Category Archives: Student Experiences

8 x $10,000 Research Fellowships available for summer and year-long research

The VCU IMSD program has 8 x $10,000 Research fellowships available for summer 2019 and academic year 2019-20
We are still accepting applications through April 15th, 2019  
Are you passionate about science, ready to immerse yourself in research, looking for a community of like-minded peers, craving career development opportunities and interested in pursuing graduate education?
The Center on Health Disparities is excited to request applications for:
The VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) undergraduate research training program.
We are looking to recruit 7-8 eager young biomedical or behavioral researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are excited to engage in a research-intensive curriculum and a long term biomedical or behavioral research experience. We accept students from all STEM Majors (BIOL, BNFO, BME, CHEM, CLSE, HPEX, MATH,  PHYS, PSYC, SCI)
More details about what the program has to offer can be found on the attached flyer.
We are still accepting applications through April 15th, 2019
Prospective students can apply online here:
If you have any further questions about the program please contact me
Assistant Professor Sarah Golding, Director of the VCU Undergraduate IMSD program
For questions regarding the application process please contact.
Ms Khiana Meade
IMSD Program Coordinator
We look forward to reviewing your applications!

National Scholarship Office (NSO) General Information Sessions

Each semester, the National Scholarship Office (NSO) offers a couple of general information sessions. These are intended for students who are new to VCU (first- and second-year undergraduates, transfer students, new graduate students), although anyone is welcome to attend. During each information session, students will be introduced to a range of (inter)nationally competitive awards and discuss what makes for a strong application. Most importantly, we will talk about ways that students can prepare themselves to be competitive for these awards in the future.
The sessions scheduled for this spring will be held on:
Wednesday, March, 27, 2p; and
Thursday, March 28, 12:30p
Both info sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street). This room is right next door to the National Scholarship Office.
After attending one of the info sessions, students will be invited to meet with me or one of the other fellowship advisors in the NSO.

Spit 4 Science Research Assistants Needed: Fall 2019

SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR FALL 2019!

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=XXCT7AEH3M

Applications due by Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 PM.

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.

Now Accepting Applications for the Neuroscience Scholars Program

Beat the rush – apply now to the award-winning Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP).

The Society for Neuroscience’s NSP is a two-year online training program open to underrepresented neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Eighteen candidates will be selected as NSP Fellows, who will have access to a mentor, complimentary registration and travel to Neuroscience 2019 and 2020, and support for additional professional development activities.

Applications close February 21, 2019

This program is supported by NIH, and program guidelines specify that candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.

For more information on eligibility visit SfN.org/nsp or email nsp@sfn.org.

2019 REU Program in Marine Science University of Delaware

The Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, is an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for Summer 2019. Applications are due Friday, February 8th. We especially encourage applications from students from community colleges, institutions with limited research opportunities and from underrepresented groups in ocean science.

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology.  The program will take place at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,200 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.

More information and the application can be found on our website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of our recent field trips.

For more information, please contact:

Joanna York
Director, UD REU program in Marine Science
jyork@udel.edu
302-831-7040

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.

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.

Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund

Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund

The Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund grants academically promising, and hardworking students of diverse areas of study and backgrounds with financial support so they can pursue internships, conferences, research, domestic or study abroad, and/or social entrepreneurship opportunities. Applicants must be undergraduate rising juniors or rising seniors, in good academic standing, and be majors in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Requests can be made for, but are not limited to, research support, internship stipends, conference attendance, domestic or study abroad opportunities, and/or social entrepreneurial incubator support. Funds are awarded at the discretion of a Dean’s Office committee. Awards will not exceed $5,000. All Baldacci Student Experiential funds for the 2018-19 cycle should be spent by June 15, 2020.

Deadline
01/31/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a community college transfer student?
  2. Upload a statement of no more than 500 words describing your experiential learning opportunity. In your description, include what type of activities you will participate in, your anticipated start date and length of participation, host organization/business, location and how the experience will support your educational and/or career goals. Provide a brochure or website if applicable.
  3. Provide the name and email of a VCU College of Humanities and Science faculty member who can provide a reference in support of your application. They may be contacted during review of your application. 
  4. Provide the name and email of the sponsor/mentor/supervisor of your experiential learning opportunity. They will be contacted to confirm your participation.
  5. Outline a budget for your internship experience (select all anticipated expenses that apply). As a reminder, awards will not exceed $5,000. All Baldacci Student Experiential funds for the 2018-19 cycle should be spent by June 15, 2020.
  6. Provide a narrative description of your budget including your need for funding and your ability to participate without funding. Include total amounts for each of the expenses you selected in the previous question and a total amount of all expenses.