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Emory STEM Symposia

Application and registration are free.
 
Key points about the symposium are as follows: 
  • Dates and venue – October 1-3, 2017, Emory Conference Center.
  • Full travel scholarships available for students from underrepresented groups. Last year 60% of student attendees received full travel awards and another 10% received partial travel awards.
  • Application deadline May 1st, 2017
  • Students undergoing their first research experience this summer may apply to a second deadline of August 1st.
  • For undergraduates,  graduate students, and their mentors.
  • Student research presentations, career development workshops and social events.
  • Free application and registration.
Full information, including the schedule form our 2016 Symposium and a brochure for the 2017 Sysmposium, are on our website (http://www.gs.emory.edu/STEM). Details of the conference are summarized below.
 
  • A premier research conference for undergraduates interested in learning about PhD, MD/PhD or postbaccalaureate programs; graduate students contemplating postdoctoral training; and the advisors of these students.
  • Two days of shared research presentations, networking and mentoring.
  • Interactions with Emory research faculty mentors, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Round table discussion for faculty and program staff attendees with a group of Emory faculty.
Due to the success of the previous symposia and the restricted number of attendees, we expect competition for acceptance to be spirited. Only abstracts that report outcomes/results will be competitive. Up to ten students will be selected from the submitted abstracts to present a platform talk, andtheir advisors will also receive a travel award if necessary. All remaining student participants will be expected to present a poster on their research.
 
Mentors who write letters of reference for their students will be notified by e-mail whether or not the application was successful.   At that time mentors will also receive information about how to register to attend with their students if they wish to do so.   If you have any questions, please e-mail us at stem.symposia@emory.edu. We look forward to hearing from you and your students.

Upcoming Pre-Professional Health Workshops

We have some great workshops coming up for students that I wanted to draw your attention to:

Navigating the application process for professional health programs
Each workshop will focus on a specific application process, admission requirements, preparing for standardized tests, utilizing the centralized application services, and financial aid for each profession

Medicine:

  • April 5 | 6:00-7:00pm | Virgina room A, Student commons
  • April 18 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Dental:

  • April 6 | 3:30-4:30pm | Forum room, Student commons
  • April 19 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Pharmacy:

  • April 20 | 6:00-7:00pm | Virginia room A, Student commons

Occupational Therapy:

  • April 26 | 4:00-5:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Physical Therapy:

  • April 26 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Additionally, Career Services is hosting:

Pre-Health Advisory Committee Interview Prep | April 19 | 3:00-4:00pm | Alumni board room, Student commons
Planning on going through the Pre-Health Advisory Committee process?  Attend this workshop to learn how to be successful.

Finally, we have a new event this year:

Is MD/PhD right for me? | April 25 | 6:00-7:00pm |  MCALC Academic Learning Commons 1102
Michael Donnenberg, M.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training at the VCU School of Medicine and director of the VCU MD-PhD program. He is a physician, scientist, educator and administrator. Prior to coming to VCU he directed the MD-PhD program at the University of Maryland. His talk will focus on the physician scientist career path, describing what physician scientists do, how they train for their careers, and what undergraduates should do to decide whether to pursue this path and how to prepare to apply for MD-PhD programs.

Internship Description

The Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization searching for interns for the summer of 2017. The Ocean Center runs programs geared towards children and adults that are focused on ecotourism and environmental education. Interns at the Ocean Center will be actively involved with all tasks related to daily operations for the Center. Interns will also help forward the Center’s mission of revitalizing the local economy of Hatteras Village.

Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of running a nonprofit. We are currently looking for interns with backgrounds in:

● Biological Sciences

● Earth Sciences

● Environmental Science/Studies

● Education

● Marketing

● Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Tasks and Responsibilities

● 50% – Run educational programs for children and adults

● 30% – Assist with the daily operations of the Center (greet visitors, give tours of the facilities, and running the cash register at the gift shop, etc….)

● 20% Help maintain the building and property (lawn work, cleaning, equipment and general maintenance).

Qualifications

● Have a passion for ecotourism and environmental education

● Must be outgoing and able to encourage conversations with visitors of all ages

● Excellent oral and written communication

● Student in their Junior year of college or higher preferred

● Current valid CPR/First Aid Certification (or higher) preferred

● GPA of 3.0 or higher

● Able to work several hours outside in summer heat

● Must be comfortable working in and around water and on watercrafts

Living Arrangements

● Free housing (shared living space) is provided

● Interns are responsible for their own living and travel expenses outside of housing arrangement

● Jobs in village outside of working hours are permitted so long as they do not conflict with internship

Other Details

● Internship dates are from May 22nd – August is 11th.

● Internship is 12-weeks long

Other Opportunities

Interns will have the opportunity to volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) on their Turtle Patrol and Nest Sitting initiatives.

On Turtle Patrol interns will accompany a Park Ranger or seasonal NPS staff member on an off-road vehicle to search for nesting sea turtle tracks, excavate nests, and perform necessary protocols associated with identification and marking of new sea turtle nests on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

During nest sitting interns will be able to educate and interact with the general public and ensure the safety of new sea turtle hatchlings at nest sites close to their hatching date. Interns will be responsible for raking out a path from the nest to the ocean, preventing visitors or animals from trampling the nest site or “turtle runway,” answering questions, and helping hatchlings to the ocean if problems arise.

How to Apply

If interested in this internship, please email your cover letter and resume to info@hioceancenter.org.

We will contact you within a day or two and let you know that we received your information.

Application deadline is March 15, 2017.

Allied Health Career Exploration

HGSC-GREAT Summer Research Program

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Summer Research Program is accepting applications!  This is a research program designed to interest African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and Pacific Islanders in genetics/genomics careers.  Our goal is to increase the number of these underrepresented groups with Ph.Ds in this field.  We offer research projects in bioinformatics; molecular genetics; and engineering.  We are beginning to offer more bioinformatics research opportunities to our program participants.  Life science majors with an interest in coding or CS/engineering majors with programming backgrounds interested in medical research will be given priority.

Program eligibility:  We accept undergraduate junior and seniors from the above mentioned groups.  Students should also have a 3.0 GPA (or above) and major in one of the following:  chemistry; biology; computer science; mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few.   This internship is a paid; 9 week; residual program.  Please see attached brochure for more program highlights.

Deadline:  March 3rd

Debra Murray, Ph.D.
Director-Education & Minority Diversity Programs
Human Genome Sequencing Center
Instructor
Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza N1519
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 798-8083 W
(713) 798-5741 F
https://www.hgsc.bcm.edu/mdp

ODU Research Experience for Undergraduates

Virginia Sea Grant is happy to share this announcement for Old Dominion University’s (ODU) 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program – An Interdisciplinary Site for Climate Change Science in Metropolitan Coastal Communities. Please help us circulate this exciting opportunity with interested undergraduate students throughout Virginia.

Applications are due by March 25th, 2017 and must be submitted online. Required application documents include a resume, unofficial transcripts, a personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation. Additional information on the REU program can be found below; for more information or to apply, please visit: https://www.odu.edu/oeas/reu

About ODU’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Program 

Centered in the heart of tidewater Virginia, Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) is accepting applications for a unique internship opportunity for undergraduate students interested in climate change and sea level rise in a coastal urban setting. Students will work one-on-one with experts in oceanography, devising a research plan, conducting research in the field, and presenting their findings. This 10 week program will provide students with an opportunity to develop research skills, work side by side with top scientists, participate in workshops, field trips, and lectures to exchange ideas, and establish relationships lasting throughout their professional career.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students (U.S. residents only) between their freshman and senior years may apply (must have completed at least their freshman year); under-represented groups and students in universities with little access to research facilities are strongly encouraged. The program is designed for students majoring in sciences, particularly in oceanography, marine science and policy, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Where is the program located?

Students will live on campus in dorms at ODU, located in Norfolk (Hampton Roads), Virginia. Interns will be able to study first hand issues facing this urban community, as ODU is situated at the conjunction of the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers, tidal tributaries connected to the southern Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk has made national headlines as Hampton Roads has the highest rate of relative sea level rise on the Atlantic coast (from Maine to Florida) due to subsidence and it is the largest population center at greatest risk from sea level rise outside of New Orleans. The OEAS department is perfectly situated to provide students with a unique environment to conduct their research.

Scholarship Opportunities for Biology Majors

The Department of Biology has four merit-based scholarships that it awards each year to continuing students majoring in Biology.  For more information and to apply, visit https://vcu.academicworks.com/ and search enter “Biology” as your search term.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 28th!  The applications require that you submit a resume, a copy of your transcripts, and an essay.  You MUST also have a faculty member write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You should contact your potential recommender as soon as possible to give them adequate time to prepare your recommendation before the February 28th deadline.

If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application requirements, please contact Dr. Joseph Battistelli (battistellij@vcu.edu) in the Department of Biology.  If you have any questions about how to use the Academic Works system or difficulties with the application process, please contact Caitlin Hanbury (cshanbury@vcu.edu) in the Dean’s office of the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Study Abroad Spring Fair

VCU BEST – Science Student Workshops

GAINING RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT VCU AND BEYOND
January 30, 4:00-5:30pm
GLOBE 1030J
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!

OVERCOMING IMPOSTER SYNDROME
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!

PICKING A POST-DOC
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.

FEDERAL RESUME WRITING
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.

PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET
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.)

TECHNICAL INTERVIEWING
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.

UNDERSTANDING F31S
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.

SHOULD I GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE SCIENCES?
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!

THE BENCH & BEYOND: CAREER SYMPOSIUM
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

Website: www.orau.org/maryland

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!