Current Undergraduate & Graduate Opportunities
Graduate Research Assistantship in Salt Marsh Grass Transcriptomics and Epigenomics –
Molecular Genetics and Epigenomics Laboratory at Delaware State University
The Molecular Genetics and Epigenomics Laboratory at Delaware State University invites applications for a M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship in marsh grass transcriptomics and epigenetics for Spring 2019. The student will be part of a collaborative team of researchers studying the role of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms (DNA methylation and histone modifications) in marsh plants and the role of beneficial plant-microbe interactions that allow these plants to survive and thrive under extreme saline conditions in addition to the role of grasses in nutrient uptake. The project will involve fieldwork, collecting samples of Saltmarsh Cord Grass (Spartina alterniflora) and saltmarsh soil. Laboratory work will involve integrated plant epigenomic and transcriptomic methods, and metagenomic studies toward understanding microbial populations associated with marsh grass. Understanding of modern, cutting-edge molecular biology methods and knowledge of basic statistics is needed. Applicants must have a BS in Biology, Plant Science, Agriculture, or other related field, and competitive GRE scores. Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills are preferred. The assistantship would include a biweekly stipend for 24 months and a tuition waver at Delaware State University pending continued funding.
Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and career goals, experience, and contact information, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) GRE scores with percentiles, (4) undergraduate transcripts, and (5) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed immediately.
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Past Program Affiliations
|The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.|
“Are you enthusiastic, passionate about DSU-College of Agriculture & Related Sciences (CARS) and looking for a way to get involved? While also learning and practicing professional development skills needed for gainful employment after College? Apply to become an official CARS Ambassador!”
|“We are now hiring at Brookfield Zoo!… The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer… At the Chicago Zoological Society, we value diversity in all its dimensions and recognize the importance and benefits of a diverse workforce to our visitors, our orgazational effectiveness, our workplace, and to be relevant and competitive in today’s business world.”|
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National Hispanic Internship Program
“Whether you are a student looking for an internship or a federal agency or corporation looking for an intern, we feel confident that we can help you in your pursuit. We are always in search of the best and the brightest to fill our many internship opportunities.”
|“Pathways to Science is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP). Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.”|
|“The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to improving the education of African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans. Millions of dollars, now spend for remedial purposes, could be made available for the educational benefit of all children and youth by improving the quality of education available to the groups targeted by QEM. Quality education for minorities improves the quality of education for all.”|
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Internships Program
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is an organization committed to serving students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). By providing scholarships and other funding opportunities to qualified students who attend HBCUs, TMCF aims to enhance college students’ educational experience. Being a TMCF mentor, I know firsthand the amount of effort this organization puts into promoting students’ personal and professional growth. By providing us with $25,000 funding to supervise undergraduate students in a summer research program in Plant Molecular Genetics and Genomics Lab, Delaware State University-TMCF has broadened our network of professional, graduate, and undergraduate researchers. In addition, I have also had an invaluable experience of conducting research alongside these same individuals. Overall, it has been a great opportunity to expand our intellectual interests outside of the classroom.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular
Genetics & Genomics at Delaware State University
This is the seventh year that Delaware State University (DSU) hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in Molecular Genetics & Genomics. Students have had the opportunity to work with research mentors in a 9-week multidisciplinary summer research program. Participants received stipends, meals, housing, and funds for travel to and from DSU. Using an established network of faculty from DSU, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), and Wesley College program participants received instruction in state-of-the-art techniques in molecular biology and genomics.
Some of the related activities include workshops in lab techniques and bioinformatics, ethics, and scientific communication skills. The interaction between students as well as with various levels of researchers in academia, government, and industry fostered relationships. Working on specific research problems by interacting with the research mentors- while developing capabilities to work both individually and as part of a team with fellow students- has been a valuable experience for students.