We are pleased to recommend the Rice Rivers Center Summer Research Fellowship Program, which is in collaboration with the Department of Biology. The application and funding process are nearly identical to the UROP Fellowship, but with a focus on relevant research, innovative instruction, and community engagement in areas including conservation biology, ecological restoration, water resources, and applications of environmental technology. The RRC Summer Scholars Program complements the UROP mission by supporting student research in these broad disciplines. Research located at the Center and environs (Charles City County; James River) is encouraged but not required. For more information on the Center, please visit www.ricerivers.vcu.edu. The full program description and application instructions can be found here: Rice Rivers Center Summer Fellowship. The deadline for this program is April 12, 2019.
We have an exciting opportunity available for students or post-graduates who are looking to gain some hands on experience in the field of marine biology (and particularly elasmobranch research) by volunteering with our organisation in Gansbaai, South Africa – the great white shark capital of the world.
Kindly take a few minutes to read the below information regarding our educational volunteer research programme.
Volunteering with us is an opportunity for early-career scientists to be involved in groundbreaking marine research. Volunteers assist us with data collection and will gain valuable skills on board our vessels and in the field. Volunteer duties and responsibilities will involve the following:
- Learn about the Great White Shark and other shark species and, in turn, educate clients onboard our cage diving vessel about these incredible creatures, with the aim of shifting negative perceptions and enlightening the public about their beauty and the critical role they play in maintaining the health of our oceans.
- Collect data aboard our cage diving vessel and research vessel pertaining to Great White Sharks, which contributes towards our white shark dorsal fin identification study and growth rate study, and is analyzed to enhance our understanding of the populations of these enigmatic creatures.
- Join catch and release surveys on our research vessel and learn how to ethically catch, tag, measure, sample and release the smaller sharks along our coastline, many of which are data deficient. (Please note: we do not tag Great Whites at this stage.)
- Learn how to deploy baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) and how to analyze the videos collected
- Participate in beach cleanups and community education initiatives.
During the 2016 National Workshop on the Implementation of a Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in South Africa, it was underlined that fundamental baseline data are critically required to develop effective management and conservation initiatives for sharks. We work with in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch, the Oceanographic Research Institute and the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. Our various research projects aim to close some of these gaps in the data to help with the development of effective management plans, especially for our great white sharks, which unfortunately could be heading towards extinction.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for 2019 & 2020!
Positions are available for a period of one to three months; longer stays are subject to additional visa requirements.
To learn more please click on the link below:
Join the researchers of the VCR-LTER for summer 2019. NSF-funded opportunities are now available. Applications due February 1st 2019.
Project opportunities include:
Coastal Forests Migration (Gedan, PI)
Coastal forests are retreating as sea level rises and being replaced by marshes. We are establishing a new long-term disturbance experiment at the forest-marsh boundary to test feedbacks that govern this transition and to inform ongoing modeling of ecosystem state change. We will girdle trees in transitioning areas and areas subject to future state change to test the hypothesis that the cessation of tree regeneration due to salt stress is a key change in ecological processes during the course of ecosystem transition; only when pine regeneration ceases and adult trees die or are experimentally killed, light availability will be sufficient for marsh grass and salt-tolerant shrubs (Baccharis halimifolia and Iva frutescens) to colonize and complete the transition. The student researcher will assist with the set-up, instrumentation, and initial data collection in experimental plots in transitioning coastal forest, and will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project that complements the main experiment. By collaborating with several PIs involved in the experiment (Gedan, Kirwan, Fagherazzi, Johnson), the student will gain exposure to and skills in plant community ecology, insect ecology, geomorphology, and hydrology during the summer. Student will be supervised by Keryn Gedan. Must be able to stay until mid-August, when the last round of plant community data will be collected.
Biodiversity of seagrass meadows (Castorani, PI)
The VCR is home to the largest successful seagrass restoration in the world. This REU position will focus on understanding patterns of faunal biodiversity within these seagrass meadows, including study of fishes and benthic invertebrates through field collections, surveys, and new experiments. The successful candidate will join a group of interdisciplinary ecologists working across the barrier island–lagoon landscape, and work closely with Dr. Max Castorani (UVA) and his team of graduate students (https://castorani.evsc.virginia.edu). The ideal candidate should be strongly interested in perusing a career in ecology, hard working, detail orientated, and dedicated to his/her work. The student should also be comfortable working on boats, swimming in coastal waters, and handling small marine animals (fish, crabs).
