September 12

Are you new to UNC or new to a pre-med path?  Please plan to attend one of the virtual events below.  Individual appointments are limited and these events are great opportunities to get your questions answered.  These are all virutal events and will be recorded and posted to the HPA website.
Planning A Path To Medical School
This virtual event will provide an introduction to core competencies demonstrated by successful medical school applicants and guidance to create a personal plan to achieve these through coursework and experiences. This is an event designed for students who are new to UNC or new to a pre-med path but all students are welcome!  Register for a session below:
HPA 101
This virtual event will be hosted by Carolina Health Samaritan Society.  Join us for an introduction to the Health Professions Advising Office and available resources to help plan your path to a career in healthcare!
  • Save the date:  Wednesday, September 22nd, 6pm.  Stay tuned for link.

1.   Virtual Information Sessions and Events 
2.   UNC Adams School of Dentistry Virtual Shadowing Event 
3.   UNC School of Medicine Medical Mentor Program 
4.   Gillings on the Ground:  5-wk Disaster Response Training
5.   UNC Clinical Lab Science Upcoming Events
6.   UNC School of Nursing Information Session
7.   Learning Center Resources 
8.   Birth Beginnings Volunteer Doula Services – Application Open
9.   University Career Services Virtual Events
10.  Anti-Racism and Equity  
11.  Research Opportunities
12.  Test Prep Events 
13.  Student Organizations
14.  Public Service Opportunities
15.  Interviewing Resources
16.  Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces

1.  Virtual Information Sessions and Events

September

September 20th: UNC School of Social Work Info Session, 5:30 – 7:30pm
September 21st: AAMC Virtual Medial School Fair, 11-4pm
September 22ndPharmacy School Virtual Fair, 10-7pm

2.  Adams School of Dentistry Virtual Shadowing Event:  Sept. 24th, 9:30am

Our faculty will be guiding you through a special care denture procedure. Please register to take part in this unique opportunity. Pre-dental organizations and groups are encouraged to have watch parties. Certification of attendance will be provided to all that complete the post survey. Thank you for joining us!

 


3.  UNC School of Medicine Medical Mentor Program

The goal of the Medical Mentors Program is to bring undergraduates interested in pursuing medicine together with current medical students at UNC School of Medicine. We as medical students have all been through the struggles and uncertainties of pre-med. We didn’t get through it alone though, so we want to help you navigate the prerequisites, the application process, and the pre-med life. As someone who has succeeded in handling these challenges, your mentor may serve as your primary contact for all pre-med related questions. They may meet you for coffee, take you to a medical lecture, or be your last minute advisor for class registration. These mentors are students that have absolutely no influence on your admission to the UNC School of Medicine, so nothing is off limits. However, just because we don’t get to make the phone calls doesn’t mean that we don’t want you to get the phone call one day!

You can sign up to be a mentee by filling out the form here: https://forms.gle/HqMEwWnWxVVxZ1PE6. Questions can be mailed to uncsommedicalmentors@gmail.com.

 


4.   Gillings on the Ground

Interested in disaster response and preparedness? Want to learn more about how community and public health leaders in North Carolina respond to public health issues ranging from hurricanes to the COVID-19 pandemic? Gillings on the Ground is a 5-week training program held throughout the fall 2021 semester that provides participants with the information and skills on various aspects of disaster relief. In the spring 2022 semester, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, disaster-related training activity (pending COVID-19 restrictions, of course!). Led by experienced community leaders and UNC faculty, there are a total of five classes, each held once per week for 1-1.5 hours from October 14-November 9, 2021. In addition to receiving a certificate upon completion of the program, trainees will also gain access to an exclusive listserv of disaster-related service opportunities submitted by our community partners. This program is open to any UNC students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Check out our website to learn more and fill out this form to register! Email Arielle Moss at amoss888@ad.unc.edu for any questions or concerns!

 


5.  Clinical Laboratory Science at UNC Chapel Hill

Clinical Lab Science (CLS) is a health profession that uses laboratory science to diagnose and treat disease.  UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine offers a baccalaureate degree which allows students to merge their talents in science and technology with a desire to help others and work in health care.  If you are interested in learning more about CLS, see our website for more details, or sign up for one of the opportunities to learn more below.

