Friday, November 22, 2013

Caltech Announces Summer Research Opportunities

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey or (626) 395-2887.


The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American; females who are underrepresented in their discipline; or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 8, 2014.

For more information, visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 14, 2014.

For more information, please visit

Monday, November 18, 2013

Summer research opportunity

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-30) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <>. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.  

The POE home page <> contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online. The deadline for receipt of all 2014 application materials is February 1, 2014. Early application is highly recommended.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested.. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I.M. Kolthoff Enrichment Awards for Undergraduates

I. M. Kolthoff Enrichment Awards for Undergraduate Students

Applications are invited for the 2014 I. M. Kolthoff Award for undergraduate research in analytical chemistry. The I.M. Kolthoff Award is given annually to deserving undergraduates who have done undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry, broadly defined, in celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Professor Izaak Maurits Kolthoff, viewed by many as the father of modern analytical chemistry.

The Kolthoff awards provide travel funding up to $750 for undergraduate students to present a poster on their undergraduate research this year at either PITTCON 2014 (March 2 - 6, 2014; Chicago, IL) or the Spring ACS National Meeting & Exposition (March 16-20; Dallas, TX). 2-3 awards will likely be made between the two meetings. Students presenting at the Spring ACS National Meeting are encouraged to present in the Analytical Division poster session.

For application details and instructions, go to the analytical sciences web pages.

Research and Education Opportunites at Mayo Graduate School

The Chemistry Department recently received the following information about biomedical research and education programs at Mayo Graduate School.  Note the deadlines for applications to these programs.
  1. Mayo Graduate School offers PhD and MD/PhD training to future leaders in biomedical research and education. Training is especially distinctive for the world-class research laboratories at Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona, and Mayo Clinic's unique funding model where all PhD students are awarded 5-year internal fellowships to select the mentor of their choice with no teaching responsibilities.

    Mayo Graduate School particularly welcomes applications from international and underrepresented students. The Mayo Graduate School application deadline is Dec. 1, 2013.

  2. Mayo Graduate School Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program offers a world-class opportunity for undergraduates to conduct a summer research project for 10 weeks while developing technical skills, networking, and enjoying special weekly seminars about current research. The SURF application deadline is Feb. 1, 2014.

  3. Mayo Graduate School created and sustains the oldest competitive NIH-funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the U.S. This program enriches PhD- and MD/PhD-bound post-baccalaureate students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, with the goal of a future biomedical research workforce whose diversity matches that of our country. Participants benefit from mentored research, graduate courses, and focused training in communication skills.

    The PREP application deadline is May 1, 2014. Look for more information about these remarkable training programs on the Mayo Graduate School website.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Match Corps Opportunities for Life After Graduation

a)      Want to be a highly effective educator in urban schools?
b)      Want to volunteer for a year before grad school, law school, or medical school?
c)       Want to get involved in education reform or public policy?
d)      Want to transition into a career in the non-profit or education sector?
If so, consider committing a year to the Match Corps, a one-year urban education service fellowship. Corps members serve full-time in one of our charter schools in Boston, tutoring and mentoring a small caseload of students. We also offer the Match Teacher Residency, so that in addition to tutoring full-time, Corps members can train and earn certification to become full-time teachers in other high-need urban schools. We are currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on a rolling basis (while spots last). To learn more about Match Corps: Boston and MTR and/or to apply, visit httP:://
Last year Match Corps partnered with the University of Chicago to bring the Match Corps tutoring model to twelve traditional public high schools in Chicago. We will be accepting applications for our Chicago location later this year. Please if you want to be notified when the application becomes available.
We recruit from all majors; candidates do not need to have a background in education. We seek candidates with strong content backgrounds – math, science, English, history, etc, and those who share our passion for social justice and education reform.
All of the details about our programs can be found here:
If you have any questions or clarification, please e-mail me, Trish Borrell,