Wednesday Update for January 27, 2016

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Wednesday Update for January 27, 2016

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Spring 2016 Degree Application
If you will be completing your degree requirements in Spring 2016, applications for award of the degree are being accepted through ISIS under the My Online Services menu (go to My Record > Certificate/Degree application). The application deadline is Friday, January 29th by 5:00pm.

UF’s Stomp the Swamp for Autism
UF’s Stomp the Swamp for Autism is an annual fitness event organized by IMPACT Autism to benefit UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. The 8th Annual Stomp the Swamp will be held at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, February 6 from 10 am- 12 pm. Gates open at 9am.

2016 University of Florida Impact Awards
The Center for Leadership and Service presents the 2016 University of Florida Impact Awards. Nominate students, faculty, businesses, and community nonprofit agencies who demonstrated a commitment to leadership and service in the past year. The annual Impact Awards recognizes and celebrates individuals at the University of Florida and in the community in 8 different categories. Nominations close Friday, February 19th. For more information visit Categories include: Emerging Leader, Distinguished Mentor, Outstanding Service Organization Leader, Model of Leadership, Outstanding Graduate Student, Leadership and Service Advocate, Exemplary Service Partnership and Extraordinary Student Volunteer.

Scholarships, Research & Funding

Call for Proposals for 2016 College of Education Research Symposium “Fostering Dialogue”
March 31, 2016, Norman Hall UF

All undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners in the field of education are invited to submit a proposal to the first annual University of Florida College of Education Research Symposium sponsored by the Education College Council (ECC) and Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE). Our theme, Fostering Dialogue, is meant to facilitate cross-disciplinary communication and, to that end, we hope the first COE Research Symposium draws interest across the college. As a result, we understand the term “research” broadly and welcome submissions of original social science research, historical inquiry, practitioner inquiry, and other research projects that further our knowledge and understanding of education in a variety of settings, both formal and informal. Faculty members who have worked with undergraduate and graduate students and intern/mentor teacher pairs who have engaged in practitioner inquiry are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. 250-word abstracts may be submitted for presentation as roundtable discussions or poster presentations.

Deadline for Submissions: 11:59pm EST, Thursday, February 25, 2016

Submit via Google Form – Early submission is encouraged. Those submitting proposals will be notified by March 7th of their status. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Schroeder at

The 2016 UF Best UR Paper Contest is coming! Any UF undergraduate researcher can compete. If you want to enter, you must submit your paper to The UF Journal of Undergraduate Research, no later than February 19th and indicate that you want it to be considered for the contest. If you want to reserve the paper for a later submission to a peer reviewed journal, also indicate that you do not want it considered for publication in JUR. Please send an email to to confirm that you have submitted.

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing funded educational research? Apply for the University Scholars Program!

The College of Education has the opportunity to award 3 selected undergraduate students, who will be designated as University Scholars, the opportunity to work one-on-one with a chosen faculty member on a research/creative project of mutual interest. Students participating in this program will receive a $1,750 stipend to support research efforts under the faculty mentor.  This funded research will be conducted during the student’s junior or senior year.

In order to be eligible, students must have earned a 3.3 upper division GPA or a 3.0 GPA for a minimum of 75 credit hours of completed coursework.  Additionally students must not graduate with their undergraduate degree before Spring 2017. More information can be found at and If selected, students must attend a mandatory orientation session at the UF Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Application available on the College of Education’s website. Due Friday, February 19, 2016.


Part-time OPS Position 
Grant funded, part time position that be of interest to undergrad or graduate students with some technical ability. It involves creating a stimulation using Articulate StoryLine software for subjects to go through to see what their preferences are for online research resources. Please apply here: Application closes Friday, January 29th.

The School Board of Levy County is seeking a teacher for secondary 9-12. Click here for the position description. Application information and other available positions located at

Pasco County Job Fair 
Pasco County Schools is hosting a Spring Instructional Job Fair on Thursday, February 25th. This event is open to graduates, interns, and upcoming graduates of all majors who are interested in teaching. We will be conducting on-the-spot interviews, and giving contingent offers for 2016-2017 school year.

Candidates will have the opportunity to:
·         Meet and interview with principals/managers from our Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and student services department.
·         Learn about Pasco County Schools’ culture, benefits, professional development opportunities, and the support we offer all  of our teachers.
·         Win door prizes including a Garmin Activity Tracker.

Attendees are asked to pre-register at: If you have any questions, please contact 813-794-2845 or email at

Student Employment Opportunity 
We are looking for advanced graduate students to administer standardized assessments to preschool children with disabilities for an IES randomized-controlled trial on embedded instruction. This is a short-term, hourly position that involves training, administration, and scoring of the standardized assessments and travel to and from schools in Clay County and St. Johns County. Experience working with young children with disabilities and administering standardized assessments is strongly preferred. Child examiners must attend a training in March and must be available a minimum of 2 days per week (~10-20 hours/week) between April 4 and May 13. Child examiners will be paid $15/hour plus mileage.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in research and gaining more assessment experience with young children with disabilities. If interested, please email Dr. Mary McLean (

Camp Counselor Positions 
Florida Elks Youth Camp is looking for summer camp counselors. As it stands, our program offers a great opportunity for our counselors to gain experience in behavior management, planning/organization, and teamwork. Counselors work for 8 weeks (June 12 – August 6). We pay $300/week, and we provide all room and board at no cost to our staff. Our campers are 9-13 years old, and they stay with us for week-long sessions.  Each counselor is paired with a second staff member and given a cabin of 7 campers. Each cabin is then grouped with 5 other cabins for activities—so there is a great mix of both small and large group organization. See flyer for additional details.

