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Lab Assistants Needed for Fall and Spring Semesters

Dr. Barbara Roll’s  Lab, located in the Henderson Building at the University Park campus, is currently hiring students for Work Study or Wage Payroll positions in the foods lab.  This is an excellent opportunity to gain some hands on experience in research and learn about human ingestive behaviors.  If you would like additional information about the positions, please contact:

Christine E. Sanchez, DTR
Lab Manager
Laboratory for the Study of
Human Ingestive Behavior
226 Henderson Bldg
University Park, PA, 16802


Immediate Need for Research Diet Assistant

Research Diet Assistant
The Metabolic Diet Study Center in the Department of Nutritional Sciences has an immediate need for students to prepare meals for human controlled feeding studies. The ideal candidate will be able to accurately weigh and measure food, properly handle and store food items and enjoy working in a fast paced environment.  Previous food service or food prep experience a plus.  Available hours/days are anytime between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. Students typically work 10-20 hours per week but this is flexible. Looking to hire immediately for the first two weeks of August with the possibility of Fall semester, if interested. Please email (jas58@psu.edu) or call (863-8056) Jennifer Fleming for more information.

Health Professions Internship and Summer Research, Training and Enrichment Opportunities

Are you interested in a Health Care Career?  Many opportunities exist for you to gain valuable professional experience as an undergraduate.  See the programs below to learn of  some opportunities.  

Project Healthcare at Bellevue Hospital’s Emergency Department

Project Healthcare is a summer-intensive internship designed to immerse undergraduates/post-graduate/post-baccalaureates in the realities of the healthcare field at Bellevue Hospital Center. Throughout the ten-week program, participants perform clinical shifts throughout the Emergency Department (including the pediatric and psychiatric EDs), Operating Room, Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Social Work. Students also get to observe autopsies at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, ride on FDNY ambulances, serve as health educators for a day managing a booth at our annual health fair, and work on a research project. Through working on rotating shifts for, on average, 25 hours per week, observing minor invasive procedures and trauma cases, shadowing clinicians, and serving as patient advocates, students gain a tremendous amount of contact with patients and healthcare providers. Interested students can learn more about the program and access the online application form at the below link:
http://emergency.med.nyu.edu/education/undergraduates/project-healthcare. Please be advised that the application requires submission of an online form, essay, CV, photo and two letters of recommendation. Out of our applicant pool, we invite a portion to come in for an interview. We usually offer 3-4 interview days on weekends in March (around the time of most spring breaks). We generally receive 800+ applications per year and end with a group of 50 participants. Deadline: January 15, 2015.


Research Scholar Applications Available for Nemours Summer Undergraduate Paid Research Program (NSURP)

The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP) at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, is accepting applications for 10 funded summer Research Scholar positions for our Summer 2015 program.  NSURP offers opportunities consisting of both basic and applied (clinical) biomedical research projects.

The Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is accepting applications for 6 funded summer Research Scholar positions through their Health Equities Summer Research Program (HESSP). The focus of all of these research projects is health disparities. Most are epidemiologic in nature.

Online applications will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through January 18, 2015.  The deadline for submission of all application components is January 18, 2015. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at the time of application, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and interest in basic and applied sciences, healthcare, health disparities, public health or related fields.  During the 10 week paid scholarship program that begins June 1st, 2015 and ends August 7th, 2015, Nemours research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results.  Training will be provided on human subjects protection and animal welfare.  Both programs share programming and activities Students participate in enrichment activities during the summer including the opportunity to shadow clinicians, attend grand rounds and research seminars, and participate in discussions about medical and academic research careers.  All students will present their research project and findings to the Nemours community at a final day symposium and celebration.
Additional information and the online application is available at: www.NemoursResearch.org/Scholarship.Any questions or concerns should be directed to: programcoordinator@nemours.org.

Weill Cornell Medical College Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program

Weill Cornell Medical College is now accepting applications for their 7-week summer research program for current JUNIORS from diverse backgrounds who plan to go to medical school and who have a major interest in working with underserved populations. For brochure with more information, go to:http://weill.cornell.edu/education/programs/pdf/travelbrochure.pdf. For application procedures, go to:http://weill.cornell.edu/education/programs/tra_sum_res.html


2015 Premedical Urban Leadership Summer Enrichment (PULSE) Program

Applications will be available on December 15th. PULSE is a six week academic enrichment program for college undergraduates interested in healthcare professions. The program provides academic, clinical, research and service learning opportunities with a focus on urban health needs. Developed by Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), the PULSE program help students become lifelong learners and empower them to use their knowledge to make a difference in their communities. The primary goal of PULSE is to provide exposure to medical professions to those groups traditionally under-represented in the field, as well as those from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. For a flyer, go to: http://www.rowan.edu/coopermed/diversity/files/pulse_brochure_2015.pdf


UM-SMART Summer Program Applications AvailableMichigan’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), (which is an MD/Ph.D. program) is sponsoring the “UM-SMART” summer program is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and talented undergraduates interested in careers as physician scientists to enhance their science and academic skills. The program is targeted towards students who are from geographically, culturally or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, students who have experienced financial hardship, and students with disabilities. Applicants should have completed at least their freshman undergraduate year. The main focus of the program is laboratory biomedical research, but the program also includes physician shadowing, an MCAT prep course, and an opportunity to attend bi-weekly seminars and a 2 day MSTP retreat in August. To apply or for more information, go to: http://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/mdphd-program/um-smart-undergrad-summer-program.The deadline for application submission is January 16, 2015.

