Wednesday, November 29, 2017

AMGEN Scholars - Summer Research at locations throughout the US

Every year, the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the nation’s premier educational institutions. Currently, 10 institutions in the U.S. host the summer research program. The Amgen Foundation has committed more than $50 million over twelve years to the global Amgen Scholars Program to make this opportunity possible for thousands of students.

Inspiring the Scientists of Tomorrow
As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in important institution research projects, gain hands-on lab experience
  • and contribute to the advancement of science;
  • Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some
  • of the nation’s top academic scientists; and
  • Participate in engaging scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.
Financial Support
Financial support is a critical component of the Amgen Scholars Program. Please note that details vary by host institution. See each institution’s summer research program website for more information.

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).
  • a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Each U.S. host institution has its own application process, but the application deadline for all of the institutions is in early February, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is in mid-February.

For more information or to find a program, please visit: Or contact the Amgen Scholars Global Program Office by calling +1 (617) 253-2620 or by emailing

AMGEN Scholars Program at MIT - Faculty Mentored Summer Research at MIT

The MIT Amgen Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. The Program is open to all undergraduates who meet the program eligibility requirements listed below, whether or not they have prior research experience.

Students admitted to this program (known as "Amgen Scholars") will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.

Participation has many benefits:

  • Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline, and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduation careers.
  • Participants become fully integrated in MIT's summer research community, interacting with faculty mentors and fellow undergraduates while participating in research seminars and other networking events.
  • Most importantly, Amgen Scholars become involved in exciting research and contribute to the advancement of science in an area of interest.

The Program also offers a competitive compensation package. Amgen Scholars working 40 hours per week for the nine week period will earn $4,500, paid hourly.  Housing in a designated MIT residence hall and a $800 food allowance are also be provided.

Space in the MIT Amgen Scholars Program is limited; up to 20 undergraduates will be admitted for Summer 2018.

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a four-year college or university (including MIT) in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. Territory
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Sophomore status (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), Juniors, and non-graduating seniors who plan to continue undergraduate studies in Fall 2018
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Interest in pursuing graduate school, including a PhD or MD-PhD

For more information, please visit:

Summer Research Internship for Minority Students at Marshall University

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (MU JCESOM) Graduate Program is offering the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) for its tenth year!

The SRIMS program includes nine weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.

The vision behind Marshall’s commitment to this program is twofold:

  • To establish a pipeline of diverse, underrepresented students into health-related research.
  • To enrich the current research through an added diversity of ideas, perspectives, and cultures.

General Guidelines and Eligibility
Each year, applications from undergraduate and underrepresented minority-in-science students who have not graduated by August of the program year are considered. Also, students are required to present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium the last week of the program and should note this as they commit to the program. A stipend of $3,000 will be provided to each participant for the nine-week experience. Participants will receive free room and board, as well as assistance with travel. Please note that students are required to provide their own health insurance coverage during the summer program.

Application Deadline
The application and supporting documents are due in the office on or before February 9th, 2018.

Kelly Carothers
Minority Research Internship
MU JCESOM Graduate Program
BBSC 301
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195

For more information please visit Questions? Please email or call (304)-696-7279.

Interested in graduate school? Then attend the Open House for the MS in Applied Biology Program at Salisbury University - February 2nd!

Salisbury University Department of Biological Sciences
presents an Open House for their M.S. in Applied Biology program

Friday, February 2, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Program will begin at 10:00 am
Henson Hall, Room 209
Salisbury, MD

  • Lunch will be provided
  • Meet faculty and students
  • Learn about program requirements
  • Tour Henson School of Science & Technology and SU campus

All interested students should contact:
Dr. Dana L. Price, Graduate Program Director; 410-543-6498
Opportunities for travel money ($100.00) to the University are available.

For more information about our program visit

Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska

We are now accepting applications for the University of Nebraska’s 2018 Summer Research Program, and we’d like to encourage your students to apply.
Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.


Summer 2018 research programs include:

  • Applied Plant Systems 
  • Bioenergy Systems 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Chemistry 
  • Integrated Agronomic Systems 
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) 
  • Minority Health Disparities 
  • Nanohybrid Functional Materials 
  • Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure 
  • Redox Biology 
  • Sustainability of Civil Infrastructures in Rural Environments 
  • Systems Biology of Plant and Microbiome 
  • Unmanned Systems 
  • Virology

Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Thursday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Thursday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

The Conservation and Land Management (CLM) internship program places 100-120 early-career scientists in five-month paid internships to assist professional biologists with land management and conservation projects. Since 2001, the CLM program has successfully placed over 1300 interns, providing them with a rich experience from which to launch their professional careers. 
CLM Internship Benefits
CLM internships are paid internships! ​
 Explore your career goals and expand your resume
Experience new landscapes, habitats, and species diversity in the beautiful western US
Make connections in various governmental and non-profit organizations
Learn what it's like to work at a federal agency
Apply your education to important conservation projects
Most of our internships are located in the western US, where the majority of public land occurs. Federal partners include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. D. A. Forest Service, U.S. Geologic Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Non-profit partners include the the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank and the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank.​

Blandy Farm REU

Blandy Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

May 21 - Aug 3, 2018   Applications Due  March 1, 2018

Carla Vanderbilt (Stetson University) studying song vocalization in gray catbirds.

