Category Archives: Career Development

Student scholarships now available

We’re looking for future conservation leaders.

Student scholarships now available.

The Conservation Conference is an opportunity for students to join with and learn from leaders in corporate social responsibility, environmental health and safety, government agencies and NGOs – all working to create and maintain healthy ecosystems.

A limited number of scholarships are provided by several corporate sponsors so apply early!

Submit a scholarship application

Register for the Conference

Scribe America Hiring Medical Scribes

What is a medical scribe?

A Medical Scribe is a revolutionary concept in modern medicine. Traditionally, a physician’s job has been focusing solely on direct patient contact and care. However, the advent of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) created an overload of documentation
and clerical responsibilities that slows physicians
down and pulls them away from actual patient care.
To relieve the documentation overload, physicians
across the country are turning to Medical Scribe
services.
A Medical Scribe is essentially a personal assistant
to the physician; performing documentation in the
EHR, gathering information for the patient’s visit, and
partnering with the physician to deliver the pinnacle
of efficient patient care.

Why become a medical scribe?

For someone interested in medicine, whether it is a
personal interest, or part of a career goal to become
a physician or physician assistant, the chance
to become a Medical Scribe is unlike any other
opportunity available. It offers exciting one-on-one
collaboration with a physician, and is unprecedented
in its level of exposure to real medicine in practice.
A background in Medical Scribing is quickly
becoming the standard for pre-medical experience,
and is suggested by medical school acceptance
committees across the country. The competition to
become a Medical Scribe is intense, and the demand
for Medical Scribe services across the country has
never been higher.

Visit scribeamerica.com/apply to see if we are hiring in your area.

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

Now Accepting Applications for the Neuroscience Scholars Program

Beat the rush – apply now to the award-winning Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP).

The Society for Neuroscience’s NSP is a two-year online training program open to underrepresented neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Eighteen candidates will be selected as NSP Fellows, who will have access to a mentor, complimentary registration and travel to Neuroscience 2019 and 2020, and support for additional professional development activities.

Applications close February 21, 2019

This program is supported by NIH, and program guidelines specify that candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.

For more information on eligibility visit SfN.org/nsp or email nsp@sfn.org.

Paid Summer Research at Emory University for Diverse Scholars

Emory University’s Laney Graduate School under the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Office will be hosting the Laney Graduate School’s Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) program.  Application Deadline is January 28, 2019.
 
We are seeking talented underrepresented minority – particularly Black/African American, American Indian, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – and underserved undergraduate students who may benefit from a highly-competitive, 10-week, research-intensive experience. We are seeking emerging researchers interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in one of over 40 academic programs at Emory including humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural, physical and biomedical sciences. Additional program details, eligibility requirements and online application can be found on the web at LGS-SOAR.
 
The program is unique in that all scholars will be mentored by Emory Faculty and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and developing professional development skills on:
  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building 
 
I am happy to answer any questions.
 
Application deadline is January 28.
 
Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean Amanda Marie James at laney.edge@emory.edu.

2019 Sevilleta REU opportunities

SEVILLETA FIELD STATION REU SITES PROGRAM IN ARIDLAND ECOLOGY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The UNM Sevilleta Field Station is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 15, 2019.  We are looking for 10 Biology and 2 Art Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2019. This years dates of program are May 27-August 2, 2019. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta Field Station in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students who will conduct independent research under the guidance of UNM faculty in Biology, Ecology, Civil Engineering, and Earth and Planetary Sciences, along with scientists from Federal and State agencies. The summer program includes a seminar series, a weekly journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, public speaking, ethics training, field trips, and opportunities to interact with a multitude of scientists conducting research in the area. Students will conduct independent research in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR) and present their projects at the annual symposium to be held in early August 2019. Working at the Sevilleta Field Station and SNWR site invites close interactions among students, faculty, federal scientists, and graduate students.

Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. The program’s goals are to (1) provide students with a high quality independent research experience, (2) expose students to a large, multidisciplinary research program, (3) inspire students to continue into professional careers, and (4) prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education. As students conduct research, they will learn how to be independent scientists, and they will gain experience dealing with many technical, methodological and ethical issues that arise in scientific research.

In addition to the 10 Biology REUs, 2 Art REU students (funded through the Sevilleta LTER Program) will be selected for summer of 2019.  The goals of the selected individuals will be to observe and interpret the ecology, research, and landscape of the SNWR through the creation of artistic works (e.g., photography, painting, sculpture, videos).  These artworks will be used to cultivate the understanding among the general public about the goals of UNM and SNWR in studying, restoring, and protecting the ecology and landscapes present within the SNWR.  Final artworks will be displayed and maintained in facilities under the care of UNM.

