Assistant Researcher at the William Montague Cobb Research Laboratory
“I think it is very important to introduce diversity in the various databases on the human genome. Many of the original genome projects centered on European-descended populations and this project is one of the first steps to unlocking questions like “Why are Black women 243% more likely to die in childbirth (compared to White women”? Or “Why are African Americans prone to hypertension, diabetes, etc.?”
How did you find your internship? Dr. Jeremy Ward.
What was your work like? One of the main projects I worked on was Petrous Bone Extraction of the bones in the William Cobb Collection. William Montague Cobb was the first African American to get an MD/PhD and went on to found a lab. He studied over 100 African Americans who died between the 1930s and 1960s and conducted autopsies on each of the individuals. My research included extracting over 200 petrous bones–a dense region on the side of the skull next to the ear canal–in order to sequence the DNA of the individuals who passed. After extracting the petrous bone, we found susceptibility genes for the diseases the individuals died from. Among the diseases were tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, and more. A lot of the diseases are still the main cause of death of Blacks today. After the DNA is sequenced, we cross matched their genes with the susceptibility genes to see if there were matches. In the future, we will be able to address the weaknesses that may or may not have to do with our genetic codes. Ideally, we will be able to have prenatal testing where we identify these genes and advocate a healthy lifestyle that will suppress the likelihood of these diseases manifesting and taking the lives of our people.
How did CCI help you find this opportunity? Funding, advising, moral support, EVERYTHING!
What advice do you have for Middlebury students looking for an internship? Think outside the box! Don’t think that the organized programs are the only internships you have available to you…there are countless others you can make up or find anywhere.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your work? Being surrounded by black scholars.
And to add to this question from Megan’s interview in the Cobb’s Corner News: Seeing people in positions of power in STEM that are Black is what I will cherish the most. Carter [Clinton, Assistant Curator] is a great example as well, with both of us being from Brooklyn. I’m reading a book by Elaine Welteroth called More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) where she mentions that it is “important to leave signposts along the journey of success for those that come behind you.” I believe there will be another young girl like me who is obsessed with science like me but needs a role model to show her that women and people of color can succeed. I really want to be that guiding light just like this experience has illuminated my journey.
Did you have a mentor that helped you get to where you are today? If so, who? Jeremy Ward, Susan DeSimone, and much much much more.
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Working independently and under general supervision from a Principal Investigator or manager provides support to clinical research. May be responsible for the following activities: coordination of clinical research project/protocol, subject recruitment, developing. Individual should be able to use independent judgment, in concert with the Principal Investigator, of the suitability of potential participants for clinical studies, developing and implementing strategies for recruiting, advertising, collecting and organizing subject data; scheduling subjects for study visits, performs telephone screening, clinical tests such as EKGs; maintaining and updating data generated by the study. Coordinates recruitment office activities overseeing the work of more entry level staff.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinates the implementation, both internally and externally, of clinical studies.
- Initiates and maintains contact with study participants, via: telephone and/or mail. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet all appropriate criteria for the study, and in concert with the Principal Investigator make independent judgement as to the eligibility of the potential subject. May be required to perform clinical tests such as saliva collection.
- Develops and implements patient recruitment strategies.
- Develops, organizes and/or maintains human research subject information database for study. Required to input data, and present weeklyreports.
- In conjunction with the Principal Investigator/Project Leader, develops and prepares research protocols including, design, data collection systems, internal review board approval (IRB) applications/amendments and annual reports. Responsible for preparing payment request for human research subjects, outside agencies and etc.
- Assist the PI and Project Leader with preparation for presentations and written published article.
- Responsible for the supervising, monitoring and coordinating of the recruitment office and staff.
- Responsible for weekly staff meetings to ensure compliance with recruiting procedures, policies and practices.
- Responsible for purchases and supplies.
- Responsible for training and orienting new staff.
- In conjunction with the principal investigator or manager assist in the hiring, firing, evaluating and disciplining of recruitment office staff.
- Performs all other duties, as required.
- BS or BA.
- At least one-year experience in research setting.
- Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies.
- Working knowledge and proficiency with the following computer software preferred: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to work independently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
- Good oral and written communication skills.Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
- Knowledge of computer programs, database, etc.Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
- Careful attention to detail.
- Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subject rights and individual needs.
Learn more and apply on Handshake! Application deadline is April 30, 2020.
The application for Columbia University’s one-year MS in human nutrition program is now open!
Prospective students can APPLY HERE and register for a Webinar or Open House for additional information.
SPRING WEBINAR EVENTS
Include a brief faculty-led program overview, followed by a Q&A session with alumni.
- Thursday, January 16th, 5 – 6pm EST
- Wednesday, February 12th, 5 – 6pm EST
- Wednesday, March 18th, 5 – 6pm EST
- Thursday, April 16th, 5 – 6pm EST
- Wednesday, May 13th, 5 – 6pm EST
SPRING OPEN HOUSE EVENTS
Include a faculty-led information session, followed by lunch with alumni and a chance to attend a course lecture.
- Monday, February 24th, 12:30 – 5:30pm EST (the last 3 hours are optional) REGISTER
- Monday, April 6th, 12:30 – 5:30pm EST (the last 3 hours are optional) REGISTER
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Spend 2020 in NYC Filling a Big Healthcare Gap!
The ONE-YEAR MS IN HUMAN NUTRITION program is for students perusing careers in: medicine, dentistry, nursing and other sectors of the health sciences arena, health and food industry, technology, research, business, law and many other exciting fields. Our RIGOROUS CURRICULUM will train you to become competent in nutrition science and understand its role in health and disease prevention. If your career trajectory is medical school, earn up to 26 BCPM credits with us! Read about our curriculum.
Develop your writing, critical thinking and leadership skills through an INTENSIVE RESEARCH THESIS in basic science, clinical nutrition or public health nutrition. View a selection of MS theses and paper publications.
Experience NEW YORK CITY; a learning lab for community projects on food security, the built environment, and sustainable food systems
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- Clinical Research Assistant I – Ophthalmology with Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center
- Research Assistant/Clinical Research Coordinator with Massachusetts General Hospital
- Chen Lab Opthalmology Research Assistant with Boston Children’s Hospital
- Research Associate, Cell Therapy Analytics with Platelet BioGensisis
- Research Assistant I – Dermatology with Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Research Assistant II – Center for Evidence-Based Imaging with Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Clinical Research Assistant with Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Clinical Research Database Analyst with Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Health Policy and Clinical Research Assitant with Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Don’t wait – the application deadline is February 28, 2020
The Summer Program in Neuroscience (SPIN) is an annual 8-week program for undergraduates hosted at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. It began in 2016 as a collaboration between the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology (Dr. Jarrett Rushmore) and the Department of Neurosurgery (Dr. James Holsapple, Chair), and has expanded to include faculty participants in neurology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, neuro oncology, and neuro radio oncology. Since the first session in 2016, 10-15 undergraduate students have been selected each summer to participate in a variety of structured clinical, didactic, and mentored research activities designed to enhance their understanding of the brain, medicine, neuroscience, and neuroscience research.
These experiences are divided into three parts:
Didactics. Twice a week, students learn neuroscience and neuroanatomy through small group lectures / discussions and hands-on neuroanatomy labs. The curriculum and content of the neuroanatomy labs and lectures are at the medical/graduate school level and delivered by an award-winning medical educator. Small group sessions cover the organization of the central nervous system and clinical cases are used to illustrate the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord. Neuroanatomy laboratories allow students to explore the anatomy presented in lectures by guided dissection exercises using real human brain specimens. With human brain specimens in hand, students learn about the relationship between the nervous system organization and function, and how this relationship is disrupted in disease.
Clinical. Students are exposed to the function and organization of the brain by viewing it from a clinical perspective and in the operating room. They rotate in the neurology and neurosurgery clinic where fundamentals of the neurological assessment and examination are taught, attend histopathologic review sessions in small groups with a trained neuropathologist and brain “cutting” sessions with pathology staff and residents in the hospital morgue, participate in the review and interpretation of radiographic studies of the human brain and spinal cord with a neuroradiologist, round with the neurosurgery residents in the neurointensive care unit and neurological hospital wards, and observe multiple cranial and spinal neurosurgical procedures. Students also attend weekly neurosurgical didactic sessions for neurosurgery fellows and residents, including weekly surgical case reviews and the institutional combined neurology and neurosurgical Grand Rounds. In addition, SPIN students are given pagers and are paged to shadow neurology or neurosurgical residents at night as opportunities arise, seeing patients in the emergency room and throughout the hospital. Didactic and clinical sessions are organized to optimize the integration and reinforcement of topic material.
