NIH Training Programs - Biomedical and MDPHD

I am reaching out on behalf of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program and the NIH MD/PhD Partnership Training Program. We are always looking for outstanding PhD and MD/PhD candidates that could be successful in an accelerated, interdisciplinary, collaborative biomedical research program. I have attached flyers for both programs, but would be happy to answer any questions that you might have about either program or the application process.

I also wanted to let you know that our application portal is now open and will close on December 1, 2017.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Applications (due 23-27)

The 2018 GRFP application is now open for submissions from graduate and undergraduate students. This fellowship provides very competitive graduate-level stipends for students to attend graduate school in STEM and other fields of study.  The deadlines (Oct 23-27 according to field of study) for the 2018 competition are published in the Solicitation (NSF 16-588), which is a three-year Solicitation.  Note that graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school, as described in the Solicitation and in Dear Colleague Letter NSF 16-050.  As a consequence of the decision to limit the number of times a graduate student can submit, the number of applications in last year’s (2017) competition relative to the 2016 competition dropped by 3,663, and the success rate for applicants increased from 13% to 16%.

Another update is that the FY2018 Budget Request to the Congress includes a 50% reduction in the number of new fellowship awards.  The Request specifies that in FY 2018, NSF will support 1,000 new Fellows, equal to the number supported in FY 2008, a reduction from the 2,000 new Fellows NSF has supported annually since 2010.  If implemented, this change is likely to affect the 2018 success rate.  We hope you will continue to support GRFP on your campus, including encouraging your students to apply. 

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Undergraduate Research for HSTA Participants

WV-INBRE program will provide funding for HSTA scholars attending West Virginia University and Marshall University to participate in biomedical science research. A maximum of 6 internships (3 at WVU/3 at MU) will be available. Funding will be provided to pay the student $10/hour to work for 15 hours per week for 25 weeks on the research for the 2017-2018 academic year. Projected start date of the internship is October 1, 2017 and funding will continue until April 30, 2018. To learn the list of mentors at West Virginia University and Marshall University, respectively, please refer to the WVU/Marshall mentors Directory.

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Internships - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Internships are available at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) located here in Morgantown, as well as at locations in Pittsburgh and Oregon. These internships involve projects in a variety of STEM fields including a renewable energy project run by a Biology PhD, a large geology experiment lab, physics, engineering, etc. The internship has a generous stipend, housing and travel allowance. A WVU alum that works at NETL would like to see more WVU students apply for the internship and will be at an informational dinner to be held in September (date, time, place TBD). Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research ( if you are a) a student that is interested in learning more about this internship opportunity or b) know a student that would be interested.

More information about the internship can be found at:

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Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students - Applications Open for Travel Award and Conference

 The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the nation’s largest STEM conferences for minority undergraduate students. Over the course of four days students present their research, explore over 350 exhibit booths, and network with schools and peers from across the nation. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, seniors, postbaccalaureates, and community college students who have completed at least 30 credit hours are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation. Travel awards are available for first time presenters.

Apply for a travel award by August 25th and

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2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium is a university-wide poster symposium that showcases students' summer research and creative endeavor efforts. Held each summer near the end of July (typically the last Thursday in July), students present their research in one of several offered categories with poster visuals and presentations scrutinized and judged. The 2017 Symposium (see 2017 program) consisted of 108 posters, 108 poster presenters, eight different judged categories, 14 judges and 14 poster winners and runner-ups. This event was open to the WVU community in the afternoon and all (administrators, faculty, students, parents, etc.) were invited to attend to help us celebrate the achievements of our undergraduates. See the poster winners and runner-ups for the 2017 symposium event!

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Celebrating SURE Participant: Patrick Bayly

 See the write-up on 2017 SURE Participant and WVU Creative Arts Major, Patrick Bayly at:

Speak with him about his research at the July 27 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at 12:30-2:30 pm in the WVU Alumni Center and see his paintings displayed at the WVU Evansdale Library from August 8-30, 2017.

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Office of Science, U.S. DOE - Applications open for Science UG Lab Internships (SULI)

The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for the . The application system for the  Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is currently open, with all applications due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on October 02, 2017.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program places students from 2 and 4 year undergraduate institutions as paid interns in science and engineering research activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities, working with laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects related to ongoing research programs. Appointments are for 16 weeks during the Spring term, are open to US Citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents, include a weekly stipend, reimbursement for one round trip domestic travel to the participant’s host DOE laboratory, and possibilities for a housing allowance. More than 850 internships are sponsored annually.

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Undergraduate Faculty-Led Research

In collaboration with the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Global Affairs is pleased to be able to offer funding to support research opportunities for undergraduate students.

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