Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Internships at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

Work with refuge staff on identifying and removing invasive plants, early detection, and restoring shrubland habitats (70%): includes manual removal of invasive plants, surveying areas for new invasive plant occurrences, and propagating native plants in the refuge greenhouse. Other duties include: monitoring piping plover nesting activities, including dawn and dusk chick watches, assisting visitors in our contact station, conducting wildlife surveys, assisting with salt marsh research, delivering outreach programs to refuge visitors.

Must be able to work under varied climatic conditions, including hot and insect infested environments. Must possess valid driver’s license. Required to work some weekends. Must be able to dig and pull plants.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge protects more than 5,600 acres of predominately coastal marsh in southern Maine. Refuge lands are rich in diverse habitats and wildlife. Annually, over 260,000 visitors participate in hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Internships last 12-weeks (40 hr/week) beginning mid-May through September. Starting dates are negotiable.

College credit available. Arrange details with your university/college, and state your intention in your cover letter.

Available internships:
Botany Intern
Outreach Specialist,
Salt Marsh Interns (2)
Piping Plover/Least Tern Intern

Salary/Housing:
$200 per week living allowance for qualified applicants. Communal, co-ed government housing may be available or intern may provide own housing within commuting distance of Wells, ME.

To Apply
Submit:
  1. An updated résumé. All employers and references must include current telephone numbers.
  2. Two references who can represent your academic and/or work experience.
  3. Written statements addressing the five Qualifications and Requirements below.
  4. Current college course transcript.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Address packet to:
Internship Coordinator
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, Maine 04090.

Applications must be postmarked by January 30, 2016

Qualifications and Requirements:
  1. Knowledge of wildlife biology, ecology, botany/horticulture and environmental education through course work and/or experience.
  2. Ability to speak to the public about wildlife conservation and management in formal and informal settings and the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  3. Plant identification skills.
  4. Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  5. A passion for wildlife conservation, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude.

For additional information please call the Refuge Office at (207) 646-9226 or send an email to kate_obrien@fws.gov

MS Position available at Utah State University in the Department of Environment and Society

The Department of Environment and Society at Utah State University is seeking a highly qualified candidate who is committed to pursuing a MS focused on understanding how the spatial and temporal availability of freshwater resources affect where, when and how individuals choose to participate in outdoor recreation or nature-based tourism.

Depending upon the student’s background, interests and future career goals, he/she will have the opportunity to pursue a MS degree in Environment and Society, Geography or Recreation Resource Management. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Jordan W. Smith and Dr. Jacopo Baggio to develop and refine an integrated agent-based model of changes in the demand for water-based outdoor recreation opportunities under climate-altered hydrologic regimes. The research is geographically focused on the Weber and Bear River watersheds of Northern Utah. The successful candidates should have a strong desire to engage in rigorous research that couples social science methodologies (e.g., interviews, focus groups, survey methods) with biophysical models of environmental change (e.g., watershed hydrological transport models).

The assistantship is a 12-month 20-hour per week position. The position includes a competitive stipend, tuition and health insurance benefits. Funds for professional development purposes (e.g., conference presentations) are available. This position is funded annually and is renewable each year based on satisfactory progress.

The successful candidate will work out of the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. The Institute conducts research and provides extension services related to: 1) tourism and outdoor recreation use within Utah; 2) the social and economic tradeoffs of tourism and outdoor recreation for local communities; and 3) the relationship between outdoor recreation and tourism and public land management practices and policies. The Institute is a collaborative space dedicated to conducting state-of-the-art behavioral experiments as well as modeling and visualizing spatial and spatio-temporal data.

Responsibilities

  •  Actively engage with interdisciplinary research teams that include natural, social and spatial scientists to develop new areas of inquiry in collaboration with Dr. Jordan W. Smith and Dr. Jacopo Baggio
  • Conduct literature reviews, design experimental studies, collect and analyze data and disseminate results through academic (peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations) and non-academic (websites, web-services, etc.) outlets
  • Maintain good graduate standing and make satisfactory progress toward completion of the MS degree

Qualifications
Potential candidates for the assistantship must meet admission standards and be fully accepted into one of the Department of Environment and Society’s MS programs (Environment and Society, Geography or Recreation Resource Management). Candidates must have highly positive recommendations from previous positions. Prior undergraduate research experience is preferable as are GIS, project management and communication skills.

