Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

Panama Avian Field Ecology 2018

This 4-credit course will provide students with an immersive study of Tropical Ecology with a focus on bird ecology and conservation of coastal and mangrove ecosystems. While in Panama, students will visit and learn about four major ecosystems important to migratory birds including Panama Bay, coastal mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, and tropical cloud forest.

A unique blend of rigorous science and community engagement in both Panama and Richmond, participants will have opportunities work with local biologists, conservationists, and collaborators from other Universities as part of an international team of researchers.

Program dates: January 2 – January 15, 2018

Website:  https://rampages.us/vcupanama/2017/10/09/310/

Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3ir3b8rMiBD1srlF2

NSF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES in BARRIER ISLANDS – Paid summer research opportunity

Dr. Julie Zinnert is seeking 1 motivated undergraduate student with a strong background and interest in plant ecology to assist with research on the role of vegetation and feedbacks with environment in barrier island communities of the Virginia Coast Reserve. We have several ongoing NSF-funded research projects centered on the following topics: vegetation feedbacks with geomorphology, mechanisms and consequences of shrub expansion, and effects of nutrient inputs on plant functional diversity. Motivated students may also be supported to develop a research project. Work involves ~ 3-4 days/week in the field assisting with data collection and monitoring and some lab work. Applicants should enjoy working outside, capable of handling long days in the heat and sun, and mild physical labor. The undergraduate student will reside part-time at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center in Oyster, Virginia (http://www.abcrc.virginia.edu/siteman1/index.php). The remaining work will be conducted at VCU. Stipend ~ $420 / week for 10 weeks (beginning June 1).

For more information on our lab and research, please visit:http://cpel.vcu.edu/ To apply, please send a CV/resume, unofficial transcripts, and a contact info for 2 references to Julie Zinnert (jczinnert@vcu.edu). Review of applications begins immediately!

73rd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference

The 73rd Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference will be held April 9-11, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Hosted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, this year’s theme is: “Relevancy and Agility: The Rising Tide of Conservation.

Program Highlights

The program will consist of:

  • Over 120 technical oral presentations
  • Over 30 poster presentations
  • 7 workshops
  • 4 special symposia
  • 1 plenary session
  • Special student activities
  • Social events
  • And more! Review the program.

Planning to Attend? 

If you’ve already registered, thanks for signing up! If you have not yet done so, full conference and one day only options are available. Rates increase after April 5; act now to save! Register to attend.

Overnight accommodations at the host hotel are beginning to sell out on some nights of the conference. A block of rooms is also available at the federal per diem rate of $91 (for those who are eligible) at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, located one block from the Marriott. Learn more about lodging options.

About the Annual Conference

The annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference attracts over 500 natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife biology, fisheries and fisheries management, information and education and law enforcement. The event provides opportunities for education, discussion, and exchanging of ideas. Highlights include: Plenary Session & Awards; student focused events; technical presentations; plenty of opportunities for networking and socializing.

NEAFWA | www.neafwa.org/conference

HGSC-GREAT Summer Research Program

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Summer Research Program is accepting applications!  This is a research program designed to interest African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and Pacific Islanders in genetics/genomics careers.  Our goal is to increase the number of these underrepresented groups with Ph.Ds in this field.  We offer research projects in bioinformatics; molecular genetics; and engineering.  We are beginning to offer more bioinformatics research opportunities to our program participants.  Life science majors with an interest in coding or CS/engineering majors with programming backgrounds interested in medical research will be given priority.

Program eligibility:  We accept undergraduate junior and seniors from the above mentioned groups.  Students should also have a 3.0 GPA (or above) and major in one of the following:  chemistry; biology; computer science; mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few.   This internship is a paid; 9 week; residual program.  Please see attached brochure for more program highlights.

Deadline:  March 3rd

Debra Murray, Ph.D.
Director-Education & Minority Diversity Programs
Human Genome Sequencing Center
Instructor
Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza N1519
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 798-8083 W
(713) 798-5741 F
https://www.hgsc.bcm.edu/mdp

VCU BEST – Science Student Workshops

GAINING RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AT VCU AND BEYOND
January 30, 4:00-5:30pm
GLOBE 1030J
Want to gain hands-on experience in research, but are not entirely sure on how to go about getting involved in research? Come hear Herb Hill, Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Dr. Sarah Golding, Director of Undergraduate Research for Biology on best practices on gaining research experience her at VCU and beyond. All majors and all students are welcomed!

OVERCOMING IMPOSTER SYNDROME
February 10, 3:30-4:30pm
University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms CD
Have you ever felt like an imposter? Like someone is going to find out you really don’t belong in science? You are not alone. Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow, VCU Psychology professor, is an expert on imposter syndrome. This is a well researched phenomenon where high-achieving individuals (like you!) suffer from an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as “fraud”. Dr. Southam-Gerow is highly entertaining and will give you all some great tips on how to internalize how awesome you are!

