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Biology Department undergraduate tuition waiver


The award of an undergraduate tuition waiver to a Biology student will follow the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".  The waiver is typically awarded for one semester, but may be awarded to the same student for more than one semester.  Selection of the undergraduate tuition waiver is advertised.  "Tuition waivers" are partial, covering only $500 of tuition.



Haikal Award


Each semester, the Biology Faculty may award to a graduating Biology major in the Pre-Med and Biomedical Sciences option the Dr. Elias G. Haikal Award.  The primary criterion is scholarship, and candidates must have an over-all GPA of at least 3.50.  The awardee will be presented with a letter and plaque at the luncheon for graduating seniors in the semester of his/her graduation.  The procedure for seeking nominees and for making the award will follow the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".  Selection for the Haikal Award is not advertised.



Hamblin Award


Each semester, the Biology Faculty may honor a graduating Biology major who has given meritorious service to the Department by presenting the student with the A.P. Hamblin Award.  The awardee is presented a plaque at the Graduation Luncheon.  The award is given in accordance with the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".  Selection of the Hamblin Award is not advertised.



Hamblin Scholarship


The Hamblin Scholarship was established as a memorial to Adolph P. Hamblin, Professor of Biology.  The recipient must be majoring in the natural sciences, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, demonstrate financial need, and be recommended by the Biology Department.  Award based on available funds.  Selection of an awardee is done according to the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".  Selection of the award is advertised.  Awardee selected each spring for the following academic year.



Hutto Award


Each semester, the Biology Faculty may award to a graduating Biology major the Thomas A. Hutto Award.  The primary criterion is scholarship, and candidates must have an over-all GPA of at least 3.50.  The awardee will be presented with a letter and plaque at the luncheon for graduating seniors in the semester of his/her graduation.  The procedure for seeking nominees and for making the award will follow the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".  Selection for the award is not advertised.



Ida F. Kramer Endowed Scholarship


This scholarship was established by Dr. Kramer, History professor at WVSC.  Recipient must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in a distinct academic field which prepares a person for teaching in higher education, but specifically excluding the areas of physical education, theological education, art education, music education, humanities, math education, English education, social studies education, science education, professional education, computer science, criminal justice and communications.  Preference is to be given to scholarly disciplines as opposed to applied studies.  Selection of the recipient is advertised, and follows the "guidelines for student awards within the WVSU Biology Department".


At its meeting of August 18, 2010, Faculty agreed to award to all eligible students the same amount; "up to $1,000".  This will defray costs of fees, books, etc. that graduate students must pay out of pocket (i.e. not covered by the tuition waiver).  It is expected that all eligible students will apply, and that an equal award will be made to all.  Unused award money will be plowed back into the principal.  Awarded each semester.



College of NSM:  WVSU Faculty Endowed Scholarship


The WVSU Faculty Endowed Scholarship is awardable each academic year.  Students must apply, but each candidate must also be nominated by a Faculty member.  The candidate must have earned at least 30 credit hours by January 1 of the year in which the award is to be made.  The candidate must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  The candidate must be registered as a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) and must maintain full-time status during the academic year in which the award is given.  Financial need may be a consideration.  The award is renewable.  The preference is that, over a three-year period, at least one recipient in each college will be a qualified minority student.  Nominations and apllications are due May 1.  Immediately thereafter, the College chooses its nominee(s) and the Dean notifies the Chair of the Faculty Scholarship Committee.  Awardees are notified in the summer, and the award is presented at the first general Faculty meeting of the academic year.


 Awarding Guidelines and Procedures

Additional student fellowship Programs and Opportunities are available through:

NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium



Off-Campus Opportunities


 Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides paid opportunities for undergraduates, grad students, recent graduates, and faculty to participate in high-quality research alongside world-class scientists to solve real-world problems.   Opportunities are available for internships and co-ops, research appointments, and sabbaticals.  All opportunities are limited to scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematical fields.  

You can access all available opportunities through the website of http://www.orau.org/ornl/.  This will take you to the profile based application system where you can apply for numerous programs after you complete your profile.  The Talent and Opportunity System allows you to create a profile, and then for each program or job posting that you apply for, you only answer 5 or 6 questions.

 Individuals who choose an internship or research opportunity at ORNL are paired with world-class scientists to solve real-world problems.  All levels of participants from undergraduates to faculty are encouraged to publish research papers with their mentors.  Please browse through the Research Profiles on the different participants and their research experiences at the right hand side of the bottom of the web site listed above.  Also, there is a featured two minute video of research participants at ORNL sharing their thoughts on how accesses to world-class research facilities and staff have catapulted their careers in science and technology.  If you would like to see the six minute video, you can find it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/OakRidgeAssocUniv?v=6MURMOozIc0&lr=1 .


GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP - Louisiana State University

A MS graduate assistantship is available to work in sustainable agriculture in the School of Plant, Environment and Soil Sciences at Louisiana State University.  The research focus is on the use of summer cover crops in fall/winter organic vegetable production and the development of vegetable crop management systems.


Responsibilities: Successful candidate will manage his/her research project, conduct field studies on-station and on-farm, collect and analyze data, publish results in grant reports and industry articles, and peer-reviewed journals and effectively communicate orally and in writing, This position will be part of a multi-state team conducting research and extension activities and the ability to work with others in a team-oriented environment is essential.

Required qualifications: BS degree from an accredited institution. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in Horticulture, Agronomy and Plant Science or related discipline.

Qualified applicants should file application on line to the LSU Graduate School which is found at the following link:   http://gradlsu.gs.lsu.edu/Prospective%20Students/Applications/item12160.html

More information about the School of Plant, Environment and Soil Sciences graduate programs are found at the following link http://www.lsuagcenter.com/en/our_offices/departments/SPESS/Education/Graduate+Education/.

Interested candidates should contact: Dr. Carl Motsenbocker email: cmotsenbocker@agcenter.lsu.edu; office: (225) 578-1036

Closing date: Until filled. 


 Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience.

Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.

The POE 2011 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.80. In 2011, 50 students from 38 schools in 18 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were selected from over 550 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. While not required, prior research experience is a strong advantage for all applicants. Sophomores without relevant research experience will not be competitive applicants for our program and should not apply. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks (10 weeks for returning students).

All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The stipend is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local students.

The POE home page <http://www.stjude.org/poe> contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online.

Early application is highly recommended.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are preferred, but hard copy is accepted. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides stipends for additional undergraduate under-represented minorityPOE Program participants.


Genomics Core Facility Lab Manager: West Virginia University

invites applications for a non-tenure-track position at the Research Associate level. We are seeking an individual with broad expertise in the use of modern lab techniques, instrumentation and bioinformatic tools to obtain key genomic information to advance biological research at WVU. Familiarity with molecular laboratory techniques including DNA sequencing and fragment analysis is required, and expertise in statistics and bioinformatics is highly desired. A Master’s degree in molecular or bioinformatic Biology is required. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, with preference given to candidates who have contributed to the writing of research grants and/or published manuscripts.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter stating their qualifications and interest in the position, a curriculum vitae, representative publications, and contact information for three potential references. Review of applications will begin on March 6, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be sent electronically to WVUBiology@mail.wvu.edu. For more information: http://genomics.as.wvu.edu/ or phone: (304) 293-5314. West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. WVU is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes nominations and applications from all qualified individuals.


Fisheries Biologist - Program Manager
Duty Location:  Clovis, California


The Sierra National Forest is performing outreach for a Fisheries Biologist (Fisheries Program Manager) GS-0482-12 position, located in Clovis, CA.  This position is for permanent, full-time employment.  This notification is being circulated to inform prospective applicants of the potential employment opportunity and to determine interest.  If interested, please complete the Outreach Response Form and return it via email to Ray Porter (rporter@fs.fed.us) no later than 4:00 pm on or before January 21th, 2013, and we will notify you when the vacancy becomes available.

Departments of Soil, Crop, Agronomy, and Environmental Sciences

It is time for the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America to recognize outstanding undergrad and grad students. We are accepting nominations for the G.O. Mott Award for graduate students and the National Student Recognition Program for undergraduate students. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Fuger, Membership Representative - Student and Early Career Activities at efuger@sciencesocieties.org or (608)268-4949.


NSF REU site: Summer Program in the Biochemical Sciences

A ten week research experience within the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky

A wide variety of projects are offered, including research in structural biology, biophysics, proteomics, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, membrane biochemistry, and molecular biology

Details can be found at:



Application deadline: March 1, 2013


P  R  I  D  E - G E
PRograms to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research 
The all-expense-paid program focusing on Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology brings participants to Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine for 3-week sessions during two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit and an Annual Meeting for all PRIDE Mentees and Mentors across 6 programs and the NHLBI. The PRIDE program provides mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests.  The mentors are experienced in research and grant writing and will offer long-term collaborations.  The didactic curriculum involve faculty and mentors from multiple disciplines with various levels of hands-on training.  Special emphasis is placed on developing grantsmanship skills, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability.  NHLBI scientific program staff will provide a grants workshop to assist mentees with project focus and to identify viable funding sources to promote a sustainable independent research program for career advancement.
For additional details about the PRIDE Program visit: http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridege/  
A brochure and poster may be found at:  
To view our latest newsletter:  http://www.biostat.wustl.edu/pridecc/news-events/news/e-newsletters/

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