Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC

The Centerfor Disease Control and Preventio(CDC), National Center for Environmental Healt(NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences(DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods tcharacterize and quantitatbiochemical markers that arrelevant in environmental exposures and chronidiseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,500/month for full-time summer fellows.

College students who plan to major in chemistror biologand have takecourses in general chemistry or biology maapply They must also comply with safetand securitrequirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

Application Process
The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.  The application may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/cdc .

·         Send a resume, a copy of an official transcript,and recommendations or your application will not be reviewed.

·         Send all application materials to DeAnna Copeland at ORISEAttention:CDC-NCEH-2013-0001 UPO, at DeAnna.Copeland@orau.org.

·         The postmark deadline is January 18, 2013.  Applications sent via e-mail must be received by January 21, 2013.

For further information contact
Lovisa Romanoff
Telephone:  (770)488-0192

Thursday, December 13, 2012

REU Montclair State University, NJ

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to announce the Research Experience for Undergraduates
program (REU) at Montclair State University (MSU) has begun accepting
applications for the summer 2013 program.  This program brings 10 selected
U.S. undergraduate students to MSU's field station, New Jersey School of
Conservation (NJSOC), for an 8-week field-immersion research experience in
multidisciplinary environmental research in forest lakes and streams on the
Kittatinny Mountains of Northwest New Jersey.  The objective of this program
is to cultivate highly motivated undergraduate students in multidisciplinary
environmental research and to prepare them for careers and/or graduate
education in environmental science.

During the summer, participants will be housed in cabins at NJSOC located
within 30,000 acres of mature forest, mountain ridges and freshwater streams
and lakes. Participating MSU faculty have a strong interest in mentoring
young scientists as an integral part of their academic experience.  Each
student accepted into this program will be matched to one of these faculty
mentors. Working with faculty mentors, participants will gain scientific
research experience by focusing on and rotating among the following research

1) hydrology
2) erosion and sedimentation
3) biodiversity/ecology
4) environmental chemistry

Each participant will receive a stipend of $4,000, with lodging and meals
provided. The REU program will also cover travel expenses for participants
to attend professional conferences to present studies.  For more information
and an online application form, you may access the program website at
http://www.montclair.edu/csam/reu/ or contact Passaic River Institute at

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

American Physiology Society undergraduate researcher programs

The American Physiology Society has funding from a variety of sources to support five different undergraduate researcher programs for summer 2013. These programs are open to all; however, some programs are designed to broaden participation in STEM careers and are open to students from underrepresented backgrounds and/or for specific areas of physiological research.   APS Fellows complete not only 10 weeks of a summer research experience and professional development activities on their campus, but also interactive, online activities with students nationwide, exploring career options, responsible conduct of research, structuring research studies, developing abstracts, and presenting research posters. Students will also present at APS conferences where they are active participants in a professional community. Applications are due February 1, 2013.

 Visit  the APS  Und ergraduate Summer Research web site to determine for which of these programs you are eligible and best qualified.  

Science, Math and English teachers

The Upward Bound Regional Math Science Center at Frostburg State University is now accepting applications for Science, Math and English teachers as well as residential tutors/counselors for our six-week summer program.  Please visit http://www.frostburg.edu/clife/mscenter/jobs.htm for program videos and information.  

About the Regional Math/Science Center
The FSU Regional Math/Science Center is a federally funded Department of Education Upward Bound program designed to help low-income, potential first generation college students, achieve their goals of attaining a college degree, specifically in the fields of math and science.  Participants in the program attend a six-week summer session on the campus of FSU, where they are engaged in a scientific research project.  The RMSC strives to develop exciting hands-on projects that are relevant to modern life.
While working on these projects the practical use of the scientific method is emphasized.  Students must develop testable hypotheses, help design the study, collect the data needed, analyze the data, draw conclusions based on the data collected and finally present their study in both oral and written form.  Students learn about peer review as they present their study progress each week to the other students in the program.  They also learn to use the computer for data analysis, for data processing their formal report, and for developing a power point presentation that is presented to a panel of scientists and an audience of parents, university and public officials. 
While at FSU students also participate in a variety of activities designed to promote strong study skills, and positive social behaviors as well as activities that provide recreational and cultural experiences.
FSU Is An AA/EOE.  Appropriate Auxiliary Aids & Services For Qualified Individuals W/Disability Will Be Provided Upon Request.  Please Notify In Advance. WWW.FROSTBURG.EDU

