Thursday, January 29, 2015

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Nebraska!

Looking for a summer research opportunity? Check out the 2015 Nebraska Summer Research Program housed on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The program offers students an excellent opportunity to hone research skills and to experience life as a graduate student. Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply. Due to funding restrictions, participation is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (those holding a green card.)

All programs for 2015 are listed at http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram and include projects in Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Microbiology, Minority Health Disparities, Nanotechnology, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology, and Virology.

Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review of applications begins Monday, February 2 and all applications are due by Monday, March 2.

Programs run from June 7, 2015 to August 13th, 2015. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Summer Research Experience at Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island

Central Michigan University is seeking undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island.  This program will provide funding for 5-7 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Lake Michigan nearshore shunt and its influence on nearshore-offshore coupling.  Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 1 – August 7, 2015, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island.  

More information on the program and the online application are available at: https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cst/cmubs/students/summer_research/Pages/default.aspx .  
Applications, along with supporting materials, are due by Friday, February 27, 2015, with the final selection of participants expected by March 27, 2015. 

Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email tojessica.lapp@cmich.edu or by phone to 989-774-4401.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at NIH

Program Description: Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.  NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, and Detroit is limited.
Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

To increase your chances of being offered a position, please do four things: (1) Watch the new Applying Successfully Video by clicking on the link here.  (2) Read the SIP FAQs carefully. (3) Read our suggestions for creating a successful application.  (4) After submitting your application, contact NIH investigators with whom you would like to work and explain why you would be a good addition to their groups.  You can identify NIH investigators with projects that interest you by searching the NIH Intramural Annual Reports. Use the text search feature to find project descriptions that contain the key words you enter.  You can then find contact information for the investigators in the NIH Enterprise Directory.

Eligibility: The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. U.S. citizens are eligible to apply if they are enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students. Students who have been accepted into an accredited college or university program may also apply. Permanent residents must be enrolled in or have been accepted into an accredited institution in the U.S. to be eligible.

Stipend Information: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on education completed prior to starting at the NIH. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.

Application Procedure: Prospective candidates must apply online. The application is available from mid-November to March 1. It requires submission of
  • a curriculum vitae or resume,
  • a list of coursework and grades (please note: no transcripts need to be sent at this time),
  • a cover letter describing the applicant's research interests and career goals, and
  • the names and contact information for two references.
Candidates may also specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that interest them.

For more information, please visit: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates on the Mechanisms of Evolution at UNLV

The summer Research Experience for Undergraduates on the Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The inspiration for this proposal is the celebrated essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution by Theodosius Dobzhansky. Professor Dobzhanky provided the following unambiguous explanation of the process, the environment presents challenges to living species, to which the latter may respond by adaptive genetic change and the potential outcomes allowed a species to occupy a formerly empty ecological niche or to resist the environmental change if it is unfavorable. The Light of Evolution essay did not address specific evolutionary mechanisms, but Dobzhansky recognized their significance by stating, the mechanisms that bring evolution about certainly need study and clarification. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,000 salary, housing and a travel subsidy.
Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application deadline for the Summer 2015 REU program is Friday March 6, 2015Download the application
Contact the REU Program Assistant for additional information.
Competitive applications take time. Watch a short YouTube video with helpful tips regarding internship applications.
All applicants should use Google Scholar to find the recent publications of the selected mentors. Be sure to mention in your statement that you reviewed these publications.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Undergraduate Minority Research Program at the Center for Colon Cancer Research

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina is leading the development of innovative and groundbreaking research in colorectal cancer. One of the primary goals of the CCCR is to foster the progression of young scientists, and we are seeking undergraduate students to participate in research internships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health). During the summer of 2015, a CCCR Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program will be inaugurated.

Program details:
  • 10 week program: May 24, 2015 - July 31, 2015
  • $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and up to $1,000 travel expenses
  • Summer research symposium (July 31st)
  • Professional development workshops and research seminars

Eligibility:
  • Rising juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Any major related to biomedical or public health research
  • Underrepresented minority: African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 

To apply, please submit the following on-line at http://cccr.sc.edu/ by March 6th:
  • A personal statement describing your interest in cancer research (no longer than one page)
  • A current transcript
  • Two letters of support from science professors
  • Preferences for up to 3 potential faculty mentors (see our list at http://cccr.sc.edu/about-us/investigators)

For more information and questions, please contact:
Dr. Douglas Pittman
Department of Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
University of South Carolina
715 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208