Career Trek: Richmond Brewing April 6th

VCU Career Services hosts Career Trek: Richmond Breweries on Friday, April 6th

Studying one of the sciences, but not quite sure what you can “do” with that after graduation? Join VCU Career Services on a Career Trek to explore the Science of Brewing!

Craft brewing (and brewing in general) is at its core both an art and a science. During this Career Trek, we’re going to tour two RVA craft breweries and have in-depth discussions with their Head/Master Brewers about the science aspects of the industry. You will learn knowledge and skills needed to tap into the industry.

Schedule:
Friday, April 6th
12:30 PM – Students requesting transportation meet Career Services Staff in the pick-up/drop-off loop outside the Floyd Avenue entrance of the University Student Commons*
1:00 PM – Arrive at Väsen Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer. Emphasis on sustainable brewing
2:15 PM – Depart Väsen
2:45 PM – Arrive at Three Notch’d Brewing for tour and talk with head brewer, Stefan.
4:00 PM – Return to campus
Disclaimers:
– Due to the nature of this event we are only able to have 20 participants, and transportation is limited to 10 participants. There is a $5 registration fee to participate in this event (refundable only if you provide 48 hours notice of cancellation).
– Although no alcohol will be consumed/provided, and participants are prohibited from purchasing alcohol during this event, all participants must be at least 21 years of age.*All registrants must indicate if they will be riding in the van, or providing their own transportation to the event. Please select the appropriate option under “Item Fee” to indicate this.Registration link herehttps://goo.gl/8WQdiiAdditional questions? Please reach out to us at hirevcurams@vcu.edu.

Laboratory-Based Research Assistant

A 12-month Research Assistant position is available to assist in studies of the toxic dinoflagellate responsible for ciguatera fish poisoning. The position is primarily laboratory-based and will include isolating and culturing algae, and basic molecular biology work such as PCR. Other studies are possible, depending on background. The position is open without preference to B.S. and M.S. degree holders, salary will be commensurate with experience. Prior work in either algal culture or molecular biology is strongly preferred, experience with both is a definite plus.

The position is in the Erdner laboratory at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX (http://sites.utexas.edu/erdnerlab/). Questions about the position should be directed to derdner@utexas.edu.

The position is posting # 18-03-21-01-4222 at the University of Texas. To apply:

https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/180321014222

Plant Disease Ecology Field Assistants

The Mitchell lab at UNC-CH is seeking two full-time field assistants to help conduct research in plant disease ecology in the summer and fall of 2018. Assistants will work on a grant-funded project examining the role of the plant microbiome in pathogen transmission. Most work will be done in the field, but the position will also include work in the lab. Work will include collecting data and plant samples in the field, processing plant samples for lab assays, and culturing fungal pathogens from infected plant material.

Required Qualifications:
a) A valid driver’s license and personal mode of transportation to an off-campus field site
b) Willingness and ability to work early mornings and outdoors in summer heat, inclement weather, and around insects.
c) Ability to work well independently and with a team, pay attention to detail, and maintain exceptional communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
a) Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
b) Experience conducting field research in ecology
c) Experience with biological laboratory procedures such as pipetting and culturing

Special Physical and Mental Requirements (ADA considerations):
Capacity and willingness to conduct outdoor field work during the daytime hours of summer. Field work will involve long periods of time spent positioning to observe vegetation and will be performed in all weather conditions that do not pose a danger to persons.

Hourly rate: $12.20/hr – Housing not provided.

Start Date: First assistant hired May 14th, second assistant hired June 14th.

Job Duration: 5 – 6 months.

To apply for this position, please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/137278 and be prepared to provide a one-page cover letter, a resume, and contact information for two people who can serve as references.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Summer 2018 Research Technician

Seeking temporary research technician to assist with field survey and status assessment of the aquatic macrophyte Nuphar sagittifolia in eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia from May 21-Early August 2018. Position will be approximately 20 hours/week, $10/hr, based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Duties will be split between field and office work. The goals of the project are 1) To clarify the taxonomic identity of Nuphar populations 2)To assess population genetics of N. sagittifolia populations 3) To document the location, size and status of N. sagittifolia populations to inform conservation decisions.

