Thursday, February 26, 2015

Conservation Expedition to the British Virgin Islands

Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition to the British Virgin Islands to help the Anegada iguana (Cyclura pinguis).

The Fort Worth Zoo is seeking participants to provide support for its Anegada iguana conservation project. All participants will play a direct role in conservation research and gain valuable skills in field methods.


  • Session 1: May 17-25
  • Session 2: May 26 - June 3
  • Session 3: July 12-20
  • Session 4: July 21-29

Location: Anegada, British Virgin Islands (BVI)
Cost: $1450 for one session
Group size: Seven to ten participants plus a project leader

As a participant, you will:

  • Learn field research methods such as distance sampling, mark-recapture and GPS
  • Learn plant survey techniques and assist in iguana diet studies
  • Assist researchers with camera-trapping surveys
  • Conduct feral cat surveys
  • Conduct nest surveys
  • Learn radio-tracking techniques

Cost includes: One night on Tortola, BVI; one round-trip ferry ticket from Tortola to Anegada; seven nights on Anegada, meals on Anegada; field supplies, transportation on Anegada and all routine expenses on Anegada.

Cost does NOT INCLUDE: Airfare to Tortola, BVI: meals on Tortola, cab fare to and from the airport.

For more information and to apply, please contact Kelly Bradley, Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Biologist, at or 817-759-7173.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Undergraduate Summer Institute in Biostatistics at the University of Michigan

This full-time 4 week summer institute held in the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is targeted toward undergraduates who have an interest (or are susceptible to being interested) in the intersection of Big Data, Statistics, and Human Health. The institute is led by a distinguished group of faculty from the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UMSPH) with additional outstanding faculty from Statistics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

The field of big data science that intersects with public health and biomedicine is changing rapidly with datasets of enormous complexity and size being gathered in diverse areas including genomics, imaging, electronic health records, social media and environmental monitoring. The training of the next generation of quantitative scientists needs to change to meet the demands of the data.  More training in data management, data storage, visualization, high dimensional statistics, optimization, causal methods, modeling sparse data and machine learning are needed to equip students to tackle these big data challenges. It is expected that the knowledge obtained from these massive heterogeneous data sources will inform prevention, screening, prognosis and treatment of human diseases and play a major role in biology, medicine and public health in the coming decade.

Each participant will be paid a stipend of up to $2500 to cover costs of travel, housing, and meals.  There are no tuition costs associated with the program.

  • Applicants must be undergraduates at an accredited school or university with an interest in scientific research
  • Applicants are desired to have some background knowledge in computing/programming and introduction to the theory of probability, calculus and linear algebra, but we are flexible on prerequisites

Application opens February 1, 2015 for the Summer 2015 program. Applications are due by March 15, 2015.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

U.S. DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

Now accepting applications for
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

  • Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.
  • Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.
  • Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.
  • Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM
  • Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:

DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Forestry Aid in Virginia National Forests

2015 Seasonal Jobs on the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts. 

15-TEMP-R8462-3-AID-DT-MC Vacancy opening 02/17/2015 closing 02/23/2015
15-TEMP-R8462-4-TRLS-DT-MC Vacancy opening 02/17/2015 closing 02/23/2015

The positions are  posted at the USAJOBS website, the U.S. Government’s official site for jobs and employment information:

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, Glenwood & Pedlar Ranger Districts is advertising to fill up to eight (8) temporary positions, Forestry Aid, GS-462-03 for the 2015 summer recreation season. Vacancy announcement information is as follows: 15-TEMP-R8462-3-AID-DT-MC   Five (5) positions have a duty location of Lyndhurst, VA at Sherando Lake Recreation Area and Three (3) positions have a duty location at Natural Bridge Station, VA at the District Office compound.  These positions will primarily do recreation facility work, maintenance and improvement work to recreation facilities and non-motorized trails on the District.  Recreation facilities work will include fee collection, visitor contact, general forest user rules, garbage and litter pick-up, toilet cleaning, grass mowing and weed-eating, and minor construction and repair work.   

15-TEMP-R8462-4-TRLS-DT-MC  Two (2) positions with duty location of Natural Bridge Station, VA.  The positions will involve building trails, cleaning and brushing trail corridors, installing signage, and constructing drainage structures and bridges, while helping with mowing and weed eating of trailheads and parking lots of the trail system.

Government Housing is offered at the Lyndhurst duty station.

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer many seasonal opportunities for the 2015 season. 

Employment Opportunities at Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester

Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, is a community-funded nonprofit animal shelter and learning center located in Fairport, NY. It employs over 90 full- and part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $4.5M. Its 140 acre facility shelters a variety of domestic pets and livestock.

