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There are currently openings for undergraduate student researchers in the lab of Dr. Steven Blanke (Department of Microbiology). The student will work on projects pertaining to the interactions between bacterial pathogens and host cells. Interested students should be able to commit to at least 3 semesters in addition to summer semesters. No research experience necessary; having taken introductory MCB courses is preferred. The student will be involved in laboratory meetings/discussion. Based on progress, the student may receive an independent project. The student will be trained to perform many different techniques relating to molecular biology and microbiology, and also taught the science and rationale behind the experiments. SERIOUS time commitment is required. It is expected that students be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends. This position is tailored for those considering research at the graduate level.

Any interested students should email Ami Seeger at <amiy2@illinois.edu>. Please include a cover letter and CV for interview consideration. The cover letter must include how a research position will benefit the applicant and further his/her academic goals. Expected date of graduation must be clearly stated in the CV. Please respond by 5 P.M. Sunday, August 26. No applications can be reviewed after that time. Review of applications will commence August 27 and interviews and acceptances given on a rolling basis. The student will commence laboratory duties immediately this upcoming Fall 2018 semester. Please contact <amiy2@illinois.edu> with any questions/concerns.

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: Genomics of Pathogenic Fungi

An undergraduate research opportunity is available to study genomes of pathogenic fungi. The project runs for the 2018 calendar year, including summer. Students with sophomore or junior standing for 2018 are eligible for the project. Pre-dental students are especially encouraged to apply. Full details about the project and application information are available at http://vetmed.illinois.edu/fungal-genomes.

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


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

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


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

Call for Submissions! The Undergraduate Research Journal

The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) at UIUC announced the fourth volume of its undergraduate research journal, Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal. Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal published annually. 

Volume 4 is slated for publication in May 2017.  Their inaugural edition was published in May 2014. The journal publishes research-based articles, posters, and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participated in EUI-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university or the “university experience” in a meaningful way. 

They also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty. Click here to read their latest volume!

Submission Process:

(a) Research-based articles or multimedia projects already completed may be submitted in their entirety, to be accompanied by an abstract of 250-300 words that describes your primary argument/s, method/s, and findings. For articles, the suggested word count is 2,000 to 4,000, not including references and bibliography; longer pieces will, however, be considered. Audio or video work should be no longer than 15 minutes run-time.

(b) Research in progress may be submitted as an abstract of 250-300 words that describes your anticipated research focus, method/s, and argument/s.

(c) Commentaries or reflections by previous EUI-affiliated students or faculty should provide (i) for students, the course and semester in which you did your EUI research, (ii) for faculty, your affiliated course and semester, and (iii) for both, a brief paragraph (250-500 words) outlining your experience.

They will accept co-authored work (with faculty or graduate student/s) in which the undergraduate student is the lead author, as well as multi-authored undergraduate work. Student abstracts, articles and multimedia projects must be accompanied by contact information for the faculty mentor or program administrator (such as McNair Scholars, James Scholars, etc.) who is willing to write in support of your submission.

Deadline for submission is March 17, 2017.  Please note: acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee final publication. For submissions please complete their Submission Form. If you have questions about the submission process, as well as general questions about the journal, please email me or contact EUI-PeerReview@illinois.edu.

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

Summer Undergraduate Research Awards Application is OPEN!

The School of MCB and the Departments of Biochemistry and Microbiology are excited to announce we have begun accepting applications for our Summer Undergraduate Research Awards.  Continuing Students interested in applying should use this common application form. Students may be eligible for multiple awards, but each student may only accept one. Eligibility requirements for each award can be found on our web site.

Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 and most will be paid via an hourly 10-week appointment. Please complete the application in its entirety and submit prior to the deadline, Monday, February 13, 2017, at 5:00 PM, for full consideration.

Documents required to complete this application are listed below:

  1. One-page proposal (excluding any necessary referrences) of research to be conducted, saved and uploaded as a PDF. The proposal should be typed using 11 point Arial font (or equivalent), single-spaced with 0.5 inch margins on all sides and includea title/topic of research project. It should describe the overall goals and objective of the project along with the work that will be undertaken by the student. This document should be an original and professional document prepared by the student with input from the principal investigator (P.I.) of the laboratory.
  2. Current CV/Resume for applicant, saved and uploaded as a PDF
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript available from Enterprise Student Self-Service, saved and uploaded as a PDF.
  4. Nomination letter from Principle Investigator (PI) supporting the applicant’s research, uploaded as a PDF at the following site, http://go.illinois.edu/sroprec.
  5. Required for Microbiology Awards only. Recommendation letter from your direct mentor (supervising graduate student or post doc), who can critically comment on the research you have already conducted in the Microbiology faculty member’s laboratory.

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.

Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research

The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research  is an NIH- sponsored summer pipeline program held on the University of Chicago campus. Students apply from around the country to participate in a rigorous, mentored, and highly supportive experience, and are provided with on-campus housing as well as a generous stipend. Participants in the program are rising college seniors or students rising into a post baccalaureate program.

Applicants must be US citizens or have Permanent Resident status. 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.

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 PSOMER webpage. If you have any questions regarding the process of application or any of the requirements, please contact the Pritzker School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs.

  • Program Dates: Monday, June 12, 2017 – Friday, August 4, 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.