Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics

The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) offers a comprehensive six to seven week summer training course on biostatistics with relevant examples that include data collected in studies of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. Designed to address a growing imbalance between the demand and supply for biostatisticians, the course targets undergraduates and beginning graduate students who are interested in learning about biostatistics. The program will provide an intensive introduction to biostatistical approaches and research by exposing participants to the principles, methodologies, uses, and applications of statistical methods in biomedical and clinical research. Courses will be offered during the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018. The program was initiated in 2004 at Boston University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin, and has been expanded to meet the increasing need.

For the upcoming session of 2016, the NHLBI supports seven SIBS programs. Links to information on the SIBS programs at the respective participating institutions are listed below:
For more information, including dates for summer 2016 and online applications to individual programs, please visit our program web sites:

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Coastal Biology at University of North Florida

Beginning in 2013, the University of North Florida became one of the newest host sites for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program.  The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July.  REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  Prior to this, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-symposium.  Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science.  Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.


ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for participation in the 2016 UNF REU program, students must be:
  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree.
  • Available for the full duration of the program, from May 23rd to July 29th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

TRAVEL, STIPENDS, AND HOUSING
  • Students participating in the REU program will receive:
  • Stipend of $5,000 over the 10-week period
  • Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
  • Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Students interested in applying to the 2016 UNF REU program can acquire information on the application procedure from the program website.  The deadline for applications is March 20, 2016.

DANTA Tropical Biology Field Courses 2016

DANTA is pleased to announce our 2016 summer session field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our new blog DANTAisms at http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowships - Deadline Extended to February 24th!

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. Eligible applicants include current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees who have majored in, or had careers in, STEM fields.

The Fellowship also works to change the way top teachers are prepared, partnering with colleges and universities that have agreed to provide Fellows with innovative, year-long classroom experiences, rigorous academic work, and ongoing mentoring.

THE FELLOWSHIP

The Teaching Fellowship includes:

  • admission to a master's degree program at a partner university
  • preparation for teacher certification in science, mathematics or technology education
  • extensive preparation for teaching in a high-need urban or rural secondary school for one full year prior to becoming the teacher-of-record in a science or math classroom
  • a $30,000-$32,000 stipend, with tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. (Once Fellows are certified teachers at the end of the first year, they obtain salaried employment in high-need schools.)
  • support and mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment
  • support of a cohort of WW Fellows passionate about science and math education
  • lifelong membership in a national network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who are intellectual leaders

THE COMMITMENT

As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows teach for at least three years in an urban or rural school district. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow's completing the master's degree and obtaining appropriate teaching licensure.

MORE INFO


To sign up for more information about this program, please visit http://woodrow.org/fellowships/ww-teaching-fellowships/

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Program Assistant Position available for Project TRUE - Teens Research Urban Ecology

Project TRUE – Teens Researching Urban Ecology is a collaborative program between the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fordham University funded by the National Science Foundation.

For more information about the Project TRUE see the following web-sites:
Twitter and Instagram - @TRUEcologyNYC

We are recruiting a Program Assistant. You may contact the Program Coordinator, Jason Aloisio - jaloisio@wcs.org, if you have any questions.

Location: Bronx Zoo
Job Type: Part-Time
Department: BZ-EDUCATION

Job Description - Wildlife Conservation Society

Department: Education
Title: Program Assistant Project TRUE
Employment Type: Part-Time
Status: Non-Exempt
Grade Level: Hourly
Pay Range: $20 per hour
Reports To: Program Coordinator, Project TRUE
Hours: 25 hours per week (Mid-February to Mid-October)

Position Summary
The Program Assistant plays a support role in planning and implementing the various work components of the initiative, working closely with the project TRUE administration team, high school students, and mentors.

Responsibilities
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Manage the high school recruitment and hiring process for Project TRUE.
  • Maintain student database.
  • Work with Program Coordinator to prepare all materials and supplies for Project TRUE research, training, and education sessions.
  • Provide weekly support in the summer to all Project TRUE research teams. This includes advising on research process, conducting teen team building and training sessions, and assisting in field work throughout the city.
  • Support the Program Coordination by conducting college prep workshops and supporting high school students in the application process.
  • Co-lead Project TRUE high school enrichment sessions throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of all public share-out events including poster sessions, zoo events, and conferences.
  • Travel throughout the city is required for this position.
  • Performs all related tasks and duties as required.
  • Contributes to, enlarges and upholds the Society's policies toward the Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped and other protected groups.

Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in biology, ecology, environmental science or education
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite, project management, and customer service experience is required 
  • Experience working with teens preferred.
  • Knowledge of field research required.
  • Organized, able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Strong communication skills
  • A valid driver’s license and an ability to drive in NYC to the various zoos is required