Have a free coffee and muffin with representatives from the Employee Council. Learn more about the council's agenda for 2017-18, come talk to us about your ideas or well wishes for Amherst staff, or just come socialize with us! The coffee hour will take place from 10-11 a.m. in Frost Cafe on Tuesday, February 6.
Laura Balzer of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present "Estimating the Impact of Cluster-Based Interventions: The SEARCH Trial and HIV Prevention in East Africa."
Evaluation of cluster-based interventions presents significant methodological challenges. In this talk, we describe the design and analysis of the SEARCH trial, an ongoing community randomized trial to evaluate the impact of early HIV diagnosis and immediate treatment with streamlined care in rural Uganda and Kenya. We focus on three choices to optimize the design and analysis. These choices are compared theoretically and with finite sample simulations. We demonstrate how each choice improves efficiency relative to standard practice, while maintaining nominal confidence interval coverage. We conclude with practical implications and some ongoing challenges.
Whether you have meditated for a long time or have never meditated, come join us for this time of practice together. Come to relax, quiet your mind, learn how to experience less suffering and stress, explore Buddhist philosophy and psychology, just talk about what it means to live from compassion and awareness -- or come because you are curious. This group meets on Tuesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. in in Chapin Chapel, and is led by Mark Hart, Buddhist Advisor.
Elite Scholars of China (ESC) will conduct interviews here on campus on Wednesday, February 7! In advance of that, join recruiter Sarah Lau for this information session, in which she will explain ESC's mission and organizational structure and how recent graduates can contribute meaningfully to its cause through its educational consultant job opportunity. If you like what you hear, sign-ups will be available after the presentation for any remaining interview slots!
Elite Scholars of China is the premier Beijing-based education consulting firm, which aims to help China’s brightest students apply to top U.S. colleges and universities. What sets ESC apart from other education consulting companies in China is that ESC believes in upholding ethical consulting practices, as well as in a holistic learning environment that ensures students can thrive academically and socially on an American college campus.
ESC founders Stacy Palestrant and Tomer Rothschild moved to Beijing in 2003. At the time, Stacy was a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners, and Tomer was the China country manager of a U.S. company. During their first 7 years living in Beijing, Stacy and Tomer interviewed dozens of high school students on behalf of their respective college alma maters. During this time, they were struck by how much these students clearly lacked access to comprehensive, accurate and ethical college counseling. Stacy and Tomer were inspired to leave their corporate jobs to found ESC as a means to provide the high-caliber guidance and preparation students so desperately need during this critical time in their lives. Elite Scholars of China was born in 2010, and has since grown to a robust community of talented students working alongside dedicated counselors and support staff.
ESC's educational consultant position is ideal for a recent graduate who wants to develop professional skills with a fast-growing entrepreneurial company. Former ESC colleagues have continued on to pursue degrees at Yale Law School, Harvard Business School, University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Considering a summer abroad? Come to this info session to learn about your program options (which are many) and what funding opportunities exist. Please remember there is no credit awarded for summer courses, and therefore no aid transfer. However, students can apply for an Amherst Summer Study Abroad Fellowship, a national fellowship (e.g. Gilman, Boren) or apply for aid directly from the program. Learn about these options and hear directly from students who've studied abroad in the summer!
Join us to learn how to write a resume and cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! As a reminder, students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements must attend a resume and cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.