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Internship Opportunities from Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL)

The NASA MIRO FIELDS Program would like to announce two undergraduate internship opportunities for CNAS students: a 10-week summer internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and a year-long internship at UCR.  Both internships are open to STEM undergraduates who are interested in conducting research involving large-scale data analysis, processing, and visualization.  These internship opportunities will not only provide valuable collaborative experience for undergraduates to work with scientists at JPL, UCR laboratories, or other NASA centers, but also support the interns financially through internship awards.

For more details on eligibility and the application process, please refer to the websites below. 

The application deadline is November 25, 2018!

Students who have applied before are welcomed to apply again.  For further questions, please email Dr. Xinnan Du at xinnan.du@ucr.edu.

Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) Program at UC Davis

The UC Davis Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) program, which aims to encourage under-represented minority and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduates to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, is accepting applications for 2019.  

The application deadline is January 31, 2019. The application and more information can be found at https://grad.neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/NIED

Over the course of two days (April 18-19, 2019), students:

  • learn about the doctoral degree, graduate school and the admissions process
  • take lab tours, where they meet current graduate students and faculty and learn about neuroscience research
  • participate in workshops, including mock interviews, how to write a person state, pick a school, and prepare for the GRE

All travel expenses incurred by each student, including airfare, lodging, and food, are covered.  

Research Opportunities at CAL TECH: The WAVE Fellows & Amgen Scholars Programs

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at casey@caltech.edu or (626) 395-2887.   Learn more at http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/

Interested students can join us for the following webinars to learn more:

  • WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 am PST
  • Amgen Scholars Program Webinar, Thursday, November 29, 11:00 am PST

Click here to learn how to join the webinars. Going to ABRCMS? Come visit us at booth #422!

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.  This program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

  • Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.
  • Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6350 award for the ten-week program. An additional housing/travel supplement will be provided.
  • Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/wavefellows

The Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

  • Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
  • Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6350 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.
  • Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/amgen_scholars


UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program
The Natural Reserve System of the University of California is accepting applications for the Spring 2019 offering of the UC Natural Reserve System field course, California Ecology and ConservationThe application deadline for Spring 2019 has passed.  Please check back again in the future for the new cycle.

This relatively new program, launched in Fall 2015, has been a tremendous success. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves, from Big Sur to the Mojave Desert, from coastal redwoods to California grasslands to high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video to get glimpses of what students are calling the most rewarding experience in their undergraduate careers. Here is what alumni have said about the experience:

"This course has made me fall in love with the process of science!" - UC Davis student

"My research, writing, and public speaking skills have improved and I am certain that this is a result of this class." - UC Los Angeles student

"This course has given me an in-depth understanding of scientific research that I haven't gained anywhere else. I have learned more about what a career in this field would look like in the last 50 days than the rest of my undergraduate career." - UC Santa Cruz student

"I loved getting to spend the summer in some of the most beautiful places in California with a group of amazing people. - UC Berkeley student

California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 undergraduates from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Experienced field instructors help undergraduates transform into scientists. Students complete a series of increasingly independent research studies while learning to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard field techniques. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback. All the while, students gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems.

All UC undergraduates who have a 2.5+ GPA, are in good standing with their home campus, and have successfully completed an introductory biology course are eligible to apply.

To see information about how the credits would be apply at UCR for Biology and Entomolgy majors, please click here.  For general information about how how these courses would work for UCR students, click here.

More information is available on the course website.  For further questions, please send an email to: CAecology@ucop.edu.   


MS to PhD Program at Cal State LA
Cal State LA offers a variety of Master's of Science programs and is currently offering the opportunity to apply for the RISE MS-to-PhD Program, which can provide students who qualify with substantial financial support to pursue a graduate degree in the sciences.
Please visit their website for more information: http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/moreprograms/rise/risephd.htm.
ECOSYSTEM Field Studies
ECOSYSTEM Field Studies is now accepting application for their winter-break  field course: Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies.
Find out more information HERE or visit, EcoFS.org
NASA's Applied Sciences' Capacity Building DEVELOP National Program
NASA is offering a chance to DEVELOP your career. To learn more click HERE.
Summer Research at Caltech
Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students.
Please click on the links below for more information. WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech  AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM at Caltech


Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2)
Please visit the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) for information on Summer Research for Undergraduates Program.
Nestle Purina Internship Opportunities
For more information you can download their Career Connexion App or go to Nestlepurinacareers.com

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