Undergraduate paid internship opportunity working in the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session) Program through the Student Academic Center

PASS is a peer-led team learning tutoring program in which enrolled students teach each other finite (M118) with the assistance of the PASS tutor. By permitting the students to do some of the teaching, the PASS program encourages higher order thinking and mastery of difficult concepts. The PASS tutor attends the finite class with the students, and organizes study sessions each week in the evenings.

This Teaching Internship is paid ($14 per hour) and will take seven hours per week in the fall. Applicants must have taken finite (M118) from IUB and earned a grade of B or better in the course. Applicants must have a 3.00 cumulative gpa or better. Applicants must be sophomore standing or higher. All majors from any school accepted.

Interested students will find the application here: https://sac.indiana.edu/student-employment/index.html . Questions may be directed to Drew Koke at akoke@iu.edu.

 

 

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Student Academic Center Hiring MATH-M 118 Teaching Interns — $14/hour

The Student Academic Center is hiring several students to be Teaching Interns, working in the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Session) Program. Specifically, next fall and spring we will be running PASS in all sections of MATH-D116 and some sections of MATH-M118 (but students from any section of M118 can attend any PASS session, regardless of whether the PASS tutor is attending their section).

PASS is a peer-led team learning tutoring program in which enrolled students teach each other finite with the assistance of the PASS tutor. By permitting the students to do some of the teaching, the PASS program encourages higher order thinking and mastery of difficult concepts. The PASS tutor attends the finite class with the students, and organizes study sessions each week in the evenings.

This Teaching Internship is paid ($14 per hour) and will take seven hours per week in the fall. Applicants must have taken finite (M118) from IUB and earned a grade of B or better in the course. Applicants must have a 3.00 cumulative gpa or better. Applicants must be sophomore standing or higher. All majors from any school accepted.

Interested students will find the application here: https://sac.indiana.edu/student-employment/index.html .

Jewish Studies Presidential Scholarships for Study in Israel in Spring Semester 2019

All IUB undergraduates are eligible.

Two paths for application for these scholarships:

  • Students applying to the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem (who must apply through IU Overseas Study): Only have to check off (on their Overseas Study application form) “yes,” that they are interested in being considered for Presidential Scholarships. Deadline for application for Hebrew University program: Monday, September 10.
  • Students applying directly to Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa or Ben-Gurion University for spring 2019 can apply for Jewish Studies Israel Study scholarships by following these procedures and (filling out and submitting the application form) andhaving 2 recommendations (from either professors or AIs) sent to the Borns Jewish Studies Program.

Deadline:  Thursday, November 8.

Introduction to R, specifically aimed at biologists

NCGAS is running a four-part Introduction to R, specifically aimed at biologists.  This workshop is aimed at novices, so if you want to begin learning R or just want to better understand the language, this is a good place to start.  We will be using biological examples, but we won’t be focusing on any one analysis – rather we will focus on how to read the language, how to get help, and where to go next.

 

This is a locally hosted workshop on the Indiana University – Bloomington Campus and takes place over the span of three weeks.  However, if you are interested in following along from afar, material will be posted on our website, and I will have dedicated online “office hours” to help answer questions on the material – even if you are working from a distance.

 

For more information and registering for the on campus course, go HERE.

For online course materials (will be updated when course launches with new materials), go HERE.

For access to online office hours slack (8/28, 8/30, 9/11, 9/13 @ 4 pm EST), go HERE.  Once in slack, go to #life_sciences – that’s where I’ll be at those times!

 

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Supercomputing for Everyone Series: Intro to R for biologists

This is a four-part workshop that will cover the basics of R—the general syntax of the language, the basic data types and how to manipulate them, as well as how to find more information when doing novel analyses. The course does not focus on any particular analysis, but uses DNA sequences as a case study to apply the material covered. We will also cover using Jetstream (the research cloud) to power analyses in RStudio, but use of personal installations on laptops is fine for the workshop. The goal of this course is to get you started in R, so you’ll be able to read and write code, and figure out where to get help when needed.

 

Note: There are four workshops in this series; You must register for the whole series.  If you are unable to attend a specific day, please contact the instructor for material.

 

Objectives: 
By the end of this workshop, users will be able to:

  • Navigate and use RStudio (on and off Jetstream)—load files, export graphs, etc.
  • Understand how to install, load, and use new libraries.
  • Become familiar with Bioconductor Project.
  • Understand basic data types, functions, objects, and classes in R.
  • Write and use a function.

Prerequisites:

  • Unix familiarity is a plus, but not required.
  • A laptop is required—if you do not have one, contact the organizer to borrow one.

Agenda:

  • Day 1:
    The goal of this section is to get you acquainted with R, both the environment and the language. We’ll discuss data types, manipulation, the structure of commands, how to get help and more information, how to load packages, and how to use the environment. The hope is to make using R more intuitive.

    This section does not focus on any individual analysis or demonstration. It focuses on reading and making sense of the language (this is very helpful for new users or anyone currently copying, pasting, and hoping).

    Requirements: There are no requirements for this section. Basic Unix skills (how variables work, cat, pwd, etc.) are helpful, but we won’t be using command line at all, just referencing them throughout.

  • Day 2:
    The goal of this section is to practice what you learned in the first section. This will be a lab-type activity, where you will obtain sequences from NCBI and do some basic analyses.

    Requirements: This is a lab based on the material covered in day 1, so familiarity with that material is very, very useful (day 1 material will be available online).

  • Day 3: 
    The goal of this section is to get a bit more in depth on how to read, understand, and troubleshoot R code—by introducing classes and functions. Classes and functions are a large part of R, and therefore a large part of understanding the syntax and function of the language. We will also introduce graphing and script creation in R.

    Requirements: This material assumes basic usage of R covered in the first section.

  • Day 4: 
    The goal of this section is to practice what you learned in the third section. This will be a lab-type activity, where you will modify your code from the first lab (day 2) to make functions and graphs.

    RequirementsThis is a lab based on the material covered in days 1 and 3, so familiarity with that material is very, very useful (materials will be posted online after each day). Additionally, this lab builds on the activity from day 2, but we can provide the starting point for anyone who requests it.

This workshop is taught by Research Technologies, a division of University Information Technology Services in conjunction with the National Center for Genome Analysis Support. Both are affiliates of the IU Pervasive Technology Institute.

 

Seeking BIOL-L 211 UTAs for Fall 2018 Semester

Professor David Kehoe is seeking undergraduates interested in being UTAs for BIOL-L 211 during the Fall Semester of 2018. Mandatory requirements for these positions are:

  1. You must be able to attend all course lectures, which are held from 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM Tu/Th.
  2. You must have taken L211 at IUB and earned at least an A-.
  3. You must enjoy working as part of a team of teachers and be willing to make this position a priority throughout the semester.

Applicants: Please send Professor Kehoe (dkehoe@indiana.edu) the following materials:

  1. Completed Application, available at:

https://biology.indiana.edu/student-portal/undergraduate/undergrad-teaching-assistants.html (click on “How do I apply to be a UTA?”)

  1. Transcripts (unofficial are OK)

If you are considered for a position, you will have the opportunity to meet with Professor Kehoe to discuss the details of these positions.