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ASTRO Minority 2017 Sumer Fellowship Award

Applications now being accepted for the 2017 Minority Summer Fellowship Award.      
The goal of the 2017 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to first- and second-year students. 

Two award winners will be chosen, and they will be introduced to the discipline of radiation oncology and exposed to clinical, basic and translational research questions. Each winner will receive:

A $2,500 stipend for an eight-week training program.
An additional $1,000 upon completion of a final report.
Another $1,000 to be applied toward attendance at the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting.

Please help us get the word out about this important opportunity. We have developed a Promotional Poster for you to download and post, or share with colleagues and students.

The application deadline is February 10, 2017. The eligibility requirements and the application form are available here

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years

Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The annual theme is announced early to facilitate advance planning of events. The official 2016 NDEAM poster is now available. 

Download the poster:

English (PDF)
Spanish (PDF)

Chronicles of Higher Education and The Hill Articles

At the U. of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories, Mary Goldberg and Rory Cooper enlist disabled veterans to do research on assistive technology.  The full story can be read here.

America: Undergoing an Extreme Makeover

By 2050, you won’t even recognize her. But rapid diversification is one of the main drivers of our economic success. In recent decades, waves of immigration as well as financial and social mobility have not only changed the face of America but also ushered in a wealth of fresh perspectives, skills and technologies. Read the Report.

Top Online Resource for College Students

FirstGenerationStudent is one of the top resources for first generation college students online. The website features writers from highly respected groups such as College Board and FinAid, and their popular blog offers insights from university presidents, founders of education non-profits, and first generation students themselves. They also have a "Succeed in College" section.