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Recruiting Teaching Assistants for eCYBERMISSION

Recruiting Teaching Assistants (Near-peer Mentors) for the October 19th eCYBERMISSION mission launching 2008 in San Diego, California

v eCYBERMISSION is a Department of Defense Education Activity, which consists of a web-based science, math and technology competition for 6th through 9th grade teams. Teams are invited to use science and/or scientific methods to solve a problem in their community. This competition is nationwide and winners are awarded substantial monetary funds toward education. For more details explore the link

Ø One of the launching events of this year’s competition will be held in San Diego, CA, on Sunday October 19th.

Ø We are recruiting first- or second-year college students, who are currently enrolled in a Biology Program, and who would act as teaching assistants and help us set up lab experiments as part of this science education promotion

Ø Targeted audience: students attending this event will most likely be 6 through 9 graders

v Who

At the request of the U.S. Dept of Defense, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is setting up a science education outreach activity, to be held in San Diego on October 19th, to raise the awareness of the importance of science in our society and invite students to enroll in the eCYBERMISSION competition.

v Where

Ø Reuben H Fleet Science Center & Space Theater

1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 – (619) 238-1233

v When

Ø October 19th, from 8:00AM through 5:00PM

§ Set up working stations: 8:00AM-11:00AM

§ Activities of the eCYBERMISSION mission launching: 12:00PM – 2:00PM

§ Clean-up and packing: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

§ Gathering: 4:30 PM-5:00 PM

v What we ask for and what we offer

Ø Students will be familiarized with what the activities entail by emails from Dr. Leda Cummings. She will assign tasks and describe specifically who will do what

Ø Before the event begins, on Sunday October 19th, a meeting will be held to go over all the questions and describe individual tasks. It will be critical at this point that everyone is familiar with the instructions that had been given prior to the event

Ø We will set up working stations with all materials, and the doors will be open to public. Near-peers will guide students through the different working stations, teaching them the “how” and “why” and assisting the students carry on the experiments

Ø We will close the door to public at 2:00 PM, clean up and pack reagents, lab supplies and small equipment to be sent back to Bethesda, Maryland. A sub-group of two students may be recruited to take care of the FedEx shipment (schedule pick up, fill out shipping forms) on the following day

Ø We will pay a stipend of $150 for students who arrived on time and who have fulfilled their assigned duties; an additional $50 will be paid for the students recruited to assist with the shipment

Ø Number of students needed: 16

How to enroll

Ø Send an email to Dr. Leda Maria Cummings at

Ø Use “eCYBERMISSION-San Diego Near-peer” in the subject line

Ø Provide the following information:

§ Name:

§ Address:

§ Telephone: (preferentially mobile)

§ Email:

§ College Year:

§ Program:

§ Emergency contact:

§ Referred by:

§ Describe briefly your level of experience in Biology/Biomedical Sciences, especially laboratory work (one paragraph)


You will be notified by email if you have been selected; be prepared at this point to provide your social security number for payment purposes. If you did not hear from Dr. Cummings by October 16, you have not been selected. Applications will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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