BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

BME Weekly

January 18, 2020

BME Seminars

Graduate Student Seminar Series: Jenna Harris

Using biomimetic membrane-wrapped nanoparticles for targeted cargo delivery to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells
January 20, 2021 at 2 PM

Jenna Harris’ project focuses on developing a technology that can deliver cargo to bone marrow stem cells, which give rise to all blood cell types in the human body. To achieve this, she wraps loaded nanoparticles in cell membranes, cloaking them from the immune system and allowing them to target the bone marrow. This new system has substantial potential to transform the treatment of diseases, including HIV, cancer and anemia.

A fifth-year doctoral student in Emily Day’s lab, Harris was the first person to start making membrane-wrapped nanoparticles at UD. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at UMass Amherst before enrolling in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UD. She is interested in going into industry and would like to work at a pharmaceutical biotech company. In her free time, Harris enjoys cooking, baking and art. (Register Now)

BME Graduate News

Postdoc Position Available in Bacteria-Responsive Biomaterials, Shukla Lab @ Brown University

Description: The Shukla Lab at Brown University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems. Rising antibiotic resistance and stagnant development of antimicrobial drugs is a global public health threat. Bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems can preserve the efficacy of existing antibacterial therapeutics and limit unnecessary exposure to these drugs. This postdoctoral opportunity will involve building upon novel bacteria-responsive hydrogel drug delivery platforms developed recently in the Shukla Lab and establishing in vivoinfection models to analyze the efficacy and translational potential of these materials.

Candidates should be able to drive research, contribute independently, and be excited to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research group.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Start Date: March 1, 2021 (flexible)

Required Applicant Qualifications:
1. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Biology (or related fields) by start of the postdoc position
2. Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated publication record
3. Expertise in in vivo murine bacterial infection models

and one or more of the following:  
4. Expertise in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, cellular or molecular biology
5. Experience with organic chemical synthesis and chemical characterization (e.g., NMR, HPLC, FTIR, MALDI, etc.)
6. Experience with polymeric/soft materials characterization (e.g., AFM, TEM, SEM, DLS, DSC, mechanical testing, etc.)
7. Experience with biomaterials, drug delivery, antimicrobial materials, histology and tissue processing, microbial and/or mammalian cell culture

How to apply:  Please send the following documents as a single PDF to Prof. Anita Shukla (anita_shukla@brown.edu) with the subject line “Postdoctoral candidate – your name”
1. Cover letter
2. Complete CV
3. Contact information for three or more references

About the Shukla Lab: The Shukla Lab for Designer Biomaterials is part of the School of Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering, and Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. We are a diverse group of students and postdocs with backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pathobiology, and Chemistry, led by PI, Anita Shukla. The lab focuses on the development of biomaterials-based treatments for microbial infections. The lab is currently funded by the DoD, NSF, and the Falk Medical Research Trust. Learn more at www.designerbiomaterials.com and follow our work on Twitter @ShuklaLab.

Graduate Student Math Modelling Camp 2021

We are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp, GSMMC 21.  The camp will take place from June 9-12, 2021.  Hopefully, it will occur in person at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  However, we are planning to offer the Camp in virtual format if necessary.

Please circulate this announcement to graduate students in your department.

Description

The GSMM Camp is a workshop designed to teach graduate students a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions.  Guided by an invited faculty mentor, graduate students work in teams on highly interdisciplinary problems inspired by real industrial applications.  As a result, the Camp provides a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside of the traditional academic setting.
 
Here are some past problems from the 2019 Camp:
  • Drug Delivery in Contact Lenses
  • Cutting with water: From fish to fracking
  • Flow and Fouling in Elastic Membrane Filters
MPI Workshop
The Camp is run in conjunction with the MPI Workshop the following week, held this year at the University of Vermont.  MPI focuses on real-world open-ended industrial problems, and draws both faculty and student attendees.  With the skills obtained at GSMMC, campers become valuable participants in the problem-solving teams at the workshop, helping to solve the posed problems.  The Workshop also provides mentoring and networking opportunities for Campers with academic and industrial representatives.  We expect that most Campers will automatically be registered for and supported at MPI.  For more information about MPI, you may visit the Web page for the 2020 Workshop.
 

Application

Financial support is available for participants, but is limited.  The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form and on a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.  Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 23, 2021 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by early to mid-May.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program (IRACDA) @ Tufts

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and hope that you will pass information about this opportunity on to your graduate students.  This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.

This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2021 is March 1, 2021.  Later applications will be considered if positions are available.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. The strongest candidates will have strong academic and research credentials, an interest in teaching, mentoring, and increasing diversity in STEM fields, and a commitment to the goals of the Tufts IRACDA program.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.

BME Undergraduate News

Open House: University of Pittsburgh – Bioengineering – Professional Masters’ Programs – Medical Product Engineering & Neural Engineering

Bioengineering Professional Masters Programs Open House

MS-MPE: Medical Product Engineering
MS-NE: Neural Engineering

Friday, February 12  |  3:00 p.m. EST

Click to RSVP

Join us on February 12 for a discussion about our University of Pittsburgh Bioengineering Professional Masters Graduate Programs including:  

– MS in Medical Product Engineering
– Certificate in Medical Product Innovation
– MS in Neural Engineering
– MS/MBA, a collaboration with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Meet our Faculty

Along with our current Pitt MS and PhD students to discuss their Pitt experience and our graduate staff administrators available to answer questions about the admissions process.

Learn More about Graduate Admissions and Apply:
https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/GraduateApplication/

Send inquiries about the programs to:
bioegrad@pitt.edu

Database of Fellowships, Internships, and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Oak Ridge Institute (UD is a member) has a great interactive portal for undergraduate and graduate students interested in experiential learning opportunities, scholarships etc, particularly in US government research laboratories but others are there as well. The offerings are broad and include computational sciences, engineering, and life sciences.

NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The NCI Division of Cancer Biology is excited to announce the 2021 NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which includes a 10-week paid fellowship, a 2-day research conference at NIH Bethesda, and the virtual mini-DREAM curriculum. The program covers all expenses, including a stipend ($4,000), housing at the host institute, and all travel. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.

This Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC)/ Physical Sciences in Oncology Network (PS-ON) SURP is targeted towards rising junior and senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential. The program is designed specifically for students who wish to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Research opportunities are available at 16 CSBC and PS-ON institutions across the United States.

