headingNews From Academic & Transfer Advising Services    |   Spring 2013   |   Issue #2, February 11 - February 24
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Welcome to the “Please be Advised” email newsletter.  This bi-weekly e-mail will keep you apprised of academic advising-related matters, including deadlines and special events. Your success matters to us! Go Seawolves!


1.   Academic Peer Advisor Internship
2.   Study Skills Workshop
3.   Job & Internship Fair
4.   Leadstrong Conference
5.   Pre-Health
6.   Pre-Law
7.   Academic Advising Offices
8.   Word of the Week


Do you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA? Will you have earned at least junior standing (57 credits) by the start of the fall 2013 semester? Then consider applying for a two semester internship as an Academic Peer Advisor in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services office. Academic Peer Advisors earn six upper division credits and gain experience in higher education by providing advice to fellow students, serving as TAs for ADV 101 courses, and working with professional staff on various projects and events. For more information about the Academic Peer Advisor internship and to obtain an application, go to www.stonybrook.edu/aadvising. Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2013.

Watch the PBA Show "What is the APA Internship?"


Time Management
February 12th 3:00 p.m. SAC 306
February 13th 4:00 p.m. SAC 305

Learn how to effectively manage your time so you can complete your school work and still have time for social activities and other responsibilities you may have. In this workshop we will create a time management schedule and estimate the time needed to study and complete school work.

View the entire Study Skills schedule here.


Friday, February 15: Spring 2013 STEMM (Sci, Tech, Engineering, Math & Medical) Job & Internship Fair
Student Activities Center – Ballrooms A & B 12:00pm - 3:00pm
For Stony Brook students and alumni seeking a full-time job, part-time job, internship, co-op, or volunteer experience in Engineering, IT, Science, Math & Medical.

Tuesday, February 19: First-ever GCC Virtual Career Fair for Master's & PhD students and post-docs
ONLINE through ZebraNET
Stony Brook students, graduate alumni, with our GCC partner schools (AAU institutions who provide graduate career services)


LEADSTRONG is a one day conference held during the spring semester that is open to all Stony Brook students.  During the conference, students participate in interactive workshops and activities. Throughout the day, they work with a small group of peers as well as a faculty/staff facilitator to process the new information and connect it to their own leadership experiences.

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 10am - 4:30pm

PRE-HEALTH www.stonybrook.edu/healthed 

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for Spring 2013
Walk-in hours:
Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Meetings by Appointments: 
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

4th Annual Stony Brook University Medical School Fair

Thinking of Pre-Med? Pre-Dental? Podiatric Medicine?

Hosted by Stony Brook Pre-Med Society   
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013      
        12:00-3:00 p.m.
    Student Activities Center
            Ballroom A

News From Kaplan

Free MCAT Prep Series at SBU this month
Come see Michael Sperandeo, one of Kaplan's best MCAT teachers, in action with FREE MCAT Prep on campus!  An SBU graduate himself, Michael is one of Kaplan’s top rated instructors, rated 100% excellent by his students.  Michael thrives on helping students to succeed not just on the MCAT but with the entire application process.
Sessions this Spring:  Organic Chemistry 2/12, Verbal Reasoning 2/13, and Admissions Advice 2/19.
Register to reserve your free seat today at www.bit.ly/lievents.

Get the Extra Edge You Need:  Register for a Free MCAT Practice Test

Taking a practice test lets you experience what the exam is really like before you experience the real thing.  By attending Kaplan’s practice test, you’ll receive:

  • A detailed score report and performance analysis immediately following the exam
  • Complete explanations to every question on the test
  • Strategies demonstrated by an expert Kaplan faculty member

*Join us on campus Sat 2/9 or Sat 3/2, or live and online in our Classroom Anywhere environment on various dates, available from wherever you have internet access.
*Register for this and other free events at www.bit.ly/lievents.

Participate in the Kaplan Charity Challenge

Help us raise $50,000 for Teach for America
Support a great cause and get valuable information from the proven leader in test prep.  For every sign-up we receive, we'll donate $0.50 to Teach for America — up to $50,000! 

MCAT Summer Intensive Program

Want total immersion in your MCAT prep?
Join us for the most concentrated MCAT prep course ever—our MCAT Summer Intensive Program. This amazing six-week residential, academic program features over 320 hours of MCAT preparation with fellow preppers—at one of our four locations (Boston, San Diego, Toronto, and Denver).
Seats are limited. The earlier you enroll, the more you save. Take $750 off your tuition by enrolling in February and $500 off by enrolling in March.  Don’t miss your chance to save on this amazing opportunity.  < Enroll now >

Pre-Health Prep Savings
Save $200 if you register for MCAT/DAT/OAT/PCAT prep in February

When it comes to taking graduate entrance exams, you want to be as prepared as possible. With Kaplan, you will be.  Enroll in a Kaplan prep course now (MCAT/DAT/OAT/PCAT) and you'll get $200 back.*
Find out why you should prep with Kaplan at a special price this month:

PRE-LAW www.stonybrook.edu/prelaw

Pre-Professional Advising Hours for the Spring 2013
Walk-in hours for January 28 -February 8, 2013
Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2 p.m.-4 p.m. 

Walk-in hours: 
Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Meetings by Appointment 
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pre-Law appointments with Fern Gold, J.D., by appointment for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Scharps Legal Essay Competition 2013
Scharps Legal Essay Competition 2013 invites junior and senior level students who are interested in legal issues, or interested in pursuing a career in the legal field, to compete for this program. The topic of this year’s essay contest is concussions & violence in athletics.

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund. One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Eligible students include both juniors and seniors. The deadline for receipt of the entries is March 15, 2013. A hard copy of the APPLICATION should be sent to:
Karen Kernan
Director, Programs for Research and Creative Activity
N3005 Melville Library, Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York  11794-3357

Click here for more information.

News From Kaplan:
Take a Free Practice LSAT on campus

Kaplan’s experts can show you the way to a higher score.  Start here with a free practice test. 

  • Experience the exam under proctored conditions.
  • Receive a detailed score analysis.
  • Learn exclusive strategies to help you improve your score.

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10 a.m. start time, SBU
Register at www.bit.ly/lievents.  Other times, dates, and locations available. 

Live LSAT Instruction for Less
Applying to Law School in the Fall? Here's why the June LSAT is the ideal test to prep for and take: 

  • You'll have the summer to focus on the other critical components of your application, like your personal statement.
  • It ensures your application is one of the first in the admissions pile—a significant advantage as law schools use rolling admissions.
  • If you are not ready to take the June LSAT, or you believe you can score better, you'll have ample time to re-prep

Enroll in any of our live instruction LSAT prep courses in February and save $200.  Find out more at kaptest.com/lsatsavings.


Several offices provide general and major/minor-related academic advising to specific cohorts of undergraduates.  To see where you go for academic advising, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/academichelp.shtml .

word of week


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Lacking in sheen, brilliance, or vitality : dull, mediocre

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