National Scholarship Office (NSO) General Information Sessions

Each semester, the National Scholarship Office (NSO) offers a couple of general information sessions. These are intended for students who are new to VCU (first- and second-year undergraduates, transfer students, new graduate students), although anyone is welcome to attend. During each information session, students will be introduced to a range of (inter)nationally competitive awards and discuss what makes for a strong application. Most importantly, we will talk about ways that students can prepare themselves to be competitive for these awards in the future.
The sessions scheduled for this spring will be held on:
Wednesday, March, 27, 2p; and
Thursday, March 28, 12:30p
Both info sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). This room is right next door to the National Scholarship Office.
After attending one of the info sessions, students will be invited to meet with me or one of the other fellowship advisors in the NSO.

Spit 4 Science Research Assistants Needed: Fall 2019

SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR FALL 2019!

What is Spit4Science?

  • VCU-wide research project
  • Goal: understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population
  • spit4science.vcu.edu

Why be involved?

  • Be involved in recruitment, marketing, data collection and analysis, and other research activities
  • Work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data
  • Meet different faculty involved in the project

Class Details:

  • Application only
  • Three credits
  • A-F grading system
  • Students from all class levels and majors are encouraged to apply

Questions?  Please contact adkinsae@vcu.edu

Apply via https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=XXCT7AEH3M

Applications due by Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 PM.

Summer undergraduate research: Ecology of James River Rock Pools

The Vonesh lab is recruiting 2-3 undergraduate collaborators to participate in a summer research program focused on the ecology of riverine rock pools. Effort: 20 – 30 hrs per week; Duration: 15 weeks, May 13 – August 19; Living allowance: $300 per wk; $4500 total; Possible travel support for 2019 Ecological Society of America Meetings in Louisville, KY – Aug 12-16.

Rock pools are an ideal system for exploring the ecological processes that shape patterns of biodiversity across space and time. Current projects include understanding how predator-prey interactions determine the abundance of native and invasive mosquito larvae, how flooding disturbance shapes patterns of biodiversity, and how environmental gradients shape ecosystem productivity.

Rockpool interns will be paired with graduate student mentors and will be encouraged to develop related individual research projects and can consider enrolling in an independent study. Interns will receive training in macroinvertebrate identification and field exampling, experimental design, data management and curation, basic GIS, and mapping habitats using imagery captured from drones. Most field work will be conducted on the “dry rocks” on the Southside of Belle Island. Some work may involve using watercraft to access rock pools inaccessible by foot. While interns will be expected to support fieldwork, those with interests in more computational or spatial analysis approaches are also encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in careers in ecology, conservation, or natural resource management.

Interns will need to complete the required safety, animal handling, and ethics training. Responsibilities will likely include 1. Conducting surveys of biodiversity of rock pools, 2. Identification, sorting, and counting of aquatic invertebrate samples, 3. Helping identify and add new rock pools to our database and maps, 4. Measuring aquatic organisms using basic image analysis software, 5. assisting in the setup and takedown of large experiments conducted in artificial rock pools, 6. Monitoring rock pool temperature and oxygen, 7. Assisting in outreach education about rock pools, 8. Maintaining lab equipment in proper calibration.

Interested in applying? Fill out the Google Form found
here: https://goo.gl/forms/0xJuRm4YgSvnbQ922

For questions, contact James Vonesh, Ph.D. at
jrvonesh@vcu.edu

Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Courses – Still Accepting Applications

AMAZING SUMMER, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSES
with 

Ecosystem Field Studies 
 
An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning

while immersed in a spectacular & transformative educational setting!
Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico *
    May 21 – June 10, 2019
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, camp, & hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado *
   July 26 – August 15, 2019
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over summer-break
  • Join a diverse & exciting group of college students for an experiential
    learning experience of a lifetime!
For all course information visit the website:  

 
Open to students from all universities & majors |
Accredited by the University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program
ENST 391- for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits
Direct questions to Professor Steve Johnson, EcoFS Director at steve@EcoFS.org

2019 Summer Scholars @ Rice

This summer, the Rice Center will host a series of one-week, one-credit short courses (LFSC591 and 491) that will emphasize field skills/experiences in several disciplines. Each class will meet at Rice over 5 consecutive days and will include instructor-directed, as well as independent, lectures, activities and assignments; enrollments will be capped at 12.
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Environmental Consulting (CRN 38792)   JUN 24-28
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Fish Biology Field Methods (CRN 38794)   JUL 22-26
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Plants of the James River Basin (CRN 38793)   JUL 1-5
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Conservation Filmmaking (CRN 38306)    JUL 15-19
  • LFSC 491  Intro to Archeology Field Methods (CRN 38795)   JUL 8-12
The Rice Rivers Center will offer a limited number of competitive 2019 Summer Scholarships to support Undergraduate Research through VCU’s UROP Office. Application information can be found at  http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2019/02/07/2019riceriversfellowships/. Application deadline is April 12th.
The Rice Rivers Center will again partner with Environmental Studies and Biology to offer a limited number of competitive Graduate Research Scholarships and Fellowships.
Finally, the annual Student Research Symposium @ Rice will be held on Friday, May 10th.