STaRS: Summer Training as Research Scholars

I am writing to bring your attention to our NIH-NHLBI funded summer research program, Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) – now entering its 4th summer! This year, we will be accepting 10 undergraduate students with interest in the biomedical sciences. The STaRS program, will run from June 5 – August 11, 2017, and will include a rewarding 10-week research experience in laboratories across the BU Medical Campus; journal clubs and professional development workshops; field trips to local biotech or pharmaceutical labs; and networking opportunities with BU faculty and peer mentors.  The program will cover transportation to and from Boston, housing, and a stipend of $4,800.  The grant also supports the travel of each participant to present their research at a national meeting such as ABRCMS or SACNAS – this year, as in years past, at least one of our students has been recognized for outstanding poster and/or presentation.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information.  Prospective students can access the application on our website. The deadline is February 15, 2017, although we encourage interested students to apply early.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Summer Program in Epidemiology

The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is extending an invitation to students who wish to participate in a summer program here at the Harvard Chan School. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have regarding this program.

Application Deadline is February 23, 2017!

Summer Program website:

Application link:


In order to take advantage of this opportunity, applicants must meet all of the criteria below.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Applicants must be from a quantitative science background or have taken several quantitative classes beyond intro level courses
  • Applicants must demonstrate an interest in public health
  • Applicants must be from at least one underrepresented group in biomedical research, which is defined by meeting the NIH’s criteria below:
      • People with disabilities
      • Racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American
      • Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders;
      • People from disadvantaged and low socioeconomic status);
      • Annual family income below established low-income thresholds, based on family size(supplemental Income Worksheet required upon admission;
      • A rural, inner-city, or other environment that has inhibited a person from getting the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for a research career

Job Search Bootcamp on January 13th, that VCU Career Services will be hosting.

In 6 hours they will:

  • Develop a target list of employers and positions to apply for
  • Perfect your elevator pitch
  • Create a resume that gets noticed
  • Practice interviewing like a pro
  • Produce a LinkedIn profile and learn how to network

There is a $25 registration fee that can be paid by check, cash, or credit card. All participants will receive lunch, interviewing padfolio and career resources. Scholarships available for those students with need (contact for details).

*Please note: Registration is limited to the first 40 students. Open to ALL majors.

University of Miami Master of Professional Science degree

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.

Go to for more information.

Education Internship – Mote Marine Laboratory

Mote offers a variety of internship opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students and recent college graduates interested in a career in the ocean sciences. Mote internships are designed to inspire students with a life-long appreciation and commitment to the conservation and sustainability of our oceans by providing unique, hands-on opportunities to conduct ocean science research, education or support services under the mentorship of Mote scientists, educators, animal care specialists and other professionals. The experience gained through Mote internships should provide both the knowledge and experience base to prepare the intern for entry level employment within related fields.

Spring application deadline has been extended from December 1st.

For specific job duties and responsibilities related to internships, please visit
To apply for an internship, please visit
For questions, email

New Ph. D. Program in Oral Health Research

From Oonagh Loughran, PhD Program Director for the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research:

I would like to draw your attention to a new PhD program offered at VCU. The program is housed in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Philips Institute is located on the medical campus at Virginia Commonwealth University. We are in close proximity to, and collaborate with the Massey Cancer Center, an NCI designated cancer center, the VCU Medical and Dental Schools and the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty in these centers.

Our well-funded faculty of research clinicians and scientists help translate our discoveries to the patient population.
The title of the Ph.D. program is Oral Health Research and students can conduct research in one of three areas:

  • Cancer
  • Immunology and infectious diseases
  • Regenerative Medicine

We have a small annual intake of students and students receive a stipend and tuition waiver.

Should you come across any students interested in a graduate degree in biomedical research that you feel may be suited to our program please ask them to contact me at

We are currently recruiting a class to enter in Fall 2017.  

REU in Nanotechnology

Explore the field of nanotechnology at Northwestern University (NU) – it’s the best summer job you’ll ever have!

Participants in the 8-week NU-REU Program will:

  • Work full-time on a nanotechnology research project
  • Have access to world-class equipment and facilities
  • Enjoy research seminars and field trips
  • Enhance public speaking and technical writing skills
  • Participate in team events like the summer picnic, and explore Chicago

REU participants come from small and large schools, across the country.  They receive a $4,200 stipend, plus round-trip airfare and dormitory housing.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • majoring in engineering or the sciences
  • have at least one year left to complete your undergraduate degree

The application deadline is February 13, 2017.  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information or to download an application visit:

or contact Margaret Connolly at (847) 467-4862 or email

This program is sponsored by the NSF.