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URCA funding available to support student research and research presentations

The College’s office of Undergraduate Research and Activities (URCA) has multiple funding resources to help students planning to conduct or present research during the upcoming school year.

Upcoming deadline: The first round of applications for RPG (Research Presentation Grants) and MAYS (Major Academic Year Support) are due August 29.

How these funds help: RPG funds help with travel costs for those presenting research at a conference, while MAYS grants help to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year.

To apply: Visit the URCA website for grant descriptions, guidelines, and the application form.

Posted on August 2, 2022 in Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Present Your Work at the 2022 SSM Celebration of Student Research

The 2022 Celebration of Summer Research is a poster session hosted by the College’s School of Science and Math (SSM) on Convocation Day – Monday, August 22 – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SSMB building.

Target Audience: Students conducting mentored summer research in an SSM field, including those working with CofC faculty, MUSC faculty, the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, and other associated facilities.

  • Learn More: Details on eligibility, abstract submissions, and creating and printing a poster are available online.

How to Apply: Submit an abstract to Professor Jason Vance (vancejt@cofc.edu). Submissions open on Monday August, 8 and close on Monday, August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Posted on August 1, 2022 in Announcements & Events, Research

Funded opportunity for student research assistant in local environmental exposure study

An NIH-funded research project here in Charleston is looking for a student research assistant.

The research: Investigating microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins to understand how humans can impact the marine environment.

The Opportunity: Student researchers will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.

  • This is a paid ($11/hr), year-long opportunity (with the potential to last for several years); students will dedicate ~10 hours weekly during the academic year and 20 hours weekly during the summer months.

Benefits include developing new field work and lab skills, training on statistical and scientific methods, enhancing your scientific writing and presentation skills, and more.

Learn more: Click below for more details and application instructions.

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Research opportunity:

I am seeking a research assistant to help with a study that will investigate microplastic and phthalate exposure in wild bottlenose dolphins and their prey.  Undergraduate students involved in this study will participate in fieldwork with the project lead (Dr. Leslie Hart, Public Health), assist with sample preparation (including fish dissection), assist a graduate student with laboratory analyses of fish and bottlenose dolphin samples, perform literature searches and reviews, curate databases, and assist with statistical analyses and the preparation of manuscripts, reports, and presentations.  The project team will meet weekly to set monthly goals, assess project needs, evaluate project status, discuss challenges, schedule deliverables, and review topic-related journal articles.  Training on statistical methods and scientific methods will occur throughout the academic year during these weekly meetings.

Timeline and time commitment:

Students interested in this project should be prepared to assist with research during the 2022-2023 academic year and summer 2023.  Preference will be given to students interested in assisting for the 2022-2023, 2023-2024, AND 2024-2025 academic years (plus summer 2023 and 2024). Because sample collection, processing, and analysis will occur throughout the year, students will dedicate approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer months, at $11/hr.

Students engaging in this research opportunity will:

  1. Participate in field research
  2. Prepare biological samples for laboratory analyses
  3. Develop new ecotoxicological laboratory skills
  4. Perform a targeted literature search and develop a literature matrix
  5. Formulate testable research hypotheses and perform statistical analyses
  6. Enhance their scientific writing and presentation skills

Qualifications:

  • US Citizen
  • Full-time student at the College of Charleston
  • Research assistants will be expected to commit at least 10 hours per week during the academic year and at least 20 hours per week in the summer
  • Research assistants will be expected to travel (domestically) for fieldwork (funding will be provided)

If you are interested, please send questions and the following materials to Dr. Hart (hartlb@cofc.edu) by no later than August 11, 2022

  • Updated CV or Resume that includes all extracurricular activities and employment plans (for academic years and summers)
  • Year of Study, Major, Academic Achievements
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Statement of Interest (500 words) that includes all of the following:
    • Previous research experience, if applicable
    • What you can offer to the project and how long would you like to work on this project?
    • What you would like to get out of this experience?
    • Why you are interested in participating in this (or any) research?
    • Please describe your specific time management strategies
    • Any other relevant information that you would like to share

Posted on July 21, 2022 in Internships & Jobs, Research

Present your work at the 2022 SSM Celebration of Student Research

The 2022 Celebration of Summer Research is a poster session hosted by the College’s School of Science and Math (SSM) on Convocation Day – Monday, August 22 – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SSMB building.

Target Audience: Students conducting mentored summer research in an SSM field, including those working with CofC faculty, MUSC faculty, the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, and other associated facilities.

  • Learn More: Details on eligibility, abstract submissions, and creating and printing a poster are available online.

How to Apply: Submit an abstract to Professor Jason Vance (vancejt@cofc.edu). Submissions open on Monday August, 8 and close on Monday, August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Posted on July 11, 2022 in Announcements & Events, Research

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) offers leadership and career development for AALANA students

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) is a two-year career development program that emphasizes mentoring, financial literacy, professional/personal development and experiential learning.

Target Audience: Rooted in equity, Launchpad is designed to create meaningful career pathways for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores – especially those who identify as African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American (AALANA).

Program Benefits: Workshops focused on financial literacy, career development and leadership development; access to experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, on/off campus employment, research or study abroad); support on multiple fronts, including the Office of Institutional Diversity, academic advising and peer coaching

Join the Program: Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores can apply to participate in the program. Deadline is July 29.

Posted on July 11, 2022 in Campus Involvement, Internships & Jobs, Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Full-Time Research Position with UofSC Psych Lab Studying Nueral Pathways and Addiction

The Vento Lab, a research group with UofSC’s Psychology Department, is now hiring for a full-time Research Specialist I position to assist with preclinical studies in addiction neuroscience. The lab studies the neural pathways that underlie cost-benefit decision-making and the compulsive nature of addiction.

For more details, check out the lab’s website: Vento Lab (theventolab.com).

Interested applicants can apply directly from the job posting: University of South Carolina | Research Specialist I (Vento) (sc.edu).

Posted on May 19, 2022 in Internships & Jobs, Research

MUSC Lab Seeking Student Volunteers to Assist with Human Gastrointestinal (GI) Organoid Research

Dr. Jorge Munera’s laboratory (@Muneralab on Twitter) in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology is looking for student volunteers interested in human gastrointestinal organoid research. We use human GI organoids to study human GI development and disease. Students will be trained on various lab techniques and will have the opportunity to develop an independent research project that can count towards Honors Immersed or could even develop into a Bachelor’s Essay.

The schedule can be flexible (work days or weekends), but students will be expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Freshman and sophomore Biology or related majors preferred, but juniors and seniors with research experience will be considered.

For all students interested, please email your CV to munera@musc.edu.

Posted on May 10, 2022 in Internships & Jobs, Research

BE and/or Honors Engaged Opportunity with Data Initiative that Supports the Intellectual Disabilities Community

Get involved with this School of Business opportunity to gain credit and fulfill your Honors directed requirements, courtesy of graduating Honors student Elise Courtney:

“Hi everyone! My name is Elise Courtney and I am a recent graduate of the College of Charleston. I wanted to share an opportunity that I worked on during my junior and senior year in the Honors College. This project counted as my bachelor’s essay and fulfilled course credits for my major.

In short, it is a data initiative called IDKonnects that supports the intellectual disabilities community. This project has been such a huge part of my college career and has provided me with recognition in the Business School and much success in my job search. It is our hope that this project continues on a path for other students to work on.

We are looking for a student or students to continue this project and the work we have started. Students involved can get course credit hours and/or fulfillment of their bachelor’s project or Honors Engaged project. Please consider! It is such an amazing cause.”

Interested? Contact Dr. Iris Junglas – junglasia@cofc.edu for more details or to get involved.

Posted on May 2, 2022 in Campus Involvement, Research
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