Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for Maryland Sea Grant’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science.

Since 1989, NSF has supported bringing students to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at either Chesapeake Biological Lab or Horn Point Lab of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This is a great opportunity to conduct research with a mentor and spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay.

– Program Flyer download
– 12-week program: May 20 to August 12, 2018
– $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
– Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
– Applications due: February 16, 2018
– Application and guidance

We select undergraduates in diverse disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

We are particularly interested in supporting talented students from institutions where access to marine science and to research projects is limited and who are from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

Integrated Pest Management Technician Position at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician in the Horticulture Department. Primary responsibilities include assisting the IPM Specialist by scouting, diagnosing, treating, and training staff on plant health care issues and evaluating cultural, biological, mechanical, and chemical control strategies to reduce pests to tolerable levels across all areas of the conservatory, greenhouses, outdoor gardens and natural areas. This work requires a thorough understanding of horticultural practices, plant-pest interactions, control techniques and application equipment. This individual will conduct large tree sprays and other pesticide applications throughout the property, help train and direct the IPM team (staff, students, volunteers, and contractors) and assist with the management of all aspects of Longwood Gardens’ pesticide safety program.

Minimum of an Associate’s degree in entomology, plant pathology, or horticulture equivalent with two years’ experience working in landscape and/or greenhouse horticulture with special emphasis in pest management scouting, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of ornamental plants is required. Must have or be willing to obtain a Class B commercial driver’s license and a PA Pesticide applicator’s license.

The successful candidate will possess good time management, organizational, and observation skills with strong attention to detail; fluency with Microsoft office, and strong communication skills with the ability to present to diverse audiences.

Please mail your resume with salary requirements to the address below.
Longwood Gardens, Inc.
Attn: Human Resources
P.O. Box 501
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Fax 610.388.5495 or e-mail

The job posting can be found here:

If I Knew Then What I Know Now…standardized exams

Throughout the semester we will provide words of wisdom to freshmen and underclassmen. Please check back for advice on midterms, finals, getting involved, and more!

As a Senior, I can honestly say I have seen my fair share of standardized tests. As a student teacher, I have observed my students worry about these same tests. I’ve never been the best test taker- however my scores have always been good enough to get by. I made the mistake of assuming that I would get by with the PRAXIS tests and put them off for a long time.

If I could give one word of advice to students, be aware of the tests required to get certification in majors or to get into graduate school. PREPARE! PREPARE! PREPARE! I waited until the last minute to take tests for certification and regret waiting as long as I had.
By waiting so long, I put myself at risk of graduating without a passing score. Know the dates and know the scores. Take tests over the summer or when you have time to dedicate to these tests. GOOD LUCK!

-Emily Gribben


  • Counting ENGL166 as credit for ENGL110 is an error.
  • Double counting credits: If you took a course more than once, you only count the credits ONE time, even if you got a better grade. Also, if you used a course to fulfill two requirements, you can only count the credits one time.
  • Counting duplicate credits. You can only count credits for MATH113, 114, 115, OR 117, not two or more of these. Similarly, you can only count credits for CHEM101 OR 103 and CHEM102 OR 104.
  • Using unapproved courses to fulfill Literature & Arts, Ag & Bio Sciences, and Social Sciences/Humanities courses will prevent you from graduating. Refer to your catalog for a list of approved courses.
  • Counting non-college credit courses, such as MATH010 or ENGL011 for credit is an error.
  • Forgetting the C- and/or GPA rules in some department’s major requirements- check your catalog.
  • Not having enough credits or not having at least a 2.0 GPA.

Finals Study Tips

Finals are right around the corner!
Here are some last minute tips:
1. Don’t Panic (Don’t become overwhelmed)
2. Don’t be too relaxed (Don’t underestimate your finals)
3. Don’t cram for your exams
4. Set a study schedule!
5. Get enough sleep
6. Utilize effective study techniques (that work for YOU)
              a. Start early
              b. Study with a group or partner
              c. Review old exams
              d. Review old assignments
              e. Organize and review your notes
              f. Make flash cards
              g. Test yourself (create a mock test or test yourself using flash cards)
              h. Avoid studying in your room where you can easily get distracted
              i. Great Study Areas!
                        The Townsend Commons
                        The Library
                        Residence Hall Lounge
                        Math Tutorial Lab (answer booklets and tutor on site)
                        Daugherty Hall (in Trabant)
                        Perkins Student Center
                        Panera, Starbucks, or similar places on Main Street
7. Understand how the grade for your course is calculated
            a. What percentage of your grade is your final exam?
            b. Understand how you can use the final exam to improve your grade
            c. Review your syllabus
            d. Talk to your professor
8. Resist the urge to “party” on off days!
9. Arrive EARLY for your exam. Arriving late only increases your anxiety
10. Don’t worry about others finishing before you