Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Penn State University (Climate Science) Summer Research Assistantships

Summer 2013 research assistantships are available in the area of climate science within the Department of Meteorology at Penn State University (University Park Campus). Appointment is for ten weeks, starting 3 June 2013. Positions are ideally suited for atmospheric science, ecology, physics, mathematics, and engineering undergraduates. During the summer, field and laboratory research activities will be done at Penn State University and will require 40 hours per week. Responsibilities include research experimental design, data acquisition with state-of-the-art instruments,  analyses of data sets, numerical modeling, writing of research reports, and presenting findings at research symposia. Examples of research projects include impacts of natural gas mining on regional air quality and climate, forest carbon sequestration, cloud condensation characteristics of aerosols, and gas and aerosol transport in the lower

atmosphere. The research assistantships are ideally suited for juniors and seniors who plan to go to graduate school.  Interested candidates can submit a job application via email to Professor Jose D Fuentes (E-mail: or Dr. Jon Nese (E-mail: Applications should include a cover letter, a resume, a list of courses taken in undergraduate school and associated grades, and names of two references.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

St. Joseph's University Chapter of Sigma Xi 24th Annual Call for Abstracts

The 24th Annual Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Undergraduate and graduate students working in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural, and the Social Sciences are invited and encouraged to present the results of their work in the poster sessions.  We expect, as in previous years, over 100 students from the region's colleges and universities to attend.

The Symposium will commence at 5:00 PM on the Saint Joseph's University Campus in Philadelphia, PA.  It will open with the keynote address in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The poster sessions will start at 6:45 in the Campion Student Center.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Irene Pepperberg, Research Associate and Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Brandeis University.  Her talk is entitled "Numerical Competence Studies on a Grey Parrot."  This talk is free and open to the public.  Dr. Pepperberg will also be this year's recipient of the Christopher Clavius, S.J. award.  This award recognizes the work of inspirational scientists, researchers and policy makers.  Clavius, a Jesuit mathematician and astronomer is best known as an architect of the modern Gregorian calendar and as an inspiration to such thinkers as Kepler, Descartes and Leibniz.  As one of the world's foremost authorities on animal cognitive capabilities, Dr. Pepperberg is particularly deserving of this award.  Indeed, over the course of her impressive career she has been the recipient of many fellowships, grants, and awards.  Her book, The Alex Studies, describing over 20 years of peer-reviewed experiments on Grey parrots, received favorable mention from publications as diverse as the New York Times and Science. Her memoir, Alex & Me, was a New York Times bestseller and won a Christopher Award. She has presented her findings nationally and internationally at universities and scientific congresses, often as a keynote or plenary speaker, and has published numerous journal articles, reviews, and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the American Ornithologists' Union, AAAS, the Midwestern Psychological Society, the Eastern Psychological Association (where she is now also a board member), and presently serves as consulting editor for three journals and as associate editor for The Journal of Comparative Psychology.

The registration fee for the symposium is $25 for students and $40 for faculty members. The optional dinner at Saint Joseph's is an additional $15 for both students and faculty.  Registration and abstracts are due by Tuesday March 19th, 2013.  For more information including online registration for the symposium, please visit  Please share this announcement with any potentially interested students or faculty. We look forward to seeing you and your students this April.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi Student Research Day

Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi organizes Student Research Day every spring.   The main focus of this day is poster presentations by undergraduate, graduate and medical students.   The poster session offers students the opportunity for winning prizes, catching up on current discoveries in one's field, learning a new area of research, developing good verbal skills and networking.   This year the Student Research Day will be held on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013.   Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit posters of their research.   Follow this link to submit an abstract.  The deadline for abstract submision is March 5th, 2013.   Abstract submission starts online on February 4, 2013.   Poster presentations will be judged by TJU scientists and cash prizes will be awarded for best poster in each research category. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Environmental Internship with Green Corps for Graduating Seniors

Green Corps is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 environmental leadership and organizing program.   Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.  In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.  For more information, read below or visit our web site:    Apply online today at