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Enter the Google 2015 Science Fair

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Science is about observing and experimenting. It’s about exploring unanswered questions, solving problems through curiosity, learning as you go and always trying again. That’s the spirit behind the fifth annual Google Science Fair, kicking off today. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, we’re calling on all young researchers, explorers, builders, technologists and inventors to try something ambitious. Something imaginative, or maybe even unimaginable. Something that might just change the world around us.

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Google Announces Opportunities Through Computer Science Education

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One student celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Another created a music video with a nod to a Frozen princess. A third invited a cold polar bear in for holiday cheer. All these students are participants in Google CS First, a program that teaches 9- to 14-year-olds how to use computer science (CS) to express themselves and their interests. In the process, they get a window into the world of coding and learn skills that may be useful to them in the future.

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Engineering Majors Top Employer Salary Projections for Class of 2015

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Engineering majors are projected to be the top-paid bachelor’s degree graduates from the Class of 2015, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers responding to NACE’s January 2015 Salary Survey projected starting salaries for engineering graduates overall that average $62,998. (See Figure 1.) Within the reported engineering disciplines, petroleum engineering majors are likely to earn the highest salaries with an anticipated average salary of $80,600.

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Life Happens Seeks Applications for 2015 Life Lessons Scholarship

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Non-Profit Will Award an Unprecedented $225,000 to 28 Students Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the importance of life insurance, is now accepting applications for its annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program. The scholarship, now in its 11th year, provides financial assistance to students who are persevering through the hardship of pursuing a higher education following the death of a parent or legal guardian who did not have life insurance.

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Top 50 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degree Programs 2015

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Best Masters Programs (www.bestmastersprograms.org), an independent online guide for master’s degree programs, has published a list of the 50 Most Affordable Online Graduate Schools for Master’s Degrees. The list gives a broad view of the cost and range of the top fifty most affordable online Master’s degree programs across educational institutions and across all fields of study. Ranking in the top three are Fort Hayes State University, Amberton University, and Southeast Missouri State University.

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Jason Kilar, Hulu CEO to Speak at Spring Commencement

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Media and entertainment innovator Jason Kilar will deliver the Commencement address at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill on May 10, 2015. Kilar, who graduated from Carolina in 1993, is the co-founder and CEO of Vessel, and was previously the founding CEO of Hulu. “Carolina is honored to have Jason Kilar, a proud alumnus and highly successful entrepreneur, as our Commencement speaker,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Jason’s innovations have had a significant impact on the way people experience media and entertainment, and his continued accomplishments are an inspiration to all at Carolina who strive to use their talents to do better and do more. Jason’s path is particularly relevant to this year’s graduates, whose generation is among the most entrepreneurial in history. We are fortunate to welcome such an accomplished individual as part of this important celebration.” Kilar’s career started with an internship at The Walt Disney Company, which led to a job in the strategy and marketing groups of Disney Design and Development after college. After Disney, Kilar continued his education at Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA. In 1997, his final year at Harvard, he was recruited to join Amazon.com. When he joined …

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Chegg And Ed Sheeran Partner To Bring #EdOnCampus This Spring!

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Chegg, the Student Hub, today launched a social media contest to determine which American college or high school campus will have the opportunity to host Ed Sheeran for a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Ed is excited to share his love for music, learning, and the creative process with a select group of students,” said Louis Messina, Founder of The Messina Group. “Through Chegg’s network of 15 million high school and college students, this is a unique opportunity to connect, beyond the music, with a worldwide superstar who loves to engage his fans in new and innovative ways.”

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White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal

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White House Has Plan to Offer Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students Nearly a century ago, a movement that made high school widely available helped lead to rapid growth in the education and skills training of Americans, driving decades of economic growth and prosperity. America thrived in the 20th century in large part because we had the most educated workforce in the world.  But other nations have matched or exceeded the secret to our success. Today, more than ever, Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without having to take on decades of debt before they even embark on their career.

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