|1997 Summer Research Programs in Biology for Undergraduates|
This is the second part of a two-part listing of undergraduate biology science summer programs. List includes confirmed information for the summer of 1997 as of December 1996. Programs for minority students are emphasized but the list includes information for all undergraduates. The first part appeared in the January ASCB Newsletter; the full list appears on the ASCB website.
Pepperdine University, "Summer Research Opportunities in Biology." (Funding for 1997 from the NSF is pending as of 1 Dec.) The program specializes in Molecular Biology, Cellular Genetics, Conservation Ecology, Physiological Plant Ecology, and Ecophysiology of Marine Intertidal Animals. The program is interested in attracting students from traditionally under-represented groups. The program offers both lab experience and instruction in scientific thinking. Students receive three units of upper division course credit. There is a stipend of $4,000 to cover food and lodging. Housing is available on campus at a reduced rate. Dates: May 12 to August 1, 1997. Application deadline: March 15. Contact Dr. Stephen D. Davis, Department of Natural Science, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 90263. Phone: (310) 456-4321, Fax: (310) 456-4785.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, "Research Participation Program in Science, 1997." in cooperation with SUNY, Buffalo. The NSF-REU portion funding is pending. The NIH portion is targeted to minority students. The program brings students in contact with senior scientists in cancer research. Laboratory experience is emphasized with the intent of attracting students to Ph. D. programs. There are stipends of $2000-2500 plus some room, board, and travel allowances. Dates: June 9 to August 15, 1997. Application deadline: February 15. Contact Dr. Edwin A. Mirand, Department of Education, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14263. Phone: (716) 845-2339. Fax: (716) 845-8178.
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, "Research Training Program, 1997." The Research Training Program is designed exclusively for undergraduates considering careers in systematic biology and natural history research. Students learn how to take measurements, make observations, analyze findings, and prepare data for publication and presentation. There are lectures, discussions, workshops, and field trips to collection areas. There are laboratory demonstrations in the developing fields of biological diversity and molecular systematics, among the many research topics studied at the NMNH. The NMNH collections contain more than 121 million biological specimens and the Smithsonian library system contains over 1 million volumes. The huge staff available for guidance includes 120 doctoral level research scientists and 250 support staff. All deadline dates, stipends, and other particulars are available on the Internet web site. Mary Sangrey, Program Coordinator, MRC 166 NHB 166, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Phone: (202) 357-4548. Fax: (202) 786-2563. Email; Website.
Stanford University, "Stanford Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences." The program is for students from the following under-represented minority groups: African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, and Native American. The aim of the program is to help students learn about and prepare for training towards a doctoral degree in biomedical and biological research. The program is not for students aiming for a clinical degree. Students are placed in research labs for 10 weeks in the School of Medicine and the Department of Biological Sciences. Qualifications important for acceptance are a strong academic record, intellectual independence, and dedication. Previous research experience is not required. Dates: 8 weeks, June 22-Aug 15, 1997. Application deadline; February 18, 1997. Contact Tim Westergren, Summer Research Program, MSOB Rm 309, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5501. Phone: (415) 723-9455. Fax: (415) 725-7855.
University of Arizona, "Research Experience for Native American Students." This program provides paid summer research experience for Native American undergraduate students in the biological sciences. Before applying, students should complete 24 college credit hours, including college level biology, chemistry, and math. The program consists of full time research experience for ten weeks plus supplemental activities such as field trips. Each student is required to prepare a paper and make a presentation at the program's closing ceremony. Participants earn four credit hours, $2000, and are provided with an allowance for room, board, and transportation. The program will take place from May 18-July 27, 1997. Applications are due February 1, 1997. Contact Carol Bender, Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, Life Sciences South, room 527, Tucson, AZ 85721. Phone: (602) 621-9348 Fax: (602) 621-3709.
