Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2017 Opportunities

The U of I at Chicago Health Professions GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program

Africa Media - environmental media company

Flathead Lake Biological Station - Immersive field ecology experiences in Western Montana

Missouri Botanical Garden - REU in Botany and Conservation Biology

University of Kansas - Summer Research Experience program - Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics

Field assistant studying thermal adaptation and speciation in brown anole lizards in The Bahamas

White Shark Africa - 2017 Shark Internship Program

Research Internships in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Field work in Trinidad

Summer Field and Laboratory Position - The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) in Wheeling, Illinois

Summer Student Research Internship at LUMC Oncology Institute Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Health Sciences Division

The Echinacea Project - REU in ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie - western Minnesota

Volunteer field assistant/internship in avian evolutionary ecology

The Atlantis Fellowship

Summer Field Tech in California and Vancouver (Monkeyflowers)

Paid Chicago-Area Summer Mosquito Positions from the Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease

The United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Announces Biological Sciences Internship Positions


The U of I at Chicago Health Professions GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program

 
Are you planning to apply to a Health Professional Program?
 
Do you need to take the GRE, MCAT or DAT?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, you’ll want to keep reading! The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Professions Navigator Program (UIC-HPN) is now accepting applications for the GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program (GMDP). GMDP is designed to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be competitive applicants for graduate or professional school. In addition to a test preparation course for the GRE, MCAT, or DAT exams, participants will engage in a series of workshops that are designed to help them through the admissions process for graduate or professional school.

Juniors and seniors in college (from any college or university) – or even recent grads – who are interested in a health professions career are eligible to apply! GMDP is free of charge for accepted participants. Please note that this program is not a residential program. If accepted into GMDP, you will be responsible for your own housing.

 

For more details on GMDP, eligibility, program dates, or to apply, please view the attached flyer or click the link below:

http://publichealth.uic.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/health-professions-navigator

 Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to become a more competitive applicant for graduate or professional school!.

 

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Africa Media - environmental media company

Africa Media - an environmental media company based in South Africa (www.africa-media.org) conducts a number of training internship programs each year for university students. The programs are designed to augment student’s studies with practical training and experiential learning in the respective fields, as well as, allow students to travel to South Africa and experience the incredible wildlife and environments that occur here.

We offer 1 month long programs in the fields of (a) environmental and travel journalism, (b) wildlife and travel photography, (c) wildlife film-making and (d) underwater photography. Each program is designed to immerse the students into real world training and working in these careers. They walk away with a great portfolio of work, and great insight into how these industries work in real world settings.

At Africa Media we run practical training and internship programs each summer in Southern Africa. The programs on offer include (a) wildlife and travel photography, (b) wildlife documentary film-making, (c) environmental and travel journalism and (d) underwater photography.

Our programs will allow you to explore wild Africa and train in these various fields under the tutorage of environmental media professionals. These are wonderful programs that are designed to augment your studies and offer you real world insight into operating as a professional in these respective fields.

To learn more about the programs offered by Africa Media visit our website at: http://www.africa-media.org/internship/

We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa this summer.

Kind Regards,

Africa Media


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Summers at Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA - Get Out Here!

Immersive field ecology experiences in Western Montana

https://flbs.umt.edu/videos/FieldEcologyAtFLBS.mp4

Since 1899, the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has been offering transformative field ecology courses in spectacular western Montana.  2017 is going to be the best summer yet!

Students are already registering online at http://flbs.umt.edu/education/default.aspx.

We have nine great courses on offer in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from “sophomores-to-be” (Field Ecology) to upperclassmen to early grad students. Here are some relevant pieces of info:

-   many scholarships are available

-   early registration discount (Deadline: January 15, 2017)

-   "buddy program" discount for students who sign up together

-   small classes with great faculty

-   immersive learning featuring field methods as well as interactions with natural resource professionals

-   two new courses for 2017: Aquatic Microbial Ecology & Drones for Water Assessment

-   credits easily transferable to other colleges/universities

Students who have completed a first-year college curriculum involving biology, some chemistry, and some math are eligible for our 5-credit Field Ecology class after which they can take subsequent courses that summer.  In any case, students can enroll with permission of instructor so they should contact us if they have questions.  For more summer session details, see the website at http://flbs.umt.edu/education/default.aspx or access the brochure at http://flbs.umt.edu/pdfs/FLBS%20Summer%20Session%20Brochure%202017.pdf.

