Saturday, December 21, 2013

PhD in Cancer and Molecular Medicine within the Center for Clinical Translational Research at VCU

For more information go to:
http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/

Education
The Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Clinical and Translational Research(CCTR) is transforming our training environment to educate the next generation of translational scientists.

The CCTR Education Core provides educational support through clinical and translational sciences graduate degree programs for student scholars as well as mentoring programs for faculty members.

Cancer and molecular medicine Ph.D. concentration
The doctoral degree in clinical and translational sciences with the cancer and molecular medicine concentration is designed to train students in the research skills required to perform translational research in cancer and molecular medicine. The program is part oft he education core within the VCU CCTR.

The marriage of cancer and molecular medicine blends established cancer biology with an emerging field, molecular medicine. The CMM concentration serves as an education program for Ph.D. students encompassing the research objectives of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine and the CCTR.

In this program, students will carry out translational research projects using experimental models. To facilitate the bridging of the bench and clinical sciences, students have botha research and a clinical mentor. Students take core courses and seminars in translational science and electives in their area of research interest.
 
Admissions
Students in the Ph.D. CMM concentration obtain training with course work in statistical methods, clinical trials, research regulation and scientific integrity. Students can tailor their training and research experience through elective course work and research opportunities.

Criteria include:
          Baccalaureate degree
          TOEFL examination, if relevant
          Transcript
          Three letters of recommendation
          GRE test scores
          VCU Graduate School application

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/education/phd/track3.html. Questions? Email cctred@vcu.edu.

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world's leading institutions.

For more information go to: http://www.amgenscholars.com/

Program Objectives
The Amgen Scholars Program has two main objectives:

  • To increase learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers; and
  • To spark the interest and broaden the perspective of undergraduate students considering scientific careers.

How to Apply

To apply to be an Amgen Scholar, go to the Host Universities section of this website and click on the U.S. Program or Europe Program.

Each host university has its own application process. You can apply to participate at as many host universities as you are interested in. The application at each host university requires, at a minimum, the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay.

In the U.S., the application deadline for host universities is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February. In Europe, the application deadline for host universities is in early February.

To apply to be an Amgen Scholar, go to the Host Universities section of this website and click on the U.S. Program or Europe Program. Then click on the host university you’re interested in.
After reading about the Program at that particular host university, follow the link to that university’s summer research program website. You’ll find the Amgen Scholars application there.

Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host university. See each university's summer research program website for more information.

U.S. Program Eligibility

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:
  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).

U.S. Program applicants must also have:
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

COMMONWEALTH SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM) INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
SPRING AND SUMMER 2014

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners (shown below) in collaboration with Virginia’s colleges and community colleges are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a free resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. CSIIP provides an online system where undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines at Virginia universities, colleges and community colleges complete a single application package that will be reviewed by companies throughout Virginia. There is no cost to students, universities, or companies to participate.

Students may apply statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies. Apply now for maximum consideration by companies. Application is through the CSIIP website at www.CSIIP.org.

Contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at csiip@spacegrant.org, or (757) 766-5210.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

·         At least 18 years of age and attending an accredited Virginia college, community college, or university. Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.

·         Must be enrolled as undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree.

·         Have completed at least 30 or more post-secondary education credits and are at least of rising sophomore status prior to the internship. Newly graduating seniors in 2014 are also eligible to participate.

·         Majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field.

