Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity is a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research endeavors and creative scholarship to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family. All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend. Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.
Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 24th year.
Summer Courses: mlbs.org/summercourses
· Plant Diversity and Conservation
· Field Herpetology
· Science Writing
· Field Biology of Fishes
· Field Biology of Fungi
Financial aid available for undergraduate and graduate students.
Summer REU Internships: mlbs.org/reuprogram
REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include room and board, travel, and a $5,250 stipend.
Program dates: May 23 – July 29
Application deadline February 20
The Master of Professional Science (MPS) degree prepares students for science careers in industry, government, and non-profit organizations, where employment demands are growing. MPS degrees were developed and implemented nationally in response to employer demands for well-rounded, highly trained employees with a breadth of knowledge and practical skills to address emerging environmental issues and improve the management of natural and cultural resources.
The curriculum is structured to allow students to complete their degree in as little as 12 months, with the training and real-world experience necessary to prepare them for careers in today’s professional science job market.
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Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory’s summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and participate in seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.
Applications to this program will be accepted through March 1, 2016.
Visit the Bigelow REU page for further details.
Through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service is offering one-year internships for Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors (CVA). These ambassadors work at parks to plan and promote volunteer activities, create community connections, work with the park’s social media, and do other individual projects they might see a need for.
This will be the second year of the program, and the internship starts in late May. CVAs get park housing or a housing stipend, a weekly living stipend, and an Americorps education award of about $6000.
Currently we have 70 across the country, and we are expected to expand the program to 100 this year. Most of the parks are located next to urban areas. We would love for students to apply and be accepted for the position right here in Richmond, but they are welcome to apply for positions across the country.
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The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks students who are at least college juniors as of Fall 2016 to be crew leaders for the Youth Conservation Corps program. This is a three-week program involving the supervision and planning of young students interested in conservation.
See this flyer for more information.
The Neubauer lab is looking for a part-time lab assistant to contribute to on-going research in wetland biogeochemistry. Responsibilities will include: cleaning glassware; labeling bottles and test tubes for field sampling and experiments; weighing soil samples; filtering water samples; measuring pH/salinity of water samples; pipetting reagents; drying and grinding soil.
The person should be organized, keep careful notes, proficient with computers, and work well in a team. Possible opportunities for field work available in the spring. Outstanding students may have opportunities to work with scientific instrumentation including: plate reader, gas chromatograph, and ion chromatograph. Hours are flexible and pay will depend on experience.
– Preference given to biology majors, particularly those who have wetlands, biogeochemistry, or ecology coursework.
– Preference given to students with prior lab experience.
– Individual must have the ability to work independently with a positive attitude for repetitive tasks.
– Must have good organizational skills, a strong work ethic, and be detail-oriented. Must be trustworthy and safety conscious.
– Must be available to work between 9 am and 5 pm (no evening hours available).
– MUST be eligible for Federal Work Study
To apply, please prepare: (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications for this position, (2) a brief resume/CV, and (3) contact information for three references. Email these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Lab Assistant” as the subject line of your message.