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					           SPRING 2008
           Last chance summer
            research workshop

April 23, 2008   Cal Undergraduate Scientists Association
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   Research internships available in Southern California
   Research internships available in Northern California
   Exclusive UGSA UCSF/LBNL research apprenticeship
   A personal guide to finding and securing your own
    lab position independently
Northern California Opportunities
   A biotech company devoted to discovering,
    developing, manufacturing and commercializing
    biotherapeutics that address significant unmet
    medical needs
   20+ open internship positions in San Francisco in a
    variety of fields as of 4/21/08
   Search for jobs positions under the “job posting”
    section of the website on the Genentech website for
    “Interns/Co-ops/New Grads”.
   A biopharmaceutical company that discovers,
    develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies
    for viral diseases, infectious diseases and cancer
   Select “internship” under position type, and select
    USA and California under country and state
   10 open internships in Foster City (San Mateo) as of
   Positions encompass structural chemistry, medicinal
    chemistry, oncology, biophysics, clinical virology, drug
   A biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and
    delivers innovative human therapeutics based on
    cellular and molecular biology
   Click on “Click Here to Search for Jobs” link
   Under “career category” select “college job”
   3 open undergrad internships in San Francisco and
    Thousand Oaks as of 4/21/08
   An early stage bio-instrumentation company
    developing innovative microfluidic arrays for cellular
    screening and basic research. (San Leandro, CA)
   Internship is a paid summer (full time) position to
    characterize, validate, document, and develop
    microfluidic array plates for cell biology applications.
   Position is ideal for undergraduates or recent
    graduates looking for a fast paced learning
    environment, hands-on research experience, a unique
    blend of science and engineering, and a dynamic
    startup atmosphere.
   Send a cover letter and single page resume
    (references can be additional) ina .pdf or similar
Using CalJobs
   select "CalJobs/OCR" , select "Register or login for CalJobs
   Once logged in, select "Jobs, Internships & OCR Interviews" on
    the top bar
   Select "CalJobs“ and search the following:
       Show Me: "All Jobs & OCR Interviews"
       Position Type: "Internship"
       Keywords (pick one set at a time): "chemical", "cell biology",
        "engineering", anything else you can think of that's relevant
   Many opportunities, including: Sandia National Labs, Caliper
    Life Sciences, Agilent Technologies, Lam Research, LifeScan,
    Applied Materials, etc.
Southern California Opportunities
Biogen Idec

   San Diego, CA
   Various internships in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and
    Research & Preclinical Development
   Internships still being posted for the summer.
SCEC Internship Programs
   Southern CA Earthquake Center in Los Angeles, CA (on USC campus)
   SCEC/ACCESS (Advancement of Cyberinfrastructure Careers through Earthquake
    System Science) - seniors or master's students who conduct research and write a
    thesis in certain SCEC research areas at the intersection of earthquake system
    science and computer science.

   SCEC/SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) - juniors or seniors in
    earth science or a related field. SURE interns are paired one-on-one with a SCEC
    scientist at that researcher’s institution or field site, to work within that scientist’s field
    of specialty.

   SCEC/USEIT (Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology) -
    freshmen through seniors of any major. USEIT interns work on collaborative teams at
    SCEC headquarters at the University of Southern California and conduct computer
    science research to benefit earthquake science.
   Applications accepted until all positions filled
SUNRISE at UCR Program
   UC Riverside
   Program in Nanomaterials and Devices provides 16
    students the opportunity to do research in new
    approaches to information processing and
   Program dates are June 16– August 22, 2008
   Students will receive a stipend of $4000 for this 10
    week program
   Applications accepted until all positions filled
   Oceanside, CA
   Support the Oceanside Manufacturing Science
    and Technology Group to be responsible for
    ensuring successful and efficient cell culture
    production runs in the MSAT laboratory. The main
    project will be to execute small scale cell culture
    validation studies.
   Includes two weeks of training
   Learn about cell culture theory and small scale
    cell culture lab operations
Research Experience for Undergraduates in
Biodiversity Conservation

