Monthly Archives:: November 2012

Practice Makes Perfect in the Studio

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Can you believe it’s already that time-the semester end and final exams! Bio 1A students have taken advantage of the hands-on experience in the Studio and have begun working together and practicing for their upcoming exams.

Bio 1A students practicing for a biodiversity exam

Students prepare for their Bio 1A practicum exam.

Bridges to the Future Program Meeting

Posted by & filed under Events, MESA.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

12:01PM-1:00PM in SV 1


 Money 101, What Do You, or Don’t You Know About Money?How Do YOU Pay For College?

You Might Be Surprised!

All STEM’s Students Invited

Please Bring Your Lunch

Department of Energy

Posted by & filed under Internships, MESA, Opportunities.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2013 undergraduate internships.  These research experience guided by laboratory staff scientists are opportunities to contribute to projects important to DOE’s mission. We would like your help in making these opportunities know to your membership community.

The three programs providing internships or fellowships are:

·        the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI),

·        the Community College Internship (CCI) program, and

Applications for both programs are due Tuesday January 10, 2013.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, the well-known and longest-running student internship program in SC, encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the DOE Labs. Students participate as research interns at one of 17 15 DOE Labs for 10 weeks during the Summer Term. The internship provides a weekly stipend and support for travel and housing. More information about SULI and access to the online application can be found at This is a great program!

The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs. Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. The internship provides a weekly stipend and support for travel and housing. More information about CCI and access to the online application can be found at

Opportunities at Virginia Tech

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Various graduate & undergraduate opportunities are available at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at
Virginia Tech, and through other departments at Virginia Tech, in 2013.  
Application materials and registration information can be found on the
various program websites.

 REU Site: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology (MSSB) Program Dates:
May 28 - August 3, 2013 | Application Deadline: February 4, 2013
REU Site: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era Program Dates: June 3 - August
9, 2013 | Application Review Begins: February 15, 2013
Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology in Engineered Tissues Program
Dates: May 28 - August 3, 2013 | Application Deadline: February 4, 2013
MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program Program Dates: May 20 - August 16,
2013 | Application Deadline: January 31, 2013
VBI Undergraduate Scholars Program
VT Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP)
Virginia Tech Graduate School
Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB)
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM)
VT-PREP (Post Baccalaureate Research and Education) Program
VT-IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) Program
VBI's Education & Outreach web page

STEP-UP Summer Internship

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The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that the National Institutes of Health is recruiting students from the HSF community for their STEP-UP Summer Internship in Biomedical Research.

The STEP-UP Summer Internship Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is an opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds and communities to participate in summer research in the areas of diabetes, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, kidney, and hematological diseases.  The STEP-UP program supports students for ten full-time consecutive weeks of basic or clinical research with experienced faculty.  The research experience begins on June 3, 2013 and is completed by August 8, 2013.  The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual Undergraduate STEP-UP Conference in August 2013 at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Students will present their summer research to peers, mentors, and experts from the scientific community.

This opportunity is open to undergraduate students, including African-American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders, who have completed at least one year of college by June 2013. Students must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or legal permanent residents.  The program provides students with:

  • A Student Participation Allowance of $3,500 issued directly to the student
  • Research Training Orientation program in May 2013
  • Travel expenses to the Annual Undergraduate Scientific Session and Research Presentations in early August 2013 in Bethesda, MD.
  • Students must arrange their own summer housing using the allowance provided. Housing is available at some STEP-UP coordinating institutions and low cost on-campus housing is often available at other universities during the summer. Contact the program coordinators for additional information.

The internships may be done in the laboratory or clinic of NIH-funded investigators or most major universities nationwide. STEP-UP coordinators will work with you directly to identify a location where you would like to work and a project in a research area that interests you. Students are matched with a research mentor at the institution or location of their choice whenever possible.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the NIH STEP-UP website at <> . Online applications are available now and must be completed before February 15, 2013.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and gain exposure to the scientific community.  Don’t wait, apply now!

We wish you ongoing success in your studies and your career.


The Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. The overall goal of NIDDK’s Short Term Education Program (STEP-UP) is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. STEP-UP is particularly interested in increasing the participation of students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research on a national basis, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

To accomplish this goal, the STEP-UP provides research education grants to seven institutions to coordinate three High School STEP-UPs and four Undergraduate STEP-UPs that provides eligible students with ten to twelve weeks of summer research experience and training opportunities. The program culminates with an all expense paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Scientific Research Symposium in August.

If you have an account, please login using menu above. If you do not have an account yet, you can create a new account there as well.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for admission will be accepted through our Online Application System.
Visit the High School STEP-UP or the Undergraduate STEP-UP for additional information and specific eligibility criteria.

Key Dates for 2013 STEP-UP

Application Deadline / Application Closes
Mid-March, 2013
Award Notifications

Program Contact

Delia L. Houseal, MPH
II Democracy Plaza, Room 904, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-443-8415

How do they measure up?

Posted by & filed under Biology, BioMass Project.

Students take wet biomass measurements of the plants they have been growing all semester long. The growing has been part of a semester long Bio Mass Project  in Bio 1A that aimed to teach students the scientific method in a more hands-on, interactive way.


2013 Transfer to Excellence (TTE) Summer Research Program

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Accepting Applications Now.     Deadline: February 1

–  Download the 2013 TTE REU Flyer.  TTE Flyer in PDF

2013 Program Dates

June 8 – August 10

Exciting Research Areas

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science is partnering with the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems, and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center to provide research opportunities for community college students. Opportunities are available in the following technical areas:

  • Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences; click here to learn more.
  • Nanotechnology and Nanoscience; click here to learn more.
  • Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology; click here to learn more.

Program Benefits

  • 9-week research experience
  • Hands-on research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors
  • Seminars on preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • Advising and support for transfer to a 4-year institution
  • Guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips
  • $3,200 stipend plus room and board
  • Travel allowance (up to $250)


  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to apply. International students are NOT eligible for this program.
  • 3.25 grade point average or higher for science, engineering, and math courses
  • Enrolled in a California community college at the time of application.
  • Completed two calculus courses. (You may be enrolled in your 2nd calculus course at the time of application.)
  • Completed three science or engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component. (You may be enrolled in your 3rd science or engineering course at the time of application.)
  • Plan to return to a community college in California in Fall 2013.
  • Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering in Fall 2013.
  • No prior research experience required.

Community college students who are the first in their family to go to college, come from low-income backgrounds, be from underserved communities, and/or are women, and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Two recommendations: at least one from current faculty in science or engineering
  • Unofficial or official academic transcript from all attended colleges / universities
  • Sample work

To apply to the TTE REU program, Follow these Steps:

Step 1:

Download and READ the TTE REU Information & Application Packet before filling out the application on-line. TTE REU Application Packet in PDF (File Size = 1Mb)

Step 2:

Download or print the Letter of Recommendation Form. Provide your recommenders the form and inform your recommenders their letters must be RECEIVED by our office no later than February 1, 2013. They may send their recommendations via email, fax or regular mail.

Step 3:

Send sample work and an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) via email, fax or regular mail. Please note you must send a transcript for every undergraduate institution you have attended. Admitted applicants will be asked to submit an official transcript at the time of acceptance.

Step 4:

Complete the on-line application. Click here to apply on-line.
Applications by mail or fax will NOT be accepted.

Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2013

  • All applications and supporting documents (letters of recommendations, transcripts and sample work) must be received by February 1, 2013.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Notification of decisions is expected to be sent in mid to late March.

Questions and Supporting documents can be Addressed to:

Transfer-to-Excellence Program
ATTN: Dr. Sharnnia Artis, Program Manager
University of California
562 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Fax: (510) 666-2022

Nebraska’s Summer Program

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Nebraska’s summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website <> . Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more.

Summer 2013 programs include:

During the Nebraska Summer Research Program <> , students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.

Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Friday, February 1 and all applications are due Friday, February 15. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

Webinar Nov. 30th

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The next webinar in the professional development series is being presented by Lisa Lam of PG&E on Friday, November 30 at noon.  Please invite your students to join us for this opportunity to hear about internships with PG&E and careers in the Energy field.

On November 30,  log on for the presentation and call in to (866)740-1260 for the audio portion.


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