·         U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

·         A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

 One application puts a student in front of a multitude of companies offering internships. There are no company applications to fill out until a company decides to make a student an offer. Ongoing deadlines, so apply now.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY AT:

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

STEM Summer Research Program from Arcadia University Abroad

Explore your field of research in-depth while abroad

Exciting personal research projects… academically challenging work… rewarding cultural experiences… STEM research abroad has never been more exciting or achievable.
  • Choose from a range of academic research opportunities across Europe for a wide variety of STEM disciplines fields:
    • Biological Sciences
    • Physics
    • Math
    • Environmental Science
    • Computer Science
  • Combine rigorous academic research experiences with living and studying in another country with a distinct culture and heritage.
  • Work under the direction of a research mentor and present your research before returning home.
  • Collaborate with top researchers in your field and define the directions of your own research project.
  • Experience in-depth study abroad – something that is ideal preparation for undergraduates considering graduate research programs.
Locations include London, England; Granada, Spain; and Syracuse, Sicily. For more information including the cost of the program, the admission requirements and the application deadline, please visit:

http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/stem/summer_research/

U.S. Department of Energy Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology Fellowship Program

Application closes Wednesday, January 15, 2014, midnight EST – click http://orise.orau.gov/ccpt/ to get started NOW!
 
Now accepting applications for BS/BA, MS/MA or PhD graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Public Policy, International Relations, or Engineering, Physical Sciences and other Related Disciplines
  
The Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology within the Office of International Affairs (IA) seeks a talented and committed person to support efforts related to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is a high-level forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More information can be found at www.cleanenergyministerial.org. The Fellowship position would involve frequent interactions with international counterparts and some international travel.
 
Desired qualifications:
  • Experience with electricity markets design, regulation, and analysis. 
  • Project management experience
  • International experience, and general experience in energy and climate change policy topics and analyses are preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills, and analytical abilities.
  • Ability to commit to a full-time appointment, for at least one year, located in Washington, D.C.
Stipends range from $60,000 to $90,000 depending on academic level, skills, and experience. Additional allowances for medical insurance or transportation may be provided.
 
For more information, e-mail ccpt.fellowship@orise.orau.gov

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - UT Knoxville

The Biochemistry Cellular and Molecular Biology Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience. 
 
The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.
 
We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.
 
More information and on-line applications are available at our web site at: http://web.bio.utk.edu/bcmb/summer/reu.html  or email bcmbreu@utk.edu.
 
Program dates: May 25th - August 1st 2014
 
To Apply: REU Fellowships will be awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis. Each fellowship will include a $5,000 stipend as well as an allowance for cost of living, travel (up to $500), and research supplies. To be considered, applicants should complete the APPLICATION by February 28 and email the completed form (as a PDF) to: bcmbreu@utk.edu. In addition, each applicant should arrange to have two letters of recommendation and a college transcript emailed to the same address.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Summer 2014 - Harvard Forest Research Program in Ecology

The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species (see 2014 research projects and 2013 student abstracts). Read student experiences from past summers on our blog.


The on-line application system for Summer 2014 is now open. 

2014 Summer Program Dates

Monday, May 26 - Friday, August 8, 2014

Benefits

  • Stipend of $5500 for the 11-week session
  • Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House
  • Free full meal plan
  • Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest (federal grant restrictions apply)

Where is the Harvard Forest?

The Harvard Forest is located in the town of Petersham, in Western Massachusetts.

Application Deadline is Friday, February 7, 2014, midnight EST.
For more information please visit:

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/other-tags/reu

Summer research opportunities at the National Center for Toxicological Research

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.

The appointment period is for up to 10 weeks beginning May 27, 2014.  The participant will receive a stipend depending on education level and experience. The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education under an agreement with FDA and the Department of Energy (DOE).  Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

For additional information about this opportunity, NCTR or FDA, please visit:
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Opportunities for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)
 
For more information, visit:
http://www.orau.org/ornl/hereatornl/about.htm
· Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, PhD and Faculty – Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors
· Stipend based on academic status
· Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
· Full-time and part-time appointments
· Professional development activities
· Minimum GPA - 2.5/4.0
· U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)



Deadlines vary according to program. Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!

2014 Nebraska Summer Research Program

Nebraska’s summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to a new interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program doing research in and around the social sciences. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram. Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more.

