Spring Announcements

Duke University 2018 Science & Society Leadership Scholoarship Announcement

Duke Science & Society is proud to announce the 2018 Duke Science & Society Leadership Award offering substantial scholarships to the Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy program. The award will be made to outstanding nominees who demonstrate great potential to become leaders in making scientific advancements more accessible, just, and better integrated into society.

The Duke Masters in Bioethics & Science Policy teaches students how to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to myriad complex issues at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy. Our curriculum is distinct in its focus on bioethics and science policy, rather than bioethics or medical ethics alone. Today’s world of rapid progress in the sciences has seen an increased demand for professionals with expertise in the ethical and policy implications of an increasingly broad range of scientific areas. Our broader focus provides a unique education, opens more opportunities to graduating students, and prepares students to meet an ever-growing need in society.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at scienceandsociety@duke.edu. We hold informational webinars for students and advisors regarding the Duke Masters program and the Leadership Award.  For additional information, see the attached flyer.

Thank you in advance for helping us find outstanding candidates. I hope you agree this is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the achievements and enrich the potential of a future leader in science policy.


Madeline Liddicoat
For more information: scienceandsociety.duke.edu/learn/ma

Social Development Neuroscience Research Fellowship for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering three fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering, and the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2018 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2018, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at: cohenfellowship.org and simonsfellowship.org.

Please read the attached brochure describing the fellowships.

The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results.

The Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering will involve researching early vocal development, including speech production and speech perception, as part of a program to map out both typical and atypical development of spoken communication in early childhood.

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis.

Student Funding Opportunity
Call for Student Applications
Wayne Kernodle and Mitchell Kambis Awards
Department of Sociology

Dear Students:

The Department of Sociology invites student applications for departmental awards meant to help support student involvement in sociological research and related activities. Awards typically range from $300 to $1,500, with amounts contingent on the availability of funds and the number of qualified applications.

The R. Wayne Kernodle Award provides funding for students who have taken sociology courses and who are in need of funds for research or other activities related to sociological events (special activities, travel to conferences or conventions).

The Mitchell Kambis Award provides funding for students in sociology who are pursuing research and/or field work on issues of social justice, with a preferred focus on disenfranchised populations.

There are two application deadlines during the academic year: 5 pm on the Friday, November 17th and 5 pm on Friday, March 16th. Award winners for the November deadline will be notified by 12/8 at 5pm.  Award winners for the March deadline will be notified by 4/6 at 5 pm.  Students do not have to be sociology majors to be considered for funding, but projects and/or learning activities should be grounded in a sociological perspective.

Applications should be submitted by email to Debbie Eck, Sociology Department Office Manager (daeckx@wm.edu).  The subject line of the email should include the name of the award for which the application is intended (e.g., “Kernodle Award Application”; or “Kambis Award Application”).

Applications must include the following:

A Statement of Purpose making clear what activities are to be undertaken, describing how these activities are relevant to furthering your education in sociology, and communicating the real or potential value beyond the experience.

A Funding Justification that makes clear why the requested funds are needed to accomplish/achieve the identified purpose. Keep in mind that funds cannot be requested to replace salary/earnings.

A statement making clear how you have engaged faculty as advisors, guides, or mentors regarding this proposed activity.

Award recipients will submit a brief report after completion of the activity for which funds were awarded.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

A representative from The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on campus Thursday, October 19 at 5 pm in Cohen Career Center to discuss careers in community organizing with W&M students and alumni interested in uniting congregations and working for social, economic and racial justice.
RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/W&M

DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Education reform in low-performing public schools
* Fighting for immigrants' rights

Positions start January 16, 2018 in Miami, FL, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Topeka, KS, Charleston, SC and Columbia, SC.

Positions start August 13, 2018 in Knoxville, TN, Columbia, SC, Charleston, SC, Lexington, KY, Topeka, KS, and St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Starting salary $34,000/year + benefits.

Although it may be helpful, no prior organizing experience is necessary. Fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit www.thedartcenter.org. Still have questions? Contact Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or (202) 841-0353.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces 2018-2019 Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities!

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the 2018 -2019 Scholarship and Fellowship Program.  Each academic year the VSGC awards over $300,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students attending Virginia Space Grant member institutions and majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.

Research proposals from students majoring in any STEM field and working on a project that supports NASA’s mission are welcomed.  VSGC can assist students and faculty in identifying appropriate research projects.  Please see our website for details.

The Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides a one-year scholarship of up to $8,500 to support undergraduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor. Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210. Deadline to apply is February 5, 2018.

The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $6,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor.  The Graduate Fellowship is add-on support for students and is renewable for one year.  Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210.  Deadline to apply is February 5, 2018.

