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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ACS Webinar - Advanced Renewable Jet Fuels - 2 Feb 2017

The Future of Flight: Advanced Renewable Jet Fuels

Over the interim break there is an ACS webinar showcasing innovations in aviation renewable fuels.  If you are interested simply click on the link below to register for this free learning opportunity.

ACS Webinar Series - February 2, 2017  

Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 2-3pm ET

Stan Frey of Honeywell will profile their Green Jet Fuel™ program, which produces a novel life-critical fuel from a new feedstock which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65-85% when compared to petroleum based fuels. Stan will review the issues involved in addressing the production and certification of a new jet fuel, while at the same time developing a process to produce that fuel from renewable sources.

Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Undergraduate Research Program with the Urban Water Innovation Network

Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates

Engaging Undergraduates in Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems

Students will join the Urban Water Innovation Network community for 9 weeks in summer 2017 to: 
·   Complete an independent, guided research project, working closely with mentor scientists, other students and the broader UWIN team
·   Attend a 3 day kick-off and a 3 day wrap-up meetings at Colorado State University
·   Participate in skill building workshops and seminars
·   Attend a Virtual Forum on Opportunities in Urban Water Research and Management
·   Give a poster presentation in a final Urban Water Sustainability Research Symposium
 The program fosters reflection and builds self confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students interact in person and/or virtually, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and seminars in research and urban water sustainability.

Projects for 2017:
·   Variation in Vegetation’s Influence on Urban Climate (University of California Riverside, Oregon State University, University of Arizona, UMBC)
·   Evaluating Options for Management of Urban Flood Hazards (UMBC, University of Arizona, University of Georgia)
·   Microclimates and Human Activity Patterns Near Urban Surface Water: A Case Study of Tempe Town Lake, Arizona (Arizona State University)
·   Water Resouces and Heat Emergencies (Arizona State University)
·   Natural Solutions for Urban Watershed Sustainability (Brooklyn College CUNY)
·   Visualizing Urban Water Sustainability Indicators within a Video Game for Collecting Water Management Ideas from Gamers (Colorado State University)
·   Non-Darcian Flow Regimes in the Biscayne Aquifer of Southeast Florida (Florida International University)
·   Water Affordability Case Studies (Michigan State University)
·   Transitions to Socially Equitable and Environmentally Just Sustainable Urban Water Systems (Northeastern University)
·   Characterizing the Urban Energy Water Nexus through Modeling and Data Analysis (Princeton University)
·   System-of-Systems Analysis of Water Infrastructure Resilience under Climate Change Impacts (Texas A&M University)

Dates: May 31 to August 2, 2017 (9 weeks)
Eligibility:  Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.
Support: $4,500 stipend, room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel allowance up to $900.

The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.
To apply: See our website at: Online application only.
Applications must be submitted by February 10, 2017.

For more information, contact:                
Aude Lochet
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
PO Box AB, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY 12545

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) at Medical College of Wisconsin

For over 30 years, SPUR at MCW has provided over 1,000 students with hands-on research experience and preparation towards graduate studies and other professional, health-related programs.
Program details include:
  • Free, online application
  • February 1st application deadline
  • Competitive stipend
  • Fully furnished housing accommodations*
  • Program dates: May 31st - August 4th
  • Available to international students
See their website for more details:

NSF-REU Georgia Tech: Aquatic Chemical Ecology

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

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.  The full-time, 10-week program will start May 22 and run until July 28.  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 the 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.  They are particularly interested in attracting minority students and in reaching students at non-PhD granting universities.       

The research theme of Aquatic Chemical Ecology is broadly interpreted. There are 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.   

Thursday, January 12, 2017

REU - U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We are happy to announce the seventh year of the Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from the 3M Foundation.  I write to invite students to apply to do summer research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The program will run for 10 weeks, May 30 – August 4, 2017.

We particularly seek domestic students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees.  Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2017 are our intended scholarship recipients.  Because of high demand for our program in prior years, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

The scholarship provides:

*$5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
*Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus
*Round trip travel cost (up to $800)

We do require that students have at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory, and they should also be inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry.  Applications may be made at the website  For detailed information about the research areas of individual faculty members, please see

Students should apply as soon as possible. Applications received by February 15, 2017 will receive full consideration.   Given heavy demand for our program, files incomplete at 11:59 PM on the closing date will not be kept open for consideration.  Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline.