Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

Week of February 7, 2011

1. Virginia Tech Sporthorse Breeding Internship

2. Pork Interest Group
3. CCO Inside Track
4. Biology Counseling Newsletter

1. Virginia Tech Sporthorse Breeding Internship

Reminder - Applications are due February 15, 2011.

The Virginia Tech Sporthorse Breeding Internship will be offered during the summer of 2011 and is based at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center in Middleburg, Virginia. This 420-acre facility is located in the heart of Northern Virginia's hunt country and home to Virginia Tech's internationally-regarded sporthorse breeding program.

The internship will allow students to actively participate in all aspects of a large-scale research facility, outreach center and commercial horse operation. This is an immersive learning environment for those students who are sincere in their desire to secure employment in the horse industry and/or pursue post-baccalaureate education in veterinary or graduate school. This novel program hands-on, real-world experiences with an advanced curriculum, resulting in the ultimate capstone experience.

As an intern, students will:

Furthermore, interns will collaborate with faculty, staff, graduate students and fellow interns to complete daily tasks and coordinate events and research projects, thus developing essential organizational and communication skills. Finished interns will have a greater appreciation of and proficiency in skills necessary to work on larger equine operations. Interns will have a greater understanding of the scientific method, including experimental design and implementation, and will be able to demonstrate improvement in their critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, collaboration and independent learning skills.

This internship is appropriate for students entering their junior or senior year in the fall semester following the internship. The internship is open to current undergraduate students at Virginia Tech or any other institution in the United States or Canada. Students graduating in May 2011 will also be considered. The internship generally runs from mid-May through mid-August. Students may receive college credit if desired. Housing is provided.

For more information, and an application form, please see our website at or email Dr. Rebecca K. Splan at

Rebecca K. Splan
Associate Professor, Equine Science
Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences Virginia Tech MARE Center
5527 Sullivans Mill Road
Middleburg VA 20117
Ph: 540-687-3521 ext 26
Fx: 540-687-5362
Cell: 540-392-8374

2. Pork Interest Group

February 21, 2011
7 pm
Lilly 3-113
Guest Speaker: Mike Segelhorst (from The Maschhoffs)
Topic: Careers-internships-college grads
Philosophy on teamwork-leadership-training-etc.
Typical career paths-responsibilities, etc.
Flyer is online at

3. The CCO Inside Track

I. The Clinton Global Initiative University meeting (CGI U) will be held at the University of California at San Diego from April 1-3, 2011. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U's five Focus Areas : Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Students apply with an action plan for the changes they want to see in the world today.

II. Students looking for a job or internship should mark their calendars for the CSR Career Conference which will be held Tuesday, February 8 - Wednesday, February 9 th . This event hosts employers who are not only looking for Purdue students to hire, but also giving company presentations.

III. Students getting ready for the job/internship searches should bring their résumé to the Diversity Engineering Forum Resume Table on Wednesday, February 9 th , or Thursday February 10 th from 10:00AM - 4:00PM to STEW 194. Students will have the chance to have it reviewed by a CCO staff member.

IV. The Interview Workshop teaches students the skills to interview for any type of position. Students can also ask any questions you have about interviews. For example, "How do I describe my greatest weaknesses?" The event is held Wednesday, February 9 th , from 4:30PM - 5:30PM at UNIV 101.

V. The Diversity Engineering Forum on Sunday, February 13 th , from 2:00PM - 6:00PM in PMU Ballrooms. This exciting event is not to be missed by anyone interested in engineering. It will be open to NSBE/SWE/SHPE members ONLY from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and then open to ALL Engineering Students from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

VI. Full list of On-campus and Off-campus career events .

Questions? Comments?
Hannah Schmidt, The Inside Track Editor

4. Biology Counseling News – February 3, 2011


  1. Interested in research but don't know what to do next?


  1. Job Opportunity as a Research Technician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dept of Dermatology
  2. Student Lab Technician Position Available with the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
  3. Central Michigan University Research Experience for Undergrads at Beaver Island
  4. Sea Turtles 911 Summer Internships in China

1. Interested in research but don't know what to do next?

Dr. Richard Howard meets regularly with Biology Majors who want to look into possibilities for undergraduate research but don't know what steps to take. He can inform you of possibilities in the biology department as well as relevant opportunities in other departments. If you'd like to meet with him, send him an email ( or phone him (49-48136) to set up an appointment.

