National Scholarship Information Sessions

Please spread the word about two upcoming information sessions regarding a broad range of (inter)national scholarships and fellowships. These sessions are specifically designed for first-year undergrads, sophomores, transfer students, and new graduate students. However, everyone is welcome to attend. I will be covering a broad range of national scholarship opportunities, and I will be talking about strategies for how students can make themselves more competitive for these opportunities.
Please encourage your faculty and advisors who work with first- and second-year undergrads to encourage their most outstanding students to attend one of these information sessions. This is the best way to learn about the National Scholarship Office and the services that we provide to current students and recent alumni.
Both sessions will be held here at the National Scholarship Office (701 W. Grace Street).
These sessions are scheduled for:
Friday, October 30, noon-1p, Multipurpose Room (1303); and
Tuesday, November 3, 2-3p, Conference Room (1302)
For those who are not familiar with the location of the National Scholarship Office (NSO), our office is located in the Honors College at 701 W. Grace Street. Please note that there are two entrances into 701 W. Grace Street. Only one will get you to the NSO. You want to enter from Grace Street, not from the corner of Grace & Laurel. If you see signs for the Physics Department, you are at the wrong entrance. At the Grace Street entrance, across from Bookholders and Sally Bell’s Kitchen, you will see the security desk as you enter the building. Tell the security officers that you are coming to a meeting at the NSO and ask them to point you towards our offices. (The security officers may ask to see a photo ID as our offices are located on the ground floor of the Honors College residence hall.) As you cross the lobby and approach the mailboxes/mail room, the NSO reception area will be directly in front of you. The Multipurpose Room (1303) is right next door (to the right of the water fountain). There will be signs pointing you in the right direction.
Thanks for helping us advertise these information sessions to everyone at VCU!
Regards,
Jeff Wing
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23284-3010

Summer biology field study opportunities

Hello! My name is Jill Furgurson and I am the Director of College Programs at Broadreach. Our programs offer hands-on, experiential education designed to get you out of the classroom and immersed in your field of study. Choose from a variety of courses in medicine, animal science, ecology and marine biology, and prepare to work alongside scientists in the field, earning professional certifications and college credit along the way.

 

A sampling of our biology programs includes:

 

Caribbean Tropical Marine Biology

Ecuador Tropical Biology

Costa Rica & Nicaragua Sea Turtle Ecology

India Global Medicine

Costa Rica Veterinary Medicine

South Africa Ultimate Predators

 

Each Broadreach program is a unique study abroad experience that will give you both a competitive edge for graduate school as well as an in-depth look at the field of marine science. We take only 10 – 12 students on each program and spaces are filling quickly for our Summer 2016 sessions. If you decide one of our programs are a good fit for you, I encourage you to apply soon to take advantage of this opportunity to gain new skills, earn academic credit and explore your interests on a global scale.

 

The trip gives you an unparalleled look at many types of tropical species. From the cloud forest to the amazon to the Galapagos, every aspect of our adventure was full of amazing life. The people, the palce, and our collective experience was one of the most memorable and wonderful times of my life.– Rowan, Ecuador Tropical Biology

 

To learn more visit www.broadreachcollege.com or contact me at jill@gobroadreach.com.

Research Position: Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Sciences.

Research Position: Dept. of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Sciences.

There is an open position in the lab of Dr. Mary Peace McRae, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at VCU School of Pharmacy on MCV.
The main research focus of the lab is to characterize the functional consequences of drugs of abuse (such as methamphetamine and morphine) coupled with HIV on the transport of anti-retroviral drugs across the blood brain barrier. Our lab does primarily bench top research. Techniques the undergrad will be conducting may include western blot, immunofluorescence, microscopy and image analysis. Students can volunteer their time or gain independent study credit hours. While experience is recommended, it is not a requirement. Time commitment 10-20 hours per week.

If you are interested, contact the lab manager, Preetha Palasuberniam (palasubernip@vcu.edu), and provide the following information:
Contact Information:

Name:

Phone Number:

E-mail:

Academic Information:

Major(s)/Minor:

Year:

GPA:

What days/hours would you be available to work in the lab during spring semester?