Research. Each student is paired with a research faculty mentor from the Departments of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Neurosurgery, Neurology (including neuro oncology), Radiology (neuroradiology), Pathology (neuropathology) and Radiation Oncology. Over the eight-week period of the program, students conduct an independent but closely mentored research project. Laboratory and mentor assignments are determined in a manner that leverages the students’ stated research interests and existing laboratory knowledge. Project types vary but a range of clinical, cell biological, molecular, and system level neuroscience research activities are available. At the end of the program, students present their research project and results in a public conference attended by their research mentors, course faculty, SPIN participants, family members and others.
SPIN is a unique program that combines mentored research activity with parallel organized clinical and didactic experiences to create and enhance an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between investigation and medicine in the neurosciences. Students emerge with a nuanced and multifaceted perspective of the brain informed by research, clinical experience, and small group didactics. Many SPIN alumni entered the program with hopes to pursue careers in biomedical research or medicine and afterwards have done so in doctoral programs in neuroscience and medical school. The program supports these choices by having career-development sessions to explain application processes for medical and graduate schools and teach interview skills. Alumni indicate that the program has been “life changing” and critical to determining their individual, post-graduate career path.
Applying to SPIN
SPIN is open to rising junior and senior undergraduate students interested in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, and medicine. Admission is based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Tuition does not include room and board. Proof of current immunizations required before accepted students can begin the course.
Dates: June 1 – July 24 2020
Tuition: $4,000 (Room and Board is an additional fee.)
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Get hands on experience in the field this summer!
- Giant Ocean Tank Dive Intern with New England Aquarium – Expires January 31, 2020
- Animal Care Intern with Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center – Expires February 1, 2020
- Behavioral Programs Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Small Animal Building Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Rocky Shores Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Primates Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Elephant Encounter Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- African Savanna Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Conservation Communications Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Animal Ambassadors Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires February 15, 2020
- Informal Education Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires March 1, 2020
- Conservation Sustainability Intern with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires April 7, 2020
- Diversity in Field Conservation with Utah’s Hugle Zoo – Expires April 7, 2020
- Wildlife Intern with Greenwood Rehabilitation Center – Expires November 1, 2020
Learn more and apply on Handshake! Application deadline is February 4, 2020
Roles and Responsibilities: We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic associate to join our pre-sampling team in the Translational Medicine group. The position will involve direct handling and processing of highly valuable clinical specimens from our external collaborators as well as tracking work in a laboratory inventory management system (LIMS). This contractor will also be required to store samples appropriately, potentially assist with nucleic acid extractions, and assist in a variety of other lab organizational tasks to ensure efficient and organized processing of patient samples.
The ideal candidate would have experience and/or knowledge in any of these methods and techniques:
- Isolation of PBMCs and plasma from whole blood• Sample tracking software tools (LIMS)
- Isolation of RNA/DNA/protein from whole blood, plasma, cells and tissues (frozen and FFPE)
- Tissue macro and microdissection of FFPE material, laser-capture microdissection
- This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for an entry-level scientist to gain valuable experience and insight in the immuno-oncology space and will work closely with top scientists and engineers in their field.
Qualifications / Essential Skills and Requirements
- BS/MS in Biology, Molecular Biology or related field with 0-2 years of laboratory experience
- Will be required to work a later shift (i.e. 12-8 pm, actual time TBD), on alternating days (no later than 9 pm) once trained
- A self-starter, who is/can become technically proficient in a diverse set of techniques and assays with a focus on quality and speed, and will meticulously follow internal SOPs
- Must be highly adaptive and an excellent multitasker with an ability to be level-headed in a fast paced lab setting
- Team-oriented and comfortable working in a highly dynamic matrix environment• Good basic lab skills required (pipetting, balances, etc.)
