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ODU Research Experience for Undergraduates

Virginia Sea Grant is happy to share this announcement for Old Dominion University’s (ODU) 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program – An Interdisciplinary Site for Climate Change Science in Metropolitan Coastal Communities. Please help us circulate this exciting opportunity with interested undergraduate students throughout Virginia.

Applications are due by March 25th, 2017 and must be submitted online. Required application documents include a resume, unofficial transcripts, a personal statement, and 2 letters of recommendation. Additional information on the REU program can be found below; for more information or to apply, please visit: https://www.odu.edu/oeas/reu

About ODU’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Program 

Centered in the heart of tidewater Virginia, Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) is accepting applications for a unique internship opportunity for undergraduate students interested in climate change and sea level rise in a coastal urban setting. Students will work one-on-one with experts in oceanography, devising a research plan, conducting research in the field, and presenting their findings. This 10 week program will provide students with an opportunity to develop research skills, work side by side with top scientists, participate in workshops, field trips, and lectures to exchange ideas, and establish relationships lasting throughout their professional career.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students (U.S. residents only) between their freshman and senior years may apply (must have completed at least their freshman year); under-represented groups and students in universities with little access to research facilities are strongly encouraged. The program is designed for students majoring in sciences, particularly in oceanography, marine science and policy, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Where is the program located?

Students will live on campus in dorms at ODU, located in Norfolk (Hampton Roads), Virginia. Interns will be able to study first hand issues facing this urban community, as ODU is situated at the conjunction of the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers, tidal tributaries connected to the southern Chesapeake Bay. Norfolk has made national headlines as Hampton Roads has the highest rate of relative sea level rise on the Atlantic coast (from Maine to Florida) due to subsidence and it is the largest population center at greatest risk from sea level rise outside of New Orleans. The OEAS department is perfectly situated to provide students with a unique environment to conduct their research.

Pop up advising: March 15

Scholarship Opportunities for Biology Majors

The Department of Biology has four merit-based scholarships that it awards each year to continuing students majoring in Biology.  For more information and to apply, visit https://vcu.academicworks.com/ and search enter “Biology” as your search term.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is February 28th!  The applications require that you submit a resume, a copy of your transcripts, and an essay.  You MUST also have a faculty member write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  You should contact your potential recommender as soon as possible to give them adequate time to prepare your recommendation before the February 28th deadline.

If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application requirements, please contact Dr. Joseph Battistelli (battistellij@vcu.edu) in the Department of Biology.  If you have any questions about how to use the Academic Works system or difficulties with the application process, please contact Caitlin Hanbury (cshanbury@vcu.edu) in the Dean’s office of the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Volunteer with the Richmond National Battlefield Park!

The Richmond National Battlefield Park is seeking students with interest in biology and/or environmental studies to join one of its weekly volunteer groups. Volunteers will work directly with the Park‘s biological science technician to help understand and protect the Park‘s natural resources. Volunteers will learn about and perform wildlife surveys, invasive management, camera trapping, trail maintenance, erosion control and much more.
The volunteer group will run from the week of February 27 until the end of the semester. If any students would like to learn what it is like to work at a National Park and can commit to a weekly shift of about 3 hours for the spring semester, please contact Lucas Irvin by February 17 at lucas_irvin@partner.nps.gov with weekday times during which you would be available.

Lead Camp Instructor Job Posting for Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Summer job opportunity in New Smyrna Beach, Florida 

Job Title:  Lead Camp Instructor

Department:  Education

Salary Range: $10/hour, 40 hours/week           (MondayFriday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Status: Seasonal Employment – Full Time Non-Exempt

Closing Date:  February 28, 2017                          

           

GENERAL PURPOSE

To deliver the Marine Science Summer Camp Program to children ages 4-9 or 8-16.  The Lead Camp Instructor will utilize the classroom, kayaks, a boat and the outdoor environment to teach a hands-on, feet-wet summer camp curriculum.  The Lead Camp Instructor must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally and exercise careful oversight of all campers, volunteers, parents, and to work with MDC staff, MDC Board and the general public.  This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multi-task.

 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Teaching and Program Activities:

Under supervision of the Education Staff the Lead Camp Instructor will:

  • Ensure that health, happiness and safety are top priorities at all times.
  • Lead activities, games, arts and crafts, and songs.
  • Provide an understanding of marine topics.
  • Oversee all campers.
  • Set up and breakdown all activities.
  • Keep inventory of supplies up to date.
  • Plan and implement educational and recreational activities.
  • Meet and greet parents/guardians and participants on check-in and check-out each day.
  • Be prepared to get wet and muddy in the field.
  • Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Education Coordinator.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:

B.A. or B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or other science-related degree preferred.  A background in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable.  Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:

Teacher certification preferred.  CPR and First Aid certification required.  A pre-requisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

Other:

The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, on and off boats, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds).  The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:

1)      Cover Letter

2)      Resume

3)      References (minimum of three)

 

All documents must be submitted to Erica Edmonston, Education and Restoration Specialist at the Marine Discovery Center at erica@marinediscoverycenter.org.  Application closing date will be at 5 p.m., on February 28, 2017.

 

520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Phone 386-428-4828   Fax 386-428-4825

www.marinediscoverycenter.org

Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD) is actively recruiting recent graduates with a biological science project to assist with the following research opportunity.   The opportunity will be located at Aberdeen, MD. U.S. Citizenship is required.  This research internship will be administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Interested candidates can submit their applications to the following project:

Project Title: Biological Science Research (BS)
Project ID: MRICD-5575259278

Website: www.orau.org/maryland

One research opportunity is available with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD).  Qualified candidates must have completed a BS in Biological Sciences or related field within the past five years.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

The selected candidate will participate in animal experiments; learning and performing basic laboratory skills and techniques (pipetting, weighing, drug solution preparation, pH analysis, tissue homogenization, sample centrifugation, etc.); learning and performing animal handling and care, surgical procedures to implant brain EEG electrodes and microdialysis cannulae, and animal physiology and anatomy to dissect various tissue samples; learning and performing enzymatic assay with an automated spectrophotometric system; learning and performing neurotransmitter assay using high-pressure liquid chromatographic systems.  Prior animal handling experience is desired.

Any help sharing this opportunity would be appreciated!  This opportunity has been uploaded to all schools using the Handshake posting system.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the resources to post to each individual school using the Simplicity posting platform.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

STaRS: Summer Training as Research Scholars

I am writing to bring your attention to our NIH-NHLBI funded summer research program, Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) – now entering its 4th summer! This year, we will be accepting 10 undergraduate students with interest in the biomedical sciences. The STaRS program, will run from June 5 – August 11, 2017, and will include a rewarding 10-week research experience in laboratories across the BU Medical Campus; journal clubs and professional development workshops; field trips to local biotech or pharmaceutical labs; and networking opportunities with BU faculty and peer mentors.  The program will cover transportation to and from Boston, housing, and a stipend of $4,800.  The grant also supports the travel of each participant to present their research at a national meeting such as ABRCMS or SACNAS – this year, as in years past, at least one of our students has been recognized for outstanding poster and/or presentation.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information.  Prospective students can access the application on our website. The deadline is February 15, 2017, although we encourage interested students to apply early.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Meet a Kelly Scientific recruiter Nov. 9

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Have you ever heard about a job and thought, “Ive always wanted to do that!” Join us for Candid Conversations and find out how.

Candid Conversations is a new series that connects you to industry professionals in a no-pressure setting. Chat with a professional from a different industry over coffee and snacks. Learn about their career path, ask questions about their job, and find out how to get into your dream job. We limit these sessions to groups of 15 people, so you’ll absolutely have the opportunity to get to know our industry pros!

Join us at our next session for free coffee, snacks, and good conversation.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
Biology, Chemistry and Research Sciences with Ed Ratchford

2:00 pm-3:00 pm and 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
University Career Center, University Student Commons

Note: Registration is required to attend each of these sessions.

Register for the 2:00 pm session
Register for the 3:00 pm session.

Ed Ratchford
Ed Ratchford, Recruiter, Kelly Scientific Resources

Ed Ratchford has more than 20 years of experience as a recruiter for science professionals. Ed currently works for Kelly Scientific Resources, a global science staffing, firm as a recruiter. Ed specializes in recruiting scientists for pharmaceuticals,food/beverage, plastics, polymers, paints,coatings, as well as specialty and general chemicals.

Ed will be actively recruiting science majors during his session. We strongly recommend you bring a copy of your resume.

VCU Career Services
University Student Commons, 1st Floor
907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23284

Division of Student Affairs

Careers.vcu.edu
Phone:(804) 828-1645
Email: careers@vcu.edu

Monday Pop-Up Advising

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Science Journalism course offered by Mass Comm this fall!

Need an upper level non-bio course this fall and like to write?  Check out this awesome course this fall on science journalism!
MASC 491-005 (CRN 34606). The course is open to students from any major; the only prerequisite is UNIV 200 or MASC 203 (or MASC 204). In the course, students will meet science writers from the NYTimes, NatGeo, BuzzFeed, Scientific American and other publications, and they’ll write stories about research happening at VCU. The stories will be published in a journal hosted by VCU Libraries. 
 
The course meets 2-3:15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The course is by override only; please contact Jeff South directly for overrides into this course, jcsouth@vcu.edu