REU: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute


OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM: The Marine Science Institute (MSI) of The University of Texas at Austin announces an NSF-funded program during the summer of 2010 for undergraduates interested in marine coastal science research. Students will be trained in laboratory and field methods applied to studies of coastal marine environments and will work on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series and professional development activities. Students will also participate in scientific excursions related to field research, including a 2-day research cruise along the Texas coast at the beginning of the program. You can expect that many activities will be outdoors and that some field trips may include camping.  

REU Benefits:   

  • 10 Week Program (June 2 – Aug. 11, 2010)
  • $4,500 Stipend
  • Free Room and Board
  • Travel Funds

Who Should Apply?  

  • Students in Sophomore or Junior Year of College
  • Majoring in biology, ecology, geological sciences, marine science, chemistry, or related disciplines
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident

Application Deadline: February 16, 2010

 Application and Contact Information for UTMSI REU 




2010 DHS Scholarships and Summer Internships

Announcing U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarships and Summer Internships
FOR: Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty

DHS Scholarship Program
* Undergraduate students
* U.S. citizenship required
* Funding available for fall 2010
* Full tuition and monthly stipends
* Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
* Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
* Undergraduate students
* U.S. citizenship required
* Funding available for summer 2010
* 10-week summer research experiences at federal research facilities
* $500 weekly stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location
* Application Deadline: January 5, 2010

DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
* Early career faculty teamed with undergraduate and graduate students
* U.S. citizenship required
* Funding available for summer 2010
* 10-week summer research experiences at DHS Centers of Excellence
* Stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location for faculty and students
* Application Deadline: February 1, 2010

Questions regarding DHS Education Programs can be sent via e-mail to

Dominic Dominguez: An Outstanding Islander

Dominic Dominguez, one of our research fellows, who works under the mentorship of Dr. Scott King, has just been honored by the university as an outstanding islander! 

Congratulations Dominic. We are all so proud of you!

Virtual Reality Check
Dominic Dominguez is the envy of all his friends because he gets to conduct specialized research on Xbox 360 game programming. Dominguez, who maintains a 3.5 grade point average, has studied the details of video games and has worked alongside faculty mentor, Dr. Scott King, for more than a year.

The senior, who is a 2005 graduate of Gregory-Portland High School, is a fellow in the Computing Sciences and Alliance for Minority Participation (CS/AMP) Program, a member of the Computer Science Club and a historian in the Rotaract Club, a Rotary-sponsored service club for men and women ages 18 to 30. While in high school, Dominguez shot and edited video with friends and became familiar with computers, which helped him build a foundation for a future in computer science. He chose the Island University for its student-to-faculty ratio (19:1) and close proximity to home. His choice has paid off.

In October, he presented research on virtual reality and head tracking with a Wii remote at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Dallas, Texas. Earlier this year, Dominguez gave a poster presentation on game development at Google Headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. In addition, he was first place presenter at the Science Rules! Expo.

He is designing a new way to use special video glasses to create a virtual experience using infrared lights and the Wii remote to track one’s head orientation. One day, he hopes to find a gaming position in Austin or Dallas and incorporate a dance pad into a virtual learning world.


Nicole Aston – Our Far East Adventurer!

One of our CS/AMP undergraduate research fellows has been featured by the university as an Outstanding Islander!  She is currently in China at an international experience for the Fall semester.

profile_astonWhen Nicole Aston moved to the Island University campus housing in fall 2006 she found a lasting friendship. Her then roommate, a Chinese international student, shared customs and sparked an interest in Aston to visit China.

Nearly three years later, the junior biomedical sciences major is living in Beijing through December as she studies the Mandarin language, Beijing history, and participates in a medical/health internship. This summer, she’ll stay in a dorm, but in the fall, she’ll live with a family. The San Angelo, Texas, native is the first University student to receive the National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarship and was provided the resources for the opportunity through the Study Abroad Program. Prior to traveling to China, Aston, a member of Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honors Society, took two semesters of basic Mandarin at the Corpus Christi Chinese School.

Boren Scholarships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security and provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.

Before Aston left for China, she was a tutor for the 21st Century After School Program at Hamlin Middle School and worked in the Department of Life Sciences media prep lab. Her sister, Tiffany, is a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi graduate.

Congratulations Nicole and we look forward to your return in Spring 2009!

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LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships

lsampbridge2009-2011 Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships at UMBC

The University System of Maryland, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Park, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate program seeks to encourage and support LSAMP students pursuing advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) fields.

Graduate school is an important step in preparing for your professional career. The Bridge to the Doctorate Program can assist you in this endeavor by providing financial and academic support. Our staff is available to assist you in completing this application packet. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Dr. Renetta G. Tull
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Development
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
(410) 455-1842,

For best consideration, please submit materials by
Friday, July 24, 2009.

For application and more info please go to:


Win $25,000 – Apply Now!


Win the award of a lifetime and get your paper published in Science. GE & Science are once again rewarding brilliant newpositionv3_rresearch through the GE & Science Prize. If you, or an early career scientist you know, are doing research in the area of molecular biology, then you really should not miss this opportunity. Applications for the $25,000 GE & Science prize are being accepted through August 1st, 2009.

To be considered applicants need only submit a 1,000 word essay about their work. Past winning submissions include research essays on DNA, the AIDS virus, cells and the origins of life, and the molecular motor movement

The prestigious award will be presented at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring previous prizewinners, Noble prize laureates and leaders in the field of molecular biology. For more information, and to submit your work for consideration, visit the GE & Science Prize website today.

Submission deadline: 1st August 2009


Dr. Greg Stunz, Reeling in Research Funds

One of our Faculty Mentors, Dr. Greg Stunz is honored as an Outstanding Islander! 

Congratulations Dr. Stunz!

Reeling in Research Funds
profile_stunzIn seven years, Dr. Greg Stunz has secured nearly $6 million in research grants which center on understanding the relative value of habitat for aquatic organisms and ocean and human health. Stunz, a former research fishery ecologist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, came to the Island University in 2002. The Harte Research Institute’s endowed associate research professor and associate professor of marine biology is coordinator for the University’s new Marine Biology Program.

The Texas native and first-generation college student says family fishing trips helped him develop a career interest in marine biology with an emphasis in fisheries and marine ecology. His current research projects include testing hypotheses on red snapper survival and stock and recruitment patterns, shark population dynamics on Padre Island National Seashore, and stock structure assessment of spotted seatrout along the Texas coast. Stunz is a mentor for many programs including the McNair Scholars Program and the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (SURF/BUENO). In 2008, he received the 2008 Coastal Bend Bays Foundation’s Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Award in Higher Education. He is also active in a dozen University committees and has written numerous articles with students that have been published in national and international journals.

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