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Missouri Botanical Garden - REU in Botany and Conservation Biology

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO will be offering an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program in 2017.  Ten students will be chosen to participate in a ten-week program involving full-time work on an independent research project, with the guidance of a staff mentor, in addition to educational seminars, discussion sessions and field trips.  Available research projects deal with subjects including taxonomy, population genetics and speciation, conservation biology, restoration ecology, biodiversity modeling, and crop development.  Students will receive a weekly stipend as well as housing, food, transportation, and funding for research supplies.

Eligible students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will be returning to school in the fall semester after the REU program.

Students from schools with limited research infrastructure and from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.  Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2017.  Further information on the program, available mentors and projects, and how to apply can be obtained from the website: www.mobot.org/reu.

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University of Kansas - Summer Research Experience program - Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics

Applications are now open for our NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program, Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics.  The program will take place May 22-July 28 2017 in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. In this ten week program, students will participate in mentored, independent research and receive training in research support skills. “Models” is broadly interpreted to include not only building of theoretical models, but also testing of models (empirical work). More information on projects is available at http://eebreu.ku.edu.

Students will be provided with a generous stipend, housing and meals, and travel to the program. Review of applications begins February 15, 2017 and will continue until all positions are filled. Students must have completed one semester of college level work (including community college), must plan to be enrolled in an undergraduate program during the fall of 2017, and be US citizens or permanent residents. Biology, math and computer science majors are encouraged to apply.

Former students have been highly successful at continuing on to graduate school and obtaining the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  Review of applications begins February 15 and will continue until all positions are filled.  Questions may be addressed to eebreu@ku.edu.

 

Dr. Jennifer Gleason

Program Director

Associate Professor

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045

jgleason@ku.edu

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Field assistant studying thermal adaptation and speciation in brown anole lizards in The Bahamas

The Losos Lab at Harvard University (http://lososlab.oeb.harvard.edu) is looking for a field assistant (undergraduate or graduate level) to join a team of researchers studying thermal adaptation and speciation in brown anole lizards in The Bahamas. The period of this assistantship will be from 3 May – 30 June, 2017. The project will involve both lab and field work.  Prior field experience is preferred, but not necessary. All travel and living expenses will be paid for, but no salary will be provided. For more information (and to apply) please contact Mike Logan at mike.logan1983@gmail.com.

Michael Logan <mike.logan1983@gmail.com>

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White Shark Africa - 2017 Shark Internship Program

White Shark Africa is now accepting applications for the 2017 Shark Internship Program. This internship offers hands on approach to working not only with sharks, but also other marine species in the area. The goals of the program are shark conservation through research and education primarily through our cage diving operation.

This is a great program for a summer and gap-year students!

We are involved in a number of projects that contribute to contemporary research. Below is a link chronicling some of work we do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoHB9_d8KGw

In addition to our projects, we offer extracurricular dive and tourist excursions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s31c6Q0qtDk

Would it be possible for you to forward this to your biology or other interested students, or point me in the right direction?

For any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me at research@whitesharkafrica.com
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Research Internships in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - Field work in Trinidad

Research interns are needed to assist in a multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator, experimental study of the interactions between ecology and evolution in Trinidad. The research is led by Professor David Reznick at the University of California, Riverside in collaboration with Joseph Travis (Florida State), Tim Coulson (Oxford), Paul Bentzen (Dalhousie U.), Andres Lopez-Sepulcre (L'Ecole Normal Superieure, Paris) and Ron Bassar (Oxford).  We seek to integrate multiple biological fields for the study of these interactions in experimental populations of guppies in Trinidad. Duties include assisting in monthly censuses of guppy populations in montane streams. The monthly censuses include long hours in the field and laboratory.  There will also be 12 days off between each census when interns can pursue an independent project.

