Office of Undergraduate Research

Natural and Health Sciences: Table of Contents by Sponsor

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American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR)

Boston Biomedical Research Institute

Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI)

The Center for North American Herpetology and National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)

Denver Zoo’s Conservation Biology Department

Dog Fence DIY

Leadership Alliance

Maddie's Fund, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine Grants

National Education Association Foundation

National Science Foundation

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Graduate and Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Graduate and Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postgraduate Opportunities

Ohio Space Grant Consortium

Special Olympics

U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Natural and Health Sciences: By Deadlines

 

Title: Dog Fence DIY Invites Applications for Veterinary and Pre-Veterinary Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: Dog Fence DIY
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Abstract: Dog training product retailer Dog Fence DIY is accepting applications for scholarships to assist pre-veterinary and veterinary students with education expenses.
Dog Fence DIY scholarships provide $2,000, distributed in increments of $500 per semester, to be used at the recipient's discretion. Qualified applicants must be enrolled in a doctor of veterinary medicine program, an undergraduate biology or pre-veterinary studies program, or the equivalent; be enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited university; and hold a minimum 3.5 grade point average or equivalent. Undergraduate applicants must have completed at least the first two years of undergraduate education and be a declared biology or pre-veterinary studies major. In addition, all applicants must submit an essay on "How to Be a Better Pet-Owner: Advice From a Veterinary Student." The winner's essay will be posted on the Dog Fence DIY Web site.
In order to receive each $500 increment, Dog Fence DIY scholars must be enrolled on a full-time basis and in good standing at their institution and maintain a 3.5 GPA. In addition, they must remain in either a doctor of veterinary medicine, undergraduate biology, pre-veterinary, or equivalent program.
For eligibility and application guidelines, visit the Dog Fence DIY Web site or visit http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=412700018 for more information.

Title: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Florida State University
Sponsor: The Center for North American Herpetology and National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Deadline: no set deadline
Abstract: Undergraduates interested in gaining research experience in evolutionary biology are invited to apply for a summer National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position available this summer in the lab of Emily Moriarty Lemmon at Florida State University. The summer REU student will help conduct genetic analyses of population structure in chorus frogs (Pseudacris) to test whether behavioral changes in phenotype correlate with population and landscape level genetic changes. The REU student will learn molecular techniques for working with DNA (traditional genotyping and highthroughput sequencing) and bioinformatic techniques for analyzing sequence data. Candidates should have an interest in evolutionary genetics and learning statistical methods for analyzing genetic data. Compensation will be $480 per week (corresponding to $12.00/hr; for approximately 8 hours/day; 5 days/week) for a total of 8 weeks and will also include a $1,200 stipend for housing and $1,208 for subsistence during the 8 week period. For students planning on graduate school, this experience would look great on your resume.
To apply for this position, please contact Dr. John Malone at jmalone@bio.fsu.edu and include a CV along with contact information for three references.

Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance encourages students from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue research careers in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Undergraduates have the opportunity to learn the principles underlying the conduct of research and will gain knowledge and tools that will prepare them to pursue and apply to competitive graduate schools. This research opportunity is designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs. Students will work for eight to ten weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance institution. Students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. This opportunity is a gateway to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks. For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/tabid/242/default.aspx

Title: NEA Foundation Grants
Sponsor: National Education Association Foundation
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Provides grants to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Student Achievement Grants ($5,000) support initiatives to improve academic achievement. Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development--$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Higher education faculty and staff may apply.
See http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/grant-application/ for details. E-mail: jgraytock@nea.org

