Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH)

“If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.”
– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

You read about environmental health problems every day:  diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems?  In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This new program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.

Underrepresented students are those who come from a low income household, are first generation college students, or are a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander).

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

Read about the research that current SURE-EH are conducting here: http://deohs.washington.edu/current-sure-eh-trainees

SURE-EH will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’s environmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online here (https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tsterry/301204).

Questions? Please contact: Trina Sterry, sure@uw.edu, 206-543-4207

Paid NSF Survey on Undergrad Research in the Life Sciences

Dear Students,

For those of you with research experiences in the life sciences (at least 2 quarters or 1 summer), consider contributing your thoughts by filling out this National Science Foundation Survey on how undergraduate students are mentored. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and they will send you $20 for participating.

The study is being conducted by the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin. Please see below for full description and link to survey. For questions regarding the survey, contact: Mentors@austin.utexas.edu

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Dear Undergraduate Researcher,

We are conducting a study examining how undergraduate researchers in the life sciences are mentored. It is called the “National study of undergraduate-postgraduate-faculty mentoring triads.” This is the first large-scale study investigating how undergraduate researchers are affected by being mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and/or faculty members. The results from this study will help design effective undergraduate research experiences, which are critical for developing the next generation of scientists, for developing students’ understanding of what science is and how science is done, and for retaining students in the sciences.

If you have conducted at least one semester or summer of undergraduate research in the life sciences within the past two years, we want to hear about your experience!

Your participation will involve completing an online survey about your research experience. This will include personal questions about your interactions and relationship with the faculty member, graduate student, and/or postdoctoral researcher with whom you have conducted research, and questions about your personality, which may affect mentoring.

The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will receive a $20 check for your participation.

We would like to stress that all of your responses will be kept confidential, which means that your name and any identifying information about you will not be included in any report about the study results. It is important that we hear from undergraduates who have had both positive and negative experiences so that we can understand the factors that make undergraduate research experiences effective and enjoyable. Your decision to participate is voluntary and will not affect you in any way.

If you are willing to participate, please follow this link to the survey: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Tcp0oDlAcVFRSR

To ensure confidentiality, please take the survey on your own computer or Wi-Fi device.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us at Mentors@austin.utexas.edu or at the numbers below.

Thank you for considering this request!

Dr. Erin Dolan (512-232-8346) and Megha Joshi (512-232-9029)

Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin

Apply for the Husky Seed Fund: Deadline April 11th!

Apply now for the Husky Seed Fund!
Pair your ideas with funds to shape the Husky Experience!

The brand-new Husky Seed Fund, created by students for students, is accepting proposals for innovative projects that will enhance the student experience for all. Your idea could become reality with a seed funding award of up to $5000, with average awards in the $1,000 to $3,000 range. Projects will be awarded seed funding this academic year and must be completed by May 12, 2017. Now is your chance to develop leadership and team building while creating something truly unique for your fellow Huskies!

 Winning projects will be: Inclusive, Impactful and Practical.  What change would YOU like to see at the UW?  What could YOU do with some seed funding to make it happen?  See application (https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/seedfund/297310) for more details.

 Who, How & When – Application details

  • Dream up your project and submit an initial application by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016.
  • All UW undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the Seattle campus are eligible to apply.
  • Projects can be submitted by individuals or teams based on the project scope.
  • The Husky Seed Fund is a pilot program starting at the Seattle campus and was developed by the Husky Experience Student Advisory Council (HESAC), a group sponsored by the UW Provost’s Office. HESAC will select semi-finalists and awardees.
  • Projects will be awarded seed funding this academic year and must be completed by Friday, May 12, 2017.
  • Semi-finalists will be contacted on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 and invited to submit additional information and interview with HESAC members in consideration of an award.
  • Note: This is not a scholarship.  Funding goes to bringing your project idea to life.

 Apply here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/seedfund/297310

Deadline: 5pm, Monday, April 11, 2016

 Questions? Contact HESAC members at seedfund@uw.edu

More information is at (https://www.facebook.com/huskyseedfund/)

 

Husky Seed Fund

Summer 2016 UNLV REU in Mechanisms of Evolution – Apps due March 4th

The UNLV REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution is accepting applications for summer 2016.

Undergraduate projects funded by the REU Site: Mechanisms of Evolution 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 of Evolution by Theodosius Dobzansky.

Research projects are available in the following disciplines: bioinformatics, field ecology, systematics, molecular biology and physiology

Stipend: $5,250
Travel award and double occupancy housing is provided

Application deadline: Friday March 4, 2016

Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program for STEM students at UW – App. due April 15th

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is now open for application and closes on April 15, 2016.

SURP is a summer quarter undergraduate research opportunity for STEM undergraduates at the University of Washington. The SURP awards are $5,000 for a full time summer intern (40 hours a week) and $2,500 for a part-time summer intern (20 hours a week). The program dates are from June 20 – August 19.

These awards are made possible through UW faculty/scientists and Space Grant collaborations.

Activate the following URL to view eligibility criteria, details and application process: http://www.waspacegrant.org/for_students/student_internships/wsgc_internships/SURP_for_students.html

41st Annual WCBSUR Conference – Abstract Deadline March 5th

41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference Conference –  Final Call for Abstracts and Early Registration

March 5th is the deadline for both abstract submission and early registration for the 41st Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.  Dr. Ron Evans, Professor of Molecular and Developmental Biology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and 2004 winner (with Pierre Chambon) of the Albert Lasker Award, will be the keynote speaker.   More than 500 students and faculty from throughout the US are expected to attend.

