Resources for Students, STEM Professionals & Scientists:
1. Use your Resources:
Even though summer is around the corner don’t forget to take advantage of the resources around you. If you are unsure what resources are available check out your discipline/university’s newsletter or ask your colleagues.
2. Get Involved:
The summer is a great time to roll up your sleeves and get involved. No matter if you are a student, professional, or scientist there is an opportunity for you!
Depending on your interests you can find a volunteer opportunity in your community, field or even abroad. Keep an open mind.
b. Do Research (Students & Scientists):
If you are a STEM undergraduate or graduate student the summer is the perfect time to get involved in research. There are many research programs through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University Summer Bridge Programs, or programs that focus on science careers beyond the bench.
c. Participate in a Summer Program:
Many universities and professional organizations have leadership programs during the summer. These programs are a good way to enhance your leadership skills, stand out and meet people in your field.
Looking for teaching experience? Volunteer at a local school to help a professor with some summer courses. Or you can help teach at a science and engineering camp, such as the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Mentoring is always an option. If you are looking for someone to mentor check out your local community or mentor a young family member.
3. Have Fun:
We all are familiar with this one. Don’t forget to have fun in the summer. You earned it.
Take time to relax, restore and enjoy yourself!
4. Get Creative:
I am a creative person. At least once a week I like to take time away from my schedule to get crafty and work on DIY projects. Find your creative outlet and do it.
a. Start a Blog or Platform:
I started Mademoiselle Scientist and science writing because I wanted a place to share some of my writing. Even though I didn’t know what to expect I am glad I decided to do it. I have a lot to share and I want to share resources to help the next generation of scientists.
b. Learn a New Skill:
5. Learn Something New:
Every day is an opportunity to learn something new.
a. A New Language:
The summer is a nice time to learn a new language, especially if you will be traveling.
b. A New Subject:
If you are looking for ways to learn at your own pace during the summer check out Coursera.org or Edx.org. I have used Coursera.org and Edx.org and they are both great resources. They have many STEM courses available that start this summer.
6. Get ahead:
Even though the summer is about taking time off and having fun, it is important to prepare for the next season.
a. Check your school schedule (students):
Check out your class schedule and review your syllabus if it is available. Look online to rent and buy books online to save money.
b. Check your Goals & Upcoming Projects (professionals & scientists):
The summer is a good time to look at your goals and see what upcoming projects you have.
c. Start Applications (undergraduates, post-graduates):
During the fall there are many fellowships, scholarships, and application deadlines. The summer is the perfect time to start some of your essays, get recommendation letters together and begin your applications. The earlier you get started, the earlier you can finish your applications.
What are your summer plans? Share below.