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Rice Rivers Center Summer Research Fellowship Program

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.

Information Sessions: Applying for Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at VCU

Greetings colleagues, below is the full schedule of information sessions for spring semester.  Feel free to share widely with students and faculty.  You are also welcome to share our blog post with further details here: http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2019/01/23/infosessionsspring19/
We will post a separate schedule of Research Poster Design Workshops soon!  Many thanks as always,
Herb

1/24/2019 Thu 3:00 PM-4:00 PM MPC | Harris Hall 2129  (All Summer Programs)

1/31/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160  (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/5/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/7/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/11/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/14/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/18/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/26/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/28/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

Research Experiences for Undergraduates available for summer 2019!

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!

To apply:

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 coraj@virginia.edu. Please include “VCR REU Application” in the subject line.

Invitation to VCU Earth Hacks

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. Visit earthhacks.vcu.edu for more information and registration.

2019 Sevilleta REU opportunities

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:

  1. A complete online application (see below).
  2. 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 srbaker@unm.edu WITH the subject line of “2019 REU Recommendation for YOUR NAME.”

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Deadlines

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.

e-mail: srbaker@unm.edu

TO APPLY AND FOR MORE INFORMATION visit: https://sevilletareu.wordpress.com/

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities at Nebraska

We are now accepting applications for the University of Nebraska’s 2019 Summer Research Program, and we’d like to encourage your students to apply.
Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.

GET ALL OF THE DETAILS »

Summer 2019 research programs include:
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Friday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Paid Summer Research at Emory University for Diverse Scholars

Emory University’s Laney Graduate School under the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Office will be hosting the Laney Graduate School’s Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) program.  Application Deadline is January 28, 2019.
 
The university is attempting to identify talented underrepresented minority – particularly Black/African American, American Indian, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – and underserved undergraduate students who may benefit from a highly-competitive, 10-week, research-intensive experience. We are seeking emerging researchers interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in one of over 40 academic programs at Emory including humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural, physical and biomedical sciences. Additional program details, eligibility requirements and online application can be found on the web at LGS-SOAR.
 
The program is unique in that all scholars will be mentored by Emory Faculty and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and developing professional development skills on:
  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building 
Please help us spread the word about LGS-SOAR 2019 by forwarding this announcement to interested students, faculty, and staff at your institution.
 
I am happy to answer any questions and look forward to the applicants you will send our way. Thank you in advance for your support in broadening participation in graduate education!
 
Application deadline is January 28.
 
Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean Amanda Marie James at laney.edge@emory.edu.

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities for Your Students at Nebraska

We are now accepting applications for the University of Nebraska’s 2019 Summer Research Program, and we’d like to encourage your students to apply.
Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.

GET ALL OF THE DETAILS »

Summer 2019 research programs include:
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Friday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Osteology Research Workshops and Field School in Transylvania (Romania)

Our osteology and bioarchaeology programs are designed to offer intensive, hands on experience with remarkably well preserved human osteological remains, focusing primarily on research skill acquisition. They provide a very effective transition between the controlled teaching environment of an osteology academic lab and real “life” burial assemblages. As such, our programs offer an essential and necessary skill set to anyone pursuing a career in physical anthropology, bioarchaeology, forensics or medicine:

Adult Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Late Medieval ”Crisis” Populations

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 2 – June 29, 2019
More information:  
https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/adult-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 
3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: 
experience with basic human anatomy and morphology useful but not required

Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop: Victims of Change – Bioarchaeology of Children

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania
Dates:
 June 30 – July 27, 2019
More information:
 https://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/juvenile-osteology-laboratory
Contact e-mail: 
archaeology@archaeotek.org 
Project Director:
 Dr. Jonathan Bethard (Department of Anthropology, University of Southern Florida)
Credits: 3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF (USF deadlines and tuition applies)non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology Laboratory Workshop or equivalent)

Ossuary Excavation and Commingled Remains Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop

Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc (laboratory) and Valeni / Patakfalva (excavation), Transylvania, Romania
Dates: Session 1: June 2 – June 29, 2019; Session 2: June 30 – July 27, 2019
More informationhttps://www.archaeotek-archaeology.org/commingled-remains
Contact e-mailarchaeology@archaeotek.org
Project Director: Frankie West and Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua (Department of Anthropology, Western Carolina University)
Credits: 6 undergraduate credits available through WCU for session 1 (WCU deadlines and tuition applies);  3-6 undergraduate/graduate credits available through USF for session 2 (USF deadlines and tuition applies); non-credit positions available
Requirements: stand alone human osteology course is a prerequisite (such as the above Adult Osteology LAboratory Workshop or equivalent)

HISTORICAL CONTEXT : As the 15th century ends, the battle for Europe continues! The heroes (and their legend) that held back the Ottoman East have died: Vlad Dracula the Impaler in 1476; Saint Stephan the Great in 1504; Skanderberg in 1468. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 and the European defeat at the Battle of Mohacs in 1526 opened the way for the Ottoman expansion into Europe, all the way to the gates of Vienna. The Saxon fortresses and the Szekely armies managed to hold the Ottomans at bay as the Principality of Transylvania was born in 1570. Turkish pressure combined with the struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism has generated an extraordinary environment that impacted the local populations in a variety of ways, both physiologically and socio-culturally. The aim of our osteology and bioarchaeology projects is to evaluate how major global political events impact physically and physiologically the local Transylvanian medieval populations.

For bioarchaeology field work experience, our participants can further combine the above programs with our bioarchaeology field school: Medieval Cemetery Funerary Cemetery Excavation. (6 academic credits available through WCU for the first session and USF for the second session).

Our projects are designed as intensive hands-on laboratory experience programs and, as such, are open to both credit students and non-credit participants. For more information on this program, see attached brochures or visit www.archaeotek-archaeology.org

Pharmaceutical Product Development Open House

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD), a local major employer of VCU students from the sciences, is hosting an Open House and Information Session with their PPD Labs teams at their Richmond Lab (2244 Dabney Road, Building D, Richmond, VA 23230). The event is on Thursday, November 8th from 4pm – 7pm.
 
This is a phenomenal opportunity for students to learn more about PPD and an opportunity to network. In fact, students attending the Open House are HIGHLY encouraged to bring multiples copies of their resumes to discuss with the lab members at the event. 
PPD is open to new/recent grads and upcoming Dec. grads as well as alumni. PPD also have a great technical training program in place for folks coming out of a BS in the lab sciences, so this is also a great info session for those still a year or two from graduating!

Moreover, PPD are currently hiring for roles in all levels for the bioanalytical labs (BS, MS and PhD + alum are all welcome). Specific skills/majors where we have current openings are in vaccine sciences, immunochemistry, molecular genomics/PCR Sequencing (sr level roles in Molec/PCR as well) and biomarker sciences, so some majors and coursework well aligned are biochemistry, biology, immunology, chemistry, microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology and other related lab science degrees.