The STEM Bridge Scholarship Program provides $1,000 renewable awards to sophomore students from any federally recognized minority group enrolled full-time in a program of study in STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities. Contact: Joyce Kuberek at jkuberek@odu.edu or call 757-766-5210. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2018.

Please display and distribute the enclosed flyers to interested students and faculty.  The VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.  You may reproduce the flyer as needed.  Complete program information including student eligibility and a link to the online application are available at: http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/.  

If you require further program information or additional copies of any flyers please contact us at vsgc@odu.edu or call us at (757) 766-5210.

Joyce Kuberek
Virginia Space  Grant Consortium
STEM Education Program Specialist
600 Butler Farm Road, Suite 2200
Hampton, Va.  23666
(757) 766-5210
(757) 766-5205 (fax)
Methodist University Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (OTD)

I hope you are having a great start to the fall semester. I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you again to remind you that we have begun a Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program (the FIRST in NC!) and our application is live on OTCAS. I have attached our program PDF and I am able to send you our program brochure upon request.

If you have any students who are interested in attending an OTD program I would appreciate it if you could pass along our information. Thank you!

Katie Novak

Director, DPT & OTD Admissions
Methodist University
5400 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28311
phone: 910-480-8493

fax: 910-630-7531




Open position to support Cognitive and Data Sciences lab at Rutgers University - Newark

We are hiring! The position is excellent for someone who is interested in working in a highly interdisciplinary growing group where one can learn about advances in data science and relevance to cognition and cognitive development. The role will primarily support research in my lab and will assist and grow with our efforts to build out data science. In this sense it will be like a (more exciting!) lab manager position. 

Full information and application information can be found here:


Please contact me directly if you have questions!

Patrick Shafto, PhD

Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science

Director of the Graduate Program in Data Science

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Institute for Data Science, Learning, and Applications (I-DSLA)

Department of Psychology, Rutgers Business School, and Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, by courtesy

Rutgers University - Newark


Mental Health Counselor positions, Connect Youth and Family Services, LLC Williamsburg, VA

Part-Time Intensive In-Home Counselor

Job Description
 Serve high-risk families, including those whose children who are at substantial risk of out of the
home placement or who are in a placement and cannot be reunified without in-home services.
 Provide services primarily in client homes. Travel to client homes and/or other locations.
 Schedule sessions at times that are convenient for families, and when problems are likely to occur,
including evenings, weekends and holidays. Maintain a flexible workweek.
 Be available to client families 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Obtain coverage by supervisor or
supervisor’s designee if unavailable for an extended period of time (e.g., 12 hours or longer).
 Participate in individual supervision as needed.
 Assess safety, structure the environment and use clinical strategies designed to promote safety.
 Provide a range of clinical, concrete and advocacy services to family members that are consistent
with the family’s values, learning styles, lifestyle, circumstances and culture.
 Develop and maintain a positive, professional working relationship with family members.
 Assume responsibility for motivating families and employ motivation enhancement strategies.
 Collaborate with family members and in developing intervention goals and service plans.
 Utilize research-based cognitive/behavioral strategies to facilitate behavior change.
 Utilize a variety of teaching methods.
 Advocate for and provide concrete goods and services (including transportation) that are directly
related to the family’s goals, while teaching family members to meet these needs on their own.
 Collaborate and advocate with formal and informal community resources and systems, while
teaching family members to advocate for themselves.
 Assess goal progress and families’ ongoing needs.
 Comply with all service contract requirements.
 Complete and submit all documentation and agency required paperwork in a timely and accurate
 Establish and maintain positive working relationships with referring agency staff and other
community professionals.

Education and Experience
The Mental Health Counselor shall have a bachelor’s degree the in human services or related field, a
minimum of one year of relevant clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families.
Applicant must demonstrate an ability to work with diverse individuals, exercise discretion, maintain client
confidentiality, and communicate effectively verbally and in writing. In addition, the applicant shall meet
QMHP status as established by state regulations with knowledge of human behavior and development, family
dynamics and related treatment modalities, interventions and techniques.

Starting salary: $18 per hour
Please email your resume to: gbanks@connectyfs.com

Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab research staff positions open

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab (https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/music-cognition-lab/) seeks to fulfill two open Research Analyst staff positions.

Our Lab is a fast-paced and exciting environment that engages students from a wide range of Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate programs, and also serves as the hub of the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt (https://www.vanderbilt.edu/musicmindsociety/), a campus-wide initiative.


