Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2018 Opportunities


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Field Program

Summer Volunteering or Research at Colobus Conservation in Kenya

Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research - University of Chicago

Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)

Summers Hands-On Courses at Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at State University of New York

Atlantis International Shadowing Program

Illinois-Indiana SeaGrant 2018 Summer Internship Program

Summer courses in Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Field Program

We are excited to announce our 2018 GCRL Summer Field Program course line-up.  This year we have changed our application process where students can apply online by visiting the following URL: Usm.edu/GCRL-apply.  Classes will be filled on a first come first served basis.    Our field and laboratory intensive class size are kept small to ensure everyone gets a great experience.  With this in mind, we encourage students to apply early to secure a seat in the course of their choice.  Please share this information with students and colleagues that may have an interest in the Summer Field Program. We are looking forward to another great summer exploring the coastal habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico. You can find more information at our website http://gcrl.usm.edu/summer_field/index.php or by searching “GCRL Summer Field Program” on facebook.  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact myself or Margaret Firth at Margaret.firth@usm.edu or by phone at 228-818-8852.  We hope to see you on campus this summer!

Sam Clardy

Associate Director

Marine Education Center

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

School of Ocean Science and Technology

The University of Southern Mississippi

Phone: 228-818-8885

Fax: 228-818-8894

Website: usm.edu/ocean

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Summer Volunteering or Research at Colobus Conservation in Kenya

Colobus Conservation is a primate conservation and research center on the South-East coast of Kenya.  Here at Colobus Conservation, we offer a range of volunteer and research opportunities to undergraduate and post graduate students studying environmental conservation, biology and anthropology related degrees. 
Students, as volunteers, can gain valuable hands-on practical primate rescue and rehabilitation experience at our center, where we operate an on-site veterinary clinic and have a 24/7 emergency response team. There are opportunities to learn conservation outreach skills by assisting with our community work to reduce the human-primate conflicts of the area, and gain habitat management skills by working on our forest restoration projects. 
Students can also conduct undergraduate or postgraduate research on a variety of biological and ecological topics. Our center is unusual as Diani has a high density of habituated primate species that live in an anthropogenically altered environment. This habituation provides unique opportunities for students to conduct pioneering research into this under-studied field of conservation biology. Inhabiting species include the Nationally Threatened Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis palliatus) which is soon to be upgraded to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, as well as yellow baboons, Sykes, vervets and two species of galago. I have attached a document that lists possible research topics though students may also suggest research ideas of their own interest. The topics list can also be downloaded from our website: http://www.colobusconservation.org/index.php/research-opportunities/research-topics. We also have options for botanical studies as the area is recognized by Conservation International as one of the top 25 Global Biodiversity Hotspots. 
As a scientific organization, we are interested in developing collaborative research opportunities with universities. We can host group field trips that are tailored to specific module learning outcomes incorporating captive and wild primate management. Previous students have gained a range of interesting conservation jobs after volunteering and conducting research with us. Here at Colobus Conservation, we provide a safe and secure environment to students which is easily accessible by air from Nairobi and by road from Mombasa. Diani has excellent nearby amenities, including shops, banks, hospitals and restaurants. We are located within easy reach of a range of National Parks, marine conservation initiatives and community development projects.

CC Volunteer Poster

CC Research Poster

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Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)

Applications are now open for the Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)!

FPHLP is a 10-week summer residential program here at U-M SPH for underrepresented college students and recent grads who are looking for a meaningful introduction to public health. It is a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) to address the shortage of diversity in the public health workforce. No public health experience is required. We are thrilled to receive applications from students! 

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Summers Hands-On Courses at Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is the place to go for high quality and rewarding hands-on learning in all areas of field ecology, taught outside under the open sky. Coupled with contemporary and cutting-edge methods and technologies, the FLBS summer academic program offers rich and rigorous field ecology experiences taught by outstanding faculty from UM and beyond.

Courses begin June 25, 2018 and run through August 17, 2018.

For Important Dates and Deadlines, Courses Offered, Scholarships and Logistics information, check the FLBS website at: https://flbs.umt.edu/apps/education/ or a pdf of the brochure at: https://goo.gl/AGM7ct.