Summer 2013 Field Courses and REU Opportunities Mountain Lake Biological Station

ANNOUNCING:  Summer 2013 Field Courses and REU Opportunities
Mountain Lake Biological Station

Mountain Lake Biological Station
 (University of Virginia) is pleased to announce its 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 21st year.Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior.  Located in the southern Appalachians. Learn more about the programs and apply on-line:

Plant Conservation and Diversity– Zack Murrell, Appalachian State
Techniques in Conservation Biology- Melissa Aikens, University of Virginia

Wildlife Disease Ecology – Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia & Courtney Thomason, Texas Tech University

Behavioral Endocrinology – Caitlin Gabor & Andrea Aspbury, Texas State University

Biology of Fungi – Rytas Vilgalys, Duke University

Landscape Drawing Large and Small – Megan Marlatt, University of Virginia

REU:  http://mlbs.org/reuprogram, a 10 week learning and living research experience for undergraduates program.

****    Learn all about Mountain Lake opportunities at  MLBS.org    ****

Wildlife Rehabilitation Summer Externships

Wildlife Rehabilitation Summer Externships

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Wildlife Center of Virginia is a hospital for native wildlife, with the mission of teaching the world to care about and to care for wildlife and the environment.  Each year, an average of 2,500 patients are treated at the Wildlife Center; May to September are the busiest months of the year.  Our summer externships provide students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation and with the addition of the “Critter Cam”, also emphasizes the importance of educational outreach.   Lasting a minimum of 8 weeks between May and September of 2013, students will learn about animal husbandry, nutrition, hand-feeding techniques for a variety of orphaned species, capture and restraint methods, wildlife laws, and release criteria.  Students are trained and supervised by Professional Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitators.

¨       Hand feeding orphaned mammals and birds
¨       Feeding, cleaning, monitoring progress of orphaned fawns
¨       Monitoring progress of orphans, recording weights and food intake, and maintaining proper environment
¨       Daily exercise of raptor patients
¨       Assisting with capture and restraint of patients
¨       Researching a topic related to wildlife rehabilitation and care and giving brief presentation to staff upon completion of externship
¨       Providing updates to outreach staff on high-profile patients featured on the Center’s webcam
¨       Daily cleaning, feeding, watering, hosing, and scrubbing out pens of all animals housed in facility and outdoor enclosures
¨       General cleaning including sweeping/mopping floors, washing dishes, disinfecting counters/sinks
¨       Maintaining constant awareness of all patients’ health and behavior and reporting any changes to staff
¨       Identification of local mammals, birds, and reptiles species
¨       Maintaining high energy levels throughout a long workday
¨       Reporting maintenance and/or safety hazards to the rehabilitation staff and correcting any maintenance and/or safety hazards, if possible

¨       Lifting and hauling items up to 40 lbs., including trash and recycling
¨       Assisting with organizational, landscaping, construction, or web-based projects as needed
¨       Assisting staff with errands such as raptor food runs, supply pick-up, etc (vehicle provided for these errands)
¨       Additional duties as requested

 Externs will be scheduled to work five days a week with two consecutive days off during the week.  A typical day consists of working at least 10 hours [7am to 5pm, 9am to 7pm or 8am to 6pm depending on the time of year].  Weekend work is required.   Schedules are subject to change; though typically remain consistent throughout eight-week period.

Salary:                               None.  Off-site housing is provided at no cost.

Qualifications:                          Must be a self-motivated individual with a sincere interest in working with
                                                wildlife and the ability to enthusiastically work long hours.  Attention to detail,
                                                punctuality, initiative, and a strong desire to learn are required.  At least two years
                                                of college with related degree or prior animal experience.  Ability to lift 40
                                                pounds.  Use of a car preferable. Pre-exposure rabies vaccination series is not
                                                required, although those who are rabies vaccinated will also receive training with
                                                adult mammals and young “high risk” rabies species.

Length:                               8-week commitment.  Summer positions available May to September (see application)

to apply:                            Please email cover letter, résumé, and application to rehab@wildlifecenter.org<mailto:rehab@wildlifecenter.org>. (Email to request application form)
                                                Application deadline is February15th, 2013.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2013 Coastal Management Fellowship

Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce the availability of the 2013 Coastal Management Fellowship for Virginia students.  Please share this email broadly with faculty and students that may have an interest in marine and environmental science, management, policy, and planning. 