CI 295D / CI 295A: The Philadelphia Urban Seminar– Experience teaching in the city!

Consider signing up for this two-week, 3-credit, immersion course in which you can apply, in an urban public school environment, what you earn in their Penn State courses. This course: Helps students meet Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements for Education OR functions as a 200-level elective for ANY major at Penn State and allows students to complete 40 hours of work experience at one time. During this course students will: Work directly with children and teachers in Philadelphia public school classrooms (pre-k-12 placements in ALL content areas, in addition to special education, art, music, culinary arts, physical education, etc. are available); Participate in lectures/workshops from leading urban educators and researchers; Take part in community service in area neighborhoods; Attend cultural events in the city; Engage with readings on urban teaching and social justice.

Students MUST successfully obtain THREE clearances to be eligible to fully register for this course: (PA State Police, Child Abuse and FBI clearances).For clearances, visit the CIFE Office: http://www.ed.psu.edu/educ/cife/clearances. Please note, securing clearances can take 6-8 weeks! To pre-register, students must complete the pre-registration form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qcLVc9yY7P_K0S-AcEjm7Qdc_meJgSrheHIDElEQODI/viewform?usp=send_form

For more information about these opportunities please contact the program source directly.

Department of Nutritional Sciences Open House – This Saturday, October 11

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting an Open House for Parents and Families Weekend on Saturday, Oct 11, 2:30 to 4 PM in the lobby of Chandlee Lab.  We invite families, undergraduates, and faculty to join a tour of the facility, view research posters and a display of the Advanced Field Experiences of our current seniors.

Tours will be given at 2:30 and 3:30 PM starting in the lobby. Two nutrition graduate students and one undergrad will give tours of the research labs upstairs and tell us about the research activities currently happening there. Many of our students participate in faculty directed research on campus.

The lobby display will describe the 2014 summer field experiences of our seniors for their NUTR 495 class.  This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to get ideas about the variety of practical experience they could look for prior to graduation.

All are welcome to view the displays, chat with seniors, and attend a tour. See you there!

Two Fellowship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors: HS Science Teaching and Research

Seniors, There are two fellowship opportunities you might be interested in applying for.  The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, and the Dannon Probiotics Fellowship.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships, a pioneering program that prepares outstanding teachers for the schools that need them most.
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Georgia, Indiana and New Jersey, recruits current seniors, recent grads, and alumni with backgrounds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach in high-need secondary schools. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, they commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. They also get mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.  This is a highly competitive program, but Penn State Students are very competitive! The 2015 Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program offers three application deadlines: October 13, 2014 (Round 1); November 14, 2014 (Round 2); and January 31, 2015 (Round 3). You can learn more at woodrow.org/STEM.


The Dannon Company just announced its third Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program. As part of their commitment to helping students excel in science, The Dannon Company is offering a scholarship of $25,000 to a current or incoming graduate student who shows a strong interest in the research of nutritional and functional benefits of yogurt and probiotics. To qualify for the Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Program, individuals must be currently enrolled in or applying to a full-time graduate program. More information can be found here:http://bit.ly/1tcs8Aw

Scholarship applications are now being accepted, and must be submitted by November 15, 2014 to qualify. The winning applicant will be determined by a panel of expert judges and announced in December 2014. For additional information, qualification requirements, and to download a copy of the application, please click here:http://www.dannon.com/fellowship/

Paid summer research opportunity to study the Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our summer research experience for undergraduates again in summer 2014.  The program’s focus is Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior.   The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.The goal of this program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a week for research; thus, it is not possible to be enrolled in courses or other activities during the program.

Program dates: May 31, 2014-July 26, 2014

Application deadline: March 21, 2014

Notification Date: April 15, 2014

To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.  Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.

Information about how to submit an application is available at http://psychology.okstate.edu/faculty/kennison/osunsfreu.htm

We especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups, including first generation college students and students from rural areas.  Students coming from undergraduate institutions that do not provide access to research experiences are also preferred.

Please share this with any interested students and forward it to any colleagues who may have students who are interested in learning more about the program.


Shelia M. Kennison, Ph.D.