The Department of Biochemistry regularly gets announcements from organizations outside the University describing opportunities for undergraduates. These include opportunities for research experience (including summer research programs), education, or professional development. This message board lists these announcements as we receive them. For more information, please contact the website or individual listed.

Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduate Student Researchers

The Latham Fellowship is an opportunity for undergraduate student researchers sponsored by the Latham Science Engagement Initiative. Latham Fellows develop real-world project design and implementation process skills as they:
- Communicate science in the public sphere
- Demonstrate the "broader impact" of scientific research
- Work in interdisciplinary settings
- Develop fluency in multiple modes of communication
- Strengthen future career and/or award application
Students selected for the Latham Fellows program will complete two courses (LATH:3000 in Fall and LATH:3001 in Spring), design and implement an outreach project, and participate in a year-end event that will highlight their achievements.
- Rising sophomore, junior or senior standing
- GPA > 3.0
- Interested in the importance of communicating science in the public sphere
Priority application deadline is May 15th.
For more information and to apply, visit http://latham.uiowa.edu/
Join us for the 3rd Annual Project Engage Open House on Saturday, April 28th from 9:30-11:30am in the Kollros Auditorium (101 BBE) and Atrium. Current Latham Fellows will be showcasing their projects.
The Latham Science Engagement Initiative and Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Drs. Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program is based in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and will enhance research opportunities for selected undergraduate students.

Summer Term Course Offering in Upstream Biotechnology Processing

The biotechnology industry is rapidly growing in the U.S. and beyond and represents a major manufacturing arm for the production of novel products, including industrial enzymes, food supplements, biotherapeutics, and renewal fuels. Bioprocessing describes the production of materials through fermentation with subsequent purification. Fermentation processes are generally referred to as upstream processing (USP) while purification is considered as downstream processing (DSP).

This new course entitled Upstream Biotechnology Processes is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in basic upstream fermentation processes applicable to the biotechnology industry. Basic concepts and general designs of upstream fermentations will be covered through a series of lectures. The bulk of the course, however, will be spent in the laboratory where students will have an opportunity to perform a fermentation on a 5-liter scale. All the fundamental steps used within the fermentation industry will be experienced, including selection of clones, growth of microorganism, monitoring purity of the culture, and bioassay to document product yield.

The course will be organized as 20% lectures and 80% laboratory experience. This format is designed to broaden student knowledge and understanding of upstream biotechnology processes while emphasizing practical laboratory experience.

Course Title: Upstream Biotechnology Processes
Course number: CHEM:4850:0001
Semester hours: 2
Instructors: Shuvendu Das, Sridhar Gopishetty, and Mark Arnold
Dates: 07/10/2018 – 07/27/2018
Meeting: TWTh, 1:30-4:50 PM
Location: E120 MTF (Lecture) and E105 MTF (Lab), Oakdale Campus
Course prerequisites: None
Target student: Students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, biology, microbiology, and pharmaceutical science with interests in biotechnology
Topics covered: Hands-on experience with basic cloning, shake-flask growth, and microbial fermentation emphasizing reactor preparation, inoculation methods, reactor operation and control, product collection, and bioassay

PhD Scholarship Opportunity at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

RCSI is delighted to announce the launch of their Strategic Academic Recruitment (StAR) Program, which is now recruiting 5 prestigious fully funded PhD scholarships.  This program aims to attract high-achieving international students to an efficient four-year structured PhD program at RCSI, where students choose their project based on 3 internal 10 week rotations within their first year.  Benefits include:

·         Four-year structured PhD training programme

·         Funded four-year PhD Scholarship, covering student fees (€6,900 p.a.) and student stipend (€18,000 p.a.).

·         Relocation package: €5,000 per student 

·         Return travel home: ~€300-€800 p/a – depending on EU/Rest of World

Full details can be found at rcsi.ie/starphd

Beckman Scholars Program 2018-2019

The purpose of the Beckman Scholars Program is to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students who are pursuing their studies at accredited four-year colleges and universities located in the United States of America. These research activities shall be centered in either chemistry, biochemistry, the biological and medical sciences or some interdisciplinary combination of these subjects. Candidates for the Beckman Scholars Award must be full-time students throughout the duration of the award. The amount of funding for the 2018 Beckman Scholars Program was $26,000: $21,000 specifically for the Scholar and $5,000 for the Scholar’s Mentor.

UI Internal Deadline: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:59 PM

Beckman Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00 PM, PST

For additional information, please click here.

One-Year MS in Biomedical Sciences at Iowa State University

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and learning spaces.  In addition, they have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty whose research interests range from molecular neurotoxicology, to pediatric immunology, to targets for antiparasitic drugs.

