Category Archives: Summer programs

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.

Volunteers Around the World at VCU trip to Cambodia this summer

See the message below for the VCU Student Organization “Volunteers Around the World at VCU”:

Love Traveling? Love Volunteering?

Join Volunteers Around the World at VCU! This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside physicians to provide basic medical care to underserved communities abroad. This summer, volunteers will take vitals, shadow doctors, distribute medications, learn about basic pharmacology, and prepare a public health lesson to teach to children in Cambodia. You will also have opportunities during free days to explore Cambodia and fully immerse yourself in the culture.

This is a 2-week intensive trip valuable to those who want to get some hands on volunteering experience while also having fun exploring a new country. We are currently accepting applicants of all majors for our trip this summer to Cambodia!

Contact us on our Facebook Page for an application: www.facebook.com/VAWatVCU and check out our national website: www.volunteersaroundtheworld.org.

We look forward to meeting you!

Best,
Volunteers Around the World at VCU

Photo of smiling participants and children on trip to Vietnam in the summer of 2017
A photo from our trip to Vietnam in the summer of 2017

REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

The REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is accepting applications.

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Participants receive a $5,750 stipend ($575 per week), travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.

The program dates are May 30 to Aug 3, 2018.

Please direct your undergraduate associates to the list of mentors and the on-line application at  https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu/

The application deadline is Saturday April 7, 2018.

A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts and one letter of recommendation.

Interested students may moereu@unlv.edu for additional information.

 

Summer Field Assistant at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Field assistant for summer 2018

Overview: Two research groups at Duke University are seeking a shared research assistant for fieldwork in plant and insect ecology and evolution. This is a unique experience for students enthusiastic about plant ecology to gain experience working on two different projects in one summer! The projects are non-overlapping in time; there is opportunity for leisure time between project dates, or if the technician desires to stay at the field station for the duration of the summer, start dates for project 2 are flexible.

Location: Our research is conducted at and around the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, located in southwestern Colorado
(www.rmbl.org). We will provide all transportation to and from the
field station and from the station to research sites.

Dates:  June 18-June 29 (project 1) and July 16-August 10 (project 2; somewhat flexible) 2018

For a PDF version of the project descriptions, please visit:
http://bit.ly/RMBLfield18

Project 1 Summary: The time of the year when a plant begins to grow, produces flowers, and loses its leaves is important for successful reproduction, survival, and potentially future growth. Plants rely on environmental cues, such as temperature and the amount of sunlight, to time these life cycle events. Therefore, the time when a plant begins to flower can be very sensitive to climate change. For example, snow has been melting earlier in the season in sub alpine regions than the recent past as a result of warming temperatures. Since the time of flowering for some plants occurs
shortly after snow melt, they track these warm temperatures and emerge or flower earlier in the season. Interestingly, not all plants respond similarly to the same environmental signals; some flowering species do not flower any earlier. As each plant species responds differently to earlier snow melt, species that didn’t flower together in the past have the potential to overlap now. If plant species grow and flower at the same time, they could compete for resources (water, nutrients, soil). Our research examines the link between climate change, the timing of life cycle events in plants, and how they compete for resources. We propose to manipulate flowering phenology of plants in resource competition experiment. We will
observe how competition for soil and light resources between two
co-flowering species changes under early snow melt conditions. The results from this research have the potential to help us predict how climate change may affect species interactions in the future. For more information, visit:
http://rebeccadalt.weebly.com/research-projects.html

Project 2 Summary: In the Mitchell-Olds lab at Duke University
(https://sites.duke.edu/tmolab/), we study plant evolution, ecology, and genetics. We are broadly interested in understanding how the diverse traits present in natural plant populations have arisen via natural selection, and what the consequences of trait variation are for ecological interactions. Much of our research is centered around understanding how chemical anti-herbivore defenses have evolved in the wildflower species Boechera stricta. We have ongoing experiments monitoring how interacting selective pressures of herbivore consumption and drought stress influence the
evolution of defensive chemicals, and for discovering the genetic basis of plant chemistry as well as other complex traits (e.g. flowering time, mutualistic plant-insect associations, plant architecture, fitness). Our technician would help with data collection and experimental maintenance on both of these projects (see “Expectations” below).

Expectations: The field assistant will be asked to aid in data collection, entry, and analysis for both projects. This includes assisting in demographic data collection on perennial plants, assessing phenology of plants in pre-existing plots (project 1) and measuring plant survival, growth, flowering, reproduction, and herbivore damage, as well as taking environmental measurements such as soil moisture (project 2). Fieldwork can be strenuous and often involves long days in the sun and hiking. Applicants with previous experience doing fieldwork are encouraged to apply, but no prior experience is required and we will happily train first-timers with a strong interest in ecology.

