The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia,Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, mid-career professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.



The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master’s degree program at a partner university
  • preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • a $30,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders

There are two upcoming application deadlines – November 14, 2014 and January 31, 2015 (the final deadline).  For more information and to apply, please go to The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship website.

NOAA Scholarship Opportunity


NOAA logo roundAre you interested in science, service, and stewardship?  If so, the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP) is looking for you.  USP scholarships are for rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA’s mission.


If selected, students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in support during their junior and senior years.  First, the recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in NOAA Silver Springs MDSilver Spring, MD.  Next, they complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. Then, during the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country (students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance during this internship).  Finally, at the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).


 To apply, go to this page:

The application period is September 1, 2014 to January 30, 2015.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or a 3rd year student in a five-year program in a discipline related to NOAA’s programs and mission at an accredited minority serving institution (John Jay qualifies). You must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

When crafting your application, keep in mind that competitive applications are those that:

  • address the NOAA mission;
  • have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission;
  • have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission

Science: There’s an app for that!

Commons_media_discovery_appWhen I got my first smartphone (a second generation iPhone, way back when) the first thing I did was go the App store and look up science apps. Yes, I’m that much of a nerd, it didn’t even occur to me to look up games. The first one I downloaded was “Molecules,” a free app that renders 3D images of protein structures and other molecules based on data available from multiple databases. You can switch between viewing modes (Ball-and-Stick or Space-fill). Aside from looking up random molecules, and staring at them, there’s not that much you can do with it unless you know how to create protein structure files. Then you can visualize your own proteins!

One of the first science apps that actually had some application for bench scientists came from New England Biolabs. “NEB Tools” gives you information on restriction enzymes, helps you design double digestions, and also helps you set up your PCR reaction. Life Technologies has taken it a step further with its app “CloningBench,” that does the same as the NEB one and also has a molarity calculator (for those of us who are not so good at conversions), a PCR MasterMix calculator, and even a ligation calculator for the cloners out there. Life Technologies also has some free apps for applications like cytometry, cell culture, and one to check the spectral compatibility for fluorophores for RT-PCR and other applications.

Another free one I’ve heard about is “Protocolpedia,” a biology protocol database designed by the website of the same name, which is maintained by a community of researchers who post pre-tested protocols and also has forums where you can ask for help with your experiments. The app also has a calculator, access to videos and other educational resources, and lets you select your favorite protocols and store them for easy access. Always check with your advisor before starting a protocol not designed in your lab!

For the chemists out there, there are a bunch of free apps, too, like Sigma-Aldrich’s “HPLC Calculator” which can help you determine the best transfer conditions between columns, recommends flow-rates depending on the column, among other applications. Another app, “Elemental,” helps you create chemical sketches of molecules, estimates chemical properties based on the molecular composition, has a built-in Periodic Table, and helps you sketch chemical reactions. Any sketches produced can be tweeted or e-mailed from your phone.

Most of these apps are available for iOS and Android platforms. Do you have a favorite Science app? Let us know in the comments section!