The Coastal Management Fellowship is a two-year fellowship established to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students.  The program matches postgraduate students from a variety of environmental disciplines with state coastal resource agencies to work on coastal projects proposed by the state and selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center.  Any student completing a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree in natural resource management or environmental-related studies from an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013 is eligible to apply.  Students from a broad range of environmental programs are encouraged to apply.

The 2013 state projects are:

California Coastal Commission
San Francisco, CA
Integrate climate change and adaptation planning into the commission’s planning and regulatory program
Maine Coastal Program
Augusta, ME
Provide a baseline characterization in the Gulf of Maine for developing Maine’s Ocean Resources Strategy and implementing Maine’s ocean planning efforts
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Boston, MA
Address competing marine resource use issues and promote beach and dune nourishment in Massachusetts as a viable and cost-effective climate change adaptation tool for shore protection
New Hampshire Coastal Program
Portsmouth, NH
Establish a GIS-based decision support framework to improve spatial planning for New Hampshire’s estuaries and use InVEST to inform priority restoration and management issues in the Great Bay Estuary
New York Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources
Albany, NY
Develop a guide and methodologies for the application of geospatial tools for use in New York’s offshore planning
Oregon Coastal Management Program
Newport, OR
Create an improved data repository and framework for Oregon’s ocean shore permitting process that can be used to plan for erosion impacts, improve storm response, protect the public interest, and other purposes

The deadline for applications is January 25, 2013 at 5pm EST.  Virginia students must apply through Virginia Sea Grant.  The attached announcement provides details about the fellowship and how to apply. 
More information can also be found at: http://vaseagrant.vims.edu/category/coastal-management-fellowship/  and interested students are encouraged to contact Susan Park (spark@vims.edu804-684-7436) with any questions.

The following fellowship opportunities are also currently open to applications from Virginia graduate students:

New Undergraduate Coastal Summer Program on the Outer Banks of NC

The University of North Carolina system is opening the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) in Manteo, NC this winter.  We hope faculty and students will come visit and work with our faculty and staff. 

For early undergraduates, the month-long Summester at the Coast  will start in mid-May 2013.  This exciting program will enable students to live and learn in the Outer Banks area about coastal oceanography, geology, ecology, economics, maritime history and culture.  

Visit our web site to find out about CSI and our activities: http://csi.northcarolina.edu

Ph.D. and M.S. Program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics

 At Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), we are interested in recruiting students into both our Ph.D. and M.S. Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SYBB) program. This multidisciplinary program is designed to provide students an opportunity to combine both experimental and computational/mathematical disciplines to understand complex biological systems. The program prides itself on training scientists who are able to generate and analyze experimental data for biomedical research and to develop physical or computational models of the molecular components that drive the behavior of a biological system.
Details about our program and instructions on how to apply can be found in the attached one page brochure and on our website, http://bioinformatics.case.edu. This spring, we will have an open house for the SYBB program; details will be posted on our website.

About Us

The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine established the first Ph.D. and M.S. program in Systems Biology and Bioinformatics (SYBB) in the State of Ohio. Based in the School of Medicine, with the Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics as its administrative home, the faculty cohort includes faculty from multiple departments and schools, and the fundamental core competencies for this program include: genes and proteins; bioinformatics and computational biology; and quantitative analysis and modeling with an emphasis on molecular systems biology.
Students are admitted through direct admission, or the School of Medicine's Biomedical Research Training Program (BSTP) or the Medical Science Training Program (MSTP).
The Systems Biology and Bioinformatics program at CWRU offers trainees the opportunity to combine both experimental and computational or mathematical disciplines to understand complex biological systems. The goal of this program is to produce scientists who are familiar with multiple disciplines and equipped to conduct interdisciplinary research.
The SYBB program trains scientists who are able to generate and analyze experimental data for biomedical research and to develop physical or computational models of the molecular components that drive the behavior of a biological system.
The SYBB program includes faculty and coursework from multiple departments and across the CWRU campus. Participating departments and centers include:
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Genetics
  • Mathematics
  • Neurosciences
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Pharmacology

Program Competencies

The specific academic requirements of the SYBB Program are intended to provide students with a required core curriculum in Systems Biology and a set of electives designed both to assure minimum competencies in three Fundamental Core Competencies and equip them for their particular thesis research discipline. Each trainee will be guided in a course of study by a mentoring committee to ensure the completion of training in the program competencies as well as maintenance of a focus on molecular systems theory.

