Category Archives: Student Experiences

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.

Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia: New SFS Program

SFS is excited to announce the launch of a new program in Patagonia for Fall 2019!

S F S New Program: PatagoniaThe SFS Center for Climate Studies will be based in the iconic Patagonia region of southern Chile and will offer a Coastal Climate Change in Patagonia program during the fall and spring semesters. SFS students will take field excursions to some of the world’s most massive glaciers, visit the renowned Torres del Paine National Park, explore the rich biodiversity of the Straight of Magellan and fjords, glimpse the gaucho and baqueano way of life, as well as visit neighboring Argentina. There is no shortage of stunning landscapes and environmental challenges to examine in this one of a kind region.

This program will follow the SFS model offering 4 core courses plus the Directed Research course, totaling 18 credit hours.

  • Language, Culture, and Society of Chile (2 credits)
  • Patagonian Ecology (4 credits)
  • Earth Systems and Climate Science (4 credits)
  • Political and Social Dimensions of Conservation (4 credits)
  • Directed Research (4 credits)

SFS will begin accepting applications for this program this coming fall. More information about this new program will be added to the SFS website this summer. Stay tuned!

Patagonia. A stage for true wiled.  Soaring pinnacles clash with rivers of ice, and life persists here in the face of challenging seasonal extremes.  Our research will focus on fragile exo-systems susceptible to climate change, on species found nowhere else on the planet, and on people with a will to live at the end of the world.

Life Sciences Research Scholarships and Fellowships

The VCU Rice Rivers Center (ricerivers.vcu.edu) offers the following funding opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student Research Scholarships: Competitive awards of $600 (undergraduate), $1,200 (masters) and $1,500 (doctoral) are available for field projects conducted at the Center and environs. Priority is given to projects that will advance our understanding of riverine ecosystems inclusive of their aquatic and terrestrial components. Collaborative (joint) proposals are welcomed, may request up to $2,000, and should clearly define individual roles and contributions to the overall project. Prior Scholarship recipients may apply for travel awards (up to $500) to present their findings at a national or regional meeting.

Graduate Fellowships: Up to three Summer Stipends ($6,000 each) will be awarded to support graduate student research in wetlands or restoration ecology. Candidates must be a current VCU graduate student in good standing or a recently-graduated undergraduate who has been accepted into a VCU graduate program for Fall, 2018. Projects conducted at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and environs are encouraged; however, proposals for relevant work in other locations will be considered. Proposals that add new value to existing and ongoing research (e.g. thesis, dissertation) are especially encouraged. Recipients should not hold a second VCU job during the
period of the Fellowship (mid-May thru mid-August) and there may be other requirements, which will be outlined in the award letter.  Applicants may also submit to the Student Research Scholarship program (see above) as a separate proposal.

Applications for research awards and graduate fellowships must be submitted as an attachment to cbvivere@vcu.edu by 28 March, 2018. Research proposals will include: a) cover letter, b) letter
of support from a faculty mentor, and c) 3-4 page proposal that includes project title, brief introduction, objectives/hypothesis, methods, expected results, schedule of activities, and a detailed budget. The budget may include funds for equipment, supplies, laboratory analyses and travel costs, and should indicate all funding sources, including those requested from the Center. Applications for graduate fellowships should include: a) cover letter, b) CV or Resume, c) personal statement explaining how the fellowship will advance our knowledge in the areas of wetlands or restoration ecology, and d) letter of support from faculty advisor. Decisions will be made in April and funds will be available in May. Questions may be directed to Dr. Cathy Viverette at cbvivere@vcu.edu or Dr. Greg Garman at ggarman@vcu.edu.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Internship: CBF is collaborating with the Rice Rivers Center to offer a paid internship position ($6,000) in Summer, 2018. The Intern will assist the CBF Virginia Senior Scientist with projects related to the conservation and restoration of the Bay, including: review of current regulatory and voluntary nutrient reduction programs, evaluating approaches for achieving nutrient load reductions, assisting with GIS database creation and maintenance, assisting with oyster restoration efforts, and participating in educational boat trips. The successful candidate must be a current VCU student (graduate or undergraduate) with completed coursework in ecology and/or environmental studies. This internship is a part-time CBF position which will consist of 30 hours per week during the summer (start and end dates are negotiable). Applicants for the Internship should electronically submit a) cover letter, b) CV or resume, and c) letter of support from faculty advisor by 28 March to Dr. Joe Wood at jwood@cbf.org.

Summer Science Communication Internships

Summer science writing and multimedia internships will soon be advertised at vaseagrant.org. These opportunities provide an undergraduate, recently graduated or graduate student with training in science communication, and will allow him or her to initiate new writing or video/photography projects, as they tell the story of how Virginia Sea Grant brokers science to community stakeholders. The internship offers students opportunities to develop interviewing, analysis, reporting, pitching, writing and shooting skills.