Responsibilities:
Bridge and kayak surveys for N. sagittifolia populations range-wide,
Collect photographs, leaf tissue for DNA extraction, and voucher
specimens, Data management (photographs, GPS points, field data)
Morphology measurements

Qualifications:
Required: At least two college-level courses in related field (botany,
ecology, forestry, plant systematics, natural resources etc.)
Preferred: Strong interest in botany and conservation biology
Comfort with kayaking (kayak can be provided)
Proficiency in data entry and management
Ability to work independently after training
Ability to accommodate a flexible schedule
Applicants must have a vehicle for surveys (gas costs reimbursed)

Start Date: May 21, 2018
Approximate End Date: Early August 2018. Hours per week may vary due to field conditions or project needs. Position is funded for approximately 11 weeks at 20 hours per week.
Hourly Wage: $10

To Apply:
Submit application, including resume and cover letter, at:
https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/98635. Review of applications will begin April 3; position will remain posted until filled.

Contact Katherine Culatta: keculatt@ncsu.edu with questions

Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia: New SFS Program

SFS is excited to announce the launch of a new program in Patagonia for Fall 2019!

S F S New Program: PatagoniaThe SFS Center for Climate Studies will be based in the iconic Patagonia region of southern Chile and will offer a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia program during the fall and spring semesters. SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world’s most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, explore the rich biodiversity of the Straight of Magellan and fjords, glimpse the gaucho and baqueano way of life, as well as visit neighboring Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and environmental challenges to examine in this one of a kind region.

This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours.

  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

SFS will begin accepting applications for this program this coming fall. More information about this new program will be added to the SFS website this summer. Stay tuned!

Patagonia. A stage for true wiled.  Soaring pinnacles clash with rivers of ice, and life persists here in the face of challenging seasonal extremes.  Our research will focus on fragile exo-systems susceptible to climate change, on species found nowhere else on the planet, and on people with a will to live at the end of the world.

National Scholarship General Information Sessions

National Scholarship General Information Sessions
The National Scholarship Office (NSO) will be holding two general information sessions on Friday, March 23, at 3p, and Tuesday, March 27, at 2p.Both sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). These general information sessions are designed for first- and second-year undergraduates and any students who are new to VCU. A variety of national and international scholarship opportunities will be discussed. Strategies for creating a competitive profile and application will also be covered in these sessions. Bring a friend(s). Students who are not able to attend either session are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Meredith Sisson or Mr. Jeff Wing in the NSO. There is a link to schedule appointments on the NSO website.
Thanks for helping to publicize these information sessions to your students.

Regards,
Jeff
Jeff Wing
Fulbright Program Advisor
Director, National Scholarship Office
Assistant Dean, VCU Honors College
Virginia Commonwealth University
701 W. Grace Street, Room 1212
Box 843010
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3010
 
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Life Sciences Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The VCU Rice Rivers Center (ricerivers.vcu.edu) offers the following funding opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student Research Scholarships: Competitive awards of $600 (undergraduate), $1,200 (masters) and $1,500 (doctoral) are available for field projects conducted at the Center and environs. Priority is given to projects that will advance our understanding of riverine ecosystems inclusive of their aquatic and terrestrial components. Collaborative (joint) proposals are welcomed, may request up to $2,000, and should clearly define individual roles and contributions to the overall project. Prior Scholarship recipients may apply for travel awards (up to $500) to present their findings at a national or regional meeting.

