Category Archives: Student Experiences

Internship Description

The Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization searching for interns for the summer of 2017. The Ocean Center runs programs geared towards children and adults that are focused on ecotourism and environmental education. Interns at the Ocean Center will be actively involved with all tasks related to daily operations for the Center. Interns will also help forward the Center’s mission of revitalizing the local economy of Hatteras Village.

Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of running a nonprofit. We are currently looking for interns with backgrounds in:

● Biological Sciences

● Earth Sciences

● Environmental Science/Studies

● Education

● Marketing

● Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Tasks and Responsibilities

● 50% – Run educational programs for children and adults

● 30% – Assist with the daily operations of the Center (greet visitors, give tours of the facilities, and running the cash register at the gift shop, etc….)

● 20% Help maintain the building and property (lawn work, cleaning, equipment and general maintenance).

Qualifications

● Have a passion for ecotourism and environmental education

● Must be outgoing and able to encourage conversations with visitors of all ages

● Excellent oral and written communication

● Student in their Junior year of college or higher preferred

● Current valid CPR/First Aid Certification (or higher) preferred

● GPA of 3.0 or higher

● Able to work several hours outside in summer heat

● Must be comfortable working in and around water and on watercrafts

Living Arrangements

● Free housing (shared living space) is provided

● Interns are responsible for their own living and travel expenses outside of housing arrangement

● Jobs in village outside of working hours are permitted so long as they do not conflict with internship

Other Details

● Internship dates are from May 22nd – August is 11th.

● Internship is 12-weeks long

Other Opportunities

Interns will have the opportunity to volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) on their Turtle Patrol and Nest Sitting initiatives.

On Turtle Patrol interns will accompany a Park Ranger or seasonal NPS staff member on an off-road vehicle to search for nesting sea turtle tracks, excavate nests, and perform necessary protocols associated with identification and marking of new sea turtle nests on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

During nest sitting interns will be able to educate and interact with the general public and ensure the safety of new sea turtle hatchlings at nest sites close to their hatching date. Interns will be responsible for raking out a path from the nest to the ocean, preventing visitors or animals from trampling the nest site or “turtle runway,” answering questions, and helping hatchlings to the ocean if problems arise.

How to Apply

If interested in this internship, please email your cover letter and resume to info@hioceancenter.org.

We will contact you within a day or two and let you know that we received your information.

Application deadline is March 15, 2017.

Allied Health Career Exploration

HGSC-GREAT Summer Research Program

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Summer Research Program is accepting applications!  This is a research program designed to interest African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and Pacific Islanders in genetics/genomics careers.  Our goal is to increase the number of these underrepresented groups with Ph.Ds in this field.  We offer research projects in bioinformatics; molecular genetics; and engineering.  We are beginning to offer more bioinformatics research opportunities to our program participants.  Life science majors with an interest in coding or CS/engineering majors with programming backgrounds interested in medical research will be given priority.

Program eligibility:  We accept undergraduate junior and seniors from the above mentioned groups.  Students should also have a 3.0 GPA (or above) and major in one of the following:  chemistry; biology; computer science; mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few.   This internship is a paid; 9 week; residual program.  Please see attached brochure for more program highlights.

Deadline:  March 3rd

Debra Murray, Ph.D.
Director-Education & Minority Diversity Programs
Human Genome Sequencing Center
Instructor
Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza N1519
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 798-8083 W
(713) 798-5741 F
https://www.hgsc.bcm.edu/mdp

Study Abroad Spring Fair

VCU BEST – Science Student Workshops

GAINING RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT VCU AND BEYOND
January 30, 4:00-5:30pm
GLOBE 1030J
Want to gain hands-on experience in research, but are not entirely sure on how to go about getting involved in research? Come hear Herb Hill, Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of Undergraduate Research for Biology on best practices on gaining research experience her at VCU and beyond. All majors and all students are welcomed!

OVERCOMING IMPOSTER SYNDROME
February 10, 3:30-4:30pm
University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms CD
Have you ever felt like an imposter? Like someone is going to find out you really don’t belong in science? You are not alone. Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, VCU Psychology professor, is an expert on imposter syndrome. This is a well researched phenomenon where high-achieving individuals (like you!) suffer from an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as “fraud”. Dr. Southam-Gerow is highly entertaining and will give you all some great tips on how to internalize how awesome you are!

PICKING A POST-DOC
February 3, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm
Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward A
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
If you are a doctoral student, you know a postdoctoral position is likely your next step following graduation, but do you know how to choose a post-doc that will help you accomplish your career goals? Do you know what you want from a post-doc, or how to find one? Through a panel discussion, learn from Dr. John Ryan, Associate Vice President for Research Development and head of the office of Postdoctoral Scholars at VCU, as well as a number of successful post-docs about what you need to do to pick the best post-doc for you.

