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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.

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.

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 »

Free talk on RVA urban heat island effects

A heat map of the Richmond cityscape shows a stark difference in temperature between buildings and surroundings.

Richmond’s Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Tuesday, August 21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Round House in Byrd Park

Speaker: Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D., Science Museum of Virginia

Topic: The Richmond urban heat island one year later: What we know.

Abstract: Last July, the Science Museum of Virginia led a collective of Richmond-area organizations in a citizen science assessment of the city’s urban heat island effect – or the amplification of heat waves in certain areas of the city due to extensive built surfaces and few trees. Results identified a 16°F difference between the warmest and coolest places in the city at the same time. Many of the warmest areas also coincide with higher populations of families in poverty, black communities, low educational attainment individuals, and vacant property. What do we know about how heat affects our health in Richmond? What can be done about this environmental and social issue? I’ll talk about green infrastructure as one of multiple possible solutions.

Richmond Tree Stewards is sponsoring this opportunity. Please bring friends and neighbors who may be interested.

There will be door prizes and refreshment

EVENT LINK:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1057616374407547/

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.

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