Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Summer Research in Germany

An excellent upcoming summer research opportunity in the sciences and engineering in Germany through the DAAD RISE. Applications are due January 15, 2017.

Benefits of the program
- Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field)
- DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses
- Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors
- German language is not required and the working language will be in English

- Open to sophomores and juniors only
- International students CAN apply
- You should have a strong academic background with research experience in your area of interest. 

- Last year, 1500 applied and 300 were chosen, so about 1/5 will be chosen. 

Next Steps
- Print off the application requirements (here) and get working!
- Make an appointment with Grant Eustice (or stop by during his open office hours on Monday and Thursday from 3-5 PM) for feedback and questions about your application
- Request feedback from your faculty advisors as you begin to work on your application. 
- Request a letter of recommendation for someone who can attest to what it is you're proposing to do (one letter of recommendation is required). 
- Review the FAQ's - there's really great information about what to think about when asking for a letter of reference and what to include in your cover letter and CV.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

PNNL Summer Research Opportunities

Good Morning.

I work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.  Each summer we host a number of college students who participate in the Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE).  The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Summer and we would like to encourage as many students to apply to work at PNNL.  The deadline is January 13, 2017.  The following link provides students with information on how to apply: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/

At PNNL our core capabilities are chemical and molecular sciences; chemical engineering; biological systems science; climate change science; environmental subsurface science; applied materials science and engineering; applied nuclear science and technology; advanced computer science, visualization, and data; systems engineering and integration; and large-scale user facilities/advanced instrumentation. The Marine Sciences Laboratory, at PNNL’s Sequim Marine Research Operations on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, is DOE’s only marine research laboratory. There, scientists develop innovations to address ocean-driven energy, marine resource impacts, and coastal security threats.

We hope you can encourage as many students to apply for this once in a lifetime experience.


Tina Perez-Colgan
Science and Engineering Education Consultant

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 902 Battelle Boulevard P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA  99352 USA Tel:  509-371-6782
tina.perez-colgan@pnnl.gov www.pnnl.gov

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nebraska Summer Research

The University of Nebraska’s summer program (link) offers research opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at converting cutting edge social and behavioral research into an understanding and reduction of health disparities among minorities.»

Summer 2017 research programs include:
During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Monday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Tuesday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Summer Pharmacy Institute at University of Illinois

Summer Pharmacy Institute
The UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford is inviting current undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy to apply for the Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI). The SPI allows students to explore different areas of the pharmacy profession, including a full day workshop devoted to current trends, research, and activities in each of the following focus areas: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Industry/Research & Development, Community, and Professionalism in the Field.

Applicants must be current undergraduate students, and it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that applicants have taken undergraduate level coursework in biology, chemistry,and/or anatomy & physiology, as well as have a strong interest in the pharmacy career field.

When:  June 5-9, 2017

Cost: $100
The cost to attend this institute is $100, which will include a t-shirt and lunch each day.  Payment is due to UIC following admission.  Please note that while lunch will be served, housing will not be provided.

UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford
1601 Parkview Ave
Rockford, IL 61107

Application Deadline:  April 3, 2017

Application Link:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Summer research opportunity

Summer experience investigating the effect of radionuclides on the environment

Students will work both in the field and lab to investigate the impacts of radionuclides  on the environment first hand. You will examine i) the fate of radionuclides in environmental systems; ii) the impact of radionuclides on the environment; and iii) biogeochemical and physiological processes by means of tracer studies. This program teams with Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL), which studies radioecology in national and international arenas (e.g., Chernobyl and Fukushima) and houses the only chronic low-dose experimental facility in the world. Application and more information: http://srel-reu.uga.edu  

Program details: 
  • LOCATION: University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), near Aiken, SC
  • 10 weeks (May 22-July 28, 2017)
  • Stipend: $525/week
  • Housing
  • Food allowance
  • Travel reimbursement

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Internship during January at Aurora Pharmaceuticals in Northfield

Employer: Aurora Pharmaceutical, LLC

Job Type: Internship - Full-Time

Aurora Pharmaceutical, LLC, is a veterinary pharmaceutical company located in Northfield, Minnesota. Our 65,000 square-foot facility houses a two-floor production and manufacturing area, a microbiology lab, two quality control laboratories, and a full warehouse. Since our inception in 2010, we have received FDA approval for a new drug product (Equisul-SDT) and have submitted two additional products for FDA approval in 2016. Our commitment to farmers and animal health, when combined with our location in rural Northfield, and our continued dedication to support the local community, make us a unique and thriving pharmaceutical company.  www.aurorapharmaceutical.com

Internship or Job Opportunity

Internship goals:

·       Observe daily routines of working analytical laboratory,

·       Gain further knowledge of the communication, teamwork, and training needed in the field of pharmaceuticals

·       Gain understanding of the government regulations and safety in the chemistry and pharmaceutical industry

Aurora Pharmaceutical, LLC, provides an opportunity for chemical safety research for one (1) St. Olaf Student intern centered on chemical evaluation and the safety of those chemicals in our facility. The student intern will spend time working with a variety of chemists, quality assurance personnel, and company managers, but will also be expected to work independently researching and drawing conclusions on numerous toxic and non-toxic chemicals. 

The student’s main project will be the evaluation of all raw materials and finished products in our facility. Each material will be assessed based on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and other scientific resources, and classified into a toxicity category. Upon determination of toxicity, review of necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for each material will be determined (i.e. face shields, respirators, nitrile-free gloves, etc.) and documented in a formal assessment. The student will then update all relevant records and documents following all government documentation regulations and Aurora policies and procedures. Project will be extremely important in keeping employees safe during all stages of sample and raw material handling and for the company when addressing
internal and external audits for material formal assessments.  

Intern will work at Aurora Pharmaceutical’s facility, approximately 40 hours a week, for 4 weeks depending on completion of project. 


·       Sophomore, Junior or Senior with strong academic record

·       Strong research and analytical abilities, ability to extend knowledge and skills to the topic at hand and to conceptualize and frame relevant questions

·       Strength in balancing multiple tasks and while understanding how all tasks interrelate

·       Evidence of effectiveness working independently, demonstrated self-starter

·       Learns quickly

·       Ability to interact well with all kinds of people

·       Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.)
Preferred candidates will take for academic credit.
Compensation Paid – $12/hour

Job Posting for Tareen Dermatology

To applicants,

I am writing to post a job opening for Spring of 2017.  We are a busy and growing dermatology practice (www.tareendermatology.com) in the Twin Cities looking to hire clinical assistants for 2017.  Ideally, we are looking for pre-medical students who are planning on taking 1-2 gap years prior to starting medical school or physician assistant school.

The position is an amazing opportunity which will serve any future healthcare professional well as they prepare for medical/PA school applications and a career in medicine.  The full-time position would involve assisting the physician/physician assistant with patient histories, assisting with office surgery, scribing via EMR, and helping with all other aspects of a clinical practice.   The clinical assistant functions much like a junior resident.

The hours are typically 8-5 pm, with no weekends or late evenings.  Salary is $15 an hour + benefits.  

Additionally, we also are very committed to helping and mentoring our employees as they pursue a career in medicine.   The vast majority of our previous gap year clinical assistants who applied to medical school were accepted (over 90% acceptance rate).   They are or will be attending the following medical schools:  Case Western Reserve University, University of Minnesota, Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, Des Moines University, University of Chicago, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Washington University in St. Louis.   We are very proud to have mentored these students and we have a number of clinical assistants currently interviewing for medical/PA school who will be accepted over the next several weeks/months.  

Please forward this to the appropriate message board.   Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to lara@tareendermatology.com no later than Monday, November 21st. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in early December.