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    Smithsonian Institution
    Location:

    Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

    Time Frame of Internship:

    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:


    The Smithsonian Data Science Lab is seeking an intern to help them expand the scope of their machine learning projects. The intern will work closely with Rebecca Dikow, a data scientist in the lab, to survey datasets across the Smithsonian and outside data aggregators. The purpose of this research is to identify patterns and trends across departments and to provide specific answers to broad questions concerning the Smithsonian’s collection. The intern will be responsible for producing visualizations of his or her work, which will be featured on the Smithsonian’s website and in scholarly publications.


    Qualifications:


    Prospective interns should:

    • Be familiar with Python
    • Have experience running jobs on a high-performance computing cluster (HPC)
    • Have excellent communication skills
    • Be detail-oriented

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    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Center for Genomic Interpretation
    Location:

    Salt Lake City or Provo, Utah

    Time Frame of Internship:

    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    The Center for Genomic Interpretation (CGI) guides individuals and families in their decisions regarding the interpretation of genetic variants. They are looking for interns to evaluate genetic variants for potential pathogenicity, assist in developing and testing Standard Operating Procedures, develop a genetic variant database, contribute to white paper generation (which may lead to publication), and complete an internship capstone project. The internship will learn about DNA sequencing and variant data interpretation, biotech startups, a spectrum of genetic diseases, and regulation of genetic diagnostics.


    Qualifications:
    • The internship can be tailored to meet the needs of the interns, so applicants of all levels of training are encouraged to apply. This includes both undergraduates and graduate students. (It is preferred that undergraduate interns are juniors or seniors.) Those with PhDs should inquire about short term fellowships.
    • Intern applicants must specialize in one of the following subjects: genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, physiology, neurobiology, computer science with a life science emphasis, or any field of study within the biological sciences.

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    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Premed Research Internship at Harvard/Stanford/Utah
    Location:

    Harvard, Stanford, or the University of Utah

    Time Frame of Internship:

    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    This program is a summer research internship at elite medical institutions for BYU premed students. Interns work as research assistants to participating medical faculty from Harvard, Stanford, and Utah. Research opportunities include basic science, clinical research, health policy, disparities, and health outcomes research, depending on the focus of the supporting faculty member. Students will help with projects at various levels, including project conception, grant writing, data collection, analysis, presentation, and writing. Mentors come from diverse medical specialties, including endocrinology, anesthesia, surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, genetics, oncology, pulmonology and more. Students participate in weekly journal club meetings with fellow interns and BYU alumni with focus on preparing for a career in medicine.


    Qualifications:
    Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits and

    are selected by the participating faculty members. Prior research experience is not required, as students will receive on-site training.

    Follow this application process for Premed Research Internship at Harvard/Stanford/Utah:
    • Resume/CV (1 page)-please be sure to include your GPA, major, & contact information.
    • Essay (1 page)
      • Why do you want to be a doctor? What makes you unique? How will this program help you?
    • 1 colored passport style photo
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Send all documents to byupremedresearchinternship@gmail.com
    • Also apply to BYU Inspiring Learning Fellowship

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    Application Deadline:

    12/31/2018
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    Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program
    Location:

    Washington University in St. Louis

    Time Frame of Internship:

    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:


    The Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP) is a 10-week summer research internship for exceptional students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. The program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D. programs in the biomedical sciences. As a BioMedRAP participant, you will conduct independent research with outstanding faculty mentors; work in a cutting-edge science and technology environment; gain exposure to some of the nation’s finest biomedical investigators and an extensive variety of research topics; receive individualized career counseling and develop your career interests; participate in workshops, seminars and journal clubs;

    build a social network with student peers and faculty; and prepare to apply to the best Ph.D. and M.D. programs in the United States.


    Qualifications:


    BioMedRAP selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to diversity. They seek applicants who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students; or can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together. They encourage applications from individuals who come from rural or inner-city areas and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research—specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, and students with disabilities. Applications are also encouraged from international students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree and students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply.


    Visit:

    http://dbbs.wustl.edu/UndergraduateResearch/biomedrap/Pages/default.aspx

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Lewis Labs
    Location:

    University of California, San Diego

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    Lewis Labs develops multi-factor diagnostics for childhood diseases and disorders and engineers cells for enhanced production of therapeutics. Current projects include genomic and transcriptomic analyses of autism, development of multi-variate network-based biomarkers for childhood disease, and the analysis and engineering of cell lines that are used in pharmaceutical production and other biotechnological applications. Interns in the lab will do computational work ranging from genomic analysis to modeling complex biological networks. They will work directly with current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and all of their work will connect with experiments of their close collaborators.


    Qualifications:
    • Coding experience in Python, R, or Matlab
    • Experience in cell biology, biochemistry, and/or genomics

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    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Penn State College of Medicine
    Location:
    Penn State College of Medicine

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    This internship is hosted at a virology lab that studies how viruses optimize conditions in the host cell for replication. Specifically, they focus on several aspects of human cytomegalovirus replication. Specific projects for interns will vary depending on the support needed for ongoing lab projects; however, all projects will require interns to perform a variety of cell and molecular biology techniques. Prior knowledge of these techniques may be helpful, but is not required, as all techniques can be taught as part of the internship. Opportunities in other laboratories in our department may also exist if an interest is expressed.