  • Virtual Information Session: Join us via Zoom on Oct 5th or Oct 13th at 5pm to talk with faculty and students about the CLS profession and the programs at UNC.
  • Meet With a CLS Faculty Member – Meet with a member of the CLS Faculty via Zoom to learn more about what the program is like and have your specific questions answered.
  • Sit in on a Hematology or Immunology Class

Email tmoon@med.unc.edu with questions.

 


6. UNC School of Nursing Information Sessions

Interested in Nursing? We hope you’ll join us for an upcoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing Information Session. Faculty, admissions staff and current BSN students will be available to answer your questions. This session will cover all 3 undergraduate options: 5-term BSN, 4-term Accelerated BSN and the new BSN Military Pathway.
Wed, Sept 15, 2021
4:30-7:30 pm on Zoom
Wed, Nov 10, 2021
4:30-7:30 pm on Zoom

 


7. UNC Learning Center Resources

Drop-in Peer Tutoring Available

This fall we offer two evenings of free drop-in peer tutoring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-8 pm in Dey Hall. Find out when we have a tutor for your course here: https://learningcenter.unc.edu/drop-in-peer-tutoring/. Appointment peer tutoring is also available – click here to learn more.

Join a Fall Coaching Group! 

Chemistry Resources at the Learning Center
Chemistry exams are right around the corner, and the Learning Center has you covered! CHEMpossible is open to all CHEM 101 and 102 students (register for the Sakai site here). Peer tutoring and academic coaching for chemistry are also available by appointment on the Learning Center Website.

Free GRE Strategy Session and Practice Exam
Preparing to apply to graduate school? Our partners at The Princeton Review are offering a free practice exam and strategy session this week. For more information and to register, click here.

Make Appointments Through CarolinaGo!
Looking for a quick, mobile pathway to make a Writing or Learning Center appointment or sign up for a group? Find us on the CarolinaGo mobile app available wherever you get your apps. CarolinaGo connects you with the Writing and Learning Center and useful campus resources such as campus dining, libraries, advising, fitness options, and more.


8.  Birth Beginnings Volunteer Services

Birth Beginnings Volunteer Doula Services (BBDVS) at Chapel Hill is open again for applications!
We are a 501c Non-Profit who aims to support underserved populations that face adverse outcomes in healthcare through pregnancy, birth, fertility, and postpartum care. We do this by providing accessible birth doula, postpartum and lactation support training at much lower cost (almost $500 cheaper than average training, if you commit to our organization as a volunteer doula) to facilitate the growth of the doula pool.  Our next training is scheduled to be done over two weekends in October and anyone who is accepted will be qualified to take part with the discounted rate as long as seats remain available.
We aim to continue to support the maternal community as doulas but also through other avenues like educational maternal health fairs.
For those who may not know, doulas are trained companions who support individuals through significant health-related experiences, usually involving reproductive experiences like childbirth. It is a great way to get involved in the healthcare community and learn what it means to support and advocate for patients. Having a doula in the room has also been shown to reduce C-sections, among many other things. Our next training is scheduled to be done over two weekends in October and anyone who is accepted will be qualified to take part with the discounted rate as long as seats remain available.
Our Chapel Hill branch also runs a special program called Carolina Across Cultures (CAC), a community-based doula program that focuses on assisting under-resourced pregnant mothers with doulas from the same community and background. CAC’s aim is to foster a connection built on similar experiences and common cultural beliefs and looks to extend support to underserved mothers who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+, are differently abled, are survivors, use English as a Second Language, different religions, are from rural areas, and any other populations who commonly face disparities in healthcare. Anyone is welcome to train and be a part of BBDVS, but CAC focuses on doulas and mothers who identify as a part of these groups.
Applications are now open, and you can apply here! https://forms.gle/quVqhMwejnEQrEp87
Applications are open until 11:59 pm on September 13, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Interviews will be held on September 15 and 16, and if accepted the first meeting will be held at 6pm on September 20th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email bbdvs.ch@gmail.com

