Singapore Workforce 2011

The employment rate rose to a new high in 2011, reflecting the sustained improvement among women and older residents. Amid a tighter labour market, the median income of residents in full-time employment rose faster than a year ago, even after taking inflation into account.

Summer Intern Program at VIMS

Each year the Summer Intern Program - Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) places 12 to 15 undergraduates with faculty mentors for a summer research experience. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including marine biology and ecology; biological, geological, chemical, and physical oceanography; environmental science; fisheries; and resource management.

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, VIMS, The College of William and Mary (W&M), private donors, and grants to individual faculty.

All students, including those traditionally under-represented in the marine sciences, are encouraged to apply. In general, rising juniors and seniors are preferred for the traditional REU because of their better course preparation, but we will also consider rising sophomores who have enough science and math background (e.g. AP or other advanced courses in high school) to benefit from an earlier research experience. Some advanced placement courses will show up on your college transcript. If they do not, please be sure to mention what you've taken in the "other comments" section of the application.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of marine scientists. We want people from all cultures and all backgrounds to feel welcome at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. However, due to funding constraints, we are generally unable to consider applications of foreign students unless they are permanent residents or already in possession of a F1 Student visa to attend a college or university in the U.S.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science, located in Gloucester Point, Virginia, is one of the largest coastal and estuarine science institutions in the world, with more than 65 faculty and a graduate student body of more than 120.

VIMS houses state-of-the-art oceanographic instrumentation and analytical facilities, a large fleet of coastal research vessels, a world-class marine science library, and is within close proximity to a variety of habitats ranging from freshwater tributaries to the coastal ocean. The School of Marine Science is a part of the College of William and Mary, one of the most highly rated public universities emphasizing undergraduate education in the United States.

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Google Science Fair

Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?
Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.
Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.
Everyone has a question. What’s yours?

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Stay where you are, enrol for UK degree

In view of the growing trend of students choosing to live in their own countries but enrolling for UK qualifications, the David Cameron government today launched a major initiative to boost growth in this sector of higher education.

In the highly competitive international education sector, higher education officials said that during the academic year 2010-11, there were 8,340 students living and studying in India who were enrolled at UK institutions for higher education qualifications.

Every year, thousands of self-financing Indian students arrive in the UK to study at various universities and institutions, but increasingly, more students are preferring to stay on in India and enrol on UK courses delivered in India, thereby reducing the cost considerably.

Called 'transnational education' (TNE), this section of UK's higher education has been growing exponentially, with students choosing to live in their own countries, partly due to tighter student visa norms and the forthcoming closure of the Post-Study Work (PSW) visa.

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Universities and Minister David Willetts are launching a new gateway for UK higher education institutions, called the HE Global Integrated Advisory Service.

It will bring together international education advice and services from both UK government departments and partners into one central resource.

Overall, the number of people studying overseas for a complete British higher education qualification rose by 23 per cent last year and now equates to one-sixth of all students taking UK awards.

According to official figures, 503,795 students at British institutions "studied wholly overseas" in 2010-11, up sharply from 408,685 in 2009-10 and 388,135 in 2008-09.

A Foreign Office release said: "The UK is one of the leaders in the provision of transnational education (TNE); the delivery of UK degree programmes, modules, training and other types of education at international locations, but it is a highly competitive market in an increasingly crowded global higher education market place".

HE Global will comprise a website, email and telephone helpline which will provide a single point of contact for UK universities looking to expand abroad through Transnational Education (TNE).

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: ¿The higher education industry export market is hugely important to the UK economy.

By creating HE Global we are ensuring that UK institutions which wish to build international relationships and provide their expertise abroad have easy access to the best intelligence and assistance to enable them to significantly increase the value of international education over the next decade.

Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts said: "Higher education in the UK is world class; this is illustrated by the fact that we have three of the top ten and 32 of the top 200 ranked universities in the world, located right here in the UK."

The HE Global service will ensure that our universities continue to be market-leaders providing high quality teaching and research world-wide."

Obama calls for immigration reform

President Barack Obama today called for a comprehensive immigration reform, in particular for quick citizenship pathway to highly skilled professionals and investors, saying US should support everyone who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.

"We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now. But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country," Obama said in his State of the Union Address to the Congress.

"Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away," Obama told the Congress.

