Category Archives: Graduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Masters Program

North Carolina State University is recruiting students for a new graduate program.  Please see a message from them below:
We have an NSF S-STEM training grant to recruit low-income and under-represented minority students to the program. We call the program IBMP – the Interdisciplinary Biochemistry Masters Program. Students would be accepted into the Biochemistry Masters program and take our first 3 required graduate classes.  They could choose to do their masters thesis research in a lab in 5 departments: Biochemistry, Animal Science, Plant and Microbial Biology, Food and Nutrition Science, and Poultry Science.  Students will also have an opportunity to learn about industry jobs through industry mentors and internships.
Our first cohort of students will start Fall 2018.  We are still looking for applicants, if you know of anyone who might be interested, please give them our information. Our web site is: ibmp.wordpress.ncsu.edu.

Life Sciences Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The VCU Rice Rivers Center (ricerivers.vcu.edu) offers the following funding opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student Research Scholarships: Competitive awards of $600 (undergraduate), $1,200 (masters) and $1,500 (doctoral) are available for field projects conducted at the Center and environs. Priority is given to projects that will advance our understanding of riverine ecosystems inclusive of their aquatic and terrestrial components. Collaborative (joint) proposals are welcomed, may request up to $2,000, and should clearly define individual roles and contributions to the overall project. Prior Scholarship recipients may apply for travel awards (up to $500) to present their findings at a national or regional meeting.

Graduate Fellowships: Up to three Summer Stipends ($6,000 each) will be awarded to support graduate student research in wetlands or restoration ecology. Candidates must be a current VCU graduate student in good standing or a recently-graduated undergraduate who has been accepted into a VCU graduate program for Fall, 2018. Projects conducted at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and environs are encouraged; however, proposals for relevant work in other locations will be considered. Proposals that add new value to existing and ongoing research (e.g. thesis, dissertation) are especially encouraged. Recipients should not hold a second VCU job during the
period of the Fellowship (mid-May thru mid-August) and there may be other requirements, which will be outlined in the award letter.  Applicants may also submit to the Student Research Scholarship program (see above) as a separate proposal.

Applications for research awards and graduate fellowships must be submitted as an attachment to cbvivere@vcu.edu by 28 March, 2018. Research proposals will include: a) cover letter, b) letter
of support from a faculty mentor, and c) 3-4 page proposal that includes project title, brief introduction, objectives/hypothesis, methods, expected results, schedule of activities, and a detailed budget. The budget may include funds for equipment, supplies, laboratory analyses and travel costs, and should indicate all funding sources, including those requested from the Center. Applications for graduate fellowships should include: a) cover letter, b) CV or Resume, c) personal statement explaining how the fellowship will advance our knowledge in the areas of wetlands or restoration ecology, and d) letter of support from faculty advisor. Decisions will be made in April and funds will be available in May. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cathy Viverette at cbvivere@vcu.edu or Dr. Greg Garman at ggarman@vcu.edu.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Internship: CBF is collaborating with the Rice Rivers Center to offer a paid internship position ($6,000) in Summer, 2018. The Intern will assist the CBF Virginia Senior Scientist with projects related to the conservation and restoration of the Bay, including: review of current regulatory and voluntary nutrient reduction programs, evaluating approaches for achieving nutrient load reductions, assisting with GIS database creation and maintenance, assisting with oyster restoration efforts, and participating in educational boat trips. The successful candidate must be a current VCU student (graduate or undergraduate) with completed coursework in ecology and/or environmental studies. This internship is a part-time CBF position which will consist of 30 hours per week during the summer (start and end dates are negotiable). Applicants for the Internship should electronically submit a) cover letter, b) CV or resume, and c) letter of support from faculty advisor by 28 March to Dr. Joe Wood at jwood@cbf.org.

YIIP Program Now Accepting Applications

The Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), a cross university translational institute led by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, is pleased to announce an exciting research opportunity.

The Young Innovative Investigator Program (YIIP) is now accepting applications. YIIP provides academic training to underrepresented minority students dedicated to pursuing careers as scientists and scholars in biological and biomedical science with the intent of developing the next generation of innovative biomedical scientists while increasing diversity among the pool of academic scientists. Scholarships are available to students accepted to the program. The deadline for YIIP applications is April 25, 2018.

Application Materials:

To be eligible for the YIIP program you must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 science GPA;
  • Have demonstrated high motivation and potential to become a basic scientist with a goal to attain a M.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or Ph.D.;
  • Be an underrepresented minority student (Black, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and/or Pacific Islander) in the health or science professions who meets all the eligibility criteria and has a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program; and
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

YIIP is a one to two year, full-time program at UConn for college graduates who are prepared to conduct supervised research in biomedical laboratories on the UConn Health campus in Farmington, Connecticut. The program also provides students with individualized mentorship, academic support, and career guidance. This is NOT a post-baccalaureate program.