Summer 2014 programs include:

* Algal Biofuels and Nanohybrid Materials<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/biofuels>
* Applied Mathematics<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/math>
* Bioenergy Systems<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/bioenergy>
* Biomedical Engineering<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/biomedical>
* Chemistry<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/chemistry>
* Minority Health Disparities<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/health>
* Redox Biology<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/redox>
* Virology<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/virology>
* Water in the Earth System<
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/earth>

During the Nebraska Summer Research Program <
http://www.unl.edu/summerprogram/>, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.

Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Monday, February 17. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program – Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2014!

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a10-week summer internship.  MLEF’s mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience.
Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship.
Eligibility
To qualify for the program, students must:
·         Be at least 18 years of age
·         Be a U.S. Citizen
·         Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
·         Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher)
For more information or to complete an application, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef.  Application period closes January 15, 2014.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Summer ORISE Fellowhip Opportunity at CDC


Introduction
The Centers for Disease Control and Preventio(CDC), National Center forEnvironmental Health (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 quantitate biochemical markers that arerelevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,300 for full-time graduate student fellows.

Qualifications
Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in chemistry or biology and who have completed or expect to complete three years of coursework in chemistry or biology before the start of the fellowship may apply.  They must also be able to comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

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

To be considered, please send all application materials, including the application, a current resume, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation, toCDCrpp@orau.org by January 17, 2014. Please reference CDC-NCEH-2014-0004 LS in all communications.

Summer Internship Opportunity for Various Majors


Goshen Scout Reservation is now hiring for the summer of 2014. Goshen Scout Reservation is a 4,500 acre scout reservation serving around 6,000 youth a summer located in beautiful Goshen, VA. We are interested in hiring college students of all majors especially Biology, Environmental Science, Recreation, Forestry, Social Work, Education, Art, and Psychology.
Many past employees have counted their camp experience as internship credits. The camping season runs from June 7th to August 6th employees are expected to live on site with room, board, and salary provided. Scouting experience is preferred but not required. Please see attached job description for more details. Application is also attached please submit by December 16th but will be accepted on a rolling basis after . 

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital


The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, is accepting applications for 10 funded summer Research Scholar positions for our Summer 2014 program.  This year there are also an additional 4 scholarships for students interested in research on Health Disparities and Inequities through the Nemours Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. Online applications will be accepted from December 1, 2013 through January 17, 2014.  The deadline for completing all the application components is January 17, 2014. 
Applicants must be undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and interest in basic and applied sciences, healthcare, health disparities, public health or related fields.  During the 10 week paid scholarship program that begins June 2nd, 2014 and ends August 8th, 2014, 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 participate in enrichment activities during the summer including the opportunity to shadow clinicians, attend grand rounds and research seminars, and participate in discussions about 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 .

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program


We’re looking for 20-25 freshmen and sophomores to join us for an 8 week immersion course this summer.  Our program starts in Seattle (3 weeks) and travels to various landscapes across the state (4 weeks) before returning to the UW campus at the end of the summer (1 week).  

Scholars don’t have to be environmental science, or even science, majors, but should demonstrate a commitment to the environment and to diversity, and be curious, creative and enthusiastic – incipient change-makers. 
Conservation Scholars will:
·  Explore conservation across urban, managed, and protected environments
·  Connect conservation to cultural heritage and environmental justice
·  Understand conservation in the context of food, water, biodiversity and climate
·  Network with conservation professionals from agencies, NGOs, and academic institutions
The Year 1 experience, Classroom in the Field, starts on June 23rd, 2014. Doris Duke Conservation Scholars will have all travel, insurance, food and lodging paid during their 8-week summer experience and will receive a weekly stipend of $500. Year 1 Scholars may be invited to join a Conservation Solutions Team, or receive a prestigious Conservation Internship in subsequent summers.

You can learn more about the program at www.uwconservationscholars.org
Our application will go live on the website later this month.

Ph.D. program in Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics


The   Psychiatric, Behavioral and Statistical Genetics (PBSG)  doctoral program at the Virginia Commonwealth University is a well-funded interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty with a wide range of scientific backgrounds, from statistical and molecular genetics to epidemiology, psychology and psychiatry, with the joint focus of understanding how genetic and environmental factors impact the development of psychiatric and substance use disorders and related health/behavioral outcomes. To learn more about our Ph.D. program, please visit our website at   http://go.vcu.edu/pbsg <http://go.vcu.edu/pbsg> . 