Title: Effects of Bison on Reptile and Amphibian Communities in the Southern Great Plains
Sponsor: Denver Zoo’s Conservation Biology Department
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: This project examines the numbers and types of reptiles and amphibians found in 2 study sites containing bison herds, prairie dog colonies, and grassland sections without prairie dog colony activity. The project was begun in 2011 and is currently located near Kim, Colorado, in Baca and Las Animas counties. Information collected will enable us to tell if the natural activities of bison (along with prairie dogs) support herp populations, negatively affect them, or show no effect. This data will be compared to study sites in which cattle, not bison, are present. We live-capture reptiles and amphibians (herps) using funnel and pit-fall traps, which are connected to drift fencing, as well as captures of free-ranging herps. Herps are weighted, measured, sexed, marked and then released. We are looking for committed volunteers to help with all aspects of the work – carrying equipment, data recording, animal restraint, applying identification, etc. Ability to identify southeastern Colorado herps helpful but can be learned in the field.
Contact Bryon Shipley at 303-376-4921, bshipley@denverzoo.org

Title: Undergraduate Research Opportunity Core (UROC) Program 
Sponsor: Boston Biomedical Research Institute
Deadline: The BBRI UROC Committee considers applicants on a case-by-case basis year-round given position availability for the academic year program.
Abstract: Boston Biomedical Research Institute (BBRI) offers opportunities for early research experiences for undergraduates who are considering careers in scientific research. By providing well-mentored, supervised, original research experiences, BBRI investigators aim to inspire the next generations of basic and clinical scientists.  BBRI laboratories provide opportunities for hands-on, supervised, original research investigations relevant to four programmatic areas for biomedical research. These are Cancer Biology, Regenerative Biology, Cardiovascular Biology, and Integrative Protein Biology. Laboratories in these programmatic areas focus on specific problems in areas that include both applied and basic research in disciplines including stem cell biology, muscle disease, cancer, aging, cell signaling, protein biophysics, immunology, cell biology, and molecular biology. In addition, students are exposed to the theory and use of state of the art instrumentation for cell imaging, cell analyses, analytical biochemistry, mass spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, chemical and molecular spectroscopy, molecular fractionation, gene expression analyses, protein biochemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, and molecular biology analyses.
For more information visit http://www.bbri.org/index.php/uroc_intern_prog.html.

Title: Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP) 
Sponsor: Ohio Space Grant Consortium
Deadline: Accepted at anytime
Abstract: The sponsor welcomes applications for their Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP) which aims to aid in funding for undergraduate student "hands-on" projects. This can be an individual or a group project. A faculty mentor is required. Total Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) budget requests are limited to $10,000. Applicant must be an undergraduate student, however a faculty mentor is required. Non-U. S. citizens may participate, but cannot directly receive salary remuneration from NASA funds per the requirements stipulated by the OSGC NASA Training Grant. This grant opportunity is specifically to aid in funding for undergraduate student “hands-on” projects. This can be an individual or a group project. A faculty mentor is required.
For more information visit http://www.osgc.org/Seedgrant.html.

Title: Continuing Professional Development Scholarships 
Sponsor: American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Deadline: Scholarship applications may be submitted any time throughout the year. Applications will be processed on a continuous and ongoing basis. Applicants should consider the time frame for their proposed learning activity and submit the scholarship application at least four to six months in advance of beginning their proposed activity in order to allow adequate time for evaluation.
Abstract: The sponsor offers professional development scholarships to help members enrich their careers and acquire knowledge and skills beyond traditional academic nursing education. A limited number of scholarships for specific academic courses will be awarded. Applicants must hold current active membership in the sponsor's organization throughout the term of the funded activity. AACN's scholarship program is designed to promote lifelong learning, personal reflection and professional growth. The program may fund academic activities on a limited basis, but that would be because a specific academic course aligns with an applicant’s development plan rather than because an entire academic curriculum results in earning a degree or credential as the end point. Applicants are advised to be very specific when describing how they will achieve their individual goals through the proposed activity for which they are requesting funding. In the application, applicants are asked to reflect on their own knowledge gaps and answer these questions when they write their essays: What don’t I know?; What do I want to know?; and How do I plan to acquire the knowledge I lack? Applicants must show a direct link between the content of the learning activity they are proposing and what they need to learn in order to overcome the gaps in their knowledge and skills. When submitting for a course that is part of a structured (academic) program, focus on the content of a specific course and show how that content fills an individual learning gap. For more information visit http://www.aacn.org/WD/Memberships/Content/bsngradschship.pcms?menu=Education&lastmenu=