The applicant must be prepared to complete graduate level scientific coursework. Upon successful completion of coursework in year one, students obtain a Graduate Certificate of Research Experience in Biomedical Science from UConn. In year two, students who meet the academic qualifications may have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science degree. By fulfilling the program requirements, YIIP Scholars will acquire the expertise necessary to enter a M.D., M.D.-Ph.D. or Ph.D. program.

VCU Post Baccalaurette Research Education Program (PREP)

The VCU Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Program (PREP) is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the biomedical sciences.  The program provides scholars with a year-long paid mentored research experience and the opportunity to develop technical and critical-thinking skills.  PREP scholars have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses and a GRE preparation course, as well as receive formal advice on the selection of graduate programs, preparation of graduate school applications, and preparation for graduate school interviews.

Eligible applicants must have graduated prior to program start on July 1. Students must be interested in pursuing a PhD .  Applicants must have graduated within 3 years of program start. Applicants must be US Citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals with proof of citizenship status.

We Offer:

  • Mentored Research Experience
  • Formal advice on graduate applications
  • Salary of $27,000
  • Opportunity to present at National Scientific Conference

Application opens November 15, 2017-March 15, 2018

Apply online at: https://artes.som.vcu.edu

For more information contact:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Center On Health Disparities
P.O. Box 980501
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0501
cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org

PREP flyer_2017-2018

NIH Training Opportunities

The Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) extends a warm greeting and hope that all of you are having a productive fall term. The OITE offers a variety of training opportunities and valuable career development to NIH trainees. We encourage you to explore the program opportunities mentioned below.

Students seeking a comprehensive summer research experience should explore the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). SIP welcomes eligible college, graduate, and professional students to spend eight to ten weeks conducting biomedical research with NIH investigators. SIP includes the following subprograms run by the OITE: The Community College Summer Enrichment Program(CCSEP) for community college students; the College Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program (C-SOAR) and the AMGEN Scholars at NIH Program forstudents at four-year universities; the Graduate Summer Opportunities to Advance Research Program G-SOARfor grad students. The SIP application is currently open through mid-March. To gain more information about the application process, please view this video.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The UGSP offers up to $20K in scholarship support, paid research training during the summer and after graduation. To determine if you meet the financial need eligibility guidelines, the UGSP encourages all applicants to complete the Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) form and submit it to your financial aid office. Please watch this video for additional application information.

The Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) is a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH. It’s designed to provide recent college graduates with a research experience and valuable career development seminars and workshops. Before preparing your application, please watch this video for instructions. The application is always open and we suggest you submit your application at least six to eight months before graduation.

For graduating undergraduate students who are specifically interested in a postbac experience focused on health disparities, you should consider applying to the NIH Academy. The NIH Academy offers trainees the opportunity to learn about health disparities, enhance their knowledge of gaps in health outcomes, and investigate what is being done to address health disparity issues. The application for the NIH Academy becomes available in May. Another opportunity is the NIH Academy Enrichment Program, this program provides one year of Postbac IRTA funding while participating in the NIH Academy and other career and professional development activities.   **NEW THIS YEAR- The NIH Academy Enrichment Program application will be available starting in late January.

Bridges to the Doctorate

Application for Fall 2018 admission due 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.

Neuroscience Graduate Program

If you are committed to a career in neuroscience research, consider our Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) at the Vollum Institute/Oregon Health and Science University.

The NGP faculty is large and diverse while the number of graduate students remains relatively small, allowing graduate students to connect with highly accomplished scientists including many well-recognized senior scientists as well as a growing number of outstanding junior faculty members. As a medical campus, OHSU provides its students with access to both translational and clinical research activities, and our graduates go on to secure excellent postdoctoral positions and a wide variety of jobs in academia, industry, and other science-related fields such as science writing.

Visit the NGP website to read about the experiences of some of our graduates and to explore areas in which we excel, including:

  • Biophysics of channels and transporters.
  • Molecular neurobiology and gene regulation.
  • Glial biology.
  • Synapses and circuits.
  • Sensory systems.
  • Developmental neuroscience.
  • Neurobiology of disease.

Our program is recognized as one of the top programs in the US, and we are located in one of its most livable and beautiful cities, Portland. We have great and affordable neighborhoods with restaurants that fit into even a graduate student’s budget. The application deadline for this year’s program is December 1, 2017.

If you are a college junior looking for summer research fellowships, we will be accepting applications for our stipended undergraduate summer research program. The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2018.

Please visit our websites or contact us for more information. I think you will be excited about the quality of our program and the opportunities it presents for a positive PhD experience.

Recruiting EVO Ph.D. students

Dr. Anne Stone and Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres are currently co-chairing the Evolutionary Biology program at Arizona State University.

We are a mid-sized program with 21 current students, and an active community group including a weekly journal club with faculty and students, annual research seminar organized by students, and shared outreach events (like extracting DNA at the ASU homecoming event). Our faculty span multiple units including Biology, Anthropology, Engineering, and Chemistry.

UVA Biology Graduate Program Flyer for 2018 Admission

PhD in Oral Health Research