- Prior experience working with patient samples (i.e. FFPE tissue, Fresh Frozen tissue, blood) or working in a CLIA/GCLP environment is a plus
- Must be comfortable and able to work with human derived samples and potentially biohazardous/infectious material
The Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a competitive, two-year, paid training program with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PHAP associates are assigned to public health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and US territories, and work alongside other professionals across a variety of public health settings.
Throughout the two-year training program, associates gain hands-on experience that will serve as a foundation for their public health careers. After completing the program, PHAP graduates are qualified to apply for jobs with public health agencies and organizations.
Managed by CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) is a training program for early-career public health professionals who have a recent college degree and an interest in public service and public health. Throughout the two-year program, associates complete a comprehensive training curriculum and work at a host organization to gain hands-on experience that will serve as the foundation for their careers in public health.
PHAP was designed to
- Provide associates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to fulfill the program’s competencies
- Support associates’ attainment of required performance standards while on the job
- Increase host site capacity
Strengthening the Public Health Workforce
PHAP is developing the next generation of public health professionals and building host site workforce capacity. Associates receive training in core public health concepts and topics, providing the knowledge they need to succeed in their assignments. Training includes an orientation and annual in-person trainings at CDC, as well as regular distance-learning opportunities throughout the duration of the program.
Boots on the Ground
In her I Am CDC video, former CDC PHAP supervisor Heidi Pfeiffer describes how PHAP creates the next generation of frontline public health professionals.
Host sites orient their associates to their respective agencies/organizations and train PHAP associates in a wide range of public health competencies. This training fulfills standard program requirements while enhancing the associates’ work performance.
PHAP offers a variety of public health program work assignments to give associates experience to develop as public health professionals. Associates are assigned to one subject area that is selected by their host sites. These subject areas focus on the nation’s most pressing public health priorities.
Associates’ work assignments provide skill-building activities in
- Analytics and assessment
- Public health science
- Program planning, management, and improvement
- Public health policy and law
- Cultural competency
- Community dimensions of public health
- Financial planning and management
Because of the skills and experience gained through PHAP, graduates are competitive candidates for public health positions at CDC, state and local health departments, and nongovernmental organizations. Graduates leave the program with the foundation for successful, long-term careers in public health.
In 1948, CDC introduced the public health advisor (PHA) job series, which brought new public health workers to the front lines of population health in state and local agencies across the country. PHAs shaped the delivery of essential public health services, and many of these positions grew into management roles in public health departments across the nation and within CDC.
PHAP was established in 2007 as a pilot program to support CDC’s frontline public health focus and to meet the need for a continuous source of field-tested, experienced, and dedicated public health advisors. Currently, PHAP has more than 200 associates fulfilling hands-on workforce needs in public health agencies across 38 states, 2 US territories, and the District of Columbia.
Summer Undergraduate Trainee at The University of Texas Health Center at Houston – Expires January 20, 2020
Do you want to develop your outside-of-the-box thinking? This program offers training in evidence-based tools for innovative thinking and placements with accomplished cancer researchers at the ■ McGovern Medical School (Houston) ■ School of Biomedical Information (Houston) ■ UT MD Anderson Cancer Center-UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Houston) ■ School of Public Health (Houston, with regional campuses in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Brownsville, and El Paso).
The program’s unique focus is helping trainees learn to ask important research questions and apply cutting-edge methods to stimulate innovative thinking about their projects. Applications are now open!
Who is eligible to apply? All undergraduate students in colleges and universities across the U.S. who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors (fall semester, 2020). All academic majors are encouraged to apply!
What will you be doing?
- Over the course of the 10-week program, summer trainees will:
- Work with UTHealth faculty mentors and their research teams to complete a research project in cancer prevention and incorporate tools for innovation
- Take the Massive Open Online Course on innovative thinking http://go.uth.edu/edX by Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., who literally wrote the book(s) on innovation
- Do puzzles, problem-solving, and exercises in the review sessions anchored by senior doctoral and postdoctoral fellows
- Attend seminars led by faculty on ongoing cancer research
- Perfect skills in scientific presentations, and·
- Present research project posters and elevator speeches.
Applications and supplemental materials (unofficial transcripts, resume, and one letter of recommendation) must be uploaded in the application system by 11:59 PM (CST) on January 20, 2020. Semi-finalists will be notified in early February 2020. Trainee interviews for final selection will be conducted by early March 2020.
