VCU Post Baccalaurette Research Education Program (PREP)

The VCU Post-Baccalaureate Research Training Program (PREP) is a one-year biomedical research training program for recent college graduates from underrepresented groups considering graduate-level training in the biomedical sciences.  The program provides scholars with a year-long paid mentored research experience and the opportunity to develop technical and critical-thinking skills.  PREP scholars have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses and a GRE preparation course, as well as receive formal advice on the selection of graduate programs, preparation of graduate school applications, and preparation for graduate school interviews.

Eligible applicants must have graduated prior to program start on July 1. Students must be interested in pursuing a PhD .  Applicants must have graduated within 3 years of program start. Applicants must be US Citizens, permanent residents or non-citizen nationals with proof of citizenship status.

We Offer:

  • Mentored Research Experience
  • Formal advice on graduate applications
  • Salary of $27,000
  • Opportunity to present at National Scientific Conference

Application opens November 15, 2017-March 15, 2018

Apply online at: https://artes.som.vcu.edu

For more information contact:
Virginia Commonwealth University
Center On Health Disparities
P.O. Box 980501
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0501
cohdtraining@vcuhealth.org

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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.

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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

HI USA’s Explore the World travel scholarship program

Richmond Hostel is offering $2,000 travel scholarships exclusively for Richmond area residents.

The program is called Explore the World, and it’s administered by the nonprofit organization, Hostelling International USA (HI USA). HI USA is committed to creating a more tolerant world, and these scholarships are for young travelers inspired to make the world a better place, but lack the financial means to go abroad.

The scholarship is open to individuals, ages 18-30, who will engage in an educational or service learning component during their trip.  Eligible candidates must also meet specific financial need requirements. More information can be found at www.hiusa.org/travel-scholarships.

Explore the World Flyer 2018

Application deadline: March 2, 2018

Climate Connections Lecture Series at the Science Museum of Virginia

Climate Connections
FIVE-PART LECTURE SERIES AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA
Select Wednesdays in February and March • 7 – 9 pm

Climate Connections poster

Join us for this Climate Connections
lecture series designed to connect
you with resiliency-themed content
while exploring our societal
understanding of climate science.

Climate Connection lecture series is free;
reservations are required.
To reserve your space, go to
www.smv.org/upcoming-events.
Questions? Call us at 804.864.1400.

February 21
How is Climate Change Affecting Me?
Jeremy S. Hoffman, Ph.D., Science Museum of Virginia
Carrie McDougall, Ph.D., NOAA Office of Education

February 28
How is Climate Change Impacting
My Dinner?
Julie Shortridge, Ph.D., Virginia Tech
Troy Tuckey, Ph.D., Virginia Institute of Marine Science

March 7
What is Climate Change Costing Me?
Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., The Stand-Up Economist

March 14
Is Climate Change Making Me Sick?
Mona Sarfaty, M.D., George Mason Center for
Climate Change Communication

March 21
Climate Change – Are We Ready?
Andrew Kruczkiewicz, International Research
Institute for Climate & Society
Derek Loftis, Ph.D., Virginia Institute of Marine Science

REU: University of North Florida

OVERVIEW
Beginning in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July. REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise. Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects. Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini- symposium. Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science. Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for participation in the 2018 UNF REU program, students must be:
– U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
– Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.
– Available for the full duration of the program, from May 21 st to July 27 th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

TRAVEL, STIPENDS, AND HOUSING
Students participating in the REU program will receive:
– Stipend of $5,000 over the 10-week period
– Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
– Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Students interested in applying to the 2018 UNF REU program can acquire information on the
application procedure from the program website. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2018.
See: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU-Apply.aspx

ABOUT UNF
UNF is a 40-year old, comprehensive public university situated on ~1,300 acres of scenic timberland located 7 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 12 miles southeast of the urban setting of
downtown Jacksonville, FL. Because of its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns River, and the GTMNERR, UNF is uniquely suited to serve as a base for contemporary research in Coastal Biology. For additional information about UNF, visit www.unf.edu
Visit us at: http://www.unf.edu/coas/biology/coastal_biology/REU.aspx

Timmons Group Environmental Intern Summer 2018

Timmons Group’s Environmental Department is looking for two eager students (Grad or Undergrad) in the environmental field to serve as interns for the summer of 2018.  Environmental Interns will gain experience working on many projects that will be underway during the summer.  Typical work includes wetland delineations, pond management, environmental site assessments, stream restoration, environmental permitting, etc.  This is a PAID position.  Interns are required to work 32 hours/week, Monday-Thursday.  Interested candidates must be okay with working long days in the field if needed.  A typical work day is from 7:30am-4:30pm, though field work often requires earlier mornings (~6am) and longer days.  Former interns are in an ideal position to obtain a full time position upon graduation.

 

The positions are not posted anywhere online.  Interested students should send their resumes and a brief cover letter to brian.breissinger@timmons.com as soon as possible to be considered.

2018 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program

The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2018 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program.
This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member and his/her research team, communicate their project findings in poster and oral presentations, prepare for graduate school and the GRE, learn about scientific writing, network with faculty, community building with their peers through various social activities and receive a stipend, housing, meal allowance, and transportation to and from the Berkeley campus.
Program dates are May 28-August 3, 2018 and the application deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2018.
For more information about the program, please visit the following sites:
UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Website at http://amgenscholars.berkeley.edu
National Amgen Scholars Program Website at http://amgenscholars.com

Natural Resource Management Internship

Please see the linked posting regarding an internship available with the National Park Service at the Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Summer REU Program: Marine Sciences

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Marine Sciences for Summer 2018.  This NSF-funded experience at the University of Delaware will provide undergraduates the opportunity to work with faculty in research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.  In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,000 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.

More information and the application can be found on their website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of their field trips from last summer.

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