The Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Undergraduate Scholar award is $1,500 for the 6-week program. The program is open to VCU undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. Up to three undergraduate scholars will be selected. In this inaugural year of the program, scholars will perform a research project in the Fettweis laboratory to understand the role of bacterial species in the maternal microbiome. Undergraduate scholar projects will involve targeted cultivation of bacterial species that are thought to play a role in reproductive health. Scholars will also have the opportunity to perform genomic comparative analyses. For more information on the overall goals of the research program, please visit the following websites: vmc.vcu.edu and http://www.people.vcu.edu/~fettweisjm. Prior laboratory or bioinformatics research experience is preferred. RAMS Undergraduate Scholars will be required to complete training in human subjects research before the start date of the program.
Interested candidates should complete the form below to apply and send transcripts and a letter of recommendation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Unofficial VCU transcripts can be obtained through eServices (www.eservices.vcu.edu). The subject header should include the applicant's eID and the word transcript (i.e., "[eID] transcript"). A letter of recommendation is also required for the application. Letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com with the subject header that includes the applicant's eID and the word reference (i.e, "[eID] recommendation"). All application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5PM EST. Decisions will be announced in early-to-mid April.