SPRING 2008
Last chance summer
research workshop
April 23, 2008
Cal Undergraduate Scientists Association
Welcome
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If you would like a copy of this PowerPoint
presentation, simply visit our website, where it will be
available for download:
http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ugsa/
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If you’d like to get involved in UGSA, simply check the
box “I would like to get more involved in UGSA” next
to your e-mail on the sign in sheet, and we’ll be sure to
keep you posted on UGSA developments.
Agenda
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Research internships available in Southern California
Research internships available in Northern California
Exclusive UGSA UCSF/LBNL research apprenticeship
opportunities
A personal guide to finding and securing your own
lab position independently
Northern California Opportunities
Genentech
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A biotech company devoted to discovering,
developing, manufacturing and commercializing
biotherapeutics that address significant unmet
medical needs
www.genentech.com
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”.
Gilead
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A biopharmaceutical company that discovers,
develops, manufactures and commercializes therapies
for viral diseases, infectious diseases and cancer
http://gilead.apply2jobs.com/index.cfm
Select “internship” under position type, and select
USA and California under country and state
respectively
10 open internships in Foster City (San Mateo) as of
4/21/08
Positions encompass structural chemistry, medicinal
chemistry, oncology, biophysics, clinical virology, drug
metabolism
Amgen
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A biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and
delivers innovative human therapeutics based on
cellular and molecular biology
http://www.amgen.com/careers/job_search_us.html
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
Cellasic
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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
format [email protected]
Using CalJobs
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career.berkeley.edu
select "CalJobs/OCR" , select "Register or login for CalJobs
system"
Once logged in, select "Jobs, Internships & OCR Interviews" on
the top bar
Select "CalJobs“ and search the following:
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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
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San Diego, CA
Various internships in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and
Research & Preclinical Development
Internships still being posted for the summer.
http://www.biogenidec.com/careers/br_us.html
SCEC Internship Programs
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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
http://www.scec.org/education/college/internships/
SUNRISE at UCR Program
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UC Riverside
Program in Nanomaterials and Devices provides 16
students the opportunity to do research in new
approaches to information processing and
transmission
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
http://www.engr.ucr.edu/sunrise/
Genentech
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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
http://www.genentech.com
Research Experience for Undergraduates in
Biodiversity Conservation
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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
protection.
Program dates are June 4 - July 31, 2008
All expenses paid with a $450/week stipend
Review of applications began on April 7
http://www.uncw.edu/earsci/reu/overview.htm
Internships at UCSF and LBNL through UGSA
The Application Process
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These opportunities are available exclusively through UGSA.
More detailed descriptions of each lab’s research projects can
be found at our website:
http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~ugsa/
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Fill out an application form from our website
Applications are due Wednesday, April 30th, e-mailed to
[email protected]
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
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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
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Vince Battaglia, LBNL
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Makes advanced batteries for EVs and plug-in hybrids
Dale Sartor, LBNL
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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
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Sanchita Bhattacharuya, LBNL
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Miaw-Sheue Tsai, LBNL
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Radiation Biosciences, studying effects of Radiation on gene expression
Looking for people with experience in computer programming (Perl, R,
and other languages) and Biology
DNA Repair research
Requirements: Basic Bio, Math, Chem, Bio or related major
Expected 12 hours per week of work, experience preferred
Michael McManus, UCSF
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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
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Ken Dill, UCSF
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Joachim Li, UCSF
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Predicting the structures of proteins using computer algorithms – the
“Protein Folding Problem”
Looking for CompSci experience and minimal knowledge of proteins;
10+ hours/week
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
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Mechanism of Crossover Interference in Replication
20+ hours per week, flexible schedule
Physics
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A.S. Verkman, UCSF
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FCS, Imaging, FRAP
Biophysics of molecular diffusion and interactions in living cells
Manfred Auer, LBNL
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imaging, predominantly electron microscopy (including EM tomography),
but also novel labeling approaches and correlative imaging (optical
techniques)
Medical
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Harold A. Chapman, UCSF
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Daojing Wang, LBNL
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biomedical aspects of lung injury and lung tissue remodeling; includes
finding treatments for lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and interstitial
pneumonias.
Stem cell biology research using proteomics tools
Expected to run gels, maintain cell cultures, etc.
Sharmila Majumdar, UCSF
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MRI imaging, neuroskeletal development
Applications in arthritis, back pain research
Neurobiology
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Louis John Ptacek, UCSF
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Louis Reichardt, UCSF
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Circadian Rhythm & Sleep, Episodic Diseases, Neurodegeneration
Neuron Development and damage research
Susan Bookheimer, UCLA
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Brain mapping using Functional MRI’s to research language and memory
systems
Finding your own Research
Step 1: Where do you want to be over the
summer?
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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?
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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
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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
members.
Each faculty member’s page will give a brief description of his
or her research, as well as recent publications from his or her
lab
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
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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
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Look in novel places
 Biotech
Companies, up and coming
 Hospitals, Clinics, Tang Center
 Out of state
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Make personal statements
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and sweet
 Offer free work
Research positions at UC Berkeley
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Emails don’t work
Research the research
Interest is more important than experience
Make good connections
Be persistent
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