University of Florida, The Whitney Laboratory, "Undergraduate Research Using Marine Animals." The program specializes in cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and neurobiology of marine animals, featuring hands-on research experience. The program is targeted mostly but not exclusively to minority students. Students must enroll as undergraduates. The program offers classroom instruction as well as lab work and students receive course credit; however there are no exams. There is a stipend of $250 per week plus room. The program favors applications of juniors and seniors. Foreign students with F-1 visas are eligible. Dates: Flexible, inquire; but students should plan on at least ten weeks. Application deadline for summer: February 28, 1997. Deadline for other times of the year, at least 2 months ahead of time. Contact Paul J. Linser, The Whitney Laboratory, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32068-8623. Phone: (904) 461-4036. Fax: (904) 461-4008. Website.
University of Georgia Marine Institute, "Student Intern Program." Hands-on research in a sea island environment. The program specializes in several aspects of marine biology and is open to juniors, seniors, and first or second year graduate students. Previous intern projects have included nutrient recycling in nearshore coastal environments, primary productivity of marshes and beaches, roles of bacteria and fungi in estuarine food webs, control of distribution and abundance of esturarine plants and animals, and various aspects of esturarine biogeography. Minority applications are encouraged. Dates: Up to three months at any time of the year. Application deadline, Feb 7, 1997. There is a stipend of $800 per month (up to $2400) plus subsidized housing, a travel allowance of up to $700, and a modest supply budget. Write to R. T. Kneib, Coordinator, Student Intern Program, UGA Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, GA 31327. Phone: (to Dr. J. J. Alberts) (912) 485-2221. Fax: (912) 485-2133.
University of Minnesota, "Summer Undergraduate Program in Life Sciences." The program offers 10 weeks of full time research in a structured learning experience. There are research seminars, plus workshops on graduate study, preparation for the GRE, techniques of oral and poster presentation, plus weekend outings and other social activities. Housing is in campus dorms. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. There is a stipend of $250-300 per week, depending on the department. Some departments have travel allowances. Minority students are encouraged to apply; 30-40% of participants in recent years have been minority students. Dates of the program are mid June to mid August. The final application deadline is March 3, 1997 but students are urged to apply earlier because acceptance notices will begin to be mailed on Feb. 3, 1997. Phone: (612) 625-2275. Email; Website.
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, "Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program." A unique opportunity awaits undergraduate students in the laboratories of the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth. "SMART 1997" brings undergraduate minority students to the center for the summer to participate in biomedical science laboratories working side by side with researchers and graduate students. Enrollment is limited to minority college sophomores and juniors. The program runs from May 26 to August 1, 1997. Projects are designed to be completed during the course of the program and students present their findings at the end of the program. Students will receive a stipend of $2500 and a housing allowance. Application deadline: January 17, 1997. Contact Robert L. Kaman, SMART Director, UNTHSC, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Phone: (817) 735-2670. Fax: (817) 735-0181.
University of Pittsburgh, "Howard Hughes Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships." The program is intended for students contemplating research careers in molecular and cellular biological sciences. Students are placed in active research labs for 10 weeks during the summer. Minority students are encouraged to apply; last year, one-third of the summer fellows were from traditionally under-represented groups. A student writes a prospectus of research at the beginning of the fellowship and a final report at the end. There is a stipend of $3000 plus free room and a $600 board allowance. Dates: June 2 to August 8, 1997. Application deadline: January 31, 1997. Contact Kathy Hoffman, Howard Hughes Program, Crawford Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Fax: (412) 624-4759.
University of Texas at Austin, "Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular Biology." This program offers research experience for 30 undergraduates in cell, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, or immunology. Associated enrichment programs include weekly seminars, workshops on molecular techniques, clinics on how to apply to graduate schools, and discussions of legal/ethical issues. The program gives 3 hours of course credit. Under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply but the program is not targeted specifically to minorities. Students should have laboratory coursework. There is a stipend of $2000 plus room and board, plus some travel funds for out of state students. Dates: June 2 to August 8, 1997. Application materials can be obtained from the internet web site below. Application deadline: March 5, 1997. Contact Ruth Buskirk, Department of Microbiology, UT, Austin, TX 78712-1095. Phone: (512) 471-7793. Fax: (512) 471-7088 Website.
