Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources.

Sustainable Land and Water Resources

2016 Research Experience for Undergraduates 


Application deadline:  March 2, 2016

Program dates:  June 13 - August 19, 2016

Visit http://reuslawr.wordpress.com for more information and application.

The aim of the proposed REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources is to introduce undergraduate students to the key elements of research on land and water resources that are essential to improving management practices, with a focus on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and diverse interdisciplinary research teams. Students will work on one of three teams on projects that integrate Earth-surface dynamics, geology, hydrology and other disciplines.  Research teams are hosted on two Native American reservations and at the Univ. MN and projects are developed in collaboration with the tribes' resource management divisions.  The REU incorporates an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods, CBPR, indigenous research methods, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Projects take place on the main campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota; and at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation in Montana.  Students in Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Hydrology, Biology, Ecology, Sustainability, Mathematics, and related disciplines are invited to apply.   For a complete list of projects for this year, visit the project website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summer Opportunities: Health Scholars (Mayo) and Health Scholars (Rockswold, HCMC)

There is a heavy research focus in both programs.  Note that one of the HCMC positions is focused on biostatistics and another has a significant public health component.  One of the Mayo positions is in the Center for Innovation, which would be especially appropriate for students interested in healthcare administration careers.


2016 Program Details (Rockswold/HCMC)

  • Dates: June 6 – Aug 12, 2016, ten weeks of hands-on experience
  • Six St. Olaf students across three tracks:  Clinical Rotations (two students), Research (three students), and Public Health (one student)
  • Stipend of $4,000 paid to each student
  • Housing provided at Grand Cambridge Apartments on Macalester College’s campus
  • Final project (paper, poster, presentation) to be determined by student and HCMC faculty mentor
  • How to Apply

Program Details (Mayo)

  • Dates: June 6 – Aug 12, 2016, ten weeks of hands-on experience
  • Five St. Olaf students: All students will participate in a research project (4 in clinical research and 1 in health care innovation)
  • Stipend of $4,000 paid to each student
  • Housing provided, likely at 318 Commons in Downtown Rochester, MN
  • Final project (paper, poster, presentation) to be determined by student and a Mayo Clinic faculty mentor

Monday, January 25, 2016

Northfield Elementary School Looking for Energy Interns

St. Dominic Energy Interns

Hourly rate: $10.00

Hours: 100 hours

Description:

Two or more interns to work with the St. Dominic Environmental Care Team and 5th grade teacher to support the CERTs project “Communicating our Progress on Clean Energy”.

Week of February 2-6, 2016 from 9-11am.:   Support the 5th grade energy audit of St. Dominic school.
 Photos of audit teams.
 Help with spreadsheets of energy uses in each school room and classroom.
 Help with identifying energy use of each item using kill-o-watt meters.
 Help students write a report of their energy findings.
 Assist students in understanding basic concepts ( watt, kilowatt, carbon footprint).

Monday or Tuesday afternoons 1:30-2:30pm –
 Help with presenting discussing energy topics – what is a carbon footprint, what is the effect of CO2 on our earth, what is our energy use.
 Assist students in writing a report on a weekly topic.
 Write a monthly newspaper article using a student’s report as the base.
 Assist students in understanding basic concepts ( watt, kilowatt, carbon footprint).

April 30-May 1 weekend – Energy Fair
 Assist students with creating a poster or presentation of an energy topic.
 Assist 5th grade teacher in setting up an Energy Fair presentation for parent’s night.
 Assist 5th grade teacher in setting up the Energy Fair presentation at church.
 Assist with the Energy Fair during the April 30-May 1 weekend before and after Masse.

Contact Kelly Maroney at kellymaroney@schoolofstdominic.org to ask questions or apply.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

MnTAP Internships Available - Juniors and Seniors wanted!

Paid Internships Now Available!

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is seeking junior or senior college students to work on waste reduction and energy efficiency projects at companies in Minnesota. In 2016, MnTAP is hiring up to 15 summer projects in locations around the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2016 so there is still time for students to apply.

As a MnTAP intern, students will:
  1. Determine how waste is currently produced in company processes.
  2. Research and evaluate options for reducing waste.
  3. Work with the company’s management and employees to determine feasibility of different waste reduction options.
  4. Develop a cost comparison between the use of existing procedures and the new ones.
  5. Write a final report and present project results.
The projects are at different companies and in different industries so project specifics will vary. Specific job descriptions for the 15 positions will be posted on the MnTAP web site at: (http://mntap.umn.edu/intern/student_apply.htm) as soon as they are available.