Samuel Bernhard (Wesleyan University) sifts through mud looking for invertebrates.


Undergraduate education is one our highest priorities at Blandy Experimental Farm. Since 1992 Blandy has provided Undergraduate Research Fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science. We have been aided in this effort by funding from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our primary goal is to teach students to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions. The format of the program encourages students to develop skills in experimental design, data collection, analysis, and critical reading of primary scientific literature. Students also learn to prepare and communicate scientific information to other scientists and the general public.

Our program exposes students to a diversity of research projects that collectively illustrate how natural systems function and how science progresses. Through the course of the summer we provide students with information on various career options in ecology and the environmental sciences. For summer 2018, we will offer 10 awards that carry a $5775 stipend + an additional meal budget, free housing, and a budget for supplies and research-related travel. Interested students can access the necessary application form and instructions directly from our APPLICATION PAGE. We strongly recommend filling out an application at least two weeks before the application deadline.  The application and all supporting materials are due on March 1, 2018.  If you need further information please send an email to Dr. Kyle Haynes or call 540 837-1758 ext 292 M-F, 9-5 Eastern Time. These fellowships are only available for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents.

research forum 2011

                                               Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate Students at 2011 Research Forum. 
Kiona Ervin (Howard University) monitors growth of nickel-accummulating plants.

Ricardo Rivera (Univ. Puerto Rico, Bayamon) examines plants at the U.S. Botanical Garden.
Historic Quarters building containing offices, computer room, library and dormitory facilities.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Virtual Grad School Fair for Marshall University's Graduate Biomedical Science Program - Register NOW!

Take advantage of the following fantastic opportunity to connect with Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Graduate Biomedical Sciences Program offering:

PhDMD/PhDMS-Research, MS-Medical Sciences (medical school preparatory program),
MS-Clinical and Translational Science, and Undergraduate Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS).

The Marshall chat room will be open from 11am – 4:30pm EST on October 3. Students may register for free.

Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair: October 3, 2017
Prospective Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students--Decide where you want to go to school!
Connect real-time with schools without leaving your home or office. Attend the fair online from anywhere!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oceans Research Internship in South Africa

The Oceans Research Internship Program enables aspiring scientists and conservationists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna of Southern Africa, including great white sharks.

This is a unique internship experience where students gain exposure to a wide variety of projects and in depth aspects of practical field research on species such white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, Southern right whales and smaller benthic shark species. Research will be done both at sea and on land. During your stay you play a vital role, from data collection to data management. We use your collected data to advise various industries, including the government, on real-time issues in marine conservation.

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilization in Southern Africa’s coastal society.

Oceans Research specializes in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals and terrestrial carnivores; we advise governmental and non-governmental bodies on relevant conservation issues.

Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities.

Oceans Research Internship costs

  • $2, 300 USD - 1 month Sept 2017 to May 2018
  • $2,700 USD - 1 Month June to August 2018
  • $2, 300 USD - 1 Month Sept to Dec 2018

The price includes:

  • Dorm accommodation
  • Traditional meals
  • Program expeditions
  • Tuition and mentoring
  • Program instructors
  • Adventure of a lifetime
For more information or to apply, please visit

MS- or BS- level Bacteriophage Microbiologist Position at Adaptive Phage Therapeutics

New opportunity for an MS- or BS- level Bacteriophage Microbiologist to join the current team at Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, a startup located in Gaithersburg, MD.

Our group is seeking an enthusiastic microbiologist to screen, amplify and purify bacteriophages from the environment with clinically sourced bacterial strains. The final purified phage products will have direct therapeutic applications.

Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT) is a startup founded by an award-winning and highly respected emeritus NIH scientist. APT’s technology has already been shown to be effective in animals and in humans. APT aims to rapidly expand its therapeutic relevance and expects to be treating large numbers of patients in the near future. As such, this is an opportunity for the right person to join the team of what will become a large and significant biotech company.

Major responsibilities: 

  • Screen environmental samples for reactive bacteriophage, to isolate and purify single-plaqued phage
  • Screen clinical bacterial strains against amplified libraries of purified phage
  • Amplify and purify large amounts of reactive phage for therapeutic usage
  • On-call availability to produce patient-ready phage products on demand
  • Maintain procedural documentation to meet FDA guidelines, recommend improvements in the process 

Job requirements:

  • The candidate should hold an MS and/or BS degree, plus a minimum of two years of experience in bacteriophage work. GMP laboratory production experience a plus.
  • The candidate should be familiar with all relevant microbiological and bacteriophage techniques, including: screening of phage, harvesting of bacteriophage plaques, inoculating bacterial cultures, amplification of phage, purification of phage, titration of phage. BSL-2 laboratory experience a plus.
  • The candidate should have flexible availability to produce amplified phage for critically-ill clients at desired times.
  • The candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • The candidate should have outstanding references. Prior government or military experience a plus. 