University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, "UT-H Summer Research Program for Undergraduates." The program offers hands-on research experience in the areas of biomedical research. Undergraduate students enrolled in any accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. Must be at least a sophomore at the time of application; have an overall GPA of 3.0; and have completed at least 12 hours in a science discipline. Seniors may apply if eligible to return to the university the semester following the internship. Funding: selected students will receive a $2,000 stipend (before taxes). Students are responsible for travel and living expenses. Due Date: All application materials must be received by February 14, 1997. Contact: Ms. Dana Farver, Program Coordinator, UT-Houston Office of Education Access and Equity, 7000 Fannin, Suite 1002, Houston, Texas 77030. Phone: (713) 794-1530.
University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School, "Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program," an intensive training experience for approximately 25 students preparing for careers in biological research. Projects are in the fields of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, neurosciences, and biophysics. Applicants should have completed the sophomore year in a science curriculum. Factors influencing the acceptance decision will be grades, relevant experience, and at least two letters of recommendation from faculty. Students will be matched with projects according to research interests. There will be weekly seminars, informal discussions, and an opportunity to present the summer's work at the end of the program. There is a stipend of $3000. Dates: June 2 to August 8, 1997, with some flexibility for conflicts. Arrangements can be made for a longer stay if all parties are willing. Application deadline: February 17, 1997. Contact Tina Parks, Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75235-9117. Phone: (214) 648-2352. Fax: (214) 648-6324.
University of Virginia, "Summer Research Internship Program." The program offers opportunities in 32 areas of medical research including disease related fields such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, renal disease, or neurodegenerative diseases, as well as basic medical sciences such as signal transduction, membrane biology, cell growth and differentiation, or molecular genetics. The program targets but is not limited to under-represented American minority students. Students should be rising sophomore through senior undergraduates having completed basic coursework in biology and chemistry with accompanying lab courses. Stipend: $2000 plus travel costs and dormitory rent. Dates: June 3 through August 9, 1997 Application deadline: March 1, 1997. Contact: Ms Sue Farist, Graduate Programs Office, Box 456 Health Sciences Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22908. Phone: (804) 924-2181 Fax: (804) 924-0140; Website.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Summer Research Program for Minority Undergraduates in Biology." The program specializes in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental toxicology, bacteriology and the agricultural sciences. The program is targeted to minority students. Students should be entering the junior or senior year with a GPA > 2.9 and be US citizens or permanent residents. The program offers lab experience with an ongoing research team. There is a stipend of $2500 for 8 weeks plus room, board, and transportation. Dates: June 15 - Aug 9, 1997. Application deadline: March 1, 1997. Contact Jill Patterson, Center for Biology Education, 1268 Genetics/Biotechnology Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 53706. Phone: (608) 262-1182.
University of Wisconsin, "Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin, Summer 1997." The Department of Bacteriology receives support from the National Science Foundation, and from the U.W. Graduate School and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, to conduct a summer research program for undergraduate students entitled "Research Experience for Undergraduates" (REU). Fifteen students are supported for directed research experiences in laboratories of faculty researchers in microbiology and molecular biology. Each student in the eight-week program receives a stipend of $2,500 and is provided with housing and a subsistence allowance. In addition to full-time research on individual projects, REU students attend seminars presented by the faculty mentors and participate in an undergraduate research symposium at the close of the program. Participants in the program are selected on the basis of academic qualifications and research aptitude as determined by prior course work, letters of recommendation from college teachers, and interest in a career in research in the biological sciences. Dates: June 16 to August 8, 1997. Application Deadline: March 1, 1997. A complete description of the program and applications can be obtained from the web page below or by contacting Robin Kurtz, University of Wisconsin, REU Program, Department of Bacteriology, 1550 Linden Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706. Phone: (608) 262-2914. Fax: (608) 262-9865. Website
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, "Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Biology." Next summer's offering depends on pending NSF-REU support. The program features full time research in one of the following fields: cell biology, biophysics, molecular genetics, biochemistry, computational biology, or neurobiology. The program is interested in attracting students from traditionally under-represented groups; recently about half of the students have been minority. The program offers weekly lectures and colloquia as well as lab experience. There is a stipend of $2500 for 10 weeks plus full coverage of living expenses and transportation. Dates: June 3 to August 9, 1997. Application deadline: March 1. Contact Carmen Mannella, Wadsworth Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY 12201-0509. Phone: (518) 473-7553. Fax: (518) 486-4901. Website.