2016 WCBSUR Conference Homepage:   pointloma.edu/WCBSURC

The one day Conference will feature 120 poster and 90 seminar presentations by undergraduate researchers.   To receive additional information regarding the WCBSUR Conference or to have your name removed from this mailing list, please contact Dr. Michael McConnell (Professor Emeritus of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University), either by phone (619 849 2304) or by email at mmcconne@pointloma.edu.

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Anthropology Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity – App. Deadline: March 18th

International NSF – REU Archaeology Field School Opportunity for Undergraduates

Application Deadline: March 18th, 2016

Field School Dates: July 4 – August 14 (6 weeks)
Field School Location:
Quinnipiac University & Hungary
Eligibility:
U.S. citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled in an undergraduate program
Funding: 
$3,000 stipend and fees covered

The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School is a summer undergraduate research program sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program. Students accepted into the program will work with an international, multidisciplinary research team on the bioarchaeological analysis of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery in eastern Hungary. Student travel, housing, food, field trip fees, etc. will be covered by the NSF in addition to a $500/week stipend (total $3,000). Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. Students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program to be eligible.

For more information about the project and field school check out our website (http://bakota.net) and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bakotaproject).

Website and Online Application: http://bakota.net
Contact Information: Dr. Julia Giblin (julia.giblin@quinnipiac.edu)

2016 Summer Internship at UCSD – App. Deadline Feb. 26th

UCSD Marine Physical Laboratory Summer Internship Program 2016

Application Deadline: February 26th, 2016

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Quick Facts
Dates: Internship begins June 1st (10 week program)
Location:
University of California: San Diego (La Jolla, California)
Eligibility: 
currently 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year undergraduate student; U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Funding: 
$14/hour, no more than 40 hours per week
Apply here: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program

See Program Flyer here: Summer Internship Flyer

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Are you contemplating a career in scientific research and development?

The Marine Physical Laboratory, at UC San Diego’s world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently seeking inquisitive, motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science to apply for the 2016 MPL Summer Internship Program.

Undergraduate college students majoring in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology are encouraged to apply. This ten-week internship will offer qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world and learn about marine science and technology while earning a modest salary.

About You
* Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university with a major applicable to research done at MPL and NOT in your senior year.
* Considering a career in scientific research
* Available to start at MPL in La Jolla, CA on or after June 1, 2016, and work the duration of the internship, ten consecutive weeks from the start date, for 40 hours per week at a salary of $14/hr.
* A U.S. citizen or permanent resident and NOT a previous MPL intern
* OK with working a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and surf

About Us
The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Originally established as a Navy-orientated research laboratory in 1946, MPL has maintained a strong multidisciplinary research program consisting entirely of sponsored projects, with a large sponsorship from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Research Highlights

  • Whale Acoustics
  • Coastal Observatory Development
  • Whole Sky Imager
  • Observations of Waves and Currents Nearshore
  • Time Reversal Mirror in the Ocean
  • Air-Sea Interaction Research
  • Optical and Ancillary Measurements at High Latitudes in Support of the MODIS Ocean Validation Program
  • Reference Materials for Oceanic Carbon Dioxide Measurements

How to Apply
* Visit https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl/mpl-summer-internship-program to complete the application online
* Applications will be accepted online from December 21,  2015, through February 26, 2016
* Decisions will be emailed to applicants by the end of April

More Information
Marine Physical Laboratory: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/mpl
Scripps Institution of Oceanography:  https://scripps.ucsd.edu
University of California, San Diego:  http://ucsd.edu

Contact
mpl-internship@ucsd.edu

2016 Wireless Health Research Experience at U of Virginia – App Due Feb. 22nd

UVA Center for Wireless Health – Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

The UVA Center for Wireless Health REU will bring 10 undergraduate
students to UVA for an eight-week summer research experience.
Participants will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with faculty
mentors, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows from varied disciplines
including: electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and
systems information technology in the UVa Engineering School as well as
nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychiatry, cardiology,
biomechanics, geriatric nursing, and orthopedics in the Medical School.
Wireless Health REU draws on advances in wireless networks, integrated
circuits, sensing, signal processing, communication, data mining, and
databases to address a critical societal challenge: improving the quality and
accessibility of health care while reducing associated costs.

Application Deadline: February 22nd, 2016

Dates: June 5, 2016 – July 29, 2016
Location: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States who will be undergraduates in Fall 2016
Funding: Participating students receive a stipend and free, on-campus living accommodations, as well as some paid travel expenses

See the attached flyer for more information: Wireless Health Flyer

Program Website: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/undergrad/WH-REU.php

2016 USC Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: App Deadline Feb. 3rd

The University of Southern California is pleased to announce the  2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

This REU program allows talented students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC’s world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. Participants will gain valuable research experience and receive a stipend for living expenses in Los Angeles. Housing and transportation will also be provided.

Interested students are encouraged to visit our SURE webpage to review available research projects for 2016 and to start an application: http://gapp.usc.edu/sure

Applicants to the Summer Research program should be outstanding undergraduate students in engineering or computer science who are currently of Sophomore or Junior standing and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens.
The deadline to apply for SURE 2016 is February 3, 2016.

Please contact Nelly Sandoval (sandoval.gapp@gmail.com) or Laura Hartman (lhartman@usc.edu)  with any questions you may have.