PICKING A POST-DOC
February 3, 2017, 3:30-4:30pm
Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward A
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
If you are a doctoral student, you know a postdoctoral position is likely your next step following graduation, but do you know how to choose a post-doc that will help you accomplish your career goals? Do you know what you want from a post-doc, or how to find one? Through a panel discussion, learn from Dr. John Ryan, Associate Vice President for Research Development and head of the office of Postdoctoral Scholars at VCU, as well as a number of successful post-docs about what you need to do to pick the best post-doc for you.

FEDERAL RESUME WRITING
February 22, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
Have you ever applied for a job with the Federal Government with your college resume? Chances are, your application was booted out the system and rejected before it reached the desk of a hiring manager. Come hear from a spokesperson from the Office of Personnel Management, an agency of the U.S. government that manages the civil service of the government, on how a Federal Resume is different than your typical college resume and leave with resources and the knowledge on how to market yourself to be the best candidate for a federal job.

PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET
March 1, 12:00-1:00pm
McGlothlin Medical Education Center 8-101
Hosted by Office of Student Experience, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences.
Your resume/CV and cover letter are the keys to landing an interview, but it’s the interview that has the power to land you that job. Learn tips for making your resume and cover letter stand out, and practice key interview questions so you are prepared when the decision is on the line! (For anyone.)

TECHNICAL INTERVIEWING
March 15, 4:00-5:30 pm
VCU Globe Building, 1030J
With the technology boom in recent years, the Technical Interview is starting to become the norm in certain fields. Learn what a technical interview is, how it differs from your traditional interview, learn best practices on how to succeed and nail the interview, and network with a recent alum from VCU as they share their experiences with technical interviews and lead an interactive workshop.

UNDERSTANDING F31S
March 24, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sanger 6-032
This workshop is geared toward doctoral students.
Dr. Joyce Lloyd and Dr. Michael Miles from the School of Medicine offer advice to predoctoral students interested in applying for F31 training grants, which intend to support students to develop into a productive, independent research scientists while conducting dissertation research. Dr. Miles has successfully mentored F31 recipients, and Dr. Lloyd serves to review F31 proposals.

SHOULD I GO TO GRADUATE SCHOOL IN THE SCIENCES?
April 14, 4:00-5:30 pm
Globe 1030J
Interested in graduate school, but don’t know what it is really like? Has your career path changed and you are now considering continuing your education? Come here from current VCU graduate students on tips and advice on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to excel and succeed in graduate school aimed for the sciences. All are welcomed!

THE BENCH & BEYOND: CAREER SYMPOSIUM
May 19, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Hunton Student Center
This workshop is geared toward graduate students and post-docs.
Scientists speaking about their diverse career paths in industry, government, nonprofit and education. Opportunities to network with successful scientists and learn about non-academic career paths. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences should attend. Registration required.

Diversity in Scholars Research Week

February 13 – 16

The Diversity Scholars in Research Week celebrates the diversity of scholarship among our undergraduate, graduate, and professional students as well as showcasing the passion and intensity they invest in their scholarship/research.  There will be a week of activities including an exhibition, panel discussion, workshops, luncheon, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities — please come and support the amazing diversity of scholarship at Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information or to register for events, please visit http://www.omsa.vcu.edu or call 804-828-6672

Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)

If you are interested in a summer research opportunity, the application for the University of Virginia’s Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP) is currently open, with a deadline of February 1st
SRIP is a ten week residential summer program that combines an immersive research experience with a number of professional development activities and a communication workshop series. The program considers applications from students who will have just completed their undergraduate studies, as well as those who are earlier in their undergraduate career. It is a perfect opportunity to explore the highly collegial research and training environment here at UVA, while completing a high-quality summer research project under the direct mentorship of one of our program faculty. Our program is supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, providing research opportunities focused on cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disorders and cancer, though we offer opportunities in other disciplines as well. More information about this program, as well as the link to our application, can be found here:
Before Spring semester classes start to consume all of your attention, please consider making plans for the summer!

Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region – REU 2017

Below you’ll find information about “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region,” our 2017 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors from any college. We’ll be accepting applications until Wednesday, March 1.

Dr. Chris Gough in VCU Biology regularly serves as a mentor and is senior personnel on this REU.  Interested students are encourage to contact Dr. Gough (cmgough@vcu.edu) as well as apply to the REU program.

Here’s the link to the REU portion of our website, which includes a link to the application and a list of last year’s projects and mentors: http://lsa.umich.edu/umbs/students/research-opportunities/reu-program.html

 

TECBio Program

We are pleased to announce the 8th summer for our REU program in computational biology.

More information and a PDF of our 2017 program flyer can be found at our website – www.tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 13, 2017

Program Dates:  May 22 – July 28, 2017

Student Support:  $5500 stipend, housing*, and travel
*housing not guaranteed for Pitt students

We would also be most grateful if you would be willing to pass this information on to your colleagues who might know of students that would benefit from our program.

Thank you again for your support.

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) ● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) ● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) ● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Los Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 25, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2828

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at http://orau.gov/dndo/

For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.