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.

ICRU Research Fellows Program – Now Accepting Applications!

The ICRU Research Fellows Program provides funding to current University of Iowa undergraduates in ANY discipline to pursue mentored research/creative work with UI faculty or P&S staff mentors during the academic year and/or summer.  Students and mentors must apply together under a specific project to be eligible.  ICRU Fellowship funding goes directly to the student as a scholarship would.  Students receive $2500 for 15-20 hours per week during the summer and $2000 for 5-10 hours per week during the academic year.  Eligibility and proposal requirements for students include:

  • Students must be enrolled full time at the UI during the semester(s) that they participate in the Fellowship (or Fall 2018 for summer fellowships).
  • Students must maintain a UI Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Proposals should engage the student at every step of the process from design to execution to analysis.
  • Proposals should contribute to the mentor's work while incorporating the student's academic and career goals. 

Summer applications are due Friday, March 2, 2018; Academic Year applications are due Friday, March 30, 2018.  Applications, information, and instructions can be found on the ICRU website under the “Events and Awards” tab or by following this link.  If you have any questions, please reply to this email, call us at (319)-335-8336, or stop by 401 BHC to talk in person.

Careers in Bioinformatics & Big Data Information Session

Personalized Genomic Medicine: Careers in Bioinformatics & Big Data Information Session, February 26, 2018 5:30-7:30pm at the Old Capitol Centre. 

The event is intended for undergraduate students who are interested in learning about more about careers in bioinformatics and big data.  A diverse panel of professionals will speak about their educational and career paths, and there will be time for students to speak to the panelists in small groups.  For more information and to register for the Personalized Genomic Medicine: Careers in Bioinformatics & Big Data Information Session, please visit our website at https://medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/education/undergraduate-education/personalized-genomic-medicine-careers-bioinformatics-and-big-data.

Bioinformatics Summer Internship, Summer 2018

The Bioinformatics Internship is intended for undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in having a hands on experience with bioinformatics, and a career in informatics. The application deadline for this competitive program is February 28, 2018. Information regarding the internship, along with the application can be found on our website at: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/education/undergraduate-education/bioinformatics-summer-internship.

Genetic Counseling Summer Internship, Summer 2018

The Genetic Counseling Summer Internship is intended for undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in applying to genetic counseling Master’s degree programs, and a career in genetic counseling. The application deadline for this highly competitive program is February 28, 2018. Information regarding the internship, along with the application can be found on our website at: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/education/undergraduate-education/genetic-counseling-internship.

IIHG Careers in Informatics

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics is hosting Personalized Genomic Medicine: Careers in Bioinformatics & Big Data Information Session on Monday, February  26, 2018 to expose students to career opportunities that are being created by personalized genomic medicine in bioinformatics and the management of big data. This opportunity is a great way for students to discuss first hand different career options and job growth in bioinformatics that is occurring with the advent of personalized genomic medicine and ask questions in a small group setting.

For more information about the February 26th Careers in Bioinformatics and Big Data Information Session or to register, please visit our website at: https://medicine.uiowa.edu/humangenetics/education/undergraduate-education/personalized-genomic-medicine-careers-bioinformatics-and-big-data.

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.

Save the Date – Spring Job and Internship Fair, Wednesday, February 21st

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Check in at Hubbard Commons, IMU

More information to come on this fair, but more information can be found here: https://careers.uiowa.edu/spring-job-internship-fair 

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.

National Cancer Institute Systems Biology & Physical Sciences in Cancer Summer Research Program

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium and Physical Sciences in Oncology Network are offering rising Junior and Senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors from NCI-supported institutions for a 10-week summer fellowship. The 2018 summer research program is designed specifically for students to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Students who are especially interested in cancer research careers are encouraged to apply. Opportunities are available at 14 research institutions across the United States. Stipend, housing, and travel to and from the host institution are covered by NCI. Additionally, students will convene at the NIH in Bethesda, MD, mid-way through the summer to present their research and network with their peers. 

Detailed information about the program and application instructions can be found at: https://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/SummerProgram/. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

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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