How to Apply
Applications for graduate study in the PBSG program can be obtained at the VCU Graduate School website,  http://graduate.admissions.vcu.edu/apply/ . Although there is not a hard deadline for admissions, applications received by  January 10th  will receive priority consideration. 

Undergraduate summer research opportunity at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, University of Delaware


Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science.  We especially encourage applications from members of minority groups underrepresented in science.
The program will run for 10 weeks (June 9 - August 15). Please go to our websitehttp://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program to find out more about the program. Student support includes a $6,000 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance.  The application form and instructions for submitting supporting documents are available athttp://www.ceoe.udel.edu/academics/for-current-undergraduates/marine-sciences-summer-program/application.
Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, or marine geology.
This internship program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the resort community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park.

Salisbury University Graduate Program Open House


The graduate program in Applied Biology at Salisbury University is actively recruiting students for fall 2014 admission. We are having an Open House on January 31, 2014. This will give potential applicants the opportunity to visit the SU campus, meet with prospective advisors, and tour the campus and surrounding area. We will also provide a limited number of travel grants for visiting students in the amount of $100 to support travel costs.

Our program offers a curriculum that allows for flexibility as well as focus. Students are provided the opportunity to work closely with faculty members to design original research projects and to work as independent scientists. The research interests of our faculty are broad, from microbiology and molecular genetics to the natural history of plants and animals.


http://www.salisbury.edu/biology/MS_Applied_Biology.html

Monday, November 11, 2013

Graduate Research in Microbes and Infectious Diseases

Interested in Graduate Research in Microbes and Infectious Diseases?

Check out the Ph.D. in Biology or the Ph.D. in Global Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University:

Research at Georgetown University in microbes and infectious diseases spans:
  • Mosquito vectors of viral diseases [Armbruster Lab]
  • Network modeling for viral disease ecology and epidemiology [Bansal Lab]
  • Integrated regulation of metabolism and pathogenesis in Staphylococcus aureus [Brinsmade Lab]
  • Molecular and Cell biology of Giardia lamblia [Elmendorf Lab]
  • Nutrient sensing and fungal responses [Rolfes Lab]
  • Cell wall biosynthesis in Candida glabrata [Rosenwald Lab]
  • Interactions between Giardia lamblia and its host [Singer Lab]

Graduate students at Georgetown University pursue research in diverse areas of the biological sciences, ranging from molecular and cellular biology to ecological genetics and behavior. Faculty members that specialize in these areas emphasize collaborative research projects within and outside of Biology, and this affords graduate students the opportunity to pursue research questions that are truly interdisciplinary in nature. This broad, interdisciplinary approach to research enables students to pursue novel questions and conduct cutting-edge research.

Faculty members in the Department of Biology place a strong emphasis on working individually with graduate students to ensure that they not only possess all of the necessary skills for successful careers upon degree completion, but that they also find positions in areas that interest them. Our graduates have obtained jobs in academia, government, teaching, private industry, and public policy.

The Biology Department at Georgetown University is housed within Regents Hall, a new, state-of-the-art science building. Georgetown University is situated in the picturesque and historic Georgetown region of Washington D.C. Its location also provides unique opportunities to interact with scientists who work in diverse institutions around Washington DC, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Smithsonian Institution.

For application information, please visit the Georgetown University Graduate School:

***Application Deadline is December 1***

Monday, October 28, 2013

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP<http://csiip.spacegrant.org/>):  a paid internship program funded by Virginia’s General Assembly, and managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. CSIIP offers paid internship opportunities to qualified students, and serves as a one-stop, centralized, online internship application system that provides Virginia's undergraduate STEM majors the ability to search and apply for STEM-related paid internship opportunities with companies throughout Virginia. There is never any cost for students or companies to use CSIIP<http://csiip.spacegrant.org/>.

