The NC Coastal Reserve Stewardship and Research Assistant Position


Spit for Science: Applications for Fall 2015 research team members!




Spit for Science: the VCU Student Survey ( is a university-wide research opportunity for VCU students. The goal of the project is to understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population. A big focus is on substance use and emotional health problems, such as depression, since the life stage that college students are entering is a high risk period for the onset of these problems. We’re currently looking for students to be a part of the research team for Fall Semester 2015. Research assistants will be involved in assisting with the project as well as marketing, outreach, data analysis and other research activities. Students will work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data. Faculty involved in the project will review research papers with students and discuss topics related to the goals of the research. Discussions in class, and online, will reinforce class concepts. Required class meetings will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:50-5:20 PM. Undergraduates at all class levels are welcome to apply. Enrollment will be for three credits (A-F grading system). If interested, please contact Dr. Amy Adkins,, or visit for further details. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 24 at 5:00 PM.s4s

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

Now accepting applications for

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

Summer Internship Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us

Undergraduate Research – Southern Appalachians

Research Experience for Undergraduates: Explore the world of research and develop your scientific skills.<>

With funding from the National Science Foundation, the 2014 Samford University REU program will offer hands-on, field- and laboratory-based research experiences to US undergraduates.  In this 9-week residential experience, students will work one-on-one with experienced researchers in biology and chemistry to design, conduct, and present research related to the chemistry, genetics, and ecology of organisms, populations, and communities of Oak Mountain State Park, a large and diverse suburban park located in the southern Appalachians.  Potential research topics include plant and animal ecology, water quality, biochemistry, plant natural products chemistry and bioactivity, plant taxonomy, and aquatic community ecology.

Quick Facts
Application Deadline: March 16, 2015
Program Timeline: May 31-July 30, 2015
* $525 per week stipend
* Travel, room, board and research expenses covered
* 12 students will be accepted into the program

Reasons to Apply
* Explore the worlds of field and laboratory research
* Explore your career opportunities as a working scientist
* Work closely with expert scientists to develop your own project

*   Develop your understanding of scientific ethics and social justice
* Spend the summer at Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama’s largest state park

Application Process
All application materials should be submitted electronically to<>.
Deadline: March 16, 2015
Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents and have completed two years of undergraduate study by May, 2014, including one year of college-level biology.  Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at accredited institutions in the United States at the time the REU program is held.  Please submit:
* Application Form
* Transcripts
* Letters of Recommendation
* Personal Statement

For more information, go to<> or email<>.

R. Malia Fincher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Samford University
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama35229<>
Fax 205-726-2479
Office 133 Propst Hall

Undergraduate Research – New Hampshire, Forest Ecology

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week
expense-paid internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests in
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the Project:  Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is
an NSF funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY
ESF), Cornell University, Miami University, the University of Michigan, and the Marine Biological
Laboratory.  The MELNHE project seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity through the
lens of resource optimization theory.  This is being studied through replicated, large-scale
nutrient additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in stands of different ages at three sites.
Treatment results will be used to help develop the Multi-Element Limitation (MEL) model and
assess nutrient limitation in northern hardwood forests.  More information on the project is
available at, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description:  Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will
interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists.  Research projects
include tree and understory growth response to nutrient addition, soil respiration, soil parent
material identification, leaf litter production, fine and woody litter production, water use (sap flow
and soil moisture), and nutrient uptake and mycorrhizal root colonization. Interns will gain a wide
variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects.  Interns have the opportunity to present their
results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional.
Work days typically begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending
upon the day’s activities.  Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student
researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $100 per week is
provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications:  Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or
biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered.  A positive
attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal
setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in
a field setting under adverse conditions.  Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but
an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data
management, 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references
to Jerome Barner <>.  Applications will be reviewed in the order by which they
are received.  The field season will begin on June 1 and ends on August 7; let us know if your
availability differs from the given dates. Interviews will be conducted after March 6th.

Undergraduate Research program – Maine, Sea level Climate change

Position: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – PIE-LTER

Date: March 4, 2015

Position Summary:

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA (

REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors).

Additional Information:

For 2015, the primary focus of the 10-week REU program at PIE-LTER will be on fish population and fish community ecology, and the student will work closely with a mentor to develop and conduct an independent project within this research area. However, the student will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. The student is expected to present his/her findings at MBL’s Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole. Housing will be provided at the field station in Byfield, MA.

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants should have completed basic coursework in biology, chemistry and ideally ecology or ecosystem studies. Attention to detail and a desire to learn new laboratory and field techniques are essential. Ability to work long hours in the field and carry heavy objects over uneven marsh is required. Previous experience with boats and fishing is useful but not required.

Special Instructions

to Applicants:

The following are required documents:
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume/CV
3) References: List of 3 with contact information
4) Unofficial transcripts


NEW Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholars Program serves to develop the next generation of leaders in microbiome science by providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects with RAMS Registry investigators. The award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected for the 2015 program. The 2015 program will take place from June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Applications for the 2015 RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program are due by March 24, 2015.


Direct Link to Application Form:

Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D.
Project Director, Vaginal Microbiome Consortium
Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Virginia Commonwealth University

Post-graduate study abroad scholarships


Before and after spring break, I will be holding two information sessions about the most competitive post-graduate study abroad scholarships. Among the awards I will discuss are the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, and Gates Cambridge Scholarships to the UK and Ireland. I will also introduce the new Schwarzman Scholarship to China. More details about each of these scholarships are available on the NSO blog:
The first of these two information sessions will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 1p, and the second will be held, Thursday, March 19, at 12:30p. Both sessions will be held in the conference room (1210) here at the National Scholarship Office (NSO). The NSO is located in the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street).
I will also mention Fulbright during these information sessions, but will not go into much depth on this opportunity. The reason for this is that we will be holding several Fulbright information sessions in the weeks ahead. I will invite everyone who attends these two information sessions to also attend one of the upcoming Fulbright info sessions. If you’d like to host a Fulbright info session, and we haven’t already been discussing possible dates, please let me know.
While it is fine for you to share this message, and especially the link to the NSO blog, with your strongest juniors and seniors (and recent alumni), in my experience very few students will self-identify for these awards. For that reason, I would encourage you to share this with your faculty and advisors, especially those who are in regular contact with your upper class students.
If you or other faculty in your department/college/school know students (or recent alumni) who might be strong candidates for any of these post-graduate awards, please send me the names of those students/alumni. Please also reach out to these students and let them know that you (or other members of your faculty) think they should investigate these opportunities.
The students I am looking for with regards to these awards are your very best (top 5%) students. They need to have excellent communication skills–both written and verbal–and both breadth and depth when it comes to academic interests and experience. Generally, these top candidates will have GPAs over 3.7, and often there will be something about him/her that makes her/him a favorite of almost every faculty and advisor s/he encounters.
If you forward the names of your very best students to me, I will also reach out to them. Often it requires a significant nudge to get even our top students to consider applying for one of these awards.
I look forward to receiving your nominations and hope to meet some of the students you recommend at these upcoming information sessions.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Jeff Wing
Fulbright Program Advisor
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23284-3010