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January 12, 2009
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In this issue:

  • Virginia Tech's 21st Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • 2009 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference
  • Stone Laboratory Research Experience
  • Internship at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Undergraduate Research Experiences in Functional Materials Center of Membrane Sciences
    University of Kentucky
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
    The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering The University of Akron

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Virginia Tech's 21st Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program
in High Performance Materials & Polymer Science and Engineering

Registration Deadline is February 1, 2009

Virginia Tech is offering its twenty-first summer undergraduate research program. This is an excellent opportunity for a number of advanced undergraduates to participate in research. Applications are being accepted in both the sciences and engineering. The program runs from May 26 through August 7, 2009.

  • Earn $6,300 during the 11-week program.
  • Conduct research with science and engineering faculty mentors.
  • Rising juniors and seniors (U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Residents)
  • Application Review begins February 1, 2009, so apply early.

Planned Areas of Research for 2009:

  • Design and Delivery of Polymer-Drug Complexes
  • Materials and Processes for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

For more information and to apply online, visit our website at

(Sponsored by the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs of the National Science Foundation and
Virgina Tech's Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII).)

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2009 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference
February 21, 2009

Registration Deadline is February 9, 2009

The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) will host the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference on Saturday, February 21, in partnership with Ross University. This full-day event will be in conjunction with the Midwest Veterinary Conference. The featured guest speaker will be Dr. Gwen Myers of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference is a unique educational opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Undergraduate college students are invited to register to attend. Registration is complimentary and limited to the first 300 students. The Conference will feature several interactive modules that cover the following:

  • Careers in Equine Medicine
  • Careers in Small Ruminant Medicine
  • Careers in Shelter Animal Medicine
  • Careers in Exotic Animal Medicine
  • Careers in Public Health and Preventive Veterinary Medicine
  • Non-Traditional Veterinary Opportunities
  • Choosing & Applying to a Veterinary College: What You Need to Know
  • Veterinary School Admissions Process and Preparation
  • Writing Your Personal Statement
  • Economics of Veterinary Medicine

Registration for this event is reserved for students: however, counselors and advisors are welcome to attend. If desired attendance is not reached, parents may attend with students. Parents wishing to participate may visit Parents will be notified via email one week before the program if they are able to attend.

General Registration Information:

  • Registration is available online at
  • Completed forms can be returned by mail to Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, 3168 Riverside Drive, Columbus, OH 43221 or by fax to (614) 486-1325.
  • Program location: Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

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Stone Laboratory Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU):
The Ohio University's Island Campus on Lake Erie

Live the life of a professional researcher this summer! Stone Lab's Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship Program teaches you in five or nine weeks how to conduct scientific, in-the-field research with some of the top researchers in their fields. Participants have the opportunity to use scientific equipment, explore the islands, collect data--even scuba dive. Students will also give a final presentation to their peers.

Involvement can even continue beyond the summer, as students have the opportunity to attend local and regional conferences and to co-author scientific journal articles about their research.

Students can choose from one of several focus areas, including:

  • Entomology, the study of insects
  • Limnology, the study of inland waters
  • Herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians
  • Ornithology, the study of birds
  • Fisheries management
  • Biological collections curation

Those undergraduates selected via the highly competitive application process receive a full REU scholarship, which includes tuition for the three quarter-credit research experience and one five-week, 5-credit course, the lab fee, and room and board. Applicants must provide their own health insurance.

To apply download an REU applicationat Completed applications should be sent to the Stone Lab Columbus office at 1314 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212 by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

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Internship at the University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is offering a summer undergraduate research experience in envirionmental helath science. The internship is designed to provide stimulating and rewarding research opportunities for undergraduates considering graduate education. The goal of the program is to provide students the opportunity for a hand-on research experience with faculty and graduate students at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Environmental health is a multidisciplinary science directed towards understanding the mechanistic basis of acute and chronic human diseases or disease susceptibility caused by interaction with environmental agents or contaminants. Current research in the department includes: respiratory and cardiovascular toxicology, free radical biochemical toxicology, gene/environmental interactions, environmental exposure assessment, and computational and risk assessment approaches to environmental health. For information regarding faculty research interests please see our website at

Each intern will conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. Interns will meet regularly with their faculty mentor to design experiments, review daily journals, discuss research progress, and collaboratively solve research challenges. At the end of the 10-week program, each intern will present their research findings to faculty members, staff and current graduate students. Participants will receive a stipend for the program. Program runs from May 18 to July 24, 2009. Applications are available on our website at

Deadlines and Eligibility for Summer 2009

Applications are due Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Applications will be accepted from any undergraduate student who:

  • Is in good academic standing
  • Has declared a disciplinary major
  • Is U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • International holding a J1 or F1 visa and have eligibility to work for duration of program
  • Have completed his or her freshman year

Application Requirements:

Applications will be judged on the applicant's merits and the completeness of the application. Applications should include the following:

  • Cover Sheet includes information about any previous research experience
  • Application form
  • Personal statement of research interests
  • Complete academic transcript (may by unofficial)
  • Resume (CV)
  • Letter of Reference (1)--Preferably by a faculty member who is qualified to judge the student's abilities.
  • List of 3 Environmental and Occupational Health Faculty and their research that you would like to learn more about

Funding: All students receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 10-week period.

When your application is complete, please emai or send it to: Penny Weiss, Bridgeside Point, 100 Technology Drive, Rm. 328A, Pittsburgh PA 15219.

For more information: Please contact Penny Weiss at 412-383-7297 or


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Undergraduate Research Experiences in Functional Materials
Center of Membrane Sciences
University of Kentucky

May 26 to July 31, 2009
Application Deadline: March 2, 2009

  • Stipend of $4,500
  • Reasonable Moving Expenses (Up to $300)
  • Funds Are Available for Students to Attend a National or Regional Scientific Meeting (Up to Approximately $500 Per Student)
  • On-Campus Housing Provided
  • Research / Laboratory Training
  • Career Advising / Mentorship

Application form and further information can be downloaded from

Applications can also be obtained by contacting Ms. Mollie Fraim, C/O REU Selecstion Committee
Phone: (859) 257-5875; Fax: (859) 257-5876; Email:


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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
The University of Akron

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron offers a competitive summer research experience for undergraduate students.  Students will participate in a 12-week summer internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad field of polymer science, involving either theory, simulations, and modeling of polymer properties, polymer synthesis and kinetics, polymer engineering or physical properties of polymers.  Each week, all interns participate in a career development activity and a seminar series, and meet on Fridays to discuss their research progress and/or visit a local/regional company.  The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern's research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference.

Stipends for Summer 2009 (12 weeks) are $7,000.  The internships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation and/or The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering Academic Center.  The college has 86 research laboratories with state-of-the art research instrumentation in NMR spectroscopy, GPC, thermal analysis, rheooptics, x-ray diffraction, electron and other microscopies, and processing. The college has thirty-two full-time faculty members and approximately 190 full-time graduate students.

Undergraduate interns will start to be chosen in mid-February. The internship is primarily for undergraduate students who are currently sophomores or juniors, although some freshmen have been accepted in the past. Please to to for an application form and more information. Also, include official transcripts, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a letter of intent (background, area of interest, career goals). Deadline for applying is March 1, 2009. Awards will be announced beginning February 15, 2009, and will continue until all positions are filled. Please send to Marj Riccardi at or mail to:

Ms. Marj Riccardi
The University of Akron
Department of Polymer Science
Akron, OH 44325-3909
ATTN.: Summer Internships

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