Bio-Link Update September 2015
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Bio-Link Online News September 2015
  • Time to apply for DOE internships
  • Community College Day at the NIH
  • Tips for Success in an Informational Interview  
  • New Biotech-Careers Photo Diary 
  • Get help on a grant proposal from Mentor-Connect
  • Coming Events

Research Opportunities at National Labs for Community College Applicants

The DOE’s Community College Internship program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories.  The Department of Energy (DOE) does much more than what its name implies—it has funding for Science and Innovation, Technology and Education, to name a few fields of interest. Information regarding the program including a table indicating which labs are accepting applicants can be found here:  DOE internships  

Applications are due October 9, 2015 at 5:00pm ET.  
Apply here:  DOE Application

A Day at the National Institutes of Health

Community College Day at the National Institutes of Health 2015 will provide community college students and faculty an opportunity to visit the NIH campus and to learn about careers and training opportunities in biomedical and health care fields. Information about summer internships for community college students at the NIH will also be available.

Registration deadline is October 9, 2015
The event will take place on October 20th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) on the Bethesda campus.

For more details see: Community College Day at the NIH

How to get the most out of an informational interview

Informational interviews can be a terrific way to gather information about possible career choices from someone in the field.  But to make the most of your time with your interviewee you need to be prepared.  Sean Maden has some tips on how to make a good impression and get the answers you need in the time you have. 

Maden completed the Biotechnology program at Shoreline Community College, in addition to a BA in Biology, and is now a Bioinformatics intern at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.

Read more here!


New Biotech-Careers Photo Diary – Lab Supervisor – Cell Culture

We recently asked Seravin Behnken, a graduate of the Shoreline Community College Biotchnology Lab Specialist program, what the most important aspect of her job is at the Cell Culture Core lab of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  She said that it is "attention to detail." Whether it is assigning daily tasks, extracting DNA or filling out paperwork she makes sure to get it right.  And her A.S. in Biotechnology gives her the background to succeed.

Read more about a typical day in a cell culture lab

The Biotech-Careers photo diary project shares real world work experiences from graduates of Bio-Link programs.  Reading about successful graduates can help current students define and achieve their own goals.  See the Biotech-Careers Photo Journals for more stories about our graduates on the job.

We are always looking for graduates of Bio-Link community college programs to share their stories and describe their careers in a photo journal.  If one of your alumni is interested in sharing their experience and helping other students, please let us know! Contact Sandra Porter at

Writing an NSF grant is easier with a mentor.  Sign up now and get help from Mentor-Connect

Mentor-Connect matches groups that want to write NSF ATE grants with colleagues experienced in the writing process. 

Contact Charlotte Forrest for application information at:

Applications will be accepted until October 9, 2015


Upcoming Events 2015-2016

Oct 20 Community College Day at the NIH
Registration Deadline:  Oct 9, 2015
Oct 21-23
ATE-PI Conference
Washington DC
Feb 11, 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop on Community College Activities
AAAS 2016 Annual Meeting

Washington DC
Advance Registration Deadline:  Jan 19, 2016
June 6-9, 2016 
Bio 2016
San Francisco
Registration will open in 2016
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