Air Products Position

For those of you in the job market, we wanted to let you know that Air Products is hiring in Carlsbad and nationwide. Please visit their Career Page ( for more information.

Biofuels Certificates through the LAUNCH program

Biofuels Certificates Now Available through LAUNCH

Based on the successful EDGE Biofuels Certificate developed by the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), two new Specialized Biofuels Certificates will be offered starting in January 2013, with the potential to complete the certificate by August 2013.  These Certificates are eligible for LAUNCH funding to cover most fees for the certificates.

Jumpstart Your Entry Into the Workplace

UCSD has always been an innovator and leader in higher education. Now we’re paving the way to your successful bridge into the modern workplace.

The LAUNCH program is designed for full-time students who want to ensure their first step into the workplace puts them on the right path to career success. LAUNCH should be done concurrently with university study, ideally during a student’s junior and senior years.

Why Take LAUNCH?

  •     Jumpstart to some of the most promising jobs today
  •     Practical knowledge from experts in the field
  •     Learn side-by-side with working professionals
  •     Document evidence of additional, focused study
  •     Increase confidence through personal coaching
  •     Stand out as a more competitive job candidate

Program and Application Information

Spring 2013 Applications opened on February 20.

Each LAUNCH student works with a coach who acts as a mentor throughout the program. The coach and student meet quarterly to identify their unique skills and career focus, develop those important “soft-skills” employers are looking for in today’s job candidates and act as a resource to services/programs to help make the difference in landing that all-important first job after graduation.

Students interested in learning more about LAUNCH can email for more information.

Major Changes to LAUNCH Program

As of Fall 2011, active undergraduate juniors and seniors have the opportunity to receive grant money to cover most course fees for most specialized and professional certificates that Extension has to offer.

This program is offered in cooperation with UCSD Academic Affairs, Undergraduate Education.

Jumpstart your entry into the biofuels or biomass production industries!

The EDGE Biofuels Certificate Program at UCSD Extension provides cutting edge courses and hands-on training to help you get into a career in the biomass production, biofuels or industrial biotech industries.  Two online courses start during the Spring quarter, followed by an intensive 4 week summer labs on campus.

The LAUNCH Program can cover most course fees for UCSD undergrads to take an EDGE Biofuels Certificate.

Applications for Spring 2013 are now open!

The LAUNCH program is designed for full-time UCSD students to take UCSD Extension specialized certificate courses concurrently with university study, ideally during a student’s junior and senior years. There are two specialized Biofuels Certificates developed and taught by the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), which are both eligible for LAUNCH Program funding to pay most of the course fees for UCSD undergraduates.

Please find below further information for the LAUNCH Program application call for Spring 2013.

For those who do not get into the LAUNCH Program, the Legler Benbough Biofuels Scholarship is also accepting applications for the EDGE Biofuels Certificates through March 3.

Please contact me with any questions regarding this opportunity.

Visitation Weekend Photos March 2013

Hi Everyone!

We want to thank you for your visit. Below are photos from the March Visitation Weekend. I’d also like to thank our grad students Brandon, Clare, Dan, Greg, Ignacio, Jane, Jessica, Jessie, Katherine, Lindsey, Lisa, Nicole, Rachel, and Samantha! You guys are awesome!

Thanks and take care,

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable’s Annual Science Writing Competition

Writing comp 2013 final


Free ACS Workshops for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Postdoc to PUI Professor Workshop,

For senior graduate students and postdocs preparing for a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (all workshop expenses covered, along with substantial travel reimbursement).

Deadline: February 10, 2013!!

When: April 11 – 13, 2013

Where: Hope College, Holland, MI


Academic Employment Initiative (AEI) poster session,

For senior graduate students and postdocs seeking academic positions

Deadline: April 18, 2013

When: 8 – 10 PM, September 9, 2013

Where: Indianapolis, IN (SciMix at the fall national meeting)


Postdoc to Faculty workshop,

For postdocs only, preparing for an academic position

Applications: Open February 15, 2013

When: September 6 – 7, 2013

Where: Indianapolis, IN (just prior to, and in conjunction with the fall national meeting)

UCSD Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program

2013 Summer Scholars Info Session Flyer

Association of Environmental GBM

Are you interested in an internship, summer job and/or career in the environmental industry? Join the Association of Environmental Professionals as a student and gain:

• Knowledge about environmental careers including (but not limited to): arborists and foresters, archaeologists and cultural resource specialists, biologists, CEQA/NEPA practitioners, engineers, environmental assessors, environmental planners, geologists, GIS professionals, habitat restoration specialists, hydrologists, landscape architects, noise and air quality specialists, traffic engineers/planners, and urban planners


• Networking opportunities with environmental professionals

• Access to local professional events and training

• Access to prominent guest speakers

• Guidance on résumé building and editing

• Guidance on interview skills

• Opportunities to participate in environmental projects

• A fun way to benefit your university community and the environment!

Please join us for our first GBM next Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6 PM to 7 PM at the Student Service Center (SSC) 554. We will have guest speakers from Dudek, an environmental planning firm, lead the meeting and they will be available afterwards for questions and discussions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at