Navigating undergraduate biomedical research: From textbook to test-tube

By Marya S. Sabir The benefits of undergraduate research are numerous and far-reaching, and you can enrich your undergraduate journey via research experiences that connect textbook learning to practical, real-world applications. These benefits range from gaining a better understanding of the scientific literature and current advances in your field of interest, to honing marketable aptitudes…

Outreach Review: Encouraging Interest in Science in Elementary Age Children

By Gabrielle Voithofer, Salisbury University According to the STEM Education Coalition, jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math occupy 1/5 of all jobs in the U.S. workforce. The STEM career field is expected to grow as much as 13% from 2012–2022. However, there is a disconnection between U.S. students and interest in STEM related topics…

Research Opportunities at NIH for Science Students

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the largest Institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is looking for science students with a passion to advance global health research in the 21st century for its Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program, held February 5–8, 2018, in Bethesda, Maryland. Application deadline is…

Free biochemistry online course from HarvardX

HarvardX is offering a free online course, Principles of Biochemistry, starting June 5 on edX.org. Participants in this 15-week, self-paced course will explore the molecules of life, starting with building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism and associated diseases. The course is taught by Harvard professors Alain Viel, senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular…

New compound may be an environmentally friendly pesticide

By Courtney Lepping The thought of pesticides brings fear to the minds of many. Synthetic or man-made pesticides may impact ecosystems and the environment. Pressure from the general public and journalists has prompted investigation into other possible harms as well. Luckily, there is hope for greener, more efficient pesticides. Balancing economic, farming and environmental concerns…