In addition to performing research, students will have the opportunity to travel to the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD for a two-day undergraduate research conference. The conference will include a scientific poster session, career mentorship keynote talks, and the opportunity to meet other students from around the country.

Finally, the summer program will feature bi-weekly webinars that introduce students to the analysis and modeling of large cancer datasets through the mini-DREAM curriculum.

For additional questions regarding the NCI SURP, please contact Dr. Chunwei Du (cdu@mail.nih.gov).

NSF Translational Biomedical Science & Advanced Biomanufacturing REU Program for Summer 2021 @ Binghamton University

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) training program at Binghamton University. Students will spend 10 weeks performing research in biomedical translational science and technology development. They will learn to integrate engineering principles with medical and life sciences, translating biomedical discoveries into bedside technologies for treating many diseases, such as diabetes and cancers.

BENEFITS

Stipend: $5,000

Room and board (if needed)

Travel: Up to $450

Field trips, social activities, networking events, professional development opportunities

Hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facilities at Binghamton University

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Undergraduate students majoring in any science or engineering field

Students who have completed 60 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a4.0 scale)

U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a U.S. college or university

Students from underrepresented groups, Including women, are strongly encouraged to apply

WHY BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY?

A long-standing reputation for academic excellence in graduate and undergraduate research programs

$500 million Upstate Revitalization Award from New York State to build first-class research & development facilities and capabilities in manufacturing

APPLY TODAY AT:BINGHAMTON.EDU/BIOMEDICAL-ENGINEERING/REU

TECBio REU @ Pitt: Undergraduate Summer Research in Computational Biology

We are pleased to announce the 12th summer for our REU program in computational biology and would hope that you would also be willing to recommend another student(s) for our program this year.  More information and our 2021 program flyer can be found at our website – tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2021

Program Dates:  May 24 – July 30, 2021

Student Support:  $6000 stipend, meals*, housing*, and computer/virtual reality equipment*
* Additional support based on expected virtual programming. In-person support likely to change.

Subject to change based on COVID-19 procedures and regulations.

Housing and travel not guaranteed for Pitt student.

2021 Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will host the fifteenth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference virtually on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.

The Conference will offer breakout and plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students/fellows; networking opportunities with professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, academia and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job and research opportunities, internships, and summer programs. 

DATES

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021

AUDIENCE

Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows)

CONFERENCE FLYER   

There is no registration fee to attend but completion of a four-page application is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

College through Postdoc – February 12, 2021

High School Deadline – January 15, 2021 

Interested students should contact Hollie DeSilva at Hollie_DeSilva@hms.harvard.edu to request an application.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering @ Vanderbilt

Now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

AWARD

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:

  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  •  
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students and would appreciate it if you would forward them this information.  Please visit:https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

McNair Scholars Program Application Now Open

The McNair Scholars Program was established to support low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in their preparation for graduate school. You can learn more about the program here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/

To apply to be a McNair Scholar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education. Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2021, however, this year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online McNair application can be found here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/applicants/

Career Corner

Delaware INBRE Still Looking for Faculty Mentors

Delaware INBRE is still seeking faculty mentors for our 2021 undergraduate summer research program.  This program pays stipends for full time, 10 week long mentored undergraduate research experiences for US citizen/PR  undergraduates who are either Delaware residents or attend a Delaware college or university.  We typically fund both undergraduates who are working currently in a research laboratory , and also will match students with mentors who have not worked together before. We currently plan to run the program “face to face” as UD is currently allowing undergraduates to work in research labs again, but are prepared to pivot again to an online format (which was very successful during summer 2020 based on student and mentor surveys) if pandemic restrictions are reimposed.
 
The program works by letting students chose potential mentors from a mentor list on the application web site, and we need faculty to fill out a mentor form every year https://ugresearch.udel.edu/PUB_Program.aspx to populate this web site. If you have a UD undergraduate working in your lab now who wants to continue into summer we can only fund them to work in your lab IF 1) you apply to be a mentor now ie by 1/15/2021 and 2) they apply to the INBRE summer program (a separate application than the UD undergraduate summer fellowships although the application portal is the same).  NOTE:  Such students should apply to BOTH the INBRE program and UD summer scholars programs to maximize their chances of getting selected for a paid summer research experience.

UD Internship Grant Program

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships. The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Students can determine eligibility and priority for the program by visiting the Career Center’s webpage at https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/internship-grant/

Job Opportunities

We have moved this to the Opportunities section of the website. Updated January 8, 2020.

CBE’s News of the Week

January 11, 2020

BME Seminars

Graduate Student Seminar Series: Jenna Harris

Using biomimetic membrane-wrapped nanoparticles for targeted cargo delivery to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells
January 20, 2021 at 2 PM

Jenna Harris’ project focuses on developing a technology that can deliver cargo to bone marrow stem cells, which give rise to all blood cell types in the human body. To achieve this, she wraps loaded nanoparticles in cell membranes, cloaking them from the immune system and allowing them to target the bone marrow. This new system has substantial potential to transform the treatment of diseases, including HIV, cancer and anemia.

A fifth-year doctoral student in Emily Day’s lab, Harris was the first person to start making membrane-wrapped nanoparticles at UD. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at UMass Amherst before enrolling in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UD. She is interested in going into industry and would like to work at a pharmaceutical biotech company. In her free time, Harris enjoys cooking, baking and art. (Register Now)

BME Graduate News

LAST CALL: Black Trailblazers in Engineering (Applications Due 1/8, Recommendation Letters Due 1/15)

Eligibility

Black PhD students/postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at US research universities who are expected to complete their PhD/postdoctoral appointments at US universities in 2020 or 2021, and are interested in applying for faculty positions in the US, are eligible for this program. Up to 25 talented BTE fellows will be selected for this initial program.

Application

Required application materials include the following items:

  • Cover letter should summarize why applicants are interested in the program and how it would benefit them; should also indicate their experiences, activities, and/or goals to promote, as a future engineering faculty, a climate that values diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or engagement
  • Research and education plan as a future faculty trailblazer in engineering (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation

Apply at https://purdue.infoready4.com/ on the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page by clicking on Black Trailblazers in Engineering. You may search by the due date of 1/8/2021 to access it more readily.