Qualifications: We seek interns who are entertaining the possibility of pursuing graduate studies in some area of ecology and evolution and who wish to gain some additional field research experience before doing so.  Research will take place in semi-remote areas of Trinidad sometimes under bad weather conditions. Applicants must be able to live and work well with others. Research will involve carrying heavy packs over slippery and steep terrain. Applicants must be in good physical condition and be able to meet the demands of field research under these conditions. Ability to drive a standard transmission vehicle is desirable but not required. Applicants with first-aid/first responder training, skills in automobile maintenance, and construction skills are highly desirable. Please address these skills when applying.

Interns will be required to spend a minimum of 3-months in Trinidad, with possibility of extension. Starting dates are as early as May 2017. We will cover all travel and living expenses and provide housing.

Please see our website <cnas.ucr.edu/guppy> for more information on the project and access to reprints.  Our video menu includes a "guppy censuses" submenu that details the main tasks associated with the internship.

Applicants should send cover letter, CV and the names and e-mail addresses of three or more professional references to David Reznick (gupy@ucr.edu). At least two of the references should be academics.

Joshua Goldberg <jgold011@ucr.edu>

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Summer Field and Laboratory Position - The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) in Wheeling, Illinois

The Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (NWMAD) in Wheeling, Illinois (northwest suburbs of Chicago) has summer field and laboratory assistant positions to fill.  These positions are an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable skills in both field work and in the laboratory. 

Students can go to the NWMAD website for more information about the district (www.nwmadil.com) or contact Patrick Irwin, NWMAD Entomologist, directly via email, pirwin@nwmadil.com, for an application form.

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The Echinacea Project - REU in ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie - western Minnesota

Are you interested in gaining field research experience and learning about the ecology and evolution of plants and plant-animal interactions in fragmented prairie? The Echinacea Project is offering several summer research internships for students and soon-to-be graduates. We have diverse potential projects for students with backgrounds or interests in plant ecology, pollination biology, evolution, statistics, conservation, and computer science. In the past, interns have completed projects on a variety of topics including pollination biology, prairie restoration, and plant-herbivore interactions. Housing in western Minnesota is provided and there is a stipend. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do an independent project as an REU participant.

QUALIFICATIONS

No experience is necessary, but you must be enthusiastic and hard-working. You will survey natural plant populations, measure plant traits in experimental plots, hand-pollinate plants, observe & collect insects, and assist in all aspects of research. Applicants must be available to begin in Minnesota in early June. The exact end date of the position in late August or early September is flexible. We welcome and encourage scientists of all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, to apply to work with us!

MORE INFORMATION

Information about our offerings for summer 2017 and the 2017-2018 year are

here: http://echinaceaproject.org/opportunities/.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of applications will begin on February 23rd for REU internships and on March 2nd for other internship positions.

The team and I are happy to answer any further questions.

Stuart Wagenius, Ph.D.

Conservation Scientist

Division of Plant Science and Conservation Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Road

Glencoe, IL 60022

phone: 847 835 6978

fax: 847 835 6975

email: echinaceaproject@gmail.com

Echinacea angustifolia <echinaceaproject@gmail.com>

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Volunteer field assistant/internship in avian evolutionary ecology

PROJECT

Maternal effects play a key role in shaping offspring development and are a source of phenotypic variation. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying maternal effects is crucial. I am looking for a volunteer field assistant/intern to a collaborative project on the role of maternal (egg) hormones shaping offspring development and fitness in the collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). The work will be conducted in May and June in a nest-box population on the island of Gotland, Sweden. It is also possible to make part of the data collection into an intern project.

DUTIES

The field assistant/intern will be conducting nest-box monitoring and capturing, ringing and measuring chicks/ adult collared flycatchers, together with the rest of the team (international). Potentially also blood-sampling. The field work will include long days (sometimes in bad weather) and work during weekends, thus the candidate needs to be prepared for that.

QUALIFICATIONS

Suitable candidates should be hard-working, independent and organized, possess good communication skills and fluent English. Candidates should have a valid driving license.  Experience in field work with birds, and bird handling/ringing is a definite asset.

WE OFFER

We will train the volunteer/student for the fieldwork and bird handling. Travel costs (from Europe) and costs of accommodation (room shared with another assistant/student) will be covered. The candidate will join an enthusiastic team of researchers and students (French, Finnish, Taiwanese). The study populations are located on the beautiful island of Gotland!

