Monday, January 28, 2013

Monmouth University 2013 School of Science Summer Research Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Monmouth University School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP).  The SRP is an outstanding opportunity for students to be part of a research team working with other students under the supervision of Monmouth University faculty and staff.  As you consider plans for the summer, please consider participating in the SRP. 
Highlights of the SRP include:
  • Opportunity to be a researcher in a student-faculty collaborative research team.
  • Employment as a paid student researcher for the summer.
  • Potential to earn college-credits for research experience.
  • Gain research experience that is invaluable for future employment in industry and for entry into graduate and professional schools.
  • Weekly lunches and social events to interact with students and faculty.
  • Seminars on topics such as career development, research ethics, and graduate school.
  • Present research at an informal symposium.

See the SRP website, for additional details.
Applications must be submitted through the SRP website by the application deadline of March 1, 2013.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Biological Interns (invasive species), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Title:  Biological Interns (invasive species)

Agency: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Location: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach, VA

Job description: We anticipate hiring 2 students or recent graduates to assist with the invasive
species management program at Back Bay NWR. Job will involve surveying
and treating invasive plants and assisting with other projects (sea turtles, feral
pigs, bird surveys, maintenance) as needed.

40 hours per week (including early mornings).

Qualifications: Working towards a degree (or recent graduate) in wildlife biology, weed
science, botany, forestry, ecology or other biological science.

Good physical shape and able to work outdoors in challenging conditions
(i.e. heat, bugs, rain, snakes, etc.).

Must be comfortable operating simple hand tools (hammer, axe, saw,
etc.) and working with herbicides.

Familiarity with southeastern flora is helpful.

Must be able to get qualified (after arrival) to operate ATVs or similar

Experience working with GPS and GIS (ArcMap, ArcPad) a plus

Positive attitude, team-player, adaptable, and reliable.

Salary: $150/week. Housing is provided if needed.

Last date to apply: February 25, 2013


How to apply: Email cover letter, resume / CV, transcript (unofficial is OK), and contact
information for 3 references to David Bishop (

Undergrad Summer Research at Rutgers

RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey, invites students to apply for our highly successful SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMRiSE(Research iScience and Engineering), and We are seeking sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school. We particularly encourage applications from groups underrepresented in the sciences and students from first-generation college families.
The RiSE advantage includes:
        ** CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE in over 30 programs in the sciences, math, engineering, and social & behavioral sciences, In the biomedical sciences, students can choose among > 200 labs at Rutgers, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,  In addition, we offer exciting interdisciplinary opportunities through our NSF IGERTs, and REU partnerships -- Green Energy Technology (biofuels, synfuels, materials, nanotechnology, and engineering for clean energy), cellular bioengineering, pharmaceutical engineering, physics & astronomy, computational biology/bioinformatics, environmental sciences, and toxicology.
        ** OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - rigorous training in scientific speaking & writing, GRE prep, grad school workshops, career exploration, field trips
        ** EXCELLENT FUNDING: Stipend + on-campus housing + travel allowance
        ** ALUMNI SUCCESS: awards for presentations at national meetings & placement at top graduate schools
        ** GREAT LOCATION with professional & recreational advantages.
        ** FUN AND FRIENDSHIPS – vibrant multi-cultural community and social program.
        ** EASY ON-LINE APPLICATION: Rolling admissions starts at the end January and is highly selective. Apply now at!

High Performance Computing in the Life/Medical Sciences" two week summer institute

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech is hosting a "High Performance Computing in the Life/Medical Sciences" 2-week summer institute ( ) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This summer 2-week intensive course (July 22- Aug. 2, 2013) is directed towards eligible undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs interested in further developing their expertise in biology relevant high performance and data intensive computing field. During the course, participants will attend lectures and discussions by leading field members including academic and industrial affiliates and work on a group research project with three other course participants.

The course is supported by a NSF Funded Award No. OCI-1124123. A travel stipend, including lodging (in a Virginia Tech dorm room) and sustenance (primarily from the Virginia Tech dining halls) is provided.
Application deadline is March 30th; please see .

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

REU Virginia Tech Summer 2013

The LabVIEW Enabled Watershed Assessment System (LEWAS) Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech is an interdisciplinary endeavor that utilizes real-time water and weather data from a site on Stroubles Creek on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech for water sustainability research and education. Explore our Research, Education and Extension activities on this website.

We will begin accepting applications from January 2013 for the NSF/REU  Fellowship program for Summer 2013 from qualified and motivated undergraduates from US universities and colleges. If you are interested, click here to find out more about the fellowship.

For inquiries, contact Dr. Vinod K Lohani ( or visit our Contact page.

REU West Virginia Summer 2013

West Virginia University is seeking applications from undergraduate students for the 2013 summer of the NSF REU: Biological Responses to the Environment from Genes to the Ecosystem. 

Students will conduct independent research for 10 weeks during the summer (May 20 - July 26) and receive a $5000 stipend, free room and board in a dorm, a travel allowance for travel to and from WVU.

Research will focus on some aspect of environmental biology and include laboratory and field projects in forest ecology, plant biology, microbiology, physiology, genomics, molecular biology and more.  Many students that have participated have had their work published and presented at national and regional science meetings and workshops.

Please bring this opportunity to the attention of your students, especially those who are interested in a graduate career in environmental biology and would like a preview of graduate school.  A flyer is also attached.