Washington University, "Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Developmental Biology." This 10 week program includes several projects in developmental biology. Students work full time under close faculty supervision. The program begins with 4-5 workshops combining lectures, demonstrations, and lab exercises on special subjects such as confocal microscopy. It also includes a student-run journal club and seminar series. At the end of the program there is a research retreat at a state park, combining student presentations and recreation. Preference is given to students who have completed the junior year but usually a few younger students are also included. The program has had 30-50% minority students. The stipend of $3440 includes a housing allowance. A transportation supplement is provided in special cases. Dates: June 9 to August 15, 1997. Application deadline: February 15, 1997. Contact Juliane Stookey, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University, Campus Box 8226, 660 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. Phone: (314) 747-0843. Fax: (314) 362-3369.
Professor And Head
The University of Iowa, College of Medicine is seeking an outstanding individual to provide leadership as executive officer of the Department of Biochemistry.
Candidates are expected to have the PhD, MD or comparable degree, an active and internationally recognized research program and a strong record of commitment and effectiveness in promoting medical, graduate, and undergraduate education. The individual selected will have demonstrated administrative ability and experience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a dynamic and innovative approach to leadership that will build on existing strengths in research and teaching. With 22 faculty, the Department has active research programs in molecular biology, cell biology and biophysical chemistry. Additional information about research and educational programs is available online.
Please direct applications, including curriculum vitae, list of publications and names of three or more references to the address below. Applications submitted by March 1, 1997 are assured of full consideration.
Dr. Robert E. Fellows, Chair
The University of lowa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
New ASCB Publications On How To Get A Job
|Coffee Break Forum Varied and Enlightening|
Coffee Break Forum Varied and Enlightening
On one day, those in attendance found the room sprinkled with random toys on the chairs. They were asked to assemble in groups around one or another of the toys and to discuss among themselves how the toy was like a cell and how it was not. The "model cells" ranged from a plastic bag containing a clear liquid with small bits of plastic of assorted buoyancy, shape, and color, to a wind-up mouse whose tail wagged, to a traditional teaching model of a mitotic cell, vintage ca. 1955. After several minutes of conversation, each group reported the results of its discussion. Thus did Helen Doyle, Coordinator of Core Programs of the Science and Health Education Partnerships at the University of California, San Fran cisco, introduce her presentation on the outreach activities that the Partnerships coordinate between UCSF and the San Francisco public schools. The message: people learn when they are engaged, and they become engaged by doing.
The series opened with Nancy Lane of Cambridge University (England) describing British efforts to encourage increased science literacy, not only in the school-age population but in the general public, through such events as an annual week devoted to Public Awareness of Science, sponsored by a group of organizations including the Royal Society and the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jeffrey Mayne of Birmingham-Southern College described his experience job-sharing. He pointed out that although both the institution and the individuals involved must discuss possible difficulties thoroughly in advance, all possibilities are impossible to anticipate and all parties must remain flexible. Nevertheless, the advantages of a shared position can be ideal for some people or at some points in one's life. He has developed a list of institutions where he knows that shared positions have been arranged.
