Human Osteology Research Workshops and Field School in Transylvania (Romania)

Our osteology and bioarchaeology programs are designed to offer intensive, hands on experience with remarkably well preserved human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. They provide a very effective transition between the controlled teaching environment of an osteology academic lab and real “life” burial assemblages. As such, our programs offer an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine:

Adult Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 2 – June 29, 2019
More information:  
https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/adult-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 
3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: 
experience with basic human anatomy and morphology useful but not required

Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Victims of Change – Bioarchaeology of Children

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 30 – July 27, 2019
More information:
 https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/juvenile-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology Laboratory Workshop or equivalent)

Ossuary Excavation and Commingled Remains Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc (laboratory) and Valeni / Patakfalva (excavation), Transylvania, Romania
Dates: Session 1: June 2 – June 29, 2019; Session 2: June 30 – July 27, 2019
More informationhttps://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/commingled-remains
Contact e-mailarchaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Frankie West and Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua (Department of Anthropology, Western Carolina University)
Credits: 6 undergraduate credits available through WCU for session 1 (WCU deadlines and tuition applies);  3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF for session 2 (USF deadlines and tuition applies); non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology LAboratory Workshop or equivalent)

HISTORICAL CONTEXT : As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler in 1476; Saint Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the European defeat at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 opened the way for the Ottoman expansion into Europe, all the way to the gates of Vienna. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. The aim of our osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically and physiologically the local Transylvanian medieval populations.

For bioarchaeology field work experience, our participants can further combine the above programs with our bioarchaeology field school: Medieval Cemetery Funerary Cemetery Excavation. (6 academic credits available through WCU for the first session and USF for the second session).

Our projects are designed as intensive hands-on laboratory experience programs and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, see attached brochures or visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org

Bridges to the Doctorate Program

Changing the face of biomedical research.

Application for Fall 2019 admission – deadline January 1

The Bridges to the Doctorate (B2D) Program aims to increase representation of individuals traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences at the doctoral level.

  • B2D scholars will complete their MS degree in a laboratory at Towson University and ultimately enroll in a biomedical doctoral program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) or elsewhere.
  • In partnership with UMSOM, B2D scholars will participate in professional development and research skills building activities. Activities include research seminars, workshops, a 4-week rotation in a UMSOM lab, doctoral-level coursework, and GRE test prep.
  • The B2D program provides the educational and financial support to ensure a successful transition to a biomedical Ph.D. program.
  • While enrolled at TU, B2D students are provided a tuition waiver, salary, and funding to travel to research conferences.

Pharmaceutical Product Development Open House

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a local major employer of VCU students from the sciences, is hosting an Open House and Information Session with their PPD Labs teams at their Richmond Lab (2244 Dabney Road, Building D, Richmond, VA 23230). The event is on Thursday, November 8th from 4pm – 7pm.
 
This is a phenomenal opportunity for students to learn more about PPD and an opportunity to network. In fact, students attending the Open House are HIGHLY encouraged to bring multiples copies of their resumes to discuss with the lab members at the event. 
PPD is open to new/recent grads and upcoming Dec. grads as well as alumni. PPD also have a great technical training program in place for folks coming out of a BS in the lab sciences, so this is also a great info session for those still a year or two from graduating!

Moreover, PPD are currently hiring for roles in all levels for the bioanalytical labs (BS, MS and PhD + alum are all welcome). Specific skills/majors where we have current openings are in vaccine sciences, immunochemistry, molecular genomics/PCR Sequencing (sr level roles in Molec/PCR as well) and biomarker sciences, so some majors and coursework well aligned are biochemistry, biology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology and other related lab science degrees.

Forensic Science Graduate Open House

Have a question about obtaining a Master’s degree in Forensic Science at VCU?

Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00-2:30
University Student Commons Forum Room
907 Floyd Avenue , Richmond, VA

Join the Department of Forensic Science for an Informational Session where you can learn about the graduate program curriculum, the admissions process and the University, meet faculty and current graduate students, and tour the department and our partner agency, the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

Please RSVP to attend to fos@vcu.edu by 11/7

DOE Scholars Program

Now accepting applications for:

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizenship
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related areas.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.

Veterans are encouraged to apply.  DOE Scholars selected by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are given a Veteran’s Preference. Selected veterans will be placed at various federal agencies in Washington, D.C. Veteran candidates who have received a college degree in an appropriate science, technology, engineering or math discipline within ten years of their starting date are eligible for appointments.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-Scholars-2019

Application deadline: December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EST

For more information: Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Questions? doescholars@orau.org

DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.