Category Archives: Networking

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

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.

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.

EarthHacks – March 17-18, 2018

EarthHacks

MARCH 17-18, 2018 | SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA
2500 W. Broad St., Richmond VA 23220

EarthHacks is an innovation-focused event where students from all majors develop solutions to real-world environmental challenges. Multidisciplinary teams will have 24 hours to learn from mentors, brainstorm and generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Depending upon the problem, proposed solutions can involve hardware, software, art, text and other materials. The three challenge categories are:

POLLUTION

Pollution is the interference of contaminants with the natural world, degrading natural resources and putting plant, animal and human life in danger.

RENEWABLE
ENERGY

Renewable energy is power harvested from resources that are not in danger or being depleted, such as wind, sunlight, geothermal energy, waves and tides, rain and bioenergy.

CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY

Conservation technology is the modernization and introduction of technology to the conservation fields, spurring ecological, agricultural and wildlife-focused innovation.

    Register at this link today!    

Visit EarthHacks.vcu.edu for more information.

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.

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

Timmons Group Environmental Intern Summer 2018

Timmons Group’s Environmental Department is looking for two eager students (Grad or Undergrad) in the environmental field to serve as interns for the summer of 2018.  Environmental Interns will gain experience working on many projects that will be underway during the summer.  Typical work includes wetland delineations, pond management, environmental site assessments, stream restoration, environmental permitting, etc.  This is a PAID position.  Interns are required to work 32 hours/week, Monday-Thursday.  Interested candidates must be okay with working long days in the field if needed.  A typical work day is from 7:30am-4:30pm, though field work often requires earlier mornings (~6am) and longer days.  Former interns are in an ideal position to obtain a full time position upon graduation.

 

The positions are not posted anywhere online.  Interested students should send their resumes and a brief cover letter to brian.breissinger@timmons.com as soon as possible to be considered.

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