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience; benefits are industry-standard.

To apply: Please email cover letter and resume to

Monday, April 10, 2017

Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale

The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University hosts an intensive Summer Institute in Bioethics for U.S. and international participants.

The “Foundations” component runs from June 1st - 9th and consists of an introduction to ethical theory along with a review of bioethical principles, theories, terms, and history, and concludes with a site visit to The Hastings Center in NY.  The remainder of the program covers ethical issues pertaining to a broad range of topics including medicine, law, religion, public health, disability ethics, animal ethics, and the environment. Lectures in the morning are followed by small-group mini-courses in the afternoons.  Participants can choose from over 20 mini-courses.

Participants include graduate students and professionals along with a few select undergraduates. Participants receive mentoring from experts in the field and have ample opportunity to tailor the program to meet their career & research goals.

A small percentage of top participants will be invited to participate in “Fast Track” which provides weekly 1:1 tutoring to help participants complete a paper - to be submitted to a journal by the end of the program.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis.  Just a few slots remain!
* Two Partial Scholarships Remain *

Tuition: $1,800 (undergraduates); $2,200 (graduate students); $3,200 (professionals)
Rates for this 2-month program are comparable to 1-week summer programs at similar institutions.

Course credit may be available, and housing is available within walking distance for an additional cost.

Program dates: June 1 - July 22, 2017
For further information, including a full list of seminars, see: or contact
Lori Bruce, Program Director, at

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Temporary Entomology Research Internship

A temporary research assistant position is available with the Entomology program at Virginia Tech’s tree fruit and wine grape research center in Winchester, VA, beginning mid-May. Our work with the brown marmorated stink bug requires assistance until the end of October, so a graduating senior who can be available through this period is sought.

Those having experience and interest in entomology, ecology, and/or horticulture are preferred.  Duties will involve assisting senior scientist, technician, and PhD students with applied insect ecology and behavior research in laboratory, orchard, and vineyard settings, including implementing experiments, data collection and entry, maintenance of plant material and insect colonies, record keeping and other related tasks. Familiarity with the use of dissecting microscopes is advantageous. Applicants must hold a valid driver’s license. By Virginia Tech policy, a background check of successful applicants will be required, following the start of employment.

The wage offered is $11.00/hour for 40 hours/week.

To apply and for further information, please submit a current resume with the name, e-mail, and phone number of 3 references to:

Dr. Chris Bergh
Telephone: (540) 869-2560 ext.32

For information about the Winchester Entomology program, see:

Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity employer.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fire Effects Summer Job in National Park

Hiring 1-2 more fire effects monitors (GS-05-0404) that will be based out of Luray, Virginia (Shenandoah National Park) for the 2017 Summer season. See hyperlink for job announcement below.

Primary responsibilities will include fire effects plot sampling requiring extensive travel through the Northeast Region (Virginia to Maine) and data entry/management. Opportunities also exist for participation in prescribed and wildland fire activities.

Please note the First Consideration Date of March 28, 2017 on the announcement.

The DOI Fire Hires Contact page is not updated as of today but if you have questions regarding the position, please  contact Lane Gibbons (NER Lead Fire Effects Monitor) at 540-999-3500 ext. 3393 or

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Genetics/Genomics Research Education and Training Summer Research Program at Baylor College of Medicine

The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training) Summer Research Program is accepting applications!  This is a research program designed to interest African Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans; and Pacific Islanders in genetics/genomics careers.  Our goal is to increase the number of these underrepresented groups with Ph.Ds in this field. We offer research projects in bioinformatics; molecular genetics; and engineering.  We are beginning to offer more bioinformatics research opportunities to our program participants.  Life science majors with an interest in coding or CS/engineering majors with programming backgrounds interested in medical research will be given priority.

Program eligibility:  We accept undergraduate junior and seniors from the above mentioned groups. Students should also have a 3.0 GPA (or above) and major in one of the following: chemistry; biology; computer science; mechanical or electrical engineering to name a few.   This internship is a paid; 9 week; residual program.

