Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

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/ 

Information Sessions: Applying for Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at VCU

Greetings colleagues, below is the full schedule of information sessions for spring semester.  Feel free to share widely with students and faculty.  You are also welcome to share our blog post with further details here: http://wp.vcu.edu/vcuurop/2019/01/23/infosessionsspring19/
We will post a separate schedule of Research Poster Design Workshops soon!  Many thanks as always,
Herb

1/24/2019 Thu 3:00 PM-4:00 PM MPC | Harris Hall 2129  (All Summer Programs)

1/31/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160  (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/5/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/7/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

2/11/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/14/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/18/2019 Mon 4:00 PM-5:00 PM MPC | Hibbs Hall 264 (All Summer Programs)

2/26/2019 Tue 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (Applying for Funding for Community-Engaged Research)

2/28/2019 Thu 3:30 PM-4:30 PM MPC | Temple Building 1160 (All Summer Programs)

The Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) Application is open for the 2019-2020 academic yea

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive academic scholarships for up to $20,000 per academic year to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.  Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed for up to 4 years.  Please visit our website at: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/ugsp for additional information.

UGSP offers:

Scholarship support

Paid research training at the NIH during the summer and after graduation

Eligibility requirements:

U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident

Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America

Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class

Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office (UGSP’s Exceptional Financial Need Form (EFN) can be found on the OITE/UGSP website)

KEY DATES FOR ADMISSION CONSIDERATION IN FALL 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

(Dates updated 1 December 2018)

  • January 2, 2019 – Application Opened
  • March 15, 2019 – Application Deadline
  • March 2019 – Letter of Recommendation Deadline
  • May 11, 2019 – EFN Form with Tax Information Deadline
  • Mid-June 2019 – Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed
  • July 2019 – Phone Interviews for Admission
  • Late-July 2019 – Selection of Scholars

Shark and Marine Research Institute and Volunteer Programme

We have an exciting opportunity available for students or post-graduates who are looking to gain some hands on experience in the field of marine biology (and particularly elasmobranch research) by volunteering with our organisation in Gansbaai, South Africa – the great white shark capital of the world.

Kindly take a few minutes to read the below information regarding our educational volunteer research programme.

Volunteering with us is an opportunity for early-career scientists to be involved in groundbreaking marine research. Volunteers assist us with data collection and will gain valuable skills on board our vessels and in the field. Volunteer duties and responsibilities will involve the following:

  • Learn about the Great White Shark and other shark species and, in turn, educate clients onboard our cage diving vessel about these incredible creatures, with the aim of shifting negative perceptions and enlightening the public about their beauty and the critical role they play in maintaining the health of our oceans.
  • Collect data aboard our cage diving vessel and research vessel pertaining to Great White Sharks, which contributes towards our white shark dorsal fin identification study and growth rate study, and is analyzed to enhance our understanding of the populations of these enigmatic creatures.
  • Join catch and release surveys on our research vessel and learn how to ethically catch, tag, measure, sample and release the smaller sharks along our coastline, many of which are data deficient. (Please note: we do not tag Great Whites at this stage.)
  • Learn how to deploy baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVs) and how to analyze the videos collected
  • Participate in beach cleanups and community education initiatives.

During the 2016 National Workshop on the Implementation of a Shark Biodiversity Management Plan in South Africa, it was underlined that fundamental baseline data are critically required to develop effective management and conservation initiatives for sharks. We work with in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch, the Oceanographic Research Institute and the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. Our various research projects aim to close some of these gaps in the data to help with the development of effective management plans, especially for our great white sharks, which unfortunately could be heading towards extinction.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for 2019 & 2020!

Positions are available for a period of one to three months; longer stays are subject to additional visa requirements.

To learn more please click on the link below:

https://www.sharkcagedive.com/research/volunteer-overview/

Alternatively, please email volunteer@sharkcagedive.com or info@sharkcagedive.com.

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!

Now Accepting Applications for the Neuroscience Scholars Program

Beat the rush – apply now to the award-winning Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP).

The Society for Neuroscience’s NSP is a two-year online training program open to underrepresented neuroscience graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Eighteen candidates will be selected as NSP Fellows, who will have access to a mentor, complimentary registration and travel to Neuroscience 2019 and 2020, and support for additional professional development activities.

Applications close February 21, 2019

This program is supported by NIH, and program guidelines specify that candidates must be from a group recognized as underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences.

For more information on eligibility visit SfN.org/nsp or email nsp@sfn.org.

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