Category Archives: Internship

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

Greetings CCURI colleagues,

I am VERY excited to announce a partnership that we have just finalized with the Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology. This program is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, storms, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, biodiversity and invasive species. Program dates are May 22 – August 4, 2017

I have been working with Edythe Ellin, Director of Administration for Harvard Forest on this partnership. We are going to be moving forward with a co-sponsored program that will be used to identify qualified community college students for their summer 2017 program. This is where we need your help. If you have students who would be interested in this amazing opportunity, then CCURI and Harvard Forest would like to bring them into the program. The application process is contained entirely online.

http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/other-tags/reu

NOTE: Before beginning the application process, CCURI would like to identify 10 candidates for consideration in the 2017 program. While we will be giving priority to candidates identified from the current CCURI partner schools, we will consider candidates from any of our Nation’s Community Colleges. We would like to do that as soon as possible so that we can begin mentoring those students through the application process. Harvard Forest WILL be interviewing our candidates for the program as part of our commitment to conduct the pre-screening and mentoring prior to submitting the application.

Time is sensitive. Applications are due February 3rd. I would like to have a conference call with the candidates in January. As you can see below, the benefits package we have assembled is extensive and represents an amazing opportunity for your students. We hope that you can help us by identifying the students that you would like to put forward for the program. For this current year, we can commit to the following benefits for up to 6 accepted candidates, so it is important that you move fast.

Harvard Forest / CCURI Program – Student Benefit Package Provided by Harvard Forest

· Stipend of $5775 for the 11-week session.
· Free furnished housing at Fisher House or Raup House.
· Free full meal plan.
· Travel reimbursement for one round trip to the Forest.

Benefits provided by CCURI

· CCURI faculty mentors to help with developing the application, including essay drafts and interview coaching.
· CCURI Website feature highlighting students and their summer 2016 Harvard Forest projects.
· Financial support to attend a discipline-specific conference with a faculty mentor to showcase their project upon completion of the Harvard Forest program.
· Invitation to attend the CCURI National Undergraduate Research Showcase in Washington D.C. in 2019. Full travel expenses covered for the student researcher and faculty mentor.

For now, we ask that you forward the following information to me directly (at hewletja@flcc.edu )

Faculty sponsor name:
Institution Name:
Candidate Name:
Address: Phone#:
Email:
Name and email of two (2) faculty who will be willing to provide a reference letter (one of these can be the faculty sponsor):

Once I have this information from you, I will be sending out some information regarding the prescreening and mentoring that will be provided through CCURI, along with some information from Harvard Forest on how to put together the application. As previously mentioned, I would like to identify 10 strong candidates for the pilot program and have a conference call with the group in January. I am confident that this opportunity will open up many more doors for our student candidates, faculty mentors, partnering institutions, and CCURI as a whole. I am looking forward to working with you on this and hope that you can work within the time constraints that we are under.

Sincerely,
Professor James A. Hewlett
Executive Director Community College Undergraduate Research Institute

Be an Astronaut: NASA Seeks Explorers for Future Space Missions

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Current NASA Opps: http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/default.htm

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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program

SERC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and  beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

Since 2001 the SERC internship program has been designated a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) site by the National Science Foundation. With this funding, along with generous donations from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, and University partnerships we are able to provide internship opportunities to qualified undergraduate students looking to further their knowledge in the sciences.

Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management (See Project Menu). Although students will become familiar with all the research being conducted by a particular staff member and with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a selected field of study and to learn a variety of research techniques through firsthand experience. At the conclusion of the internship, student participants will be expected to present the findings of their independent projects in a formal seminar to the SERC community.

As an additional educational benefit, SERC maintains an ongoing seminar program that is designed to bring in noted outside speakers on a variety of topics in the environmental sciences. During the program’s spring and summer seasons, field trips to research facilities and Smithsonian museums conducting similar programs are also coordinated.

Eligibility and Appointment
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and beginning graduate students, or students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate or Masters program. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

Selection is based upon the student’s academic credentials, extent of relevant training or experience, letters of recommendation, and the congruence of the student’s expressed goals with those of the internship program. The Smithsonian does not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, sex, age, marital status, handicap or national origin of any applicant.

The specific dates and duration of the internship appointment are arranged between the supervisor and the student. However, internship appointments are generally fulltime (40 hours per week), 12 to 16 weeks in length, and coincide with the usual academic semesters and summer terms.

More intern stories >>

Program Description

The Smithsonian ranked as one of the 10 best places to intern in 2011. Our interns go out in the field with leading scientists, perform their own research and sometimes make shocking discoveries. Read a few of their stories and find out how you can join us.




Philip Choy: Capturing
an invasive snakehead fish >>

(Alison Everett/SERC)
Vienna Saccomanno:
Cruising with NASA >>

(Saccomanno)
Herve Memiaghe: Bringing SERC tech back to Gabon >>
(Smithsonian Institution)

Academic Credit
The Smithsonian awards no academic credit for studies conducted at the Institution. However, the Office of Professional Training is eager to assist in establishing mechanisms for universities to award credit upon satisfactory completion of projects. Representatives of colleges and universities wishing to develop formal agreements of this nature with the Smithsonian may contact the Office of Fellowships & Internships or SERC. In lieu of this, students are encouraged to work out arrangements directly with their advisors and departments.

Financial/Living Arrangements
Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per week. Limited on-site dormitory space may be available for $105.00 per week. SERC does not supply board, although cooking facilities and utensils are available. The two campus dorms can accommodate up to 24 residents (Schmidt has 6 single rooms and Green Village has 8 double rooms and two single rooms). SERC is located in a semi-rural area seven miles south of the nearest public transportation lines, therefore it is strongly recommended to bring a vehicle for personal transportation, if possible. References may also be available for room rentals in the local area; personal transportation would be necessary for this option.

http://www.serc.si.edu/pro_training/internships/internships.aspx