The Research Analyst-II will work under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Lense, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will provide support for research in the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab with a particular focus on music and social engagement in infants and children with and without autism. Responsibilities include recruitment of participants, data coordination and entry (Redcap), video preparation and coding, data analysis, and general study coordination/maintenance. The candidate will work directly with participants and their families to assist with study protocols including administering measures and questionnaires, eye-tracking, and video and acoustic analysis. According to experience, opportunities to contribute to study design, data interpretation, and analysis. Prior experience with child development research and/or working with children with autism is highly preferred. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1700570


The Research Analyst-III will work under the supervision of Lab Director Reyna Gordon, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center). This individual will be responsible for implementation, coordinating, troubleshooting, and data analysis of studies on rhythm and language skills in children and adults using behavioral assessments, neuroimaging (EEG), and genomic approaches. The RA-III will work collaboratively with students, staff, and the PI to carry out a series of ongoing studies and plan new studies that investigate the biological basis of music and speech and test the impact of music training on language skills. Prior experience with music cognition or language development research preferred; prior experience with EEG and/or Genomic research a plus. Applicants must have excellent problem-solving, communication, and organizational skills. Applications must be submitted online at: https://vanderbilt.taleo.net/careersection/.vu_cs/jobdetail.ftl?job=1703649

Reyna L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt   https://www.vanderbilt.edu/musicmindsociety/

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Vanderbilt University 

Director, Music Cognition Lab  https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/music-cognition-lab/

Lab Manager position, Georgetown Early Learning Project

Research Assistant, Department of Psychology – Georgetown College

Georgetown’s Department of Psychology  is home to a diverse and collaborative community of scholars who conduct research in psychology, neuroscience, and public policy, and who teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Research by Faculty in the Department of Psychology - from basic science investigations of behavior and brain function to applications for public policy - is directed at Georgetown University’s goal of creating and communicating knowledge in the service of the common good. Our Undergraduate Program offers a Major and a Minor in Psychology and provides a variety of opportunities for scholarship and extracurricular enrichment. Our Graduate Program offers a five-year program of study in developmental science leading to a Ph.D. in Psychology, with concentrations in Human Development and Public Policy and Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience, as well as a dual degree combining a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Public Policy degree in collaboration with the McCourt School of Public Policy.

The Research Assistant provides administrative and research support to Georgetown’s Early Learning Project.  S/he assists with laboratory as well as with recruiting and testing of study participants. S/he will be trained to run memory flexibility, memory interference and cognitive flexibility studies and collect data in the field and code data in the laboratory. Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI) and working with a PhD student, the Research Assistant has duties that include but are not limited to:

  • Participates in field visits to the participants’ homes to collect data.
  • Performs coding and collation of data – and trains team members on coding practice
  • Performs administrative duties – for example, preparation of materials for families, and maintenance of records. 
  • Participates in team meetings and answers logistical questions.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year  college
  • Preference for Spanish speaking skills
  • Current driver’s license
  • Preference for prior research experience working directly with young children

Please apply here


Rachel Barr, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Georgetown University
Washington DC 20057

website: www.elp.georgetown.edu

Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position - NYU Applied Psychology Department

Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position – NYU Applied Psychology Department

Dr. Natalie H. Brito is seeking a full-time (40 hours/week) Lab Manager/Research Assistant to work on studies examining the development of language and memory during infancy and early childhood. The expected start data is August or September 2017. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual who would like to gain research experience in preparation for a graduate career.

Responsibilities include: (1) conducting experiments with young children (including: recruiting, scheduling, and data collection); (2) processing and analyzing data; (3) training and supervising undergraduate research assistants; (4) performing general administrative duties, including data management, lab web pages and participant recruiting systems; (5) programming scientific experiments and developing experimental stimuli, (6) assisting with IRB protocol creation and compliance, (7) conducting literature searches and reviews to assist in manuscript preparation; and (8) providing general support for the PI including, but not limited to, purchasing and maintaining lab equipment.

Recommended background and skills include: a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or other related fields, the ability to work independently, keen attention to detail, and the ability to interact warmly and professionally with parents and children. Strong organizational, managerial, problem-solving, and analytic skills are essential.

Additional highly desired qualifications include:

-          Fluency in Spanish

-          Strong computational, statistical, or technical skills (e.g., Matlab, R, SPSS)

-          Experience with EEG/ERP

-          Research experience with infants and young children

A 2-year commitment is preferred, but 1-year commitments will be considered. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should email a cover letter describing their interests and relevant experience, CV, and names and contact information of two references to Natalie H. Brito at natalie.brito@nyu.edu.  Please include all documents in a single PDF file.