The One-Year, Non-Thesis MS program is designed to open up opportunities for students planning to:

·         Enter professional schools (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, PA, etc.);

·         Pursue a PhD;

·         Teach in higher education and;

·         Land a career in industry.

Visit our website at https://vetmed.iastate.edu/bms/ to find out more about all the graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences or send an email to BMSgrad@iastate.edu.

Now Enrolling: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices Program in Cusco, Peru

The Green Program is actively enrolling for their upcoming Water Resource & Sustainable Practices program in Cusco, Peru this spring and summer.  Limited availability and funding is available. To learn more about this opportunity, please click here for more information.

Graduate Student Positions Available

The Riddle lab at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has two openings for MS or PhD students with interest in epigenetics and chromatin for Fall 2018.  They are looking for students to join two on-going projects to study:

1. Genetic and epigenetic contributions to exercise response.

2.  The HP1 family of chromatin proteins and their roles in the regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression.

For more information about their research, please see their website:  http://www.uab.edu/cas/biology/people/faculty/nicole-c-riddle

STEM Summer Research Opportunities

There are many summer research programs available for 2018!  For a complete list of summer research listings and deadlines, please visit the Pathways to Science site.

Summer Hawk Tuition Grant (SHTG) for Summer 2018

The SHTG III will be available to eligible students for Summer 2018.  Eligibility for the grant will be determined during the 3rd week of spring classes.  Students will be notified and their status will be updated on both MAUI and MyUI.  Please review the website for guidelines and eligibility rules for the grant 

The grant will cover a maximum of 6 s.h.  There will not be any appeals for additional hours. Registration for summer courses runs from March 5th -9th. Students are being encouraged to work with their advisor well before then, so that they are prepared to register on their assigned day. That will provide us with an early picture of course demand and possible course shortages.  Students should also be encouraged to waitlist closed courses.

Students will have until July 2nd to accept the grant, although they should do so as soon as they know they want to use the grant. Students should be encouraged to pick several possible alternate course options to maximize the possibility of getting into courses.

Students who have just completed their first year at the University may want to consider looking at online courses if they don’t have access to on-campus housing for the summer or to avoid summer housing charges.

If you have additional questions, please contact advising-center@uiowa.edu

PCOL:2120 Drugs: Their Nature, Action and Use, 2 sh, Wednesdays, 7-9 PM

This course is intended for students without a substantial background in biological science and should thus be readily comprehensible to non-science majors too.  There is not a laboratory component associated with this course.  The topic of pharmacology is approached mainly from a consumer’s point of view.  The lectures focus on four major areas: basic principles of drug action, drugs of abuse, over-the-counter (non-prescription) agents and drugs used to treat common diseases.  We also include discussions of some current trendy products (e.g., vitamin water, energy drinks, and herbal products).  The main objectives of this course are to increase the students’ understanding of the nature and the appropriate use of drugs as well as to provide information that will make them more informed consumers.  This course will be very useful for both biological science students as well as those who are not. 

A schedule of lectures can be found under Course Information on the Pharmacology website or at the following link: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/pharmacology/education/departmental-courses/drugs-their-nature-action-and-use

University of Indiana Biochemistry Graduate Program

The University of Indiana is looking for PhD students who want to participate in vital studies that write the story of how they live and grow.  Their graduate students study a diverse set of biological problems through a unique integration of:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Structural Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Bioorganic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry

For more information, please go to https://biochemistry.indiana.edu

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate fellowship for STEM students and awards up to $7,500 to college sophomores and juniors majoring in math, science, engineering, or research psychology (not clinical).  Competitive applicants must have significant research experience and plans to pursue graduate study (PhD) and a career in research.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development, at 319-335-1874 or kelly-thornburg@uiowa.edu.  You can also visit their site at honors.uiowa.edu/uihpfellowships

STEM Funding and Professional Development Resources

Students can sign up for periodic (4-6 emails/year) notifications about deadlines for programs that match their disciplinary interests and level of study:  http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/form.aspx

Search Portable Graduate Fellowships (deadlines opening soon for academic year 2017-2018 funding) at:  Portable Graduate Fellowships

View their webinar archives and resources library pages for tips on finding and applying to programs:  http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Library.aspx  

Interested in Working Abroad? Check out Going Global

Going Global is an online international employment resource offered by Pomerantz Career Center for student use. If you are looking for a job or internship abroad, utilize the country and city guides and jobs/internships search feature. If you are an international student seeking information on employment in the U.S., use the H-1B database to research companies that have filed for employment visa sponsorship in the past year and check out the U.S. country guide. Note: You must create a personal account while on campus (click on the link in the upper right corner of the Going Global homepage), then you can log in to use it anytime, anywhere. https://online.goinglobal.com/ or through your HireaHawk.com account.  


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