Archive | September, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference

Untitled-1What: The conference aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate programs in public policy and international affairs by informing students about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy. All conference expenses are covered by HKS. The conference serves as a pipeline for first- and second-year undergraduate students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities. The PPLC is designed to embolden students to pursue professional degrees to prepare themselves to become future leaders in public policy. The intensive three days of workshops, panels, and lectures are designed to provide an understanding of, and access to, a career in public service.

When: February 6 – 9, 2019

Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Eligibility: Only first and second year undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients are eligible to apply

How to Apply: Complete the online application by Friday, October 25th at 5pm. It is also recommended that students submit a resume, personal statement essay, a letter of recommendation, and an undergraduate transcript.

More information about this opportunity can be found here.

Posted on September 30, 2019 in Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Student Opportunity Center (SOC)

CofC Honors has recently adopted a resource that connects you to over 10,000 conferences, journals, research, and funding opportunities from all over the world. It is free, easy to use, and flexible to your interests. Please take 30 seconds to check it out and discover opportunities to make yourself stand out from the crowd!

Check your emails (and spam folders) for an invitation to join the network. This short video provides more information on how to navigate the new system.

Posted on September 30, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Research Opportunity at MUSC

What: Undergraduate volunteer research opportunity in cardiovascular developmental biology, preferably for sophomores interested in research opportunities for the independent study and/or Bachelor’s Essay in the future. The current research focus for Volunteer Student Researchers is to study the role of BMP signaling in cardiovascular development using genetically engineered mouse models. Key Words include Cardiovascular Development, BMP signaling, Endocardial Cushions, Cell Lineage Determination, Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs), Genetically Engineered Mouse Model, and Primary Cell Culture. Research will use approaches such as DNA extraction and PCR (genotyping), RNA extraction and quantitative RT-PCR. Histology, Immunohistochemistry, Amira 3D Reconstruction, and Microscopy.

To Apply: Pleased send resume to sugiy@musc.edu. Please indicate your GPA.

For more information on Dr. Sugiy and her research, please visit http://regmed.musc.edu/Faculty/SugiY.htm. If you have any questions, please reach out to Yukiko Sugi, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology, Cardiovascular Developmental Biology Center, MUSC at sugiy@musc.edu.

Posted on September 25, 2019 in Research

Geophysics Course (Spring 2020)

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is offering GEOL 412: Geophysics in Spring 2020. During this course, students will hone data processing and problem-solving skills to discover what’s below the Earth’s surface. Geophysics will be a 3-credit, lecture-style course taught by Dr. Steven Jaume on Tuesdays/Thursday from 9:25-10:40 AM. This should prove to be a challenging, yet rewarding upper-level science elective, this is a great option for HONS students.

 

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Announcements & Events

Sustainability and 21st Century Business Solutions Certificate

The CofC School of Professional Studies is introducing an interdisciplinary 15-credit hour certificate program where students will learn how to design economic and business-based solutions to 21st-century problems that will impact the triple sector (for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations). The certificate will strengthen skills in microeconomics, project management, thinking in systems, understanding emerging economic, social, and environmental trend lines and how those will impact business practices. It will also improve the way students think about relationships between humans and their environments and provide them with the tools to innovate solutions within existing or future job settings.

For more information on this program, check out the program flyer or visit go.cofc.edu/sustainablebusiness.

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sustainability Literacy Institute – Mini Grant Funding for Spring 2020

What: Do you have an idea for sustainability-centered programming? As the hub for sustainability literacy at the College of Charleston, the Sustainability Literacy Institute (SLI) views the engagement of students, faculty, and staff in sustainability projects and events as a high priority. In line with this desire for engagement, the SLI is offering mini grants (up to $1000 per proposal) for the purposes of creating a College community that is empowered to inculcate sustainability literacy. The SLI Mini Grant application should be used to apply for funding from the SLI to help with these endeavors with a specific focus on our 2019-2020 CofC Sustains/Solves theme of the year, “Food Security.” Applications that target and contribute to “Sustainability Month” programming, which will run approximately from post-Spring Break through the end of classes, will receive extra consideration.

Deadline: October 15th, 2019 at 10pm

To Apply: For more details on the application process and selection criteria, please read through the Mini Grant Funding Application. Please send completed applications to Todd LeVasseur, SLI director, at levasseurtj@cofc.edu by the application deadline.

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Campus Involvement, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

2020 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Most languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages.

The CLS Program offers instruction in the following languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The application is now live and available here. Applications are due Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by 8:00pm EST

Posted on September 13, 2019 in Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Neuroscience of Alcohol Addiction Research Opportunity

A position is available as a volunteer research assistant to work in the addiction neuroscience laboratory of Dr. L. Judson Chandler at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The Chandler Laboratory is interested in understanding how alcohol effects brain function and behavior. The lab uses state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques (eg, optogenetics, chemogenetics, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, etc.) and rodent (rats, mice) behavioral models to investigate how alcohol alters brain circuitry and behavior and test whether we can prevent/reverse these alterations through various interventions.

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Eligible students must be available for at least 15 hours/week to work in the lab. Background in neuroscience, biology, or psychology is encouraged, but not required (ie, some of our data analysis occurs in Python and MATLAB, which may be of interest to students with computer science/programming backgrounds). Ideal candidates should be in good academic standing, exhibit an interest in learning, possess a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently and communicate with others effectively.

*Following acceptance of this position, self-motivated students who exhibit reliable work performance over time and demonstrate an interest in expanding their initial responsibilities may transition to a paid volunteer status. An additional long-term goal is that exceptional students may have the opportunity to design and perform experiments, under the guidance of Mr. Nentwig and Dr. Chandler, necessary to complete a senior/honors thesis during their time in the lab.

Initial responsibilities will include helping with ongoing experiments and learning basic operating procedures. Based on student interest and performance, they may narrow their focus to learning specific techniques and/or working on specific experiments to achieve a more focused research experience. Below is a list of categories of potential techniques available to learn/perform. Some examples of explicit tasks associated with each technique are listed within each category.

Brain tissue processing: Rodent brain sectioning, performing immunohistochemistry; using fluorescent microscopy to visualize various brain proteins

Behavioral models of alcohol use: Optimizing parameters for a rat model of seeking and consuming alcohol; Handling and habituating rats to experimental environments

Optogenetics/Fiber photometry: Constructing optic fibers ands patch cord cables for optogenetics and fiber photometry studies

Data Analysis: Collecting, recording, and graphing data; Learn basic statistics concepts necessary to analyze data

Literature Review: Reading and summarizing primary research articles related to the scientific research questions and techniques used in our research experiments.

Interested students should contact Todd B. Nentwig at nentwig@musc.edu.

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Research

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