2016-2017 Graduate School Mentorship Program

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a call for applications to the 2016-2017 Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP). The GSMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. Students are matched based on areas of academic discipline and/or interest. Students interested in being matched with a specific student must both indicate this preference on their applications.


Graduate Student Mentor Applicants:

In order to qualify, graduate students must be at least second-year and be in good academic standing.  Interested graduate students should access the application via the GSMP website: http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/development/mentorship.html


Undergraduate Student Mentee Applicants:

Preference is given to applicants going into their sophomore, junior or senior years. Undergraduates are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the program. Interested undergraduate students should access the application via the GSMP website: http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/development/mentorship.html


Applications should be submitted by March 1st for the initial review.

Applicants will be accepted by rolling admissions.


Applications are available on the GSMP website: http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/development/mentorship.html


Graduate School Mentorship Program, VCU Graduate School
Program Director: Melissa W. Tyler
Program Coordinator: Madeline Goldman


VCU-PREP is a post-baccalaureate research program that aims to increase the number of underrepresented PhD students in the US (for example, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, students with disabilities, etc). In the program, students participate in an intensive mentored research experience in an area of biomedical research of their choice, and receive coaching and preparation to take the GRE and apply to PhD programs. Additional program information is included in our brochure on the VCU Center on Health Disparities website at http://www.healthdisparities.vcu.edu/. The on-line application is also available there, under the Research & Training tab under Apply Now.

The applicant must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or US national to be eligible for the VCU-PREP program. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment (July 1, 2016), and no more than 36 months prior to their selection for participation. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is generally expected for VCU-PREP scholars.

The application should include: undergraduate transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation from teachers or research mentors, and a personal statement demonstrating a commitment to a career in biomedical research. The supplementary materials (letters and transcripts) can be sent by email to cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org.

The deadline to receive your application, transcripts and letters of reference is March 15, 2016.  

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Khiana Meade at cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org.

If you have questions about research in the biomedical sciences at VCU, please contact the VCU-PREP Program Director, Dr. Joyce Lloyd, at joyce.lloyd@vcuhealth.org.

Click here to learn more about PREP

Footprints on the James 2016

The mighty James. The river where our commonwealth and country were born. How  has this river shaped who we are? How have we shaped the river?  Join biologists, historians and outdoor experts on an expedition through time and the James River watershed to explore these questions first hand.  Living outdoors and traveling by canoe, batteau, raft, and sea kayak we will trace the path of a raindrop from the piedmont to the tidewater over three weeks, examining the intersection of human and natural history as we travel.
Students will receive 4 upper level Biology credits, including a lab credit, training in outdoor living skills and safe river and backcountry travel techniques. Enrollment limited to 10. Faculty to student ratio 1:5. Est. cost is $500 for food, accommodations, and non-personal equipment, plus 4 credits tuition. Partial merit-based scholarships are available.

For application information: carrdf@vcu.edu or:

www.facebook.com/FootprintsontheJames www.footprintsonthejames.vcu.edu

Stem Cell Manufacturing Associate Wanted

STem Cell Manufacturing Associate, 24274

Tech USA is seeking recent graduates or soon-to-be graduates with degrees in the Life Sciences for an entry-level position with a growing Stem Cell Company in Maryland.  This is a lab position that involves dissection, working with human tissue, and stem cell manufacturing.


Responsible for hands-on execution of all activities in the Biosurgery manufacturing area, which encompasses the processing and packaging of products for transplantation and for use in surgical procedures. All duties performed in compliance with GMP/GTP, American Association of Tissue Banks Standards, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The candidate should have a commitment to high standards of quality.


  • Follow batch production records (BPRs) and SOPs for GMP/GTP manufacture of products and good documentation practices.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports and other documentation as applicable to the scope of operations in the manufacturing facility.
  • Identify areas for improvement in manufacturing efficiencies and compliance.
  • Assist with technology transfer from R&D to manufacturing environment.
  • Prepare (autoclave) equipment for use in cleanroom environment.  Maintain working inventories of supplies within the production area.
  • Coordinate sample testing with QC.
  • Become an expert in selected key areas of interest.


  • Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline and relevant work experience
  • 1 -2 years relevant work experience in FDA regulated, controlled production environment.
  • Skill with aseptic technique.
  • Technical accuracy and ability to perform mathematical calculations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and efficiently in a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including possible overtime and weekends.*


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline or the equivalent education and relevant work experience.
  • Experience with aseptic technique and working in controlled environments (cleanroom).
  • Knowledge of GTPs, GMPs and other applicable standards.
  • Experience working in a QC laboratory.


About Tech USA:

Tech USA, Scientific Solutions is a comprehensive provider of staffing and workforce solutions throughout the Scientific Industries, including Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research, Healthcare, Medical Biodefense, Environmental, Chemical and Food Sciences.  We are actively seeking candidates for contract, contract-to-hire and permanent placement jobs throughout the nation.  View our website to see a list of our current open positions; however, not all of our positions are listed so don’t forget to submit your resume and request a consultation with one of our scientific recruiting specialists to explore your opportunities further.