"Let's also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented, hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren't yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation," he said.

"Others came more recently, to study business and science and engineering, but as soon as they get their degree, we send them home to invent new products and create new jobs somewhere else. That doesn't make sense," Obama said.

Obama said the US should support everyone who's willing to work; and every risk-taker and entrepreneur who aspires to become the next Steve Jobs.

"After all, innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses. So let's pass an agenda that helps them succeed.

Tear down regulations that prevent aspiring entrepreneurs from getting the financing to grow," he said.

"Expand tax relief to small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs. Both parties agree on these ideas. So put them in a bill, and get it on my desk this year," he said.

Noting that innovation also demands basic research, Obama said today, the discoveries taking place in our federally-financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones untouched.

"New lightweight vests for cops and soldiers that can stop any bullet. Don't gut these investments in our budget. Don't let other countries win the race for the future.

"Support the same kind of research and innovation that led to the computer chip and the Internet; to new American jobs and new American industries," Obama said.

Fake visa racket: Gujarat cops zero in on masterminds in Mumbai, Delhi

The recent arrests of a couple of travel agents in the state has opened a can of worms in the interstate fake visa racket running from Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai.

According to the state Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), the duo is part of a deep-rooted racket being run from Delhi and Mumbai by some big fish in the travel industry.

“The duo was working for two big heads of visa frauds who are sitting in Mumbai and Delhi. The details of passengers are provided to the masterminds who help local agents with fake stamps and arrange trips to the desired places,” said a senior ATS officer.

While refusing to divulge the names of the arrested agents and the masterminds, ATS officers said the agents in Delhi and Mumbai could be the persons who have started the trend of using fake stamps to forge visas in the country. They said ATS teams are camping in both cities to catch the masterminds.

According to police, the agents in Gujarat join some travel firm or work individually to find people planning to go abroad. They prepare a database, collect passports, and if a passenger does not have a passport, then they arrange for a fake one, and send it to the masterminds. The stamps prepared in Mumbai and Delhi are then attached to the fake visas.

Police said the masterminds have a strong market for the US, the UK and Australia in Gujarat, which remains their most favoured state besides Punjab. For each such passenger, an agent gets paid anything between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000. They said that every year, nearly 150 Indians are found travelling illegally.

Police suspect the agents might be trying to use the state as a platform for illegal immigration of people from neighbouring countries, particularly from Sri Lanka.

After preliminary investigation in one such racket busted earlier, the Special Branch of Ahmedabad police has zeroed in on the mastermind based in Chennai, one Jenah, and his associate Mayur from Mumbai.

Police said they had managed to send three Sri Lanka nationals to France on passports of residents of Chennai. The trio was, however, deported back from Dubai after their travel documents were found to be fake.

JCP (Special Branch) Shamsher Singh said, “Jenah used to collect passports of Tamilians and send aspiring Sri Lankans abroad on their passports. To arrange for their visa to Paris, he was found taking help of a Mumbai agent.”

The duo had been running the racket for many years, which was busted when they used the Ahmedabad international airport for the first time in August last year, police said.

AAAS Fellowship Application System - Questions about the Fellowships Program

Q: Does AAAS have any fellowship programs for undergraduate or graduate students?
Yes. AAAS also administers the Mass Media Fellowship Program, which places undergraduate and graduate students at various media sites throughout the U.S. during the summer, to work as science journalists. For more information about this program, contact Rahman Culver at

Q: When do the interviews take place?
The selection interviews take place in early March, with follow-up placement interviews in mid-April. Please see the 2012-13 Fellowship Schedule for details. Candidates must be available for interviews and there are no exceptions or deferrals.

Q: Does AAAS pay travel costs for interview candidates?
Yes. Documented transportation costs at the lowest economy fare for round-trip travel for both domestic and international candidates will be covered. Lodging in DC is provided, and AAAS will also reimburse expenses for meals, reasonable, documented transport to/from the airport and reasonable local transportation to/from the interview.

Q: After the interviews, if I am eligible for a fellowship, do I have a voice in where I am placed?
Yes. Placements in all the fellowship program areas are joint decisions between the finalist, the interested host office, and AAAS.

