CBS Student Bulletin

Announcements and recruitment invitations for biological science internships and research opportunities will be posted to this page as they arise. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly.


Student Award & Internship - Powering Aggies Award - apply by 6.2.23

The “Powering Aggies Award,” which is endowed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), provides an annual Scholar Award and internship for one UC Davis student. This award is open to undergraduate and graduate students studying biological sciences.

In addition to a paid internship, the 2023-24 Powering Aggies Award is expected to be at least $1800. The awardee will be notified the week of June 12.

The application is due Friday, June 2. More details, including eligibility requirements, can be found in the Qualtrics application.

Please direct questions to Beth Broome (bfbroome@ucdavis.edU) in the Office of STEM Strategies.


2023-2024 AmeriCorps Health Fellows - now open for applications

  • LifeLong Medical's AmeriCorps program is a great opportunity for students interested in gaining healthcare experience while serving underserved communities. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted. 

2023 Internship at Nkonzo Wildlife (Hartenbos, South Africa)

We are seeking interns for 2-16 weeks to assist in our conservation and research efforts. Currently we have opportunities available from August 2023 - November 2023

Intern duties include data collection on our observational behavior studies (see below), monitoring camera traps, consolidating reports, beach clean-ups, and other miscellaneous duties. The position is also supplemented with field training basics in wildlife track and sign, bush survival skills, and ethical wildlife approach methods. 

In 2023 we are focusing on:

  • Ecology of white rhinoceros in Fynbos (conducted through non-invasive, observational research) focuses on spatial patterns, social behaviour, and condition monitoring for management purposes.
  • Population ecology of novel brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) occurrence in Fynbos stemming from the recent discovery of brown hyaena presence in an extirpated area of their historical range (Hall, A. and Thatcher, H., 2021. A confirmed sighting of brown hyaena, Parahyaena brunnea (Thunburg, 1820) in an extirpated area of the Western Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology59(4), pp.1047-1050). This work is conducted through systematic trail camera deployment.
  • Continued collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust on their Wildlife and Roads research to better understand the conflict between human infrastructure and wildlife fatalities. 

We also acknowledge that the internship requires a fee that covers the student's accommodation, conservation fees set by the reserves, select meals, and includes a donation to local anti-poaching units.

We would kindly ask for the opportunity to be passed on to any interested undergraduates or postgraduates who are interested in the opportunity. They can visit our website at www.wildlife-research.com or email us directly at info@wildlife-research.com


Aydogan Lab - Junior/Assistant Specialist at UCSF - apply by 10.3.23

Junior/Assistant Specialist Position in the Aydogan Lab at UCSF

We are searching for a Junior/Assistant Specialist at UCSF Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics starting in June 2023. We perform inter-disciplinary research at the intersection of genetics, biochemistry and biophysics.

Our lab has recently begun to study questions of early developmental metabolism, and is interested in hiring a Junior/Assistant Specialist who will provide technical support and actively partake in lab’s on-going projects in this realm. Please visit the following website for more information on our broader research interests: https://aydoganlab.com.

This position is excellent for, but not exclusive to, people who would like to gain research experience and pursue further career development in academia or private sector. We are particularly interested in candidates who want to perform independent research in addition to supporting on the lab maintenance at large. Research responsibilities would be project-dependent, and would likely include microscopy, organismal genetics and data analysis besides other specialised experiments. We are looking for a minimum two-year time commitment.

Interested candidates should apply via AP Recruit at https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/JPF04462 with cover letter, CV, and contact information for two references. The CV should contain previous research experience (or attach your experience in the form of a research statement) and GPA. In the cover letter, please indicate why you are interested in this position and on your career goals. Applicant materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission. The selected candidate must meet all of the qualifications at the time of appointment.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Applications Open – apply by 10.10.23

  • Fulbright is a post-graduate opportunity for U.S. citizens to conduct independent research, implement an arts project, study for a Master’s degree, or serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in one of over 150 participating countries worldwide.  Applicants can be undergraduates who will complete their bachelor’s degrees by summer 2024, UC Davis alumni, and current graduate students.  UC Davis has recently been recognized as a Fulbright Top Producer, which you can read about here.
  • Award Information
    • Approximately 2,200 awards will be made from the total applicant pool.  In 2022, roughly 8,500 applications were submitted nationally for these awards.
    • Award amounts vary by country and program, but all include:  round-trip airfare, limited health insurance, and a monthly stipend.  Additional benefits such as tuition and fees (MA programs), language lessons, dependent support, etc., may also be available.
  • Applicant Resources
    • You can access video playlists that focus on specific topics and application components. Click on the following pertinent link to view playlists for research (includes arts)study, and ETA candidates.
    • You may schedule advising with the Office of Prestigious Scholarships to discuss the program, your candidacy, and to answer any questions you have. Please send your full availability, CV/resume, along with your program(s) and country(ies) of interest to Scott Palmer: scpalmer@ucdavis.edu.
    • Register as an applicant here.