Deadline:  March 3rd, 2017

For more information or to apply please visit:
Application forms:

Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program at US Army Research Labs

U.S. Army Research Lab - Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program (80+ opportunities for BS candidates -PhD candidates) -  Non U.S. Citizens may apply

Information Webpage:

ARL has six separate directorates seeking students:

  • Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD)
  • Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED)
  • Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD)
  • Survivability and Lethality Analysis Directorate (SLAD)
  • Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD)
  • Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD)

Research areas include, but not limited the following:

Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological Engineering,  Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Chemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Engineering,  Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering,  Health Physics, Hearing Science, Human Factors Engineering, Information Science, Industrial Engineering, Genetics-Genomics, Mathematics, Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience Medical Physics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Neuroscience,  Physiology, Physics, Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Robotics, Social Science, Spectroscopy, Statistics, Statistical Data Mining and

Application deadline is March 12, 2017, but applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Expedition - Anegada iguana

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 16-24, 2017
  • Session 2: May 25 - June 2, 2017
  • Session 3: July 11-19, 2017
  • Session 4: July 20-28, 2017
Location: Anegada, British Virgin Islands
Cost: $1,450 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 7, 2017

Summer Intern Position through the American Chestnut Foundation - Virginia Chapter

Background Information:  American chestnut (Castanea dentata), was once a dominant tree in the Eastern forest of the United States.   Virginia is located at the center of the specie’s historic range. Chestnut was an extremely important tree—as lumber and as food for wildlife—in the Piedmont, Blue Ridge and Appalachian forest communities. Unfortunately, its historic greatness was catastrophically compromised by a fungus, Asian chestnut blight, which was accidentally introduced in the early 1900’s.  Since 1983, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) has carried out a six-generation backcross breeding program to produce blight-resistant chestnuts that otherwise exhibit characteristics of American chestnut.  The Virginia Chapter of TACF was formed in 2006 in order to:

  • Develop blight-resistant American chestnuts that are adapted to the geographical regions of Virginia; 
  • Preserve wild, surviving American chestnuts still found in the state;
  • Educate Virginians about the values of American chestnut and efforts to develop blight-resistance; and
  • Prepare for restoration of American chestnut trees in Virginia.

Blight-resistant American chestnuts are grown using a multi-step process.  In late May and early June, we hand-pollinate surviving American chestnuts will pollen from trees that have blight-resistance from a Chinese chestnut ancestor. Next, the seed produced from these efforts are planted in breeding orchards. Trees in breeding orchards are grown for several years, then tested for blight-resistance by inoculating them with chestnut blight.  Those trees that did not inherit sufficient blight-resistance are removed from the breeding orchard; and the remaining trees are left to interbreed.  The chestnuts produced by this stage of interbreeding are then planted in a new orchard, called a seed orchard, for the next generation of breeding.

Position Description:  The summer intern will primarily assist in the breeding program by helping to maintain breeding orchards by weeding, mulching, and fertilizing seedlings.  He or she will also be removing trees that are not blight resistant from the orchard.  In inclement weather, the intern will help maintain tree data by logging survival, growth and removal data and mounting herbarium specimens.  The intern may also assist in ceremonial plantings and other events that may arise to publicize the efforts of TACF in Virginia.

Opportunities for the Intern:    Interns will have an opportunity to learn applied science.  In the field, he or she will learn to identify various other types of chestnuts, how to plant and care for trees, and carefully monitor chestnut seedlings and growing conditions.

Qualifications:  Interns must have a keen interest in biology, ecology, horticulture, or forestry and be able to work with little supervision.  Interns also must be physically fit to participate in heavy outdoor activity.  Finally, the intern must have access to his or her own vehicle to travel to orchard sites.

Location:  The intern will be working out of an office at 8266 E. Main St., Marshall, Virginia, and in orchards located in Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties.

Compensation: The Chapter will pay $2,500 as a stipend for 8 weeks or work, 5 days/week.  Start date and vacation breaks are flexible.  In addition, the chapter will reimburse the intern for mileage at the rate of 40 cents/mile.

Additional Information:  Contact Catherine Mayes, President, Virginia Chapter of TACF, P.O. Box 158, Marshall, VA  20116, (540) 364-1922,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Looking for a job in teaching? Check out this job board!

Our teaching jobs board is automatically updated daily with the latest teacher job openings from across the country. Check back often to find new openings in your area that match your interests and qualifications. You can also research the job market in your area to find who is hiring and what employers are looking for.

For best results, enter keywords describing the job title you are seeking and the city and state where you want to work. Some examples of popular teaching careers include curriculum and instruction specialist, elementary school teacher, English teacher, foreign language teacher, high school teacher, instructional technology specialist, kindergarten teacher, physical education teacher, preschool teacher, and school librarian. For a comprehensive list of teaching and education careers visit our career center

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Looking for a Summer Research Experience?

Try the National Science Foundation's database of Summer Research experiences in the Biological Sciences at

The site contains a directory of Summer Research programs for 2017, including brief program descriptions and website links. You may have to search the linked site to find additional information....

Application deadlines vary, and some are soon! Possible programs include (but are NOT limited to):

  • Systematics and Evolutionary Biology
  • Diversifying Participation in Computational Biology
  • Nanomaterials for Biological applications
  • Raptor Research
  • Interplay Between Genes and the Environment
  • Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training
  • Plant Genome Research
  • 3D Invertebrate Herbivory

Check it out!

