New Opportunities for BIOL-B300 Vascular Plants

The enrollment limits for BIOL-B300 were increased today because the lecture section (M&W 11:15 am-12:05 pm) will now be held in the Collaborative Learning Studio in Student Building 015 (


This innovative alternative to traditional lecture halls is well suited for B300.  Although the subject matter of B300 is an evolutionary survey of vascular plants (which are all land plants except for mosses, liverworts, and hornworts; see, the primary goal is to develop a set of intellectual skills that enable people to systematically learn and synthesize a large body of information.  These skills are very useful for people pursuing medicine, dentistry, optometry, law, graduate studies in biology, or any other profession that requires quick learning and permanent command of a body of knowledge.


Also new this year is an extra credit option for environmental management.  The B300 field trip to collect and identify spring wildflowers is a perennial favorite, but natural areas throughout Indiana are under threat from invasive plant species.  This voluntary extra credit option allows participants to help manage the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in collaboration with the City of Bloomington.


Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this course.






Eric Knox
Director, Indiana University Herbarium

Department of Biology
Indiana University
Jordan Hall 142
1001 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN  47405  USA

Office: 812-855-9601
Herbarium: 812-855-5007
Home Office: 812-332-0904; Fax: 812-855-6705


Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics Undergraduate Research Experiences (REU): 2014

The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer.  The Center seeks qualified undergraduates for 2014 REU fellowships.  Stipends are $4,000 for ten-week projects.  They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs of the Conte Center.  Applicants with computational science backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.  All participants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and be enrolled in (but not yet graduated from) an accredited undergraduate college degree program with a concentration in a biological sciences field.  Please post and/or share the attached announcement and application.


For Conte Center news go to the project website ( For the Conte website education page, please click here.
If selected for the REU program, students will be matched with a research mentor. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars.  In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored events.  At the conclusion of the summer projects, students will produce a summary report and present their findings at an REU Symposium in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago.

The deadline for receipt of REU application materials (see attached pdf file) is February 10, 2014.


Send via mail or email all application materials to:


Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Education and Outreach Director, IGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
224-221-3419 c
773-834-2787 w


Opportunity in Global Health – Post-Bachelor Fellowship at IHME

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington offers a Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) program that combines a full-time professional position, academic research, and education with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from a renowned group of professors.  This program provides Post-Bachelor Fellows the option to pursue a fully-funded Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington.  The program description and instructions on how to apply are attached.  Our application deadline is January 15, 2014.


There will be a 30-minute live information session on Wednesday, December 18, at 3:00 p.m. PST.  Interested candidates can watch and participate here:



Further information about the Post-Bachelor Fellowship program and how to apply can also be found here:  IHME Post-Bachelor Fellowship.   Keep up with the PBF program by visiting us on Facebook.


Best Regards,



Sean Lassiter

Education and Training Project Officer

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | University of Washington

2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600 | Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: +1-206-897-2832

HPPLC DEADLINE for sending LOR this semester is December 13!!

This message is for any student who has a HPPLC letter of recommendation file and who is considering sending out letters (LOR) before the end of the fall semester.


The deadline for requesting that your letters be sent is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13. 


If you fail to meet the deadline, we will still TRY to get your letters out by the end of the semester (!!), but there is NO GUARANTEE and your letters might not be sent until after winter break.


NOTE:  Requests cannot be made before all letters AND forms are signed and IN YOUR FILE when the request is made! 


The service does not automatically send out your letters.  You must submit a signed “Request for Letters to be Sent” form, either in person or by fax.  We canNOT take requests by e-mail or telephone.  The form is attached, is available in our office and is on the HPPLC website at You may fax it here at 812.856.2770 (please follow-up any fax with a phone call to make sure it was properly transmitted).


For Law School applicants, you will ALSO need to have a Law School Admission Council LOR form in your file—one for each letter!  These can only be printed by you from your Credential Assembly Service account (this form does not have to be signed by the writer).  Instructions on how to do this are available from HPPLC.  Just reply to this email if you need them.

**To make sure that your recommendation packets will be sent before winter break, REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE HPPLC OFFICE BY 4:00 p.m. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13. 


Fine print:


  1. You CANNOT request to send a letter until it has arrived in your file.  WE CANNOT HOLD REQUESTS PENDING THE FUTURE RECEIPT OF LETTERS, WAIVER FORMS, OR SIGNATURES!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  If you submit a request before your file is complete it will be considered VOID and will not be processed.  You may confirm with the receptionist that your file is complete before submitting your request.
  2. We will attempt to send requests that arrive after the deadline, but will not guarantee it. Thus it is possible that requests submitted after December 13 may not be sent until the start of next semester.
  3. Please, DO NOT suddenly tell your writers that letters must be here by the 13th!  That’s not fair (and might be resented) – unless you have been waiting for several weeks already. They normally expect (and deserve) at least 3-4 weeks’ notice.
  1. Keep in mind that admission officials take a winter break as well.  Not much will happen in most admissions offices during the last two weeks of December!
  2. Note:  HPPLC will be on reduced hours during the December holidays. Stay tuned to this listserv for details.



Thank you!!


Health Professions and Prelaw Center

Maxwell 010

Indiana University Bloomington

(812) 855-1873


Interested in summer research?

For Undergraduates:

Paid Summer 2014 Undergrad Research Opportunities:

More than 650 programs – REU and other summer research opportunities for undergrads


For Financial Support in Graduate School:

Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation.


For Postdoc opportunities:

More than 250 openings nationwide.


For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships


Finally, here is a link to a flyer for you to post or distribute.


We’d be happy to answer any questions you have and to provide your students with assistance in applying to these programs.


Thanks and best wishes,





Susie Valaitis

Senior Associate Director

Institute for Broadening Participation

Phone 207-563-5929


Dance minor – declare now!



This is a notice that if you are planning to minor in Dance (or even remotely considering a minor in Dance), and you matriculated into IUB prior to Summer 2013, your minor must be declared by December 15 in order to lock in whatever minor requirements were in place when you started. After December 15, the old (HPER/SPH) minor will no longer be an option for declaration, and we will only be able to declare the new (College) Dance minor. If you have not already declared your Dance minor and wish to do so, please email me no later than Tuesday, December 10, to ensure ample time for the submission and processing of your minor.


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Best wishes,


Kim Hinton

Academic Advisor, Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance/Classical Studies

Theatre A250

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Available: BIOL L104


Please consider applying for a U.T.A. position with Biol L104- Biology of the Senses during Spring 2014.

Details on undergraduate teaching assistantships and the application process are at

Biology of the Senses in a non-majors course that covers basic nervous system function and sensory systems in humans and other vertebrates.  It’s a fascinating topic and a fun course, and you’ll learn about both biology and teaching through the internship.  Note that you do not have to have taken Biol L104 to be an undergraduate teaching assistant for this course – I’m looking for someone with a strong general biology background, good work habits, enthusiasm, and good communication skills.

Please contact Dr. Laura Mojonnier (, 855-6347) with any questions, and/ or your application.