Student Opportunities Elsewhere

Student Opportunities Elsewhere

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Posted by Nancy Pierce at 7:41AM   |  Add a comment

Operation Wallacea has a vacancy for a Masters or doctoral level graduate to help with communicating some of the research outputs from the 200+ academics involved in the Operation Wallacea biodiversity research programs. The post is based at our main US office in Staunton, Virginia but the successful applicant would have to travel for much of the time.

Applications for the Biodiversity Research Presenter should be sent through to


Operation Wallacea ( is an organization that supports a network of 200+ academics for long term biodiversity research programs in 14 countries (Honduras, Mexico, Guyana, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Dominica, South Africa, Madagascar, Romania, France, Greece, China, Indonesia) has a vacancy for a Biodiversity Research Presenter.  The research programs are funded by volunteer tuition fees paid by individual university students or groups of high school students accompanied by teachers, and a presenter is needed to explain the science and research outputs to these groups.

The role would be based in Staunton, Virginia but would involve extensive travel around the US and to the research sites overseas. The post would start on 1 September 2014 but would require the successful applicant to join one of the research programs in the field from early June 2014 with all expenses paid.  The role of the Biodiversity Research Presenter would be:

  • To assist with the biodiversity research program in the field each June to August period
  • To give a summary lecture of the biodiversity research to undergraduates in various universities from mid September to mid October each year
  • To give in-class lectures on biodiversity survey techniques used on the research programs in high schools around the US
  • To meet with teachers around the US to explain about the research programs and how students can become involved and would benefit from this participation


The skills, qualifications and attributes needed are:

  • Good presentational and writing skills
  • Well organised and able to manage their time very effectively
  • Able to work on their own for long periods and be able to travel extensively
  • At least Masters level in a relevant academic field

The closing date for applications is April 30th, 2014 and interviews will be held via Skype on Friday, May 9th for a possible start date at one of the overseas research sites for a 6 week period from mid June.  Applicants need to send their resumes and requests for the application questionnaire by email to  or by mail to Sara Carlson, Director of Opwall USA, PO Box 3068, Staunton, VA.

Posted by Nancy Pierce at 9:13AM   |  Add a comment

Fall 2014 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships

Students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Fall 2014 semester. In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.

Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Website.

Posted by Nancy Pierce at 9:40AM   |  Add a comment

For any biology or biochemistry majors interested in off-campus summer research opportunities or who are considering applying to graduate programs, the following links provide a good listing of programs.  This is a National Science Foundation sponsored web-site to help students find opportunities in science that match their interests.

For Undergraduates:

  • Paid Summer 2014 Undergrad Research Opportunities:
  • More than 650 programs – REU and other summer research opportunities for undergrads

For Financial Support in Graduate School:

  • Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation.

For Postdoc opportunities:

  • More than 250 openings nationwide.

For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships 


Susie Valaitis
Senior Associate Director
Institute for Broadening Participation
Phone 207-563-5929

Posted by Nancy Pierce at 1:13PM   |  Add a comment

The Oceans Campus in South Africa is a science based research institute researching great white sharks and cetaceans. 

Campus offers numerous internship and volunteer opportunities (view complete list).

Think about possibilities for 2014.


Posted by Nancy Pierce at 7:57AM   |  Add a comment

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowshipip, now offered in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds into teaching in high–need secondary schools. This pioneering program has been recognized by the White House and touted as a model by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Fellowship offers current seniors, recent graduates, and career changers in the STEM fields a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master's degree program that focuses on a year-long experience in a real-world classroom. In exchange, Fellows commit to teach for three years in high–need secondary urban or rural schools, with mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows are also part of the larger international network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows, a select group of 21,000 intellectual leaders who have received the Foundation's support over the past seven decades. Since 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has worked to identify and develop leaders and institutions to meet the nation's critical challenges.
Today, there is no more urgent national need in education than to bring exceptionally able math and science teachers into high-need schools.

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