Health Professions Career Exploration

The VCU Pipeline Team would like to remind pre-health students  about a valuable summer opportunity, the Health Professions Career Exploration program at VCU!  Health Professions Career Exploration (HPCE) is a two week non-residential program designed for college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are interested in any of the nine fields of study offered at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions.

HPCE 2015 for emails

HPCE is organized with professional development workshops in the morning followed by discipline immersion during the afternoon.  The morning workshops feature guest speakers exploring topics such as clinical ethics, healthcare policy, health disparities, and networking skills.  Each afternoon, a different allied health program hosts the discipline immersion time offering hands-on lab experiences about their particular field.  This time also focuses on reviewing admissions requirements, educational expectations, and job outlook for the career at hand.

HPCE will take place on the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University from June 1-12, 2015.  Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from across Virginia who express interest in allied health professions are encouraged to apply.  There is no cost to apply or participate in the HPCE program, and lunch is provided each day. Full program and application details can be accessed from the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity website:

The application deadline is April 3, 2015!

Undergraduate Opportunity for Field Research working on plants or insects

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) is now taking applications
for its summer independent research program.  We are especially interested
in attracting students interested in conducting independent research with
plants, soils, fungi, and insects.  Interested undergrads and recent
graduates can find more information at   Follow the link for
‘students’.  REU application deadline is Feb.15.  Rolling deadline for all
other applicants.  Questions should be directed to the RMBL Science
Director at

Dr. Jennie Reithel
Science Director
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
PO Box 519
Crested Butte, CO 81224

Summer Students needed to assist with North American Breeding Bird Survey program

*Summer 2015 Student Contract Positions – BBS Biological Technicians *

*Summary: *

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland is seeking
to hire three full-time temporary student contractors to assist with the
North American Breeding Bird Survey program (*
<>)*, a long-term, continental avian monitoring
program. Tasks will include working with wildlife survey data, performance
of quality assurance and quality control procedures on biological data,
data entry, assisting with database management, photocopying and filing,
preparation of maps and assisting in preparation of administrative

*Application deadline: *

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter by *February
18, 2015. *

*Statement of Work *

1. *Types of services required: *During the summer field season,
approximately 3000 BBS routes are sampled by participants skilled in avian
identification. These data are then processed and analyzed by USGS to
inform avian conservation efforts in the U.S. and Canada. Tasks will
include processing incoming data and materials, performing data entry and
quality control procedures using web-based and Teleform OCR technologies,
tracking progress, assisting with database management, photocopying,
scanning and filing materials, map preparation, and corresponding with

2. *Required expertise/skills: *

a. Applicants are required to have completed two years of undergraduate
course work (student must be at least a second semester sophomore).

b. Applicants must be majors in a biology related discipline or have
substantial experience with the North American birding community.

c. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English both
verbally and in writing.

d. Applicants must have knowledge of computer software used to summarize
and visualize data (i.e. Excel and Access).

e. Knowledge of North American birds is not required but considered a plus.

3. *Eligibility requirements: *To be eligible for a student contract
position, applicants must be either a currently enrolled student or a
recent graduate. To qualify as a student, the applicant must be enrolled at
least half-time in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or
university. Former students who graduated more than 10 months ago or who
left school without graduating are not eligible to work under these
contracts.  Applicants will be required to show proof of their student
status (or recent graduation). USGS employees, their spouses, and children
are not eligible to participate in this program. U.S. citizens are
eligible. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on
their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Service (formerly Immigration and
Naturalization Service). Foreign students in the U.S. under F-1 visas are
usually not able to participate in this program, due to USCIS restrictions
against off-campus work.

4. *Description of working conditions: *Work will be performed in an office
environment located on the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center campus in
Laurel, Maryland. Extended periods of computer use will be required. This
is not a field or laboratory position.

5. *Compensation: *The student contractor will be paid $14.89 per hour.
Student contractors are paid only for hours worked (no holiday or leave
benefits). Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and
from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide
housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty
station. Official travel away from the duty station is not expected.

6. *Principal Duty Station: *USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 12100
Beech Forest Road, Laurel, Maryland 20708-4038. Student contractors may
enter the building only during business hours or when project manager is

7. *Additional information: *Number of students required is three.
Estimated number of hours for the position is 544 (full-time for summer).
There is a possibility of additional part-time hours continuing into the
fall semester. The approximate start date is May 27, 2015. The approximate
end date is August 30, 2015. There is flexibility in start and end dates to
accommodate variations in academic calendars.