    Qualifications:
    • Desire and willingness to listen
    • Excitement about science
    • No lab experience necessary—Penn State can teach the lab skills

    Visit:

    http://sites.psu.edu/buchkovichlab/

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    University of California, Riverside
    Location:
    University of California, Riverside

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    There are a variety of different projects going on in Dillman lab. They are mainly interested in host-parasite interactions, specifically the parasites of insects. These are some of the project details:

    A) The lab uses virulence assays in Drosophila melanogaster and in crickets. These insects are infected with bacterial pathogens, and then have their immunity manipulated using pharmaceuticals and genetics. Students interning in the lab will learn and use insect husbandry and infection as well as bacterial growth and maintenance.

    B) The lab currently uses biochemical techniques to investigate the excreted/secreted protein products of nematodes. In this project, interns will learn how to collect and concentrate nematode secretions, as well as participate in protein-molecule binding assays.

    C) Dillman Lab is also interested in using slug-parasitic nematodes in biological control. They have a project investigating invasive slug species in California and performing virulence assays using nematodes to infect and kill slugs.


    Qualifications:
    • Prefer applicants with experience in evaluating RNA sequence datasets, but experience is not a requirement
    • Searching for a student with a great work ethic

    Visit:

    http://dillmanlab.org/

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Utah Public Health Laboratory
    Location:
    Taylorsville, UT

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria is a major threat to modern healthcare. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of bacterial isolates allows for identification of known antimicrobial resistance genes. This proposed internship project is to use the WGS from bacterial isolates of food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella and E. coli, and search for antimicrobial resistance genes. The intern will organize the information for weekly reports to local epidemiologists and laboratorians, who will use this information to track the spread of antimicrobial-resistant infections. Although this project will mainly focus on food-borne illness, there is the potential to increase utility to other applications.


    Qualifications:
    • Basic bioinformatics skills
    • Python or perl experience is recommended

    Visit:

    https://health.utah.gov/lab

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    University of Kentucky
    Location:
    University of Kentucky

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring & Summer terms. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    Students working in this lab assist physical therapist and orthopedic surgeons on NIH funded trials studying the effects of ACL reconstructions on biomechanics, muscle physiology, and outcomes. Duties include assisting with data collections, processing the data, and helping the team interpret the results. The lab organizes a weekly meeting for their students and journal clubs and provides significant time training and mentoring. They employ biomechanics and MRI in most of the work that undergraduates assist them with.


    Qualifications:
    The lab is looking for students who
    • are passionate about what they are doing,
    • have a desire to go to graduate school,
    • and are open to learning.

    Visit:

    https://www.uky.edu/chs/research/biomotion

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    University of Iowa
    Location:
    University of Iowa, Stephens Lab

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    The Stephens lab studies the pancreatic islet, which regulates whole animal metabolism through release of hormones such as insulin and glucagon. The central theme of the lab is to integrate molecular and cell biology with animal physiology to tackle questions pertaining to islet biology and diabetes. They are currently investigating intracellular proteins that regulate the trafficking of insulin vesicles in the pancreatic islet β-cell with particular interest in mapping novel protein interactions identified through proteomic analysis. This internship will likely focus on one or two candidate proteins and investigate their roles in regulating insulin vesicle trafficking. Training may include a number of cell and molecular biology techniques such as SDS-PAGE, immunoprecipitations, confocal microscopy, and mammalian tissue culture. Additional studies may also examine cellular ultrastructure using electron microscopy.


    Qualifications:
    • Strong interest in science
    • Highly motivated
    • Basic lab skills/techniques, such as pipetting and preparing solutions, would be preferred
    • Additional techniques such as PCR and DNA agarose gel electrophoresis or mouse handling would be helpful
    • Additional skills in SDS-PAGE, microscopy, or cell culture would be outstanding

    Visit:

    https://stephens.lab.uiowa.edu/

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019
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    Tolero Pharmaceuticals
    Location:
    Lehi, UT

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2019 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description:
    Tolero Pharmaceuticals is an oncology-focused drug discovery and development company combining unique and proven preclinical development efficiencies to advance novel and effective therapeutic agents. Tolero’s approach enables development of novel therapeutics on a dramatically shortened time frame and at a much lower cost than traditional drug development. There are internships available within the following departments at Tolero: Discovery Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Biomarker Development. The purpose of these positions is to assist with experimental design and execution, data analysis, and general laboratory responsibilities. These procedures allow for an efficiently functioning laboratory to produce quality data that will translate into publications and, most importantly, advances in the clinic.

    Interns will be expected to work effectively with colleagues, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication skills. Candidates should be aware of standard laboratory techniques, and may or may not have practical experience with these techniques. The intern will be responsible for assisting in the planning, execution, QC, data analysis, and communication of findings with other groups. The intern is expected to assist in the preparation and presentation of data in laboratory meetings. Under supervision, the intern will develop and optimize sample preparation procedures, develop good laboratory practice protocols, work collaboratively with fellow associates to ensure timely analysis and reporting of research results, and keep detailed logs of experiments and report scientific findings through write-ups, presentations, posters, and manuscripts.


    Qualifications:
    • As this is an entry-level position, no prior degree or experience is required. However, some prior lab experience is strongly preferred.
    • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and any imaging software packages used to prepare figures for publication.
    • Also apply to Simmons Center for Cancer Research at https://sccr.byu.edu/fellowships/-tolero/ by February 15th at 5pm.

    Visit:

    http://www.toleropharmaceuticals.com/

    Application Deadline:

    1/31/2019