Assistant for Sierra Work 2015

Summer research assistant needed for work in the Sierras located near Independence Lake. This is the first year of a research project looking at the dispersal distance, foraging range, and genetic isolation of bumblebee populations and their relationship to floral resource availability. I am hiring an intern interested in plant taxonomy to conduct botanical surveys of the research meadows. The ideal hire should be interested primarily in plant ecology research, and self motivated to conduct an independent research project that I will facilitate. The position requires either living in a cabin, a rural town or camping, so preferred applicants will view this as an exciting opportunity to combine solid work experience with weekend adventuring opportunities! Must have reliable transportation!

Dates needed: Approximately June 15 – July 31 (flexible)
Weekly Hours: 4 days/wk (~25-30 hours)
Tasks: Identify and count flowering plants, collect data on nectar and pollen production, potential to conduct side project of interest or to be involved with the capture and collection of bumblebees.
Qualifications: Must have experience ID-ing plants and familiarity with plant taxonomy in California
Must have own transportation (passenger car fine, though the roads can be difficult)
Preferably have experience with collecting insects (esp bees)
Desire to conduct own research project on side
Housing: Housing will be provided at Sagehen Reserve Field Station or a room in Sierraville. Alternatively, camping is an option and we can negotiate a stipend in lieu of housing
Living Expenses: A $50/wk food stipend will be provided, and all work-related travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested applicants should email me at with their CV , a short cover letter, and contact information for two references.

John Mola

Add comment May 26, 2015

McNair Scholars Program Seeks Faculty Nominations for Students

The McNair Scholars Program is seeking faculty nominations for talented undergraduates to join our Fall 2015 cohort. The program is looking for students with a strong interest in undergraduate research as well as motivation to attend graduate school. Nominations are accepted online at year round. Nominated students will be contacted by the program and encouraged to apply by the September 18th deadline.

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide research opportunities and other related academic experiences that promote the acquisition of a doctoral degree for first-generation, income-qualified, and underrepresented undergraduates. McNair Scholars is a federally funded TRiO program which admits students on a competitive basis each fall.

Benefits of program involvement include:

  • $3,300 Summer Research Stipend
  • Connection to a Faculty Mentor
  • Summer Research Institute
  • GRE Preparation Course
  • Graduate School Application Assistance and Graduate Application Fee Waivers
  • Conference Presentations
  • Personal and Academic Support

Please visit  for more information about the program. Contact Perry Fittrer at or 784-6044 with any questions.

Add comment April 28, 2015

Call for Poet-tree

On Wednesday, April 22, there will be an Earth Day celebration in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR, featuring information tables, food and drink, music, a tree sapling giveaway, and more.

The UNR Arboretum is hosting a slam Poet-tree event to present poetry about or inspired by trees.

We are looking for students, faculty, and community members to read, perform, and recite poetry.  The poem can be original or published, written by you or someone else.

If you would like to participate, please email Cheryll Glotfelty at as soon as possible.

Add comment February 27, 2015

Call for nominations – Student Innovation Award

Student Innovation Award

Compete in an open-forum innovation competition by answering questions related to:


Five finalists will be awarded $500 and will
pitch their ideas to the Sierra Nevada Corporation for the
grand prize of $2500 and the opportunity and resources to develop the idea.

Deadline for entries is Mar 30, 2015, 5 p.m.

Presented in partnership by the:
University Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
Sierra Nevada Corporation
University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Add comment February 24, 2015

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights: Summer 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web

Submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” feature of the Summer 2015 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until March 15, 2015.  Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications, and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. To be considered for publication as an Undergraduate Research Highlight, the following information must be submitted to be considered for publication as an Undergraduate Research Highlight, a submission should include the information listed below and MUST CONFORM TO THE FORMAT OF THE EXAMPLE PROVIDED BELOW.  Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form available at the following link:

Should you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your highlight, please send your question to the Highlights Editor by email (Marie Graf,

For a sample highlight submission, please visit:

Questions regarding the submissions process may be directed to the CUR National Office at or 202-783-4810