FEDERAL RESUME WRITING
February 22, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
Have you ever applied for a job with the Federal Government with your college resume? Chances are, your application was booted out the system and rejected before it reached the desk of a hiring manager. Come hear from a spokesperson from the Office of Personnel Management, an agency of the U.S. government that manages the civil service of the government, on how a Federal Resume is different than your typical college resume and leave with resources and the knowledge on how to market yourself to be the best candidate for a federal job.

PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET
March 1, 12:00-1:00pm
McGlothlin Medical Education Center 8-101
Hosted by Office of Student Experience, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences.
Your resume/CV and cover letter are the keys to landing an interview, but it’s the interview that has the power to land you that job. Learn tips for making your resume and cover letter stand out, and practice key interview questions so you are prepared when the decision is on the line! (For anyone.)

TECHNICAL INTERVIEWING
March 15, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
With the technology boom in recent years, the Technical Interview is starting to become the norm in certain fields. Learn what a technical interview is, how it differs from your traditional interview, learn best practices on how to succeed and nail the interview, and network with a recent alum from VCU as they share their experiences with technical interviews and lead an interactive workshop.

UNDERSTANDING F31S
March 24, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sanger 6-032
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
Dr. Joyce Lloyd and Dr. Michael Miles from the School of Medicine offer advice to predoctoral students interested in applying for F31 training grants, which intend to support students to develop into a productive, independent research scientists while conducting dissertation research. Dr. Miles has successfully mentored F31 recipients, and Dr. Lloyd serves to review F31 proposals.

SHOULD I GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE SCIENCES?
April 14, 4:00-5:30 pm
Globe 1030J
Interested in graduate school, but don’t know what it is really like? Has your career path changed and you are now considering continuing your education? Come here from current VCU graduate students on tips and advice on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to excel and succeed in graduate school aimed for the sciences. All are welcomed!

THE BENCH & BEYOND: CAREER SYMPOSIUM
May 19, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Hunton Student Center
This workshop is geared toward graduate students and post-docs.
Scientists speaking about their diverse career paths in industry, government, nonprofit and education. Opportunities to network with successful scientists and learn about non-academic career paths. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences should attend. Registration required.

Diversity in Scholars Research Week

February 13 – 16

The Diversity Scholars in Research Week celebrates the diversity of scholarship among our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as showcasing the passion and intensity they invest in their scholarship/research.  There will be a week of activities including an exhibition, panel discussion, workshops, luncheon, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities — please come and support the amazing diversity of scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information or to register for events, please visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu or call 804-828-6672

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – REU 2017

Below you’ll find information about “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region,” our 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors from any college. We’ll be accepting applications until Wednesday, March 1.

Dr. Chris Gough in VCU Biology regularly serves as a mentor and is senior personnel on this REU.  Interested students are encourage to contact Dr. Gough (cmgough@vcu.edu) as well as apply to the REU program.

Here’s the link to the REU portion of our website, which includes a link to the application and a list of last year’s projects and mentors: http://lsa.umich.edu/umbs/students/research-opportunities/reu-program.html

 

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) ● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) ● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) ● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Los Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 25, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2828

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at http://orau.gov/dndo/

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

Job Search Bootcamp on January 13th, that VCU Career Services will be hosting.

In 6 hours they will:

  • Develop a target list of employers and positions to apply for
  • Perfect your elevator pitch
  • Create a resume that gets noticed
  • Practice interviewing like a pro
  • Produce a LinkedIn profile and learn how to network

There is a $25 registration fee that can be paid by check, cash, or credit card. All participants will receive lunch, interviewing padfolio and career resources. Scholarships available for those students with need (contact careers@vcu.edu for details).

*Please note: Registration is limited to the first 40 students. Open to ALL majors.

New Ph. D. Program in Oral Health Research

From Oonagh Loughran, PhD Program Director for the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research:

I would like to draw your attention to a new PhD program offered at VCU. The program is housed in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Philips Institute is located on the medical campus at Virginia Commonwealth University. We are in close proximity to, and collaborate with the Massey Cancer Center, an NCI designated cancer center, the VCU Medical and Dental Schools and the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty in these centers.

Our well-funded faculty of research clinicians and scientists help translate our discoveries to the patient population.
The title of the Ph.D. program is Oral Health Research and students can conduct research in one of three areas:

  • Cancer
  • Immunology and infectious diseases
  • Regenerative Medicine

We have a small annual intake of students and students receive a stipend and tuition waiver.

Should you come across any students interested in a graduate degree in biomedical research that you feel may be suited to our program please ask them to contact me at oloughran@vcu.edu.

We are currently recruiting a class to enter in Fall 2017.