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Science Research Internships Information Workshop (November 2020) Overview of how to identify and apply for science research internships and for funding support from W&J programs (Linton, Magellan-Franklin, Maxwell, Mazingira, and Merck). Presented by Dr. Candy DeBerry, W&J Professor of Biology.
Why do a research internship?
Benefits of Undergraduate Research Experiences This study showed that undergraduate research opportunities "increase understanding, confidence, and awareness, clarify interests in STEM careers, and increase the anticipation of a Ph.D." Furthermore, "the overall duration of research experiences and the variety of research activities also were related to positive outcomes".
How Should We Be Selecting Our Graduate Students? This study showed that the strongest determinant of success in graduate school was the number of years of previous research experience.
Making Your Summer Research Internship A Good One A must-read for every student before they go to their internship. This is an excellent overview of what it's like to do science research during a summer internship, what's expected of undergraduate interns, and what the intern will gain from the experience.
One Reason Young People Don't Go Into Science? We Don't Fail Well A graduate student's observations on the importance of learning scientific resilience - how to grow intellectually to overcome failures, in the classroom and in the laboratory.
Starting College? Here's How to Graduate With a Job "If there is one thing every career development official stresses, it’s how much that work outside the classroom, particularly an internship... can help students find jobs after graduation. 'If you’re graduating without applied experience in some way, shape or form, you really are at a disadvantage.'”
Student Integration into STEM Careers and Culture: A Longitudinal Study of Summer Faculty Mentors and Project Ownership "Undergraduates who engage in research experiences are significantly more likely to maintain higher aspirations for scientific careers, graduate with STEM baccalaureate degrees, enroll in STEM-related graduate programs, and engage in postbaccalaureate STEM careers...the benefits are particularly pronounced for students who engage in intensive summer research programs."
How to find summer research internship opportunities
Example Internship Inquiry Email (aka cover letter). An example of an email from a former W&J student to a researcher, inquiring about the possibility of a summer internship in their lab.
Obtaining funding for a summer research internship
Application essays, resumes and CVs, and interviews
Writing a Successful Application for NIH Intramural Research Training Programs Contains a lot of good, general information about writing C.V.s, writing cover letters, and asking for letters of recommendation
NIH Guide to Resumes and CVs The most-relevant example is the Postbac Applying to Graduate School, pgs 11 & 12
CV and Resume Writing Workshop (January 2021) Presented by Jamie Klingensmith, W&J Senior Assistant Director of Career Pathways, and Dr. Candy DeBerry, W&J Professor of Biology
Preparing for an Interview Workshop (January 2021) Presented by Jamie Klingensmith, W&J Senior Assistant Director of Career Pathways, and Dr. Candy DeBerry, W&J Professor of Biology
Responsible conduct of research
Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research Scientific ethics, including accuracy, objectivity, good data management, treatment of research subjects and laboratory animals, etc.
Profiles of past summer research internships by W&J students
Internship deliverables: Photos, Posters
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