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2018 Call for Applications for VCU IMSD undergraduate research training program

Calling future Scientists!
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 10 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.
More details about what the program has to offer can be found below.
The deadline for applications is: March 16th 2018
Prospective students can apply online here:
If you have any further questions about the program please contact myself
Dr. 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!

The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development undergraduate program (IMSD-ugrad) provides research training in the Biomedical and Behavioral sciences for individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research.  IMSD is designed to prepare students to apply for PhD programs in the Biomedical or Behavioral Sciences. IMSD Scholars are typically admitted as rising sophomores or juniors and are involved in program activities through graduation. The program provides:

¨ Lab Skills “bootcamp”
¨ Up to 2 Full years of Mentored  Research!
      – 2 x 10 week (40 hr per week)  Summer Research Fellowships
      – 12 hr per week Semester Mentored Research
¨ Opportunity to travel to and present at a national scientific conference
¨ GRE preparation
¨ Career development counseling
¨ Community of like-minded peers
¨ Local and National Networking

 Program Specifics:
The VCU Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) research training program is hosted by the Center on Health Disparities (CoHD), VCU School of Medicine. IMSD is part of a federal initiative to increase the diversity of the future biomedical and behavioral workforce. Funding for this program comes from National Institute of General Medicine IMSD program www.nigms.nih.gov/Training/IMSD

Applications for 2018 are open now and close on March 16th 2018. Apply online: https://artes.som.vcu.edu

Successful applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a PhD in the Biomedical or Behavioral Sciences. Applicants must have at minimum 3 remaining semesters at VCU but are encouraged to apply as early as their freshman year. A GPA over 2.8 in major is preferred. Eligible applicants must be current full-time VCU undergraduate students, and must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals. Proof of citizenship status or resident status will be required. Applicants can be from any Science major (eg. BIOL, BNFO, BME, CHEM, CLSE, PSYCH).

Successful applications will be expected to participate in a 1 week “Molecular lab skills bootcamp” from May 14th-18th to prepare them for their laboratory experiences.  Students will receive help with securing a research mentor but are encouraged to start this process before being admitted (this will be seen as a positive!).

There are 4 key elements to our training program:
Intensive summer research program – IMSD scholars must dedicate 40 hours a week for 10 weeks (May 29th – Aug 3rd) in the summer to research. During the summer program scholars participate in an array of enrichment activities such as; seminars (on careers, research, graduate school), Discussions with professors, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, and other research themed topics. Students must participate in the CoHD GRE preparation course.(offered in July). We provide a small amount of financial support for the IMSD summer research program. Scholars must arrange and pay for their own housing during this time. Scholars can participate in 2 consecutive summers of research via the IMSD program.

A llong-termmentored research experience – After the initial summer in a research lab, IMSD Scholars are expected to dedicate 10-12 hours of time to research during the semester in addition to their academic commitments.  We provide a small amount of financial support for this experience.

Research intensive curriculum – IMSD scholars will receive specialized advising to help  select research based

classes during your normal academic schedule to compliment the training we provide. We will help you select these within your specific discipline but strongly recommend BIOL392 Introduction to Research, and an honors thesis if possible.

Mentorship and Community – IMSD undergraduate is one of 4 research training programs in the CoHD family. We aim to act as mentors to your future, to help provide the additional support you need to make your dreams become reality. We hope to introduce you to a community of likeminded peers with whom you can form a network. We anticipate the friends and connections you make through IMSD and other CoHD research training programs will last a lifetime. In order to achieve this we require you to attend an array of enrichment activities offered via our research training colloquium (~3 hours a month). These meetings are typically 3-5 pm of Friday afternoons; we request that you schedule your classes/work around this time to maximize your ability to participate. Scholars are required to attend 75% of IMSD events.

We look forward to receiving your applications! Please email cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org with any questions.