Our web site is:

This web site contains an application and a list of requirements for the application.

The web site also contains a list of participating REU faculty and a list of previous students, projects and their home institutions.
Over the past several summers, students participating in our program have been from Allegheny College, Bryn Mawr College, Concord University, Gettysburg College, Goucher College, Heidelberg College, University of Colorado, University of Kentucky, University of Richmond, Vassar College, Syracuse University, Virginia Tech University and Warren Wilson College.

Morgantown is a safe and diverse college town with interesting entertainment, extensive outdoor recreation, such as hiking, biking and white water rafting, in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
We would love students from your school to apply and participate.  Applications are due March 15, 2013.  If you would like more information, please feel free to call at the address below, or email me, Dr. Richard Thomas, the REU Program Director,

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Whitaker International Undergraduate Program

Whitaker International Undergraduate Program - Fall/Academic Year 2013-14 Competition Cycle Now Open, Deadline:  March 15, 2013

The online application for the Whitaker International Undergraduate Program, Fall 2013 / Academic Year 2013-14 cycle is now available at
With support from the former Whitaker Foundation, IIE provides undergraduate biomedical/bioengineers (and those in a related field) funding for a semester or one academic year to pursue coursework, research, or an internship, in an international setting that is approved by their home university, which is relevant to biomedical engineering (BME).  Award amounts range from $7,500 for a semester program to $10,000 for an academic year program.

To be eligible for the award, an applicant must:

  *   have U.S. citizenship or be permanent residents of the U.S., and
  *   be enrolled as a Sophomore (2nd year), Junior (3rd year), or Senior (4th or 5th year), with at least one semester remaining, in an undergraduate BME (or related major) degree program with good academic standing.

Students who already have the cost of the program fully covered may not apply for the scholarship and receive duplicative funding.  However, if the program is only partially funded by another source, the applicant may apply.

A student may apply to attend any overseas academic institution that is endorsed by the student's study abroad advisor. The advisor must certify that the program is approved and the student will receive academic credit at the home institution. The advisor must also certify the student's financial aid need.
We look forward to receiving approved applications from your students by the application deadline of March 15, 2013.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Virginia Outdoor Writers Undergraduate Writing Contest 2012-13 --Deadline February 7th!

The 2012-2013 VOWA Collegiate Undergraduate Writing Contest ~ Deadline February 7, 2013

Chairpersons Marie & Milan Majarov

Download2012-2013 Annual Undergraduate Writing Contest- Guidelines and Submission Form

This year’s competition will be even more exciting thanks to the generous support of Editors Richard Johnstone and Bill Sherrod of the Cooperative Living Magazine published by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). 
            Richard and Bill, so impressed with 2011-2012 entries during their first year as Virginia Outdoor Writers Association (VOWA) judges, are creating a new award of $100 and publication in Cooperative Living for the best essay written about an outdoor experience in Virginia.  The story for this Award must be set in Virginia and written about a traditional Virginia outdoor activity such as hunting, fishing, hiking, camping or similar pursuit.  A wonderful publishing credit opportunity for a young writer’s resume!    
            The “Cooperative Living Magazine Award” will be in addition to the VOWA 1st Place $250 and 2nd Place $100 prizes regularly given for best entries.  The lucky winner of this special new award could be the first or second place entry or another entry.  
      The theme for this year’s contest is to write about a memorable outdoor experience or special interest.  The competition is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at a Virginia college or university, including two-year community colleges, public, and private post-secondary institutions, or to students who are Virginia residents attending similar out of state schools.   
      The winners will be introduced at our March 2013 Annual Meeting in Staunton VA. In addition to the publication of the special award winning essay in Cooperative Living, winning entries will be placed on the VOWA website, and selected quality entries published in DGIF’s The Outdoor Report (ODR).  Rewarding excellence is our goal!

We invite you to our newly upgraded website,, for complete contest details, description of our generous cash prizes/publication possibilities, and a display of last years winners.  A flyer with Competition Description and Rules/Submission Form is also attached with this email.

Big plans are in the works for the winners at VOWA’s annual meeting, to be held in Staunton Virginia March 2013. This is a very special opportunity for students to showcase their writing talents before many of the best outdoor writers from Virginia and surrounding states.

If you have any questions about the competition you may contact, Marie or Milan Majarov at or (540) 336-8728. We will be glad to help you. Your support is very much appreciated.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Summer Research Experience at the Univ. of Tenn. for Undergraduates

Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology

Sensing and Signaling Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013

Program Dates: May 29 – August 7, 2013

The BCMB Department at UTK will once again offer a special summer program for undergraduates interested in research. The aim of this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is to provide hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, with an introduction to cutting-edge research in the broad area of “Sensing and Signaling”. The team of REU investigators represents a multidisciplinary ensemble of Cell Biologists, Geneticists, Biochemists, and Biophysicists who are taking modern approaches to the analysis of how signals are perceived and transduced in myriad biological systems.

We especially encourage rising sophomore and junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.
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: In addition, each applicant should arrange to have two letters of recommendation and a college transcript mailed to (postmarked by Feb. 28):
BCMB REU Program
The University of Tennessee
Department of BCMB
M407 Walters Life Sciences 
Knoxville, TN 37996-0840

More information and project descriptions: