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Wednesday Update – September 26, 2018

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UF Diversity Graduate Research Symposium – register by Friday, September 28   
The second annual UF Diversity Graduate Research Symposium is slated for Wednesday, October 31 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in Reitz Union on the UF campus.

Hosted by the UF Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) with the UF College of Medicine Diversity Committee, this event features oral and poster presentations from UF graduate students — showcasing the quality and diversity of graduate research at UF across all disciplines (biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, humanities, mathematics, physical sciences, and social sciences) — plus Dr. Madhukar Thakur as keynote speaker, highlighting the importance of diversity in research.

This symposium gives UF graduate students opportunity to share their research experience and enhance communication skills with others outside of their disciplines. This event is open to everyone who registers. Post-doctoral trainees and faculty will judge presentations, with prizes going to presentation winners. There will also be a raffle and free food for attendees.

The deadline for UF graduate students to register and submit abstracts (no more than 3,000 characters, about 500 words) is Friday, September 28, 2018.  To register and submit your abstract for free, please click here.

If you or your organization would like to contribute, please email Akilah B. Murray at Questions? Please email Latoya Allen at

Gator Graduate Programs Fair 2018
This is an opportunity for UF students and other interested parties to explore graduate education options right here on campus — slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom on the UF campus.

This event is part of UF Graduate Education Week (October 22-26, 2018), hosted by the UF Graduate School, the UF Career Connections Center, and the UF Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Erin Rice in the UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives at


International Education Week – November 12-16, 2018  
The College of Education will be organizing a festival spotlighting the countries and regions of all of our students who have international experiences and/or backgrounds. We are asking all COE students to participate and volunteer by having a table that would introduce a country or region to our college community.

In order to make this a successful event, we need your help! Please contact: Dr. Jo Kozuma ( by OCTOBER 19th or join the planning meeting at COE Terrace Room on Wednesday, October 19th at 1PM. See attachment for additional details.

Save the Date! COE Research Symposium   —  Please submit ideas for a theme for the 2019 symposium!
Save the Date for the 4th annual College of Education Research Symposium that will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the Reitz Union. The symposium is presented by The Student Alliance of Graduates in Education (SAGE), the Education College Council (ECC), and the College of Education.

The COE Research Symposium offers multiple opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. We are looking for your help! Please submit ideas for a theme for this year’s symposium by clicking here.

The UF Teaching Center offers this workshop Monday through Thursday, October 8-11, from 5-7 p.m. each day.   The Math sessions are Monday  & Wednesday, and the Verbal sessions are Tuesday and Thursday.  You can register for just the math sessions, just the verbal sessions, or all four.  Go to, then “study skills” then “workshops” to register and learn the workshop location.

Call for Proposals: AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research    
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research. The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. The application deadline for the 2019-2020 competition is Thursday, November 1, 2018.

An informational webinar will occur on Thursday, September 20 from 3-4pm to discuss the program’s goals, the application process, and details about the competition. Please use the link to sign up for this webinar. For eligibility requirements and other details, please click here.

Call for Proposals: AERA Grants Program Dissertation and Research Grants  
The AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for both its Dissertation and Research Grants. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program provides dissertation grants to graduate students and small research grants to doctoral level scholars using large-scale data sets in their research. Complete details located on the attachment.

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Position – Anita Zucker Center
The Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies is hiring an individual to serve as a data collector for an Institute of Education Sciences funded study: BEST in CLASS – Elementary. BEST in CLASS aims to address the needs of children in Kindergarten – 2nd grade at risk for social, emotional learning difficulties.

Each data collector will work approximately 10-15 hrs per week collecting data using a host of direct and indirect measures in local K-2nd grade public school classrooms. Additionally, data collectors will assist with data entry. If interested, please email

Harn Museum of Art Spring 2019 Internships
Have you ever wondered what is like to work in an art museum? Harn internships are offered with the goal of providing professional experience, growth opportunities and guidance from museum professionals. Interns have gone on to careers ranging in education at institutions such as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum and more!

Spring internships in the Education Department are available in Campus Engagement, Gallery Interpretation and Family Programs. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2018.  Interested candidates can find instructions, applications and project descriptions at Questions? Contact Paige Willis, Education Program Assistant, at 352.294.7062 or

Blue Wave After School at PK Yonge
Blue Wave After School Program is looking for individuals to provide quality child care for children in Kindergarten-Middle School.


  • Ideal applicant would be available:  2:00-5:30 pm M T Th F and 12:15-5:30 pm Wednesdays
  • Must be willing to complete CPR and First Aid Training
  • Must be willing to participate in childcare training (within first year)
  • Must complete background screening

Contact: Rob Cox at

Student Summer Employment/Scholarship
Florida Elks Youth Camp is now accepting applications for positions as a camp counselor in Florida. The dates of employment are June 2 – July 27, 2019. If interested in applying, please visit and select “Summer Camp Staff”.

We see about 336 9-13 year-old kids every week for 7 weeks. Scholarships of up to $5,000 a year for four years are available for our staff to apply for after their first summer at Florida Elks Youth Camp. Please see flyer for details.

Teaching English in Japan
AEON offers the best opportunity to live and work in Japan. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree in any subject within the next six months and a desire to help others learn English! AEON Corporation offers full-time teaching positions, a good salary, and a lot of support to help our newly hired teachers with their move to Japan. For more information about AEON, please feel free to visit and view our brochure. Interviews will be held in Jacksonville on Saturday, October 27.

Childcare – Tutoring

Tutor Needed
I am looking for a tutor for my child.  She’s currently in the 7th grade and is struggling in math. I would like to have a tutor twice a week for a hour to a hour and a half. If available, please give me a call as soon as possible at 352-258-8067. Thanks a lot.  Terrance

Childcare Help Needed

I am currently looking for students to help with childcare on Friday mornings for a bible study. Hours are 10am-12pm. Pay is $15/hr. Please contact Sara Smith at 352-246-7055 if you are available.

Childcare Help Needed
I am looking for help with childcare for a monthly moms group. We meet the second Wednesday of the month from 9:15a-11:45a. There is also the possibility of working additional hours.  Pay is $15/hour. Please contact Sara Smith at 352-246-7055 if you are available.

Child transport
Looking for a safe driver to pick up two children ages 10 and 7 from PK Yonge School near UF a 2:30 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and bring them home to town of tioga.  If interested please email Jenn at with references.

Afterschool Childcare Provider
Gainesville family seeks a childcare provider for 4 well-behaved children ages 8, 7, 6 and 6 years old. Days and hours are 3:30 PM to 6 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Pick up the children from Chiles Elementary School, drive them home (3 minute drive), oversee homework (math, spelling, reading comprehension), and playtime in yard and/or pool. Ideal candidate would be good at tutoring/helping with homework, playful, fully focused on child, and available 4 days a week. Must have good driving record, auto insurance, and experience with children. References will be requested. Looking for commitment of at least two semesters (rest of Fall 2018 and Spring 2019). If interested, please email Chris at

Volunteer Opportunities

Cade Museum Volunteer Opportunities
The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention, Gainesville’s newest museum, is seeking passionate volunteers to join #TeamCade to inspire creativity through science and art. Volunteers help with experiments and hands-on activities throughout the Cade Museum. If you have an interest in STEAM, invention, creativity, technology, or working with kids, the Cade Museum is the place for you! Visit  to learn more and fill out an application. For more information or questions, please contact Michele Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator, at

PKY Fall Carnival – Thursday, October 18 from 3-6pm 
Looking for students to help out at the PK Yonge Fall Carnival. If you are not able to do the entire three-hour shift, we can figure out some shifts that you can do. We will take all of the volunteers we can get. The more volunteers we get, the less parents are needed giving them time to spend with their children at the carnival. If you are able to help out, please email Volunteer Coordinator Danica Faulkner at or text her at 352-214-8203.

Kids in the Woods
This program is part of the Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods initiative, which was launched to promote increased outdoor activity among children. We rely on many volunteers to help with this program every year. And although it is a science-based program, a background in science isn’t required; the main role of the volunteers is to help the students learn outdoors, and guide them when they need assistance. Further details and contact information on the attachment.

One Heart — Service-Learning Opportunity in South Africa
One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2019 Education & Social Work programs in South Africa!  Students and alumni of University of Florida are invited to participate in a service-immersion program with One Heart Source in South Africa this summer. Over 1,000 students from over 100 universities (from Harvard to Hong Kong) have served abroad with One Heart Source and gained the skills, experience, and network to empower them towards personal and educational success.

Students who participate will serve as academic mentors to vulnerable youth in South Africa. As students of Education, this program is relevant and provides important field experience while examining education on a global scale and developing culturally responsive educators.

Volunteer Opportunity Working with Children
Attention students interested in working with young children ages 0-5 and/or ministry, we have a volunteer opportunity for you! The local non profit Christian Mom’s Support group Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) of Shift Church is a Christian ministry seeking to connect moms from all around the world to a community of women in their neighborhood and community. Additional details here.


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