Q: If awarded a fellowship, how do I prepare for the experience?
In early September, AAAS provides a mandatory two-week orientation program that indoctrinates Fellows to the workings of the federal government and provides exposure to some of the issues, institutions, and individuals involved in federal policy making. Prior to orientation, the AAAS Fellowships Department provides written materials and a variety of resources that assist Fellows to prepare for their year in Washington, D.C.

Q: What is the duration of the AAAS Fellowships?
The fellowships are 12-month learning experiences beginning on 1 September and ending on 31 August. Individuals accepting a fellowship must sign an agreement acknowledging this year-long commitment. Some exectuvie branch fellowships may renew for a second year at the mutual agreement of the host office, the Fellow, and AAAS. Second year renewals are contingent upon the availability of funding.

Q: Are the AAAS Fellowships available every year?
The AAAS Fellowships have been operating annually since 1973. The number and size of the fellowship program areas has changed over the years and continues to evolve. Some fellowship areas and assignments are funded for multiple years, while others are available only as funding is secured on an annual basis.

Q: May I opt for a shorter fellowship?
No. The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are available only as a 12-month commitment in the first year of an assignment. However, second year assignments may be for shorter durations at the mutual agreement of the host office, the Fellow, and AAAS.

Q: What is the location of the Fellowships?
All AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships are based in Washington, D.C. in the first year of an assignment. At the mutual agreement of the host office, the Fellow, and AAAS, fellowship assignments may move to a different operating base in the second (renewal) year.

Q: Who funds the fellowships?
The majority of the executive branch fellowships are funded by the agencies and offices where AAAS Fellows are placed. The Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships are funded by the sponsoring scientific and engineering societies that recruit and select those Fellows.

Q: What impact have fellowships had on the career paths of former Fellows?
In the year immediately following their fellowship, approximately 40-50% of the Fellows continue working in the policy realm (not necessarily in government positions); 20-25% return to the sector in which they worked previously; and another 20-25% use the experience as a stepping stone to a new opportunity.

AAAS Fellowship Application System - Eligibility Questions

Q: Who is the ideal candidate for a AAAS fellowship? 
There is no "ideal" candidate for a fellowship. Fellows come from many different disciplines in science and engineering; they arrive from academia, industry and the non-profit sectors; and they represent a broad range of career stages, from recently graduated postdocs to mid-career professionals and faculty on sabbatical, to retired individuals.

Q: Is previous experience in public policy necessary to be a strong candidate?
No, the fellowships are designed to help scientists and engineers learn about the policymaking process by participating in it. However, it is important to convey an understanding of the societal impacts of science in your application materials and during an interview. You should also be prepared to speak about how your specific scientific specialty relates to policy issues and how it can be applied in government decision-making.

Q: Do I have to have PhD to apply for a AAAS Fellowship? 
No. If you have a master's degree in any field of engineering with a minimum of three years post-graduate professional experience (not including further academic studies) you may apply for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Scientists in the biological, physical, health/medical, or social sciences are required to have a terminal scientific degree (e.g. PhD, ScD, DVM, MD, etc.) to apply for a AAAS Fellowship.

Q: I am completing my doctorate after the application deadline but before the fellowship year starts. Can I still apply? 
No. AAAS will not accept applications from anyone who does not meet the degree requirements by 5 December. If that is your situation, we hope that you will consider applying next year. NOTE: Other scientific societies sponsoring congressional and executive branch fellowships have different application deadlines and selection criteria. We encourage you to explore other appropriate societies based on your discipline.

Q: What if I have completed all of my requirements for my doctorate, but my degree will not be conferred until after 5 December? 
Candidates who have completed all of the requirements for their PhD or equivalent degree by 5 December, but whose degree will not be conferred until after 5 December, may be eligible for a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. The candidate must complete all degree requirements by 5 December, including dissertation defense and any revisions. In addition, the candidate's committee chair or equivalent appropriate official must submit a letter verifying that the candidate has satisfied all requirements for the PhD or equivalent degree. The letter must state the official date the degree will be conferred.

Q: May I apply with permanent resident status even though I am not a U.S. citizen?
No. US citizenship is required for all Fellowships. Permanent resident status does not qualify.

Q: May I apply if I expect to have my citizenship before the fellowship year begins?
No. Applicants must have citizenship at the time of application.

