Category Archives: Sustainability, Energy & Nature

Research & Internship Opportunities in the Sciences

Includes: Neuropsychology, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Public Health, Biochemistry, Engineering, and Computer Science

Undergraduate research opportunities offer you the chance to participate in exciting projects, working beside some of the most talented scientists in the field.  They also help you gain needed experience to get in to graduate school or to obtain the position you’re applying for after graduation.

Below are links to a wide range of scientific research opportunities. Some offer stipends, while others are unpaid.  Deadlines vary, but in general, the earlier you apply the better. You should also check with your professors when seeking research opportunities as many have openings available for Davidson students that are not advertised. Davidson professors will also know of colleagues looking for people to work in their labs.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
This is the premier site for summer research positions in the sciences. REU sites are competitively selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), so the positions tend to be of very high quality (and tend to pay well, also).

Grants and Research Opportunities on the Davidson College Biology site
List of opportunities listed on the Davidson College Biology Department website.  This is for all sciences, public health, etc.

American Psychological Association
Undergraduate research opportunities and internships in Neuroscience and Psychology.

RIT Co-op and Scientific Internship Listings
This list provides a wide range of short and long-term cooperative and internship listings in science and technology.

List of summer research/internship opportunities in the sciences
Provided by Grinnell College, but not affiliated with the college – open to students across the country, and in a variety of disciplines:  biologybiochemistrychemistrycomputer scienceengineeringenvironmental sciencemathematics,medicinephysics,

Biotech and Pharmaceutical
Biotechnology Industry Organization is a professional association designed to provide information and support for those in the biotechnology field.  Their website provides excellent information on specific fields, current research and career opportunities.

News and job opportunities for those interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical fields.

PhRMA’s mission is to conduct effective advocacy for public policies that encourage
discovery of important new medicines for patients by biopharmaceutical research companies. This webside provides a variety of resources on the field.

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies: Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships
For undergraduate students in environmentally fields of  studies.

Environmental Science Institute
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program is open to a national pool of undergraduate applicants and requires a ten-week commitment. Students create their own research project, participate in a research group, and present their work.

Mathematical Association of America
The MAA provides mathematicians with the best expository articles, engaging problems, and articles devoted to teaching collegiate mathematics. The MAA also provides research funding opportunities.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
International community of over 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members. The website has an excellent career-related section that lists internships and jobs within the field and provides career information and advice.

National Science Foundation
List of physics REU sites, both theoretical and experimental.

Public Health Opportunities
Johns Hopkins  – Funding/Internships Announcements
Compiled listing of public health related internships and research opportunities. Students do not need to be attending Johns Hopkins to apply.

The National Academies
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute ofMedicine, and National Research Council are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. for Science
Internships and fellowship opportunities in science.

Scientific-related opportunities compiled by Columbia University, Department ofBiological Studies
Biology, Biomedical, Minority, Ecology and Environmental Studies, Marine Biology Research Opportunities, Fellowships, Internships and Summer Courses. Programs are located in all geographic areas of the country.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Boston University
Ten-week undergraduate program for students interested in pursuing a career as a research scientist. Students are chosen from a national pool.

Charlotte Area “Know Your Farms” Annual Tour/Volunteer Opportunities!

Know Your Farms has announced its fourth annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour to take place the weekend of September 15-16, 2012. The tour is a great opportunity for you to connect with the local thriving agricultural community.

The tour takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days (Saturday and Sunday) and highlights 40+ local farms.   It is self-guided, with farms located in clusters all around the Charlotte region for easy touring.  Learn about those important farm-to-fork connections and discover sources for fresh, healthy food in the greater Charlotte community. Explore possible future opportunities in the local community.

Passes are $30.00 per vehicle, or $25 when you buy in advance, so fill your car with friends and family!

Want to attend for free?  Christy Shi ‘96, Know Your Farms, is looking for volunteers! Get to know a farmer, soak up the countryside., for more information. Any help you can offer is welcomed!