At Tech USA we understand that next to your family, your career is one of the most important aspects to a happy and fulfilling life.  This is why we take the time to truly understand and get to know our candidates, so we can then pair them with the right job, not just any job.  As a result, Tech USA is known throughout the industry for quality, reliability and the highest satisfaction from both our clients as well as the candidates that we represent.  Tech USA is an equal opportunity employer.

Associate Scientist Wanted

Associate Scientist

Gaithersburg, MD

This position is responsible for conducting bioassays, such as cell-based assays in compliance with Emergent’s quality and regulatory requirements.  The candidate will be required to analyze data and follow good documentation practice.
II: Responsibilites (Include key responsiblities only. This should not be an all encompassing list)
–  Plan and execute experiments, analyze and verify data and procedures with minimal supervision

–  Perform cell culture and prepare laboratory reagents

–  Prepare independently and review study protocol and reports

–  Write standard operating procedures (SOPs)

–  Require good written and verbal communication skills, good team work skills.

–  Contribute to laboratory maintenance activities

–  Train others as needed

–  Ensure compliance with Emergent’s quality and regulatory requirement and Good Documentation Practices

–  Work in both a team environment as well as independently


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work performed by those in this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, and other duties may be assigned.

III: Education, Experience & Skills
 Bachelors degree in Biology is minimal, an advanced degree in Biology or related field is preferred.  Previous experience performing cell-based assays in a biopharmaceutical product development environment is a plus. The candidate must be proficient with cell culture techniques.  Animal experience is a plus. Must have strong technical, communication (oral, written, listening), and computer (e.g., MS excel) skills. Successful candidate must have a keen attention to detail and an excellent organization ability including working well in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. An awareness of the importance of timelines in an industrial setting is required.

CCDD Outreach Conference

The Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD) at the Harvard School of Public health will be hosting our 5th annual outreach conference to increase diversity in mathematical modeling and public health!

The CCDD is committed to increasing diversity and fostering interest in public health, specifically mathematical modeling.  This conference for undergraduate students is interdisciplinary and incorporates various disciplines such as science, mathematical modeling, policy, and statistics. The Center’s goal is to create interest, generate opportunities, and foster students in the area of infectious disease modeling in order to contribute to the next generation of mathematical modelers. 

The 2016 conference will be held on Tuesday May 31st-Thursday June 2nd in Boston, MA. If you are not local to Boston, we offer travel scholarships that cover transportation (airfare or bus fare) and hotel costs. Please see additional information about the conference and how to apply with the link below.


The deadline to apply to this conference is Friday March 18th, 5pm EST.

US Army Corps of Engineers Internships

The Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers, is advertising numerous Federal internships under the Pathways Program for college students in a variety of disciplines.  Locations include Norfolk, Petersburg and Arlington.  Please see below for the title of each internship and the link to the announcements on USAjobs.gov. These announcements commenced today and will close on February 26th.

Pathways Student Trainee (Construction Control Representative):  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/428919500

Pathways Student Trainee (Survey Aid/Technician):  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/428665800

Pathways Student Trainee (Management & Program Analyst): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/428865600

Pathways Student Trainee (Geography): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427627700

Legal Assistant Student Trainee: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/428954700

In addition to these announcements, we will be advertising Pathways internships for Engineering and Biological Sciences from the period February 26 – March 12.  I will send the links to you when they are announced.  Please assist us in attracting the top talent in your college/university for these important internship positions.

One last note:  The Norfolk District is hosting a Federal Pathways College Job Fair on Wednesday, March 9th from 10-2:30.  We will be inviting students through social media, and I will pass that information along to you as well to distribute to your students.  In addition to USACE, NASA Langley Research Center and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) will be participating in the event.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your support!

Smithsonian Internship Opportunities

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships wants you to be aware of all current internships being offered by or through the Smithsonian.

The opportunities available are as varied as the students they’re looking for.  All interested students are encouraged to take a look at the internships being offered.

Click here for the full list

Environmental Fellows Program

The Environmental Fellows Program is seeking to place to diverse group of graduate students from underrepresented groups in the environmental field, and those passionate about diversifying the field, in summer internships at environmental and conservation foundations and their grantees.

The 2016 Fellowship will fund a 13-week internship at either environmental grantmaking foundations, or at one of their grantees, working on environmental issues. Fellows will receive a stipend of $10,000 plus some travel expenses.

The fellowship culminates with attendance at the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s (EGA) annual meeting to be held in September, 2016, in Jackson, Wyoming to meet other fellows, network, etc. Attendance at the EGA meeting will be covered by the fellowship. 

If accepted, Fellows will commit to a week long training program in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and institutional culture facilitated at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI, followed by a 12 week internship at their site placement.  

Thus far the fellowship work sites will be in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED Applications due by MONDAY February 22nd by 9am. 

For more information and the application please visit https://efp-umich.squarespace.com.

If you have questions about the Fellowship please feel free to contact M’Lis Bartlett at efpoffice-snre@umich.edu.

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!