We have 12 great courses in both aquatic and terrestrial realms that will be of interest to students ranging from “sophomores-to-be” (Field Ecology) to upperclassmen to early grad students. See flier below for complete course list.

Here are some relevant pieces of info:

-   small class sizes, great faculty, students from around the USA, non-USA students welcome

-   immersive learning, featuring field methods and interactions with natural resource professionals

-   new courses for 2018: “Environmental Sensors: Designing Building and Deploying in the Field” and “Field Methods in Ornithology”

-   earn 1 to 13 credits in 1 to 8 weeks in 300 and 400 level courses, graduate early

-   credits easily transferable to other colleges/universities

-   many scholarships available

-   apply by Jan. 12 for $100 discount, pay in fully by Apr. 30 for $100 discount!

-   easy online application process

Since 1899, the Flathead Lake Biological Station of the University of Montana has been offering transformative field ecology courses in spectacular western Montana.  2018 is going to be the best summer yet!

Students are already applying online at https://flbs.umt.edu/apps/education/!

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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at State University of New York

SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry have recently been awarded a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund grant to expand our Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to triple its current size. This newly enlarged program will offer students the opportunity to perform research from a wide variety of perspectives (basic science, medicine, nursing, environmental health, and physical therapy).   The aim of the SURF program is to nurture undergraduate students into careers that combine biomedical research into their chosen profession, providing them an understanding of research across disciplines and fields. We are specifically looking for students interested in pursuing a PhD, MS, MD, MD/PhD, DNP, DPT, MPH, and PA.  Depending on a student’s research interests, the students is paired with a faculty member in one of our 5 colleges (Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and SUNY ESF) to learn more about those professions and to perform cutting edge research.  All students will interact throughout the ten-week program allowing them to see research from many different facets by participating in inter-professional education events.  Students who are underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.




Michael Cosgrove, PhD

Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

SUNY Upstate Medical University


Mark E. Schmitt, PhD

Dean, College of Graduate Studies

SUNY Upstate Medical University


S. Scott Shannon

Associate Provost & Dean of the Graduate School

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


College of Graduate Studies

Weiskotten Hall

SUNY Upstate Medical University

750 East Adams Street

Syracuse, New York 13210

p. 315.464.4538

e. biosci@upstate.edu

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Atlantis International Shadowing Program

My name is Lawson Kuehnert, and I manage an educational organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated to providing an ethical international shadowing Fellowship for pre-medical and pre-nursing students.  I think our program could be very interesting for pre-med/pre-health students in your Department.  Students receive 20+ hours of shadowing per week during our summer programs and gain perspective on whether medicine is the right career path for them.  Our host hospitals are in Europe and South America.

We would appreciate if you could pass along information about our shadowing Fellowship to your students.  Feel free to pass along our website here and invite your students to apply.

We have some scholarship funding available for student leaders, so if you have any specific students you would recommend, please pass along their contact information and we will be in touch with them.

Warm regards,

G. Lawson Kuehnert
Executive Director

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Illinois-Indiana SeaGrant 2018 Summer Internship Program

Opportunities are available in aquaculture product development, Great Lakes revitalization, Lake Michigan fisheries genomics, pollution prevention and sustainable communities. Full position descriptions and application requirements are available at http://www.iiseagrant.org/internship.php .

For questions about the application or program, please contact Angela Archer at 765-496-3722 or amcbride@purdue.edu  

Application deadline is March 26, 2018.

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Summer courses in Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation

“Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation” (3 credits), June 18-July 1, 2018, held at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia.

“Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru” (3 credits), July 6-July 24, 2018, held at the Los Amigos Biological Field Station or Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos (CICRA), located in Madre de Dios, Peru.

Courses offered by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and overseas coordination by the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Led by Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, http://smconservation.gmu.edu/faculty_staff/anneke-deluycker/

Primates are one of the most charismatic yet highly endangered vertebrate groups on the planet; more than half of all primate species are under threat of extinction in the wild. These courses provide training in field methodology in conducting research on primates. They also address the need to develop research that will help to inform and engage conservation solutions for primates and their habitats.