In addition to helping with fieldwork five days per week, the technician will be expected to be an active participant in the research community, which includes attending weekly seminars at RMBL, attending in a weekly lab meeting, and participating in discussions about scientific articles and ongoing research projects in the lab.

Compensation: This is an unpaid position, although housing and travel expenses will be provided. Transportation from RMBL to all field sites will be provided (car or hiking).  The technician will be required to pay for their own food expenses, but all other costs (housing and station fees) will be covered.

Application: Please send a short cover letter and resume to both Rebecca Dalton (rmd34@duke.edu) and Lauren Carley (lnc14@duke.edu) by March 20, 2018.

Summer Field Technicians at Hoosier National Forest

Field Technicians: Oak forest regeneration and restoration

Job Description:
We are hiring two technicians to collect field data at sites within the
Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana as part of a collaborative study between Purdue University and the USDA Forest Service.  The goal of the project is to determine how overstory removal, competition control and prescribed fire can be used to regenerate and maintain oak forests.

Duration:
Mid-May to August 2018 (40 hours/week)

Pay:
$11.50 per hour. Housing is included.

Experience and Skills:
The ability to identify woody plants of the Midwest is strongly desired. We also desire basic knowledge of forest measurement practices, experience with backcountry navigation using a topographic map and compass, familiarity with standard equipment including GPS, and experience/training in identifying herbaceous vegetation. Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

To apply:
Please email a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume
(including contact information for two references) and unofficial
transcripts to Mike Jenkins (jenkinma@purdue.edu).  We will begin
reviewing applications on April 4, 2018 and will continue until the
positions are filled.

Contact:
Please contact Mike Jenkins if you have any questions about the positions.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for our 2018 Horticulture Research Internship.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is now accepting applications for our 2018 Horticulture Research Internship.

Job Description

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Team is seeking an inquisitive, dynamic, hard-working and enthusiastic research intern who is excited about spending the summer learning the art and craft of horticulture while implementing and completing a plant-based research project. The intern will work in all Garden areas, assisting staff and volunteers with the challenging, hands-on tasks of managing and curating a wide variety of seasonal displays, garden areas, plant collections and departmental initiatives. When not scheduled to conduct research, the intern can expect to weed, rake, groom, prune, plant, mulch and haul debris in seasonal extremes and all weather conditions on a daily basis.

Responsibilities

Research Tasks

  • Work with Director and Manager of Horticulture to execute a summer research project, designed to address a current challenge faced by the Horticulture Department (examples of past topics: water quality monitoring, integrated pest management resources and strategies, food crop production, medicinal plants and benthic macroinvertebrate population surveys)
  • Compile research into a user-friendly resource to share with the department, Garden and guests
  • Prepare and present a report of experience, procedures and findings to Garden staff and guests

Horticulture Tasks

  • Assist horticulturists in all areas of the Garden with wide variety of primary garden care tasks, including planting, mulching, grooming, watering, fertilizing, weeding, etc., using best horticulture practices in accordance with established Garden standards
  • Participate in routine group tasks such as leaf blowing walkways and string trimming weeds
  • Perform routine maintenance on Garden power tools and equipment such as filling gas cans, re-stringing trimmers, cleaning and sanitizing tools, and keeping equipment organized and tidy

To apply, please see the full 2018 Horticulture Research Intern job description and forward a resume and cover letter to George Cowart, Horticulture Manager, at georgec@lewisginter.org

Would you mind pushing out or posting the following the attached job description?

For additional information, please visit the employment page of our website.

 Thank you so much,

Laurel

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 Laurel Matthew
Senior Horticulturist

804.262.9887, ext. 333 804.929.5857

laurelm@lewisginter.org

1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

Study Abroad with Broadreach College

This summer, future marine biologists will learn about shark behavior by observing them first-hand 90 feet below the ocean’s surface in Fiji’s protected Shark Reef Marine Reserve. Budding veterinarians will assist with their first physical exams in a Costa Rican wildlife rescue center. Students will emerge from their summer with much more than transfer credits and great memories.

There’s no comparison to real-world field experience, and Broadreach College’s hands-on marine science, ecology and veterinary medicine summer programs complement year-round college courses with complete immersion in the topic in concentrated, college accredited summer programs.

Below is our 2018 course catalog so you can learn more about this summer’s offerings and how they can benefit your students. We would appreciate your sharing these opportunities with your students so that we can help provide them with valuable skills and knowledge that will supplement their path in the world of biology for years to come.

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
EXTENDED MARCH 30th 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.

IMSD Undergrad FLYER 2018 FINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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