Graduate Fellowships: Up to three Summer Stipends ($6,000 each) will be awarded to support graduate student research in wetlands or restoration ecology. Candidates must be a current VCU graduate student in good standing or a recently-graduated undergraduate who has been accepted into a VCU graduate program for Fall, 2018. Projects conducted at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and environs are encouraged; however, proposals for relevant work in other locations will be considered. Proposals that add new value to existing and ongoing research (e.g. thesis, dissertation) are especially encouraged. Recipients should not hold a second VCU job during the
period of the Fellowship (mid-May thru mid-August) and there may be other requirements, which will be outlined in the award letter.  Applicants may also submit to the Student Research Scholarship program (see above) as a separate proposal.

Applications for research awards and graduate fellowships must be submitted as an attachment to cbvivere@vcu.edu by 28 March, 2018. Research proposals will include: a) cover letter, b) letter
of support from a faculty mentor, and c) 3-4 page proposal that includes project title, brief introduction, objectives/hypothesis, methods, expected results, schedule of activities, and a detailed budget. The budget may include funds for equipment, supplies, laboratory analyses and travel costs, and should indicate all funding sources, including those requested from the Center. Applications for graduate fellowships should include: a) cover letter, b) CV or Resume, c) personal statement explaining how the fellowship will advance our knowledge in the areas of wetlands or restoration ecology, and d) letter of support from faculty advisor. Decisions will be made in April and funds will be available in May. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cathy Viverette at cbvivere@vcu.edu or Dr. Greg Garman at ggarman@vcu.edu.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Internship: CBF is collaborating with the Rice Rivers Center to offer a paid internship position ($6,000) in Summer, 2018. The Intern will assist the CBF Virginia Senior Scientist with projects related to the conservation and restoration of the Bay, including: review of current regulatory and voluntary nutrient reduction programs, evaluating approaches for achieving nutrient load reductions, assisting with GIS database creation and maintenance, assisting with oyster restoration efforts, and participating in educational boat trips. The successful candidate must be a current VCU student (graduate or undergraduate) with completed coursework in ecology and/or environmental studies. This internship is a part-time CBF position which will consist of 30 hours per week during the summer (start and end dates are negotiable). Applicants for the Internship should electronically submit a) cover letter, b) CV or resume, and c) letter of support from faculty advisor by 28 March to Dr. Joe Wood at jwood@cbf.org.

Summer Science Communication Internships

Summer science writing and multimedia internships will soon be advertised at vaseagrant.org. These opportunities provide an undergraduate, recently graduated or graduate student with training in science communication, and will allow him or her to initiate new writing or video/photography projects, as they tell the story of how Virginia Sea Grant brokers science to community stakeholders. The internship offers students opportunities to develop interviewing, analysis, reporting, pitching, writing and shooting skills.

Volunteers Around the World at VCU trip to Cambodia this summer

See the message below for the VCU Student Organization “Volunteers Around the World at VCU”:

Love Traveling? Love Volunteering?

Join Volunteers Around the World at VCU! This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside physicians to provide basic medical care to underserved communities abroad. This summer, volunteers will take vitals, shadow doctors, distribute medications, learn about basic pharmacology, and prepare a public health lesson to teach to children in Cambodia. You will also have opportunities during free days to explore Cambodia and fully immerse yourself in the culture.

This is a 2-week intensive trip valuable to those who want to get some hands on volunteering experience while also having fun exploring a new country. We are currently accepting applicants of all majors for our trip this summer to Cambodia!

Contact us on our Facebook Page for an application: www.facebook.com/VAWatVCU and check out our national website: www.volunteersaroundtheworld.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

Best,
Volunteers Around the World at VCU

Photo of smiling participants and children on trip to Vietnam in the summer of 2017
A photo from our trip to Vietnam in the summer of 2017

2018 Governor’s Fellows Program

Applications for the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program are due March 18th.

Information can be found here: http://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/

The program is open to rising college seniors, graduating seniors, and students in professional or graduate programs.

While placement in a specific office is not guaranteed, they work to place students in positions related to their interests in the Governor’s office or other agencies in the Executive Branch of the Virginia State government.  Information about assignments can be found here: http://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/fellowship-opportunities/   Biology majors may be interested in several of these areas including Education, Agriculture and Forestry, and Health and Human Resources.