Category Archives: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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.

IMSD Undergrad FLYER 2018 FINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Field Technician

The Gough Forest Ecology Lab (http://www.people.vcu.edu/~cmgough/) at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks paid undergraduate research technicians for the summer 2018 field season. Technicians will contribute to National Science Foundation supported research at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) aimed at advancing understanding of disturbance effects on forest growth and carbon cycling (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1655095&HistoricalAwards=false). Summer residence at the Field Station in Pellston, Michigan is required (https://lsa.umich.edu/umbs). Our lab team and the UMBS community are highly collaborative, with all members expected to enthusiastically participate in group field research activities and lab gatherings.

Applicants should submit a 1-page cover letter describing how this position is aligned with their interests, and a curriculum vita with GPA and references included by February 15 to Chris Gough, cmgough@vcu.edu.

Call for Applications for the VCU IMSD research training program

Calling future researchers!
The Center on Health Disparities is excited to request applications for:
The VCU Initiative to Maximize Student Development (IMSD) research training program.
We are looking to recruit eager young biomedical researchers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences who are excited to engage in a research intensive curriculum and a long term biomedical research experience.
More details about what the program has to offer can be found on the attached flyer.
The deadline for applications is: March 15th 2017
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!

cc:
Dr. Hamid Akbarali – VCU IMSD Principal Investigator
Dr. Joyce Lloyd – VCU IMSD Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Teraya Donaldson – VCU IMSD Graduate Program Director
Khiana Meade – IMSD Program Coordinator

Assistant for Invertebrate Lab

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Getting involved with Research Information session!

Emerging Healthcare Leaders is hosting an information session on getting involved with Undergraduate research.

This session is wide open to non-members!

Please join us!

EHL

Undergraduate research assistant positions with Dr. Joseph McClay

Dear STEM Advisors,
There are currently open undergraduate research assistant positions with Dr. Joseph McClay.  There is the option here for course credit while students conduct research.  Students can view the full description of the research projects at the link below, and also download the application there.  Please share with your students!  If they have questions, they can contact me directly.

http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2016/02/02/ramcclay2016/

Thanks to all,

 

Herb

Opportunity to write for a Community engaged UROP fellowship

All,
I have a community-engaged research project focused on health and wellness that I work on with organizations and residents in the East End (blog website- http://rampages.us/rvawellness/). We’ll be working on dissemination of results this summer to include results of research questions of interest as identified by my student team members.  If you know a student that is interested in community-engaged research, please have them contact me.  I would be happy to work with a student in the development of a competitive scholarship application for the CE CCTR fellowship (see attached file/forwarded message).
Additionally, I have a genetic epidemiology research project working to understand the genetic and environmental contributions to smoking behaviors including smoking cessation.  If you have a student that is interested in biomedical research and is interested in submitting an application for a UROP fellowship (also attached/forwarded), I would also be happy to work with them to develop a submission.
The deadline is rapidly approaching and motivated students are encouraged to contact me as soon as possible to discuss ideas and options.   If you know someone who might benefit from this type of opportunity, please feel free to forward this message.  Students may contact me by e-mail atElizabeth.Prom-Wormley@vcuhealth.org.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology
Department of Family Medicine and Population Health
Virginia Commonwealth University
Mail: PO Box 980212
Richmond, VA 23298-0212
FedEx: 830 East Main Street, 8th Floor, Room 820
Richmond, VA 23219-2701
Telephone: 804-828-8154

SUMMER 2016 Field Biology Courses and REU Internships: Mountain Lake Biological Station

Summer 2016 Field Courses

&

REU Opportunities (NSF Site)
Mountain Lake Biological Station
mlbs.org/summer2016

****      REU Applications due February 20      ****

 

Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia) announces its 2016 summer program of field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, and its NSF REU undergraduate research internship program, now in its 24th year.

 

Summer Courses:      mlbs.org/summercourses  

·         Plant Diversity and Conservation

·         Field Herpetology

·         Science Writing

·         Field Biology of Fishes

·         Field Biology of Fungi

Financial aid available for undergraduate and graduate students.

 

Summer REU Internships:      mlbs.org/reuprogram

REU participants are recruited from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior and physiology under the supervision of station scientists. REUs are paid internships that include room and board, travel, and a $5,250 stipend.

Program dates: May 23 – July 29

NOTE: Application are due soon – February 20.

 

Please forward this information to colleagues or students you think might be interested. Thanks for your help! 

 

****      Learn all about Mountain Lake at MLBS.org      ****

 

Hoping you’ll join us on the mountain this summer,

Butch Brodie, Director

 

Web posting of this announcement and links to PDFs of print material:   mlbs.org/summer2016

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USGS Reston Microbiology Lab Internship Announcement

Dear colleagues,

The Reston Microbiology Lab is looking for an intern this summer who will participate in research aimed at understanding microbial impacts on unconventional oil and gas development. We are looking for highly motivated students with backgrounds in microbiology, biology, chemistry or environmental science, that have a strong interest in research. Experience with molecular biology, microbial cultivation, chemistry and field work is a plus.
The students will be working at the USGS National Center located in Reston, VA with Adam Mumford and Denise Akob and more information about the lab can be found here:  ​http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/microbiology/. Housing is not provided although we are happy to make suggestions for housing options. ​ ​
If you know of students that fit these needs would you be willing to post an advertisement for our position? Our administrative officer, Emerson Perez-Paniagua, will be emailing you the advertisement that we would like you to post​ for 5 days (Feb. 12-19). Please encourage students to apply.
Requirements for the application:
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

All applications will be submitted directly to Emerson.

Best,
Denise Akob and Adam Mumford
Dr. Denise M. Akob
Research Microbiologist
U.S. Geological Survey
National Research Program
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
MS 430/1B402
Reston, VA 20192
Office: 703-648-5819

University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research.

I’m writing to invite to apply to the University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research. Our website, http://spur.uoregon.edu, includes links to specific research faculty pages and descriptions of ongoing projects. We have several participating research Institutes, Centers, and Departments:

Institute of Molecular Biology,
Institute of Neuroscience,
Institute of Ecology and Evolution,
META Center for Systems Biology (Microbiology focus)
Department of Biology,
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Department of Psychology,
Department of Human Physiology.

I encourage you to look at our programs, and I hope you will apply.

Thank you for considering this.
Sincerely,

Peter O’Day

SPUR Director
University of Oregon; Eugene, OR 97403-1254
(541)346-5862; (541)346-4548 (fax)
http://spur.uoregon.edu

Contact with Questions: Marilyn Drennan
SPUR Coordinator
spur@uoregon.edu