Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy Shark and Ray Research Project - Summer 2017

Summer Program: Gain hands-on, field research experience in Clearwater, FL this summer!  All participants will be involved in all aspects of a local population study on sharks and rays.  This includes setting and retrieving nets and longlines, handling and identifying captured animals, tagging and measuring all captured sharks and rays, collecting DNA samples from sharks and rays, and recording data.  Each day begins with a lecture on our local ecosystems, species, and conservation topics and continues with 6 – 8 hours of field research aboard our vessels.

Who should attend: Anyone 18 years of age or older interested in pursuing a career in the natural sciences.  This includes incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students, and college graduates.  This program provides invaluable research and animal handling experience.  Such unique field training will make you a more valuable candidate for future internships, graduate school, and jobs.  There are no pre-requisites and no previous experience is necessary.

Course credit:  Most students receive credit for our program and you should discuss receiving course credit for this program with your advisor.  If you do not need this kind of course credit, this field research experience will be a very beneficial addition to your résumé.

Housing: Affordable and fully furnished housing is available to our summer program participants and includes Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, linens, and laundry facilities.

Transportation:  After arriving in the Clearwater, FL area, transportation is provided to/from: airport, bus station, our classrooms and boats, and the grocery store.

Enrollment:  Early enrollment and the early enrollment tuition break ends December 31, 2016.  Late enrollment ends March 30, 2017.

Tuition: Tuition rates vary based on the date of your enrollment and the number of weeks you wish to attend the program.  Participants who attend 3 or more weeks will receive tuition breaks.

To enroll in this unique and amazing program and for more detailed information, please visit our website: www.cmera.net

Thursday, November 3, 2016

REU at Blandy Farm

Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

May 22 - Aug 4, 2017   Applications Due  March 1, 2017



Carla Vanderbilt (Stetson University) studying song vocalization in gray catbirds.


Samuel Bernhard (Wesleyan University) sifts through mud looking for invertebrates.

Overview

Undergraduate education is one our highest priorities at Blandy Experimental Farm. Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. We have been aided in this effort by funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our primary goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions. The format of the program encourages students to develop skills in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and critical reading of primary scientific literature. Students also learn to prepare and communicate scientific information to other scientists and the general public.

Our program exposes students to a diversity of research projects that collectively illustrate how natural systems function and how science progresses. Through the course of the summer we provide students with information on various career options in ecology and the environmental sciences. Next summer we will offer up awards that carry a $5775 stipend + an additional meal budget, free housing, and a budget for supplies and research-related travel. The number of students invited (up to 10) will be contingent upon renewal of our funding from the National Science Foundation. Interested students can access the necessary application form and instructions directly from our APPLICATION PAGE. We strongly recommend filling out an application at least two weeks before the application deadline.  The application and all supporting materials are due on March 1, 2017.  If you need further information please send an email to Dr. Kyle Haynes or call 540 837-1758 ext 292 M-F, 9-5 Eastern Time. These fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

M.S. Degree in Computation Biology Program at Carnegie Mellon University

The professional M.S. in Computational Biology, a joint effort between the Department of Biological Sciences and the Computational Biology Department, offers tailored education in this integrated discipline, which applies modern computer science, statistics, and mathematics to biological and biomedical problems. Our students explore a wide range of questions and techniques, continuing the longstanding Carnegie Mellon traditions of interdisciplinarity and innovation. The program ensures that each student receives individualized attention from involved, approachable faculty and staff in a supportive environment. Highly sought after, our graduates have secured leading positions in industry or have used their Carnegie Mellon training as a stepping-stone to a Ph.D., M.D., or MBA program.

All students complete the program in four semesters.

Program Features:

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Customized course plan
  • Training in important models, algorithms
  • and data mining methods
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities
  • Placement assistance for summer
  • internships and post-graduate positions

We seek the talented undergraduate who is interested in computational biology, demonstrates good communication skills, has strong GRE scores, and has a high GPA (typically over 3.0 on a 4-point scale). Previous coursework in biology, and/or computer, while helpful, is not essential for admission to the program.

For more information, please visit http://www.cmu.edu/ms-compbio/

Our online application can be found at our program website (https://ms-app.bio.cmu.edu), and applications are free if completed before February 15th.

Unpaid Internships for the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District - Spring 2017

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) spring interns to assist with office and field work between January and May. The SVSWCD Internship Program provides professional level work experience for college students, and was established as one of the key initiatives in the District’s commitment to expand and enhance our educational outreach.  The program provides students with real work experience that will enable them to compete more effectively for conservation related employment; and a chance for the students to use their talents in a realistic environment. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work.  This may include: site visits, field work, review and implementation of various conservation projects as well as activities related to other SVSWCD services and programs.  A more specific internship position description is available.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 2-5 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the internship.  Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD.  The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The proposed start date of the internship is January 16, 2017 and the proposed end date is May 5, 2017.  These dates are flexible, as school schedules vary and will affect intern availability.  Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation.

Send application package including: resume, three (3) references, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm November 15, 2016.  Hard copy application packages should be sent to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org  For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126.  Applicants will be notified of selections around November 22, 2016.

For additional information please visit:https://svswcd.org/spring/