Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ashland science students heading off to great summer internships

We have started to hear from students who have been accepted into research internships for this coming summer.  If you are thinking of internship opportunities for the future these may give you some ideas.  While most internship application deadlines have passed, we are still hearing about some opportunities, so keep checking back with our Science News and keep searching Google.

These are some of the internships our students are heading to this summer:
  • 10-week field ecology internship at the Environmental Research Center at the University of Notre Dame involving both classwork and independent research at their field station in the upper peninsula of Michigan
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program with Oregon State University working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR 
  • Summer internship at Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield, OH 
  • International Volunteer HQ summer program in Cusco, Peru. Typical activities can include planting/reintroducing native species, inventory/observation of wildlife, seedling propagation, and helping with community projects 
  • Internship at the Columbus Zoo
Remember that you can always talk with your faculty advisor for information about internships, use the resources of the AU Career Center, and check our occasional blog post with internship searching information.  If you are interested in environmental science or field biology related internships you will want to be on Dr. Saunder's environmental science email list.  Contact her to ask to be added if you are not.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Eleven ashland science students, including many Choose Ohio First scholars, present at research symposium

Toxicology major Alison Biro and Biochemistry major
Peter Kobunski, both COF scholars
Ashland science students represented a wide range of disciplines at this year's College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (URCA).  In its sixth year, the URCA event was originally chaired by a faculty member from the Department of Biology/Toxicology and has always highlighted a strong contingent of science presentations.  This year eleven science students from biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, geology and toxicology presented their independent research projects in oral and poster presentations.  Six of these students are members of our Choose Ohio First scholars program, which provides scholarship funding for excellent graduates of Ohio high schools majoring in the sciences.

Biology major Mack Reece
You can see photos of all our presenters on the Ashland Science Twitter feed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ashland science students earn track and field honors

Toxicology major and All-American Jamie Sindelar
It has been an action packed few weeks and a very successful season for three of our science students on the AU track and field team.  Last week we learned that Toxicology major and Choose Ohio First Scholar Jamie Sindelar was named the Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  This year Jamie threw the second farthest indoor shot put in Division II history.

Jamie joins two senior Biology majors, Jennifer Foster and Jennifer Bjelac, in earning All-American honors this year.  At the national indoor championships in Birmingham, Alabama this past week Jamie finished second in the shot put, Foster tied for second in the high-jump and Bjelac took second team All-American honors in the pentathlon.  As a team the women tied for third place in the nation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sewage, water treatment, and you

You may have never thought about internship opportunities, or even a career, in water treatment, but with a large wave of current water treatment workers reaching retirement age there are many opportunities in this area.  Two of our graduates from the past few years are very happy with their employment positions at water treatment facilities.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has two internship openings for this summer as a:

Click on the links above to learn more.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Careers and internships in environmental assessment

Rachel Day in the field
A number of our graduates have recently started careers in environmental assessment after completing their degrees in Biology or Environmental Science.  One of them, Rachel Day (Biology '11), will be speaking on campus this week (Wednesday 1 pm) about her current work, research and career at the Midwest Biodiversity Institute.  Other recent graduates Mary Cargill (EVS '12) and Angela Martinson (EVS '14) are working as environmental scientists at the GPD group where they conduct soil and water testing before onsite construction projects begin.

If you are interested in learning more about environmental assessment you can contact another one of our graduates, Marcy Bolek (Chemistry '86), who is the Vice President of Operations at Alloway.  Marcy contacted us about internship opportunities at their Lima and Marion laboratories.  You can contact Alloway's lab manager Lana Jackson at 419-223-1362 to get more information.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Summer environmental internships are waiting for you

We are right in the midst of summer internship search season.  Some deadlines have passed, but many continue into February, with some in March and April.

If you are interested in an internship position related to field biology or environmental science you should be on the EVS group email list maintained by Dr. Saunders.  Contact her to be added.  If you are not on that list here are some great internship opportunities you may have missed hearing about:

This list just scratches the surface of what is available.  Do your own searches on Google, watch the halls of Kettering for posted notices, and get on Dr. Saunder's email list!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ashland Biology graduates becoming Physican Assistants

We have seen a growing interest in physician assistant (PA) careers amongst students in our science departments.  Two of our graduates have recently completed PA programs and are now serving patients.  Charlie Davis (Biology '12) graduated at the top of his class from Mount Union University's PA program this past year, passed his State of Ohio board exams and is now practicing in Orthopedics, Family Medicine and Sports Medicine with Avita Health System.  Charlie notes that his undergraduate research experience helped to set him up for his career success.

Katie Manocchio (Biology '11) completed the PA program at the University of Toledo and is now practicing with Samaritan Regional Health System specializing in Emergency Medicine.  Katie worked in the emergency room at Ashland City's Samaritan Hospital while an undergraduate student.

Three other Ashland biology graduates are currently in PA programs at Baldwin Wallace University and Mount Union.  You can find out more about preparation for PA programs on our wiki advising pages.