Lodging and laboratory space for all REU students will be provided by the UNM Sevilleta Field Station at no cost to the student. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5500 and a $500 food allowance during the 10-week summer program that will run from May 27 – August 2.  We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $600 (stipulations apply). Students will have access to ~$500 for materials and supplies related to their research or artistic endeavors.

Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is interested in conservation biology and ecology in aridland environments. Students are not eligible if they have completed an undergraduate degree by the start of Summer 2019. We especially welcome applications from students at two and four year colleges, students early in their college career, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.  Students must be U.S. Citizens.

General requirements for participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs in the Biological Sciences are set by the National Science Foundation. These requirements are listed below:

Applicants to the Sevilleta REU Program must be:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions (e.g., Puerto Rico).
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (full- or part-time) leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Undergraduate students who are transferring from one institution to another but are not enrolled at either institution during the intervening summer may participate.

    Students are not eligible if they are:

  • Foreign nationals residing in a country other than the United States.
  • Students that have completed high school but have not yet enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.
  • Students that have completed an undergraduate degree and are no longer enrolled in a degree program at an educational institution of higher learning.

    Requirements for the Sevilleta REU Program:

  • The Sevilleta REU Program has no additional requirements. Applications will be accepted from students at any stage of their undergraduate program (freshman to senior) and any discipline, so long as the applicant is generally interested in careers related to conservation biology and ecology.
  • We are particularly interested in applications from students that have had limited opportunities to conduct independent research at their home institution. We welcome and encourage applications from students at four year colleges, students that are the first member of their family to attend college, non-traditional students, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

    A completed application for the Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program will consist of five items:

  1. A complete online application (see below).
  2. A resume.
    •   3.   An unofficial copy of your academic transcript. If accepted into the REU program, applicants will be required to provide an official copy before starting the program.

      4. Two letters of recommendation. These can be from faculty advisors from the student’s home institution, mentors or previous employers. Recommendations from those that are able to comment on the applicant’s academic ability, initiative, maturity, and self-motivation are preferred. Please have your respondents email your letters of recommendation to srbaker@unm.edu WITH the subject line of “2019 REU Recommendation for YOUR NAME.”

  3. A two-page essay addressing the development of the student’s interest in ecology, the specific areas of research interest, and current professional career goals. Essays can be single or double-spaced but should be in a legible font (min. 11 point) with 1 inch margins.
  4. Art REUs will also need to provide a portfolio with examples of their artwork. This should be a PowerPoint presentation or pdf and needs to be uploaded to the application.

Deadlines

The application form, resume, unofficial transcript, two-page essay, and letters of recommendation should be received by February 15, 2019.

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to the Program Manager, Stephanie Baker by e-mail. Please put REU 2019 in the subject line.

e-mail: srbaker@unm.edu

TO APPLY AND FOR MORE INFORMATION visit: https://sevilletareu.wordpress.com/

Paid Summer Research at Emory University for Diverse Scholars

Emory University’s Laney Graduate School under the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Office will be hosting the Laney Graduate School’s Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) program.  Application Deadline is January 28, 2019.
 
The university is attempting to identify talented underrepresented minority – particularly Black/African American, American Indian, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – and underserved undergraduate students who may benefit from a highly-competitive, 10-week, research-intensive experience. We are seeking emerging researchers interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in one of over 40 academic programs at Emory including humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural, physical and biomedical sciences. Additional program details, eligibility requirements and online application can be found on the web at LGS-SOAR.
 
The program is unique in that all scholars will be mentored by Emory Faculty and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and developing professional development skills on:
  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building 
Please help us spread the word about LGS-SOAR 2019 by forwarding this announcement to interested students, faculty, and staff at your institution.
 
I am happy to answer any questions and look forward to the applicants you will send our way. Thank you in advance for your support in broadening participation in graduate education!
 
Application deadline is January 28.
 
Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean Amanda Marie James at laney.edge@emory.edu.

Washington University in St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline Program

The NIH-funded ENDURE Neuroscience Pipeline Program at Washington University in St. Louis engages undergraduates from diverse backgrounds in cutting-edge summer research experiences.  Accepted students are funded for up to two summers of research and receive a generous stipend, housing and many other benefits.  Applications are due by Feb. 1, 2019.  Details about eligibility and the program are available online (endure.wustl.edu) or by contacting endure@wustl.edu.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Computational Biology

We are pleased to announce the 10th summer for our REU program in computational biology..  More information and our 2019 program flyer can be found at our website – tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 11, 2019

Program Dates:  May 20 – July 26, 2019

Student Support:  $5750 stipend, housing*, and travel*
*housing and travel not guaranteed for Pitt students