Title: NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: No fixed deadline
Abstract: Allows investigators in science, engineering, and mathematics to develop medical device research collaborations within the intramural research environment at the Food and Drug Administration. Includes faculty fellowships, graduate student fellowships, postdoctoral fellowships, and undergraduate student research experiences (undergraduates must be US citizens or permanent residents). Applicants may request support as a new proposal or as a supplement to an eligible existing NSF grant. Proposals accepted at any time.
See http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5605 for details. E-mail: lesterow@nsf.gov

Title: Professional Research Experience Program (PREP)
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce
Deadline: No fixed deadline
Abstract: Supports IHEs in the provision of laboratory experiences and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral associates at the NIST, Boulder Laboratories in CO. PREP seeks to encourage the growth and progress of science by providing research opportunities for students & post-doc associates, enabling them to collaborate with internationally known NIST scientists. Applications may be submitted at any time.
See http://www.boulder.nist.gov/bdprepo.htm for details. E-mail: kotary@boulder.nist.gov

Title: Nuclear Regulatory Commission HBCU Student Research Participation
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Graduate and Undergraduate Student Opportunities
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: This award is for students working in the computer sciences, engineering, geosciences, health physics, materials science, mathematics, molecular or radiation biology, physical sciences, statistics-related to nuclear material control, and accounting. The program provides opportunities to participate in ongoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) research and development. The location will be at laboratories where NRC research is being conducted. Some appointments will be available on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses and some appointments at host universities are available under the guidance of principal investigators who have NRC research grants.

Title: Student Research Participation at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Graduate and Undergraduate Student Opportunities
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: This program provides qualified students in the biological sciences, engineering, computer sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, and related scientific disciplines with opportunities to participate in research and development in support of military missions. Research will be conducted at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and at other approved locations.

Title: Environmental Management Participation Program for the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC)
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postgraduate Opportunities
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: This renewable, one-year award provides opportunities to participate in environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs. Relevant disciplines are archaeology, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, entomology, environmental sciences, forestry, historic preservation, information sciences, plant pathology, wildlife biology, zoology. This program is available in various locations across the United States, locations outside the United States, at the U.S. Army Environmental Command (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland) and at other approved locations. Additional Contact: Laura Cook, Recruiter +1 (410) 306-9204 Laura.Cook@orau.org

Title: ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: The HPC program purpose is to

  • provide the opportunity for faculty to create or expand collaborative research with ORNL in scientific areas of discovery requiring HPC capabilities;
  •  provide ORAU member institutions the opportunity to create a strategic partnership with ORNL through alignment of faculty research with ORNL's science agenda; and
  • enhance the development of the future workforce in scientific discovery through computing by providing real-world experiences for students.

Researchers must pick and indicate a primary category (only one) into which their pre-proposal falls. The broadly defined categories (which align with ORNL's science agenda) are as follows:

  • Neutron Science
  • Biological Systems
  • Energy
  • Advanced Materials
  • National Security
  • Supercomputing
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Nuclear Physics

Preference will be given to those pre-proposals that:

  • include a faculty-student team spending time (summer) in Oak Ridge working with ORNL's HPC resources (This program has been designed to be consistent with other faculty-student team research programs; and ideally, grants awarded would provide funding for faculty-student teams to spend the summer in Oak Ridge, TN, working with ORNL's HPC resources. However, while we have a preferred, notional approach, we will also entertain proposals that reflect faculty-student teams working with ORNL's HPC resources in another manner.); and/or
  • demonstrate alignment with ORNL's cross-cutting science agenda requiring HPC capabilities and a need for ORNL staff collaboration.

