Environmental Biology Internship - Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)

2015 Voluntary (non-paid) Volunteer Positions at EPA’s Headquarters Office of

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)

What do volunteers under this program do?

Our volunteers gain valuable experience in the regulation of toxic substances and chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), in the areas of science, environmental policy, law, risk management, regulatory issues and outreach.

Who is eligible?

You must be a U.S. citizen and a full-time graduate, undergraduate, or Ph.D. candidate student seeking a degree in one of the following: engineering (chemical, biomedical, environmental), molecular and mechanistic toxicology, pharmacology, chemistry, biology, exposure assessment, environmental fate and transport, physics, biology (general and with experience in aquatic plants, information technology (with experience in Adobe Creative Suite, Web applications, social media), physical science, environmental science, public health, marketing or communications (ideally with a basic science background), zoology, and ecology.  

What is the typical length of the volunteer opportunity?

Summer volunteers are expected to begin on June 8, 2015, and work for 10 weeks, through August 14, 2015.

We plan to 10 volunteers who may work full-time or part-time, but are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Are the positions paid?  Where are the positions held?  What are the benefits?

Our office is not able to provide financial compensation to its volunteers; however, some students are able to find stipends or grants from outside sources or obtain course credits from their school.  All positions will be held at EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Volunteers may apply for a transit subsidy for the cost of public transportation during the internship.

How and when do I apply?

The deadline for applying is April 10, 2015.  Interviews are expected to be held in person or via conference call from April 20 – 24, 2015. 

To be considered, an applicant should submit a cover letter and resume, preferably as a single Word or PDF file, by e-mail to Sam Brown, Program Coordinator of the Student Volunteer Program, at Brown.sam@epa.gov.  Please do not send writing samples, references or transcripts.

For questions on OPPT’s Student Volunteer program, call Mr. Brown at 202 566-0490, or e-mail him at Brown.sam@epa.gov



Health Science and Clinical Medicine Students - National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program

Targeted Fields
Health Sciences. School of Nursing. Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing,
Physician Assistant, Certified Nurse-Midwives

Open To
Prospective/Current Graduate Students.

Open only to U.S. citizens. U.S. Nationals are also eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirements
Must be full-time student pursuing primary health care training leading
to a degree. With each year (or partial year) of support (up to four
years), the student agrees to serve one year (minimum two years) at an
NHSC-approved site in a high-need urban, rural, or frontier community
across the nation. Service begins upon graduation (and completion of
primary care residency training for doctors and dentists). Essay
questions. CV. Transcript. Current tuition and fees schedule. Letters of
recommendation. Priority is given to applicants from disadvantaged

Competitive stipends, tuition expenses, and benefits offered to all


Program Description
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program provides
185 awards for up to 4 years to health professions students, who will
have to do service. The scholarship consists of payment for tuition,
required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a monthly support
stipend. In return, students agree to provide one year of service in a
National Health Service Corps approved site in the Health Professional
Shortage area to which they are assigned for each school year or partial
school year of scholarship support received, with a minimum 2-year
service commitment and a maximum 8-year commitment. Service obligation
can be completed full-time or part-time. The NHSC helps scholars find a
practice site that's right for them among the hundreds of NHSC-approved
sites in medically underserved urban, rural and frontier communities
across the U.S.

For More Information
US Deparment of Health and Human Services
NHSC Scholarship Program
Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857


2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting Coming to the University of Hawai`i


The country’s largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization will hold a regional meeting at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa April 17-19, 2015.  The Regional Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will feature award-winning keynote speakers, a science symposium and career and professional development workshops.  The three-day consortium will provide resources and inspiration for underrepresented minority students and professionals to advance in their education and careers. Registration for the public event is free.

Undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to submit an abstract to present their research. The abstract deadline is April 3rd, 2015, 5pm HST.  Awards will be distributed for exceptional presentations.

The 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting will highlight two distinguished keynote speakers each with numerous accolades; Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne, SACNAS Past-President and Regent’s Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, and Dr. Ahna Skop, SACNAS Board Member and Associate Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter at the University of Hawai`i is hosting the Regional Meeting.  The UH-based organization is one of 110 chapters nation-wide that provide year-round local support and leadership development for students and professional scientists.  `Ilima SACNAS Chapter membership is free and open to all `Oahu island STEM undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and professionals. 

For more details about the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting including the agenda, registration information, abstract submission guidelines and keynote speaker biographies, visit www.sacnashawaii.org/regionalmeeting.

Sponsors for the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting include the UH Mānoa Student Activity and Program Fee Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program, Pacific Bioscience Research Center, and Kewalo Marine Laboratory.

Download Press Release

Regional Meeting Flier

For more information:

Dr. Healani Chang
‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter Advisor
Phone: 808-956-2146
E-mail: hchang@hawaii.edu

Austin Shelton
‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter President
Phone: 808-782-9634
E-mail: Austin.Shelton@hawaii.edu

Website: www.sacnashawaii.org

Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Due March 20, 2015

The SING Workshop is a one-week workshop aimed at discussing the uses, misuses and limitations of genomics as a tool for Native American communities. The workshop will also assist in training Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics. 

The goals of the workshop are to:

  1. facilitate discussion on indigenous cultural values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values,

  2. provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and health and

  3. to increase the number of Native Americans in science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels.

The application process will be competitive with selected participants receiving funds to cover travel, housing and food expenses for the week of the workshop.



US Fish and Wildlife Service Fellowship- Due 3-16-15

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Pacific Region 1 in partnership with the Student Conservation Association is offering eight fellowships opportunities across Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Applications will be accepted from college undergraduate and graduate students only. The Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP) is an 11-week summer fellowship designed to provide students and opportunity to work on projects that focus on conservation, wildlife biology and related fields of study. The fellowships are an 11-week program, and the 2015 DFP will begin late May or early/mid June.

Full Announcement

Join us for the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting

2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
April 17-19, 2015


The `Ilima SACNAS Chapter at the University is hosting the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting at the University of Hawa`i at Manoa.  The public event will feature a career opportunities workshop, research symposium, and awards ceremony bbq reception.



The 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting is free and open to the public.  Register here.


All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are invited to submit an abstract on their research.  Oral and poster presentations are available.


Dr. Maggier Werner-Washburne and Dr. Ahna Skop will speak about diversity and creativity in science during their keynote presentations.  Read their profiles here


Day 1. April 17, 2015. Career Opportunities Workshop
Day 2. April 18, 2015. Research Symposium. 
Day 3. Aptil 19, 2015. Awards Ceremony and BBQ

Detailed Agenda.  Check back for frequent updates.