Category Archives: Mentorship

NC State’s Master of Microbial Biotechnology

The MMB is a two-year, Professional Science Master’s program that offers a unique blend of science and business, integrated in real-world bioscience industry exposure.  Our campus, located 15 miles from Research Triangle Park, the heart of the biotech industry, is the ideal location to gain exposure to local biotech and pharma companies through industrial case studies, internships, and guest speakers.

The MMB program that trains students to apply scientific methods to solve business-related problems faced by the bioscience industry. We believe that students gain practical experience through this program that enhances their career options. In fact, 98% of students are satisfied with their post graduate career. Overall, respondents indicated satisfaction with their job meaningfulness, security, salary, autonomy, and opportunities for advancement.

Click here to learn about NCSU’s visitation program. Applications are due 10/22.

Spit4Science recruiting undergrad research assistants for next Spring

What is Spit4Science?

  • VCU-wide research project
  • Goal: understand how genetic and environmental factors come together to influence a variety of health-related outcomes in the VCU undergraduate population
  • spit4science.vcu.edu

Why be involved?

  • Be involved in recruitment, marketing, data collection and analysis, and other research activities
  • Work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data
  • Meet different faculty involved in the project

Class Details

  • Application only
  • Three credits
  • A-F grading system
  • Students from all class, levels and majors are encouraged to apply

Questions? Please contact adkinsae@vcu.edu

Apply via https://redcap.vcu.edu/surveys/?s=8NHWW8WR43

Applications due by Monday, October 29th at 5:00 PM.

Cancer Research Opportunity Summer 2019

VCU Biology received the following communication:

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-35) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist. The St. Jude Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was recently established to offer training in leading-edge scientific fields paired with unique mentoring in the St. Jude clinical experience. Highly motivated POE students would have opportunities to join the third class of the Graduate School in August, 2019.

All POE program applicants must have research experience at the time they apply. The POE 2018 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.85. Our POE 2018 class of 55 students from 44 schools in 25 states were selected from over 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The subsistence allowance will be $400/per week for undergraduates, and $480/week for all others. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2019 application materials is February 1, 2019. Early application is highly recommended, since completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice.

RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists

Introduction

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established the the Helena Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists that offers opportunities for underrepresented post baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. Individuals must have a specific intention to further pursue an advanced degree after training.

The purpose of the Mishoe Fellowship is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences for post baccalaureate individuals, from health disparity groups, who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/veterinary/pharmacy) school with a career goal of becoming a doctorally-trained scientist or physician-scientist. The NIH is particularly interested in encouraging the recruitment and retention of the following classes of candidates: (A) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27external link, and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineeringexternal link). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. (B)  Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amendedexternal link. See NSF data at, http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdfexternal link.  (C) Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as: (1) Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtmlexternal link. (2) Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.  Recruitment and retention of individuals from a disadvantaged background are most applicable to high school and perhaps undergraduate candidates, but would be more difficult to justify for individuals beyond that level of achievement. The Program supports individuals that will pursue basic science, clinical, translation, biomedical or behavioral health research careers including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the prevention, etiology, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Increasing diversity in the future research workforce may contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have recently completed or will complete a bachelor’s degree by the summer of selection,
  2. Must have completed academic training in course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral or statistical research,
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale, or 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale, and
  4. Be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

An official transcript will be required if individual is selected for an interview.

Applicants will not be excluded from consideration or evaluation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other non-merit factor.

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/node-general/radm-helena-o-mishoe-fellowship-underrepresented-scientists

Within Integrated Life Sciences, you choose. Entering ILS students sample three faculty research programs prior to committing to a major professor and graduate program. With more than 250 faculty and 14 PhD graduate programs affiliated with ILS, a student is certain to find a great research and learning environment. ILS students also engage in innovative curriculum that is purposefully designed to facilitate the transition to graduate education and research.

  • PhD training in emerging and interdisciplinary areas
  • Customized research specializations
  • Competitive financial support
  •  Strong mentoring and outcomes

Research Strengths

    • Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Biology Education Research
    • Cancer
    • Cell Biology
    • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
    • Chemical Biology
    • Climate Change
    • Computational Chemistry in Biology
    • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cellular Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Entomology
    • Genetics
    • Infectious Diseases
    • NIH T32 Grants
    • NIH Bridges-to-Doctorate
    • NSF Graduate Scholars Leadership, Engagement and Development
    • Gateway to Graduate Education
    • Professional Development Courses
    • Marine Sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
    • Physiology & Pharmacology
    • Plant Biology
    • Toxicology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Disease Ecology
    • Drug Discovery & Development
    • Epigenetics & Chomatin
    • Evolution & Ecology
    • Fungal Biology
    • Glycoscience
    • Insect Biology
    • Molecular Plant Science
    • Molecular Biophysics & Structural Biology
    • Pathogens & Immunity
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Systems Biology
    • Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases
    • Vaccines & Biological Countermeasures

Do tomorrow’s research today at UGA!
For more information, visit ils.uga.edu or contact us at ilsinfo@uga.edu or 706-583-0854.

2019 PPIA Junior Summer Institute Application is Now Open

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) are focused on training the next generation of diverse leaders in public policy and international affairs. PPIA JSI is a rigorous seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and personal development of emerging diverse leaders in public service.  The JSI curriculum is structured to introduce or strengthen skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, writing, and public speaking. The deadline to apply for summer 2019 is November 19.

Society of Toxicology (SOT) Announces Awards Opportunity for Undergraduates

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) would like you to know about SOT activities that give students the opportunity to learn more about toxicology. SOT provides undergraduate travel support and host a special program for undergraduates and non-SOT member advisers at the SOT Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, March 10–14, 2019.  Please see the Undergraduate Programs Flyer for information about the conference and awards. The deadline for awards is October 19. For students with data to present, the Abstract Submission deadline is also October 19.

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 »

VCU Bug Lab Internship

Like Bugs?

Want lab experience?

The “VCU Bug Lab” is looking for a few new research
interns (unpaid) to assist with insect rearing and field
collecting this summer and fall. Applicants must be
reliable and cooperative, and available at least 8-10 hrs a
week, especially on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For more information stop by the Bug Lab (033 LSB; enter
through 029 LSB) or contact Dr. Karen Kester:
kmkester@vcu.edu

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.