2. Job Opportunity as a Research Technician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dept of Dermatology,

Job Opportunity: Research Technician
This is a perfect position for an undergraduate who will be graduating in 2011 with extensive lab experience who can commit to taking off 2 years off before applying for a PhD, MD-PhD or MD program.

Job Description:

Those applicants expecting to graduate in May 2011:

Those graduated before May 2011:

To apply:
Complete attached Excel file and email to Karen Maly (

3. Student Lab Technician Position Available with the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory

 Student Lab Technician Position available with the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in Dr. Diane Stott – Soil biochemistry lab.

Our lab focuses on soil and air quality issues, which encompass both lab & field work.

Work availability for 10 hours per week is required during the semester; summer hours are 40 hours per week. Preference will be given to students that are available to work through the summer.

Typically, most of the work is done in the lab; but during the field season (April – October) we are out in the field at least once a week.

Lab work focuses on soil biochemistry with an emphasis on soil enzymes, soil carbon cycle, and soil quality issues. Field work involves taking greenhouse gas emissions from local corn and soybean plots and is conducted in most weather conditions.

Work conditions can range from sedentary to physical – with walking outside, bending, and carrying items ranging from lightweight to moderately heavy (20-40 lbs).

If interested, please email resumé to *include GPA and relevant coursework. More information on Dr. Stott's research can be found at this link:

If interested, please send resumé to

4. Central Michigan University Research Experience for Undergrads at Beaver Island

Central Michigan University is offering a 10 week undergraduate research experience at its Biological Station (CMUBS) on Beaver Island. This program will provide funding for 5 undergraduates to work with CMU faculty on research projects related to the Great Lakes ecosystems.

Students will live and work on Beaver Island from June 6 - August 12, 2011, receiving a $4,000 stipend, together with free room and board and up to $500 for travel to Beaver Island. More information on potential projects and the online application are available at: .

Applications are due by March 11, with the final selection of participants expected by April 1.

Questions can be directed to Jessica Lapp, coordinator of the Institute for Great Lakes Research, via email to or by phone to 989-774-2221.

NOTE: I spent a summer at CMUBS when I was an undergraduate – it was a fabulous experience. Kathleen Weller, CMU grad.

5. Sea Turtles 911 Summer Internships in China

Volunteer Program Description:
Sea Turtles 911 offers a Volunteer Program for those who are interested in doing volunteer work with sea turtles on Hainan Island, China. Since it is our immediate goal to revive populations on and near Hainan, raising and rehabilitating sea turtles in preparation for release is important to us. Volunteers in our program get hands-on experience and will conduct all aspects of sea turtle husbandry - such as feeding sea turtles, cleaning nets, and assisting in medical treatments. Volunteers will also get the opportunity to work with local children and adults in community-outreach and education programs to build awareness about the importance of sea turtle conservation. We do request a minimum commitment of two (2) weeks for our Volunteer Program.

Internship Description:
The Sea Turtles 911 Internship is similar in basics to our Volunteer Program. Our Internship is set apart from our Volunteer Program by thorough instruction on sea turtle biology and conservation and is designed so that students may obtain college credit from their university. We require a term of ten (10) weeks with acceptance open throughout the year. As part of our internship program we request that interns design and complete an individual project that benefits sea turtles, the community or marine conservation in general. This is designed to challenge interns to find their niche to make a unique contribution to marine conservation. Please visit for more information.

Arleen R. Mullikin, Secretary
Biology Counseling & Health Professions Advising
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 1-123
915 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054
(765) 494-4747 (Office)
(765) 496-1495 (FAX)

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