EXAMPLE OF PROPER FORMAT REQUIREMENTS – SUBMISSIONS MUST CONFORM TO THIS FORMAT TO BE CONSIDERED. Parker JS, Stewart GS, Gantt C. Research and intervention with adolescents exposed to domestic violence. Family Therapy. 2006; 33:45-52. (University of South Carolina Upstate)  The present study examined characteristics of adolescents exposed to domestic violence and tested a group intervention protocol utilizing expressive writing (EW) as a coping method for this population. The experimental group used “Positive Points”, a list of personal strengths, in the writing intervention based on the hypothesis that their use would increase cognitive insight and positive word usage. A significant group effect was found and all participants demonstrated positive overall emotional change as a result of EW. Jennifer Parker is an assistant professor of psychology. Gina Stewart and Courtney Gantt, both senior psychology majors, participated in the research for independent study credit. The research was supported by a USC Scholarly Research and Development Award and a mini grant from the USC Upstate Center for Undergraduate Research, which was awarded to Gina. Gina is currently in a doctoral program in psychology at the University of Mississippi. Courtney is employed and in the process of applying to graduate programs. INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DESCRIPTION (through the electronic submission form): -Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages). -A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance. -Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member. -A brief description of the student co-author(s).  Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc). -The source of funding for the work.

Add comment February 6, 2015

REU program, Grice Marine Lab

Grice Marine Lab, College of Charleston

NSF-REU Site: Resilience and Response of Marine Organisms to Environmental Change

The Fort Johnson Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a 10-week internship that combines independent research with field trips, ethics training, career development and science communication skills.  Up to 10 interns will investigate a broad range of environmental topics–including impacts of environmental variation, climate change, natural disasters, pollution, and coastal development on the health of marine organisms, populations and communities—using a variety of laboratory and field techniques.  Interns will also engage in a science communication workshop series led weekly by Carolyn Sotka, an environmental writer and educator.

Our REU program accommodates a wide range of student interests—from evolutionary ecology to population genetics to environmental physiology and toxicology–by involving research laboratories from five partners on the Ft. Johnson marine science campus:

  • Grice Marine Lab of the College of Charleston
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Medical University of South Carolina

The program covers travel, housing, stipend, and research supplies.  For details and application materials, visit Students from underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Program dates: May 28-August 6

Application deadline: February 15

Add comment January 20, 2015

NSURJ Call for submissions, junior editors, and referees

Notification Message to Faculty and Students:

Attention to faculty or undergraduate students registered in the NSHE system,

The Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ) would like to announce that it is now accepting submissions for its second issue!  NSURJ is open to all undergraduates in all fields of research and hopes to promote civic engagement amongst students. This research journal is driven towards undergraduate researchers in the Nevada school system to showcase the brilliance of students, the integrity of­­ programs, and the quality of a Nevada education.

If you are an undergraduate student who is interested in submitting a research paper for publishing, please visit our website:  Submissions must be based on research conducted as an undergraduate, and can be submitted up to one year after the completion of an undergraduate degree.  All published articles will appear online and selected authors will be featured on the website. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Additionally, we are looking for junior editors to volunteer their time in helping authors to prepare and revise their papers for publication.  Junior editors are volunteer, undergraduate students enrolled in an NSHE university or college.  A junior editor should have a minimum of 45 credits toward their major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A junior editor should come at a recommendation from a professor and be confident in reading research articles and writing (grammar, spelling, structure, etc…).  There is no deadline to apply.  For further information and to apply, please visit the website.

Lastly, if you are a graduate student or NSHE faculty member and are interested in offering your expertise to review submissions, please contact the senior editor Alex Sunderland at to become an NSURJ referee.  Referees will be asked to review blind copies of a student’s paper and must provide comments, suggestions, and an overall assessment on whether the paper is of academic rigor and should be published.

We hope that NSURJ will provide a competitive edge in academia for all students in the Nevada System of Higher Education.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your research and to exercise the essential skills required when submitting a peer review article for publication. Overall, we aim to prepare undergraduate students for graduate programs and careers beyond their undergraduate degree.

Nevada State Undergraduate Research Journal (NSURJ)
3rd Floor Joe Crowley Student Union | Mailstop 058
The University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV  89557


Alex Sunderland

Senior Co-Editor
3rd Floor Joe Crowley Student Union | Mailstop 058
The University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV  89557
(775) 682-6257

Add comment January 13, 2015

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