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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 cours…

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 forthco…

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 throu…

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 g…

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 reasonab…

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 m…

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 d…

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

Fall 2011November 2010January 2010Fellowship Focus Archives

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 comprehe…

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…

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 t…

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 suppl…

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. …

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…

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%).Vac…

Studying in Russia - Why Petrozavodsk?

Convenient Location 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 environment
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.

You 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 - Pe…

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. General Information on Education in Russia Russian education system in brief Where to study in Russia? Where to learn and test your Russian language?

Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts

Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (SWA) is an international abstracting service designed to meet the information needs of busy librarians and all those working, teaching, studying or researching into any of the main areas of women's studies.

Theoretical and empirical materials are abstracted with a focus on the following topic areas:
Education Employment Women in the family and community Medicine and health Female sex and gender role socialisation Social policy Social psychology of women Female culture Media treatment of women Biography Literary criticism Historical studies Published bi-monthly, each issue of abstracts gives the reader up-to-date news of developments within this field. All the major international journals and books are scanned and other original sources and cataloguing services regularly searched for appropriate items. Abstracts are prepared by an international team of experts, are non-evaluative in form and are accompanied by detailed bibliographical citatio…

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…

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 …

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