Master of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Master of Science in Forensic Science program is one of only 16 programs in the US accredited by FEPAC, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission. Our program prepares students for careers in various forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories, emphasizing the application of scientific methods and technologies to legal proceedings. It may also be used to build a strong foundation for doctoral and professional studies and offers the opportunity for students to pursue a graduate certificate in computer forensics that involves additional, elective coursework.

Further Information
For more information please visit or contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Forensic Science, Elizabeth Gardner.

Science Communication Internships at Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center

Science writing interns work with the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center to bring scientific and technical information to non-scientists and decision-makers. Interns learn interviewing, reporting, researching, and writing skills. Due to the nature of the work performed in these positions, interns will need access to a vehicle for travel to and from the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center office in Gloucester Point, VA.

Summer Science Writing Internship

  • The intern will report and write about VASG researchers, students, and staff for our website. Interns work from Virginia Sea Grant headquarters at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science over a 10 week period.
  • The intern will learn reporting, interviewing, and writing skills, focusing on marine science topics.
  • Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled in, or who has recently graduated from an undergraduate program in communication, journalism, science writing, basic science, or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., is eligible for the internship.
  • $4,000 stipend.
  • Official Internship Announcement will be released early in the year.
  • Deadline March 20, 2017.

Read more about how to apply here: 2017 Summer Science Writing Internship

The intern will receive a $4,000 stipend for the 40-hour per week, 10-week summer internship located at VASG’s headquarters at Gloucester Point, along with reimbursement for assignment related travel. There is only one position available.

Eligibility & Application Process
Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or who has recently graduated from a program in communication, journalism, science writing, basic science, or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., is eligible for the internship.

All qualified students are encouraged to apply; however, qualified applicants from Virginia institutions will be given priority. There will be no additional allowance for housing costs, so applicants should consider their ability to find housing in Southeast Virginia, and to provide their own automobile transportation to and from work.

Please create an account at (copy and paste url into your browser), and upload the application materials listed below as a single PDF document. (Please use a 12-point font) Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. Letter of Interest (2-page maximum): This letter should help us learn more about you. We will want to know (1) why you are interested in the internship; (2) your career goals and how a science writing internship will help you to achieve them; (3) education and experience you have had in science and in writing; (4) examples of previous projects, whether personal, educational, or professional, that you've worked on and enjoyed; and (5) communication skills you have, AND the skills you would like to develop further.
  2. Resume (2-page maximum): Include email addresses and phone numbers of two references who can attest to your writing ability (one reference can be the letter writer from #5 below).
  3. Short writing sample: Provide a link to something you have written, and available online. You can also provide a document of something you have written if you do not yet have a published article.
  4. All transcripts: Unofficial transcripts may be submitted.
  5. Letter of recommendation: One letter should be uploaded directly from a faculty member, supervisor, or advisor who can speak to your writing ability and experience. You will be able to notify them directly through your account.
Timeline for the Evaluation Process and Internship:
April – Intern selection, phone and video/in-person nterviews;
Late May/Early June to August – Internship period

Hepatitis B Foundation Summer Research Intern Program

The Hepatitis B Foundation’s College Internship provides a unique opportunity for college students in their junior or senior year who are considering graduate school, medical school, or industrial research careers, to spend 10 weeks in an innovative and educational program.

By pairing the students with scientific research professionals, they are able to gain firsthand experience in research, other scholarly activities. This unique experience allows participants the opportunity to gain a personal perspective on the entire scientific process: from formulating and testing hypotheses, to working with an advisor in a state‐of‐the‐art research laboratory.

Areas of research activity could include translational therapeutics, experimental molecular biology and virology, biomarker discovery, and medicinal and computational chemistry. Since the HBF operates a biotechnology business incubator with 30+ small biotech companies, it is also possible for students to observe, and in some cases, work within these entrepreneurial start ups.

Expectations of the Student Research Intern
This is a 10‐week program that will begin on Monday, June 5, 2017 and end Friday, August 11, 2017. Students will be required to arrange their own housing and transportation to and from the research center.

Interns are expected to participate in faculty supervised research projects as well as other scholarly activities at the Center, including attendance at seminars from professional scientists and research discussion groups.

At the end of the program, students are required to prepare a project abstract summarizing their work and present their data to their peers and to HBF/BSBI faculty and staff.

Application Process 
To apply, please send the following to

Stipends are available for qualified candidates. Only complete applications will be considered for the program.

The deadline for receipt for this year’s program is February 10, 2017. Internships will be awarded by April 3, 2017.

For information about the program, please visit : or contact:
Polly Ranson
Program Coordinator

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program sponsors  a 11-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. 2-year and 4-year institutions majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or other STEM discipline.

