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Hi Biology and NSC students!
We are about one third into the semester and although it may seem a bit early, it is important that you start thinking about how you would like to spend your summer. If you are living on campus, the time is now to start arranging living plans if you plan to stay in Reno. The course offerings for the summer sessions are already out so you can start using it to begin making your four-year plans. There are typically limited scholarships and financial aid available every year for summer term, including book vouchers. More information on such opportunities may be found in the following website: http://www.unr.edu/365/learning-options/summer-session
Another important opportunity that you can take advantage of over the summer is the various internship and/or research summer programs available across the nation and on our very own campus. There are various internships available for different field studies so I suggest starting off with a general search of what you are interested in on the internet. Don’t be afraid to apply to any program! Make sure to apply early to these internships and use the writing center/peers/mentors when building up the applications. Summer is also the time when professors may begin taking in new volunteers/paid workers in their labs. Begin looking at what lab you may be interested in joining in spring and ask to volunteer later in the semester.
If these options are not for you there are various volunteer opportunities over the summer as well. We all know how hard it is to fit in many things in our schedules during the semester and if you have been wanting to volunteer for a certain organization, summer is the time to do it. There are typically summer camps or other non-profit organizations looking for volunteers specifically for this time. Again, starting off with a general internet search of what you are interested in may be the way to go. I hope these suggestions have made it a bit more clear as to how you see you summer playing out. Keep working hard, as the end of semester will be here before we know it. Have a great week!