Eligibility: The program is open to faculty-student teams proposing research in the following categories that would benefit in some way from the application of HPC resources:

  • Neutron Science
  • Biological Systems
  • Energy
  • Advanced Materials
  • National Security
  • Supercomputing
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Nuclear Physics

Team makeup and number would be at the discretion of the faculty member, however preference would be to support a team consisting of a faculty member with a graduate or undergraduate student(s).
Team must be from the member campus of an ORAU member institution (including associate members).
Faculty members must be in tenure-track positions at their institutions. Faculty and students must meet the requirements for access to ORNL as set forth by the laboratory.
Proposing teams must have the support and endorsement of their institutions' ORAU member councilor.

Title: Research Participation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Research participation provides opportunities to participate in research related to the mission of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Research may involve the following discipline(s): life, health, and medical sciences; bioengineering; biostatistics; physical sciences; veterinary medical sciences; epidemiology; food technology; pharmacology; nutritional pharmacology; materials science. Appointments are available at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; Center for Devices and Radiological Health; Center for Drug Evaluation and Research; Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Center for Veterinary Medicine; Office of the Commissioner. Additional Contact: Sherry Foster, Program Specialist +1 (865) 576-7385 sherry.foster@orau.org

Title: Undergraduate Scholarships
Sponsor: American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR)
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Scholarships are available to undergraduate students who are actively involved in, or planning active involvement in, a specific biomedical or biochemical research project with a faculty member in the field of aging. Areas of interest to AFAR include but are not limited to molecular and cellular biology, immunobiology, cancer research, neurobiology, biochemistry, molecular biophysics, genomics, and proteomics. AFAR does not fund sociology, psychology, physical therapy, exercise physiology, other health professional-related research, clinical trials, reproductive research, or behavioral research.

Title: Maddie's Shelter Medicine Research
Sponsor: Maddie's Fund, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine Grants
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Maddie's Fund is interested in providing grants to U.S. colleges of Veterinary Medicine for the discovery of new shelter medicine information that helps advance adoption guarantee shelter practices and methods.
Studies must aim to improve the health and well-being of shelter animals and must demonstrate direct relevance to adoption guarantee shelter practices and methods. Studies must follow accepted scientific principles so that results are credible. No terminal research projects will be accepted, and all studies involving the use of live animals must be approved by the institution's Animal Care and Use Committee prior to funding.

Title: Student Traineeships
Sponsor: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF)
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Student traineeships are offered to introduce students to research related to cystic fibrosis and to develop and maintain an interest in this area of biomedicine.

Title: Health Professions Student Grants Program
Sponsor: Special Olympics
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Special Olympics is pleased to offer a grant opportunity for health professions students. The purpose of this program is to engage health professions students to work with persons with intellectual disabilities as a way of filling in a gap that exists in most health program curricula. The program promotes short-term projects exploring issues that impact the health and well-being of all persons with intellectual disabilities, including, but not limited to, Special Olympics athletes.
Projects may include data collection and analysis on issues impacting persons with intellectual disabilities; measurement of attitudes, opinions and behaviors of health professionals, coaches, family, caregivers and athletes; follow-up assessments of existing programs; or health promotion projects. Projects that involve collaborations with Special Olympics Programs or other CDC grant recipients (e.g., state and local health departments) are encouraged.
Projects that involve collaborations with Special Olympics Programs or other CDC grant recipients (e.g., state and local health departments) are encouraged.

Title: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study Grants
Sponsor: Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI)
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Plant Study Grants (PSGs) are given to promote study of the British vascular flora by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. They are intended for undergraduates who wish to continue working on botanical projects in the summer vacation prior to their final year and for self-funding postgraduate students to assist with their registration fees where alternative sources of funding are inadequate.
For undergraduates it is anticipated that this grant will support a project that is part of a degree course (e.g., honors project) with the grant providing subsistence of £250 per week up to a maximum of four weeks during time outside of normal term. Alternatively the grant could be used as a contribution towards the cost of consumables.
For postgraduates it is intended that the PSG will provide support for the whole or part of the annual fees. Additional assistance for transport and consumables costs may be sought from the BSBI's Science and Research Committee.
Eligibility: PSGs are only open to current BSBI members and are given to individuals, not to organizations. There are no restrictions on where applicants come from or where they carry out their research work.