Summer Internship- John Hopkins

Greetings from Johns Hopkins:

I’d like to share opportunities for your interested undergraduate students to apply to paid summer research programs at JHU for Summer 2017:

Research Experience for Undergraduates– Students majoring in the STEM fields participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. Students receive hands-on graduate level laboratory research experience and guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors. Upon the completion of the program, REU students have a greater understanding of the development and applications of nanobiotechnology for biology and bioengineering, understanding of research methodologies in these areas, and a more profound appreciation for the role that developed technology can make in our lives. 

Rosetta Commons– Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program have the opportunity to participate in research using Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures. It has enabled notable scientific advances in computational biology, including de novo protein design, enzyme design, ligand docking, and structure prediction of biological macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. Students learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment. They will spend 8-10 weeks of hands-on research in a molecular modeling and design laboratory, developing new algorithms and discovering new science.


More information can be found on the attached flyers and on our websites:

Thank you,


Camille Mathis   Academic Program Administrator   Institute for NanoBioTechnology 

Johns Hopkins University   Croft Hall 100   3400 N. Charles Street   Baltimore, MD 21218   Phone: (410) 516-6572   Fax: (410) 516-2355




Pfizer La Jolla Academic Industrial Relations (AIR) Diversity Research Fellowship in Chemistry Academic Year 2016-2017

Dear Colleague:

Pfizer is committed to cultivating ethnic diversity in the pharmaceutical sciences workplace and to help ensure that our chemical community is comprised of individuals reflecting the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, experience and thought.  In keeping with these ideals, our La Jolla site is pleased to sponsor the AIR (Academic and Industrial Relations) Diversity 2016-2017 Fellowship in Chemistry Program.  This program is designed to provide undergraduate students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups in the pharmaceutical sciences the opportunity to expand their interests and skills in the areas of crystallography, structural biology, chemical biology, analytical, computational and organic chemistry.

To be eligible for this fellowship, the prospective student must have completed at least one year of chemistry lecture and lab by May 2016, must be enthusiastic about science and must belong to a cultural group that has been historically underrepresented in the pharmaceutical sciences, e.g. African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Inuit, or Pacific Islander.

Pfizer-La Jolla plans to fund a fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year, with the expectation that the student will do research during the summer of 2017.  The deadline for submission of applications is October 17th, 2016.  This deadline is firm.

The money will be disbursed by the Pfizer AIR Diversity Committee.  No provision for the removal of overhead for grant administration is allowed; the entire amount is to be dispersed as indicated below.  An informal report of financial spending is required and should be submitted at the end of the fall semester and summer of 2017.

The total amount given for the fellowship is $15,000, of which $3,000 may be directed towards research overhead costs. The fellowship is to be utilized for the 2016-2017 academic year under the direction of a university-level researcher in pharmaceutical sciences.  The specific details for year fellowship are described below.

Academic year 2016-2017 fellowship:

  • In Q1 of 2017, the academic institution will receive $15,000 on behalf of the fellowship recipient. Pfizer requests the funds be dispersed as a stipend of $12,000 to the fellowship recipient.  The fellowship recipient will be required to work in an organic, analytical, structural biology, chemical biology or crystallography related laboratory or in a computational chemistry program for a period of 38 weeks at a minimum of 12 hours/week.
  • In Q1 of 2017, Pfizer requests the remaining balance of $3,000 be provided to the faculty mentor of the fellowship recipient to purchase supplies and equipment needed for the 38 week period.
  • The fellowship recipient will submit a research update by January 15th, 2017.
  • The fellowship recipient will be required to present their research accomplishments during a student seminar in August 2017 at the Pfizer La Jolla site.  The professor/mentor is invited to accompany the student to this event.  It is expected that the fellowship recipient will use part of the stipend to cover travel costs for both student and professor.
  • The faculty sponsor may be invited to present a seminar to the chemistry department at the Pfizer La Jolla site highlighting his/her research program.

The fellowship recipients will be chosen by the Pfizer La Jolla AIR Diversity Committee, and student nominees will be considered according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the student written research proposal and interest in the program
  • Merit and feasibility of the research project
  • Academic record / accomplishments
  • Recommendation letters of the advisor and Department Head
  • Demonstrated significance of the award in facilitating the personal and career goals of the student nominee

Applicants for the AIR Diversity Fellowship program are required to list any current funding they are receiving for chemistry related research projects conducted under the supervision of the chemistry faculty.  Fellowship recipients may reapply for the fellowship in subsequent years.

We expect this program to be a great opportunity for motivated students who are considering a career in the fields of organic or pharmaceutical chemistry after graduation.  Please forward the program application to interested students.  The deadline for submission of applications is October 17th, 2016.  This deadline is firm.

We thank you very much for helping to make this endeavor a success.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Indrawan McAlpine, Ph.D.

Oncology Medicinal Chemistry/Diversity AIR Committee Chair

Pfizer La Jolla

10770 Science Center Drive (CB2)

San Diego, CA 92121

Tel: (858) 622-6061

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