MIT Summer Research Program Info Session, Fri. 3/16 @ 3 PM in JBWS 267

Dr. Mandana Sassanfar ( will be at St. Edward’s on Friday 3/16 at 3 PM in JBWS 267 to answer questions and establish connections with students interested in applying to the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) in Cambridge, MA. There is a Biology-specific MSRP and a general MSRP for other scientific disciplines. Information about both programs can be found here:

MIT Summer Research Program

MIT Summer Research Program

Please note that we are past the deadline for applying for this summer; this info session’s benefit is to lay the groundwork for future summer research. This is an excellent opportunity and experience for any student interested or curious about going to graduate school.

NSF-REU Program at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA


I am the co-director of the NSF-REU program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  I am reaching out to those of you that I have known over the course of my time at the University of the Incarnate Word (Biology) and those of you that I believe would have students that would benefit from an NSF-REU experience.

We are seeking to support students at the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior level of study who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in STEM.  NSF especially wishes to support students of underrepresented groups and students who have low research opportunities.

Our program is unique as students are immersed in an intense research environment at an active research institution with a long history of cutting-edge research.  Students have an opportunity to conduct mentored research in the following areas:

•Molecular & Cell Biology
•Developmental Biology
•Evolutionary Biology

The student participants also have access to networking opportunities with the many world-renown scientists in residence over the course of the summer.

Please see the attached flyer.  If any of your students are interested in applying and have questions, please do not hesitate to have them contact me directly.  The early application deadline is February 15th and the later deadline is March 10th.  The application link can be found here:

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Thank you!
Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta

Chair, Neuroscience Section, Texas Academy of Science
Treasurer-Elect, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Associate Professor

Biology Dept., School of Math Science and Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word
Biology Dept., CPO 311
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

ESTEEM Program at Notre Dame

Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. They are fascinated and passionate about science or engineering while yearning to put their learning into action with the tools of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is not unusual for ESTEEM graduates to leave the program throwing around words like “transformed”, “confident”, “problem solver”, and “entrepreneur” to describe themselves. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. Our alums include Janaee Wallace (2016), Karl de Zoeten (2017), Ralph Hayyat (2017), EB Conklin Reyes (2018), and Valeria Gonzalez (2018) from St. Edward’s University. 

Breakthrough Austin – Summer STEM Teachers Needed – Deadline Extended to 17 March

For more information, visit their website or email Tiffany Chao, Program Coordinator.  Extended registration deadline is 3/17.  They provide a $2,000 stipend, CNCS education credit, and 450 service hours credit.

See their flier below.

Last Call for Hook Fellows – Application Deadline is Friday, 10 March

Friday, March 10 is the deadline for applying for creative research awards from the Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund. 

The Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund offers awards up to $3,000 for creative research by students in the schools of Natural Sciences, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Management and Business, and Humanities. The fund also offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions that are based at the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 5pm. Applicants should review the fellowship guide and fill out the application form and submit it via email (or mail) to the Director of Wild Basin (Dr. Barbara Dugelby. Interested students should contact the Wild Basin Director or Wild Basin Research Director (Dr. Amy Belaire) if they have questions. Descriptions of past projects supported by the Endowment can be found on the Wild Basin website. We are happy to discuss project ideas and help students through the application preparation process. We look forward to receiving a diversity of project applications from many academic areas!

This opportunity is made possible by the commitment and generosity of Dr. Allan W. Hook and Rosemary Guzman Hook, who established the endowment to honor Hook’s life work and dedication to providing students with opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. His philosophy is that “one can learn more from the natural world than from the human-made world.” The fund will promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the Wild Basin Preserve and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

Summer Research Applications Coming Due

Greetings NSCI students!
In February you received a message from me that includes a link to an application for summer research with SEU faculty.  These applications are due one week from today, by the end of the day.  If you currently have a meal plan, note that meal plans are valid through the end of June, so don’t squander your funds unnecessarily.  You can use the plan to continue to dine in the Ragsdale Center dining hall until the end of June.
This application encompasses all the various funding sources for students at all levels, so if you are currently working with an SEU faculty member, and are planning to continue your research this summer, then confirm this plan with your current supervisor before you submit the application, and make sure that you select the faculty member you intend to work with.
The application will offer you a choice of up to three faculty members to be your research supervisor.  You should consult with the faculty member(s) you select BEFORE you submit the application.  This is especially important if you are a first time students at SEU.  Note also that you only need to select one supervisor.  You do not need to select three!  But do consult first with each faculty you do choose!
An announcement will be made in early April regarding the status of these applications, and the successful applicants will be invited to an organizational meeting in early April to complete the associated paperwork.
In case you have mislaid the message with the application link, here it is:
And be sure to indicate your summer housing plans on the application.
Contact me if you have any questions.  Time grows short – do not delay.  Late applications will not receive full consideration.
Richard L. Kopec, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, NSCI Faculty Development
Director, NSCI Undergraduate Research
Professor, Chemistry/Computer Science
St. Edward’s University
JBWS 386 
(512) 448-8464 (V)
(512) 448-8482 (FAX)

Department of Energy Summer Internships

Department of Energy Summer Internships

The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP)

The Department of Energy (DOE) and Office of Environmental Management (EM) are offering summer internships to current undergraduate and graduate students attending a Minority Serving Institution.  Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a STEM discipline.


