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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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Spit For Science Fall 2016: Research Assistants Needed

SPIT FOR SCIENCE_flyer for potential RAs Fall' 2016

REU: Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute is offering the following Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU):

May 24 – August 10, 2016

Planned Area of Research: Polymers for Performance in Emerging FEWS Technology

Click Here to View the Flyer

UROP Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual VCU Poster Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creativity is a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research endeavors and creative scholarship to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family.  All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend.  Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.

symp 2016

 

REU Opportunities: Mountain Lake Biological Station

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

Application deadline February 20

Ocean Sciences Research Opportunity

Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory’s summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and participate in seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.

Applications to this program will be accepted through March 1, 2016.

Visit the Bigelow REU page for further details.

Summer Ecology Research Opportunities

The University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm invites you to take a look at these new ecological research opportunities for undergraduates and graduates.

Live and work alongside university faculty in an inspirational setting in the northern Shenandoah Valley near Winchester, Virginia.

History and science converge at Blandy, with more than 700 acres of forests, fields, and the State Arboretum of Virginia.  Facilities include a new laboratory, a library, kitchen, wireless internet, and dormitory accommodations.

Opportunities for study include independent or supervised research, and involvement in environmental education and outreach programs.

See this flyer for more information.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

Now accepting applications for

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)

Summer Internship Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects 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.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

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

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

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/824
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us atdhsed@orau.org

Undergraduate Research – New Hampshire, Forest Ecology

Undergraduates seeking research experience in forest ecology are invited to apply for a 10-week
expense-paid internship at Bartlett, Jeffers Brook, and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests in
the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

About the Project:  Multiple Element Limitation in Northern Hardwood Ecosystems (MELNHE) is
an NSF funded collaboration between researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY
ESF), Cornell University, Miami University, the University of Michigan, and the Marine Biological
Laboratory.  The MELNHE project seeks to examine the limits to forest productivity through the
lens of resource optimization theory.  This is being studied through replicated, large-scale
nutrient additions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in stands of different ages at three sites.
Treatment results will be used to help develop the Multi-Element Limitation (MEL) model and
assess nutrient limitation in northern hardwood forests.  More information on the project is
available at http://www.esf.edu/melnhe, including a blog from previous field crews.

Internship Description:  Interns will be guided in the design of their research projects and will
interact closely with graduate students and senior research scientists.  Research projects
include tree and understory growth response to nutrient addition, soil respiration, soil parent
material identification, leaf litter production, fine and woody litter production, water use (sap flow
and soil moisture), and nutrient uptake and mycorrhizal root colonization. Interns will gain a wide
variety of skills by assisting in all ongoing projects.  Interns have the opportunity to present their
results at the annual Hubbard Brook Cooperators Meeting in July.

Interns are provided with shared housing at Bartlett Experimental Forest; tenting is optional.
Work days typically begin at 8:00 AM and end at 4:30, but may be shorter or longer depending
upon the day’s activities.  Food is prepared communally by the interns and graduate student
researchers, and costs generally run between $5-6 per day. A stipend of $100 per week is
provided for living expenses.

Desired Qualifications:  Ideal applicants will have a strong interest in forest biology, ecology, or
biogeochemistry.  Undergraduate students and recent graduates will be considered.  A positive
attitude is important and a sense of humor is a plus.  Willingness to work and live in a communal
setting is critical. Candidates should be able to perform repetitive tasks with attention to detail in
a field setting under adverse conditions.  Applicants should be flexible in their expectations, but
an estimated breakdown of the summer is: 60% fieldwork, 15% lab work, 10% data
management, 15% research proposals and reports of independent projects.

To Apply:  Please send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references
to Jerome Barner <jcbarner@syr.edu>.  Applications will be reviewed in the order by which they
are received.  The field season will begin on June 1 and ends on August 7; let us know if your
availability differs from the given dates. Interviews will be conducted after March 6th.

NEW Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholars Program serves to develop the next generation of leaders in microbiome science by providing undergraduate students the opportunity to work on research projects with RAMS Registry investigators. The award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected for the 2015 program. The 2015 program will take place from June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Applications for the 2015 RAMS Undergraduate Scholars Program are due by March 24, 2015.

Webpage:
http://vmc.vcu.edu/ramsregistry

Direct Link to Application Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dKkSqOWtyOA4PT3QLVUp9d8Rqnybo8Cf1CXJ9D46Ek0/viewform

Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D.
Project Director, Vaginal Microbiome Consortium
Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Biological Complexity & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Virginia Commonwealth University

http://www.people.vcu.edu/~fettweisjm/