Monday, January 30, 2017

US Army's (TRADOC) Mad Scientist Initiative - Science Fiction Writing Contest

Topic: Warfare in 2030-2050
Story turned into visualization | Invitation to present story at Mad Scientist Conference in Washington DC |

Entry Guidelines
Deadline: February 15, 2017 – no entry fee
Winner announced: 31 March 2017
Writing contest is OPEN TO EVERYONE (18 & older)

One Overall Winning Submission Receives:
Most Expenses covered for travel 

Papers chosen by panel will be published in: Army Press, Small Wars Journal
Our intent: to publish exceptional material 
5000 word limit
Please send submissions to:
 Allison Winer at:

Basic guidelines:
Co-writers are allowed. Only one writer needs to submit.
Focused on Sci-Fi writing
Electronic submissions only
Word doc preferred in .doc, .docx, will accept PDF
Short story- 5000 WORD COUNT (8 page limit)
12 point font, single spaced, 8.5x11 page size
Must include release form- or story will not be considered
USG and DOD must clear writing through PAO
Suggest reviewing attachments for more information

Some general rules:
Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of competition close
The short story entered must NOT have been previously published
Prefer best entry over multiple entries
Any written material submitted may be freely used by the Army
Best piece of advice we can give all writers is to submit material that highlights your unique voice– and unique story- what separates you and your short story from the pack.

Questions? Contact Allison Winer at:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society Applications Now Open

SIGMA CIRCLE | University of Maryland


Omicron Delta Kappa – one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership – is now accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester. Sigma Circle of ODK at College Park began in 1927 and, since then, has initiated over 4000 students, faculty, and honorary members.  ODK tapped Senator Joe Tydings in 1950 when he was playing varsity lacrosse and US Congressman Steny Hoyer in 1962 when he was SGA Vice President.  ODK has also initiated other proven leaders such as State Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, President Wallace Loh, Coach Brenda Frese, ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, and honorary members President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond. The names of all of these outstanding leaders, along with many others, are engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall. 

ODK brings together junior, senior, and graduate students with our most outstanding faculty members, to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve.  We seek accomplished leaders in five areas of campus community life.






Omicron Delta Kappa requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40 for juniors (60-89 credits), 3.49 for seniors (90 credits), and 3.86 for graduate students to be considered for membership. 

ODK needs your help to identify talented and deserving leaders for consideration! 

Applications are available ONLINE now! Students should visit to begin the application process.  Applications must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2017.  

BSOS Research Opportunities for Spring 2017 - Maryland Student Researchers Database

Looking to gain experience as a researcher with a University of Maryland faculty member? Check out BSOS research opportunities posted to our Maryland Student Researchers database for Spring 2017.

Below we've highlighted all research opportunities listed by BSOS faculty for Spring 2017. 

Interested students can see the full listings for all schools and colleges, including contact information for faculty, on our MSR webpage:

Contact Francis DuVinage, Director of National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research at if you have any questions.

Shackel, Paul
Anthracite Heritage Program
Whitehead, Tony
Coding, Reading, and Writing Culture
Department of Psychology; Maryland Neuro
Shackman, Alex
The Brain and Emotion: Neuroimaging
Kaplan, Ethan
Unionization, Wage Increases, and Employment in the Great Depression
Murrell, Peter
Generating Data on English History
Geographical Sciences
Altstatt, Alice
CARPE: Tropical Forest Cover and Forest Cover Change Analysis
Geographical Sciences
Nakalembe, Catherine
High Resolution Mapping Refugee of Settlements in Uganda using Drone and Satellite Imagery
Government & Politics
McIntosh, Wayne
US Supreme Court Database
Government and Politics
Hosam, Christian
Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CAPC) Research Assistantships
Westhelle, Felipe
The Politics of Psychology and Climate Change
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Faroqi Shah, Yasmeen
Language and Cognition in Aging, and Brain Damage (aphasia), and Bilingualism
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Newman, Rochelle
Language Development
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Newman, Rochelle
Language rehabilitation in children and adolescents with concussion
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Ratner, Nan
Natural language analysis
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Ratner, Nan
The development of language fluency
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science/Heari
Heffner, Chris
How are actions like words? The psychology of language.
Beier, Jonathan
The Lab for Early Social Cognition
De Los Reyes, Andres
Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program
Jens Herberholz
Crustacean Neurobiology and Behavior
Kruglanski, Arie
Goal Systems and Motivation
Kruglanski, Arie
What motivates human behavior?
Lemay, Edward
Social Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships and Social Interaction
Riggins, Tracy
Hippocampal Memory Networks
Crosbie, Thomas
The Revolution in Military Professionalism

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 1, 2017

Visit to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).
We suggest that you submit your application as early as possible to insure that all documents have been uploaded properly and to account for any technical glitches that may occur.

U.S. citizenship is required. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at
We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Talk: Gary LaFree and Martha Crenshaw "Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions"

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Margaret Brent Room, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Gary LaFree and Martha Crenshaw will give a book talk on their new publication "Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions". The event will talk place in the Margaret Brent Room of the UMD Stamp Student Union - the book talk is free and open to the public, but RSVP's are appreciated. 
Two leaders in the field of terrorism studies, Dr. LaFree and Dr. Crenshaw make it clear why it is so difficult to create policy to counter terrorism: the foes are multiple and often amorphous; the study of the field dogged by disagreement on basic definitional and methodological issues; and the creation of policy hobbled by an exacting standard – the counterterrorist must succeed all the time, the terrorist only once.
Dr. Crenshaw is a senior fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, as well as professor of political science at Stanford University and a professor of government emerita at Wesleyan University.
In addition to serving as the director of START, Dr. LaFree is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland. He is also the past president of the American Society of Criminology, a member of the Attorney General’s Science Advisory Board, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.
“Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions” will hit bookstores in January but it is available for pre-order now on Brookings and Amazon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ocean City Police Department Seasonal, Full Time Employment and Paid Internships

Final Two Testing Dates!

Ocean City Police Department
Seasonal and Full Time Employment/Paid Internship Opportunities
Positions for civilians and officers. Ages 17.5 and older!

Testing Dates
January 28/29
February 18/19

Testing will be held at the Ocean City Elementary School
12818 Center Dr., Ocean City, MD 21842

Testing dates are for Full Time and Seasonal Police Officers, Public Safety Aides, and Communications Operators

Hotel Accomodations for Testing Weekend
The Grand Hotel (21st St/Beach) (410) 289-6191 Use Block Code: PDTEST

For more information, go to

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Job Search Boot Camp for New UMD Grads

Event Date and Time: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise, 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing, 4130 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

Are you a new UMD graduate (December, 2016 or May, 2016) who wants to submerge yourself in basic job search strategies?  Then this free workshop is for you! 

Throughout the day you will:
  • discover how to identify your skills, interests and values;
  • learn how to focus your resume;
  • target positions/industries/organizations of interest to you;
  • learn the ins and outs of networking;
  • create a LinkedIn profile;
  • uncover the secrets of effective interviewing; and
  • become informed of on-campus and community resources you can utilize.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Click here to register. 
Click here for more information. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy 2017 Call for Applications

Twenty First Annual Summer Workshop on
Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS 2017)
to be held at Cornell University, July 9-23, 2017.

The workshops held in the previous twenty years have been extremely successful experiences in intellectual community-building, and participants each year have responded that the experience exceeded their expectations and proved critical in their professional development.
SWAMOS will pay all travel and living expenses for the workshop. 

Our objective is to provide an opportunity for people who have a general exposure to security issues but who would like to become academically conversant with military policy studies, and who would incorporate material on the subject when teaching courses on international relations or foreign policy.
SWAMOS focuses on subjects that are no longer taught in detail in most universities.  Although some attention is given to guerrilla warfare and counterinsurgency, the program aims primarily at developing a grasp of conventional warfare.  Last year’s syllabus can be found on our website at:
 SWAMOS is funded by a private foundation, and is not sponsored by any government agency.

More information than appears in the attached brochure may be obtained from the SWAMOS program coordinator, Emily Holland at or

The application and letter of recommendation must arrive by March 1, 2017. Fore more information go to