8. *How to apply: *Send resume and cover letter to Dave Ziolkowski, Jr. via
email (* <>*). Applications must be
received on or before *February 18, 2015*. In your cover letter include an
explanation of how you meet the eligibility requirements, your expected
graduation date, and discuss your experience as related to sections 1 and 2

Science and Health Expo and Networking Lunch – February 24th

Science and Health Networking LunchScience and Health Expo

stream salamander field assistant

Wildlife Technician position(s) are available to work in the lab of Dr. Winsor Lowe at the University
of Montana.  Fieldwork will be conducted at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in central New

The positions will last approximately 2.5 months, starting early/mid-June and ending in mid-
August.  Housing is provided at Hubbard Brook in New Hampshire.  Travel to local field sites is

The technician’s primary duties will involve surveys of stream salamanders in headwater streams of
central New Hampshire.  The technician will also assist in conducting swimming performance trials
with stream salamanders.  Work will be in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and technicians
should expect to hike to field sites in rough terrain, get wet from working in headwater streams,
handle salamanders, use a handheld GPS unit, and experience East Coast humidity and heat. The
technician will be a part of a three-person field crew, thus the successful applicant should work
well with others.  Prior fieldwork experience is preferred, but not required.

PAY:  $10.00/hour, 40-hour work week.
LAST DATE TO APPLY:  February 28, 2014
CONTACT:  Send a cover letter, resume and contact info for at least 2 references to Brett Addis,

Job opportunity: Research technician in aquatic disease ecology

A lab technician position is available in the Searle lab
( at Purdue University. The main focus of
the lab is the ecology of infectious diseases in freshwater systems. The job
will involve assisting with laboratory experiments, maintaining lab
cultures, field sampling, ordering supplies, and supervising undergraduate
research students.

The minimum requirements are a 4 year college degree and prior research
experience in ecology, biology, or equivalent field. The successful
candidate will be familiar with word processing and data management,
independently motivated, and have strong organizational skills. Experience
working with freshwater systems or infectious diseases is preferred, but not

Start date is flexible, but preference will be given to candidates who can
start by March 31, 2015. Questions can be addressed to
Applications must be submitted via the Purdue University employment page
(, job number 1500296). Review of
candidates will begin Feb 16 and continue until the position is filled.

Call for Applications for 2015 Molecular Lab Skills “Bootcamp”

Calling future researchers!
We are excited to request applications for:
The 2015 Molecular Lab Skills “Bootcamp”
Please share the attached flyer with your friends, students, trainee’s, listserves, organizations, social media, blogs….!
Did you ever hear the saying “you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job”?
Well the Molecular Biology Lab Skills Bootcamp is designed specifically to overcome that conundrum! “Bootcamp” is a FREE week-long immersion workshop to prepare students to enter a molecular research lab for the first time.
May 11th – May 15th 2015  9.30 am – 4pm
The deadline for applications is: April 1st 2015
Prospective students can learn more and apply online here:
If you have any further questions about the program please contact myself
Dr. Sarah Golding
Bootcamp is sponsored by:
The Department of Biology, The Center on Health Disparities, and the VCU MARC, IMSD and BRIDGES research training programs.
2015 Bootcamp Call for Applications

15 conservation positions available in North Carolina

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina is now recruiting applicants for
15 positions with Project GEOS (Growing Environmental Opportunities through
Service), an AmeriCorps program in environmental education and outreach.Our program seeks to reconnect people with the environment and to develop
future leaders in conservation. We have positions available across the
state of North Carolina. (See our website for more details:

We offer a living stipend, health insurance, childcare assistance, and
(upon completion of the program) a $5,730 education award. Applicants
should be able to commit to the entire 10-month program year, which runs
from March 30, 2015 to January 30, 2016.

Program details and application instructions are available on our website: Host sites are already reviewing resumes,
so please apply as soon as possible. Applications will now be accepted
until February 17th or until positions are filled.

Abby Van de Bogert
AmeriCorps Program Director
Conservation Trust for North Carolina <>
919-828-4199 x15

Scholarships for STEM majors interested in teaching

STEM Advisors,

Please share the following notice with your junior and senior STEM advisees. The very generous and prestiegous NSF funded Robert Noyce Scholarship is open to STEM junior and seniors who are interested in a secondary teaching career. The scholarship funds $10,000 of STEM majors senior year. They are then elegible to apply for an additional $14,000 for their Masters of Teaching program. Current seniors can apply for the $14,000 stipend if they also apply and are accepted into our graduate Masters of Teaching program. Pleas pass on the attached information flier to your advisees.



Pollinator Field Technician Position

Pollinator Field Technician Position

We seek a field technician to study native bee community ecology. Our primary objective is to
determine the effectiveness of pollinator habitat plantings on native bees and honey bees. Other
objectives include characterizing plant-pollinator networks and quantifying trait matching among
bees and plants. There will be opportunity for developing projects.

This position will primarily be fieldwork, and will involve collecting native bees and identifying
plants. Our field sites are located throughout New Jersey. The successful applicant will also do
lab work, especially curating insect and botanical collections and processing data. Our lab is
located at Rutgers University Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (For an overview of our
work see

Required Qualifications: Field experience in entomology and/or botany; data entry/management;
valid drivers license and willingness to drive to field sites; experience working long hours in hot,
humid conditions.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience curating insect and plant collections, and insect and/or
plant identification; Personal vehicle (mileage reimbursements will be provided); database

Dates: Mid-May through October.

Salary: $11-15/hour

To Apply: As a single PDF, send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for
three references to: Dan Cariveau ( Please place “Bee Field Tech” in
the subject line of the email. Review of applications will begin February 16th and will remain
open until filled.