Create an account by clicking on Register. Here you will input your name and email address and click on Create Account. You will be asked to confirm your account via an email notification sent to the email address entered. Use this email address and established password to access the site. Please note that email domains affiliated with institutions, e.g., edu, are required.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Marsha Freeland, mjfreeland@purdue.edu.

Postdoc Position Available in Bacteria-Responsive Biomaterials, Shukla Lab @ Brown University

Description: The Shukla Lab at Brown University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems. Rising antibiotic resistance and stagnant development of antimicrobial drugs is a global public health threat. Bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems can preserve the efficacy of existing antibacterial therapeutics and limit unnecessary exposure to these drugs. This postdoctoral opportunity will involve building upon novel bacteria-responsive hydrogel drug delivery platforms developed recently in the Shukla Lab and establishing in vivoinfection models to analyze the efficacy and translational potential of these materials.

Candidates should be able to drive research, contribute independently, and be excited to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research group.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Start Date: March 1, 2021 (flexible)

Required Applicant Qualifications:
1. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Biology (or related fields) by start of the postdoc position
2. Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated publication record
3. Expertise in in vivo murine bacterial infection models

and one or more of the following:  
4. Expertise in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, cellular or molecular biology
5. Experience with organic chemical synthesis and chemical characterization (e.g., NMR, HPLC, FTIR, MALDI, etc.)
6. Experience with polymeric/soft materials characterization (e.g., AFM, TEM, SEM, DLS, DSC, mechanical testing, etc.)
7. Experience with biomaterials, drug delivery, antimicrobial materials, histology and tissue processing, microbial and/or mammalian cell culture

How to apply:  Please send the following documents as a single PDF to Prof. Anita Shukla (anita_shukla@brown.edu) with the subject line “Postdoctoral candidate – your name”
1. Cover letter
2. Complete CV
3. Contact information for three or more references

About the Shukla Lab: The Shukla Lab for Designer Biomaterials is part of the School of Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering, and Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. We are a diverse group of students and postdocs with backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pathobiology, and Chemistry, led by PI, Anita Shukla. The lab focuses on the development of biomaterials-based treatments for microbial infections. The lab is currently funded by the DoD, NSF, and the Falk Medical Research Trust. Learn more at www.designerbiomaterials.com and follow our work on Twitter @ShuklaLab.

LAST CALL for Applications: 2021 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. Domestic travel and hotel expenses are paid for the winners. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will participate in a virtual advocacy event in the spring of 2021 (likely in April) and will also have the opportunity to attend a future in-person event.
  • Online policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding, and how to engage with policymakers and the news media.
  • Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.
  • A one-year subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of “Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.”

The 2021 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior recipients, including Honorable Mentions, are not eligible for the award.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
Learn more

Graduate Student Math Modelling Camp 2021

We are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp, GSMMC 21.  The camp will take place from June 9-12, 2021.  Hopefully, it will occur in person at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  However, we are planning to offer the Camp in virtual format if necessary.

Please circulate this announcement to graduate students in your department.

Description

The GSMM Camp is a workshop designed to teach graduate students a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions.  Guided by an invited faculty mentor, graduate students work in teams on highly interdisciplinary problems inspired by real industrial applications.  As a result, the Camp provides a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside of the traditional academic setting.
 
Here are some past problems from the 2019 Camp:
  • Drug Delivery in Contact Lenses
  • Cutting with water: From fish to fracking
  • Flow and Fouling in Elastic Membrane Filters
MPI Workshop
The Camp is run in conjunction with the MPI Workshop the following week, held this year at the University of Vermont.  MPI focuses on real-world open-ended industrial problems, and draws both faculty and student attendees.  With the skills obtained at GSMMC, campers become valuable participants in the problem-solving teams at the workshop, helping to solve the posed problems.  The Workshop also provides mentoring and networking opportunities for Campers with academic and industrial representatives.  We expect that most Campers will automatically be registered for and supported at MPI.  For more information about MPI, you may visit the Web page for the 2020 Workshop.
 

Application

Financial support is available for participants, but is limited.  The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form and on a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.  Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 23, 2021 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by early to mid-May.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program (IRACDA) @ Tufts

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and hope that you will pass information about this opportunity on to your graduate students.  This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.

This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2021 is March 1, 2021.  Later applications will be considered if positions are available.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. The strongest candidates will have strong academic and research credentials, an interest in teaching, mentoring, and increasing diversity in STEM fields, and a commitment to the goals of the Tufts IRACDA program.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.

BME Undergraduate News

Open House THIS FRIDAY: University of Pittsburgh – Bioengineering – Professional Masters’ Programs – Medical Product Engineering & Neural Engineering

Bioengineering Professional Masters Programs Open House

MS-MPE: Medical Product Engineering
MS-NE: Neural Engineering

Friday, January 15  |  3:00 p.m. EST
Friday, February 12  |  3:00 p.m. EST

Click to RSVP

Join us on January 15 or February 12 for a discussion about our University of Pittsburgh Bioengineering Professional Masters Graduate Programs including:  

– MS in Medical Product Engineering
– Certificate in Medical Product Innovation
– MS in Neural Engineering
– MS/MBA, a collaboration with the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Meet our Faculty

Along with our current Pitt MS and PhD students to discuss their Pitt experience and our graduate staff administrators available to answer questions about the admissions process.

Learn More about Graduate Admissions and Apply:
https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/GraduateApplication/

Send inquiries about the programs to:
bioegrad@pitt.edu

Database of Fellowships, Internships, and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Oak Ridge Institute (UD is a member) has a great interactive portal for undergraduate and graduate students interested in experiential learning opportunities, scholarships etc, particularly in US government research laboratories but others are there as well. The offerings are broad and include computational sciences, engineering, and life sciences.

NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The NCI Division of Cancer Biology is excited to announce the 2021 NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which includes a 10-week paid fellowship, a 2-day research conference at NIH Bethesda, and the virtual mini-DREAM curriculum. The program covers all expenses, including a stipend ($4,000), housing at the host institute, and all travel. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.

This Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC)/ Physical Sciences in Oncology Network (PS-ON) SURP is targeted towards rising junior and senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential. The program is designed specifically for students who wish to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Research opportunities are available at 16 CSBC and PS-ON institutions across the United States.

In addition to performing research, students will have the opportunity to travel to the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD for a two-day undergraduate research conference. The conference will include a scientific poster session, career mentorship keynote talks, and the opportunity to meet other students from around the country.