Q: Why are federal employees not eligible for the AAAS Fellowships?
The AAAS Fellowships are designed to educate about the policy process, and to bring additional scientific knowledge and external perspectives to government decision-making. Federal employees are often already involved in the policy process, and they would not bring external perspectives. Those not in policy-related positions have the opportunity to seek such positions from within the government system. There also are other options for federal employees to arrange exchanges that provide an experience in another agency or on Capitol Hill, such as an IPA (inter-personnel agreement). Also, the executive branch fellowships are funded by the hosting agencies and they seek individuals who cannot easily move into the system without a fellowship. NOTE: Some of the other scientific societies that sponsor congressional and executive branch fellowships do accept applications from federal employees.

Q: Are post-docs at federal agencies or national labs considered federal employees?
No, with the exception of individuals holding Title 42 positions. This category conveys the privileges of federal employment, and therefore is not eligible for the AAAS Fellowships. Applicants who hold a temporary/term-limited fellowship or post-doc with a federal agency are considered eligible, as are post-docs at national labs who are funded by a federal agency.

Q: I currently work for Congress; am I considered a federal employee?
Yes. Anyone working in a full-time, paid, permanent position at the federal level of government (including the executive, judicial and legislative branches) is considered a federal employee for eligibility purposes.

Q: Are members of the military eligible to apply?
Yes, members of the active military are eligible to apply, provided that the applicant is not part of the career military, thatmilitary service has ended before the start of the fellowship, and the applicant meets the other eligibility criteria.


AAAS Fellowship Application System - Application Questions

Q: When is the AAAS Fellowship application deadline?
The annual deadline is 5 December, without exception. All required information, including three letters of recommendation, must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time on that date. Applications are accepted beginning 1 September until the application deadline of 5 December, for the fellowship class that begins the following September.

Q: How many individuals apply each year and how many are selected?
The ratio of applicants to fellowships awarded is different in each of the fellowship program areas. We urge you not to consider "the odds," but to apply to the fellowships that fit best with your interests and area of expertise. It is in those areas that you will be most competitive. Overall, AAAS awards more than 130 first-year fellowships annually. In addition, approximately 30 congressional and 10 executive branch fellowships are selected and awarded by our partner scientific and engineering societies.

Q: How do I prepare a competitive application?
Applicants can improve their chances of gaining a fellowship by reading all sections of the Fellowships website thoroughly to ensure an understanding of the focus of the five fellowship program areas, the eligibility requirements, and the application instructions. Applicants should allow enough time to develop a comprehensive, well-presented and error-free candidate statement. It is critical to contact references early to provide them time to prepare a thoughtful and thorough letter of recommendation. It is also essential to follow the application instructions. Do not submit documents that exceed the mandated page or word limit. If called for an interview, prepare to concisely articulate your interests and background, and be able to discuss how your science relates to policy.

Q: May I apply to more than one AAAS Fellowship area?
Yes, you may apply for up to two fellowship areas via AAAS. Keep in mind that each fellowship area is distinct from the others, with a unique focus and requirements. It is necessary to submit a separate application for each fellowship area. To learn more about the five fellowship program areas, please click here.

Q: What happens if one or more of my recommendations arrive late or not at all?
All required information must be received by the 5 December deadline in order to forward an application to the initial review stage. Applications with fewer than three recommendation letters will be designated as ineligible and will not be forwarded for review.

Q: When will applicants be notified about the status of their application and candidacy for a fellowship?
Applicants will be notified of the status of their application at several points through the 2012-13 application and selection process. Please see the Fellowship Schedule for details.

Q. What are possible reasons that an applicant is not selected to advance in the review process or selected for a Science & Technology Policy Fellowship?
Applicants may not be selected for a number of reasons that are in no sense a negative reflection on the individual or her/his science. These reasons might include those noted below.

The applicant is perceived to be at too early a stage in her/his career to benefit fully from the fellowship.
The applicant has not demonstrated a focus on applying his/her science in a broader societal and policy context.
The applicant is perceived to be already well-skilled in policy-related activities, and therefore would not benefit fully from the experience that the fellowship provides.

Q: Can I reapply for a AAAS Fellowship?
Yes. AAAS does not impose limits on the number of times a candidate may apply. There are AAAS Fellows who have been selected upon their second or third application.

