Thursday, January 28, 2021

Chesapeake Conservation Corps - One Year Paid Positions

Chesapeake Conservation Corps Application Now Open

Looking to launch your career in the environmental field? Or know a young person who is? Young professionals gain experience, vital green career skills, and a network of connections in the environmental field through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps.

The Chesapeake Conservation Corps is a one-year term of paid service that places young adults (ages 18-25) with nonprofits or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field. Throughout the year this program provides real-world experience managing projects and programs, leadership and professional development training, mentorship, a support network of young professionals, and other skill-building opportunities including networking and grant writing. Positions offered by host organizations are in the fields of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and forestry.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay region for a paid year of service ($20,000) beginning on August 17, 2021.  There is a Diversity Fellowship opportunity to assist Corps Members with the financial challenge of a stipend year of service in the Corps. The Diversity Fellowship provides an additional $5,000 to 4 Corps Members who demonstrate financial need and identify with an underserved group including but not limited to the list that is provided in the Diversity Fellowship Application Package.


Applications for the Corps Program and the Diversity Fellowship must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by March 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm. To learn more and apply go to


For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Senior Program Officer Tara Drennan, or 410-974-2941, ext. 102. 

REU in Planetary Habitability Over Space and Time - Rice University

 The Earth is habitable through feedbacks between biological and geological processes. In this REU we will study questions like:

  • What controls the temperature of the Earth?
  • What controls nutrient concentrations in forests?
  • How does the composition of the deep Earth influence the composition of the atmosphere?
  • Why does the Earth have water on the surface?
  • How does plate tectonics influence long-term climate?

Our REU program is 10 weeks- May 31 through August 6, 2021

Students will be provided a summer stipend of $600 per week for 10 weeks, as well as a supplement for housing.

Applications will open in early November 2020. The preliminary application deadline is 15 February 2021. The final deadline is 1 March 2021.

For more information or to apply, please visit:

REU in Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers - Rice University

Rice University is part of an exciting, multi-university collaboration to develop and sustain a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center called BioXFEL (Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers). BioXFEL is a consortium established in 2013 of eight U.S. research universities that addresses fundamental questions in biology at the molecular level. Using a recently-invented pulsed hard X-ray laser, our researchers can capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by taking brief snapshots, and observe interactions in their native environment. This opens up a new world to biology, to science, and to human health.

BioXFEL is sponsoring a summer internship program to be held at Rice University. This 10-week internship is designed to incorporate undergraduate students from the surrounding greater Houston area. Special consideration will be given to students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as well as other underrepresented groups. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in scientific research projects involving crystallography, biochemistry, protein chemistry and other XFEL-related topics.

At the end of the 10 weeks, each student has the chance to travel to the XFEL facility at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford where they may present a poster on their summer project.

Participation in the program includes the following opportunities:

  • General and site-specific lab safety training
  • Scientific journal club
  • Weekly lunch seminars with faculty presentations on various research topics
  • Ethics training
  • Field trip to the brain lab at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Scientific oral and poster presentation practice

Priority Application Deadline: February 15th

NSF REU in Multi-Scale Biomolecular Networks - Rice University

The goal of this program is to provide students first-hand experience with cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that is needed to predict biological functions sufficiently to reprogram cells to avoid diseases or to perform new tasks.

This award provides research training for 10 weeks. The focus of this NSF REU program is biological networks, complex interactions among biomolecules that give rise to the diverse biological phenotypes observed in nature. In this summer REU, students will work on research projects under faculty mentors that draw from a range of approaches (classical biochemical and genetic to non-trivial theoretical models that require computation) to study naturally-occurring genetic networks, artificial genetic and metabolic networks, and biomolecular structure, function, and evolution. This program will also provide: a creative opportunity for students to develop innovative biotechnological ideas; leadership, mentorship and social retreats; special seminars and career development workshops; stipend and travel support; on-campus housing; a capstone research poster symposium; and an ethics and responsible conduct of research discussion seminar. Students will be recruited nationwide, with particular emphasis on recruiting women and under-represented minorities, and selection of students will be done based on the faculty steering committee’s evaluation of each applicant’s transcript and recommendation letters. More information on this program can be obtained by contacting Dr. Joff Silberg or

Priority Deadline: February 15th. 

For more information or to apply, please visit:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Research Summer Opportunities at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research

The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) is seeking applications for summer internship appointments for undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities to conduct research at the USAISR. The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large.  This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute.

Opportunities are available with the following departments:

  • Blood Coagulation Research Department (BCRD)
  • Tactical and Enroute Care Research Department (TECRD)
  • Sensory Trauma Research Department (STRD)
  • Clinical Research Support Department (CRSD)
  • Burn and Soft Tissue Research Department (BSTRD)

Internship dates: Monday June 1st - Friday August 7th
Application deadline: Saturday February 15, 2020
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Stipend: ~$2,750 per month, full-time participation
Open to US citizens only.

For more information or to apply, please visit: