Call for Applications for the VCU IMSD research training program

Calling future researchers!
The Center on Health Disparities is excited to request applications for:
The VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) research training program.
We are looking to recruit eager young biomedical researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are excited to engage in a research intensive curriculum and a long term biomedical research experience.
More details about what the program has to offer can be found on the attached flyer.
The deadline for applications is: March 15th 2017
If you have any further questions about the program please contact myself
Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of the VCU Undergraduate IMSD program
For questions regarding the application process please contact.
Ms Khiana Meade
IMSD Program Coordinator
We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Dr. Hamid Akbarali – VCU IMSD Principal Investigator
Dr. Joyce Lloyd – VCU IMSD Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Teraya Donaldson – VCU IMSD Graduate Program Director
Khiana Meade – IMSD Program Coordinator

Volunteer with the Richmond National Battlefield Park!

The Richmond National Battlefield Park is seeking students with interest in biology and/or environmental studies to join one of its weekly volunteer groups. Volunteers will work directly with the Park‘s biological science technician to help understand and protect the Park‘s natural resources. Volunteers will learn about and perform wildlife surveys, invasive management, camera trapping, trail maintenance, erosion control and much more.
The volunteer group will run from the week of February 27 until the end of the semester. If any students would like to learn what it is like to work at a National Park and can commit to a weekly shift of about 3 hours for the spring semester, please contact Lucas Irvin by February 17 at with weekday times during which you would be available.

Study Abroad Funding Tips and Tricks Workshop

The VCU Education Abroad Office will be holding a Study Abroad Funding Tips & Tricks Workshop focused on funding options for study abroad, how to strategize applying for multiple scholarships, and tips for creating competitive applications. This is great for students who are thinking about or planning for to study abroad at some point in their academic career at VCU. The VCU Financial Aid office will be presenting as well and can offer answers to students’ questions about how aid is applied.
2 February
Forum Room, Commons

Lead Camp Instructor Job Posting for Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Summer job opportunity in New Smyrna Beach, Florida 

Job Title:  Lead Camp Instructor

Department:  Education

Salary Range: $10/hour, 40 hours/week           (MondayFriday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Status: Seasonal Employment – Full Time Non-Exempt

Closing Date:  February 28, 2017                          



To deliver the Marine Science Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-9 or 8-16.  The Lead Camp Instructor will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands-on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum.  The Lead Camp Instructor must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, parents, and to work with MDC staff, MDC Board and the general public.  This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multi-task.



Teaching and Program Activities:

Under supervision of the Education Staff the Lead Camp Instructor will:

  • Ensure that health, happiness and safety are top priorities at all times.
  • Lead activities, games, arts and crafts, and songs.
  • Provide an understanding of marine topics.
  • Oversee all campers.
  • Set up and breakdown all activities.
  • Keep inventory of supplies up to date.
  • Plan and implement educational and recreational activities.
  • Meet and greet parents/guardians and participants on check-in and check-out each day.
  • Be prepared to get wet and muddy in the field.
  • Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.




B.A. or B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or other science-related degree preferred.  A background in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable.  Computer literate in Microsoft Office.


Teacher certification preferred.  CPR and First Aid certification required.  A pre-requisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.


The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, on and off boats, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds).  The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.



You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1)      Cover Letter

2)      Resume

3)      References (minimum of three)


All documents must be submitted to Erica Edmonston, Education and Restoration Specialist at the Marine Discovery Center at  Application closing date will be at 5 p.m., on February 28, 2017.


520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Phone 386-428-4828   Fax 386-428-4825

VCU BEST – Science Student Workshops

January 30, 4:00-5:30pm
Want to gain hands-on experience in research, but are not entirely sure on how to go about getting involved in research? Come hear Herb Hill, Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of Undergraduate Research for Biology on best practices on gaining research experience her at VCU and beyond. All majors and all students are welcomed!

February 10, 3:30-4:30pm
University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms CD
Have you ever felt like an imposter? Like someone is going to find out you really don’t belong in science? You are not alone. Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, VCU Psychology professor, is an expert on imposter syndrome. This is a well researched phenomenon where high-achieving individuals (like you!) suffer from an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as “fraud”. Dr. Southam-Gerow is highly entertaining and will give you all some great tips on how to internalize how awesome you are!

