We are Co-Sponsoring an Event: Science Student Research and Internship Panel! See you there!
A discussion with Senior Neuroscience and Behavior, Biology, and Biochemistry majors who are involved in research opportunities on and off campus.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 6:00pm-7:30 pm
Location: Elliott Parlor, 1st floor of Elliott
Co-sponsored by the Barnard Chemical Society and Barnard Scientista
Sponsored by Career Development
NACElink at Barnard.edu/cd
So it’s that time of year again: the end of the semester approaches, which means finals are around the corner, and so are internship opportunities! This inevitably mean applications to write and interviews to pull off. But, HAVE NO FEAR! I’ve put together some little tips on how to take on all of these things (like a champ! I’m woman hear me roar! Cue Katy Perry- "Roar"!), and hopefully, you will use them to your success.
Look familiar? Well if you’re anything like me, you are constantly falling asleep while reading the millions of articles/papers/essays we’re assigned each week. A good way to avoid this is to NOT READ ON YOUR BED (I’m ridiculously guilty of this). Also, no one says you have to read the whole work in one sitting – break it up. Find yourself falling asleep? Put it away. Move on to some other work and come back later.
Mountain of books? Coffee at your side? Hands on your head? Honey, you’re stressed. A good way to avoid stress is by eating properly, i.e. nix the coffee. I love coffee as much as the next gal, but the truth is it’s only fueling your stressed out jitters. Better eat healthy fruit and vegetables. Drink a fruit smoothie- I recommend Odwalla Superfood. If you feel like you really need the caffeine kick, drink tea or Snapple: it generally has more caffeine than coffee anyway. In general, plan out a schedule at the beginning of the week and map out the work you’ll do on each day. That way, you’ll feel less stressed because you know everything has a time slot to get done (also, it’s a good idea to give more time than it’ll actually take to accomplish something – if it takes all the time, you won’t feel bad, and if it takes less, you’ll feel awesome!)
That age old question: what should I wear to an interview? Well, all I have to say is: blazer, blazer, blazer! You really can’t go wrong with that little thing. Face it: any interview you have requires some level of professionalism. And nothing says, “I’m a professional!” like a blazer. After that the rest is easy. Pair it with a white top, and black pants or skirt. Heels, you ask? That’s really up to you. I tend to wear heels to my interviews (even though I’m 5’10”!) but it’s not a rule. Keep accessories to a minimum if you’re interviewing for a more corporate job, or conversely, tastefully play yourself up with them if you’re into the more fashion and art related industries. If you’re really not sure, don’t wear the accessories at all. Better be safe than sorry! No one said you have to look hot on an interview… you just have to land that job!
Behind the actual sit down and face-your-potential-future-employer-moment, is lots of anxiety and nerves. I’ve been there… in fact, I was just there yesterday. But a good way to beat the knots in the stomach feeling, is to do a mock interview with your friends. Write down some questions—the inevitable ones, and then some really challenging ones. Nail them in your mock interview, and then stun your interviewer when the time comes. In addition to preparing for questions, bring along some writing samples if you have them, and casually bring them up and show them- no shame in that. If your interviewer says something that really resonates with you, pick up on it and connect on that point. You’ll be a lot more memorable that way. And most importantly: BE YOURSELF. Trying to be something you’re not will not only mess up your interview, but you’re interviewer will see right through it and you won’t get the job. And we don’t want that!
Applications. Well…there is no way around them, sadly. But again, this is something that you should start on well in advance of the deadline. Applications that show in depth thought and unique answers will always fair better than those that were thrown together before the night it was due. The Barnard Career Center is a good resource for apps. They have tons of sample answers on all different kinds of work related documents. They can help you craft an answer. The Writing Center is also a very good resource to utilize for this. Whether you decide to use these resources or not, it’s always a good idea to have someone read your answers before submitting it. Other people can always spot out something that you can’t. Pick someone you feel comfortable with so you won’t be offended when they tell you it needs work (more of a reason to start in advance!). Remember: they only want what’s best for you!!