Call for applications: Summer 2018 undergraduate research internship program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences at VCU!

A student uses a pipette in a lab.

The VCU School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce the creation of a pilot undergraduate research internship program for summer 2018. The major objectives of this program are: 1) to increase the pool of exceptional individuals seeking to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical sciences or biomedical sciences; and 2) to expose undergraduate students to pharmaceutical research. All interns participate in a ten-week summer research program under the supervision of a diverse multidisciplinary group of our outstanding scientific scholars. Our faculty’s areas of expertise include population research, clinical research, and basic research (see following page). This internship program includes a strong educational component to expose interns to the depth and breadth of research and career opportunities available in the pharmaceutical sciences. Each intern is assigned to a graduate faculty member who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the program. The mentors are available to advise the interns throughout college and after graduation.

Program Details

  • Eligibility: undergraduate students completing sophomore or junior year preferred (seniors will be considered); interested in pharmaceutical or biomedical research; minimum GPA (3.0; >3.5 preferred) · Program details: June 4 to August 10 (i.e.,10 weeks, with 1 week of vacation that may not be the 1st or final week), 40 hours per week
  • Research areas: see following page
  • Stipend: $3,000 plus $1,000 for the mentor to cover the cost of supplies · Educational component: Weekly presentations or research demonstrations by graduate faculty and graduate students; a final report and presentation from each intern
  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
  • How to apply: Submit copy of transcripts, resume/CV, and 1-2 page personal statement (describing your interest in pharmaceutical or biomedical research, any past research experiences, career aspirations, etc.) to sjackson29@vcu.edu. Request two academic letters of reference to be sent directly to sjackson29@vcu.edu.
  • Questions: Please send email to sjackson29@vcu.edu.

Summer interns will conduct research under the guidance of graduate faculty in the following areas:

1) Department of Medicinal Chemistry (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/medchem/) Allosteric drug interactions Anti-cancer and anti-HIV drug development Anticoagulants and enzyme mechanism Behavioral effects of drugs Bioinformatics Centrally-active drugs Chemical biology Drug discovery Drugs of abuse Molecular modeling and drug design Natural product synthesis Next generation antibiotics QSAR technology development RNA-drug interactions Structural biology X-ray crystallography

2) Department of Pharmaceutics (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/pharmaceutics/) Aerosol drug delivery Biopharmaceutical analysis Drug Transporters Nanomedicine Ocular drug delivery Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics Proteomics

3) Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcome Science (https://pharmacy.vcu.edu/dpos/) Health economics and outcomes research Social and administrative constructs of pharmacy practice Pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobial usage Cardiology (heart failure, inflammation, drug development) Thrombosis and haemostasis (hemophilia, coagulopathy, drug development) Women’s health / endocrinology Personalized medicine (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics) Neurocritical care (TBI, stroke) Geriatric Pharmacotherapy HIV clinical pharmacology Clinical trials Scholarship of teaching and learning Pharmacy practice innovation

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

Summer REU Program: Marine Sciences

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Marine Sciences for Summer 2018.  This NSF-funded experience at the University of Delaware will provide undergraduates the opportunity to work with faculty in research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.  In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,000 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.

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

2018 Federal Careers Open House

For college students and recent graduates, the US Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Federal Career Open House.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

803 Front Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

At the event:

Learn about the Federal Pathways Program
Talk to employees and recruiters
Learn about Federal benefits
Meet local Federal agencies
View job openings

Information sessions:

10:30 am – 11:30 am & 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

How to navigate USAJOBS
How to tailor your resume
How to interview for a federal job

Neuroscience Pipeline Program: Undergraduate Summer Research Experience

The Washington University in St. Louis Neuroscience Pipeline program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs.  We combine outstanding research training, a rigorous curriculum and an empowering support system that allows participants to thrive on their path to graduate school and beyond. With support from the NIH BP-ENDURE Program and Washington University, accepted students are funded for up to two summers. Overall, the program embeds students in a network of neuroscientists and enhances the success and persistence of trainees.

Benefits

  • Up to two summers of cutting-edge research.
  • $5000 stipend per summer.
  • Free housing and travel to and from the program.
  • Academic and professional development workshops.
  • GRE (or MCAT) prep course.
  • Attend up to two scientific conferences annually.
  • Individualized advising and mentoring.

Eligibility

A strong candidate is:

  • Interested in research and pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in a neuroscience-related field.
  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate.
  • A US citizen or permanent resident.
  • From an underrepresented group (e.g. racial or ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, from a low-income household and first-generation college students).

Program Dates

  • May 29, 2018 – August 4, 2018

Applications Due: February 1, 2018

Apply: endure.wustl.edu