The program provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST scientist or engineer in Boulder, CO or Gaithersburg, MD. Students can work on projects in any one of the seven NIST facilities:

  • Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Communications Technology Laboratory
  • Engineering Laboratory
  • Information Technology Laboratory
  • Material Measurement Laboratory
  • NIST Center for Neutron Research
  • Physical Measurement Laboratory

Citizenship Requirements
The program is open to United States citizens or U.S. permanent residents only.
International students are not eligible to apply to the SURF Program.

Classification Requirements
Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduates in U.S. Colleges or Universities as of the application deadline date. Successful applicants must make arrangements to receive their fellowship and stipend funds from their educational institutions.

Note: Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents and enrolled in universities outside the United States, are not eligible to apply to the SURF Program.

Academic Requirements
Students must have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

For more information, please visit:

NIST Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
***Note: Your university deadline could be earlier

Applications consist of a student component and university component:
Student Component - Students must complete the following application components and submit to the university contact for inclusion in the institution application.
  • Application Checklist
  • Student application information form
  • Resume (example resume )
  • Transcript - Please submit unofficial transcripts only.
  • Two letters of recommendation - Please request the letters from individuals who are knowledgeable about your academic achievements and research experience. Feel free to ask your professors (current and past), research mentors, or internship supervisors. 
  • Letter of intent or personal statement : The letter should contain information that helps the review committee make an informed decision about the student, such as why the student wishes to participate in the SURF program in Gaithersburg, Maryland and what areas of NIST research interest the student. (example personal statement )
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency: Proof includes a copy of an unexpired U.S. Passport, birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or unexpired green card. 
University Component - The institutional representative completes the proposal and financial forms and submits them with the student application via Grants.Gov. 
  • Federal Forms - SF-424, SF-424A, SF-424B, CD-511, and SF-LLL (optional)  (see instructions)
  • Proposal - Provides background information about the academic institution such as degree programs, university accolades, and the names/description of students nominating to participate in the program. (see sample proposal )
  • Submits Items 1 and 2 in addition to the student application component via Grants.Gov.
For JMU the contact person for the University Component is: 
James Madison University
Office of Sponsored Programs

Internships at the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Richmond

Are you interested in pursuing a career in public health or laboratory science?  Now YOU can help promote and protect the health and safety of all Virginians!  Internships at DCLS provide a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in one of the most diverse public health laboratories in the Nation.  As an intern, you will have the chance to participate in a variety of laboratory activities and interact on a daily basis with public health and emergency response laboratorians.  The experience gained from the completion of a DCLS internship will strengthen your credentials as you prepare for a career in public health.

DCLS internships are project-oriented and are designed to be mutually beneficial to the intern and the laboratory. DCLS does not offer internships consisting solely of “shadowing” experiences.  Projects will vary based upon DCLS initiatives.  Successful candidates will be assigned to a project within one of the analytical or support sections at DCLS!

Internship Program Areas:

  • Biomonitoring
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Emergency Preparedness (biological and/or chemical)
  • Environmental Microbiology and/or Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology/Food Safety
  • Immunology/Virology
  • Infectious Disease Pathogen Detection
  • Informatics
  • Molecular Subtyping
  • Newborn Screening
  • Quality Assurance/Auditing

 Internship Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be a Virginia resident, at least 18 years of age and either:         
  • Be enrolled as a rising Junior, Senior, or Master’s degree candidate in a science or public health-related program at a College or University. 
  • Have recently graduated from a science or public health-related Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree program at a College or University OR a Virginia resident attending an out of state College or University. 
  • Applicants must submit a current resume or CV. 
  • Applicants must submit a transcript from each higher learning institute attended that is listed on the application (official or unofficial will be accepted). 
  • Applicants must submit a letter of reference from an academic professional with knowledge of the applicant’s coursework. 
  • Applicants must have maintained a cumulative minimum 3.0 GPA. 
  • No hand-written, late, or incomplete applications will be accepted. 
  • Applicants must be able to provide immunization records, as requested, if applicable to area of work. 
  • ALL selected candidates must successfully pass a criminal background check. 

Application deadline: Friday, February 3rd 2017. To apply, please visit: 

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Climate Science - Penn State

The climate system involves highly complex interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere; unraveling the mechanisms that control the Earth’s climate is one of the most intellectually challenging scientific problems of the day!

Program dates: May 31 - August 4, 2017

Gain first-hand knowledge and research experience around topics such as:

  • floods and droughts
  • regional and global climate change
  • storm surge
  • terrestrial and marine carbon cycling
  • tropical cyclones
  • weather and climate risk
  • atmospheric aerosols
  • paleoclimate reconstruction
  • atmospheric waves and storm tracks

Research may involve fieldwork, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, data analysis

Research suitable for a variety of undergraduate majors, including: atmospheric science, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, oceanography and physics

**Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors considering graduate school or a career in climate science. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

This REU program is administered by Penn State's Department of Meteorology
and Atmospheric Science. Learn more and apply online at the Penn State Climate REU Website:

Apply between December 15, 2016 and February 15, 2017

Program students receive a $5000 stipend, furnished housing, and reimbursement for travel to/from Penn State and a scientific conference.