Most importantly, just remain cool, calm, and HAPPY! College is meant to be a fun experience. Don’t let it go by too quickly! I hope this helps - Good luck!
Much Scientista Love
Written by Rachel Furst, BC '15. Click here
to read her bio!
Our current Executive Board at our Barnard Chapter.
Two of our Scientista psychology majors!
Lissa, our Environmental Sciences major Representative, with our Co-Director, Angelica!
Our Events Chair and Managing Editor and Publisher!
Our Department Affairs Co-Chair in the middle with two Scientista members!
Our PR Chair and one of our Bio Chem Major Reps!
Our Treasurer, Jess, on the left with a member!
Our PR Chair, Maya, with our two Freshman Representatives! Welcome to the team!!
Our Managing Editor and Publisher, Rachel!
Two of our Biology Major Reps!
Barnard and Columbia Scientista Directors!
Special thanks to our amazing E-Board for helping with this photo campaign!
Join us for our first event of the year! This is a great opportunity to get involved with on-campus students interested in STEM and the national foundation, The Scientista Foundation. Come to chat and learn what we are all about! We will have snacks and refreshments, and will be participating in a PR Campaign! SEE YOU THERE!
Location: Altschul Atrium Time: 6 PM
Congratulations to our new Events Co-Chair, Katie Hoeger.
Class of 2016
Katie is a sophomore at Barnard College, majoring in Psychology. She is originally from Rochester, NY. Joining Scientista her first year, she was happy to discover a group of women that share her interest in STEM and are supportive of each other’s goals. Katie is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega, an Athena Scholar, and is involved in Habitat for Humanity. Katie loves anything chocolate, and when not busy with schoolwork, you will find her exploring the city or catching a movie.
Introducing Major Representatives
(more to come!)
Environmental Science Representative:
Lissa Soares, Class of 2015
Maya Feldman, Class of 2016
Angelica Leon, Class of 2015
This year, we will be holding a series of new events called "Major Meet-Ups", which gives members of Scientista and others on campus the ability to meet, discuss, and suggest classes/professors in their respective majors! Certain professors may be making special appearances at these events, so stay tuned!
-Major Representatives (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, Psychology...etc.)
Other positions available:
-Department Affairs Chair (Co-Position)
-Events Chair (Co-position)
We also need to fill our committees with new students as well. Spots are open in our:
-Department Affairs Committee
-Public Relations Committee
-Social Media Committee (blog, Facebook...etc)
Please attend our first General Body Meeting (Date TBA) before applying for these positions!!
Welcome back and we hope all of you had a wonderful summer! As the fall semester begins, we can't wait to get started on recruiting newbie-Scientistas in the Class of 2017/anyone else who may be interested in STEM! Spread the word on what our Scientista chapter is and how students can get involved. Check back here and on our Facebook page for updates on our first meeting of the semester!
If you haven't already, like both our chapter and national foundation page on Facebook! And if you are on twitter, follow @Scientista_Talk.
Looking forward to a great Scientista-full semester! - Angelica Leon (Co-Director, Class of 2015)
Amanda Brodsky (Campus Founder and Co-Director)
Class of 2015
Psychology Major, Education Minor
Amanda Brodsky is a sophomore at Barnard College, majoring in Psychology and with a minor in Education. Since taking a seminar with a focus on the topic, Amanda has been serious about supporting women in STEM. An important member of the CU Earth Coalition, she also has a special interest in the environment. Amanda is from Darien, Connecticut. Amanda loves everything that is raspberry flavored and has a siamese snack collection! Her favorite things to do in her free time are explore Manhattan, play tennis, and tutor young students.
Check out Amanda in the Spectator - Here!
Angelica Leon (Co-Director)
Class of 2015
Psychology Major, Statistics Minor
Angelica Leon is a sophomore at Barnard, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Statistics. As a transfer from Cornell, Scientista has allowed Angelica find a community of intelligent women who share the same strong interest in STEM; she hopes to inspire and be inspired by those involved with the chapter and the larger foundation. Angelica is aspires to work in the health field and is involved with the Barnard-Columbia Chorus, Pre-Health Student Organization and is a blog contributor to Columbia's Fashion Magazine, Hoot. This summer, she looks forward to spending her summer as a volunteer in the pediatric oncology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering. As native New Yorker, when she's not wondering the Highline, you can find her dreaming about the beach and drinking iced caramel macchiatos.
