Saturday, December 21, 2013

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

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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.
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
          Three letters of recommendation
          GRE test scores
          VCU Graduate School application

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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.

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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



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

Contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at, or (757) 766-5210.


·         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.


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:

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

Application closes Wednesday, January 15, 2014, midnight EST – click 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 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

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:  or email
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: 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


  • 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.
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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)
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· 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 or contact ORNL Education Programs at 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 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<>
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* Bioenergy Systems<>
* Biomedical Engineering<>
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* Minority Health Disparities<>
* Redox Biology<>
* Virology<>
* Water in the Earth System<>

During the Nebraska Summer Research Program <>, 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.
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  Application period closes January 15, 2014.