Finally, the summer program will feature bi-weekly webinars that introduce students to the analysis and modeling of large cancer datasets through the mini-DREAM curriculum.

For additional questions regarding the NCI SURP, please contact Dr. Chunwei Du (cdu@mail.nih.gov).

NSF Translational Biomedical Science & Advanced Biomanufacturing REU Program for Summer 2021 @ Binghamton University

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) training program at Binghamton University. Students will spend 10 weeks performing research in biomedical translational science and technology development. They will learn to integrate engineering principles with medical and life sciences, translating biomedical discoveries into bedside technologies for treating many diseases, such as diabetes and cancers.

BENEFITS

Stipend: $5,000

Room and board (if needed)

Travel: Up to $450

Field trips, social activities, networking events, professional development opportunities

Hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facilities at Binghamton University

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Undergraduate students majoring in any science or engineering field

Students who have completed 60 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a4.0 scale)

U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a U.S. college or university

Students from underrepresented groups, Including women, are strongly encouraged to apply

WHY BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY?

A long-standing reputation for academic excellence in graduate and undergraduate research programs

$500 million Upstate Revitalization Award from New York State to build first-class research & development facilities and capabilities in manufacturing

APPLY TODAY AT:BINGHAMTON.EDU/BIOMEDICAL-ENGINEERING/REU

TECBio REU @ Pitt: Undergraduate Summer Research in Computational Biology

We are pleased to announce the 12th summer for our REU program in computational biology and would hope that you would also be willing to recommend another student(s) for our program this year.  More information and our 2021 program flyer can be found at our website – tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2021

Program Dates:  May 24 – July 30, 2021

Student Support:  $6000 stipend, meals*, housing*, and computer/virtual reality equipment*
* Additional support based on expected virtual programming. In-person support likely to change.

Subject to change based on COVID-19 procedures and regulations.

Housing and travel not guaranteed for Pitt student.

2021 Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will host the fifteenth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference virtually on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.

The Conference will offer breakout and plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students/fellows; networking opportunities with professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, academia and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job and research opportunities, internships, and summer programs. 

DATES

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021

AUDIENCE

Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows)

CONFERENCE FLYER   

There is no registration fee to attend but completion of a four-page application is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

College through Postdoc – February 12, 2021

High School Deadline – January 15, 2021 

Interested students should contact Hollie DeSilva at Hollie_DeSilva@hms.harvard.edu to request an application.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering @ Vanderbilt

Now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

AWARD

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:

  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  •  
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students and would appreciate it if you would forward them this information.  Please visit:https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

McNair Scholars Program Application Now Open

The McNair Scholars Program was established to support low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in their preparation for graduate school. You can learn more about the program here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/

To apply to be a McNair Scholar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education. Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2021, however, this year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online McNair application can be found here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/applicants/

Career Corner

LAST CALL: Delaware CTR ACCEL Program Applications Due 1/15/2021

REMINDER:  New this year – Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply for a 2021 Pilot Program Grant are REQUIRED. To be eligible to submit your full proposal application, you must submit a LOI by January 15th 2021.

Submit Letter of Intent
View Full Request for Proposals

For technical questions, please create a ticket in Jira or contact Scott Miller (Scott.Miller@nemours.org).
For general questions, please contact the Pilot Program Director Susanne Morton (smmorton@udel.edu).

Delaware INBRE Still Looking for Faculty Mentors

Delaware INBRE is still seeking faculty mentors for our 2021 undergraduate summer research program.  This program pays stipends for full time, 10 week long mentored undergraduate research experiences for US citizen/PR  undergraduates who are either Delaware residents or attend a Delaware college or university.  We typically fund both undergraduates who are working currently in a research laboratory , and also will match students with mentors who have not worked together before. We currently plan to run the program “face to face” as UD is currently allowing undergraduates to work in research labs again, but are prepared to pivot again to an online format (which was very successful during summer 2020 based on student and mentor surveys) if pandemic restrictions are reimposed.
 
The program works by letting students chose potential mentors from a mentor list on the application web site, and we need faculty to fill out a mentor form every year https://ugresearch.udel.edu/PUB_Program.aspx to populate this web site. If you have a UD undergraduate working in your lab now who wants to continue into summer we can only fund them to work in your lab IF 1) you apply to be a mentor now ie by 1/15/2021 and 2) they apply to the INBRE summer program (a separate application than the UD undergraduate summer fellowships although the application portal is the same).  NOTE:  Such students should apply to BOTH the INBRE program and UD summer scholars programs to maximize their chances of getting selected for a paid summer research experience.

UD Internship Grant Program

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships. The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Students can determine eligibility and priority for the program by visiting the Career Center’s webpage at https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/internship-grant/

Job Opportunities

We have moved this to the Opportunities section of the website. Updated January 8, 2020.

CBE’s News of the Week

January 4, 2020

BME Seminars

Graduate Student Seminar Series: Jenna Harris

Using biomimetic membrane-wrapped nanoparticles for targeted cargo delivery to hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells
January 20, 2021 at 2 PM

Jenna Harris’ project focuses on developing a technology that can deliver cargo to bone marrow stem cells, which give rise to all blood cell types in the human body. To achieve this, she wraps loaded nanoparticles in cell membranes, cloaking them from the immune system and allowing them to target the bone marrow. This new system has substantial potential to transform the treatment of diseases, including HIV, cancer and anemia.

A fifth-year doctoral student in Emily Day’s lab, Harris was the first person to start making membrane-wrapped nanoparticles at UD. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering at UMass Amherst before enrolling in the Materials Science and Engineering Program at UD. She is interested in going into industry and would like to work at a pharmaceutical biotech company. In her free time, Harris enjoys cooking, baking and art. (Register Now)

BME Graduate News

LAST CALL: Black Trailblazers in Engineering (Applications Due 1/8, Recommendation Letters Due 1/15)

Eligibility

Black PhD students/postdocs in engineering or related disciplines at US research universities who are expected to complete their PhD/postdoctoral appointments at US universities in 2020 or 2021, and are interested in applying for faculty positions in the US, are eligible for this program. Up to 25 talented BTE fellows will be selected for this initial program.

