“VCU Bug Lab” (Insect Behavior & Ecology Laboratory), Department of Biology
Responsibilities: Variable, based on student interest and ability, and time of year. All students will participate in insect rearing, including diet preparation and handling caterpillars. Some students will assist graduate students by performing dissections, entering data, and collecting caterpillars in the field.
In other words, you will be physically handling caterpillars!
Requirements: 1) A minimum grade of C” in BIOL 151, 152, and BIOZ 151, 152, and 2) A strong work ethic. Majors other than Biology are encouraged to apply.
Why you should consider this position: The “VCU Bug Lab” provides a warm and supportive environment for undergraduate students interested in exploring research and careers in Biology. Prior undergraduate research interns are now employed in Biology-related positions, enrolled or have completed graduate degrees in biology or teaching, and a few are enrolled or have completed degrees in professional health fields.
For more information: Please contact Dr. Karen Kester, email@example.com. Interested students should provide a brief statement describing their interest in research.
Applications are requested from students with computer programming experience for interesting and challenging research opportunities in the Laboratory of Pharmacometabolomics and Companion Diagnostics. We are a laboratory that utilizes large scale data acquisition strategies to understand the variability of human response to medication.
In this regard, we have urgent need for someone with experience in programming languages such as Java, C++ and/or python to help write software components to streamline the data analysis and data visualization processes. Additional training will be provided to the right candidate to complement their existing expertise. The candidate will have the opportunity to learn the concepts of personalized medicine and analytical strategies such as mass spectrometry and NMR in clinical and translational research settings and gain invaluable experience in applying computer programming techniques to streamline these processes.
Furthermore, during the course of this clinical and translational research training, the candidate will also get an opportunity to interact very closely with the physicians, surgeons and pharmacists of VCU. This position is ideal for someone who wishes to pursue careers in medicine and health IT.
Are you a VCU undergraduate student who is currently conducting research under an awesome faculty member at VCU? Do you know a professor or faculty member who goes above and beyond to create research opportunities for undergraduate students? If so, nominate them for a UROP Faculty Mentorship Award so we can acknowledge their contributions!
Go to: http://go.vcu.edu/uropmentoraward to submit a statement of no more than 500 words explaining why the chosen nominee deserves an outstanding mentorship award. Please use specific examples that detail your nominee’s contribution to undergraduate research at VCU. The deadline for submissions is April 4th.
Consider the following criteria in your nomination:
• How has the nominee enhanced the skills related to undergraduate research in their discipline?
• How has the nominee expanded the knowledge base of student researchers?
• How has the nominee assisted undergraduates in their engagement with research?
• How has the nominee guided students in the acquisition of research presentation skills?
• What lasting impression has the nominee made on students’ future academic and professional plans?
Organized by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and part of VCU Student Research Weeks, the annual Undergraduate Poster Symposium is a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research endeavors to their academic peers, members of the VCU faculty, community members, and friends and family. All undergrads from every discipline are encouraged to present and attend. Presentations may be for completed research projects, completed papers, or research in progress.
Projects involving creative work such as prose or poetry, performances, and artwork will be considered for acceptance if they are part of a scholarly project undertaken by the student. We are currently accepting poster abstracts up until the deadline of March 22nd, 2016. All abstracts should be submitted to http://go.vcu.edu/uroppostersubmit
After students are notified of their acceptance, we will accept electronic file submission of their posters. Note: We hold poster workshops Jan. – Mar. and we are now able to print research posters free of cost to our students!
Abstracts should include: Name/Major of student, Name/Dept. of Faculty Mentor, Title of research Project, Brief description of research project. All inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Virginia Commonwealth University students will spend the summer immersed in research after earning prestigious undergraduate research fellowships.
Lizette Carrasco, a junior biology major, and Sarah Izabel, a sophomore psychology major and Honors College student, have been accepted to the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
VCU student researchers also earned EXROP fellowships in both 2014 and 2015.
This is the first time VCU students have received two slots in the program, which aims to support underrepresented groups in the next generation of scientists. The students will attend a conference with other researchers before spending 10 weeks this summer in a full-time, mentored research experience in the laboratory of a Howard Hughes investigator at research institutions.
“HHMI is synonymous with research excellence. To have VCU put besides those letters is a big deal,” said Sarah Golding, Ph.D., director of undergraduate research in the Department of Biology. “They get to see what that institution looks like, meet other students and work with first-class scientists.”
The students are no strangers to labs and research. At VCU, Carrasco and Izabel are taking part in the Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity, which matches underrepresented students with campus researchers.
“I’ll still be studying the neuron, but instead of the axon I’m studying the dendrites,” Izabel said. “I’m excited to work with different systems, different approaches. As a nontraditional student it’s sometimes hard to fit in, but being able to spend time in the laboratory with not only like-minded people, but also older students, is a benefit of doing research.”
“Everybody thinks of an older person in a lab coat, pipetting away, but the faces of scientists are changing now.”
“We share the similarity that we’re all underrepresented in the sciences, which is one of those things that brings us together. I find that very important to have that community of like-minded people,” Carrasco said of VCU’s IMSD program. “Everybody thinks of an older person in a lab coat, pipetting away, but the faces of scientists are changing now. Hopefully I can be reflective of the changing face of science, and scientists.”