Start Date: June 1, 2016

Application Process
To apply, send a current CV and 1-page letter of interest by February 15, 2016 to:
Dr. Jordan W. Smith
Director, Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environment and Society
Utah State University
jordan.smith@usu.edu

Utah State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Utah State University welcomes allpersons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Our summer education program is centered on student research. Students are immersed in an active scientific community, with up to 160 scientists, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, staff, and family members living onsite. With this critical mass of ecologists in a single location, the scientific activity is on high speed all summer.

This summer, approximately 10 students will be accepted with REU Awards. Students receiving an REU award may participate in either full-time independent research or independent research/course, as described above. Students accepted through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program receive a $5,250 stipend, free room, board and travel. REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. Minorities underrepresented in the biological sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

February 15, 2016: REU Application Deadline

All applications require the submission of two Recommendations via our online Recommendation Form. It is the responsibility of applicants to give this link to their recommenders and make sure that they have plenty of time before the deadline to complete the form.

Cost
The cost of this program is $5,900 for research assistance, room, and board. Some students will pay the $5,900 fee, some will receive full or partial scholarships from RMBL or their home institution, and ten students will be funded by a National Science Foundation REU grant. An REU award pays $400 toward travel costs, pays a $5,250 stipend, and covers expenses at RMBL including station fees, room, and board. Students requiring assistance applying for funding from their home institution should contact the Science Director at sd@rmbl.org.

At least one year of college biology is recommended for students conducting independent research. No per-requisites are required for research interns. Any student 18 or older, who is interested in a career in field biology, is eligible to apply to this program. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive RMBL full and partial scholarships. However, REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. The REU awards are for students who must work in the summer to pay for their education. We have offered this program since 1994, and it has been highly competitive, with more than 180 applicants annually for approximately ten REU positions. This year approximately 10 students will receive REU awards. RMBL also has a large selection of full and partial scholarships. All students applying for Financial Aid must complete the Financial Aid Form.

We encourage participation by minorities currently underrepresented in biology (defined by the National Science Foundation as Native Americans (including American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders.

For more information please visit: http://www.rmbl.org/students/undergraduates-beyond/

Summer Research Experience in the Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean

Undergraduates in Bigelow Laboratory's summer REU Program spend ten weeks at the Laboratory conducting independent research with guidance from a scientist mentor. Directed by Senior Research Scientist Dr. David Fields, and funded by the National Science Foundation, the REU Program is designed to give students pursuing degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering a laboratory-based research experience with an emphasis on hands-on, state-of-the-art methods and technologies. REU students are immersed in the Bigelow community and participate in seminars, field trips, Laboratory outreach programs, social events, and more.

Each student in the program is paired with a Bigelow Laboratory scientist based on mutual research interests. During the ten weeks, students work with their mentors to identify a research question, develop a proposal, conduct their research, and prepare an abstract and poster. At the end of the program, students present their poster and give a talk at a student symposium.

Research areas vary year to year, but include marine microbiology, ocean biogeochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, bioinformatics, sensory biology and phytoplankton ecology.

The 2016 program dates are May 31 through August 5 and will be held at the Laboratory's East Boothbay campus. Successful applicants receive a stipend, free housing, food allowance, and funds for travel to and from Bigelow Laboratory. Applications will be open January 1, 2016.

Please read the application instructions before beginning the application process.

A complete application to the REU Program consists of the following materials:


  1.  The online application form
  2. Responses to the short answer questions
  3. Two letters of reference from individuals, at least one a recent science instructor, who can comment on your interest and commitment to self-motivated projects. Recommenders should submit their letters using the online form.
  4. An official or unofficial transcript from your academic institution


All application materials must be received by March 1st. Due to the high number of applications received each year, incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All application materials should be sent to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, not the National Science Foundation.

All students who are offered a position with the Bigelow REU have from March 15th to March 30th to accept or reject the offer. This REU site is funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences.

