April 2010 Archives


What is the STARS internship program:
The STARS internship program is a partnership between the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) and the National Park Service at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (SACN) and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA). During the summer of 2010, four interns will spend eight weeks working alongside the staff of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station (SCWRS) and an assigned research mentor to conduct an independent research project in environmental science along either the St. Croix or Mississippi River. This will involve field work on one of the rivers, and laboratory work and data analysis at the SCWRS. Interns will also participate in a weekly seminar at the SCWRS where we will discuss the basics of designing a research project, analyzing data, and presenting the results of scientific research, as well as topics such as the process of applying to graduate school and careers in environmental science. At the end of the internship, students will have completed their own research project which they will present at a regional conference.

Who should apply:
We are looking for college students who have a strong interest in environmental science and are excited to spend the summer conducting an independent research project while doing field work at SACN or MNRRA. No prior research experience is necessary, but applicants must have completed at least introductory college‐level course work in the sciences by
the summer of 2010.

When and Where:
The 8‐week STARS internship program will run from June 7 through July 30, 2010;
interns will receive a $2,000 stipend. Interns will attend weekly seminars at the
SCWRS in Marine on St. Croix, MN and will spend 2‐3 days per week working on
their independent research project alongside their research mentors. At the end of
the eight weeks, interns will present the results of their research at a local
conference. The St. Croix STARS internship program will draw upon various staff
of the SCWRS, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, as well as local researchers
doing work on the river. Joy Ramstack, Toben Lafrancois, and Jill Coleman Wasik
(SCWRS) are the primary contacts for the program, and will coordinate research
projects and lead weekly seminars at the SCWRS.

How to apply:
Apply on‐line at www.smm.org/internships/openings Applications will be
reviewed as they are received. Direct any questions to Joy Ramstack at

From Genes to Ecosystems: Environmental Science in a Changing World

June 1 -- August 6, 2010*
Application deadline:  April 16th, 2010

St. Olaf College is excited to offer an NSF-REU (Research Experience for
Undergraduates) opportunity for up to 10 undergraduate students to
conduct faculty-mentored research on a wide range of environmental
science projects.  Any undergraduate interested in biology, chemistry,
or environmental science may apply, including students enrolled in
Tribal Colleges or 2-year Community Colleges.  Students from
underrepresented groups or institutions lacking research facilities or
research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.  *However,
all other interested students are encouraged to apply.   *

Faculty-mentored projects range from conservation genetics of fish and
freshwater turtles to green chemistry, paleoecological study of climate
change, and food web studies in either prairie or stream ecosystems.
For a *complete* list of projects, please visit:

Students involved in the St. Olaf REU program will receive the intensive
one-on-one mentoring of a small, liberal arts college while having
access to state-of-the-art technology typically found at large research
universities.  Several of the proposed projects will utilize stable
isotope analysis and students will gain valuable experience using our
newly acquired stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer.

The program will provide each student $4600 for the 10-week program,
including free housing on campus, and costs for travel to/from St. Olaf
at the beginning/end of the program.

St. Olaf College is committed to creating an opportunity available to a
wide-range of students, including students with families.  As such, we
are pleased to offer a family housing option in houses located on St.
Olaf's campus for students that need it (please be sure to indicate on
application form).

*Application materials and more information can be found at:

St. Olaf College is a liberal-arts college located approximately 45
minutes south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Students will have access to
natural lands (restored and remnant ecosystems) at St. Olaf and Carleton
Colleges, and the St. Olaf College Field Station at Weaver Dunes
<http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/biology/weaver_dunes/index.html> - a Nature
Conservancy Field Site.  These sites include a unique series of wetland,
forest, and prairie restoration sites that provide a field laboratory
for research questions ranging from soil biogeochemistry to population
dynamics of small mammals to genetics and evolutionary ecology of trees
and reptiles.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Schmidt
REU Program Coordinator
St. Olaf College
Dept. of Environmental Studies
1520 Saint Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN  55057
Phone:  507.786.3984
Email:  schmidts@stolaf.edu <mailto:schmidts@stolaf.edu>

2010 Minnesota High Tech Foundation Scholarship

The Minnesota High Tech Foundation (MHTF) will award scholarships to
undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
(STEM) disciplines.  These awards include six $2,000 scholarships and
three $10,000 awards.  The purpose of the scholarship program is to
strengthen Minnesota's future technology workforce by providing
financial support to undergraduate students of accredited,
Minnesota-based higher education institutions pursuing careers in STEM
or STEM teaching.  These esteemed awards provide a unique opportunity
for students to meet Minnesota business leaders and network into future
careers and internships.

The $2,000 scholarships are supported entirely by the MHTF.  These
awards will be presented in front of over 1,000 technology executives
gathered to celebrate innovation and technology at the Minnesota Tekne
Awards in November 2010.  The $10,000 scholarships are sponsored by
Minnesota businesses and will be paid in equal dividends as part of a
multi-year program.  Students receiving the $10,000 awards will be
recognized at the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Spring
Conference where more than 500 companies will gather to share
information on current technology trends and the global economy in the
spring of 2011.  *Recipients of the $2,000 scholarships must attend the
Minnesota Tekne Awards.  Students who receive the $10,000 multi-year
awards are required to attend the MHTA Spring Conference.   *

_Applications for the MHTF scholarship program must be postmarked,
emailed or faxed by April 23, 2010, for consideration._  Applicants will
be notified of award status by September 15, 2010.

*Eligibility Requirements:*

    * Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM field or in
      STEM teaching.
    * Only students with sophomore through senior status for the
      2010-2011 school year from an accredited, Minnesota-based higher
      education institution may apply. Sophomore status may include
      students who have achieved this status via advanced placement (AP)
      credit or post secondary options (PSEO).

Application 2010 MHTF Scholarship Application.doc

Diversity Externship Program