Malcolm Campbell of Davidson College suggested engaging undergraduate biology students by arranging classes around discussions of a few problems whose solutions must be developed by learning the appropriate aspects of the curriculum, which Campbell describes as "learning on a need-to-know basis." The study guide he developed to facilitate this innovative teaching style in multiple small-enrollment sections of large introductory classes is available online.
Throughout the week the forum attendees found themselves drawn into wide-ranging discussions about a diverse range of educational topics. The ASCB Education Committee hopes to continue the successful series this year in Washington, D.C. ASCB members are excouraged to provide suggestions for topics or ideas on interesting initiatives in education.
Mary Lee S. Ledbetter and Christopher Watters for the ASCB Education Committee.
|Grants, Opportunities and Courses|
Fulbright Scholar Awards
Educational Workshops in Interdisciplinary Research
The RFA is announced in the Winter of 1996 in the weekly NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. The guide may be found on the NIH website. In Addition, look for the announcement on the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research website.
For additional information contact
|International Science Education: World-Wide Issues of Cell Biology Teaching|
This session, sponsored by the Education Committee and presented Saturday afternoon prior to the opening of the Congress & Meeting, was attended by approximately 100 participants. Each presentation was followed by a spirited discussion. The following topics were covered:
|Attendees Citing Personal Subscriptions to Journals|
I Didn't Know That!
More than 2 percent of scientific attendees at the meeting stopped by the ASCB booth and took the time to complete the survey. Participants are entered in a drawing for free registration for the 37th Annual Meeting of ASCB, to be held December 13-17, 1997, in Washington, DC.
|Minorities Affairs Committee Introduces Visiting Professorship Awards|
The American Society for Cell Biology Minorities Affairs Committee (ASCB MAC) announces the ASCB/MAC Visiting Professorship Awards. The purpose of the Awards is to support research at primarily teaching institutions that serve minority students and scientists.
This program will provide research support for professors at minority-serving institutions to work in the laboratories of members of the American Society for Cell Biology for an eight- to ten-week period during the summer of 1997.
The goal of the program is to give science instructors in primarily teaching institutions a research experience in cell biology or a related field. This is intended to provide experience with new research tools and techniques, and to allow visitors to enhance their research programs. In addition, a major goal of the Professorship is to establish long-term associations between the visiting professors and research-intensive universities. Another component of the program is for professors to enhance their teaching based on the summer research experience. Women and minority teachers and teachers in colleges and universities with a high minority enrollment are especially encouraged to apply for this professorship.
Each professorship provides support of $12,000 plus $700 for travel expenses. $2,000 is awarded to the host institution for supplies.
An application form listing professional background, research interests, description of the proposed summer research project, and projected follow-up activities upon completion of the project must be submitted by the research host and visiting professor. The ASCB National Office will provide professors with the names of interested ASCB host scientists upon request.
Hosts and visitor scientists should submit their applications together as a proposed team. Submit application package plus two copies to the American Society for Cell Biology, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD 20814-3992, postmarked by March 15, 1997.
The applications will be evaluated by a committee of ASCB members. Professorship awards will be announced in April 1997.For an application form, contact Dot Doyle at the American Society for Cell Biology; 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814-3992; Phone: (301) 530-7153; Fax: (301) 530-7139.
Congress & Meeting - Briefcases Available
|WWW.Cell Biology Education|
The ASCB Education Committee calls attention each month to several Web sites of educational interest to the cell biology community. The Committee does not endorse nor guarantee the accuracy of the information at any of the listed sites. If you wish to comment on the selections or suggest future inclusions, please send a message to Robert Blystone
One of the more difficult learning experiences in cell biology is the visualization of molecular structure. There are a number of public domain software packages with associated "rendered" molecules that are available from the WEB. This month's column will explore three of these public domain molecular visualization WEB sites.
Prepared and sites checked Jan. 2, 1997
Robert V. Blystone for the ASCB Education Committee