Category Archives: Summer programs

Summer undergraduate research: Ecology of James River Rock Pools

The Vonesh lab is recruiting 2-3 undergraduate collaborators to participate in a summer research program focused on the ecology of riverine rock pools. Effort: 20 – 30 hrs per week; Duration: 15 weeks, May 13 – August 19; Living allowance: $300 per wk; $4500 total; Possible travel support for 2019 Ecological Society of America Meetings in Louisville, KY – Aug 12-16.

Rock pools are an ideal system for exploring the ecological processes that shape patterns of biodiversity across space and time. Current projects include understanding how predator-prey interactions determine the abundance of native and invasive mosquito larvae, how flooding disturbance shapes patterns of biodiversity, and how environmental gradients shape ecosystem productivity.

Rockpool interns will be paired with graduate student mentors and will be encouraged to develop related individual research projects and can consider enrolling in an independent study. Interns will receive training in macroinvertebrate identification and field exampling, experimental design, data management and curation, basic GIS, and mapping habitats using imagery captured from drones. Most field work will be conducted on the “dry rocks” on the Southside of Belle Island. Some work may involve using watercraft to access rock pools inaccessible by foot. While interns will be expected to support fieldwork, those with interests in more computational or spatial analysis approaches are also encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in careers in ecology, conservation, or natural resource management.

Interns will need to complete the required safety, animal handling, and ethics training. Responsibilities will likely include 1. Conducting surveys of biodiversity of rock pools, 2. Identification, sorting, and counting of aquatic invertebrate samples, 3. Helping identify and add new rock pools to our database and maps, 4. Measuring aquatic organisms using basic image analysis software, 5. assisting in the setup and takedown of large experiments conducted in artificial rock pools, 6. Monitoring rock pool temperature and oxygen, 7. Assisting in outreach education about rock pools, 8. Maintaining lab equipment in proper calibration.

Interested in applying? Fill out the Google Form found
here: https://goo.gl/forms/0xJuRm4YgSvnbQ922

For questions, contact James Vonesh, Ph.D. at
jrvonesh@vcu.edu

Ecosystem Field Studies Summer Courses – Still Accepting Applications

AMAZING SUMMER, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSES
with 

Ecosystem Field Studies 
 
An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning

while immersed in a spectacular & transformative educational setting!
Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico *
    May 21 – June 10, 2019
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, camp, & hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado *
   July 26 – August 15, 2019
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over summer-break
  • Join a diverse & exciting group of college students for an experiential
    learning experience of a lifetime!
For all course information visit the website:  

 
Open to students from all universities & majors |
Accredited by the University of Montana, Environmental Studies Program
ENST 391- for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits
Direct questions to Professor Steve Johnson, EcoFS Director at steve@EcoFS.org

2019 Summer Scholars @ Rice

This summer, the Rice Center will host a series of one-week, one-credit short courses (LFSC591 and 491) that will emphasize field skills/experiences in several disciplines. Each class will meet at Rice over 5 consecutive days and will include instructor-directed, as well as independent, lectures, activities and assignments; enrollments will be capped at 12.
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Environmental Consulting (CRN 38792)   JUN 24-28
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Fish Biology Field Methods (CRN 38794)   JUL 22-26
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Plants of the James River Basin (CRN 38793)   JUL 1-5
  • LFSC 591  Intro to Conservation Filmmaking (CRN 38306)    JUL 15-19
  • LFSC 491  Intro to Archeology Field Methods (CRN 38795)   JUL 8-12
The Rice Rivers Center will offer a limited number of competitive 2019 Summer Scholarships to support Undergraduate Research through VCU’s UROP Office. Application information can be found at  http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2019/02/07/2019riceriversfellowships/. Application deadline is April 12th.
The Rice Rivers Center will again partner with Environmental Studies and Biology to offer a limited number of competitive Graduate Research Scholarships and Fellowships.
Finally, the annual Student Research Symposium @ Rice will be held on Friday, May 10th.

Rice Rivers Center Summer Research Fellowship Program

We are pleased to recommend the Rice Rivers Center Summer Research Fellowship Program, which is in collaboration with the Department of Biology. The application and funding process are nearly identical to the UROP Fellowship, but with a focus on relevant research, innovative instruction, and community engagement in areas including conservation biology, ecological restoration, water resources, and applications of environmental technology. The RRC Summer Scholars Program complements the UROP mission by supporting student research in these broad disciplines. Research located at the Center and environs (Charles City County; James River) is encouraged but not required. For more information on the Center, please visit www.ricerivers.vcu.edu. The full program description and application instructions can be found here:  Rice Rivers Center Summer Fellowship. The deadline for this program is April 12, 2019.

CSBC/PSON Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Systems Biology Consortium & Physical Science Oncology Network’s Summer Research Program application deadline is less than a month away. Undergrads interested in conducting systems biology & physical oncology research at one of our NCI funded research centers this summer can apply here:https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/SummerProgram/ 

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.

NSF – Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in the Structure and Function of Proteins

University of Michigan

The Interdisciplinary REU Program in the Structure and Function of Proteins at the University of Michigan provides undergraduate students with a 10-week summer research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, chemistry, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, and plant biology.  Faculty members in this program represent eight departments at the University of Michigan.  The majority of the research projects featured involve studies of protein structure and function.

Students with a sincere interest in the pursuit of a graduate degree (PhD or MS) in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) discipline are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students from institutions with limited resources for research and students from underrepresented backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Program Activities

  •         Hands-on Research Experience (research projects & faculty mentors)
  •         Weekly Enrichment Seminars (scientific communication, ethics, graduate school admissions, etc.)
  •         Journal Club
  •         Closing Symposium
  •         Social Outings & Activities

Eligibility

  •         Undergraduate students majoring in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering or mathematics)
  •         U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

Program Benefits

  •         $5,750 stipend
  •         $900 Meal allowance
  •         $500 Travel allowance
  •         Free housing

Program Deadline – February 15, 2019  

Program Dates – May 22, 2019 – August 2, 2019

(Dates are fixed.  Alternative schedules cannot be accommodated.)

Questions – Please send all inquiries to: ireu.applications@umich.edu.

Start your application today!

Paid Summer Research at Emory University for Diverse Scholars

Emory University’s Laney Graduate School under the Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Office will be hosting the Laney Graduate School’s Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (LGS-SOAR) program.  Application Deadline is January 28, 2019.
 
We are seeking talented underrepresented minority – particularly Black/African American, American Indian, Latinx/Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander – and underserved undergraduate students who may benefit from a highly-competitive, 10-week, research-intensive experience. We are seeking emerging researchers interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in one of over 40 academic programs at Emory including humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural, physical and biomedical sciences. Additional program details, eligibility requirements and online application can be found on the web at LGS-SOAR.
 
The program is unique in that all scholars will be mentored by Emory Faculty and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and developing professional development skills on:
  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building 
 
I am happy to answer any questions.
 
Application deadline is January 28.
 
Questions?  Contact Assistant Dean Amanda Marie James at laney.edge@emory.edu.

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