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Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

Undergraduate student researcher positions open in the laboratory of Dr. Joe Qiao, Comparative Biosciences Department

Qiao lab is seeking freshman and sophomore students currently enrolled in biology-related majors to conduct guided research on homologous recombination and checkpoint pathways in mouse meiosis. We are looking for students who are able to start during the Fall 2017 semester and to continue their work throughout the school years. Specific tasks include genotyping/PCR, mouse husbandry, immunohistology, immunofluorescence, and other molecular and cytological work. Prior laboratory experience is not required.

Candidate requirements:

  • GPA of 3.7 or higher (for sophomores)
  • AP/IB Biology and Chemistry credit (for freshmen)
  • At least 16 hrs/week commitment
  • Multiple semester commitment

Interested students should contact Joe Qiao no later than October 1 at hqiao@illinois.edu. Please include a copy of a CV (resume) and an unofficial college transcript (if applicable).

Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience (BCNN) laboratory is looking for committed undergraduates who are available to help facilitate ongoing research studies.  The lab, led by Dr. Naiman Khan, is one of few labs worldwide investigating the links between dietary intake, body composition, physical activity level, and cognitive function.  We are looking for detail-oriented, committed, self-driven students to assist with data collection and entry for many multi-year projects.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google form with your Google Apps @ Illinois account and they will be in touch: https://goo.gl/forms/CtJYvr0YA3wjxz9z2

(*if you have not already set up your Google Apps @ Illinois account, you can find instructions at:  https://techservices.illinois.edu/services/google-apps-illinois

 BCCN Lab

Website: http://bcnnlab.kch.illinois.edu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcnnatuiuc/

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM – SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2017

The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering summer education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students, who are interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program is a 10-week program that begins May 30, 2017 and will conclude August 4, 2017. Up to six awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants each year. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty members in the biomedical sciences, shadow physician-scientists in a clinical setting, attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, and participate in career development workshops.  Students will work with faculty on an individual basis and as part of a research team. Research teams will include graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, and current DO-PhD students.

Students will be matched based on their interests to a research faculty mentor/laboratory at Michigan State University.  The student will work in the laboratory 10 weeks. All students will be required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research. Students will be required to make a poster presentation at Mid-SURE (Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences) sponsored by Michigan State University and to their fellow SUPER  participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program. 

Students can expect to have “hands on” experience and learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research effort; a sample of the techniques a student might learn includes: maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology and neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology.

• Students will receive exposure to the practice of medicine by individual physician mentors; this experience will average 2 weeks per physician.

 • Students will  attend a program on (1) how to apply to MSUCOM medical school  and  MSU graduate programs (2)  information on how to complete their AACOMAS (American Association of

> Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine application service) application  (3) how to succeed in medical school or graduate  school.    Students will also attend weekly research seminars.

 • A “Certificate of Merit” will be awarded to all participants upon completion of the program.

 Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience.  Accommodations in University Housing will be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing, East Lansing area. In order to participate in the clinical portion of the program (shadowing in physicians’ clinics) students are required to have their own vehicle for transportation off campus.

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of one full semester of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Selection: Selection of students is based on the completed application that asks for a description of academic interests, career goals, and research experiences. Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with research faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation ( from faculty and/or from an advisor) and an unofficial transcript from the student’s undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline for receipt of all materials in our office is March 31, 2017. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 14, 2017.

Applications should be sent to J. Justin McCormick, Director – mccormi1@msu.edu by email.

See http://com.msu.edu//DO-PhD-Program/SUPER.htm

2017 Regenerative Medicine Summer Internship Opportunities

The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes the development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, health care professionals, and policy makers. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice at a student symposium.

Paid positions are available at:

• Buck Institute for Research on Aging

• Harvard Stem Cell Institute

• Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

• SRF Research Center

• The Scripps Research Institute

• University of Oxford

• Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found at www.sens.org/2017-summer-scholars. Applications will be accepted until 12 pm PST February 6, 2017

Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP)

Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) is a six-week commuter program for undergraduate students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year in college, or who are graduating from high school in the spring of 2017 and have been accepted into college in the fall of 2017. The program seeks students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who represent groups that are known to be underrepresented in health-related sciences and medicine. CAMP helps students build the knowledge base and academic skills necessary for success in a premedical program.

The deadline for submission is January 13th, 2017. It is necessary to complete the online application to be considered for the program. More information can be found on the CAMP webpage. If you have any questions regarding the application process or any of the requirements, please contact the Pritzker School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs.

  • Program Dates: Monday, June 19, 2017 – Friday, July 28, 2017
  • Application Deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Transcript Submission Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017

To apply to PSOMER follow these steps:

  1.  Go to https://uchicago.advisestream.com/signup 
  2. Enter the requested information, including the PSOMER access token PSOMER: f4ddf24e61816141d584edc1b09488c2
  3. Look for an email from AdviseStream with a temporary password
  4. Once you log in, access your application to PSOMER from your main dashboard under “Apply > Opportunities

For more details on navigating the application, please view the Applicant Guide.

