Category Archives: Career Development

Goldwater Scholarship Information Sessions

Mr. Jeff Wing from the National Scholarship Office will be offering two information sessions about the Goldwater Scholarship. Undergrads who will graduate in May 2020 or later are eligible to apply. Those with strong grades and research experience, who are planning to pursue STEM research careers, are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions to learn more about this opportunity. The first session will be held from 2-3p on Thursday, September 13, and the second will be held from 11a-noon on Friday, September 14. Both info sessions will be held in the NSO conference room (1210) in the Honors College building (701 W. Grace Street). Interested students who cannot attend either information session can make an appointment to meet with Mr. Wing.

Research Opportunities at NIH for Science Students

Exciting Opportunity for Aspiring Biomedical Researchers

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for science students with a passion to advance global health research in the 21st century for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, held February 4–7, 2019, in Bethesda, Maryland.

About the Program

Selected INRO students visit NIAID to learn about the breadth of research we do in the areas of allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases from world-renowned scientists and interview for potential research training positions.

Who Can Apply

We are looking for dedicated science students interested in joining the NIAID research community. Candidates who are college-level seniors, medical school students, or doctoral candidates nearing their dissertation defense and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.

Find out more about INRO »

VAS 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting

2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting 
Saturday, November 3, 2018  
Ferrum College  
9 am – ~5 pm

Deadline for electronic submission of 2018 Undergraduate Research Grant Applications is October 1, 2018.

The VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is a research grant proposal competition, which has been held annually since the Fall of 2001.  In order to participate in this meeting, undergraduate students, in conjunction with their faculty mentors, are required to:

(1)   Prepare and submit an Undergraduate Research Grant Application by the October 1 deadline.

(2)   Develop posters outlining the proposed research (following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines) and present their posters at the Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on November 3.

NOTE:  Both the Research Grant Applications and the Poster Presentations will be evaluated to determine the recipients of the research grants.

Nine Undergraduate Research Grant Awards of $750 each will be awarded to selected recipients at the end of this meeting.  The grant award recipients will also be awarded student membership in the Virginia Academy of Science for 2019 and will be expected to present the results of their research at the 2019 VAS Annual Meeting in May at Old Dominion University.

Please note that it is the intention of VAS to distribute the Undergraduate Research Grant Awards by institution, discipline, and faculty mentors.

Meeting Participation Procedures

  1. Each grant application must include one or more undergraduate students and one or more faculty mentors.
  • Student applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Student applicants do not need to be members of the Virginia Academy of Science.

o     Faculty mentors must be faculty members affiliated with 2- or 4-year colleges or universities in Virginia.

Faculty mentors must be members in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2018) of the Virginia Academy of Science by the October 1 grant application submission deadline.  Current VAS membership status can be confirmed by contacting the VAS Associate Executive Officer at vasoffice@vacadsci.org.

If needed, the VAS Individual Membership Form is available on the VAS website via the link below.

http://vacadsci.org/vas-membership/join-and-become-a-member/individual-membership-form/

  1. The Undergraduate Research Grant Application should be downloaded from the VAS website and completed by the student applicant(s) in consultation with their faculty mentor(s).

The major component of the application is the Project Description whichmust be limited to no more than 3 single-spaced pages of text (10-12 point font) and must include all components listed below.

o   Project Summary (25-50 words) for inclusion in the Fall Meeting Program and possibly in Virginia Scientists and/or Virginia Journal of Science

o   Clear statement of Purpose or Objectives of research

o   Rationale of proposed approach

o   Clearly stated Research Plan with procedure(s) described in enough detail to allow assessment of research plan

A limited number of graphs, tables, and/or illustrations may be included if essential; these will not count in the 3 page limit.

o   Clear description of the Significance of the research to your specialty

o   Relevant Literature (3 to 5 key references only)

NOTE:  The Undergraduate Research Application for 2018 is now available on the VAS website (via Meetings > Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting > Fall Undergraduate Research Grant Application).

  1. Completed Undergraduate Research Grant Application must be emailed to Gary Isaacs(gdisaacs@liberty.edu)
  • The completed application (in MS Word docx or doc format) must be attached to a single email message
  • The following information must be included in the email subject line:  Last Name(s) of Student Applicant(s) – VAS UG Research Grant Application

The deadline for student applicants to submit the grant application is Monday, October 1, 2018 (by midnight).

  1. Student applicants must register for and attend the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College and present posters outlining their proposed research projects(following the criteria of the Fall Meeting Poster Guidelines).

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link below.

http://www.ferrum.edu/about/campus-map-and-directions/

  1. Faculty mentors are strongly encouraged to accompany their students to the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Ferrum College. 

If needed, driving directions to Ferrum College are available on the Ferrum College website via the link above.

  1.  ALL 2018 Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting attendees(i.e., student applicants, faculty mentors, judges, guests) must register for the meeting ($15 registration fee). 

      NOTE:  Registration information will be available on the VAS website at a later date.

      The deadline for registering for the 2018 VAS Fall Undergraduate Research Meeting is Friday October 12, 2018.

2 Full Time Entry-Level Jobs

VCU Career Services has made us aware of the following entry-level jobs that are available for applications.

Paid Summer Internship: QC Lab Tech, Worthen Industries

Summer 2018 Internship, QC Lab Technician, Worthen Industries

Description:  The intern will be working in the Quality Control Laboratory at Worthen Industries UPACO Adhesives Division. The purpose is to provide a real-world hands-on learning opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in the sciences and laboratory work.

Qualifications: At least 2 semesters of laboratory experience, and a basic understanding of good laboratory practices.

How to Apply:  All interested parties should please email resume and/or a description of qualifications to Dmarshall@worthenind.com

Indivior: Launch Excellence Student Worker

Indivior are looking for a “Launch Excellence Student Worker”.

Please see the job description at the link below for a full description of the roles and responsibilities.

http://www.indivior.com/careers/careers-external-applicants/
Position number: R375

Some highlights of the job advertisement:

Title: Launch Excellence Student Worker

Reports To: Director, Launch Excellence, Behavioral Health

Start Date: May 2018
End Date: August 2018

Hours Per Week: 40
Compensation: $15/hour

Location: Richmond, VA

The Launch Excellence Student Worker will be responsible for supporting the Behavioral Health Launch Excellence team to drive cross-functional collaboration and delivery of a pharmaceutical product into market. The Student Worker will participate meetings with executives spanning marketing, commercial sales, medical, legal, finance, IT, etc. The outcome of the Student assignment will allow the Student Worker to have a strong understanding of pharmaceutical product management, with a broad exposure to a variety of functions within a rapidly growing, patient-focused global pharmaceutical company. This is an awesome opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical industry end-to-end for a highly motivated and self-driven student seeking a career in marketing, program delivery, analytics, information technology or life sciences. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Field of Study: Business, Science or Technology related field of study

Experience: Junior, Senior or MBA Student

COMPETENCIES/CONDUCT:

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the student worker will demonstrate:

  • PC proficiency, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Self-motivated and driven to complete tasks with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines/balance multiple tasks at one time
  • Presentation/professionalism

GE Healthcare Lifesciences University Rep Program

Looking to leverage your scientific background with a part-time job?

Would you want to add a GE Internship to your resume?

Are you a current student at VCU and have 10 hours per week to spare?

We would love to talk to you…

At GE Healthcare Life Sciences, we strive to develop breakthrough products that inspire our customers to push the limits of imaginative science.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. College student attending the University (Preferably Masters/PhD student – in the Science department or related area, 2nd or 3rd year).
  2. Strong desire to learn and grow.
  3. Demonstrate the aptitude to learn the technology of GE Lifesciences.
  4. Access to the scientific researchers within the University.
  5. A proven record of working successfully with diverse populations.
  6. A positive attitude and ability to plan and adapt to change.
  7. Ability to collaborate effectively with individuals.
  8. Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Contact

Carmen Marshall
Phone: 202-306-0515
Email: carmen.marshall@ge.com

View the original internship posting [PDF]

The Science of Networking

Thursday, April 19, 2018: 4 – 5 pm

The Department of Biology and VCU Career Services present a workshop for STEM students in Harris Hall, Room 4153, focusing on networking skills.  Learn about successful introductions and first impressions, elevator pitches, effective interaction at conferences or other professional events, and maintaining communication with new contacts. All students are welcome. Please contact bioadvising@vcu.edu with questions.

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.

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.