Starting next spring, we will be offering spring and fall internships as well as summer. CSIIP<http://csiip.spacegrant.org/> is open to full and part time students (minimum 6hr/semester).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Operation Wallacea

There will be a presentation on Monday, September 23rd at 2:30 pm in Bioscience Room 2007 about the Operation Wallacea biodiversity research methodology and conservation management strategies. 

Operation Wallacea (www.opwall.com) supports long term biodiversity monitoring projects as well as specialized research investigations at 24 sites in 11 countries with a team of academics from across Europe and North America.
 
Students can join the research expeditions during the summer months to gain experience with field research and data collection:
  • Research Assistants – volunteers gain experience performing various survey methods and taking training courses in the field while participating in a volunteer-based internship to add experience to a CV/résumé or for course credit through the University of St. Andrews.
  • Thesis Students – Operation Wallacea provides support for students to collect data for a thesis project at the undergraduate or Master’s level.
  • Expedition Medicine Course – a chance for Pre-Med students to experience how to provide medical support to teams working on expeditions in remote areas.
 
There are funding opportunities available from within our organization, and we also provide fundraising advice to volunteers in a follow up meeting that will take place at the university a week from the initial presentation.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WVU WEEKEND - Annual Graduate Recruitment on Novemer 2-3, 2013

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University its hosting its Annual Graduate Recruitment Weekend on November 2-3, 2013. This will be a great opportunity for talented undergraduate and graduate students to acquaint themselves with our M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

The weekend's activities will offer participants many opportunities to interact with current graduate students and research faculty. We will provide valuable information about the department, the specific research interests of our faculty, financial support, and graduate life at WVU. Students will meet one-on-one with faculty, share social time with graduate students, attend a research poster session and tour our Life Sciences Building, which houses the Department of Biology, and explore Morgantown.

Attendance is limited to thirty participants, and reservations will be made on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information, see the poster.

Friday, May 10, 2013

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Three NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions are available for summer 2013 with Drs. Melinda Smith and Alan Knapp at Colorado State University.  The successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in two different collaborative research projects.  

The first is assessing the impacts of severe drought on grassland structure and function, and the second is assessing convergence and contingencies in North American and South African savanna grassland responses to fire and grazing. 

The students will develop their own independent research projects, as well as participate in a range of research activities, including assessing plant ecophysiological responses, plant traits, plant community composition, and aboveground productivity responses to severe drought and alterations in fire regimes and herbivory by bison. 

The positions will involve a competitive monthly stipend, travel to/from field sites in Colorado and Kansas, and potentially housing nearby the Kansas State University campus. The candidates must demonstrate their ability to work independently, in a group setting, and under rigorous field conditions, as well as be willing to work long hours in the field.

Coursework in plant ecology and statistics is preferred but not required. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter that explains your interest in the position and background, a C.V. or resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications and questions should be directed to Dr.
 Melinda Smith (Melinda.smith@colostate.edu). Only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this position.

Summer 2013 Courses Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia)


An opportunity to get outside and have a field experience; Mountain Lake courses have been transformational for the students who have joined us on top of Salt Pond Mountain.  Consider using the summer to earn course credits and meet some of your  academic requirements.

Summer 2013 Courses Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia)http://mlbs.org/summercourses
Field-based undergraduate and graduate-level credit courses offered by nationally recruited faculty, Work at MLBS focuses on field-based ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior.  Located in the southern Appalachians, near Blacksburg, VA.
Plant Conservation and Diversity– Zack Murrell, Appalachian State
Techniques in Conservation Biology/Ecology- Melissa Aikens, University of Virginia

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

Behavioral Endocrinology/Hormones and Behavior – Caitlin Gabor & Andrea Aspbury, Texas State University

Biology of Fungi – Rytas Vilgalys, Duke University

Landscape DrawingLarge and Small – Megan Marlatt, University of Virginia(flyer attached)

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