How many credits are you taking during the spring semester?

How many hours per week would you ideally be able to devote to research?

Would you be available to conduct research over the summer?

Future Plans:

Are you planning to apply for graduate school or medical school? If yes, in what field?

Previous Research Experience:

Please list and describe any research experience you have. Include the location, your supervisor, the project you were involved in, and your specific duties.

 

 

Richmond college students volunteering at a national park!

Hello,

I’m the volunteer coordinator for Richmond National Battlefield Park. A recent college grad myself, I”m trying to increase college student volunteerism at the park, especially for science students. Despite being known as a historical park, Richmond National Battlefield Park has thousands of acres of land, trails and forests that we need help with maintaining.
If you’re receiving this email, I’ve identified this email address as one that relates to student advising or student groups. I am hoping you can spread the word about this opportunity to your natural sciences students. Students would volunteer for our Resource Management division by doing field work such as wildlife monitoring, trail mapping and maintenance, invasive species identification and maintenance, and more.
Students can get field work and resource management experience for their resumes and learn what it’s like to work for a park and the National Park Service. In addition, if they accumulate 250 volunteers hours they are eligible for an America the Beautiful pass for their service.
Please read the attached flyer for more information and spread the word!
Thank you,

Volunteer with the Richmond National Battlefield Park!

Please see the message below from the Richmond National Battlefield Park.  As a VCU student, you could likely register for BIOL 493 Biology Internship Credit with this opportunity depending on your involvement!

Hello,

I’m the volunteer coordinator for Richmond National Battlefield Park. A recent college grad myself, I”m trying to increase college student volunteerism at the park, especially for science students.

Despite being known as a historical park, Richmond National Battlefield Park has thousands of acres of land, trails and forests that we need help with maintaining. I am hoping you can spread the word about this opportunity to your natural sciences students. Students would volunteer for our Resource Management division by doing field work such as wildlife monitoring, trail mapping and maintenance, invasive species identification and maintenance, and more.

Students can get field work and resource management experience for their resumes and learn what it’s like to work for a park and the National Park Service. In addition, if they accumulate 250 volunteers hours they are eligible for an America the Beautiful pass for their service.

Please read the attached flyer for more information and spread the word!

Thank you,

Lindsey Kellogg

DC Teaching Fellows

DC Teaching Fellows – Early Deadline November 9

How will you turn your background into a high-impact career in DC? 

DC Teaching Fellows trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become exceptional, certified teachers for the DC students who need them most.  Residents become highly-effective teachers through intensive training and classroom-based coaching.  It’s an honor and a tremendous responsibility, which is why we hold the highest standards of effectiveness of any teacher preparation program in America.Teach DC

Do you have what it takes to join this elite group of educators? Learn more here – our next application deadline is Monday, November 9.  Register to attend our upcoming October 28 webinar information session here.

 

 

EVMS School of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences Open House, Sat. October 24

Dear Students,

 

You are are invited to attend a School of Health Professions Open House, featuring 14 programs (see list below), including the Biomedical Sciences Master’s and Ph.D. and Biotechnology Master’s Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 9:30 AM-2:15 PM.

 

The program for Biomedical Sciences/Biotechnology will include general information about our programs, demonstrations in research laboratories and of major equipment, lunch with us, and opportunities to meet our faculty and students and learn about their research and experiences here.  These are research-oriented programs, not clinical programs. This program is part of the School of Health Professions Open House; students interested in other programs can register for information sessions on the Physician Assistant, Surgical Assistant, Public Health and other programs.

 

Students should register online as soon as possible, at www.evms.edu/shp-open-house.

 

Additional information may be obtained from Pamela Young at youngpl@evms.edu.

 

Thank you!

 

Earl W. Godfrey, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Pathology and Anatomy

Director, Biomedical Sciences Programs

Eastern Virginia Medical School

P.O. Box 1980

Norfolk, VA 23501

 

My Email: godfreew@evms.edu

 

 

Save the Date!

EVMS School of Health Professions Open House

Saturday, October 24, 2015

8 a.m.2 p.m.