  • Be a US citizen
  • Be working toward a degree in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, or mathematics)
  • Have a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

When & Where:

  • Summer start dates vary between May 15 & June 5, and are 10 weeks in duration
  • Research internships available at all six national labs

o   Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois)

o   Idaho National Laboratory (Idaho)

o   Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico)

o   Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Tennessee)

o   Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington)

o   Savannah River National Laboratory (South Carolina)

  • Application Deadline: March 20, 2017


  • Selected candidates will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.


For the full list of internships and eligibility; visit our website at:


Questions? Contact . To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.

SEU Summer Research Opportunities

Greetings Natural Sciences and Math majors!
The School of Natural Sciences is pleased to announce the availability of summer 2017 undergraduate research positions for students doing collaborative research with St. Edward’s science and mathematics faculty. Any current St. Edward’s student with a declared major in the School of Natural Sciences is eligible to apply for a research position if you will be enrolled as an undergraduate at St. Edward’s for the fall semester of 2017.  

Two options will be offered, a one-week group research project targeted primarily to first year students that will be performed May 15-19 and a 6-9 week project targeted primarily to students who have completed more than one year of study at SEU beginning around May 22 (dates are variable depending on the supervisor).  The one-week option does not provide a stipend, but it does cover housing on campus during this period.

Students participating in the 6-9 week projects will be awarded stipends of  $1500 to $3150 (determined by class standing, research period length, and prior research experience) paid in equal increments twice monthly for full-time research done over six to nine weeks. The stipend payments will begin in mid-June, contingent upon satisfactory progress. In addition, a housing support stipend may also be paid dependent on your housing status.  This program is supported in part by the Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Jean McKemie Endowment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Brother Romard Barthel/J.D. Lewis Summer Research Funds. 

Students opting for the one-week group research project format need not contact the instructor, but they should read the articles recommended by the selected research supervisor.  Students who completed more than one year of study at SEU and excelled in their classes and who have research interests that overlap or complement those of one of the participating supervisors are preferred for the 6-9 week projects.  A student should approach a potential faculty mentor with a specific research topic in mind, or may ask a potential faculty mentor to suggest possible research projects that would be appropriate. In either case, priority for the 6-9 weeks projects will be given to students who have conferred with a potential faculty mentor and formulated general project goals prior to submission of this application. Final awards are contingent on available funds and the merit of the applicant.
Application Submission Deadline: March 9  
Notification: Monday, April 3
Questions?  Please contact the Director of NSCI Undergraduate Research.
Link to Summer Research Student Application:
For more information email me.
Richard L. Kopec, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, NSCI Faculty Development
Director, NSCI Undergraduate Research
Professor, Chemistry/Computer Science
St. Edward’s University
JBWS 386 
(512) 448-8464 (V)
(512) 448-8482 (FAX)

Volunteer at 2017 Energy Thought Summit in Austin

Zpryme is running an Energy Thought Summit conference 27 – 30 March 2017.  They are looking for student volunteers to help with the conference.  You can learn more about the event at their conference website, including a draft agenda for the 4 days of the conference.

Volunteers are free to attend the entire event, which will be held in several venues downtown.  Zpryme is looking for students who volunteer 4 – 8 hours over the 4 days of the conference.

Faculty can get discounted admission if they organize a group of 4 – 5 student volunteers, or totally free admission for groups of 6.

Contact David Drew at Zpryme for more information.

As will all posted off campus opportunities, St. Edward’s and NSCI are simply passing along information and by doing so, provide no endorsement of the organizations or guarantee of the kind of experience you will have. Interested parties are advised to do their homework to figure out if the opportunity is a good fit.


Summer Programs Links from Columbia U.

This link was forwarded to me, as most of these internships are.  Looks like a list of summer opportunities at a variety of sites around the country as compiled by Columbia’s School of General Studies.  As with all of my posts and re-posts, and as the Columbia sites notes, the reader is cautioned that none of the programs carries any endorsement by the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University.  The information is posted or linked here as a courtesy to you.  Make sure to do your homework and find the best fit for your educational trajectory.  Don’t hesitate to get some feedback from your faculty or advisor.