If you are interested, please contact me asap and include your CV and a short motivation letter.

Suvi Ruuskanen (suvi.ruuskanen@utu.fi), Section of Ecology, Department of Biology, 20014 University of Turku.

Suvi Ruuskanen, researcher, Academy research fellow Section of Ecology Department of Biology

20014 University of Turku, FINLAND

Mobile +358503256547

Suvi Ruuskanen <skruus@utu.fi>

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The Atlantis Fellowship

The Atlantis Fellowship is a competitive pre-med summer-break program in Spain, Italy, Greece, and other countries. Accepted Fellows shadow doctors in local hospitals with additional opportunities for MCAT prep, application advice from current MD students, and access to a network of medical leaders including our alumni. Summer 2017 spots are closing in early April. Apply now.

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Summer Field Tech in California and Vancouver (Monkeyflowers)

JOB SUMMARY

Interested in ecology and plants? Want to work outside in California? The Angert lab (http://angert.botany.ubc.ca/) at the University of British Columbia is recruiting a technician to help with a field study looking at how plants adapt to climate. For this project, we have established large experimental gardens of scarlet monkeyflower in California (San Diego and Plumas counties). We are looking for a highly-motivated technician to work full-time (40 hrs/wk) from May to September (start and end dates are somewhat flexible). A competitive monthly stipend will be offered based on experience.

LOCATIONS

Field sites in California (San Diego and Plumas Counties) Biodiversity Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Data collection and entry

Field site maintenance (weeding, irrigation, etc. - physically demanding) Frequent travel between field sites

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related scientific discipline Research experience in biology or a related discipline Ability to work outside in remote locations and under variable weather Ability to work independently in person and remotely Excellent communication skills Current and valid State-issued driver’s license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record

DESIRED EDUCATION AND SKILLS

Knowledge of and interest in plant biology, ecology, and/or evolution Prior field research experience Solid outdoors experience

APPLICATION

Please send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact info for 2-3 references to Chris Muir (cdmuir@biodiversity.ubc.ca <mailto:cdmuir@biodiversity.ubc.ca>). We will consider applications as they arrive, so please apply as soon as possible for full consideration.

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Paid Chicago-Area Summer Mosquito Positions from the Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (MCE-VBD) is currently recruiting for paid summer 2017 positions to work on field research projects related to mosquito control work in the Chicago Area. We can offer one full-time experience for the duration of the summer (3 months) and two part-time positions. Please note – this research will require some strenuous activities (ie. removal of 100 lb manhole covers).

To be considered for one of these positions, please send the following items to the Justin Harbison (jharbison@luc.edu). Direct all questions related to the positions to Justin as well.

1) A cover letter to detail:

            a. Your interest in vector-borne diseases

            b. Your availability to work during the time frame listed above (part-time or full-time and any anticipated time away)

2) A short resume to detail your educational and work experience.

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The United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Announces Biological Sciences Internship Positions
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will announce 26 Pathways internship positions in the Biological Sciences field.  This will be a two-year pilot internship with entry-level positions at the GS-4/5/7 Levels.  Positions will be in the following programs:
 
·         Biotechnology and Regulatory Services (Biological Scientists)
·         Wildlife Services (Wildlife Biologists)
·         Plant Protection and Quarantine (Plant Protection and Quarantine Officers)
·         Veterinary Services (Microbiologists)
 
The Internship Program is designed for rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students, and to develop key technical and leadership skills necessary to be successful APHIS employees.  Upon completion of the program, students may be eligible to be noncompetitively converted into a permanent position.  The job announcement will be posted on USAJobs.gov on Monday, March 13, 2017. As a helpful tool, I am attaching additional information on USAJobs and The Pathways Intern Program.  If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact me.
 
 
Thank you,
 
Sophia L. Kirby, Deputy Director
Outreach and Administration
USDA, APHIS, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion (OCRDI)
4700 River Road, Unit 92
Riverdale, Maryland 20737
(301) 851-4192 – Office
(301) 734-3698 – Fax
(301) 300-3498 - Cell