Fundamental Core Competencies

  • Genes and proteins
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Quantitative Analysis and Modeling

Monday, December 3, 2012

2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital

The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is set to begin accepting applications for the 2013 program December 1st.  Online applications will be accepted from December 1, 2012 through January 18, 2013.  The deadline for completing all the application components is January 18, 2013. 
Applicants must be undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and interest in basic and applied sciences, healthcare, or related fields. During the 10 week paid scholarship program that begins June 3rd, 2013 and ends August 9th, 2013, Nemours research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results.  Training will be provided on human subjects protection and animal welfare.  Students are exposed to enrichment activities during the summer including the opportunity to shadow clinicians, attend grand rounds and research seminars, and participate in discussions around medical and academic research careers.  All students will present their research project and findings to the Nemours community at a final day symposium and celebration.
Additional information and the online application is available at: www.NemoursResearch.org/Scholarship .
Project abstracts for 2013 are available here.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to:programcoordinator@nemours.org

Friday, November 30, 2012

Virginia Tech - NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT)

Virginia Tech

Interdisciplinary Research Traineeships for Biologists and Engineers in  Multi-Scale Transport in Physiological and Environmental Systems (MultiSTEPS)

Seeking applications from prospective students with bachelor's or master's degrees in engineering or biology (or closely related fields)
motivated to conduct research, think, collaborate, and solve problems at the intersection of the engineering and biological sciences.

Program supported by:
NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT) and Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Education Program (IGEP)

Trainees will study the dynamic processes that move material, momentum, and energy within, around, through, and between biological systems, from single molecules to the environment.
Discovery, analysis, and solution of critical issues in biological transport require truly interdisciplinary researchers who are educated in both engineering and biology,
who merge these perspectives, and who can communicate effectively with fellow researchers, policy makers, and the public.

Possible research projects include but are not limited to:
-protein structure,
-cell motility, and cell cycle regulation,
-drug delivery,
-cardiovascular disease,
-cancer detection and metastasis
-atmospheric and waterway transport of microbes, bacteria, and nanoparticles

Trainees receive:
* $30,000 stipend
* Full tuition, fees & health insurance
* A multistep integrated framework of education and research in biology and engineering, including:
- interdisciplinary graduate education
- cross-disciplinary research rotations
- cross-disciplinary faculty co-advisors
- education for professional development
- mentoring by interdisciplinary faculty team
- multiSTEPS classes & seminars
- extensive research facilities

Earn a PhD from a participating department:
-Biological Sciences
-Biological Systems Engineering
-Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
-Electrical and Computer Engineering
-Engineering Science and Mechanics
-Mechanical Engineering
-Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science

Applications are accepted throughout the year but for consideration for Fall 2013 applications are encouraged by December 31

For more information:
Web: http://www.multisteps.ictas.vt.edu/
Email:  multisteps@vt.edu<mailto:multisteps@vt.edu><mailto:multisteps@vt.edu>

Call for 2012 Urban Forestry Scholarships

Trees Virginia Requests Applications for Urban Forestry Scholarships
Trees Virginia (The Virginia Urban Forest Council) is pleased to announce the call for applications for its 2013 Urban Forestry Scholarships. With these scholarships, Trees Virginia strives to enhance the ranks of future urban forestry professionals by providing financial assistance to students studying urban forestry and related curricula at Virginia colleges. Since 2008, Trees Virginia has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to students at Virginia colleges.
In 2013, three scholarships totaling $4000 will be awarded to selected recipients. The scholarships will be distributed as follows:
•One $1800 scholarship for a graduate student enrolled at a Virginia four-year college
•One $1400 scholarship for an undergraduate student enrolled at a Virginia four-year college
•One $800 scholarship for undergraduate students enrolled at a Virginia community or technical college
The scholarships are awarded to applicants who best demonstrate financial need, academic excellence, and a clear commitment to a career that will positively impact urban forests in Virginia and beyond. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee appointed by the Board of Directors of Trees Virginia. Details on scholarship eligibility and the application process are available at http://urbanforestry.frec.vt.edu/scholarship/indexTreesVA.html. The application deadline is December 21, 2012. If you have any questions concerning the scholarship application or eligibility requirements, please contact arborist@vt.edu.

K-12 Science Teaching Opportunities

The peak hiring season for private and independent schools is about to begin!  Please consider forwarding this information to students interested in teaching biology.

Southern Teachers Agency provides a free resource to prospective teachers with knowledgeable, professional placement counselors guiding candidates through the competitive search process.  Hundreds of private and independent schools around the South list vacancies with STA each year beginning in January! While applications are accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage interested students to apply prior to the winter break to ensure ample time to prepare a credentials file for the peak hiring season. It is important that students begin talking with potential references and requesting letters of reference.

All active STA candidates are invited to our job fairs.  These job fairs provide an excellent opportunity for candidates to personally meet with school administrators who are trying to fill actual vacancies.  Administrators schedule interviews with candidates of interest to take place during the fair.  

Southern Teachers Agency will hold three job fairs for active, registered STA candidates in 2013:
1)      Best of the South! Atlanta, GA, February 9
      Candidate application deadline: January 25
2)      STA at NAIS: Philadelphia, PA, February 27 – March 1
      Candidate application deadline: February 15
3)      A Capitol Campaign: Washington, DC, March 23
      Candidate application deadline: March 11

The STA online application can be found on our website at www.southernteachers.com

Monday, November 26, 2012

2013 WVU Center for Neuroscience SURI program

For nine weeks in the summer of 2013, the WVU Center for Neuroscience will offer internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to a well-defined research project under the supervision of a Center faculty member.

The program will run from May 28 through July 29 during the summer of 2013. Interns will receive a $4,000 stipend as well as housing in the WVU-leased Pierpont Apartments. Interns will have access to many of the University's facilities, including the new Health Sciences Library, the Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT), and unlimited use of the the modern, 177,000 sq. ft. Student Recreation Center. Students may opt for housingprovided through the University dormitories.

 Please see our list of our summer 2012 participating mentors to read about the projects that were offered in their respective laboratories last year.

An online application will be accepted from students currently enrolled at a U.S. college or university, who have completed their second or third year (seniors graduating in 2013 should contact the Center administrator before applying). Preference will be given to students considering research for their graduate careers, who have a strong background in biology, chemistry, engineering, neuroscience, physics, or psychology, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae (résumé), official college transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation (see the specific submission instructions of these documents).

Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
Acceptance Notification via e-mail by : As early as March 1, 2013

Note: International students interested in applying for the SURI program must have a Social Security number or other legal documentation stating eligibility to work in the United States for the entirety of the program. 

More information: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/Summer-Internships-(SURI)

DOE Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.
 Stipends up to $650 per week.  Summer terms of 10-weeks; terms may be extended.  Locations vary depending on DOE needs.
The U.S. Department of Energy seeks students and post-graduates for the DOE Scholars Program in the following disciplines:
  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Policy
  • Program Management
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Safety and Health
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Law
  • Communications
  • and other related areas
US Citizens only.
Apply now at DOE Scholars!

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

A 10-Week Summer Internship Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.
During the 10 weeks, students will work at one of several locations. At the conclusion of the internship, students will attend a "Technical Forum" where they will present their research project and tour several technical sites located nearby (the location of the technical forum changes every year).
Candidates will receive a paid stipend during the program, in addition to approved transportation expenses to and from the internship site and technical forum location. The MLEF program allows students to gain valuable experience in DOE/FE mission-related research programs, and offers an "inside view" of federal employment which encourages students to consider future opportunities within the Department of Energy.  
Eligibility RequirementsTo qualify for the program, students must:
  • Be 18 years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher); and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
MLEF: A Paid Internship OpportunityStudents will be paid:
  • A weekly stipend of $600 for undergraduate students;
  • A weekly stipend of $750 for Master's students;
  • A weekly stipend of $850 for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral students;
  • Approved travel costs to and from the host site; and
  • Approved travel costs to the Technical Forum for presentations and awards.
    For More Information please contact:
    Joe Giove
    U.S. Department of Energy
    Division Director, FE-222
    19901 Germantown Road
    Germantown, MD 20874