Application

Required application materials include the following items:

  • Cover letter should summarize why applicants are interested in the program and how it would benefit them; should also indicate their experiences, activities, and/or goals to promote, as a future engineering faculty, a climate that values diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or engagement
  • Research and education plan as a future faculty trailblazer in engineering (maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae including list of publications
  • 1-3 letters of recommendation

Apply at https://purdue.infoready4.com/ on the Purdue University Internal Competitions and Limited Submissions page by clicking on Black Trailblazers in Engineering. You may search by the due date of 1/8/2021 to access it more readily.

Create an account by clicking on Register. Here you will input your name and email address and click on Create Account. You will be asked to confirm your account via an email notification sent to the email address entered. Use this email address and established password to access the site. Please note that email domains affiliated with institutions, e.g., edu, are required.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Marsha Freeland, mjfreeland@purdue.edu.

Postdoc Position Available in Bacteria-Responsive Biomaterials, Shukla Lab @ Brown University

Description: The Shukla Lab at Brown University has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems. Rising antibiotic resistance and stagnant development of antimicrobial drugs is a global public health threat. Bacteria-responsive drug delivery systems can preserve the efficacy of existing antibacterial therapeutics and limit unnecessary exposure to these drugs. This postdoctoral opportunity will involve building upon novel bacteria-responsive hydrogel drug delivery platforms developed recently in the Shukla Lab and establishing in vivoinfection models to analyze the efficacy and translational potential of these materials.

Candidates should be able to drive research, contribute independently, and be excited to work within a multidisciplinary and diverse research group.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Start Date: March 1, 2021 (flexible)

Required Applicant Qualifications:
1. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or Biology (or related fields) by start of the postdoc position
2. Strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated publication record
3. Expertise in in vivo murine bacterial infection models

and one or more of the following:  
4. Expertise in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, cellular or molecular biology
5. Experience with organic chemical synthesis and chemical characterization (e.g., NMR, HPLC, FTIR, MALDI, etc.)
6. Experience with polymeric/soft materials characterization (e.g., AFM, TEM, SEM, DLS, DSC, mechanical testing, etc.)
7. Experience with biomaterials, drug delivery, antimicrobial materials, histology and tissue processing, microbial and/or mammalian cell culture

How to apply:  Please send the following documents as a single PDF to Prof. Anita Shukla (anita_shukla@brown.edu) with the subject line “Postdoctoral candidate – your name”
1. Cover letter
2. Complete CV
3. Contact information for three or more references

About the Shukla Lab: The Shukla Lab for Designer Biomaterials is part of the School of Engineering, Center for Biomedical Engineering, and Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. We are a diverse group of students and postdocs with backgrounds in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pathobiology, and Chemistry, led by PI, Anita Shukla. The lab focuses on the development of biomaterials-based treatments for microbial infections. The lab is currently funded by the DoD, NSF, and the Falk Medical Research Trust. Learn more at www.designerbiomaterials.com and follow our work on Twitter @ShuklaLab.

Call for Applications: 2021 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. Domestic travel and hotel expenses are paid for the winners. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will participate in a virtual advocacy event in the spring of 2021 (likely in April) and will also have the opportunity to attend a future in-person event.
  • Online policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding, and how to engage with policymakers and the news media.
  • Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.
  • A one-year subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of “Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.”

The 2021 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior recipients, including Honorable Mentions, are not eligible for the award.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
Learn more

Graduate Student Math Modelling Camp 2021

We are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp, GSMMC 21.  The camp will take place from June 9-12, 2021.  Hopefully, it will occur in person at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  However, we are planning to offer the Camp in virtual format if necessary.

Please circulate this announcement to graduate students in your department.

Description

The GSMM Camp is a workshop designed to teach graduate students a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions.  Guided by an invited faculty mentor, graduate students work in teams on highly interdisciplinary problems inspired by real industrial applications.  As a result, the Camp provides a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside of the traditional academic setting.
 
Here are some past problems from the 2019 Camp:
  • Drug Delivery in Contact Lenses
  • Cutting with water: From fish to fracking
  • Flow and Fouling in Elastic Membrane Filters
MPI Workshop
The Camp is run in conjunction with the MPI Workshop the following week, held this year at the University of Vermont.  MPI focuses on real-world open-ended industrial problems, and draws both faculty and student attendees.  With the skills obtained at GSMMC, campers become valuable participants in the problem-solving teams at the workshop, helping to solve the posed problems.  The Workshop also provides mentoring and networking opportunities for Campers with academic and industrial representatives.  We expect that most Campers will automatically be registered for and supported at MPI.  For more information about MPI, you may visit the Web page for the 2020 Workshop.
 

Application

Financial support is available for participants, but is limited.  The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form and on a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.  Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 23, 2021 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by early to mid-May.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program (IRACDA) @ Tufts

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and hope that you will pass information about this opportunity on to your graduate students.  This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.

This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2021 is March 1, 2021.  Later applications will be considered if positions are available.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. The strongest candidates will have strong academic and research credentials, an interest in teaching, mentoring, and increasing diversity in STEM fields, and a commitment to the goals of the Tufts IRACDA program.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.

BME Undergraduate News

NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The NCI Division of Cancer Biology is excited to announce the 2021 NCI Systems Biology and Physical Oncology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which includes a 10-week paid fellowship, a 2-day research conference at NIH Bethesda, and the virtual mini-DREAM curriculum. The program covers all expenses, including a stipend ($4,000), housing at the host institute, and all travel. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.

This Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC)/ Physical Sciences in Oncology Network (PS-ON) SURP is targeted towards rising junior and senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential. The program is designed specifically for students who wish to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Research opportunities are available at 16 CSBC and PS-ON institutions across the United States.

In addition to performing research, students will have the opportunity to travel to the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD for a two-day undergraduate research conference. The conference will include a scientific poster session, career mentorship keynote talks, and the opportunity to meet other students from around the country.

Finally, the summer program will feature bi-weekly webinars that introduce students to the analysis and modeling of large cancer datasets through the mini-DREAM curriculum.

For additional questions regarding the NCI SURP, please contact Dr. Chunwei Du (cdu@mail.nih.gov).

NSF Translational Biomedical Science & Advanced Biomanufacturing REU Program for Summer 2021 @ Binghamton University

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) training program at Binghamton University. Students will spend 10 weeks performing research in biomedical translational science and technology development. They will learn to integrate engineering principles with medical and life sciences, translating biomedical discoveries into bedside technologies for treating many diseases, such as diabetes and cancers.

BENEFITS

Stipend: $5,000

Room and board (if needed)

Travel: Up to $450

Field trips, social activities, networking events, professional development opportunities

Hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facilities at Binghamton University

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Undergraduate students majoring in any science or engineering field

Students who have completed 60 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a4.0 scale)

U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a U.S. college or university

Students from underrepresented groups, Including women, are strongly encouraged to apply

WHY BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY?

A long-standing reputation for academic excellence in graduate and undergraduate research programs

$500 million Upstate Revitalization Award from New York State to build first-class research & development facilities and capabilities in manufacturing

APPLY TODAY AT:BINGHAMTON.EDU/BIOMEDICAL-ENGINEERING/REU

TECBio REU @ Pitt: Undergraduate Summer Research in Computational Biology

We are pleased to announce the 12th summer for our REU program in computational biology and would hope that you would also be willing to recommend another student(s) for our program this year.  More information and our 2021 program flyer can be found at our website – tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2021

Program Dates:  May 24 – July 30, 2021

Student Support:  $6000 stipend, meals*, housing*, and computer/virtual reality equipment*
* Additional support based on expected virtual programming. In-person support likely to change.

Subject to change based on COVID-19 procedures and regulations.

Housing and travel not guaranteed for Pitt student.

2021 Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will host the fifteenth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference virtually on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.

The Conference will offer breakout and plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students/fellows; networking opportunities with professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, academia and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job and research opportunities, internships, and summer programs. 

DATES

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021

AUDIENCE

Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows)

CONFERENCE FLYER   

There is no registration fee to attend but completion of a four-page application is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

College through Postdoc – February 12, 2021

High School Deadline – January 15, 2021 

Interested students should contact Hollie DeSilva at Hollie_DeSilva@hms.harvard.edu to request an application.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering @ Vanderbilt

Now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

AWARD

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:

  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  •  
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students and would appreciate it if you would forward them this information.  Please visit:https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

McNair Scholars Program Application Now Open

The McNair Scholars Program was established to support low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in their preparation for graduate school. You can learn more about the program here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/

To apply to be a McNair Scholar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education. Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2021, however, this year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online McNair application can be found here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/applicants/

Career Corner

UD Internship Grant Program

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships. The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Students can determine eligibility and priority for the program by visiting the Career Center’s webpage at https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/internship-grant/

Job Opportunities

We have moved this to the Opportunities section of the website. Updated January 4, 2020.

CBE’s News of the Week

December 14, 2020

BME in the News

Andria Farrens (with Dr. Fabrizio Sergi) and their paper on “Characterizing adaptive behaviour of the wristduring lateral force perturbations” are finalists for the BioRob 2020 Best Student Paper Award! More details here.

“Photoresponsive miR-34a/Nanoshell Conjugates Enable Light-Triggered Gene Regulation to Impair the Function of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Cells” by Megan Dang; access it here

BME Graduate News

Call for Applications: 2021 AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award

Each year, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) recognizes graduate students in the biological sciences who are demonstrating an interest and aptitude for working at the intersection of science and policy.Recipients of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award receive:

  • A trip to Washington, DC, to participate in the AIBS Congressional Visits Day, an annual event where scientists meet with lawmakers to advocate for federal investment in the biological sciences, with a primary focus on the National Science Foundation. Domestic travel and hotel expenses are paid for the winners. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will participate in a virtual advocacy event in the spring of 2021 (likely in April) and will also have the opportunity to attend a future in-person event.
  • Online policy and communications training, including information on the legislative process and trends in federal science funding, and how to engage with policymakers and the news media.
  • Meetings with congressional policymakers to discuss the importance of federal investment in the biological sciences.
  • A one-year subscription to the journal BioScience and a copy of “Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media.”

The 2021 award is open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a graduate degree program in the biological sciences, science education, or a closely allied field. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to science policy and/or science education policy. Prior recipients, including Honorable Mentions, are not eligible for the award.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
Learn more

Graduate Student Math Modelling Camp 2021

We are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual Graduate Student Mathematical Modeling Camp, GSMMC 21.  The camp will take place from June 9-12, 2021.  Hopefully, it will occur in person at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.  However, we are planning to offer the Camp in virtual format if necessary.

Please circulate this announcement to graduate students in your department.

Description

The GSMM Camp is a workshop designed to teach graduate students a broad range of problem-solving skills, including mathematical modeling and analysis, scientific computation, and critical assessment of solutions.  Guided by an invited faculty mentor, graduate students work in teams on highly interdisciplinary problems inspired by real industrial applications.  As a result, the Camp provides a valuable educational and career-enhancing experience outside of the traditional academic setting.
 
Here are some past problems from the 2019 Camp:
  • Drug Delivery in Contact Lenses
  • Cutting with water: From fish to fracking
  • Flow and Fouling in Elastic Membrane Filters
MPI Workshop
The Camp is run in conjunction with the MPI Workshop the following week, held this year at the University of Vermont.  MPI focuses on real-world open-ended industrial problems, and draws both faculty and student attendees.  With the skills obtained at GSMMC, campers become valuable participants in the problem-solving teams at the workshop, helping to solve the posed problems.  The Workshop also provides mentoring and networking opportunities for Campers with academic and industrial representatives.  We expect that most Campers will automatically be registered for and supported at MPI.  For more information about MPI, you may visit the Web page for the 2020 Workshop.
 

Application

Financial support is available for participants, but is limited.  The selection will be based on academic background and interests as indicated in the application form and on a letter of recommendation from a faculty sponsor.  Women and students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be completed by April 23, 2021 for full consideration, and successful applicants will be notified by early to mid-May.

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program (IRACDA) @ Tufts

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and hope that you will pass information about this opportunity on to your graduate students.  This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.

This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2021 is March 1, 2021.  Later applications will be considered if positions are available.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. The strongest candidates will have strong academic and research credentials, an interest in teaching, mentoring, and increasing diversity in STEM fields, and a commitment to the goals of the Tufts IRACDA program.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.

Grad Virtual Calendar, A UD BME Exclusive

Zoom Meeting Overload!? Looking for something to boost your resume? You see an interesting event but you’re too busy to put it onto your calendar? We hear you!

