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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Janelia Undergraduate Scholars

Our program gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session, each scholar will present their work at a symposium.

We want to identify some of the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians interested in our areas of research at an early career stage. We expect this to enrich the students' intellectual development and to benefit research at Janelia.

Any matriculated undergraduate may apply.

Dates: June 7 - August 13, 2010
Students are required to spend a full 10 weeks at Janelia, but we can be flexible on the specific start and end dates to accommodate different universities' academic calendars. We provide accommodations in our housing village as well as meals in our on-campus dining facilities. There is also an allowance of $4,500 for the 10-week period. The program also supports the most economical travel to and from Janelia.

Students must apply via our web-based application system. Candidates must supply academic data, resumes, and name two individuals to supply letters of reference. We also ask candidates to specify the lab head they want to do research with at Janelia and propose a project. We will use these short research proposals as our main tool to decide between candidates. The following thirty four lab heads are recruiting students for the coming year (for more information please see their web pages at

Gwyneth Card

Eva Pastalkova

Application Deadline
Application dates for Summer 2010 are September 1, 2009 to February 15, 2010 at 2 p.m. ET.

We will not consider gender, race, ethnic origin, nationality, or religion in our admission decisions. The associate director for science and training at Janelia, in consultation with Janelia lab heads, will select students for the program. We will inform candidates if they have been accepted on or soon after March 1, 2010.

As a pilot experiment, four undergraduates worked in the labs of Janelia Farm lab heads, carrying out research in different areas of neuroscience. For more information see

Fourteen undergraduates participated. They were born in seven different countries and came to us from ten different. For more information see

This year's group of 16 summer scholars came from 15 colleges and universities across the United States and Europe, where they are studying fields such as chemical biology, biomedical engineering, physics, and computer science.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


RAPS Online Pharmaceuticals Certificate Program

The RAPS Online Pharmaceuticals Certificate is the perfect way to round out your regulatory knowledge and professional skills. Whether you are looking to gain an understanding of the pharmaceutical industry or bolstering your credibility and your resume, this certificate is a valuable asset in your pursuit of professional advancement.

As you take on new roles and increased responsibilities, you cannot afford to let gaps in your knowledgebase keep you from advancing in your career. This series of online courses will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to progress your career to the next level.

This exclusive certificate is achieved by completing a series of customizable online courses pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry. It is a cost-effective, convenient option that will provide you with the skills you need regardless of whether you are new to pharmaceuticals, transitioning from a related field or you simply need to refresh your knowledge.

RAPS Members: $1,600 USD
Nonmembers: $1,785 USD–includes a 12-month RAPS membership
Group Pricing is Available

Note: If you have already taken a RAPS Online University course that is eligible for the certificate, you can apply it toward the certificate program requirements. There is a two course and up to a $350 credit limit.

How Is the Certificate Achieved?

The RAPS Online Pharmaceuticals Certificate is achieved by completing four core and five of the elective courses outlined below. You will have six months to complete all nine courses. After successfully completing all nine courses, you will receive a certificate recognizing your achievement.

Core Courses (Required)

Elective Courses (Select five from the list below)

What is the difference between a certificate and certification?
There's a lot of confusion about what a certificate program is and is not. The word "certificate" is used broadly as a document awarded to designate the attainment or completion of something. An individual might receive a certificate from an education or training provider as verification of attendance or participation in a learning event (often called a certificate of attendance or certificate of participation). The distribution of a certificate, however, does not indicate that the education or training program completed was a "certificate program." In a certificate program, an individual participates in a learning event or series of events designed to assist him or her in achieving specified learning outcomes within a defined scope, and the individual receives a certificate only after verification of successful completion of all program requirements (including but not limited to an evaluation of learner attainment of intended learning outcomes). If you are having a hard time envisioning what a certificate program is, think of the many certificate programs currently offered by colleges and universities.

It is also important to distinguish certificate programs from the certification of individuals. A professional certification, which may also be called a professional credential requires that an organization grants a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met established criteria for proficiency or competency, usually through an eligibility application and assessment. While certification eligibility criteria may specify a certain type or amount of education or training, the learning event(s) are not typically provided by the certifying body. Instead, the certifying body, through an application process, verifies education, training, and experience obtained elsewhere and administers a standardized test of current proficiency or competency. Development of a professional certification or credential takes several years of work involving subject matter experts and experts in testing and measurement. There are strict requirements and standards for credentially organizations to follow in developing and managing these programs.

In contrast, in a certificate program, the learning event(s) and the assessment(s) are both developed and administered by the certificate issuer, and there is an essential link between them. That is, the learning event(s) are designed to help participants achieve learning outcomes and the assessment is designed to evaluate the learners' attainment of those intended learning outcomes.

Also, certifications have ongoing requirements for maintaining proficiency or competency and can be revoked for not meeting these ongoing requirements. In contrast, certificates do not have ongoing maintenance or renewal requirements and, therefore, cannot be revoked.

Both certification and certificate programs issue designations and associated acronyms; however, it is essential that any designations issued for certificate programs do not state or imply that the individuals are certified.

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