Use common sense—What not to do during your internship

An example of what not to do during your internship.

An example of what not to do during your internship.

You’ve landed a college internship and are hoping that it will lead to a full-time job when you are done with school. Or maybe you are still looking for an internship? Be sure to stop by your college career office and do a little research. Consider getting involved with your school’s alumni network—the companies that former grads have landed at may have internship programs.

But the tricky part is turning that unpaid opportunity into paid employment. For that to happen, there are some common do’s and don’ts you should know. Read on for what not to do during college internships. Read more

Primary to higher ed: Education research paper topics

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Is a career in education right for you? (Credit: Filip Pticek)

Future teachers and education administrators pay attention, I have education news for you. If you need research paper topics for a paper on any topic from primary to higher education take a look at these ideas and resources. There are many resources to help you create teaching strategies as well as sites that provide education research information for your research papers. Let’s take a look.

Help with research papers

Questia should be your first stop when you are working on research papers for your courses. Not only will you find a wealth of credible resources, you’ll also find tutorials on how to research, cite and write your papers. Read more

The importance of college GPA in finding a job

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Be proud to display your high GPA on your resume when job searching.

Academics is one important part of student success in college and student advantage when looking for a job after graduation. When you graduate, your college transcript plays an important role in getting the job of your choice and your desired salary. But many say GPA is not the only consideration, citing job experience and internships as also important. 

GPA matters more than you think

A common misconception is that once you pass the grueling admissions process and finally get into a prominent or prestigious college or university, you can have your pick of jobs after you graduate, no matter what your grades are. Don’t count on it. Many employers want to see your GPA on your résumé, and they use GPA to screen out low achievers. Read more

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While receiving a college degree will help provide numerous opportunities for your future in the workforce, it can be a costly item that doesn’t come easy. Sure, student loans can help alleviate the pain of college costs…for now. But down the road you’ll be required to pay back those loans, and the odds of you winning the Powerball and paying those loans off right away are few and slim.

In “What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” a recent survey by the College Board reported that “a ‘moderate’ college budget for an in-state public college for the 2013-2014 academic year averaged $22,826.” Read more

How to increase women in science careers

Argonne National Laboratory's "Science Careers in Search of Women" demonstrates why a career in science might be right for them. (Credit: George Joch)

Argonne National Laboratory’s “Science Careers in Search of Women” demonstrates why a career in science might be right for them. (Credit: George Joch)

Over the past 40 years, the number of women earning advanced degrees in the fields of science has quadrupled. Despite these gains, many in the academic world and beyond are still very concerned about how to increase the number of women in science careers. So why are women not sticking with science careers, and how can they be encouraged to continue on a scientific employment path after completing their education? And does it matter if the sciences aren’t diverse?

Trends and barriers

The most recent data indicates that women are earning more bachelor’s and master’s degrees, across all areas of study, in the United States. Read more

New research discovers Sima de los Huesos in Spain is home to oldest human DNA

Prior to the 2013 leg bone, this cranium discovered at Sima de los Huesos was one of the site’s most important early human remains. (Credit: José-Manuel Benito)

Prior to the 2013 leg bone, this cranium discovered at Sima de los Huesos was one of the site’s most important early human remains. (Credit: José-Manuel Benito)

In Spain’s Atapuerca Mountains, the Sima de los Huesos – the Pit of Bones – archaeological site has been a treasure trove of data on early human ancestors for years. On December 4, 2013, a study by Matthias Meyer and team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology was published online in Nature, detailing a recent project to extract and replicate the DNA of an ancient leg bone from the site. The skeletons from the site look as though they belong to Neanderthals, and scientists have previously classified them as homo heidelbergensis, possibly a forerunner to modern humans. The results of the DNA analysis were surprising: rather than the bone belonging to a Neanderthal, as expected, the DNA more closely resembled a Denisovian, another early human type previously thought to have only lived in Asia. Read more

Research the scientific events of Comet ISON, comet of the century

View of comet ISON atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter. (Courtesy of Adam Block)

View of comet ISON atop Mount Lemmon from the University of Arizona’s SkyCenter. (Courtesy of Adam Block)

Dubbed the “comet of the century,” Comet ISON is a scientist’s dream. The comet has provided much anticipation, speculation and surprise for professional and amateur astronomers around the world. Good research paper topics could be to take an upcoming scientific event, such as the comet’s progress through our solar system, and use scientific principles to speculate possible outcomes or results. Research a science journal or reputable science article online to offer probability and consequences or repercussions for your scientific event. Read more

Research paper topics: Writing a research paper on emerging technologies

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Just when you think you know every tech gadget on the market, something new is bound to appear on store shelves. (Courtesy of Phil Campbell)

Are you puzzled about writing a research paper? Do you need to come up with good research paper topics?  Whether it’s education, law, health or business, the future will include emerging technologies that you can write about in your next paper. Even if it isn’t the technology itself, there are wider implications to the uses of technology. Questions of privacy and the control of information are just a couple of examples that show how technology impacts every profession. Read more

College Board recommends changes to federal Pell Grant

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Jones.

U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel A. Jones.

The federal Pell Grant program has been around since 1972, and it’s designed to help low-income college students be able to afford college. But the program has its flaws, and a recent study from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has led the College Board to make recommendations in changing how it is implemented: most notably, the subsidy would award money to students as young as 11 and turn it into an investment program. If you are looking for good research paper topics in economics, or classes in government funding or higher education, consider looking at the history of the federal Pell Grant and the reform ideas suggested by educators and economists alike.

What is the Pell Grant?

When the Pell Grant subsidy program first came into existence in 1972, its goal was to help recent high school graduates from low-income families afford a college education. Read more

Recent science articles probe science fact in Doctor Who 50th anniversary

Even 50 years later, we see how popular Doctor Who is in the science fiction world.

Even 50 years later, we see how popular Doctor Who is in the science fiction world.

Doctor Who first aired on British television November 23, 1963, and was popular with viewers from the very beginning. In true science fiction style, the show introduced bizarre concepts, such as time travel, different dimensions and regeneration, and scary alien monsters like the Cybermen and Daleks. For upcoming term papers, good research paper topics can include an examination of the science fact versus science fiction. Consult a reputable science journal or science article for information for your paper.

Time travel

The Doctor travels in space and time in his spaceship, the Tardis. But is time travel possible? Into the future, yes; into the past, no, according to British physicist Professor Brian Cox, who hosted the special The Science of Doctor Who as part of the BBC’s 50th anniversary celebration. Read more