Monday, February 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Field Courses in Primate Behavior and Conservation - Costa Rica

We are pleased to announce our 2014 field courses in Primate Behavior and Conservation. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

All courses are held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon, this area is renowned for high animal and plant diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). It is also home to nearly 4,000 plant species. All students participating in our programs will have opportunity to be involved in applied conservation (i.e., sea turtle monitoring and reforestation) and community service. Every course includes a 2 night/3 day homestay. During the homestay, students will be involved in the daily activities of the host family with the purpose being to gain a greater understanding of Costa Rican culture. The homestays additionally provide support for the local communities and lead to greater community inclusion in our conservation efforts.

The courses include a 4 day field trip which includes a visit to a chocolate plantation and 2 night stay in Drake Bay with a snorkeling tour of Cano Island, one of Costa Rica’s premier dive spots. Here there is a good chance we will see white-tipped reef sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins and humpback whales. On the return trip from the island, we will explore the Terraba Sierpe Mangroves, which are accessible only by boat and consists of over 100,000 acres of the largest mangrove forest in Central America. The final day of the field trip we will visit the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about their community and traditional lifeways. The field trip is in cooperation with Planet Conservation, our sustainable travel partner. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Primate Behavior and Conservation (June 15 – July 10)
Course Coordinator: Kimberly Dingess, Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington; Guest Lecturer: Dr. Janette Wallis, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment, University of Oklahoma and Vice President of Conservation for the International Primatological Society.

Conservation and Sustainability (July 12 – July 24)
Course Coordinator: Kimberly Dingess, Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington

For more information, please visit our website at or email

Hope to see you in Costa Rica!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Summer 2014 3-Credit Field Courses through Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies is excited to offer our 2 summer field courses to undergraduate students.  These courses are accredited for 3 semester credits through the Environmental Studies Program of the University of Montana at Missoula.
Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies (June 4-20)
  •  Study, SCUBA dive, & snorkel on the Mexican Caribbean Coast.

Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies (July 13-29, Aug 7-23)
  • Study, hike, & camp in the Rocky Mountains.

In both opportunities:
  • Gain valuable career skills in hands-on ecosystem field research. 
  • Earn 3 undergraduate semester transfer credits.
  • Apply your classroom/textbook learning while immersed in an incredible & active ecosystem setting!
  • Accredited by the University of Montana at Missoula Environmental Studies Program
  • Conducted by Ecosystem Field Studies

For detailed course info visit:
For any further questions email Steve Johnson, Course Director at

Interested students from JMU are urged to contact the Biology Academic Coordinator (Dr. Dean Cocking) to ensure that credits will transfer and count towards the JMU Biology Major.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Request for Proposals: 2014 Water Resources Student Research Competitive Grant

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center is providing up to $5,000 in funding for student research proposals in all areas of water resources. Review criteria include intellectual merit, innovation, likelihood of success, broader impacts on Virginians, and alignment with state or regional water resources challenges. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a Virginia institution of higher education and be a participant in active research. Faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute as Co-Principal Investigators. To learn more, visit

Proposals due: March 21, 2014 (5 PM)
For more information, contact Dr. Kevin McGuire, or 540-231-6017, with the Virginia Water Resources Research Center.

Graduate Internship opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Computational Data Analytics Research Group (CDAG) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has multiple openings for Graduate Interns in the field of Data Analytics Research.

The Computing and Computational Science Directorate (CCSD) at ORNL oversees ORNL’s store of computing power and its talented staff of computational scientists and mathematicians. CCSD has multiple Graduate Internship openings in the fields of: High-Performance File Systems and Storage; Communications Middleware; HPC Languages and Tools (programming languages, compilers, runtimes, and tools for high-performance computers); Large-Scale and Data-Intensive, Collaborative, Scientific Applications. 

For more information go to:

New School of Histotechnology at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital

In response to a national shortage of certified histotechnologists, Sentara RMH Medical Center has launched a new School of Histotechnology (HTL).

Histology is the science that studies the structure of cells and their formation into tissues and organs. A histotechnologist prepares and stains tissue to allow detection of abnormalities and disease, said Sue Lawton, HTL School program director.

“There is a severe shortage of certified histotechnologists in the United States,” Lawton said. “We hope by launching an HTL School we can help address this shortage in our community and others. Histotechnologists are in such demand that most of the students will have jobs waiting for them before graduation.”

Lawton said the HTL School will parallel the structure of the Sentara RMH School of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). She noted that the MLS School has had a 100-percent pass rate on national certification exams for the past 14 years.

Students entering the HTL School must have a four-year college degree, preferably in biology or chemistry. Lawton said the HTL School will provide a year of study leading to the histotechnologist certification exam.

“We hope our students will choose to remain with Sentara after graduation, but there are many opportunities for certified histotechnologists,” she said. “Graduates can work with hospitals, veterinary pathologists, marine biologists or forensic pathologists.”

The new school will be located at the Sentara RMH Burgess Avenue building. The first class will enter in June 2014. Applications can be found at For more information, contact Lawton at 540-564-7232.
Contact: Debra Thompson
Director, RMH Corporate Communications

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NASA Internships in STEM - Summer 2014 and beyond!

NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 2.8 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.
NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our internship programs. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. Students can apply for summer 2014 internships, starting on Friday, November 1, 2013. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 14, 2014, and we will begin extending offers to students as early as Monday, February 3, 2014. We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. You can register for an account and look for internships anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at Summer 2014 internships run from early June until early August for college students and from late June until early August for high school students. All student interns get paid. For example, last Summer, at Goddard college students received a stipend of $6000 and high school students $1800. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing.
Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide.
For more information, please visit:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program for Summer 2014 - Application Extended!

The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is a paid, Center-unique, and highly competitive research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) held onsite at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Special project areas such as business, education, photography, history, finance, accounting and other areas are also accepted for consideration.

We are now accepting applications for the 2014 NASA LARSS Program summer session. Recruitment is ongoing for the 10-week summer session with an extended deadline of February 5, 2014. The 10 week period is 6/2 – 8/08/2014. For more information, please visit  The LARSS program is a partnership between NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium as a sub-award to the NIA.