New Opportunities: January 19th, 2021

North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR): The benefits of bioscience. The future of North Carolina.
Applications are being accepted for virtual summer NIEHS STaRS ExperienceApplicants for the 2020 STaRS program automatically will be considered for the 2021 program.

Middle and high school science teachers and community college instructors are encouraged to apply for the 2021 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS 2021 is a virtual one-week professional development (PD) program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  

The goals of the PD are:To enhance participants’ understanding of basic research in environmental/biomedical sciences; andTo enable participants to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications and better support their students, including those from underserved populations.The 2021 virtual STaRS Experience will be held online by NIEHS and will be a one-week program. The program will contain many interactive lessons and activities with special topics relating to COVID-19. The first offering is scheduled for Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The second offering is scheduled from Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Participants will be assigned to one of the two week-long program options. STaRS participants will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset costs to cover their time spent during the program.

Requirements:Applicants must currently teach science in a North Carolina middle school, high school or community college; andApplicants must be available and fully engaged for the full one-week program (July 12-16 or August 2-6).Women and individuals of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.Apply Now →Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2021.Follow NCABR

If you have a Twitter and/or Facebook account, either personally or through work, we encourage you to follow NCABR.

We’ll be posting details about select upcoming programs, important research news updates and links to useful research-related resources.


We also encourage you to check out our YouTube page, which features a series of short, engaging career videos for use in middle and high school classrooms.

Preview of  2021 Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP).

Now that school is back in session, I wanted to send you a few updates and remind you that SIP will start accepting applications on Thursday, January 21st!

  • As a Clubs and SIP Partner, your students’ SIP applications receive priority consideration, and we’ll be hosting a special Application Party for them! Can you please share the template email below with any 9-11th grade girls and non-binary students? 

Apply to Girls Who Code’s Virtual Summer Immersion Program (SIP) for an unforgettable summer experience! During this FREE 2-week virtual program, you’ll learn the computer science skills you need to make an impact, get an inside look into the tech field, and join a supportive lifelong sisterhood — all while being virtually hosted by influential companies, like Twitter, AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart, and more.

Current 9th -11th-grade girls and non-binary students are eligible to apply. SIP is 100% free and need-based stipends of up to $300 are available for those who qualify. Low tech? No tech? No problem! Girls Who Code is there to support you!

Apply here before the early acceptance deadline in mid-February and remember to affiliate with us, STEM West, as your Community Partner on your application to receive priority consideration.

Join the Girls Who Code Application Party! Sign up to attend the SIP Application Party with Nakisa from GWC on February 8th at 5pm EST. Join a Girls Who Code staff member and other students to help start your application and ask any questions!

  • January is also a great time to start a new Club in the spring or schedule a webinar for potential Facilitators! Do you have any upcoming planning meetings where I can present an overview of our Clubs program to potential Facilitators?


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ASU Receives 7-Year GEAR UP Grant: New Positions Posted!

My name is Doug Thompson, I serve on a GEAR UP team within the College Access Partnerships department at Appalachian State University. We recently were awarded our second GEAR UP grant and are expanding our support of 10 counties throughout western North Carolina for another 7 years. As a part of that effort, I am hiring two new academically-focused positions to work with me in our implementation of STEM practices. This email is to serve as an FYI, for those of you who may be interested or know of someone who would be interested in these opportunities. The positions are identical in nature but reflect two different geographic regions of western NC. Please feel free to distribute to your networks, if you are inclined, or directly to any individuals. Jonathan Carpenter and I are serving on the search committee and would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Links to the positions are below:

Academic Innovation Specialist Northwest

Academic Innovation Specialist Southwest

Doug Thompson

Assistant Director Curriculum and Instructional Design,

GEAR UP Appalachian State University

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