February 3, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm
Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward A
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
If you are a doctoral student, you know a postdoctoral position is likely your next step following graduation, but do you know how to choose a post-doc that will help you accomplish your career goals? Do you know what you want from a post-doc, or how to find one? Through a panel discussion, learn from Dr. John Ryan, Associate Vice President for Research Development and head of the office of Postdoctoral Scholars at VCU, as well as a number of successful post-docs about what you need to do to pick the best post-doc for you.

February 22, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
Have you ever applied for a job with the Federal Government with your college resume? Chances are, your application was booted out the system and rejected before it reached the desk of a hiring manager. Come hear from a spokesperson from the Office of Personnel Management, an agency of the U.S. government that manages the civil service of the government, on how a Federal Resume is different than your typical college resume and leave with resources and the knowledge on how to market yourself to be the best candidate for a federal job.

March 1, 12:00-1:00pm
McGlothlin Medical Education Center 8-101
Hosted by Office of Student Experience, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences.
Your resume/CV and cover letter are the keys to landing an interview, but it’s the interview that has the power to land you that job. Learn tips for making your resume and cover letter stand out, and practice key interview questions so you are prepared when the decision is on the line! (For anyone.)

March 15, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
With the technology boom in recent years, the Technical Interview is starting to become the norm in certain fields. Learn what a technical interview is, how it differs from your traditional interview, learn best practices on how to succeed and nail the interview, and network with a recent alum from VCU as they share their experiences with technical interviews and lead an interactive workshop.

March 24, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sanger 6-032
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
Dr. Joyce Lloyd and Dr. Michael Miles from the School of Medicine offer advice to predoctoral students interested in applying for F31 training grants, which intend to support students to develop into a productive, independent research scientists while conducting dissertation research. Dr. Miles has successfully mentored F31 recipients, and Dr. Lloyd serves to review F31 proposals.

April 14, 4:00-5:30 pm
Globe 1030J
Interested in graduate school, but don’t know what it is really like? Has your career path changed and you are now considering continuing your education? Come here from current VCU graduate students on tips and advice on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to excel and succeed in graduate school aimed for the sciences. All are welcomed!

May 19, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Hunton Student Center
This workshop is geared toward graduate students and post-docs.
Scientists speaking about their diverse career paths in industry, government, nonprofit and education. Opportunities to network with successful scientists and learn about non-academic career paths. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences should attend. Registration required.

Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) is actively recruiting recent graduates with a biological science project to assist with the following research opportunity.   The opportunity will be located at Aberdeen, MD. U.S. Citizenship is required.  This research internship will be administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Interested candidates can submit their applications to the following project:

Project Title: Biological Science Research (BS)
Project ID: MRICD-5575259278


One research opportunity is available with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD).  Qualified candidates must have completed a BS in Biological Sciences or related field within the past five years.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

The selected candidate will participate in animal experiments; learning and performing basic laboratory skills and techniques (pipetting, weighing, drug solution preparation, pH analysis, tissue homogenization, sample centrifugation, etc.); learning and performing animal handling and care, surgical procedures to implant brain EEG electrodes and microdialysis cannulae, and animal physiology and anatomy to dissect various tissue samples; learning and performing enzymatic assay with an automated spectrophotometric system; learning and performing neurotransmitter assay using high-pressure liquid chromatographic systems.  Prior animal handling experience is desired.

Any help sharing this opportunity would be appreciated!  This opportunity has been uploaded to all schools using the Handshake posting system.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to post to each individual school using the Simplicity posting platform.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Diversity in Scholars Research Week

February 13 – 16

The Diversity Scholars in Research Week celebrates the diversity of scholarship among our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as showcasing the passion and intensity they invest in their scholarship/research.  There will be a week of activities including an exhibition, panel discussion, workshops, luncheon, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities — please come and support the amazing diversity of scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information or to register for events, please visit or call 804-828-6672