Category Archives: Mentorship

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.

Art + Science in India and Thailand

The ART+BIO Collaborative, an educational nonprofit based in Cambridge, MA, offers various Field Studies of Art+Nature. We integrate art and the life sciences via public engagement, education, and research. We value diversity and inclusion in the arts and sciences, and design novel travel programs for artists, scientists, students, educators, professionals and for anyone interested in integrating nature, art, and biology in the wild.
Please consider applying to Jungle Life and help spread the word about this incredible opportunity to anyone who may be interested.
Here are the details:
JUNGLE LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in South India and Thailand
This program focuses on creative exploration of the unique and lush jungle environments of the Western Ghats of South India and the tropical island of Koh Lon, Thailand. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, collaboration, and various biological and natural history methods, we will utilize the natural habitat as a STUDIO+LAB to explore and make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature. During the program, we will stay at various field sites and provide an immersive, project-based experience, focused on the unique beauty and dense wilderness of the jungle.
Dates: June 5-19, 2018
There are limited spaces available. Those interested are highly encouraged to apply today. Please click on the link for photos and more information.

Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia: New SFS Program

SFS is excited to announce the launch of a new program in Patagonia for Fall 2019!

S F S New Program: PatagoniaThe SFS Center for Climate Studies will be based in the iconic Patagonia region of southern Chile and will offer a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia program during the fall and spring semesters. SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world’s most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, explore the rich biodiversity of the Straight of Magellan and fjords, glimpse the gaucho and baqueano way of life, as well as visit neighboring Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and environmental challenges to examine in this one of a kind region.

This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours.

  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

SFS will begin accepting applications for this program this coming fall. More information about this new program will be added to the SFS website this summer. Stay tuned!

Patagonia. A stage for true wiled.  Soaring pinnacles clash with rivers of ice, and life persists here in the face of challenging seasonal extremes.  Our research will focus on fragile exo-systems susceptible to climate change, on species found nowhere else on the planet, and on people with a will to live at the end of the world.

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.

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.

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.

Call for applications: Summer 2018 undergraduate research internship program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at VCU!

A student uses a pipette in a lab.

The VCU School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the creation of a pilot undergraduate research internship program for summer 2018. The major objectives of this program are: 1) to increase the pool of exceptional individuals seeking to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical sciences or biomedical sciences; and 2) to expose undergraduate students to pharmaceutical research. All interns participate in a ten-week summer research program under the supervision of a diverse multidisciplinary group of our outstanding scientific scholars. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include population research, clinical research, and basic research (see following page). This internship program includes a strong educational component to expose interns to the depth and breadth of research and career opportunities available in the pharmaceutical sciences. Each intern is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the program. The mentors are available to advise the interns throughout college and after graduation.

Program Details

  • Eligibility: undergraduate students completing sophomore or junior year preferred (seniors will be considered); interested in pharmaceutical or biomedical research; minimum GPA (3.0; >3.5 preferred) · Program details: June 4 to August 10 (i.e.,10 weeks, with 1 week of vacation that may not be the 1st or final week), 40 hours per week
  • Research areas: see following page
  • Stipend: $3,000 plus $1,000 for the mentor to cover the cost of supplies · Educational component: Weekly presentations or research demonstrations by graduate faculty and graduate students; a final report and presentation from each intern
  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • How to apply: Submit copy of transcripts, resume/CV, and 1-2 page personal statement (describing your interest in pharmaceutical or biomedical research, any past research experiences, career aspirations, etc.) to sjackson29@vcu.edu. Request two academic letters of reference to be sent directly to sjackson29@vcu.edu.
  • Questions: Please send email to sjackson29@vcu.edu.

Summer interns will conduct research under the guidance of graduate faculty in the following areas:

1) Department of Medicinal Chemistry (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/medchem/) Allosteric drug interactions Anti-cancer and anti-HIV drug development Anticoagulants and enzyme mechanism Behavioral effects of drugs Bioinformatics Centrally-active drugs Chemical biology Drug discovery Drugs of abuse Molecular modeling and drug design Natural product synthesis Next generation antibiotics QSAR technology development RNA-drug interactions Structural biology X-ray crystallography

2) Department of Pharmaceutics (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/pharmaceutics/) Aerosol drug delivery Biopharmaceutical analysis Drug Transporters Nanomedicine Ocular drug delivery Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics Proteomics

3) Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Science (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/dpos/) Health economics and outcomes research Social and administrative constructs of pharmacy practice Pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobial usage Cardiology (heart failure, inflammation, drug development) Thrombosis and haemostasis (hemophilia, coagulopathy, drug development) Women’s health / endocrinology Personalized medicine (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics) Neurocritical care (TBI, stroke) Geriatric Pharmacotherapy HIV clinical pharmacology Clinical trials Scholarship of teaching and learning Pharmacy practice innovation

REU: University of North Florida

OVERVIEW
Beginning in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July. REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise. Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects. Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini- symposium. Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for participation in the 2018 UNF REU program, students must be:
– U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
– Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.
– Available for the full duration of the program, from May 21 st to July 27 th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

TRAVEL, STIPENDS, AND HOUSING
Students participating in the REU program will receive:
– Stipend of $5,000 over the 10-week period
– Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
– Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Students interested in applying to the 2018 UNF REU program can acquire information on the
application procedure from the program website. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2018.
See: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU-Apply.aspx

ABOUT UNF
UNF is a 40-year old, comprehensive public university situated on ~1,300 acres of scenic timberland located 7 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 12 miles southeast of the urban setting of
downtown Jacksonville, FL. Because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns River, and the GTMNERR, UNF is uniquely suited to serve as a base for contemporary research in Coastal Biology. For additional information about UNF, visit www.unf.edu
Visit us at: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU.aspx

2018 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program

The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2018 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program.
This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member and his/her research team, communicate their project findings in poster and oral presentations, prepare for graduate school and the GRE, learn about scientific writing, network with faculty, community building with their peers through various social activities and receive a stipend, housing, meal allowance, and transportation to and from the Berkeley campus.
Program dates are May 28-August 3, 2018 and the application deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2018.
For more information about the program, please visit the following sites:
UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Website at http://amgenscholars.berkeley.edu
National Amgen Scholars Program Website at http://amgenscholars.com