Oyster-Marsh boundary dynamics (Reidenbach, PI)
Work along an oyster reef- marsh transition zone examines oyster reef restoration and marsh sediment dynamic. At the oyster reefs, we are collecting and analyzing infauna and sediment cores and quantifying oyster density and/or recruitment on reefs at different elevations. We are also quantifying the exchange of sediment between adjacent Hog Island Bay and the marsh. The student will help with these initiatives and can also help deploy wave instruments used to measure wave energy dissipation across reefs. We have an extensive data set from sensors deployed in a tidal creek, and the student will help collect and analyze suspended sediment samples and hydrodynamic data to complement our sensor data.
Shrub expansion on barrier islands (Zinnert, PI)
Shrub expansion into grassland has been occurring across the Virginia barrier islands due to warmer winter temperatures. However, most studies have been conducted on adult shrubs, and we do not fully understand the role of seedlings and potential interactions with the grassland species into which shrubs invade. This project is part of a newly established long-term experiment following shrub growth from seedling to adult. The student will examine biotic interactions between grasses and shrubs in experimental plots where grasses have been clipped around shrubs seedlings compared to plots with grasses intact. The student will quantify nitrogen availability and shrub physiology from these plots. Additional measurements on functional traits of grasses growing near shrubs and away will also be made.
Seagrass productivity & resilience (Berg, PI)
Opportunities are available to examine seagrass resilience via studies of productivity and biogeochemical cycling. Our current work focuses on seagrass metabolism in the largest restored meadow in the world. We are investigating the patterns and drivers of seagrass ecosystem metabolism, with particular focus on two known seagrass stressors: high temperatures and sulfide toxicity. There are opportunities here for a REU student to complement this research via work on pCO2 and photosynthesis, sediment sulfide, or epiphytes. The selected candidate will work closely with a graduate student on both field and lab work.
…Additional project opportunities on migratory and beach nesting birds coming soon!
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available with the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research (VCR-LTER) program for summer 2019. VCR-LTER researchers study patterns and mechanisms of ecosystem function, connectivity, and state changes in the coastal barrier system – from mainland marshes to intertidal and subtidal bay habitats and barrier islands. Potential REU projects range from sediment and plant dynamics to marine fauna responses to seagrass and oyster reef restoration. REUs also help collect data for ongoing long-term field projects. REUs spend the summer in a thriving research community; the VCR-LTER is based in the village of Oyster on Virginia’s Eastern Shore – one of the last coastal wildernesses on the east coast. The 10-week program begins the first week of June. REUs are provided a stipend plus on-site lodging and research support administered through the University of Virginia. More information about VCR-LTER research initiatives and potential advisers can be found in Research Highlights at www.vcrlter.virginia.edu. Specific project opportunities will be available in mid-January on the VCR LTER website (www.vcrlter.virginia.edu). Applicants are also encouraged to contact potential mentors directly. Applications are due February 1st and decisions will be made no later than March 1st. A resume and letter of interest should be sent to the Site Director, Cora Johnston, at email@example.com. Please include “VCR REU Application” in the subject line.
University of Michigan
The Interdisciplinary REU Program in the Structure and Function of Proteins at the University of Michigan provides undergraduate students with a 10-week summer research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, chemistry, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, and plant biology. Faculty members in this program represent eight departments at the University of Michigan. The majority of the research projects featured involve studies of protein structure and function.
Students with a sincere interest in the pursuit of a graduate degree (PhD or MS) in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) discipline are strongly encouraged to apply. Students from institutions with limited resources for research and students from underrepresented backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.
- Hands-on Research Experience (research projects & faculty mentors)
- Weekly Enrichment Seminars (scientific communication, ethics, graduate school admissions, etc.)
- Journal Club
- Closing Symposium
- Social Outings & Activities
- Undergraduate students majoring in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
- U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
- $5,750 stipend
- $900 Meal allowance
- $500 Travel allowance
- Free housing
Program Deadline – February 15, 2019
Program Dates – May 22, 2019 – August 2, 2019
(Dates are fixed. Alternative schedules cannot be accommodated.)
Questions – Please send all inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start your application today!
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.
The Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, is an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for Summer 2019. Applications are due Friday, February 8th. We especially encourage applications from students from community colleges, institutions with limited research opportunities and from underrepresented groups in ocean science.
Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology. The program will take place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,200 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.
For more information, please contact:
Director, UD REU program in Marine Science
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:
- A complete online application (see below).
- 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 email@example.com WITH the subject line of “2019 REU Recommendation for YOUR NAME.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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- Applied Plant Systems
- Bioenergy Systems
- Biomedical Engineering
- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
- Minority Health Disparities
- Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction
- Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
- Redox Biology
- Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments
- Systems Biology of Plant and Microbiome
- Unmanned Systems
- Communicating research to a variety of audiences
- Interpreting results
- Participating in novel research
- Navigating difficult ethical situations
- Network building