Pre-School Director  – deadline Friday, February 5th
First United Methodist Church in downtown Gainesville is looking for a full-time director for our preschool. The search is open until Friday, February 5. Please click here for further information.

Part-Time Work for Special Needs Child
My 11 year daughter has spina bifida and my wife and I are looking for one or two students that are interested in working some part-time hours this semester (mostly afternoon) to assist with picking up from school, getting her to Dr. appointments. Health care training would be helpful, but not required. Please send resume to along with the hours you are able to work.

Interns or Practicum Students
The City of Newberry Parks and Recreation department is looking for multiple interns or practicum students for the fall semester. These students would work directly with the Programs Supervisor in organizing and running the City’s Child Development Program. Please see flyer for additional details.

Graham Center Seeks Graduate Assistant deadline Monday, February 1st
The Bob Graham Center at UF is seeking a dynamic and personable graduate student to join its team. Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with a GPA that meets the graduate admission requirements, Must be enrolled in a Master’s/Phd Program at the University of Florida. Further details located here.

Extended Day Enrichment Program
Energetic, knowledgeable people wanted to work with elementary school children doing arts & crafts, sports, dance and much more in an after school program at various schools. Please see flyer for application information.


In search of after-school care for our 14 month son, 4:30-6:30ish.  (Currently not needed until 5:30 pm, starting May 16 – 4:30 secondary to swim lessons).  We need someone to pick them up at their daycare on campus, then take him to his swim lessons at Westside Park, then bring him home, play with him, feed him dinner and bathe him.  The ideal candidate will have an excellent driving record and reliable transportation, will be punctual, be willing to teach our son and play with him.  We live at the corner of Tower and Archer.  Please contact Sonia at 419-367-8911, and send resume/introduction to

I am looking for a COE student who is interested in helping tutor my 13 year old autistic son. It would require a few hours each week at our home in SW Gainesville. Primary focus is helping him with his homework. Please email or send a text to 352-207-5500.

Part-time Nanny Needed
After school 2-3 days per week and help in summer. Duties include transportation from school to home or activities and homework help.  Bright, cheerful, independent eleven-year-old with mild physical impairment (walks using a walker). Must have reliable transportation.  Larger vehicle preferred but not required.

If interested please email name, afternoon days/hours available, and contact number to


11th grade student needs assistance preparing for tests and ensuring assignments are complete for the following subjects: Chemistry, Honors English, History, & AP Environmental Science. If interested, please contact 352-226-9643.

Service and Volunteering

Volunteer Opportunity
Gators for Equal opportunity is recruiting new volunteers. The primary purpose of GEO is to promote volunteer service in underprivileged communities. If you want to help people in need, if you want to know Hispanic immigrants culture, if you want to practice your teaching skills from your class, or if you just want to volunteer, we offer a great opportunity for you. You can make a difference to the kids’ life. WE NEED YOU!
Time: Every Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm
Address: 14608 NW 140th St 32615, Alachua (We offer carpools)
If you want to know more, visit our website or Facebook page! Questions: email or

Take Stock in Children Mentors
The Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program is currently looking for about 30 volunteer mentors in the community for our Alachua County public school students in grades 7-12.

Take Stock in Children is a mentoring and scholarship program that pairs low income, deserving students with a  volunteer mentor who meets with them once per week during their lunch time, at their school. Our students are awarded a 2-year scholarship upon graduation and successful completion of our program.

Mentors serve as positive role models who are there to motivate and help their student achieve their highest potential. For more information, please click here.

Volunteer & Intern Opportunity: Yoga & Other Special Projects
Milestones in the Making, Lisa Schiavoni & Associates is a family-owned & -operated private practice serving children & families in Greater-Gainesville for 30+ years. Our staff is looking for volunteers to assist with a number of ‘Yoga 4 Youth’ initiatives &/or for special projects. Further details and position descriptions are available here

Interested parties should send a resume with cover letter ASAP to Applicants should include (1) what about the position interests you AND (2) communicate general scheduling availability in their inquiries. Volunteers will be expected to pass a background check.

Musician and Student Volunteer Opportunities
Mt. Zion AME Church is looking for 2-3 student volunteers to assist with building our youth department, ages 10-18. The commitment is 20-25 hours monthly, Sundays (10a-1p,) Thursdays (evening, 2 hours, 5p-7p) and one Tuesday a month (evening, 1 ½  hours, 6:30p-8p). They are also looking for a musician. The commitment is 18-20 hours per month, Sundays 10a-1p and Thursdays 6p-7:30p for rehearsal. A stipend will be provided. Position descriptions and contact information available here.


Are you interested in research? Would you like the opportunity to contribute to a University of Florida research study? Gabrielle Darville, a UF doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Education & Behavior is looking for 60 – 70 men at UF to pilot test a NEW digital game to be used in her dissertation research study on sexual health.  If you are interested in serving as a research participant or have specific questions pertaining to this opportunity not outlined in the details, please send an email to Gabrielle Darville at

Did you make the Dean’s List?
Calling all College of Education UNDERGRADUATE students that received a 3.75 or higher in Fall 2015! In recognition of your hard work, you have earned your place on the Dean’s List. Congrats! If you would like a formal certificate to celebrate your accomplishment, please email from your Gatorlink address (include your full name). We will confirm when you can come collect your certificate for your professional portfolio. Keep up the good work and stay Gator strong!

SAVE the DATE: College of Education Career Fair
The College of Education will host the annual Careers in Education event from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, April 6th on campus in the newly renovated Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.

Support Norman Hall Renovations at the University of Florida
Join the Renovate Norman Facebook page to share your stories and show your support by signing the petition! Together, let’s make the College of Education #AbovetheNorm 

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