Rebecca Giglio (Department Affairs Chair)
Class of 2015
Psychology Major, Spanish/Biology Minor
Rebecca Giglio is originally from suburban New York, now studying in it’s bustling city at Barnard College as a sophomore. She is a psychology major with a spanish and biology minor. Aside from contributing to the goals of Scientista as a board member of Barnard’s chapter, Rebecca is also a research assistant in Barnard’s speech perception lab and a teaching assistant for the cognitive psychology lab course. When she is not engrossed in her science studies, she is speaking rudimentary spanish, working on random graphic art projects, or discovering viral youtube videos on her Facebook newsfeed. She is very much looking forward to the upcoming Scientista events and the opportunity to work with so many inspiring women!
Naomi Polinsky (Treasurer)
Class of 2015
Naomi Polinsky is a sophomore at Barnard College majoring in psychology. She became passionate about science when she took biology during her first year of college. She was particularly eager to be involved as the treasurer of Scientista because of the focus on women. Naomi is involved with Strive, a mentoring program for children in New York City with sickle cell anemia, and the Columbia University Dance Team. She is from East Brunswick, New Jersey. Her interests include bagels and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Maya Feldman (Public Relations Chair)
Class of 2016
Maya Feldman is a first year at Barnard College, and although her major is
undeclared and undecided, she is leaning towards studying Biology. She is from Newton, MA, a suburb just outside of Boston. Maya has been interested in the sciences, especially Biology, ever since she was in elementary school. Scientista has given Maya the opportunity to be surrounded by women who are just as passionate about STEM as she is. Aside from Scientista, Maya is involved in several different campus organizations, including a dance group, Orchesis, the Social Cultural Committee of Hillel, the Jewish Community on campus, and Sigma Delta Tau sorority, among others. When she is not busy working on her famous Biology flashcards, Maya can be found in the gym or pool, wandering around New York, orwatching TV.
Rachel Furst (Managing Editor and Publisher)
Class of 2015
Rachel Furst was born and raised in Miami Beach, FL and is a proud member
of the class of 2015 at Barnard College. She is an architecture major. Rachel has hada love for the sciences since grade school, and particularly enjoys chemistry. She is involved in many groups on campus including, Hillel, the Jewish community on campus, Hoot, the on-campus fashion magazine, and Scientista. When off campus, Rachel likes to explore the city; she loves discovering offbeat cafes and wandering through SoHo and Williamsburg. Rachel also enjoys writing for different publications and has taken the role of managing editor and publisher for the Barnard chapter of Scientista.
Dana Gorovici (Events Co-Chair)
Class of 2015
Biology Major, Math Minor
Dana Gorovici is a sophomore pre-med student at Barnard College,
majoring in biology with a minor in math. Even with those hectic
pre-med requirements she finds time to discover Manhattan and enjoys spending down time in Central Park with an ice cream in hand, regardless of season. Still undecided about her career path, Dana is interested in either pediatric care or marine biology, spending countless hours on the beach, her favorite setting. She spends her summers and breaks at her home in Israel, where she enjoys volunteering with children and practicing any type of water sport from extreme kiteboarding to scuba diving. She looks forward to expanding the Barnard Scientista chapter and planning events that will solidify the Scientista role on campus!
Rachel Belfer (Events Co-Chair)
Class of 2015
History Major, Pre-Med
Rachel Belfer was born and raised in New York City and is a proud member of the class of 2015 at Barnard College. She cares about the humanities and science and for that reason she is a Pre-Med History major. Particularly, Rachel likes studying about the interplay between science and culture. Rachel is a member of Artists Reaching Out, a program that instructs art classes in local public schools, serves as one of the presidents of The Hillel Kraft Clothing Pantry, and is now excited to step into the position of co-chair of events for Scientista! Like most of the scientista members, Rachel loves ice cream and walks in Central Park.