Q. May I receive feedback on my application either before or after it is submitted, or on an interview?
No. AAAS does not provide written or verbal feedback on applications or interviews. The pool of applicants, the semi-finalists, the reviewers, and the configuration of the Selection Committees change annually. Therefore, commentary will not necessarily be relevant to the next application cycle.


Fellowship Experiences: Fellowship Focus

The Fellowship Focus e-newsletter is a publication of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships program. It is a valuable resource and a way to keep up on the latest Fellowship news, information, events, and other information. It is also the place to read up on several personal Fellows experience essays and to hear stories of where Fellows have been and exciting projects they've worked on.

If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, please send your name and email address to

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science manages and administers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships in five program areas to provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy. The fellowships in congressional offices are funded by approximately 30 partner scientific and engineering societies. The fellowships in executive branch agencies are funded by the hosting offices.

The fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process. Review is followed by individual interviews in Washington, DC, conducted by selection committees comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology, and policy. Learn more information about the selection and placement process.

Following selection, Fellows come to Washington, DC, in September of each year and participate in a comprehensive orientation program before beginning their fellowships in the various sectors of government. AAAS also conducts a professional development program throughout the year.

The fellowship programs have several basic requirements in common. Applicants must have a PhD or an equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of application. Individuals with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience also may apply. Some programs require additional experience. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Federal employees are not eligible for the fellowships. Read more about the application requirements.

Summer Internships - Shoals Marine Lab

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY FOR ALL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS: Applicants must have completed a Shoals Marine Lab credit course in 2011 or earlier (sorry, no exceptions). College freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors may apply. Shoals alumni from all schools are welcome to apply; however, Cornell and UNH students receive preference for these internships. Engineering majors, please scroll down!
ROOM AND BOARD: Provided for all interns.
QUESTIONS? Contact or call (607) 255-3717
(1) Marine Mammal Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
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Session 1: June 20 - July 25, 2012
Session 2: July 18 - Aug 22, 2012
$750 (room and board included in the internship appointment)
PREREQUISITE (no exceptions):
BIOSM 3210/MEFB (ZOOL) 754 Anatomy and Function of Marine Vertebrates
Interns will be involved in a survey of harbor and gray seals of the Isles of Shoals
FIRSTcontact Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley about your interest in this internship, then use the standard Shoals online application(applications submitted via the online system without prior contact with Dr. Seeley will be rejected). Transcripts and letter of recommendation will be required as part of the online application process--follow the instructions!
DEADLINE: February 15, 2012
(2) Intertidal Ecology Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
July 23 - August 6, 2012
$750 (room and board included in the internship appointment)
Any Shoals college-level course; candidates who have successfully completed BIOSM 3730/MEFB (ZOOL) 630, Biodiversity and Biology of Marine Invertebrates highly preferred
Interns will be involved in studies of the permanent intertidal transects of Appledore Island, Maine. These transects yield data that are critical for ongoing studies of climate change and introduced species in the Gulf of Maine.
FIRSTcontact Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley about your interest in this internship, then use the standard Shoals online application(applications submitted via the online system without prior contact with Dr. Seeley will be rejected). Transcripts and letter of recommendation will be required as part of the online application process--follow the instructions!
DEADLINE: February 15, 2012
(3) Field Ornithology Internship on Appledore Island, Maine
May 18 - July 20, 2012
$750 (room and board included in the internship appointment)
Any Shoals college-level course
Interns will engage in their own focused research in avian ecology while contributing to long-term studies of the population ecology of Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls.
FIRSTcontact Dr. David Bonter about your interest in this internship, then use the standard Shoals online application(applications submitted via the online system without prior contact with Dr. Bonter will be rejected). Transcripts and letter of recommendation will be required as part of the online application process--follow the instructions!
DEADLINE: February 15, 2012
(3) Project Puffin Internship offered in cooperation with AudubonFollow the link!
May 19 - August 16, 2012 
Follow the link and/or contact (607) 257-7308 ext: 13 
PREREQUISITE (no exceptions):
For Cornell undergraduates only; must have successfully completed and ornithology course
at Shoals Marine Lab.
DEADLINE: January 15, 2012
Shoals may offer additional biological research internships in marine ecology and marine science education (for those interested in teaching) sited at locations other than Appledore Island. We'll have news about these opportunities later this fall. Pleasecontact Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley if interested.

