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
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
- Application only
- Three credits
- A-F grading system
- Students from all class levels and majors are encouraged to apply
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications due by Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00 PM.
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!
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 email@example.com. Please include “VCR REU Application” in the subject line.
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.
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.
For more information, please contact:
Director, UD REU program in Marine Science
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.
- Applied Plant Systems
- Bioenergy Systems
- Biomedical Engineering
- Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
- Minority Health Disparities
- Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction
- Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
- Redox Biology
- Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments
- Systems Biology of Plant and Microbiome
- Unmanned Systems
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.
- Supplemental Questions
- Are you a community college transfer student?
- 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.
- 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.
- Provide the name and email of the sponsor/mentor/supervisor of your experiential learning opportunity. They will be contacted to confirm your participation.
- 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.
- 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.