Lester Hall, 651 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507

Registration located in Brickell Medical Sciences Library Rotunda

Considering a career in health care, biomedical research or public health? Come learn about our graduate-level programs, and see which one is right for you.

  • Art Therapy & Counseling
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Embryology & Andrology*
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Graduate Programs in Public Health (joint program with ODU)
  • Laboratory Animal Science*
  • Medical & Health Professions Education*
  • Medical Master’s (1 year & 2 year option)
  • Pathologists’ Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant Fellowship in Emergency Medicine
  • Surgical Assistant

*distance-learning programs

Visit www.evms.edu/shp-open-house for the detailed event schedule.

 

Eastern Virginia Medical School
School of Health Professions
PO Box 1980
Norfolk VA  23501-1980

EVMS

Cancer Research Opportunity – Summer 2016

Dear Faculty Member:

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-32) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <http://www.stjude.org/poe>. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.

Prior research experience is required for all applicants. The POE 2015 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.85. In 2015, 56 students from 44 schools in 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia were selected from over 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate.2016 POE medical students will spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The subsistence allowance will be $400/per week for undergraduates, and $480/week for all others. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page <http://www.stjude.org/poe> contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2016 application materials is February 1, 2016. Early application is highly recommended, since we make some early placements.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are required. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-36S2) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.

I would appreciate your sharing this information with your top students and interested colleagues. Thank you for your time!

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

suzanne.gronemeyer@stjude.org
http://www.stjude.org/poe
http://www.stjude.org/Gronemeyer

PS I advise students to apply for several programs, since most programs get many more well-qualified applicants than they can place. Many fine internship opportunities are listed on http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/preprof/summerprogs.html, http://www.asbmb.org/summerresearch/, andhttp://people.rit.edu/gtfsbi/Symp/premed.htm. Another option may be http://www.fhcrc.org/en/careers/internship-opportunities.html, orhttp://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html. Graduating seniors may want to look into post baccalaureate programs such as https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/postbac_irta. . Current medical students may be interested in http://www.chla.org/site/c.ipINKTOAJsG/b.4434829/k.8F5A/Summer_Oncology_Fellowship.htm,  https://www.roswellpark.edu/education/summer-programs/medical/dental/pa-students, or http://msa.medicine.iu.edu/financial-aid/summer-opportunities.

SMART STEM scholarship – Deadline Dec 1st

Please see the scholarship opportunity below. The application due date for this opportunity is December 1, 2015. Please forward to any students you know that may be interested.

 
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

Participants in the SMART Scholarship for Service Program will receive full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking), a stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing, access to summer research internships, mentoring, and other allowances and benefits including employment placement upon graduation.

Students pursuing degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering (technical tracks only)
  • Mathematics
  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry (technical tracks only)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All awardees must be;
    • a U.S. citizen at time of application,
    • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2016,
    • able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
    • willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
    • a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and,
    • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.
  • Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED.
  • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2016 term.

Application Deadline:December 1, 2015

How to Apply:
Click Here To Find Out More Information And Apply to this highly competitive opportunity.

Information sessions on 2 undergraduate research scholarships

The School of Engineering will be hosting the National Scholarship Office for two upcoming information sessions for the SMART and RISE programs on Tues., Oct. 20 at 2pm in the School of Engineering West Hall (601 W. Main St.) Room 104 and Wed., Oct 28 at Noon in the School of Engineering East Hall (401 W. Main St.) Room 2219.

Please share these two opportunities with your students:

  • The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. More information on SMART: smart.asee.org
  • RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduates in the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, earth sciences (geology) and related disciplines to conduct research in Germany during the summer. More information on RISE: daad.org/rise

Attached is an informational flyer for both information sessions, if you can post them where interested students might see them (or share them via social media). I have also attached an informational flyer from the SMART program.

Interested students who cannot attend either information session can contact our office (natlscholar@vcu.edu) to get more information about these opportunities.

Thank you for your support in ensuring we reach as many potential applicants as possible!

Regards,
Jeff

Jeff Wing
Director, National Scholarship Office
The Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 843010
701 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23284-3010
(804) 828-6868
(804) 827-1669 – fax
jawing@vcu.edu
nso.vcu.edu