Don’t forget that all those awesome opportunities are being organized for you on the GRAD VIRTUAL calendar. All you need to do is to is 1) Click on the event 2) Click on the three vertical dots and 3) Copy to your calendar. You can also see today’s events on the opportunities page (bme.udel.edu/opportunities/) just click on the Grad Virtual Calendar tab, click on an event and add it to your calendar.

If you have an event you would like to share, please let Michelle P, mperge@udel.edu, know to add it for all as well. BME exclusive events will be colored PEACOCK. International exclusive events will be colored FLAMINGO, BME Seminar Series events will be YELLOW.

Postdoc Opportunities @ Syracuse University’s Moz Lab

Davoud Mozhdehi is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at Syracuse University, and he is reaching out to advertise two open positions for postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory. Both positions are funded for a minimum of two years. 

Moz Lab currently has two open postdoc positions:

Position 1. The research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of genetically encoded hybrid biomaterials. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, or a relevant field with a strong emphasis in synthetic biology and microbiology is required. Experience with soft matter characterization techniques— scattering, rheology, and imaging (TEM, SEM)— is desirable.

Position 2. The research mainly focuses on the synthesis and characterization of active and adaptable synthetic materials. This research will entail synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and soft-matter characterization. Experience with the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds using Schlenk-line, polymer synthesis, and characterization is required.

He is looking for candidates who are team-oriented, creative, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, with diverse disciplinary experience and background. Both positions start immediately. Please send your CV, representative publications, and a one-page research summary in one PDF file to his email address (dmozhdeh@syr.edu) for consideration.

For relevant publications, see: Chem Commun (2020), ACS. Macro Letter (2020), Biomacromolecules (2019), JACS (2019), Nat. Chem (2018), Angew. Chem. (2017)

postdoc opportunities @ cold spring harbor laboratory

See here for all of the recent Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities here at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. For any students or alumni who’d like to be considered, the flyer includes a link to our CSHL Post Doc Careers page  where they can create an account and apply directly to the opening.  They can contact me afterwards and I’d be happy to send their application to the Principle Investigator for review.

We would greatly appreciate you sharing these opportunities with your students and alumni or redirecting this email to another individual at your institution who would be able to distribute the flyer.  If you have a bulletin board where the flyer could be added, that would be great!

If you or your students have any questions, I may be reached at toner@cshl.edu.

BME Undergraduate News

NSF Translational Biomedical Science & Advanced Biomanufacturing REU Program for Summer 2021 @ Binghamton University

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) training program at Binghamton University. Students will spend 10 weeks performing research in biomedical translational science and technology development. They will learn to integrate engineering principles with medical and life sciences, translating biomedical discoveries into bedside technologies for treating many diseases, such as diabetes and cancers.

BENEFITS

Stipend: $5,000

Room and board (if needed)

Travel: Up to $450

Field trips, social activities, networking events, professional development opportunities

Hands-on training in state-of-the-art research facilities at Binghamton University

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Undergraduate students majoring in any science or engineering field

Students who have completed 60 hours of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a4.0 scale)

U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a U.S. college or university

Students from underrepresented groups, Including women, are strongly encouraged to apply

WHY BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY?

A long-standing reputation for academic excellence in graduate and undergraduate research programs

$500 million Upstate Revitalization Award from New York State to build first-class research & development facilities and capabilities in manufacturing

APPLY TODAY AT:BINGHAMTON.EDU/BIOMEDICAL-ENGINEERING/REU

TECBio REU @ Pitt: Undergraduate Summer Research in Computational Biology

We are pleased to announce the 12th summer for our REU program in computational biology and would hope that you would also be willing to recommend another student(s) for our program this year.  More information and our 2021 program flyer can be found at our website – tecbioreu.pitt.edu, which also hosts our program application page.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2021

Program Dates:  May 24 – July 30, 2021

Student Support:  $6000 stipend, meals*, housing*, and computer/virtual reality equipment*
* Additional support based on expected virtual programming. In-person support likely to change.

Subject to change based on COVID-19 procedures and regulations.

Housing and travel not guaranteed for Pitt student.

2021 Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference

The Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will host the fifteenth biennial Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference virtually on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Student participants should be seriously interested in or currently studying medicine, biomedical science or other science-related fields, such as chemistry, physics, biology, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, biotechnology, physical therapy, public health, allied health or environmental science.

The Conference will offer breakout and plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students/fellows; networking opportunities with professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, academia and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job and research opportunities, internships, and summer programs. 

DATES

Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, 2021

AUDIENCE

Postdocs (research and clinical); medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students; and high school seniors and juniors (particularly Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX or American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows)

CONFERENCE FLYER   

There is no registration fee to attend but completion of a four-page application is required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

College through Postdoc – February 12, 2021

High School Deadline – January 15, 2021 

Interested students should contact Hollie DeSilva at Hollie_DeSilva@hms.harvard.edu to request an application.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering @ Vanderbilt

Now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

AWARD

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:

  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  •  
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students and would appreciate it if you would forward them this information.  Please visit:https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

McNair Scholars Program Application Now Open

The McNair Scholars Program was established to support low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in their preparation for graduate school. You can learn more about the program here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/

To apply to be a McNair Scholar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education. Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2021, however, this year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online McNair application can be found here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/applicants/

 

Career Corner

Writing an ACCEL Pilot? Flight School #1 is TOMORROW, Tues 12/15

The ACCEL Professional Development Core invites you to attend its

FLIGHT SCHOOL

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00pm

The first session of the ACCEL Pilot Grant Flight School will be an in-depth review of the Request for Proposals (RFP).  Dr. Robert Akins, PhD, of the Professional Development Core will guide you through the RFP and help to answer questions and concerns.  Please feel free to bring ideas, questions, requests for grant writing resources, and more to the meeting!  To join use the Blue Jeans information below.

Blue Jeans To join the meeting on a computer or mobile phone: https://bluejeans.com/528028038?src=calendarLink

For questions or additional information, contact Erin.Riegel@nemours.org.

UD Internship Grant Program

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships. The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Students can determine eligibility and priority for the program by visiting the Career Center’s webpage at https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/internship-grant/

Job Opportunities

We have moved this to the Opportunities section of the website. Updated December 14, 2020.

CBE’s News of the Week

December 7, 2020

bme in the news

New Chair for Biomedical Engineering

Targeting Drug-Resistant Cancers

BME Department News

Dr. Cashaback’s Neuromechanics & learning research group needs human subjects for vr/robotics study

See details here; the study will take place at STAR Campus! Email cashabacklab@gmail.com to register or for any questions.

