Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Post-back Program in Biomedical Ethics for 2017-18

Mayo Clinic announces that the Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Research Program is seeking applicants for a year long, post baccalaureate position as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP).
GREP is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and plan to attend graduate, law, or medical school.  Eligible candidates must have received their bachelor’s degree before the position starts.   The position is ideal for students interested in a “gap year” between their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical bioethics research, as part
of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment Program (GREP). Students will participate in educational activities and conduct bioethics research in a mentored environment.

GREP is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree and plan to attend graduate school or medical school. Eligible candidates must have received their bachelor’s degree before the position starts. GREP students are eligible to take graduate-level courses through the Mayo Graduate School. The position is ideal for students interested in a “gap year” between their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
One post-baccalaureate research fellow will be selected for the 2017-2018 academic year. The position may be extended beyond one year at the discretion of the supervisor but will not exceed a total of two years.

To be eligible, students must have completed their bachelor’s degree before the position start date and must be pursuing medical/graduate school admission. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All students must pass a background check and post-offer placement assessment prior to their start date.
Students must have completed coursework in bioethics or a closely related discipline such as behavioral psychology, ethics/philosophy, medical anthropology/sociology, pre- med, or public health.
The successful applicant will be:
• committed to pursuing a career in which they will engage topics in biomedical ethics
• able to work independently
• pro cient in written and verbal communication
• competent in identifying relevant peer-reviewed publications on specialized research topics
• highly motivated to learn new research methods
To Apply:
Interested applicants should email the following materials to by July 5, 2017.
  1. Cover letter describing career goals and how biomedical ethics research relates to those plans
  2. Resume/CV that includes student's major, relevant coursework, honors, and related experiences
  3. A 5-10 page writing sample (such as a course paper), preferably on a topic in biomedical ethics
  4. Current college transcript
  5. Two letters of recommendation from research mentors or undergraduate teachers (addressed to Dr. Richard Sharp, Program Director). Letters should be sent directly by the recommender and must be received by the application deadline.
For more information, contact Dr. Jessica Hirsch, Biomedical Ethics Education Coordinator at 507-538- 4023 or
For all other questions, please contact Dr. Richard R. Sharp, Director of the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at
©2016 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research | MC6924-02 
Jessica R. Hirsch, D. Bioethics
Education Coordinator
Instructor of Biomedical Ethics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Biomedical Ethics Program

Monday, June 5, 2017

ACS Webinar - Alternative Careers related to Chemistry

This June 15, 2017 ACS webinar will explore employment outside of the bench and include perspectives from folks employed by Chevron, the National Academy of Sciences, the Chemical Safety Board, and Chemical & Engineering News. Panelists will showcase several distinct fields that rely fundamentally on chemistry.

For more webinar details and to register, go to:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Forensic Science this Summer in Scotland

This course is described as 3 US credits, which means you cannot transfer it to your St. Olaf transcript, however, that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a valuable experience!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Student Research Tutor for Natural Sciences: New Student Work Position on Campus Next Fall

The Student Research Tutor for Natural Sciences will expand library research support for faculty and students in the natural sciences. This position is timely in light of the Science Library’s physical collection moving to Rolvaag, the science librarian’s part-time appointment, and the proliferation of online research resources for sciences that require specialized skills and knowledge.

The science research tutor(s) will staff a new public research service point in Regents Hall during hours that are unstaffed by the science librarian. While on duty, tutors will be connected online (via chat and video) with the main research desk in Rolvaag Library. Tutors will receive specialized, in-depth training in scientific databases and other applications that are widely used in science research, such as EndNote, Endnote Web, Browzine, and iPads. Science tutors will also participate in the existing mentorship program for research tutors in Rolvaag and attend an intensive two-day workshop prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, plus other research skills training opportunities during the year.

Successful candidates will be science majors, preferably juniors (although sophomores and rising seniors are also encouraged to apply). We seek students who are familiar with or curious about research in the sciences and enjoy digging into challenging research questions. Excellent computer technology skills (both Mac and Windows) and the ability to learn new applications quickly are desirable. Preferred candidates will have a friendly, outgoing, patient, and attentive disposition that will ensure a pleasant and positive interaction with a wide range of library users, including students, faculty, staff, and community members. They should be confident working independently and be willing to continuously improve their research and personal service skills.

This new position will impact the student’s professional development in many ways:

  • Equip the science tutors with excellent foundations and skills to conduct library-based research, particularly in the sciences
  • Boost confidence in handling their own research assignments and papers as their familiarity with research resources and techniques grows
  • Build confidence in professional interactions with various audiences
  • Practice responsible, independent work — often without direct supervision
  • Gain advanced search and bibliographic management skills, which provide excellent preparation for graduate and medical schools
  • Develop an excellent understanding of academic librarianship as a profession and, for those interested in pursuing librarianship as a career, prepare them to be successful students in library and information science graduate programs

If interested, please contact: Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Research & Instruction.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017 UCSOP Pharmacy Summer Internship Program

Overview and Job Description
The UCSOP Pharmacy Summer Internship Program is an intensive 8-week summer program. Intern(s) will work on pharmacy related assigned projects and have the opportunity to shadow in a variety of pharmacy practice experiences.  The assigned projects will vary from year-to-year.  Program duties include, but are not limited to: developing, evaluating, and implementing pharmacy recruitment activities; coordinating summer programs; and assisting with UCSOP events. Opportunities for shadowing pharmacy practice or pharmaceutical science staff are available based on student interest. Interns will also complete the APHA Career Pathways Program as part of the experience in an effort to best determine potential career paths in the pharmacy profession.   