For additional information please visit https://www.bigelow.org/education/reu/


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Student Research Fellowship

The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) provides undergraduates interested in basic or clinical research an opportunity to work with an established faculty researcher at various institutes, including the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.

Since 1981, LFM has provided college students with the unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. Fellows execute experiments, perform literature searches and conduct corresponding research in tandem with the principal investigator.

The goal of the project is to inspire a new generation of researchers committed to discovering better treatments and a cure. To date, support from individual donors has provided 118 fellows with the opportunity to work on vital research efforts aimed at improved detection, treatment and a cure.

Fellowships typically begin in June and conclude in mid-August when the fellows complete a final report, which addresses the initial project proposal and research question, and they provide a brief public presentation of their research to program colleagues, LFM board members and staff, supporters, friends, and the public.

Candidates are now invited to apply for the 2016 Student Summer Fellowship Program (click here to download the application). For more information, please visit: http://www.lupusmn.org/grants-research/student-s-r-fellowships/

Completed applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Monday, February 1.

Candidates will be notified of placement by mid-March. For more information, email Director of
Education Sandy Parnell or call her at 952-746-5151/800-645-1131.


Learn more about the student summer fellowship experience through previous fellows’ blog posts and video clips.
RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) is sponsored by Rutgers University, one of the nation's leading public research institutions. We choose 50 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories to participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentors. RiSE alumni have an outstanding record of success!

If you are a high-achieving student, passionate about research, and considering graduate school, then RiSE may be for you. By applying to RiSE, you will automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) and other partners at Rutgers. Learn more about the RiSE Advantage and how to apply. Admission is very competitive, so apply early.

Dates
May 31 — August 5, 2016

Eligibility
U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

We particularly encourage:
  • groups underrepresented in the sciences, math, or engineering
  • students from economically/educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • first generation to attend college
  • students attending predominantly undergraduate institutions that do not offer opportunities for independent, cutting-edge research
  • Non-traditional students
  • Individuals who have faced life challenges
  • Completion of at least the sophomore year by June 2016. Under some circumstances, we will consider current first-years with outstanding credentials.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Admission is highly selective, and successful applicants typically have excellent academic records.

The RiSE Advantage
RiSE offers cutting-edge research in the sciences, technology, engineering, and math as well as the behavioral/social sciences. But we offer more than an exciting research experience! Here's how RiSE distinguishes itself from many other programs:

  • A myriad of research choices, including exciting interdisciplinary opportunities.
  • Personalized mentor-matching. We invite your input.
  • A weekly academic enrichment/professional development component, called by RiSE alumni "the jewel in the crown," including:
  • GRE prep
  • Rigorous training in scientific writing and oral presentation
  • Graduate school admission workshops, including review of your personal statement
  • Exploration of career options
  • Guest speakers from academia and industry
  • Field trips to nearby pharmaceutical and technology companies
  • Capstone events. You'll have the chance to showcase your summer research as both oral and poster presentations. Our culminating Symposium is an exciting, widely attended event with a nationally reputed keynote speaker.
  • Networking with academic & industrial scientists and engineers. Summer students are often able to arrange future internships.
  • Record of alumni success 

Professional advantages: New Jersey is at the epicenter of the nation's pharmaceutical and high technology industries and employs more scientific professionals than any other state.

Recreational advantages: Easy access to New York City, Philadelphia, and the Northeast Corridor; nearby beaches, mountains & outdoor recreation

Financial Incentives
  • Stipend: $4000 (up to $5000 for students selected to participate in some partner programs)
  • Free on-campus housing (if unable to commute)
  • Travel reimbursement up to $500
Deadline: Rolling admissions are starting now! Admissions will continue until all slots are filled.

For more information or to apply please visit: http://rise.rutgers.edu/index.php

REU Program on the Mechanisms of Evolution at UNLV

Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The inspiration for this proposal is the celebrated essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light ofEvolution by Theodosius Dobzhansky. Professor Dobzhanky provided the following unambiguous explanation of the process, the environment presents challenges to living species, to which the latter may respond by adaptive genetic change and the potential outcomes allowed a species to occupy a formerly empty ecological niche or to resist the environmental change if it is unfavorable. The Light of Evolution essay did not address specific evolutionary mechanisms, but Dobzhansky recognized their significance by stating, the mechanisms that bring evolution about certainly need study and clarification. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,250 stipend, housing and a travel subsidy.
Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.
The application deadline for the Summer 2015 REU program is Friday March 4, 2016. Download the application

Contact the REU ProgramAssistant for additional information.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Center for Colon Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program at the University of South Carolina

The Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC is leading the development of innovative and ground-breaking research in colorectal cancer. One of the primary goals of the CCCR is to foster the progression of young scientists, and we are seeking undergraduate students to participate in research in­ternships in a cancer-related field (e.g., biological sciences, pharmacy, public health) during our Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program. 

Program details:
  • 10 week program: May 23, 2016 - July 29, 2016
  • $4,000 stipend, on-campus housing, and up to $1,000 travel expenses
  • Summer research symposium
  • Professional development workshops and research seminars
  • DEADLINE to apply: February 15th 

Eligibility:
  • Rising juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Any major related to biomedical or public health research
  • Underrepresented minority: African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 

  • a personal statement describing your interest in cancer research (no longer than one page)
  • a current transcript
  • two letters of support from science professors
  • preferences for up to 3 potential faculty mentors (see our list at http://cccr.sc.edu/about-us/investigators)

Application deadline:  February 15th

Questions may be emailed to: cccr-sp@sccp.sc.edu

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

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:

  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology
  • Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Pharmacology
  • Molecular Virology and Microbiology


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is designed for students seriously considering graduate school or a career in biomedical research.

The SURP early deadline is February 1 and the final deadline is March 1.  The program will begin May, 23 2016 and end July 29, 2016.

Salary is $3500 for the 10 week program, and additional funding for housing and travel may be available.


For more information or apply, please visit http://www.gradbiomed.pitt.edu/node/268

Young Leaders in Climate Change Internships available in National Parks!

The YLCC program provides paid summer internships to highly accomplished graduate and upper-level undergraduate students (current juniors and seniors) to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks. The internship projects may occur in national parks or program offices and are designed by National Park Service (NPS) staff to meet high-priority needs of parks and programs. General topic areas include resource conservation and adaptation; climate effects monitoring; park facilities adaptation; policy development; sustainable operations & mitigation; and communication, interpretation, or education.

Previous climate change interns have worked on a wide range of projects, including developing new interpretive programs in urban parks, monitoring glacier mass balance, developing management plans that anticipate new wildfire regimes, organizing a workshop on preservation of historic buildings, conducting greenhouse gas inventories in parks, and creating high-quality videos about climate change impacts on parks.

Internship positions run full-time (40 hours/week) for 11-12 weeks, generally during the summer months. They pay $15/hour plus benefits. Interns are employees of the University of Washington. Most positions come with free or subsidized housing in dormitories or other shared accommodations in parks. They are all rigorous and challenging projects that demand high-level academic knowledge and skills and that afford interns with considerable autonomy and opportunity for leadership under an effective mentor.

The YLCC operates under the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Direct Hire Authority (DHA), which means that students who excel in their internships and then subsequently complete their undergraduate or graduate degree requirements are eligible to be hired without competition into NPS, FWS or BLM jobs for which they are qualified. Non-competitive hiring status for a YLCC intern remains in effect for two years following graduation.  A YLCC intern from a previous year may not re-apply for a new internship while their non-competitive hiring status is still in effect.  While the DHA enables NPS to hire highly qualified and experienced candidates into open positions efficiently, the YLCC program is not a guarantee that positions appropriate to any given intern will be available in the near future.  Contact us for more information.


Professional development is a key attribute of the YLCC. All interns will be mentored by an immediate NPS supervisor and by the national program coordinator. Additionally, they will be included in a closed Facebook group and expected to contribute to ongoing discussion and learning about their projects, climate change, NPS, protected areas, and related professional matters. Interns will participate in a one-day virtual orientation session at the start of the summer, as well as join an expense-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC at the end of the summer. These sessions will allow interns to network with each other and with NPS and DOI leaders, learn about federal climate change response programs, explore federal career opportunities, and develop practical skills like writing federal resumes and searching for federal jobs.

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://parksclimateinterns.org/index.php/internships/
Application deadline is January 28th, 2016.