Healthcare Exploration Program at Northwell Health – Expires January 24, 2020
The Northwell Health Healthcare Exploration Program at North Shore University Hospital is designed to expose the undergraduate college student to various careers in the medical field. Through a balanced 8-week curriculum, students will encounter a broad range of clinical services at a quaternary care medical center. Based on the student’s interest, students spend time shadowing Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, Physician Assistants, and other Advanced Care Providers in the following clinical areas: Neurosciences, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Perioperative Services, Pediatrics/Neonatal ICU, Medicine, and Cancer Services. In addition to shadowing healthcare providers, students also have the opportunity to explore the medical education components of healthcare by attending Grand Rounds. While students do not provide direct patient care, they are encouraged throughout the process to ask questions, become engaged with the healthcare providers, and obtain their own mentor during their internship experience.
Application Deadline: Applications must be electronically submitted by January 24th, 2020
- Rotations: During the eight weeks, students are exposed to healthcare providers at the patient’s bedside, in the operating room, procedural areas, during rehab, and the coordination of patient care. Students spend a week in each clinical area (Neurosciences, Cardiology, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Perioperative Services, Pediatrics/Neonatal ICU, Cancer Services, and Medicine) observing patient care through the lens of many different providers.
- Didactic Sessions: As part of the internship experience, students have the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds and other educational forums, as determined appropriate by the rotation leaders. In addition, students will be provided with Lunch & Learn sessions in which a Hospital Executive will provide the student with an important understanding of the basic elements of hospital administration, leadership, organizational dynamics, and expertise from their field of work.
In order to be considered for the program, your application must be completed with an official transcript, letter of academic reference written on official school letterhead, and a letter of intent.
Student Researcher interested in Kidney Medicine at Brigham Health – Expires January 24, 2020
The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) offers a robust and varied introduction to the world of nephrology for the undergraduate college student who is considering a career in science or medicine. We are committed to building a talented and diverse kidney research community of tomorrow. As part of that commitment, we encourage students who are part of the underrepresented groups in medicine (URM)* to apply.* Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Sources: AAMC and NIH.
- GPA 3.4 or higher
- Currently enrolled in undergraduate degree seeking program
- Must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident
- (Green Card holder)
- Must be committed to entire 8+ week program (approximately May 31st, 2020 – August 7th, 2020)
- Research experience preferred, but not required
- NOTE: Each finalist will have a brief phone interview.
- The Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine (HSRPKM) is a summer program for college undergraduates which offers 8 weeks of research, free housing accommodations, stipend to participants and an all expense paid trip to present your work at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas at the end of the summer.
- Work with world class investigators at Harvard Medical School
- Experience how kidney disease affects lives throughout unique clinical experiences
- Attend weekly core curriculum sessions which introduces the functions and dysfunctions of the kidney
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The Center for Careers and Internships is having a second annual Tell Your Story Campaign that culminates in a drawing for a $500 flight gift card!
All you have to do to enter is complete your Handshake profile and have your résumé reviewed and approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA) – (go/PCAs for their drop in hours) to have your résumé reviewed. The earlier you complete your profile and have an approved résumé, the more chances you will have to win!
To be entered to win, login to Handshake and complete these steps:
- Upload your approved résumé to Handshake.
- Add at least one Work Experience (volunteer experience counts!)
- Add at least one Extracurricular Activity (high school activities are OK!)
- Add at least one skill.
- Complete all questions on the “Career Interests” page (click on YourName>Career Interests)
Our first drawing is on Tuesday, February 11th, so don’t wait too long!
Drawings will be held every TUESDAY from 2/11- 3/24. There will be 6 $20 Middlebury Money gift cards and the Grand Prize is the $500 flight gift card.
Need help creating your first résumé? Our PCAs are here to help.
Create Your First College Résumé Workshops will be hosted on the following dates:
- Tuesday, January 21 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the ADK House
- Tuesday, January 21 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. in the ADK House
- Tuesday, January 21 – Résumé Crash Course for First-Years – 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Battell Basement
- Monday, January 27 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the ADK House
- Monday, January 27 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. in the ADK House
- Monday, January 28 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the ADK House
- Monday, January 28 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. in the ADK House