Specific Program Projects for the Summer 2017 Program Include:
·       Assistance in the development and/or enhancement of recruitment materials including, but not limited to:
o   Management of social media sites
o   Writing and managing UCSOP blog posts
o   Virtual campus visits
o   Recruitment publications
·       Assistance in the coordination and delivery of the 2017 ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Bootcamp (Summer Camp) scheduled for June 21-23, 2017 (evening hours required)
·       Assistance in the coordination and delivery of the UCSOP Alumni Event Weekend (June 23 & 24, 2017)
·       Assist in the development, review, and reflection of pharmacy career resource documents.
·       Shadowing with Pharmacy Faculty at Charleston Area Medical Center.
·       Hands-on Experience in our Compounding Laboratory.

Intern(s) normally work 20-30 hours per week and follow School of Pharmacy rules and regulations. Occasionally longer hours, weekends and/or nights may be required. Dress for the internship is business casual with appropriate laboratory/field apparel and footwear as necessary.

Dates and Duration
The UCSOP Pharmacy Summer Internship Program is an 8-week long, summer internship program.  

Internship Session Date Range
Monday, June 5, 2017- Friday, July 28, 2017

Application Deadline
April 10, 2017

Notification Period
May 2017

The applicant must be, or have been, enrolled in an accredited university or college undergraduate biology, chemistry, or pre-pharmacy program.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  The candidate must have strong organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate with the public in both written and oral forms; and a basic familiarity with the field of pharmacy.
Candidates must be able to maintain confidentiality as required by the University, FERPA, and HIPPA regulations and participate in scheduled staff meetings, trainings, and other duties as assigned.

Financial Support
Intern(s) will be compensated via a bi-weekly paycheck that will amount to $3,500 total for the summer.  All wages will be taxed accordingly.  The UCSOP Intern(s) can expect to work between 20-30 hours per week, with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Housing and Transportation
Once a candidate has accepted an internship offer, the University of Charleston may be able to offer on-campus housing, depending upon availability.  Housing and meals are the responsibility of the intern(s).  Intern(s) are responsible for providing or making arrangements for daily transportation to the School of Pharmacy and any off campus worksites.

Application Procedure
Applicants must complete the application form listed below and submit a resume or CV, unofficial college transcript, and at least one letter of recommendation to be considered for the internship.

Contact Information
Contact Ms. Jamie Bero, Director of Student Affairs at: or 304-720-6685 with additional questions regarding the UCSOP Pharmacy Summer Internship Program.

About the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy enrolled its first students in 2006, and received full accreditation when the first class graduated in May 2010. Each year, the school educates over 300 student pharmacists in a new, technology-filled building. The program is known for the close cooperation between students and faculty, an emphasis on professionalism and advocacy, and PharmUC, an on-campus provider of medication therapy management and chronic disease education services for patients.

For more information, visit:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Summer REU

We would like to bring to your attention a 9-week NSF REU program for undergraduates in the area of computational neuroscience. We will enroll students from Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Physics and Mathematics.
Details about the program can be found at the site -

Monday, February 13, 2017

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Siemens Foundation PATH Fellowships

A global health opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and math students (Applications due February 24, 2017)

Launched in 2016, the Siemens Foundation has partnered with PATH, a leading global health organization launch the Siemens Foundation PATH Fellowship Program. The program engages science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students in innovative, hands-on assignments that serve society by accelerating high-impact, low-cost solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health needs. Based in PATH’s Seattle, Washington, office, fellows are provided a meaningful research and laboratory experience and exposed to career opportunities in global health. Siemens in conjunction with PATH is seeking a cohort of six undergraduate and graduate students to join this competitive program.

Three Distinct Opportunities (Applications due February 24, 2017)
Laboratory Research Fellow (7962) 
Laboratory Research Fellow (7963)
Laboratory Research Fellow (7964)

Fellowship Details

  1. Three-month, full-time (40 hours/week) assignment, May through August 2017 or June through September 2017 (flexible, preference for May through August 2017).
  2. Housing: $1,400/month; $4,200 total per fellow. (for those not currently based in Seattle)
  3. Stipend: $3,000/month; $9,000 total per fellow.
  4. Desirable degrees include biomedical engineering, biochemistry, biomedical technology, biological sciences, biotechnology, and mathematical modeling.

For more information and application instructions, please visit the website:

Given the highly competitive nature of these fellowships, it is highly recommended that you have your application materials reviewed by the Piper Center before applying.

See Susie Wold in the Piper Center for more information.