Sustainable Engineering Internship
 Follow the link! For engineering majors, no prior experience at Shoals is required.
DATES: June 11 - July 9, 2012
DEADLINE: March 12, 2012

Working Internship
Follow the link!
Only for Shoals alums (includes 2012 students).
DATES: Variable

AND DID YOU KNOW...? SML credit courses incorporate research into everyday lab and field work; design and carry out your very own research project in almost ALL of our courses. Stay tuned by checking out the student section of our website!
INTERNSHIP ALUMNI NEWS: Grace Ha, Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley's intern, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study harvest sustainability of traditional fisheries in Korea.
Matt Savoca, intern of Dr. David Bonter and Julie Ellis, has received an NSF fellowship for graduate study at UC Davis.

Congratulations to Grace and Matt! We are proud that you were both once SML interns!

If you have internship alumni news, please send it along to

Singapore Labour Market, Third Quarter 2011

Employment growth was strong and unemployment dipped in the third quarter of 2011. Nevertheless, job openings declined in September and the employment outlook for the fourth quarter has softened as employers turn cautious in anticipation of weaker economic conditions ahead.


We invite you to contribute your time and talents in support of Pacific Whale Foundation, by becoming a Pacific Whale Foundation Volunteer.

Volunteers assist at our many community events, help out in our membership area and lend a hand with our education, research and conservaton programs. Volunteers accumulate credits good toward discounts at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Stores and free tickets on our Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures. Volunteers are also given opportunities to attend free classes about the marine environment and special training programs. It's a great way to get to know our staff and meet others who share your interest in protecting the ocean environment.

To learn more about volunteering at Pacific Whale Foundation, please call our Membership, Giving and Volunteer Office at (808) 856-8320.

Or better yet, sign up today through our new online volunteer registration and scheduling system:

  • Start by clicking here.
  • Click on “I would like to volunteer for this organization" and create your own username and password. Please do not choose any projects or events -- yet.
  • We will send you a confirmation that your username and password have been accepted, and you can log back in, to select the events and shifts that you want.
  • Please note: If you have worked with the “Art of Volunteering” organization, you are already familiar with this system and already have your own username/password. You can simply enter that information and choose your events and shifts. Don't worry if you’ve forgotten your password -- there’s an option to regenerate it.

Volunteering on Vacation
Pacific Whale Foundation also offers many outdoor volunteering opportunities through our Volunteering on Vacation program. Through this program, we work in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, the National Parks Service and community groups to offer you a calendar of volunteer opportuntities that contribute to efforts to protect Maui's environment. Volunteer for three or more hours and receive a free Volunteering on Vacation Maui tote bag. To learn more, visit or check out the listings on our events calendar.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's summer internship program

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and high school teachers to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks to work on a specific project under MBARI staff supervision.

Each intern is selected following a rigorous application procedure, merit review, and a telephone interview process. They are from around the world and represent a variety of different backgrounds, experience, and education. They all share a common desire to learn more about the marine environment and to work with the scientists and engineers at MBARI.

The application period for the 2012 internship program is now open. All materials must be received by February 9, 2012.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter (stating which project you are applying for and why you would make a good MBARI intern), and three letters of recommendation. All applicants must also fill out an online supplemental information form.

Volunteering at Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Get involved at VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) by becoming a volunteer. Positions are regularly available in the Library, Visitor's Center, Gift Shop, in laboratories, and in the field. There are also opportunities to lead group tours and assist with public outreach events. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator Mimi Beckwith at (804) 684-7784 or via e-mail at You can also complete and email a volunteer application form. View our guidelines for minors on the VIMS campus.

Marine Science Day Volunteers
Approximately 30 people are needed to volunteer to work VIMS' annual Marine Science Day. Volunteers are needed to assist with parking, directing people, children's activities, hospitality, set-up and break-down of tents and tables, and various other positions. This event is usually the 3rd Saturday in May. Volunteers will need to attend at least one other meeting. Total time donated is usually between 6-10 hours. Fill out the Volunteer Application to apply.

US probing business visa sponsorships: Infosys

New York: IT bellwether Infosys Wednesday said the company and some of its employees are target of US probe related to its sponsorships of B1 business visas. "... During a recent meeting with the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas, the company was advised that the company and certain of its employees are targets of the investigation," Infosys said in a filing to the US regulator Securities and Exchange Commission.

Infosys had received a "subpoena" from a grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in May last year. The subpoena requires that Infosys provide to the jury certain documents and records related to the company's sponsorships for, and uses of, B1 business visas, according to the filing.

B1 business visas are intended for short-term purposes such as consulting with business associates and attending business conventions. The subpoena came against the backdrop of allegations made by a former employee that the company was misusing these visas.

It said the company is complying with the subpoena, and intends to have further discussions with the US Attorney’s officer regarding this matter. "... however, we cannot predict the outcome of the investigation by, or discussions, with the US," the filing said.

According to the filing, the company is also subject to other legal proceedings and claims which have arisen in the ordinary course of business. "Our management does not reasonably expect that these other legal actions, when ultimately concluded and determined, will have a material and adverse effect on the results of operations or the financial position of the company," Infosys said.

Job Interview Skills - Questions and Answers

Job interview tips: some common questions you will be asked and how to answer them! Learn what to say to impress and get that job!

Singapore job vacancies' annual report

Government of Singapore has released an annual report providing comprehensive information on the job vacancy situation, highlighting the occupations most in demand, the top-hiring industries as well as the qualifications and working experience required by employers. It also examines vacancies that are unfilled for at least six months. The data is sourced from a census of private establishments (with at least 25 employees each) and the public sector based on positions available as at September every year.

  • As employers scale back on hiring amid the weaker economic outlook, job vacancies declined by 3.4% over the quarter to 54,000 in September 2011. Nevertheless, this remained higher than the 50,200 vacancies recorded a year ago.
  • Service & sales workers (11,550 or 22% of total vacancies) such as waiters, security guards and shop sales assistants were most in demand, followed by associate professionals & technicians (9,200 or 17%) and professionals (7,760 or 15%).
  • Vacancies were available for all educational levels. Specifically, those requiring at least primary or lower education (13,220 or 25%) chalked up the largest number of vacancies, followed by openings requiring minimally secondary (10,600 or 20%) and degree qualification (10,550 or 20%).
  • Services generated the bulk (77% or 40,460) of the openings in 2011, led by community, social & personal services (11,450 or 22%), wholesale & retail trade (6,360 or 12%), accommodation & food services (5,010 or 9.5%) and administrative & support services (4,940 or 9.4%). Manufacturing and construction accounted for 15% (or 7,990) and 6.8% (or 3,590) of the vacancies respectively.
  • Nearly two in three vacancies (65%) in 2011 required working experience. This comprised 24% requiring job-specific; 17%, industry-specific experience; and the remaining 24% requiring general work experience. Positions for managers & administrators, professionals, associate professionals & technicians and craftsmen & related trades workers were more likely to require job- or industry-specific working experience, compared with openings for service & sales workers and cleaners, labourers & related workers, which commonly did not require working experience.
  • The majority or around two in three positions were vacant for less than six months in 2011. Nevertheless, amid the tight labour market, the proportion of vacancies unfilled for at least six months rose to 35% in 2011 from 33% a year ago, but remained below the high of 36% recorded in 2007. In absolute terms, there were 18,230 vacancies unfilled for at least six months in 2011. Generally, positions for professionals, managers, executives & technicians (PMETs) were less likely to be unfilled for extended periods, with only 14% of such openings vacant for at least six months compared with nearly half (49%) of non-PMET openings. Consequently, non-PMET positions accounted for 83% of the vacancies that were unfilled for at least six months.
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Studying in Russia - Why Petrozavodsk?

Convenient Location Map of the Republic of Karelia
  • Petrozavodsk is a small and calm town with a real Russian charm. It takes 13 hours to get to Moscow and 8 hours by comfortable train to St. Petersburg from Petrozavodsk.
  • Living with a Russian family, you will get to know what Russian hospitality means.
  • You will study Russian in a friendly atmosphere and make friends with Russian students.
  • You will be able to see the Kizhi churches, the Valaam and Solovetskiy monasteries, and other beautiful sceneries and masterpieces of architecture.
Welcoming environmentKizhi
Karelia is a land of richest history and culture. While staying here, you can see world known masterpieces of the Russian Northern culture - the museum of wooden architecture Kizhi, the monasteries of Valaam and Solovki.