   University of North Carolina, Wilmington
   Compare fossil, archeological and modern marine samples to
    study how the marine ecosystem has changed through time,
    including degree and nature of human impact, health of
    modern system, and possible approaches to biodiversity
   Program dates are June 4 - July 31, 2008
   All expenses paid with a $450/week stipend
   Review of applications began on April 7
Internships at UCSF and LBNL through UGSA
The Application Process
   These opportunities are available exclusively through UGSA.
   More detailed descriptions of each lab’s research projects can
    be found at our website:
   Fill out an application form from our website
   Applications are due Wednesday, April 30th, e-mailed to
   UGSA will forward all applications to each professor
   Professors will directly contact applicants whom they are
    interested in, either for an interview, or for a direct selection.
    Please refrain from contacting professors unless they first
    contact you.
Application Tips
   Visit and browse the lab’s website (might need to
    google their names). Read through the lab’s current
    research and recent publications, even if you don’t
    fully understand them.
   Be specific in your personal statement (i.e. don’t simply
    state that you are interested in science)
   Be honest and genuine in your application; in essence,
    be yourself
Alternative Energy
   Vince Battaglia, LBNL
       Makes advanced batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids
   Dale Sartor, LBNL
       Building Technology Applications Team
       Involves a lot of field research and testing to contrast efficiencies in
        different kinds of energy options
Molecular and Cell Biology
   Sanchita Bhattacharuya, LBNL
       Radiation Biosciences, studying effects of Radiation on gene expression
       Looking for people with experience in computer programming (Perl, R,
        and other languages) and Biology
   Miaw-Sheue Tsai, LBNL
       DNA Repair research
       Requirements: Basic Bio, Math, Chem, Bio or related major
       Expected 12 hours per week of work, experience preferred
   Michael McManus, UCSF
       Biological processes relating to RNA interference pathways, using the
        mouse as a model
       mRNA research, which may contribute to human disease treatment
Molecular and Cell Biology
   Ken Dill, UCSF
       Predicting the structures of proteins using computer algorithms – the
        “Protein Folding Problem”
       Looking for CompSci experience and minimal knowledge of proteins;
        10+ hours/week
   Joachim Li, UCSF
       Studying eukaryotic DNA replication using yeast as a model
       Only 1 spot available; want a student who is genuinely interested in the
        field of scientific research – works extra not because they have to, but
        because they want to
   Jennifer Fung, UCSF
       Mechanism of Crossover Interference in Replication
       20+ hours per week, flexible schedule
   A.S. Verkman, UCSF
       FCS, Imaging, FRAP
       Biophysics of molecular diffusion and interactions in living cells
   Manfred Auer, LBNL
       imaging, predominantly electron microscopy (including EM tomography),
        but also novel labeling approaches and correlative imaging (optical
   Harold A. Chapman, UCSF
       biomedical aspects of lung injury and lung tissue remodeling; includes
        finding treatments for lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and interstitial
   Daojing Wang, LBNL
       Stem cell biology research using proteomics tools
       Expected to run gels, maintain cell cultures, etc.
   Sharmila Majumdar, UCSF
       MRI imaging, neuroskeletal development
       Applications in arthritis, back pain research
   Louis John Ptacek, UCSF
       Circadian Rhythm & Sleep, Episodic Diseases, Neurodegeneration
   Louis Reichardt, UCSF
       Neuron Development and damage research
   Susan Bookheimer, UCLA
       Brain mapping using Functional MRI’s to research language and memory
Finding your own Research
Step 1: Where do you want to be over the

   You need to figure out where you’d prefer to be
    over the summer; in the northern California area?
    The southern California area? Your home state?
   Once this is determined, find out which universities
    are in your vicinity, and which you would prefer to
    do research at
Step 2: What kind of research do you want to do?

   Why do you want to enter research? Which fields
    of research actually excite you?
   Another consideration: what are your career plans?
    This may make a difference between choosing a
    specific PI.
Step 3: Putting steps 1 and 2 together

   Go to your prospective university’s website and find your way
    to the “research” section of the website.
   Within each field of research, there will be links to faculty
   Each faculty member’s page will give a brief description of his
    or her research, as well as recent publications from his or her
   Make a list of faculty members whose labs you would like to
    work in; how many you choose is really up to you. In
    retrospect, 10-15 may have been a bit excessive.
    Step 4: Putting yourself out there

   Write a detailed, but concise e-mail to each P.I. (use Word so you don’t
    make spelling errors!)
   There are several essential elements your e-mail will need:
   Your name, school year, the university you attend, and your major.
   Why do you want to gain experience in the lab setting?
   Why do you want to gain experience in this particular field of research, and
    more specifically, this PI’s research (this is where doing your homework on
    your PI’s research interests is a must!)
   What do you bring to the table? What qualities would make you a
    beneficial addition to the lab? Market yourself, but don’t cross the line
    between self-confidence and arrogance.
   Be humble; express your willingness to work on a voluntary basis, and to do
    the dirty work if necessary (i.e. stocking pipette tips, autoclaving, cleaning
    glassware). [of course, this is only if you REALLY are willing to do these
    things; if you are not, be honest, so that you won’t find yourself in a situation
    that you hate]
   Set those e-mails loose, and hope for the best
Final Tips
   Look in novel places
     Biotech Companies, up and coming
     Hospitals, Clinics, Tang Center

     Out of state

   Make personal statements
     Shortand sweet
     Offer free work
Research positions at UC Berkeley

   Emails don’t work
   Research the research
   Interest is more important than experience
   Make good connections
   Be persistent
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