For current Employment Openings, please visit

Employees at Lollypop Farm must be at least 18 years old. Currently, we do not have a summer jobs program. If you would like to fill out an employment application and submit it for future consideration, you can download the application, fill it out, and mail it to:

Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester 
Attn: Human Resources
99 Victor Road
Fairport, NY 14450

or by email to

Lollypop Farm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our core values unify and guide us to provide the best service to the animals, our community, our organization and ourselves:
  • We exhibit our compassion for each other and the animals in everything we do
  • We communicate openly and clearly
  • We are flexible in our approach to an ever changing environment
  • We drive for continuous improvement through our individual commitment
  • We embrace teamwork among staff and volunteers
  • We build the Lollypop Farm Community through personal integrity, respect and support for each other.

Core Values

Compassion: Showing empathy and sympathy for what others—people and animals—are experiencing through constructive and positive actions.

Communication: A two-way process in which there is an exchange and progression of thoughts, feelings, or ideas towards a mutually accepted goal or directio

Flexibility: Being willing and comfortable adapting to new circumstances and conditions.

Commitment: A pledge to the mission, fellow employees, volunteers, animals, and the community.

Teamwork: Willingness to collaborate and communicate to achieve a common goal, understanding that the organization works best when unified.

Integrity: Pursue our mission with honor, fairness, and respect for animals, individuals, and the organization.

Respect: Showing consideration and professional regard for all aspects of the organization.

Summer Research Experience in Coastal Biology at the University of North Florida

The University of North Florida Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between May 26 and July 31, 2015.  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 2015 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 (, which will updated with information on the 2015 REU session by February 1, 2015.

Applications are due on March 20, 2015.

Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics

Eight Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) are scheduled for the summer of 2015. SIBS are open to all US undergraduate and beginning graduate students (US citizens or permanent residents) and are sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources. The programs have been very successful, but space is limited!

SIBS is offered at eight sites: Boston University, Columbia University, Emory University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University-Duke Clinical Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Further details are given at the individual websites.

SIBS introduces quantitatively oriented participants to Biostatistics. Students learn about the applications of statistical methods to biomedical research through coursework and hands-on experience working with real data collected in major clinical studies. Each of the program sites has its own unique features, but they all have a well-conceived, balanced agenda and an outstanding staff of dedicated investigators and professors. No specific training in statistics is required as a prerequisite.

Participants receive college credit that can transfer back to their home institutions. All costs are covered including tuition, housing, and all meals. Students may apply to more than one program, but should accept only one.

For more information, including dates for summer 2015 and online applications to individual programs, please visit our program web sites:

Summer Research Courses through Ecosystem Field Studies

Ecosystem Field Studies (EFS) offers undergraduate college students unparalleled field education experiences with exciting, hands-on, 19-day courses in Colorado & Mexico.

Ecosystem-based academic disciplines are brought to life through interactive, outdoor, scientific observation & analysis.

This is an opportunity to earn 3 undergraduate credits,  to develop valuable career skills in field research, & to immerse yourself in an incredible ecosystem setting.

For more information, please visit:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Monmouth University in New Jersey

Applications are now being accepted for the Monmouth University 2015 School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP).  The Monmouth University School of Science-SRP is a 12-week research experience for students to work on collaborative research projects under the supervision of School of Science faculty and staff.  

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.
Research Projects
School of Science-SRP participants will have the opportunity to carry out exciting original research in the following areas:
  • Biology—cell biology, cancer biology, molecular biology, ecology, marine and environmental biology, reproductive biology
  • Chemistry and Physics—organic chemistry, biochemistry, environmental analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, geophysics, and nanotechnology
  • Computer Science—computer networks, databases, cyber security, artificial intelligence, programming
  • Mathematics—statistical applications of mathematics
  • Software Engineering—software systems planning, design, and development, human-computer interaction, and robot control
  • Urban Coast Institute—watershed management, coastal ecosystems, coastal law and policy, and other areas

Please visit the SRP website, for additional details.

Applications must be submitted through the SRP website by the application deadline of March 1, 2015.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).  The SURP early deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1.  The program will begin May, 26 2015 and end July 31, 2015.

SURP provides an intensive 10-week research experience designed to help undergraduates perform outstanding cutting edge research at Pitt. Students are matched with research mentors, participate in weekly seminars and lab meetings and conduct laboratory based research.  Housing in a modern University dormitory is provided along with social activities that enable students to enjoy life in Pittsburgh.  At the program's conclusion all students write up their work and give presentations on their projects.  If you are contemplating graduate school in the biomedical sciences, then SURP can help give you the experience needed to make an informed decision.

The program is administered by the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (IBGP) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - a premiere research center in the historic Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The School of Medicine provides an exceptional environment for students to gain research experience under the guidance of internationally recognized scientists.

The SURP faculty includes over 100 active members in the IBGP. You may choose a faculty scientist from one of the following programs in which to conduct a SURP research project:

Using an interdisciplinary approach to learning, students have the opportunity to study with faculty working in the area of their choice.

For more information, please visit:

REU program at Virginia Tech: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era

Application Of Genome-based Approaches
A 10-week summer research training program for undergraduates that focuses on a wide range of microbiological phenomena. The program integrates the application of state-of-the-art genome-based technologies for fundamental and applied research projects in microbiology

FUNDAMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY - origin of life, environmental limits of life, evolution and diversification of metabolism, roles in biosphere, basic cellular processes, development of cell-cell communication and multi-cellular structures, morphogenesis, quorum sensing, development of epidemics, molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity, host-pathogen interaction, ecology, and geomicrobiology.

APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY - production of fuels and bulk and fine chemicals, bioremediation, development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics, detection and prevention of microbial contamination in the food supply.

  • A student-led independent research project in one of the participating laboratories
  • Weekly seminars given by faculty members and external speakers
  • Informal discussion sessions
  • Career sessions on gaining admission to a Ph.D. program and pursuing graduate studies productively
  • Training in cutting edge genomic technologies through lectures and a visit to the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Core Laboratories
  • Visits to companies and laboratories that utilize or study microbiological processes
  • Presentation of poster and seminar at a campus-wide end of summer research (see the calendar for details)
  • Training in program management: The trainees will help to manage the program through participation on committees.

For more information, please visit:

2015 Program dates: May 26 - July 31, 2015
Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2015

The program provides
  • A stipend of $5000
  • Travel to and from the site
  • Room and board

Monday, February 16, 2015

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA)

This summer you can be a part of our research team as a crew member aboard one of our research boats!  You will gain hands-on marine field research experience and you will handle sharks and stingrays in Florida!

This experience will advance your interest in natural science, provide you valuable experience for your resumé, enable you to be eligible to receive credit hours (see below), and provide the enjoyable opportunity to interact with fellow students from all over the country!  

What:  All participating students will be conducting field research on sharks and rays in the Clearwater, FL area in an ongoing project focusing on a species survey, population stability, and population dynamics.  All students will work on our boats in the Gulf of Mexico, setting equipment to catch sharks and rays,retrieving the equipment, handling the animals, collecting pertinent data from the animals, collecting environmental data, tagging the animals, and releasing the animals back into their natural habitat.  Students will also attend daily lectures (1 - 2 hours) on our local ecosystems and the animals that live in those ecosystems.  Students will then receive field instruction as they experience our local and unique ecosystems.  Snorkeling and scuba diving are also available options to further experience our underwater world.

Why choose CMERA:  CMERA is a unique program that focuses on field research.  In our program, Monday - Friday, 6 - 8 hours are spent in the field on one of our boats each day with an additional 1 - 2 hours in the classroom each day.  This is an incredibly hands-on program where students conduct all portions of the research project and handle the animals.  Students get to experience wild animals in their natural habitat, which is very different from observing captive animals or conducting research in a lab.

When:  Our summer courses begin in 1 week periods (Sunday - Saturday) on May 3 and our final week ends on August 29.  Students may attend 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, or 4 weeks depending on how many credit hours or how much field experience they would like to receive.  There are financial incentives for attending 3 or 4 weeks.  Enrollment ends March 31, 2015.

Where:  All of our research is conducted in the Gulf of Mexico in Clearwater, Florida and the surrounding areas.

Who:  Students must be 18 years of age or older.  Incoming freshman, who have not yet taken college courses, and college graduates are both welcome.  This experience is valuable for students at various levels.  For students interested in the natural sciences, but who have not had much, if any, experience in the natural sciences, this program may help determine if this truly is the appropriate course of study.  Students who are confident in their natural science discipline, will gain incredibly valuable job training.  Students who are contemplating a graduate degree, will get a taste of what graduate level research is, the difficulties of research, and perhaps ideas for a graduate thesis.

Course credit:  For students currently enrolled in college courses, we urge you to speak with your academic advisor or department chair about receiving credit for our courses.  Most schools consider this as independent research, directed study, field research, or elective credits and some schools use our program for a Capstone project.  This experience is valuable for future internships or jobs that you will apply for even if you are unable to receive course credit.

How:  Go to for more information and to apply for this amazing opportunity!!  Space is limited!  

We will provide email addresses, by request, of previous participants, if you would like to speak to a previous student about their experience with us.

Please feel free to contact us via email at or call us at (727)437-8589 if we can assist you in any way.