VillageYou can visit Karelian villages with their special northern charm and experience the exceptional hospitality of their people. Science, arts and folklore are cherished in Karelia.

There are three institutes of higher education in Karelia - Petrozavodsk State University, Karelian Pedagogical Petrozavodsk Cathedral University and the Conservatory.

Kivach waterfallBeautiful environment
Beautiful nature, nice and hospitable people. Unforgettable natural attractions of Karelia are the Kivach waterfall, Onego lake (the cleanest in Europe), numerous forest parks, rocks, plains, and lakes.

Low living cost

Food and housing are relatively cheap, especially compared with big cities.
A safe place to study
PetrSU main bulidingPetrozavodsk State University (PetrSU) is one of the largest educational institutions in the European North of Russia. Among its graduates, there are academicians, ministers and world-famous specialists in culture and science.
Over 11,500 students of the university take both full-time and vocational education classes.

So, no matter if you're still in high school, a recent graduate, or are pursuing a graduate degree,
come and visit us!

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Studying in Russia - Russian Higher Education System

Studying in Russia gives you the opportunity to experience the unique Russian culture, to enjoy Russian hospitality, and be charmed by Russian nature and, of course, get an education based on high modern standards and strong academic traditions.
This site helps you to retrieve useful information on the Russian Higher Education System and Institutions, and to find a vast variety of Study Programmes to meet your needs.

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The outsiders in the job market

Engineering students who do not get placed in campus recruitment drives must enhance their technical and communication skills for better job prospects.

As an ATM supervisor for a nationalised bank here, K. Senthilkumar is an important man among his co-workers because, “he is responsible for the loading and off loading of cash” at five ATM centres — all this for Rs. 6,000 that he is paid every month. However, very few of his colleagues know that he has an engineering degree in computer science with an aggregate of 62 per cent.

“I graduated in ECE in 2008. I had just about 45 per cent in class XII which barred me from the interview process of the three companies that came to my college,” he says. Three years on, Senthilkumar has not been able to find an engineering job. “I tried for a year and then I took up this job. Underemployment is any day better than unemployment,” he adds. R. Rajendran, a mechanical engineer who graduated in 2007 from an engineering college in Sriperumbudur had a similar story with a twist “After working in a firm in Guindy Industrial estate for two years, Imanaged to join a big construction company. The pay is much better and I am also working in an area I like,” he says. Read more

Australia strengthens Settlement Grants Program

The Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, today announced the opening of the 2012–13 Settlement Grants Program (SGP) funding round at Sydney's Cabramatta Community Centre.

The Gillard Government will refocus settlement funding to invest in the long-term future of Australia's settlement services and assist ethno-specific communities.

'We are strengthening the Settlement Grants Program to support community organisations assist new migrants to fully participate in Australian society as soon as possible after they arrive in Australia,' Mr Bowen said.

'In recognition of the ongoing nature of settlement services, SGP grants in 2012–13 will primarily focus on the delivery of refugee and migrant settlement services, and providing support for ethno-specific communities.'

Senator Lundy said the changes will build the capacity of the settlement sector to support newly arrived refugees and migrants.

'Under the former settlement grant program, funding for ad hoc projects was prioritised over core community services,' Senator Lundy said.

'The changes announced today reflect a decision by the government to reinvest in long term programs that will help new Australians adapt to life in Australia.

'Australia has a proud history of investing in settlement services and these changes will ensure the outcomes of settlement services are aligned with social participation and connection to the Australian community.'

The revised service types under SGP include casework, coordination and delivery of services, community coordination and development, youth settlement services, and support for ethno-specific organisations.

Applications must be lodged by 5pm AEDST on 1 February 2012. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Funding will commence on 1 July 2012 and may be offered for periods of one, two or three years.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will hold information sessions on the grants, which applicants are strongly encouraged to attend before completing and lodging their application.

For further information in relation to information session dates and locations, or to access the online application form and view the the application information booklet visit the DIAC website.
See: Settlement Grants Program

Applicants can also contact the SGP Helpdesk for more information between 9am and 5pm AEDST Monday to Friday (excluding ACT public holidays). Telephone: 1800 453 004