For more information,


Learning Through Loggerheads: Madeleine Kern’s ’13 Summer Internship in the Marshes (Part 2)

Madeleine Kern ’13, the author of this post, is one of two 2012 recipients of an unpaid internship grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.  Madeleine was an intern with a program called Learning through Loggerheads.

The several weeks I have spent working in Edisto Island, South Carolina have definitely made for the most exciting and fulfilling summer I have experienced. My only regret is that I fell ill and had to return home a little earlier than planned. However, that was simply one of the many lessons I came away with over the course of my internship, as being able to recognize one’s own limits is a fairly useful skill.

Since my last post, I have continued mentoring kids of varying ages out in the marsh. I worked with some new volunteers that had heard about the work I was doing from others who had come out with me and their parents, as well as a few students who were basically involved all summer long. One of the girls who I mentioned in my last post invited me to dinner so I could meet her family. They all wanted to thank me for giving her a summer of adventure and learning. I was informed that she had never done anything remotely like what she worked on with me this summer. Before she would not even get dirty and you would never have known it by the way she was tromping around in the mud with me looking for terrapins. I also found out that she plans to start taking more of the extra science courses that are offered at her school, especially those related to biology, which was never something she had considered before. As if I was not already ecstatic about how well the summer had gone based merely off this one mentee’s new found passion, I certainly was when I read a thank you letter she handed me while at the dinner and told me I had to read later when I got home. In this letter, she explained that she learned so much not just about turtles or science or nature, but also about people and the world. She also told me that even though I may not recognize it, I am a great teacher. That was probably the most encouraging thing someone could have told me after this summer.

Throughout the last several weeks of my internship, I also had a few opportunities to share parts of my work with various family members and friends. I was even able to explore the marshes from a totally new perspective in a kayak. Being able to simply go at my own pace and sit and enjoy the beauty around me was a wonderful experience, even when the tide and wind started going against us and I had to tow my friend back to the landing.

During my entire stay in Edisto Island, I was lucky enough to meet and work with some of the nicest and most helpful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Thus, I would like to end my final post by saying thank you to several people. First, I am so thankful for all the kids and their parents and other volunteers for their interest, help, and enthusiasm about learning. I would also like to thank Bess and Bruce of the South Carolina DNR for always being there to help me out when I needed them most. I would also like to thank Ty for helping me out with the many motor problems I could never have hoped to tackle by myself. And finally, I would like to thank Meg Hoyle and The Jolley Foundation for having faith in me and making this amazing experience possible.

Learning Through Loggerheads: Madeleine Kern’s ’13 Summer Internship in the Marshes (Part 1)

Madeleine Kern ’13, the author of this post, is one of two 2012 recipients of an unpaid internship grant provided by Davidson College and The Jolley Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to allow students to participate in educational internships and to explore living and working in the state of South Carolina.  Madeleine is currently an intern with a program called Learning through Loggerheads.

Maddie untangles female terrapins from the trammel net used to enclose the turtles.

Maddie untangles female terrapins from the trammel net used to enclose the turtles.

I have spent the past five weeks living on Edisto Island, South Carolina working hard, even though it has been doing what I love.  I have been working as an intern for Meg Hoyle, a Davidson alum and owner of Botany Bay Ecotours and executive director of Learning through Loggerheads, a nonprofit organization that gets local high school and middle school students involved in work with mainly loggerhead sea turtles.

Working directly with Learning through Loggerheads, I have attended the training session for the high school and middle school interns and also provided transportation for a couple of the interns.  I also had the opportunity to lead several of the interns as well as some interested members of the community on a nighttime walk along Edisto Beach in search of nesting loggerhead turtles.  On similar walks, I have been able to educate some vacationers using bright flashlights out on the beach at night about the dangers of using such lights.  A surprising number have been unaware that the bright lights can scare the female turtles and keep them from coming up on the beach to nest, but most have been extremely receptive and cooperative when I have talked with them.

Meg and I both share a passion for educating people, especially children and young adults, about the value of nature and the surrounding ecosystems.  The majority of my work has involved taking people of all ages, from middle schoolers and their families to retired members of the Edisto community, out into the salt marshes. When people come out in the marsh with me, they often remark that they had no idea they lived so close to an area so wild and uniquely beautiful.  Nearly every time I take someone out into the marsh, we see several dolphins.  One of the most exciting things I get to show people is dolphins strand-feeding up on the mud banks lining the creeks.  I explain amidst wondering stares and gasps that this is actually the only area in the world where dolphins exhibit this extraordinary behavior and what they are doing is charging up on the bank and chasing out shrimp and fish to feed on.

Another goal of my internship this summer is to teach young adults about the scientific process and get them involved in hands on research experiences out in the marshes.  My internship supervisor did her Masters research on diamondback terrapins, a species of turtle that lives exclusively in the saltwater marshes, and we involve people in research on a population of these turtles right off Botany Bay Island.  I mentor several high school age students, involving them in the capture, marking, measuring, and release of these terrapins.  One student has been particularly motivated by the experience of being allowed to participate in scientific research and is now considering pursuing a career in science.  She comes out with me as often as possible and can never seem to ask enough questions about the marshes, scientific research, college, and turtles.  This one eager student has already made this internship a completely fulfilling experience, but everyone who comes out with me seems to gain a new appreciation for nature and science and I could not be more pleased.  In fact, I gave a talk on terrapins organized by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and discussed how urbanization and heavy occupation of the waterways by humans can negatively affect the turtles.  As a result of this talk, a few members of the community are beginning to ask questions about what can be done to help protect the terrapins and the marshes in general.

In the course of teaching so many people of all ages, I have learned about myself.  I have always had a fairly difficult time organizing and leading people, but over these past five weeks I have found myself much better able to communicate and round up volunteers and instruct them productively.  I have also found that I can keep people calm under pressure because boat motors will inevitably have issues from time to time (i.e., I’ve had some boat issues) and it does not help things if you have a small group of high schoolers panicking out in the marsh.  However, I think the most important thing I have learned is that I definitely want to continue to educate people about science and the importance of nature as part of my career and whenever else I possibly can.

Stay tuned to hear more about Maddie’s experience at the end of the summer, when we’ll be posting her second and final blog post!

To Thy Own Vine Be True

He greeted us with a big smile as we drove up the dusty, gravel road to the Moshav, Bat Ayin.  We were coming to see the ancient winery ruins and Ferency Winery, owned and operated by Gershon Ferency.  We were a little late and a bit lost, but happy to see the guard wave us through the gate of the Moshav.

We started our tour with a brief walk through the ancient winery.  It was amazing to think as we stood at the entrance of the mikvah, a ceremonial cleansing area, what it might have looked like as they prepared themselves for the making of the wine libations for the Temple in Jerusalem.

After our tour of the ruins, we headed over to “tasting room” for a chance to experience the newly developed wine from the organic vineyard Gershon was developing.  As we enjoyed each sip of the various types of wines, Gershon shared his philosophy of winemaking.  “Usually, vintners mold and craft their vineyards to the type of wine, they hope to produce.  I allow the wine to develop naturally. I want the wine to produce the flavors on its own.”  We noticed his white wine was a bit cloudy, but the taste was wonderful. He explained it was the filtering process and his focus wasn’t on the appearance of the wine. He was more concerned with letting the wine bring out its natural qualities, instead of trying to modify them into “standard commercial product.”  It was a work in progress; he was “allowing” the wine to develop its own flavor.

It reminded me of the career development process.  When we allow ourselves to develop and grow into our own interests, strengths/skills, etc., we are following this principle of developing our “natural qualities.”  We may not look like the clean, clear product that can be typically defined in the world of work, but the results far out weigh the appearance.


Great Green Careers!

“Mother” just told me about a green job website.  Great Green Careers is designed to connect employers and job seekers in the green jobs industries.  The green job market includes energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, biomass, and others), environment (ecology, health and safety, parks, abatement, and others), skilled trades (heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, building automation), and transportation.  They list internships, too.