**Primate Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation** The first course, “Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation” (CONS 480/CONS 580), held June 18-July 1, is a 2-week course that gives students theoretical and practical experience in conducting research on primates. The skills learned in this course will help guide students in developing a research project proposal that covers the basics of research design including developing a pertinent research question, hypothesis, and appropriate methodology. This course is held at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in Front Royal, Virginia.

In this course students will:

•             Identify the behavioral and ecological strategies that primates employ and their role in the ecological community

•             Carry out basic field methods relevant to the study of primates

•             Learn about various conservation challenges that primates face

•             Design a research study focused on primate biology, behavior, and ecological adaptations

Tuition and Fees:

This course gives 3 credit hours. Undergraduate: In-State: $1,954, Out-of-State: $5,695; Graduate: In-State: $2,380, Out-of-State: $3,452. Additional fees: $60 (Educational Resource fee), $80 (Lab fee), $48 (Course fee). (Fees based on Spring 2018 rates; subject to change). Room and board provided on-site in residential-style accommodations (all meals and lodging in dorm-style room).

Who May Apply:

•             These courses are open to upper-level undergraduate students in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.25) as well as graduate students (minimum GPA of 3.0), recent graduates (post-baccalaureates), non-degree seeking students and non-Mason students.

•             Course is limited to a small number of participants; register early to reserve a spot!

How to Apply:

Mason Students: Register in Patriot Web (CONS 480 is undergraduate level; CONS 580 is graduate level) Non-Mason Students: Apply as a non-degree-seeking student at www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/apply-now.


**Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru** Students have the option to register for an “add-on” field experience course, “Primate Behavior and Conservation in Peru” (CONS 497), held July 6-24, offered through the George Mason Study Abroad Global Education Office (GEO). In this course, students conduct independent research on primate species in the wild, in a tropical rainforest setting. Building off skills and techniques learned in the companion theory and methods course (CONS 480/580), students will carry out their independent research through the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, and will summarize research in a written report and present findings in an oral presentation. Students will also learn first-hand the conservation issues affecting tropical forests in this region and strategies used to mitigate these concerns. The course is held at Los Amigos Biological Station, or Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos (CICRA), in Madre de Dios, Peru. This field station is managed by the Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) (www.amazonconservation.org ).

Tuition and Fees:

Course fee: $3,625

Fee includes: Tuition for 3 credits, daily room and board at CICRA field station (all meals and lodging in dorm-style room), round-trip ground transportation to/from field station, hotel accommodations in Puerto Maldonado at the beginning and end of program, guest lectures by researchers conducting long-term research at the field station, international emergency medical insurance.

Fees not included: Airfare, passport fees, required field equipment (binoculars, field notebooks, digital watch, rubber boots, headlamp, etc; full equipment list will be provided.), personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials.


Scholarships are available to George Mason students. George Mason students may also use financial aid to cover a program's cost. If you are not a George Mason university student check with your Study Abroad Office or Office of Financial Aid to learn more about how to cover the cost of your study abroad.

Who May Apply:

•             These courses are open to upper-level undergraduate students in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 2.25) as well as graduate students (minimum GPA of 3.0), recent graduates (post-baccalaureates), non-degree seeking students and non-Mason students.

•             Students are expected to be in adequate physical condition and able to hike/walk within a tropical rainforest on a daily basis.

•             As this course is in the Amazon rainforest, there are disease risks. There are no required vaccinations for travel to Peru, but there are some recommendations.

•             This is a remote field station, only accessible by boat. Students must be prepared to adjust to life in the humid, wet tropics with basic accommodations.

How to Apply:

•             To register, go to: https://masonabroad.gmu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10078

For more information about these courses, contact:

Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, Assistant Professor of Conservation Studies Course Instructor, Academic Director Email address: adeluyck@gmu.edu Phone number: 540-635-0463

Denise Elles-Mdahuar, Study Abroad Program Manager Email address: dellesmd@gmu.edu Phone number: 703-993-2155; Toll free: 866-468-1243

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