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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

REU: University of North Florida

OVERVIEW
Beginning in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July. REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise. Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects. Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini- symposium. Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for participation in the 2018 UNF REU program, students must be:
– U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
– Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.
– Available for the full duration of the program, from May 21 st to July 27 th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

TRAVEL, STIPENDS, AND HOUSING
Students participating in the REU program will receive:
– Stipend of $5,000 over the 10-week period
– Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
– Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Students interested in applying to the 2018 UNF REU program can acquire information on the
application procedure from the program website. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2018.
See: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU-Apply.aspx

ABOUT UNF
UNF is a 40-year old, comprehensive public university situated on ~1,300 acres of scenic timberland located 7 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 12 miles southeast of the urban setting of
downtown Jacksonville, FL. Because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns River, and the GTMNERR, UNF is uniquely suited to serve as a base for contemporary research in Coastal Biology. For additional information about UNF, visit www.unf.edu
Visit us at: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU.aspx

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.

The departments of Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Neuroscience and Quantitative & Computational Biology at Princeton University wants to introduce you to these three summer research experiences within the Natural Sciences.

MOL/QCB Summer

Chemistry Summer

Neurosciences Summer

APPLICATION DEADLINES: February 1st, 2018
APPLICATION MATERIALS:
  • Statement
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript copy
QUESTIONS??
MOL/QCB Program: surp@princeton.edu
Chemistry Program: surpdc@princeton.edu
Neurosciences Program: ec12@princeton.edu

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

Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program – University of Pennsylvania

Paid Summer Internships in Health Services Research

The University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) offers paid summer internships for underrepresented minority undergraduates, or any other undergrads interested in exploring the field of health services research.

LDI is one of the country’s largest health services research centers coordinating the work of more than 200 senior fellows investigating the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

The LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program pairs students with senior fellows to work on real research projects throughout the three-month duration of the course.  Those mentors are also faculty members at Penn Medicine, The Wharton School, Penn Nursing, Penn Dental and CHildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Designed to provide an immersive experience with the disciplines and culture of the academic health services research community, the program particularly encourages candidates from minority groups that are underrepresented in this field (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) to apply.

A committee of Penn faculty selects each year’s SUMR scholars from the highly competitive applicant pool.

Eligibility

Program participants should have an interest in health care and strong quantitative skills.  Prospective participants do not have to make a commitment in advance to attend graduate school in order to be accepted into the program, but an academic or research career should be something they might consider.

What Do SUMR Scholars Do?

  • Work with Penn faculty mentors on one or two health services research projects of the student’s choice
  • Gain practical advice about graduate school opportunities and assistance with the graduate school application process, including a GRE prep program
  • Attend weekly lunch meetings with Penn faculty to discuss their projects and learn more about the broad range of health services research in which Penn faculty are engaged
  • Present a final presentation on mentored health services research project(s) at the SUMR Research Symposium
  • Attend the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting as a group, all expenses paid
  • Take part in various extracurricular activities/social functions sponsored by the SUMR program

To Apply

Visit the SUMR website at http://ldi.upenn.edu/sumr/application
Deadline February 1

For More Information

Contact the Program Director, Joanne Levy, MBA, at levyj@wharton.upenn.edu

UNC Chapel Hill Summer Science Enrichment Program

Are you or do you know of someone interested in a career in the sciences or pre-health? How about a summer enrichment program at UNC Chapel Hill to boost your resume and graduate school applications (all expenses are paid and a stipend is earned)?  
 
If so, a representative from UNC-CH will be visiting VCU’s campus on Monday, December 4th at noon in the Commons Forum Room to speak with VCU students.  Advisors and faculty, feel free to stop by to get more information to pass along to your students.  
 
Check out the information posted below and RSVP here if you would like to hear firsthand about the program before submitting your application.  
 

Gain the competitive edge with S.E.P.! Held each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into graduate/health professional programs. Additionally, Scholars will receive educational supplies, lodging on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, limited travel expenses (contingent upon funding) and a competitive stipend. During the program, S.E.P. Scholars:

  • Engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction in physics, organic chemistry, human physiology and quantitative skills/biostatistics.
  • Attend classes and seminars in reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies, essay writing, and interview techniques.
  • Visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals.
  • Shadow a working professional in their health field of interest.

Potential applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Have taken 3 college level credit hours in Math, Biology, and Chemistry
  • Be first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged, classify as an underrepresented minority, and/or live in a rural area in NC.
  • Be a rising sophomore or junior.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

The S.E.P. 2018 application cycle is now open.  Visit the “Apply to S.E.P.” page to begin your application today!

 

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