Yes! The ASE Program provides valuable experiences throughout the summer. See the following events and requirements:
1. Orientation (Corvallis - May 31, 2017 / Portland - June 1, 2017)
Students are given a professional skills training to get them ready for their ASE internship experience.
2. Midsummer Conference (July 13, 2017)
This conference includes: (a) career lectures and seminars led by scientists, engineers and other technical professionals; (b) hands-on workshops in various technical areas such as DNA electrophoresis, measuring air-pollution, and computer modeling; and (c) a workshop on making professional scientific presentations.
3. ASE Symposium (August 18, 2017)
Interns present their summer projects to each other and other guests. At this conference: a) Each student gives a 15-minute oral presentation presided over by professional scientists or engineers; and b) each student prepares a scientific poster for a 1 hour scientific poster session. When students are not presenting their own projects, they attend sessions where the experiences of other students are described. (Students typically spend several hours preparing for the Symposium.)
1. Internship Evaluation with Teacher Monitor: Students complete an evaluation of their experience with the teacher monitor twice during the summer.
2. Internship Summary: Interns write a 500 word internship summary at the end of their internship summarizing their project and what they learned during the summer. (This summary is quite helpful in developing Symposium presentations.)
3. Thank You Letters: The student also writes formal thank-you letters to people who made their internship possible. The students are given training on writing thank-you letters as many of the letters go to high-level professionals in the academic, business, and governmental sectors.