Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jean D. Acton Scholarship for students conducting Research in Microbiology or Immunology

Description:   These scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate students in biology conducting research in Microbiology or Immunology.  Three scholarships totaling $3,000 each will be awarded to support education and/or research in the Biology Department each year.  To apply please fill out an application form (PDF) obtained at  by February 15.  Award recipients will be notified by March 31.

CriteriaRecipients shall be undergraduate biology majors studying in the particular area of microbiology or immunology and having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25, or alternatively, recipients shall be graduate students in biology interested in the study of immunology and having a graduate record examination score in the seventieth percentile. Students must show evidence of financial need and must submit a signed FAFSA form to the Department of Education ( by February 15. 

History:  Established via a bequest from Dr. Jean Acton, a former faculty member in the Department of Biology.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chris Lantz ( )

Undergraduate Marine Microbiology Course at University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Interested in Marine Microbiology? Consider the five week course in ‘Applied Marine Microbiology Laboratory’ at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. The course is limited to six undergraduate students, and the prerequisite is Microbiology. Registration begins on February 24th. Course dates are 5/27/2014 – 7/02/2014. Students would be responsible for tuition.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Himelbloom at

Monday, January 27, 2014

Summer Research in Costal Biology at University of North Florida

The University of North Florida REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between June 2 and August 8, 2014.  REU participants will be paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF, the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR), and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Jacksonville Field Lab and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  At the beginning of the program, students will complete a 1-week orientation on performing research in Coastal Biology to prepare them for their directed research projects.  Students will also gain experience in science communication by presenting the results of their project at a departmental-wide research poster mini-symposium.  Participants will attend research seminars and workshops on career skills in science.  Students may also have the opportunity to present their research findings at professional conferences.

The 2014 REU session will focus on research topics including shark ecology and physiology, pinniped nutrition, dolphin behavioral ecology, invasive species (lionfish) biology, evolutionary genetics and speciation in mollusks, crustacean reproduction, salt marsh restoration, fish ecology, fish endocrinology, and marine natural products.  Information about mentors, research topics, dates, and application procedures are posted on the REU web site ( Applications are due on March 7, 2014


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Science/Math teachers and Residential Counselors needed at Frostburg State University Summer program

The Regional Math Science Center at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, is still takings applications for Science, Math and English/Writing teachers, residential tutors/counselors and a residential head resident for our six week summer program.  Information about our program, position details and summer program dates are available at

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.
Review of applications begins in January.

Please visit, call 1-800-646-6004 or e-mail if you have any questions about our available positions.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (ASM-URF)

The Program
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.

Students will:
  • Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the summer of 2014
  • Work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and
  • Submit a research abstract for presentation at the 2015 ASM General Meeting. (Should the opportunity to present research at the General Meeting conflict with graduation, then applicants should contact ASM).

Eligibility Applicants who do not meet all eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Eligible student candidates for the fellowship must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Be enrolled as full-time matriculating undergraduate students during the 2014-2015 academic year at an accredited U.S. Institution,
  • Be involved in a research project,
  • Have an ASM member at their home institutions willing to serve as a mentor, and
  • Not receive financial support for research (i.e., Council for Undergraduate Research, Minority Access to Research Careers, Sigma Xi) during the fellowship.

Eligible faculty mentors must:
  • Have an appointment at the same institution as the student applicant
  • Be ASM members, and
  • Have an ongoing research project.

Funding Funding for the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship program is provided by the American Society for Microbiology.

The Fellowship provides:
  • Up to $4000 for student stipend
  • Two-year ASM student membership, and
  • Up to $1000 in travel support for students to present the results of the research project at the 2015 ASM General Meeting. Travel funds are contingent upon acceptance of an abstract for the General Meeting. 

Criteria for Selection Student applicants should be able to demonstrate:
  • Academic achievement,
  • Relevant career objectives,
  • Potential contribution to overall project outcome,
  • Personal motivation to participate in the program, and
  • Achievement in previous research experiences.

Faculty mentor applicants should be able to demonstrate:
  • Commitment to undergraduate education and research,
  • Quality, significance, and potential impact of the research project,
  • Appropriateness of the project for undergraduate student research,
  • Availability of appropriate facilities to support the proposed research project, and
  • Endorsement of the project by Department Chair or Dean.

Deadline February 1st

Application The online application is currently available.
The program requires a joint application from both the student and a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor must be an ASM member and willing to serve as the applicant's mentor for the duration of the research experience. It is student's responsibility to submit a completed application by February 1, 2014.

For more information, contact:

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program Education Board American Society for Microbiology 1752 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

REU: Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology at University of Pittsburgh

Our Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology (TECBio): "Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales" REU program is a 10-week summer program that will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. A wide variety of theoretical and experimental research projects are available to our participating students. Students will also receive classroom training in topics pertinent to the emerging field of computational biology, such as computational structural biology, cell and systems modeling, computational genomics, and bioimage informatics. Additionally, TECBio students will participate in a weekly journal club, attend research and career seminars organized specifically for the program, take part in an ethics forum that will instruct them in the responsible conduct of research, present their work at a Pittsburgh-wide annual research symposium, and experience the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh - America's most livable city.

Program Dates: May 19 – July 25, 2014

Application deadline: March 2, 2014
For more information visit:
Or contact:
Tel: 412-648-8102Tel: 412-648-8102
Fax: 412-648-3163

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2014 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology - University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) in Seattle is pleased to announce the 2014 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology. This national program provides undergraduate participants with premiere research experiences with UW faculty mentors in the biomedical sciences, while receiving a generous stipend, housing, meal plan, transportation to and from the UW campus, and more! One unique component of the Amgen Scholars Program is the opportunity to attend the U.S. symposium in Los Angeles to meet peers from across the nation, to network with scientists, and to learn about science careers in industry and academia.

UW program dates are June 23 - August 22nd, 2014 and the application deadline is
Monday, February 3, 2014. The University of Washington welcomes applications from all eligible students and appreciates if you would forward this information on to others.

For program details and eligibility requirements, please visit the following sites:
UW Amgen Scholars Program Website at:
National Amgen Scholars Program at: 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Graduate Programs in Biomedical Science at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

Consider investigating three Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS).  These programs (Ph.D., Research Master’s, and Biotechnology Master’s) give students rigorous scientific training in both the classroom and in hands-on laboratory courses that are unique to our program.  Our students get lots of personal attention from faculty mentors, because classes are small and most advisors have only 1 or 2 graduate students.  Our students learn to evaluate and understand the research literature, present their work orally at regional and national scientific meetings, and are trained in scientific writing, including practice in writing grant proposals. 

The Ph.D. program is intensive and provides a strong background in cell and molecular biology, physiology, and modern biomedical sciences laboratory methods.  A competitive stipend of $25,500/year, paid health insurance, and full tuition waiver are provided.  The stipend increases to $26,500 upon approval of the dissertation proposal.  The average time to graduation in the Ph.D. program is 5.5 years. The application deadline is February 1, including receipt of all supporting materials.

 We also have a terrific 2-year Research Master’s program.  This year we launched a new Biotechnology Master’s Program, a unique 16-month program focused on hands-on technical training in cutting-edge technology to prepare graduates for employment.  It includes a 6-month internship with a biotechnology industry partner or at EVMS.  More information on the Master’s programs is found on their web pages (links below).  The early application deadline for the Master’s programs is March 1 (Research) or April 1 (Biotech).  The final application deadline for both programs is June 1. We must receive all materials by that date.

Details of our admission requirements and application procedures are found on our web pages (below).  If you plan to apply, please send an email to  so we can keep in touch during the application process.

If you are interested in gaining laboratory research experience, we also offer the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR). This is a 10 week summer internship with a $3000 stipend.  Information about this program will be posted in January on our program websites: 

Ph.D Program

Research Master’s Program

Biotechnology Master’s Program

For additional information, please contact Dr. Earl Godfrey at

REU in Environmental Microbiology at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

The UNLV REU Environmental Microbiology program is accepting applications. 

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students will collaborate with faculty mentors in developing and carrying out hypothesis-based projects on microorganisms from diverse habitats such as hot springs, the deep terrestrial subsurface, hypersaline lakes, arid soils, and ephemeral water sources. Students may also choose to explore the mechanisms of magnetotaxis, sporulation, soil-forming processes, microbial adaptation to stressful and non-host environments, or the dynamics between primary producers and consumers. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Participants receive a $5,000 stipend ($500 per week), travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory. 

The program dates are May 27 to Aug 1, 2014.

Application deadline is Friday February 14, 2014. A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts and one letter of recommendation.

For more information, please visit or email Dr. Kurt Regner at


Ph.D. Program in Psychiatric, Behavioral, and Statistical Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University

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 .

How to Apply
Applications for graduate study in the PBSG program can be obtained at the VCU Graduate School website, Although there is not a hard deadline for admissions, applications received by January 10th will receive priority consideration. For additional information or questions, please contact the PBSG Director of Admissions, Dr. Roxann Roberson-Nay, at (804) 828-0273 or via email at