Paid Internship Opportunities through Commonwealth Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Industry Internship Program (CSIIP)

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners, in collaboration with Virginia’s colleges and universities, are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a free student resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines complete a single application package that will be reviewed by companies throughout Virginia.

There is no cost to students, colleges/universities, or companies to participate.

Students may search for internships statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies. No deadline is required but apply as early as possible for maximum opportunity, at

One application puts a student in front of more than 150 companies offering internships.

For more information please visit: or contact VSGC regarding CSIIP at or (757) 766-5210.

Eligibility Requirements
  • 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 an undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM related 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 are also eligible to participate.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Biomedical Summer Research Internship for Minority Students at Marshall University

The SRIMS program includes nine weeks of graduate-level research in the field of biomedical sciences. Participants receive formal research training while expanding their learning experience through workshops, seminars on current topics, mentoring and use of state-of-the-art core facilities.

General Guidelines and Eligibility
Each year, applications from undergraduate and underrepresented minority students who have not graduated by August of the program year are considered. Also, students are required to present their research at the WV Summer Research Symposium the last week of the program and should note this as they commit to the program. A stipend of $3,000 will be provided to each participant for the nine-week experience. Participants will receive free room and board, as well as assistance with travel.

Research Placements – Mentor Directory 2017
Faculty mentors will provide projects that will introduce students to contemporary research
in fields of biomedical science, including: cell and molecular biology, cancer biology, cardiovascular disease, immunology, neuroscience, toxicology, reproductive biology, infectious disease, genetic research, diabetes, obesity research, and nanotechnology.

On the application, you will be asked to review the mentor directory, list your top three mentor choices in order of preference (#1 being your top choice) and why their topics are of interest to you. Your choices will serve as a guide for a mentor to be assigned. The directory of mentors and their research projects can be accessed in the Mentor Directory 2017.

Application Checklist
To be considered complete, your application must contain the following:

  • Completed online application form (no fee) – If you are unable to complete your application at one time, your content will be saved. A code to return to your saved application will be sent to the email address that you provide on the application. Note that digital signatures are accepted for applicants who choose to email their applications.
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended – Unofficial copies may be uploaded to the online application or scanned and emailed to the address below. Please note: you may be required to provide official copies at a later date.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors of scientific disciplines. Please have them use the form and directions included in the online application. They may scan their form and email (from their institution’s email account) them as attachments to the program at You may have additional letters submitted, if you wish.
  • Written statement addressing interest/experience in biomedical research, career goals, and why you would like to participate in this program (generally 350-700 words). Upload to the online application.
  • A résumé should be uploaded to the online application.

Application Deadline
The application and supporting documents are due in the office on or before February 10th, 2017.

Kelly Carothers
Minority Research Internship
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
BBSC 301
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195

Questions? Please visit or email Ms. Carothers at or call her at 304-696-7279.

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Identification within an underrepresented ethnic minority group in the biomedical sciences (e.g., African American, Alaskan Native, Hispanic American, American Indian/Native American and Native of the U.S. Pacific Islands)
  • US Citizenship or valid green card required
  • Academic record, particularly in science–related courses
  • Laboratory experience
  • Career goals and stated interest in biomedical research, including why you would like to participate in the program

Smithsonian Marine Station Marine Science Camp Internship

The Smithsonian Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium in Fort Pierce, FL is located on the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), one of the most diverse estuaries in the U.S., and less than one mile from the Atlantic Ocean. This unique educational facility provides a window into these underwater worlds, offering a variety of hands-on experiences to daily visitors, as well as on-site education programs. Our focus is on displaying ecosystems as complex communities of organisms interacting in their environments. The six main exhibits are models of local Florida ecosystems (seagrass bed, mangrove forest, coral reef, etc.) and vary in size from 500 to 3000 gallons. The Aquarium also features a touch tank and a variety of interactive exhibits. With the help of our dynamic model ecosystem displays we strive to provide the public with a better understanding of the fragile marine ecosystems of the IRL and surrounding area and the impact humans are having on these fragile ecosystems.

The Aquarium serves as home base for eight week-long sessions of day camp for ages 6-16. Smithsonian Marine Science camps immerse youth in hands-on, feet-wet learning in local estuarine and marine ecosystems in the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Campers spend a significant amount of time outdoors engaging in activities including kayaking, seine netting, and snorkeling in various locations throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast region. The Marine Science Camp Intern will work with education staff to develop age-appropriate marine science camp curriculum, create new and engaging hands-on games and activities focused on marine science content, and co-facilitate eight weeks of summer camp. Additional objectives can be developed based on intern’s personal interests, strengths and/or experience.

Learning objectives for the intern include familiarization with Florida marine and estuarine ecosystems, best practices in outdoor environmental education, and an understanding of local marine science research.

Experience working in a summer camp setting (preferred) and/or coursework in
science education, a demonstrated ability in effectively communicating with others, a strong interest in marine science, and a willingness/ability to maintain a flexible schedule, including weekends. Intern must be comfortable working outdoors in the Florida summer heat and humidity. Experience supervising children in water is preferred, but not required.

12 week, full-time (40 hours per week) appointment, May 15 – August 4, 2017

$4,200 (housing is not provided)

Please submit a cover letter and current resume (package limited to 3 pages) to Cristin Krasco at no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Cristin Krasco
Education Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator

Summer Internship at Wetland Studies and Solutions - Gainesville, VA

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) is seeking interns for Summer 2017.

Internship duties will include, but not be limited to, invasive plant control, groundwater monitoring, vegetation monitoring/transplanting, erosion control, stream enhancement/ restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, hydraulic dredging, and general maintenance of constructed wetlands. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in many in-house training courses.

The applicant should have a strong interest in and knowledge of wetland ecology and possess a strong work ethic with the desire to gain experience in different aspects of environmental consulting. This internship involves a large amount of outdoor work with rigorous physical labor and may occasionally involve working long hours. Interns will be required to become Virginia Pesticide Applicator certified (involves a written test).

Our internship program is an excellent opportunity to develop and improve on plant identification skills and provides the opportunity to rotate through different departments at WSSI (i.e., Environmental Services, Surveying, Archeology, etc.).

Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references to Rebecca Konow at the following email address: Applications accepted through March 1, 2017.

Food Microbiologist Position at the Department of General Services, Richmond

The Department of General Services, Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as a Scientist in the Food Microbiology Section of the Epidemiologic Support Group. The Food Microbiology laboratory performs classical and advanced microbiology testing on food and environmental samples for the presence of bacterial agents or associated toxins during foodborne outbreaks or in support of food recalls under the investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and Virginia Department of Health (VDH). This individual will be responsible for performing routine surveillance and emergency response testing for the isolation and characterization of foodborne pathogens occurring naturally or as a result of terrorism and communicating these findings to agencies such as the Virginia Department of Health, VDACS, USDA, and the FDA. In addition, duties may include development and validation of new methods, performing QA/QC procedures in support of ISO 17025 standards, maintaining accurate records, training of scientific staff and use and maintenance of equipment. This position may require work to be performed in a BSL-3 laboratory if testing requires higher levels of containment. This position will provide support to testing and laboratory objectives of the Food and Drug Administration Food Emergency Response Network Microbiological Cooperative Agreement Program. The FDA FERN MCAP requires working with a wide array of simple and complex matrices and requires proficiency to perform testing on a variety of food types.

Qualifications: The selected candidate must possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Microbiology, Microbiology, Medical Technology, or related field. The successful applicant should have work related experience and technical knowledge with the following: isolation and identification techniques in food microbiology; complex microbiology techniques involving different sample matrices including food; complex computer interfaced instrumentation and computerized laboratory information management systems; complex data analysis; toxin detection using ELISA or other methods; and quality assurance and quality control.

Preferred Qualifications: Preferred experience includes the following: Experience working in a biosafety level three environment; experience working in an ISO 17025 quality environment; and experience with molecular testing methodologies. The ability to lift up to 30 pounds and knowledge of laboratory safety is also required. The ability to work well with others in a team atmosphere and effective communication (oral and written) and computer skills are essential.

Special Requirements: This is a restricted position funded by a federal grant, includes state benefits package.

After hours and weekend work is required on a rotating schedule. The selected candidate may be required to work on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule routinely.

Applications will be accepted until a suitable pool of candidates is received. After 5 business days, this position may be closed at any time.

For more information please visit:

Contact Information
Name: DGS Human Resources
Phone: 804-786-3910
Fax: 804-371-8305

Address: 1100 Bank ST, STE 410 Richmond, VA 23219

Summer Research Experience in Coastal Biology at University of North Florida

The UNF REU Program offers paid research training experiences in Coastal Biology to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period from late May-late July.  REU participants are paired with Coastal Biologists at UNF and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor’s expertise.  Prior to this, 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.

To be eligible for participation in the 2017 UNF REU program, students must be

  • U.S. Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
  • Enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree
  • Available for the full duration of the program, from May 22nd to July 28th (some exceptions possible)

Freshman- and Sophomore-level science students and students from minority groups underrepresented in science (African Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan Natives) are especially encouraged to apply!

Students participating in the REU program will receive:
  • Stipend of $5,000 over the 10-week period
  •  Free housing in a UNF dormitory and meals
  • Support for transportation between UNF and their home institution

Students interested in applying to the 2017 UNF REU program can acquire information on the application procedure from the program website.  The deadline for applications is March 20, 2017.