Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Summer Intern Position through the American Chestnut Foundation - Virginia Chapter

Background Information:  American chestnut (Castanea dentata), was once a dominant tree in the Eastern forest of the United States.   Virginia is located at the center of the specie’s historic range. Chestnut was an extremely important tree—as lumber and as food for wildlife—in the Piedmont, Blue Ridge and Appalachian forest communities. Unfortunately, its historic greatness was catastrophically compromised by a fungus, Asian chestnut blight, which was accidentally introduced in the early 1900’s.  Since 1983, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has carried out a six-generation backcross breeding program to produce blight-resistant chestnuts that otherwise exhibit characteristics of American chestnut.  The Virginia Chapter of TACF was formed in 2006 in order to:

  • Develop blight-resistant American chestnuts that are adapted to the geographical regions of Virginia; 
  • Preserve wild, surviving American chestnuts still found in the state;
  • Educate Virginians about the values of American chestnut and efforts to develop blight-resistance; and
  • Prepare for restoration of American chestnut trees in Virginia.

Blight-resistant American chestnuts are grown using a multi-step process.  In late May and early June, we hand-pollinate surviving American chestnuts will pollen from trees that have blight-resistance from a Chinese chestnut ancestor. Next, the seed produced from these efforts are planted in breeding orchards. Trees in breeding orchards are grown for several years, then tested for blight-resistance by inoculating them with chestnut blight.  Those trees that did not inherit sufficient blight-resistance are removed from the breeding orchard; and the remaining trees are left to interbreed.  The chestnuts produced by this stage of interbreeding are then planted in a new orchard, called a seed orchard, for the next generation of breeding.

Position Description:  The summer intern will primarily assist in the breeding program by helping to maintain breeding orchards by weeding, mulching, and fertilizing seedlings.  He or she will also be removing trees that are not blight resistant from the orchard.  In inclement weather, the intern will help maintain tree data by logging survival, growth and removal data and mounting herbarium specimens.  The intern may also assist in ceremonial plantings and other events that may arise to publicize the efforts of TACF in Virginia.

Opportunities for the Intern:    Interns will have an opportunity to learn applied science.  In the field, he or she will learn to identify various other types of chestnuts, how to plant and care for trees, and carefully monitor chestnut seedlings and growing conditions.

Qualifications:  Interns must have a keen interest in biology, ecology, horticulture, or forestry and be able to work with little supervision.  Interns also must be physically fit to participate in heavy outdoor activity.  Finally, the intern must have access to his or her own vehicle to travel to orchard sites.

Location:  The intern will be working out of an office at 8266 E. Main St., Marshall, Virginia, and in orchards located in Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties.

Compensation: The Chapter will pay $2,500 as a stipend for 8 weeks or work, 5 days/week.  Start date and vacation breaks are flexible.  In addition, the chapter will reimburse the intern for mileage at the rate of 40 cents/mile.

Additional Information:  Contact Catherine Mayes, President, Virginia Chapter of TACF, P.O. Box 158, Marshall, VA  20116, (540) 364-1922, vachestnut@verizon.net.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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Looking for a Summer Research Experience?

Try the National Science Foundation's database of Summer Research experiences in the Biological Sciences at https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=5047.

The site contains a directory of Summer Research programs for 2017, including brief program descriptions and website links. You may have to search the linked site to find additional information....

Application deadlines vary, and some are soon! Possible programs include (but are NOT limited to):

  • Systematics and Evolutionary Biology
  • Diversifying Participation in Computational Biology
  • Nanomaterials for Biological applications
  • Raptor Research
  • Interplay Between Genes and the Environment
  • Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training
  • Plant Genome Research
  • 3D Invertebrate Herbivory

Check it out!

Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program is one of only 16 programs in the US accredited by FEPAC, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our program prepares students for careers in various forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories, emphasizing the application of scientific methods and technologies to legal proceedings. It may also be used to build a strong foundation for doctoral and professional studies and offers the opportunity for students to pursue a graduate certificate in computer forensics that involves additional, elective coursework.

Further Information
For more information please visit http://www.uab.edu/cas/justice-sciences/graduate-programs/master-of-science-in-forensic-science-msfs or contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Forensic Science, Elizabeth Gardner.

Science Communication Internships at Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center

Science writing interns work with the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center to bring scientific and technical information to non-scientists and decision-makers. Interns learn interviewing, reporting, researching, and writing skills. Due to the nature of the work performed in these positions, interns will need access to a vehicle for travel to and from the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center office in Gloucester Point, VA.

Summer Science Writing Internship

  • The intern will report and write about VASG researchers, students, and staff for our website. Interns work from Virginia Sea Grant headquarters at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science over a 10 week period.
  • The intern will learn reporting, interviewing, and writing skills, focusing on marine science topics.
  • Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled in, or who has recently graduated from an undergraduate program in communication, journalism, science writing, basic science, or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., is eligible for the internship.
  • $4,000 stipend.
  • Official Internship Announcement will be released early in the year.
  • Deadline March 20, 2017.

Read more about how to apply here: 2017 Summer Science Writing Internship

The intern will receive a $4,000 stipend for the 40-hour per week, 10-week summer internship located at VASG’s headquarters at Gloucester Point, along with reimbursement for assignment related travel. There is only one position available.

Eligibility & Application Process
Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or who has recently graduated from a program in communication, journalism, science writing, basic science, or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., is eligible for the internship.

All qualified students are encouraged to apply; however, qualified applicants from Virginia institutions will be given priority. There will be no additional allowance for housing costs, so applicants should consider their ability to find housing in Southeast Virginia, and to provide their own automobile transportation to and from work.

Please create an account at http://vaseagrant.ecsion.com (copy and paste url into your browser), and upload the application materials listed below as a single PDF document. (Please use a 12-point font) Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Letter of Interest (2-page maximum): This letter should help us learn more about you. We will want to know (1) why you are interested in the internship; (2) your career goals and how a science writing internship will help you to achieve them; (3) education and experience you have had in science and in writing; (4) examples of previous projects, whether personal, educational, or professional, that you've worked on and enjoyed; and (5) communication skills you have, AND the skills you would like to develop further.
  2. Resume (2-page maximum): Include email addresses and phone numbers of two references who can attest to your writing ability (one reference can be the letter writer from #5 below).
  3. Short writing sample: Provide a link to something you have written, and available online. You can also provide a document of something you have written if you do not yet have a published article.
  4. All transcripts: Unofficial transcripts may be submitted.
  5. Letter of recommendation: One letter should be uploaded directly from a faculty member, supervisor, or advisor who can speak to your writing ability and experience. You will be able to notify them directly through your http://vaseagrant.ecsion.com account.
Timeline for the Evaluation Process and Internship:
April – Intern selection, phone and video/in-person nterviews;
Late May/Early June to August – Internship period