Great Green Careers is a service of Ogden Publications, Inc. publisher of Mother Earth News, and many other books and magazines for people interested in self-sufficiency, sustainability, rural lifestyles, and farm memorabilia.

Okay, so “Mother” didn’t tell me, her publisher did.  However, if you love Mother Earth News like I do, you might this website a good resource for “green” internships and job opportunities.  Check it out today.


Exploring “Good Foods”

Do you have a passion for food?  Are you “hungry” for internship and work opportunities in the field?  Sounds like you need a taste of Good Food Jobs, a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect.

Good Food Jobs post opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, ecologists, and more.  Their  blog, the gastrognomes, profile food professionals and publish their stories to inspire you.

3rd Annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour

If you are interested in local NC foods, be sure to attend the 3rd Annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour, this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2011.  Tickets are available for $25.00 per vehicle before the event via online or at one of the local business listed on the website such as Ben & Jerry’s or The Bradford Store in Davidson.  Price is $30.00 on the day of the tour at the participating farms.   I will be there Sunday exploring a few of the local farms.  Check next week’s blog for an update of my farm tour experience.   Lots of career opportunities to “plow” through, too.

For other career-related resources, go to Agriculture & Environment on the Davidson College Career Services website.




Sustain the Future: Go Farm!

If you are considering a career in the field of sustainable agriculture, a good resource to start your exploration is The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, a project developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), which offers a variety of resources on the subject, including internships.   The Directory of  Internships and Apprenticeships, listed under Learning Opportunities, gives a comprehensive list of work programs and positions in the field of sustainable agriculture.

Also,  be sure to check out the Agriculture & Environment section, on the Davidson College Career Services website, for other career-related resources.

Third Annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour

Know Your Farms has announced its third annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour to take place the weekend of September 17-18, 2011. The tour is a great opportunity for you to connect with the local thriving agricultural community.

The Charlotte Area Farm Tour takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days (Saturday and Sunday) and highlights 30+ local farms.  Learn about those important farm-to-fork connections and discover sources for fresh, healthy food in the greater Charlotte community. Explore possible future opportunities in the local community.


Upcoming Education Opportunities

Are you considering work opportunities in the education field? Now is a great time to begin exploring possible teaching options after graduation. Below is a list of education opportunities coming this fall to Davidson College:

September Events

Opportunities in Education and Teaching Workshop
Thursday, September 1 @ 4:30 pm, Union 313

Teach for America (Teach in underserved schools throughout USA)
Information Session: Monday, September 12 @ 7:30 pm in Alvarez 900 Room
Next Application Deadline: Friday, September 16 @ 11:50 PM Through Teach For America website.
Interview Day:  Scheduled by Teach for America

Post-Graduate Fellowships & Service Corps Opportunities Workshop (Learn about teaching domestic or overseas through 1-2 year programs)
Tuesday, September 27 @ 4:00 pm, Union 302

October Events

Carney Sandoe & Associates (Teach or coach in private schools throughout USA)
Information Session: None
Application Deadline: October 14 @ 11:59 PM
Interview Day: October 28

Southern Teachers Agency (Teach or coach in private schools throughout the South)
Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Application Deadline: October 26 @ 11:59 PM
Interview Day: November 9

JET – Japan Teaching and Education Program (Teach in Japan)
Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Application Deadlines: Early Deadline in Mid-October and Final Deadline in Late November through JET website.

Peace Corps (Teach Worldwide)
Information Table: October 26 @ 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Application Deadline: Rolling Through Peace Corps website.

November Events

Careers in Education Panel
Tuesday, November 1 @ 4:30 pm, Sprinkle Room

NOTE:  Additional Teaching and Education Opportunities available on the Career Services website.

Be sure to log in to WildcatLink for the latest information on educational opportunities.  If you need assistance setting up an account, contact Career Services at 704-894-2132 or email