12 March 2009

University of Texas Medical Branch PREP program

Can't take part in an REU program because you’re graduating this spring? This may be the program for you!

The institution: University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston

The program: This one year program is for students who have received or will soon receive a bachelors degree. It immerses students in an active research lab where the excitement of biomedical research is obvious and nurtured with the hopes of encouraging them to pursue doctoral training in the biomedical sciences.

  • $20,000 / year salary with full health benefits

  • Enrichment activities to build skills and confidence to succeed at the graduate level

  • Mentored supportive environment for each student with individualized development programs

  • Help applying to any national graduate program

  • GRE preparatory class

  • Academic skills and research integrity training

  • Ability to take a graduate class to gauge level of preparedness

  • Access to research faculty and facilities

  • Fast track to a Ph.D.


  • Graduation with a biological science major (e.g. biology, microbiology) or quantitative or computational science major (e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering)

  • Some experience with research or have successfully completed laboratory-based coursework

  • A GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Interest in biomedical science and issues and an aptitude for graduate coursework

  • Less than 3 years from BA/BS degree

  • Must be from a group under represented in science as defined by the NIH (African American, Hispanic, Native American). Economically disadvantaged or those with disabilities will also be considered.

Deadline: None. Applications considered year round.

More information: Contact PREP Director Norbert Herzog (email nherzog@utmb.edu).

09 March 2009

Texas Academy of Science meeting 2009

The Texas Academy of Science meeting was held last Friday, 6 March, and both UTPA and the REU program was well represented.

Texas Academy of Science meeting 2009
The obligatory REU cohort shot. L to R: Ammie Ortiz, Amery Yang, Stephanie Castellanos, Ashley Longoria, Stephanie Jimenez, Jess Valdez.

And now... posters!

Ammie Ortiz

Pop quiz! One of the two students above is not an REU student. Which one?

In addition to these posters, current REU student Stephanie Jimenez gave an oral presentation, as did former REU student Natali Mejia.

Pictures by Hudson DeYoe.

04 March 2009

Texas A&M REU progam

The institutions:

  • Texas A&M University

  • North Carolina State University

  • Ohio State University

  • Penn State University

The program:

  • Program runs from 25 May to 31 July 2009.

  • On-site exhibition and presentation of research project.

  • Experience in cutting edge genomic research techniques.

  • Working with internationally recognized scientists.

  • Professional development through participation in a challenging and relevant research project.

  • Assistance in evaluating career direction.

  • Mentoring by outstanding faculty, post -doctoral research associates, and graduate students committed to providing an environment that fosters professional development.

  • One time payment for round trip travel cost.

  • Competitive stipend and room and board.

  • Opportunity to spend up to a week at one of 3 collaborating laboratories nationwide.

  • Participation in the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent U.S. visa status.

  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student.

  • Majoring in a biological or related natural science, engineering, statistics, or computer science.

  • Completed at least their first year of study by the summer.

  • Applications are encouraged from students attending institutions with limited research opportunities and from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, such as women, racial minorities and the physically challenged.

Deadline: 16 March 2009

More information: http://www.cifr.ncsu.edu/educationresources/