about ChickTech, what we do, and how you can help us get more women and girls into EECS. We'll be having a 2-day event in Corvallis this summer and we'd love your help with planning. Mingle with other volunteers and enjoy free refreshments. All genders welcome. RSVP: https://ct-volunteer-fair-osu2014.eventbrite.com

Beaver Barcamp
Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Kelley Engineering Center
Beaver BarCamp is an informal conference where everyone is encouraged to participate and the sessions are not predetermined. It provides a collaborative environment that promotes the sharing of ideas and projects and is a fun, casual event filled with discussions, demos and interaction with attendees. One of the best aspects of BarCamp is that attendees both provide the sessions and choose the schedule, allowing for greater flexibility and freedom. Details

American Promise Movie Premier in Corvallis
Monday, April 14th at Corvallis High School at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15th at Milam Auditorium on OSU campus at 7:00 p.m.
The documentary, American Promise, a 2013 Sundance Film Festival award winner, documents 14 years in the lives of two middle-class African-American boys and their families as they attend the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan. This rare and provocative look into the dynamics of the black male experience in a predominantly white school in America is an opportunity for us to expand the current dialogue that exists surrounding the black male “achievement gap.” Details

Bend Research Information Session
Wednesday, April 16, 7pm, Weniger 151
Join the CBEE Club along with IEEE and ASME in welcoming Bend Research to OSU!! Representatives from Bend Research will be sharing about their company, and pizza will be provided. Planning on attending? Please RSVP here so we have enough pizza and beverages for everyone. Questions: cbee.club@engr.oregonstate.edu.

COLLOQUIA/SEMINARS

Wednesday, April 9, 8:45am - 10:00am, KEC 1007. "Valuable Verification: Theorems that Pay" presented by Jay McCarthy, Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Brigham Young University. Details

Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM, KEC 1007. "Improving Power, Performance and Resource Efficiency for Future Computing Systems" presented by Lizhong Chen, University of Southern California. Details

Friday, April 11, 8:45am - 10:00am, KEC 1007. "Computing on Private Data" presented by Abhishek Jain, Postdoctoral Researcher, Cryptography and Information Security Group, MIT CSAIL. Details

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

Richard E. Merwin Student Scholarship
IEEE Computer Society is offering $40,000 in student scholarships from $1,000 and up to recognize and reward active student volunteer leaders in student branches or chapters who show promise in their academic and professional efforts. Graduate students, and those in the final two years of an undergraduate program in electrical or computer engineering, computer science, or a well-defined computer related field of engineering who are active members of a student branch or chapter are eligible. Application deadline: April 30. Details

Oregon Space Grant Consortium 4-year Institution Scholarships
Scholarships are open to new and continuing students in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and STEM education disciplines. Up to fifteen (15) awards, in the amount of $5,000 per student will be offered during the 2014-15 academic year. Application deadline: May 23. Details

Oregon Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Scholarships
These research awards are intended to build collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty mentors working within a STEM discipline. Scholarships will be competitively awarded to students enrolled at an OSGC affiliated 4-year institution. Students must work with a faculty mentor who supports and guides the student research. Faculty mentors must provide a letter of support and current CV as part of the student’s application. Submitted research proposals must be written primarily by the student applicant. Application deadline: May 23. Details

B.K. Krenzer Memorial Reentry Scholarship
The B.K. Krenzer Memorial Reentry Scholarship is a Scholarship sponsored by Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Applicant must be a woman who has been out of the job market as well as out of school for a minimum of two years. Applicant must be in an ABET-accredited engineering program, engineering at SWE-approved colleges and universities, or commputer science in a CSAB-accredited program or at an ABET-accredited or SWE-approved institution. Preference is given to degreed engineers. Eligibility: College freshman, College sophomore, College junior, College senior, Master's-level study, Doctoral-level study. Application deadline: May 15. Details

Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program
If you’re working on an engineering or technical degree, why not put extra money in your pocket while finishing your education? The Air Force Technical Degree Sponsorship Program (TDSP) provides an excellent way to earn a paycheck while earning your degree. TDSP allows college students who are within 24 months of graduation to receive the full pay and benefits of an E-3 – Airman First Class. This entitles you and your family members to military benefits such as comprehensive medical and dental care, tax-free allowances for housing and food, and Base Exchange and commissary privileges. Tuition assistance is not included. Details

Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship
Critical Systems, Inc. provides products and services for organizations that are developing micro and nano technologies. We launched the Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship last year, and this will continue for years to come. We are offering two scholarships per year to 3rd and 4th year undergrad students in the engineering, math, and/or science that are showing an interest in these technologies. Note that the first scholarship’s open period continues through the end of April. The 2nd one in the fall. Details

JOB SEARCH AND CAREER ADVICE

How to get the job by going through the back door
Front door– Get into their system. You did that with the online application. Check! Back door– Now, your real work begins. It’s important that you are in the system so you can tell people you connect with that you applied on X date. Portland Business Journal

5 classic mistakes to avoid at your next networking event
While all of the people were smart and professional, there were some behaviors taking place that all networkers should avoid. Start avoiding these five habits at your next networking event. Portland Business Journal

JOBS

Recent job postings on Beaver JobNet
Students must apply through Beaver JobNet to access/apply for the postings. Using their onid accounts, students/alums can log in here: https://oregonstate-csm.symplicity.com/students/. Any issues with Beaver JobNet, contact Cheryl.L.Herring@oregonstate.edu.

Part-time position on campus for Engineering Undergraduate student. Work with scientists/engineers in the Ocean Mixing Group in the College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science. Assist with construction and assembly of OSU-designed and built seagoing instruments. Details

REU Undergraduate in CS, OSU Grünwald lab. We’re interested in hiring a student to optimize bioinformatic code so that it scales to whole genome applications. Existing R code will need to be re-written in a lower level language (e.g., C, C++) in order to gain computational efficiency and scalability. The student selected for this position will work with a computational biologist to improve performance of existing tools. Experience in a compiled language, such as C, is required. Experience in R is desirable but not required. Details

Web Design Internship, Mapleton School District.  We are seeking a knowledgeable and ambitious individual, or team, to improve our Public School District’s website. The Web Developer-Designer is responsible for the development and design of Mapleton School District’s website. The Web Developer-Designer must follow specific requirements for the website including, but not limited to logo, color theme, staff pictures, etc. Details

Bend Research is seeking B.S. or M.S.-level Computer Scientists and/or Computer Programmers to develop software components and applications for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and healthcare products. Successful candidates will have clearly demonstrated capabilities in the development of software for data analysis, as well as an aptitude for mathematical analysis, including statistics and applied math. Successful candidates will also have demonstrated ability to apply their programming skills in an experimental setting. Details

Electrical Engineering Technician, Bonneville Power Administration. The work will be focused on power system modeling. Details

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed)

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