Undergraduate Research Position Available in Nutrition and the Human Genome Laboratory

The Nutrition and Human Microbiome Laboratory is looking for undergraduate students to contribute to clinical research focused on the impact of diet on the microbiome. Specifically, responsibilities for research assistants will include benchtop work processing and analyzing biological samples from an ongoing clinical trial.  All necessary training will be provided, although previous lab work or courses involving pipetting is preferred.  

 Research assistants will be asked to commit to at least 6 hours/week of time in lab, mornings preferred.  Training will begin immediately, and work will begin at the end of January. There will be the option to obtain graded research credit for the Spring or Summer 2017 semesters.

 For more information: Nutrition and the Human Microbiome Laboratory and Dr. Hannah Holscher’s FSHN faculty page.  

 Interested individuals should send their resume to Sharon Thompson (svthomp2@illinois.edu) as soon as possible, but no later than November 30th.

Summer 2016 Research Position

Chronic Wasting Disease in Illinois White-tailed Deer Employee

The Mateus and Novakofski lab is seeking a motivated individual to assist with research on the genetics of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Illinois white-tailed deer. The CWD research program conducts applied conservation and population genetic analysis of deer, describes patterns of genetic structure, spatial distribution and gene flow, to draw insights into the epidemiology of CWD.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • DNA extraction
  • PCR
  • Sequencing
  • Genotyping
  • Data analysis in Sequencher and Genemapper software
  • Data entry in MS Excel and Access

Necessary Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently with minimal instruction.
  • Must have good organization and communication skills.
  • Experience with basic lab techniques (i.e., PCR).
  • Must be able to work during summer 2016.

Compensation: During the summer, the selected candidate will be expected to work 30-40 hours per week. Extension of the position after summer is possible. If the candidate is an undergraduate student, work during fall/spring semesters is limited to a maximum of 10 hours per week. Pay will be hourly based on experience.

Closing: Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

Inquiries: Please send a cover letter and resume to Michelle Green (mlgreen@illinois.edu)

Undergraduate International Area Studies Research Workshop

Do you have a research paper on an international, global, or regionally focused topic you’d like to develop further?

Or are you planning or working on a thesis on a topic involving a foreign country or region?

APPLY today to join the Undergraduate International Area Studies Workshop (May 16-20, 2016)

 Deadline: 5pm CT, Friday, March 25, 2016

What you’ll get:

  • Close mentoring by an Illinois faculty member and librarians.
  • An insider’s view of scholarly publishing.
  • An introduction to interdisciplinary area studies research, which means:
    • Access to new sources and data from other disciplines to address your research problem.
    • A broader and more diverse perspective on your research.
    • The chance to advance your project and make it appeal to a wider audience.
    • Enhanced research skills and experience with vernacular language sources.
  • The opportunity to produce a better writing sample for grad school or a thesis that stands out from the crowd.

To apply, send the following information and materials to reec@illinois.edu:

  • A completed copy of the application cover sheet which you can find here: Ugrad_Wkshp_app[2]
  • Proposal. A description (200-400 words) of the project you will work on at the workshop: title, topic, discipline (history, sociology, biology, chemistry etc.), methodology if relevant, course original paper was written for an instructor (if you are revising a course paper), major, advisor for thesis (if the project is a thesis project), and an indication of the current state of the projects and any ideas for its further development.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor (sent directly by the instructor).
  • An unofficial copy of your UIUC transcript.

 

 

AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM at Caltech

The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program aimed at increasing research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. It provides students the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, and bio-technical related fields under the guidance of some of the world’s leading academic scientists. Research projects, along with scientific seminars, workshops, and networking events, prepare participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors.
  • Students must be attending a four-year university in the US.
  • Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6,000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2016.

For more information, please visit: www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/amgen_scholars

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the University of Michigan

The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan is pleased to offer summer fellowship programs to support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences. Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree-granting University or College is invited to apply, with preference given to those students interested in a career in research.

In general:

  1. Biological science students will join their traditional Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/surf/home
  2. Students from quantitative science majors (e.g. engineering, math, computer science) will join their Short Term Educational Program (STEP) towards Digestive and Metabolic Physiology: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/step/home
  3. Underrepresented groups and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds will join their Summer Undergraduate Research In Physiology (SURP) program: https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/surp/home

Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology or of the University of Michigan Medical School. The selected laboratories are involved in nationally recognized research, in topics such as hormones and signal transduction, obesity and diabetes, reproduction and circadian rhythms including sleep, gastrointestinal physiology including digestive diseases, and many aspects of cardiovascular disease.

There will be a lecture series, a research forum at the end of the summer in which fellows will present their work, and opportunities to attend research seminars throughout the summer.

Further details and application materials are available from the fellowship website:

 https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/molecular-integrative-physiology/education/undergraduate-opportunities

 The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.