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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

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

FDA Commissioner’s Fellowships

Apply to be a Commissioner’s Fellow at the FDA!
NOTE:

VCU Career Services is having a workshop on writing federal resumes, such as an applicant for this position would need, this Wednesday, 2/22 at 4pm in Globe 1030J.
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Touch the Lives of All Americans! FDA invites outstanding healthcare professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to the Commissioner’s Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.
Coursework & Preceptorship
The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship program combines coursework designed to provide an in-depth understanding of science behind regulatory review with the development of a carefully designed, agency priority, regulatory science project.
Who Should Apply? Applicants with doctoral level degrees (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.C., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., Dr.P.H, or Ph.D.) or with bachelor’s or master’s degrees can apply. Each Preceptor(s) will list specific eligibility criteria for their respective projects on their project description pages annually. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence at the time their applications are submitted. Applicants cannot be current FDA employees or FDA contractors (such as ORISE fellows). NOTE: All degree requirements (including thesis defense) must be complete before applying.
For more information, or to apply, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/CommissionersFellowshipProgram
Questions? Email us: fdacommissionersfellows@fda.hhs.gov.
Applications will be accepted starting March 16, 2017 through April 25, 2017 5pm EST.
Reference letters will be due May 9, 2017

Ecosystem Field Studies summer courses

Please see the message below from Ecosystem Field Studies regarding their Summer 2017 field courses.

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AMAZING SUMMER, 3-CREDIT, FIELD SCIENCE COURSES with Ecosystem Field Studies 

 
An opportunity to apply your classroom & textbook learning

while immersed in a spectacular & transformative educational setting!
Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, snorkel & SCUBA dive on the Caribbean coral reef of Mexico *  May 21- June 10  or  June 14 – July 4
Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies
* Study, camp, & hike in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
June 18 – July 8  or  July 15- August 4
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on scientific field research
  • Earn 3 undergraduate academic transfer credits over summer-break
  • Join a diverse & exciting group of college students for an experiential learning experience of a lifetime!
For all course information visit the website: 

 
Open to students from all universities & majors | Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula, Environmental Studies Program: ENST 391- for 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits
Direct questions to Professor Steve Johnson, EcoFS Director at steve@EcoFS.org

2017 EcoFS Summer Course Flyer

CANCELLED: 18th Annual Darwin Day at VCU!

UPDATE: THIS EVENT CANCELLED:
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The snowstorm that tore across the Northeast cancelled Dr.  Graur’s connecting flights from Houston.  While they found another connecting flight option, that too did not make it.

He was very sad not to be able to share his work with us and promised to come another time.

Thank you everyone who helped during the planning process and it’s such a shame that the weather interfered on this day of celebrating Darwin!

Cheers,

GOBS

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The 18th Annual Darwin Day will be held on February 10th at 11 AM in the VCU Student Commons, Richmond Salons.  Dr. Dan Graur will be giving a talk titled, “The Imperfection of Evolution and the Evolution of Imperfection.”  The poster for the event can be found here
We hope to see you there!
Thank you,
Graduate Organization of Biology Students

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.

Camp Easter Seals at the Nonprofit and Social Services Career & Internship fair

Whitney Civitts, the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Easter Seals UCP, will be at the Nonprofit and Social Services Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday February 15th from 12pm- 3pm at the Student Commons in the Commonwealth Ballroom . Camp Easter Seals UCP is an overnight camp that serves both children and adults with disabilities. They offer a unique, supported camp experience for both campers and staff.  Many of their staff have called their time at Camp Easter Seals UCP a “LIFE CHANGING” experience.

They are currently hiring staff to join them for summer 2017.   Feel free to contact Whitney Civitts at the contact information below for more information.

Please see the brochure here

Whitney Civitts
Assistant Camp Director
Camp Easter Seals UCP
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc.
201 E. Main Street
Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 777-7325 ext. 8114
Fax: (540) 777-2194
whitney.civitts@eastersealsucp.com

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