New York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYU is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its hiring and promotion process without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth (or related medical condition), sexual orientation, partnership status, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital, parental or familial status, caregiver status, national origin, ethnicity, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military unemployment status, or any other legally protected basis. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

Full-Time Programming/Data Analysis Position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Full-Time Programming/Data Analysis Position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Margaret Sheridan is seeking a full-time research assistant to join the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill starting immediately (start date is flexible). The research assistant will primarily contribute to ongoing studies in the Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences Lab (CIRCLE Lab), with a focus on early childhood brain development and exposure to adversity. The holder of this position will be responsible for overall neuroimaging study coordination (e.g., maintaining study files, training undergraduate research assistants, interfacing with the various personnel involved in the study, writing and submitting IRB modifications and renewals). Additional responsibilities include (1) recruitment and scheduling of potential research participants, including parents of young children ages 4-7 years and adolescents (ages 9-14 years), (2) administering the study battery to participants at off site locations throughout the Triangle area, including self-report, interview, behavioral measures, as well as conducting fMRI scans at the Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC), (3) data management and analysis using SPSS and neuroimaging analysis software (e.g., FSL, FreeSurfer) that requires programming experience in languages commonly used for neuroimaging analysis (e.g., Linux shell scripting, Python, and/or Matlab). Preference will be given to candidates with experience recruiting and working with families. A detailed description of the CIRCLE lab research studies can be found at http://circlelab.unc.edu/

Please apply here: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/116319

Innovation Research & Training Job Announcement for a Research Assistant

We are currently searching to fill 1-2 Research Assistant positions.  If you know of any undergraduates or recent graduates who are looking for full- or part-time work.  Click here to view the PDF of the Job Announcement.

POSITION TITLE: Research Assistant
EMPLOYER: Innovation Research & Training
LOCATION (City, State): Durham, NC
WEBSITES: www.irtinc.us
START DATE: Available immediately

Innovation Research & Training (IRT) seeks a part- or full-time Research Assistant to work on qualitative and quantitative research, training and intervention development, and technical assistance projects in a variety of fields including adolescent sexual health, pediatric clinical research, mentoring, child assessment, and foster care.

Job Description: Participate as a team member on research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance projects. Responsibilities include conducting scientific literature reviews; assisting with writing presentations, manuscripts, and grant proposals; recruiting study participants; collecting, transcribing, coding, and entering qualitative data; maintaining meeting minutes; helping with developing and writing in-person and online training and intervention programs; and assisting with customer support and administrative work.

Requirements: 2 or more years of research experience in psychology or related field as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate. Must be able to work as a team member as well as independently; take initiative; be extremely attentive to detail; and have excellent interpersonal skills. The successful candidate will need to be familiar with all Microsoft Office programs as well as have strong writing and verbal communication skills.

Compensation: Salary is based upon education and previous work experience. We offer a comprehensive benefit package which includes BCBS health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, PTO, an employer-matched SIMPLE IRA, and more. Drug-free, smoke-free work environment. No relocation assistance available.

Company: iRT is a small behavioral science research and development firm located in Durham, North Carolina. IRT specializes in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and services to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families.

If interested, please submit a cover letter including your available start date, CV or resume, at least one scientific writing sample, and three references to Dr. Janis Kupersmidt at jkupersmidt@irtinc.us

Illinois Institute of Technology, Lewis College of Human Sciences M.S, degree program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling

Do you have students that graduating and still do not have plans for next year?  If so, I want to tell you about the Master's program in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at Illinois Institute of Technology.  Please click here to view the PDF announcement.

Noyce Summer Stipend for Experiences in STEM Teaching & Education
Summer Funding (Up to $3,600) for Math & Science Majors
Interested in Teaching Math or Science
Are you an undergraduate math or science major who wants to explore teaching as a career option?
If yes, consider seeking funding from the Noyce Scholars Program for summer experiences in STEM education and teaching. Summer funding and mentoring from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is intended to give math and science majors a chance to explore teaching as a potential career. Noyce supports summer experiences in STEM education and teaching nationwide – summer school programs, math and science camps, VIMS, educational centers, museums, curriculum development and implementation with Education faculty, and more. Winter break is not too soon to begin making contacts and learning more about STEM education related opportunities around W&M, near your hometown, or nationwide.
Summer internship experiences supported by the Noyce grant are individualized to your interests and availability. Experiences are 2 – 8 weeks, and Noyce provides funding of up to $450/week. Interested students should submit an application & additional materials by March 1st to receive priority consideration. Interested students should contact Noyce mentor/recruiter, Amy Chen, achen03@wm.edu, to schedule a brief meeting to chat about your interests. Click here to view the information flyer.
Math or science majors planning to earn a degree in secondary math or science education, consider applying to become a Noyce Scholar – receive a $10,000/year tuition scholarship and additional support. 
See more details at these websites and contact achen03@wm.edu to find out more.

Saint Joseph's University master's program in experimental psycholgy

Dear Dr. Forestell:
I have written to you in the past about our master's program in experimental psychology at Saint Joseph's University; a full-time program designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the scientific study of psychology. All students in our program are assigned to a mentor and conduct an empirically based research thesis under his/her direction.

Complete details about our program are available at www.psychology.sju.edu and to view a brochure about our program, click here. Thank you for forwarding this information to your students.

Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Director, Graduate Program in Psychology
Saint Joseph's University
Philadelphia, PA 19131
610 660-1806