As a MnTAP intern, students will have the opportunity to affect change while working full-time in a governmental, manufacturing, industrial, food processing, or healthcare facility. This experience not only prepares students for careers after graduation, but also provides an opportunity to help a company make changes to reduce pollution, increase energy efficiency, and save money!

Qualifications:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Good oral & written communication skills
  • A technical academic background
  • Troubleshooting skills
  • Appropriate majors: Chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, physics, bioproducts and biosystems engineering, food science and nutrition, and others as applicable
The position is full time, 40 hours per week, for three months to start after the conclusion of spring semester or quarter. The pay is $13.00 per hour plus a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the deliverables at the conclusion of the project. This equals $15.00 per hour when averaged over the project.

How To Apply:
Students should complete the online application form and submit it with their cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript. Students may also complete the application in MS Word and submit it and all other required materials to: mntap@umn.edu. Priority will be given to students who apply before March 1, 2016, however applications will be considered until all positions are filled. Cover letters should be addressed to:
Linda Maleitzke, Intern Program Administrator
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 350-1
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Aquatic Chemical Ecology REU at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech will be hosting 10 undergraduate researchers this summer in our REU program focused in Aquatic Chemical Ecology.

and includes program details, contact information, and instructions for application. 

The application deadline is February 15, 2016.  The full-time, 10-week program will start May 22 and run until July 29.  Participants will receive a stipend of $5000 plus accommodations with kitchen facilities in university housing, and help with travel expenses to and from Atlanta. 

Students can go to our website to get more information and to apply.  Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program is eligible, unless they have already been part of an NSF-REU program in Ocean Sciences or unless they will graduate before this summer.

Our research theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology is broadly interpreted.  We have 3 core areas of research for students to choose from: Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems; Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication; Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments.  This program is an excellent choice for undergraduates majoring in any field of biology, chemistry, earth/ocean science, civil engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering, and related bioengineering areas who want to apply their classroom learning to an interdisciplinary research environment to solve complex scientific problems and learn about the importance of chemically-mediated processes.   

Sincerely,

Frank Stewart, REU co-director, frank.stewart@biology.gatech.edu
Linda Green, REU co-director, linda.green@biology.gatech.edu
Brian Hammer, REU co-director, brian.hammer@biology.gatech.edu
Benita Black, REU coordinator, reu.coordinator@biology.gatech.edu

Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Biology

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Undergraduate Research Award from MN Chromatography Forum

The Minnesota Chromatography Forum (MCF) Undergraduate Award is designed to encourage undergraduates to become involved in all aspects of a scientific research project, from the formulation of a research proposal through completion of the
actual work and presentation of the results.

http://www.minnchrom.com

The program is aimed at individuals not yet in graduate school, since they may have limited opportunities to conduct research. In order to be considered for the award, an
undergraduate, under the sponsorship of a faculty member from a recognized institution, must submit a research proposal for a project in which chromatography or some other form of separation science plays an important role.

A panel of at least three reviewers will choose what it feels is the best proposal, based on the criteria listed below, and an award of no less than $4,000.00 will be awarded to the undergraduate. The winner of the award will be notified in early March, 2016 with a check presentation at the 2016 MCF Spring Symposium in May. The research must be completed by, and the results presented at, the 2016 MCF Fall Quarterly Meeting or the 2017 Spring Symposium. The research may be done as a summer project, as part of an
undergraduate research course taken for credit, or in any other manner approved by the faculty sponsor.

For additional details, see http://www.minnchrom.com/welcome-to-the-mcf/spring-symposium/undergraduate-award or contact Professor Jackson (jackson@stolaf.edu) for a copy of the 2016 Official Announcement and rules.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Summer Research Opportunities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The 2016 Nebraska Summer Research Program is looking for talented and motivated undergraduates to apply!
 
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UNL's summer program offers research opportunities in the 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 2016 research programs include:
During the summer research program students receive hands-on exposure to research and a graduate school-like experience. 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 1Students from historically underrepresented groups in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.
 

Contact person:  Maggie Jobes

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
Office of Graduate Studies
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
graduate@unl.edu