9.  University Career Services Virtual Events

Fall Part-Time Job Fair and Resume Book – September 14th • at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM • Handshake
This fair is also with a Resume Book format and your resume will be sent to employers before the event. (these will be employers who choose to opt out of the fair and would like the resume book instead). This fair brings together employers who are seeking students for part-time job opportunities. Typically this fair attracts companies in the local Chapel Hill area who are seeking student workers in addition to employers who have jobs that can be done remotely. Students from various majors attend this Fair to seek jobs to support their financial needs, transferable skill-building, and even to satisfy academic credits related to experiential education courses that require 8-12 hours work per week.
Click here to register
Data Science and Analytics Career Fair – September 15th • at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Handshake
University Career Services and the Department of Statistics and Operations Research are hosting a joint career fair to bring together employers primarily seeking to fill Summer Internship and Full-Time Job roles with students from Data Science and STEM-related majors, in addition to students pursuing Data Science minors. This event is open to all UNC majors, but is targeted towards Data Science and STEM related majors, in addition to students pursuing the new Data Science minor. STEM related majors include: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Library and Information Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Finance, Operations, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Sales, Real Estate, and more!
Click here to register
Carolina Career & Internship (All Majors) Fair – September 16th • at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Handshake
This fair brings together employers who are primarily seeking to fill Summer Internship and Full-Time Job roles with students from ALL MAJORS including Humanities and Social Sciences majors. This event is open to ALL UNC majors which include: Business, Communications, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Military Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, Romance Languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian), and more!
Click here to register

 


10. Anti-Racism and Equity

McNair Scholars Program at UNC: Changing the Face of Academia

Established at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federal TRiO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for Doctoral Studies through involvement in research and other Scholarly Activities. McNair Scholars are either first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds, or members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential, who are U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Scholars receive up to $5,000 to complete a Summer Research Program and apply for Graduate Schools. To lean more about the program, visit https://mcnair.unc.edu.

Program Benefits:

  • Educational Planning and Advising
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Faculty Mentorship
  • Summer Research Program
  • GRE Preparation
  • Participate in National Research Conferences
  • GRE Fee and Graduate Application Waivers
  • Earn up to $5,000 over the course of the McNair Program

Sophomore (2024) – December 1, 2021, Priority Deadline
Junior (2023)–Apply Now! Priority Deadline October 8, 2021

Attend the AAMC Virtual Fair!
Strategies and Resources for Minority Premeds and Applicants
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11 A.M. – 4 P.M. ET
  • Meet admissions and diversity affairs officers from U.S. and Canadian medical schools.
  • Receive 15% off a subscription to the Medical School Admission Requirements™ (MSAR®) website.
  • View live panel discussions and participate in Q&A sessions specially created for racial and ethnic minority audiences.
  • Learn about applying to medical school, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), MCAT®, and other AAMC services.
Chat with current medical students and ask questions in our Medical Student Lounge.
Questions?

11.  Research Opportunities

UNC JOURney

Want to get involved with UNC JOURney, the only undergraduate research journal on campus? We publish student research in the health sciences, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and popular sciences. Check us out at uncjourney.unc.edu! We have open positions for publicity team members, social sciences editors, natural science editors, and humanities editors. For more information, check out our application: https://forms.gle/bMgVmdWYH1en3Vmc6

Become a Carolina Research Scholar
The Carolina Research Scholar Program (CRSP) fosters and expands engagement in undergraduate research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. CRSP builds an undergraduate community based on research, scholarship and inquiry-driven learning. It also serves as a framework to guide students in navigating the process of designing and pursuing mentored research, scholarship or creative performance, communicating their discoveries and findings to the larger community, and sharing their experiences with others. Carolina Research Scholars who successfully meet the requirements are recognized for their contributions to UNC’s intellectual and cultural climate with the “Carolina Research Scholar” transcript designation. To learn more about program requirements, visit the CRSP page of the OUR website.

Duke Bissig Lab accepting Visiting Scholars  

The Bissig Lab at Duke University is a pediatric liver lab that studies diseases of the liver, ranging from viral hepatitis to metabolic liver disorders and liver cancer. The lab specializes in human liver chimeric mice and created the first xenograft model for metabolic liver disease as well as a novel patient derived cancer model. We are looking to take on Visiting Research Scholars. These are volunteer positions in our lab for undergraduate students who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors, no previous experience required. Full vaccination status required. Must have a reliable source of transportation. We provide parking. Please send an email to sabrina.collias@duke.eduwith your resume/CV and a paragraph of why you are interested. You will hear back if chosen for an interview.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Research Project Volunteers Needed 

UNC Students,

Would you like to participate in a study where you will use cutting edge ultrasound techniques and devices? Then volunteer for my research project focused on remote ultrasound education.

This project would interest science and pre-medical students. You’ll get hands-on experience using butterfly probe ultrasound technology. You will use the butterfly probe to obtain ultrasound images of anatomical landmarks including the heart and liver.  Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Participants can withdraw at any time and will receive no monetary compensation.  The IRB number for the project is 21-0865. If you’d like to participate, email me at Eric_Cal@med.unc.edu.

I look forward to working with you!

Eric Cal
Ensign, US Naval Reserve, Medical Corps
Mobile: 704-307-9126
UNC School of Medicine ‘24

Office of Undergraduate Education:  Get Involved in Research

Fall 2021 Workshops

We have a great lineup of more than a dozen popular and informative workshops and info sessions this fall to help you learn more about undergraduate research, how to find opportunities, how to network with faculty, and more. We’ll hold a mix of online and in-person options.

Upcoming workshops:
Getting Involved in Research in Psychology and Neuroscience (Sept. 13)
How to Find a Research Mentor (Sept. 16)
OUR Student Ambassador Perspectives on Undergraduate Research (Sept. 22)
For a full list, see our Events page.

Space is limited for some workshops, so sign up now!

Call for Proposals: UC Davis 8th Annual One Health Symposium

The UC Davis 8th Annual One Health Symposium aims to explore and discuss topics related to innovations that impact human, animal, or environmental health. Such topics include innovations using traditional practices in environmental health and comparative medicine, as well as innovations in policy and health. Any undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral scholars are welcome to submit abstracts pertaining to the theme of “Innovation.” The abstract should include a title, an introduction, objectives, methods, results, and a conclusion, limited to one page.
Since this will be a hybrid event due to COVID-19, those whose abstracts are chosen will be asked to either record themselves and submit a 5-10 minute video or present a poster at the symposium on the Student Led Research Panel. Panelists will also be asked to attend a virtual or in-person Q&A session on November 6th, 2021, where individuals attending the symposium can ask questions about your research.
Abstract Deadline: September 17th, 2021. Please submit abstracts to Johanna Vega Garcia, (jvegagarcia@ucdavis.edu) and cc Felicia Yen (felyen@ucdavis.edu).

12.  Test Prep Events

The Princeton Review
Our expert teacher will review test content, sample questions, and score raising strategies
Monday, September 13, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
Review strategies & tools for approaching CARS passages & questions
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
Review relevant OChem content, including chirality and the various types of stereoisomers
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
Discuss kinematic and efficient ways to approach calculations on the MCAT
Thursday, September 16, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EDT
Review application timeline and what you should expect during this period
Friday, September 17, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT
Altius Test Prep
Altius Test Prep Information Session:  Sept. 22nd, 6pm via Zoom
Free, proctored half-length MCAT exam
Drawing for half-tuition scholarship
Kaplan
Sept. 13th, 7-8:30pm
Sept. 26th, 5-6:30pm
Oct. 7th, 1-2:30pm
Oct. 21st, 7:30-9pm

13.  Student Organizations

DDS Pre-Dental Honors Society

DDS welcomes all students with an interest in joining the dental field! During the fall and spring semesters, in conjunction with the School of Dentistry, we host a series of introduction to dentistry seminars. We invite guest lecturers from within the dental community to speak about their respective disciplines. Our organization introduces basic career aspects of general dentistry as well as dental specialties to all of our members. You “rush” your first semester; this entails maintaining a 3.0 GPA, earning 40 service hours (at least 5 dental-related and 5 non-dental), paying a $25 fee for club dues, and attending 7 of our weekly Monday meetings at 7 pm. Once these requirements are met, you are a member with slightly new requirements! Please email Gracie Evans (gre1022@live.unc.edu) if you are interested in joining our organization!

