Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Programs Award

Undergraduate Students: APS is pleased to offer the following undergraduate summer research fellowship programs in 2019. Please follow the links below to find more information about each program and feel free to share this announcement with others!

  1. Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship: Open to students from underrepresented backgrounds; research focus in heart/lung/blood physiology
  2. Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (UGSRF): Open to all undergrads who have less than 9 months of previous research experience at the time of application; NOTE: only one student per research host can submit an application for UGSRF
  3. Hearst Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship: Open to students from underrepresented backgrounds. These fellowships are awarded to the top ranking Undergraduate Summer Research Fellows from underrepresented backgrounds.

Review the Student Application Instructions, and Host Application Instructions* then apply online at www.the-aps.org/awardapps. No nominations are accepted for these awards. For more information about the application process, eligibility, and selection criteria, be sure to review the FAQs and award Eligibility and BenefitsApplication deadline: February 1, 2019.


USDA Internships Available!


The USDA has announced internship opportunities through the OneUSDA Internship Program. This program offers Federal opportunities to students currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions. The web page referenced below has summarized the available opportunities for individuals interested in an internship in soils through the Natural Resources and Biological Sciences job series.

Find more information here: https://go.usa.gov/xPuAc


Consider taking BIOL-L 402 Ecosystems and Global Change in Spring 2019!

Calling all students who are concerned about the fate of our planet!

Want to learn about how changes in climate are likely to impact ecosystems? Or how ecosystems can actually slow or speed up rates of climate change? Or how human activities that cause the loss of species also affect how ecosystems function? Or maybe you just want to know how to talk to your family about climate change at holiday gatherings…

Fortunately, there is a course that can help you learn more: BIOL-L 402 “Ecosystems and Global Change.” Continue reading “Consider taking BIOL-L 402 Ecosystems and Global Change in Spring 2019!”

Seeking Participants for Study Surrounding Attitudes about Mental Health & Counseling

I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the at Ball State University, completing my dissertation on beliefs and attitudes about mental health and counseling. This online survey should take approximately 35-45 minutes to complete and has been approved by the Ball State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB Protocol #: 1165635-2).

You are eligible to participate in this study if you identity as a woman, are 18 years of age or older and a current college student.

It is my hope that participating in this study would allow you to reflect on your beliefs about mental health and mental health services. I also hope that this study will improve mental health services for college students in the future by providing a better understanding of attitudes.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be routed to an online survey consisting of several measures varying in length. Total expected completion time is approximately 35-45 minutes. Additionally, if you choose to participate, you will have an opportunity to receive one of forty-five $10 gift cards.

Should you choose to participate, please click the link below to begin (alternatively, you can copy and paste the following web address into your browser):


Feel free to forward this invitation to other eligible individuals.

I would like to thank you again for your time and consideration. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to me at csdeken@bsu.edu.


Craig Deken, M.A.


Available Research Positions in Comparative Cognition Lab, Spring 2019

Available Research Assistant Positions: Spring 2019 onward

CCL Application, Spring 2019

The Comparative Cognition Lab is looking for ambitious undergrad research associates to join our team and assist a doctoral student with ongoing behavioral neuroscience research. To learn more about The Comparative Cognition Lab,*check out the summary, website, and latest news features links provided at the end of this announcement.

In our laboratory, undergraduate research associates will learn how to setup and conduct multiple behavioral assessments in rats that examine animal models of memory using olfactory tasks. This is an entry-level lab position. As a new research assistant, you will be providing technical assistance to current experimenters in memory and Alzheimer’s related studies (e.g., experiment setup and breakdown, data entry, data analysis, animal handling and care). Prior research experience is encouraged, but not required; we will train you to do all of the technical procedures needed for our current experiments, and teach you how to handle the animals. If you are interested in this research opportunity, comfortable working with rats, and can meet the minimum requirements listed below, then please complete the application form attached and send it to us (application instructions provided within). We look forward to receiving your application.



Position Requirements:

· Availability to work in the lab up to ~2 hrs a day, M-F (10 hrs a week). ***Punctuality is essential in our experiments

· Availability to attend weekly lab meetings lead by the PI, grad student and or other senior lab members. Meetings can include discussions of assigned relevant readings, experiment training or reviews, data presentations, practice talks and/or poster presentations. All lab members are required to participate and are expected to prepare appropriately.

· Complete application



To learn more about The Comparative Cognition Lab and our research, read the summary and follow the links below to view our website and latest news features:



Summary: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) produces profound impairments in human episodic memory. Therefore, investigating animal models of episodic memory and AD holds enormous potential for understanding disorders of human memory. Although several animal models of AD exist, many do not adequately match the types of memory impairments that are observed clinically in people. We have developed several animal models of episodic memory that are designed to model the types of memory impaired by Alzheimer’s. Thus, we use our behavioral assessments of episodic memory to develop rat models of AD and cognitive decline. In the current line of longitudinal research we assess episodic memory in genetically modified rat models of AD throughout aging. To this end, our goal is to develop animal models of episodic memory impairment and protection in normal aging and AD.



Lab Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~compcogn/

People: http://www.indiana.edu/~compcogn/people.html

Select Publications: http://www.indiana.edu/~compcogn/publications.html

Select News Coverage:



Newsweek: Animal Memory Discovery Could Lead to New Alzheimer’s Treatments

Indy Star: Here’s how memory in animals may improve treatments for Alzheimer’s

Science Daily: Neuroscientists find first evidence animals can mentally replay past …

Earth.com: Animals have complex memories that can replay past events

Fun Kids Radio-Rats Can Replay Past Events In Their Heads: https://omny.fm/shows/fun-kids/230618-mp3-2?t=5m26s