TO:    Science, Engineering, and Math Graduate Students with Disabilities
 cc:    Graduate Coordinators and Administrative Staff

FROM:   Henry J "Hank" Reidelberger, Support Services Coordinator,
Disability Resources, 352-392-1261 ext.225
                AAAS contact, Robert Van Etten, 772-781-6153


Science, engineering, and math students with disabilities will gather at the
University of Florida Student Union's Career Resource Center Classroom on
November 4th from 6-8 pm to learn about Entry Point!, a paid summer
internship program, managed by the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS).

University of Florida is the first Florida College where AAAS will target
talented full-time students with disabilities in the fields of Engineering,
Computer Science, Information Technology, Biological Sciences, Physical
Sciences, or Mathematics. Students will be encouraged to apply for
internships all across the country with prestigious employers, such as: IBM,
NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, JP Morgan
Chase and Texas Instruments.  Employers provide competitive pay, on-site
mentors, and workplace accommodations and/or assistive technology to assure
that the intern with a disability can work productively.
Robert Van Etten--a rehabilitation engineer and U of F graduate--will
represent AAAS. Details of the Entry Point program will be presented by both
Van Etten and U of F staff.
Entry Point has grown every year since its inception in 1997. To date Entry
Point has placed over 450 students with disabilities into paid internships.
Ninety-two percent of Entry Point alumni are either working in their fields
or are in graduate programs of their choice.
AAAS is one of the world's largest professional organizations of and for
scientists, engineers, mathematicians, policy makers and educators. In 2001,
AAAS won the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics
and Engineering Mentoring in recognition of their success in assisting the
career development of people with disabilities.
To learn more about the Entry Point program please visit our website at

Henry J."Hank" Reidelberger CSC
Support Services Coordinator
Disability Resources
Dean of Students Office
University of Florida

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