Hearts for the Homeless

Have you noticed the homelessness problem in Chapel Hill and beyond? Are you passionate about helping others? Are you interested in medicine and public health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should join Hearts for the Homeless Carolina! Hearts for the Homeless is an international organization that focuses on providing free and informative heart health events, with members across the world holding blood pressure screenings and giving American Heart Association-approved information to homeless individuals in their community. In the past, the UNC Chapter has also had a scientific journal club, held relevant trainings and speakers, and made “care kits” with essentials for our homeless neighbors. This year, we hope to also implement more overall health education, fundraising, and aid with COVID education and vaccination amongst the homeless population. H4H Carolina is a great opportunity to help the community and meet other students interested in health and helping others. We would love to see you and tell you more at our first meeting of the year on Monday, September 13th, at 8 pm. Use this Zoom link to join! https://uncpharmacy.zoom.us/j/8168005484

The Health and Humanities Journal

The Health Humanities Journal of UNC-Chapel Hill is currently accepting submissions for its Fall 2021 issue. We are an interdisciplinary journal that works to inspire and facilitate work related to health, illness, caregiving, and medicine. Submission categories include (but are not limited to): narratives, fiction, poetry, academic research, and artwork.

Submissions should be sent to hhj.uncch.sub@gmail.com. The deadline is Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Work published in this edition of the journal will be eligible for the Walker Percy Prize, a $100 prize awarded each spring.

This publication allows for dialogue, meaning-making, and multiple representations of the body, mind, health/illness, and experiences dealing with the medical system and life in a global pandemic. For more information and to view our previous issues, please visit hhj.web.unc.edu. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Society of Women Engineers – UNC-CH Chapter

Mission: To empower women and those who identify as nonbinary and/or women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion.

Vision: A world with gender parity and equality in engineering and technology. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women and those who identify as nonbinary and/or women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.

Objectives :
– 
Professional excellence – SWE will develop engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.

 Globalization – SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.

 Advocacy – SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology.

Contact Information

14.  Public Service Opportunities

Join an APPLES Service-Learning Expedition!
APPLES Expeditions are 1-day service-learning trips to exceptional, long-term partners of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Along with 10 other students, you will have the opportunity to learn about communities in North Carolina, engage in service, and participate in reflection.
Our first two expeditions of the semester are themed “Food Justice and Hunger Relief” and “Reuse, Create, and Educate”. Lunch will be provided, and carpool can be arranged! There is no cost to participate, and signups will be first-come first-serve. In addition, if you are interested in planning, organizing, or leading your own APPLES Expedition, please reach out!
Here is the Google Form: https://forms.gle/3csfXftFcSgmEsbS7

From Carolina Center for Public Service:  

Liberty HomeCare and Hospice is seeking life enrichment volunteers to assist with activities like singing and bingo. Learn more about volunteering.

Volunteer with Carolina Meadows retirement community to brighten the day of an older adult. For more information, email Eileen Ferrell.

The North Carolina African Services Coalition, a nonprofit supporting and empowering the Triangle’s immigrant and refugee communities, is seeking peer mentors for its Refugee Youth Empowerment Program. For more information, email Crystal Zellous.

The Correctional Education Program brings for-credit UNC courses to students in six North Carolina prisons. The CEP is seeking student tutoring volunteers for its new virtual writing center this fall! If interested, email Raphael Ginsberg.

TABLE Internship Fall 2021

Sept-Dec 2021 in Carrboro

Interns help keep TABLE running smoothy! Typically 10-12 hours/week, our semester-long internships encompass a variety of tasks such as administrative work, supporting staff projects & leading volunteer shifts. Internships are unpaid & all interns must be 18 or older. If you are interested in a position, please contact us at volunteers@tablenc.org.

Music Empowerment

Are you interested in teaching music? Through Musical Empowerment, you can provide free music lessons and mentorship to a young student from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. This semester, the once-a-week, 40-minute lessons will be entirely virtual and you will be able to get to know a student, create your own lesson plans, and prepare your student for the virtual recital at the end of the semester. In addition, we offer events for our teachers to create a community and enrich their teaching experience. Many of our students are from underserved communities and would not be able to afford music lessons otherwise.

To apply to become a teacher, click here.
For more information about Musical Empowerment, visit our website.Community Service Scholars Program

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15.  Interviewing Resources

University Career Services supports students who may be preparing to interview within an industry or for admission to a professional school.  Online resources include Big Interview, which provides a video training curriculum, a database of admissions interview questions with tips on answers, and the opportunity to practice with a virtual mock interview.  Students may also schedule an appointment for a Mock Interview with a career counselor via Handshake.

 


16.  Additional Listservs and Online Communities