BME Graduate News

Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program (IRACDA) @ Tufts

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and hope that you will pass information about this opportunity on to your graduate students.  This program, called IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards Program), is funded by the IRACDA mechanism of NIH-NIGMS.       

This NIGMS-funded program is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Scholars spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is further supplemented by workshops on essential skills such as grant and manuscript writing, mentoring, lab management, scientific presentations, and responsible conduct of research as well as on teaching methods that encourage active learning. The training components are sequenced to allow scholars to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. The first year of support for IRACDA scholars is provided by the faculty research mentor and then up to three years of support, plus a yearly travel and supply allowance, comes from the IRACDA Program.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2021 is March 1, 2021.  Later applications will be considered if positions are available. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. The strongest candidates will have strong academic and research credentials, an interest in teaching, mentoring, and increasing diversity in STEM fields, and a commitment to the goals of the Tufts IRACDA program.

For additional information on the Tufts IRACDA Program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions.

Grad Virtual Calendar, A UD BME Exclusive

Zoom Meeting Overload!? Looking for something to boost your resume? You see an interesting event but you’re too busy to put it onto your calendar? We hear you!

Don’t forget that all those awesome opportunities are being organized for you on the GRAD VIRTUAL calendar. All you need to do is to is 1) Click on the event 2) Click on the three vertical dots and 3) Copy to your calendar. You can also see today’s events on the opportunities page (bme.udel.edu/opportunities/) just click on the Grad Virtual Calendar tab, click on an event and add it to your calendar.

If you have an event you would like to share, please let Michelle P, mperge@udel.edu, know to add it for all as well. BME exclusive events will be colored PEACOCK. International exclusive events will be colored FLAMINGO, BME Seminar Series events will be YELLOW.

Postdoc Opportunities @ Syracuse University’s Moz Lab

Davoud Mozhdehi is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at Syracuse University, and he is reaching out to advertise two open positions for postdoctoral fellows in his laboratory. Both positions are funded for a minimum of two years. 

Moz Lab currently has two open postdoc positions:

Position 1. The research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of genetically encoded hybrid biomaterials. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, or a relevant field with a strong emphasis in synthetic biology and microbiology is required. Experience with soft matter characterization techniques— scattering, rheology, and imaging (TEM, SEM)— is desirable.

Position 2. The research mainly focuses on the synthesis and characterization of active and adaptable synthetic materials. This research will entail synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and soft-matter characterization. Experience with the manipulation of air-sensitive compounds using Schlenk-line, polymer synthesis, and characterization is required.

He is looking for candidates who are team-oriented, creative, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, with diverse disciplinary experience and background. Both positions start immediately. Please send your CV, representative publications, and a one-page research summary in one PDF file to his email address (dmozhdeh@syr.edu) for consideration.

For relevant publications, see: Chem Commun (2020), ACS. Macro Letter (2020), Biomacromolecules (2019), JACS (2019), Nat. Chem (2018), Angew. Chem. (2017)

postdoc opportunities @ cold spring harbor laboratory

See here for all of the recent Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities here at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. For any students or alumni who’d like to be considered, the flyer includes a link to our CSHL Post Doc Careers page  where they can create an account and apply directly to the opening.  They can contact me afterwards and I’d be happy to send their application to the Principle Investigator for review.

We would greatly appreciate you sharing these opportunities with your students and alumni or redirecting this email to another individual at your institution who would be able to distribute the flyer.  If you have a bulletin board where the flyer could be added, that would be great!

If you or your students have any questions, I may be reached at toner@cshl.edu.

BME Undergraduate News

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering @ Vanderbilt

Now accepting applications for the summer 2021 NSF REU program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at Vanderbilt University. The application deadline is February 15th.  The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Hands-on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Seminars, workshops, and field trips
  • Group social activities and banquet
  • Optional outreach opportunities to high school students

ELIGIBILITY

  • Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply

AWARD

  • $5,000 stipend
  • $500 travel allowance
  • Room and board

The VINSE REU has a strong record of success! Former participants of the VINSE NSF REU program have gone on to receive several awards and honors including:

  • 19 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (another 10 received honorable mentions)
  • 6 Goldwater Scholarships
  • 3 SMART Fellowships
  • 1 Gates Cambridge Fellowship
  • 1 Marshall Scholar
  • 1 Rhodes Scholar
  • 1 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1 NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
  • 40% of former REU students have (or are expected to) co-author a journal publication
  •  
  • More than half of our formers REU students have given a presentation outside the REU program including 27 at national conferences funded by the VINSE REU

We would like to make this opportunity available to your students and would appreciate it if you would forward them this information.  Please visit:https://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu/ for more information or to apply.

McNair Scholars Program Application Now Open

The McNair Scholars Program was established to support low-income, first-generation college students and students from underrepresented groups in their preparation for graduate school. You can learn more about the program here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/

To apply to be a McNair Scholar, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have completed 60 college credits by May 31st
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (sophomore), 3.0 (junior)
  • Be a first generation college student, or a student who is defined as low-income by the U.S. Department of Education, or of a background that is underrepresented in graduate education. Underrepresented McNair Participants are defined as: African-American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The application deadline is February 12th, 2021, however, this year, the McNair program is implementing a rolling deadline for admissions.  Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

The online McNair application can be found here: https://mcnair.udel.edu/applicants/

Career Corner

UD Internship Grant Program

The UD Internship Grant Program is an initiative of the Career Center established to support University of Delaware students participating in unpaid internships. The grant is intended to provide a funding source for undergraduate students who have accepted (or are working on obtaining) an unpaid internship or professional experience in an industry that traditionally does not pay their interns. The grant is intended to support students with their needs in completing a professional opportunity by funding budget items like housing (as needed for the experience), food, travel, etc.

The UD Internship Grant Program may provide funding of up to $3,000 for summer experiences and up to $1,500 for winter experiences based on estimated need. The grant does not provide funding to supplement income lost in spending less time in a paying position as the funding is only available for expenses incurred as part of participating in the professional experience described.

Students can determine eligibility and priority for the program by visiting the Career Center’s webpage at https://www.udel.edu/students/career-center/students/internship-grant/

Job Opportunities

We have moved this to the Opportunities section of the website. Updated November 30, 2020.

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