Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Current Opportunities

The Alliance maintains a listing of summer and academic year research, internship, and scholarships available to students and partner institutions. Please contact Mr. Maurice Walker (emw5m@virginia.edu or 434-982-0310) with questions or additions. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.

New Opportunity!

January 15, 2019

Program Dates:June 9 – August 10, 2019
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Overview: The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT. Candidates should be sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Departments and labs participate in MSRP based on the admitted applicants’ areas of interest. MIT offers over 35 graduate programs in five schools:
• School of Architecture and Planning
• School of Engineering
• School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
• Sloan School of Management
• School of Science
Please contact the MSRP staff at 617.324.8453 or msrp@mit.edu is you have questions.

New Opportunity!

February 22, 2019 at 5pm EST

Program Dates: May 26 - August 2, 2019
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Overview: The program is provides undergraduates from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to conduct research on campus and to educate participants about graduate education. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer, working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation. Interns will be provided with a stipend of $3000, GRE classes each week, on-campus housing, a meal plan, workshops on graduate education and research, an off-campus retreat, and luncheons. The program is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only, who will continue their undergraduate studies in the fall of 2019. Please call 540.231.5023 for additional information.

New Opportunity!

February 20, 2019

Program Dates: May 27 - August 2, 2019

Overview: Join undergraduates from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachians. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology under the supervision of resident scientists. REUs are internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $5,500 stipend. Program participants live together in eight-person cottages with shared living room and bath. Rooms are double-occupancy. Other housing arrangements can be made as needed. All station residents share three meals a day in the main dining hall.

The focus of scientific research at Mountain Lake Biological Station, and therefore of the REU program, is population biology at the intersection of field-based studies of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible areas of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, ours offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design. Email mlbs-reu@virginia.edu is you have any questions.

New Opportunity!

March 01, 2019

Overview: As temporary employees, students earn a salary and are expected to possess the skills required to do the assigned task when they arrive. Understanding the scientific basis for the work is generally not emphasized. Unlike research internships, research aide appointments are considered jobs. Research Aides receive a salary and under certain conditions, travel reimbursement. Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student. If travel reimbursement is approved, it will be paid only for students whose permanent and school addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne.

Application Requirements:
• 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins
• Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
• Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to undergrad@anl.gov
• School Verification form emailed to undergrad@anl.gov
• Satisfactory background check
• Pass a screening drug test

New Opportunity!

March 1, 2019 (Summer) | June 30, 2019 (Fall)

Program Dates: 10 weeks

Overview: The Student Research Participation (SRP) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research internships. A student will spend the first week of his/her Argonne experience with an Argonne staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance to implement the research plan. Subsequently, the student will be required to give a poster presentation at the end of their appointment.

In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of weekly seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering and career development. During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. Dormitory type lodging is available on site at no direct cost to the student.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year of schooling by the start of the program
• Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to undergrad@anl.gov
• Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• 18 years or older at the time the internship begins
• U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
• Pass a screening drug test

New Opportunity!

January 21, 2019

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks)

Overview: 10-week internship program for undergraduate and graduate STEM students from Minority Serving Institutions funded by DOE Office of Environmental Management.

Application Requirements:
• Complete the online application, HERE.
• Submit an unofficial transcript
• Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI)
• Be pursuing a STEM degree
• Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Be a U.S. citizen
• Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in an internship

New Opportunity!

January 10, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks), Fall and Spring (15 weeks)

Overview: 10-week internship program that provides community college students with a technical training experience funded by Department of Energy. During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes.

For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, make a poster presentation, complete and submit a 6-8 page project report. In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering. Students also participate in career professional development workshops.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
• Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
• Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• 18 years or older at the time the internship begins
• U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
• Pass a screening drug test

New Opportunity!

January 10, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks), Fall and Spring (15 weeks)

Overview: Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE’s mission. This work is supported through the DOE’s Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS). Applications are solicited annually three times a year through the DOE website for each of the terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. Dormitory type lodging is available on site at no direct cost to the student.

A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, oral or poster presentation, 1500 - 3000 word research report, and a one-page peer review. In addition to their research activities, participants are provided tours of the facilities and attend a series of seminars in current topics in science and engineering and career development.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
• Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
• Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• 18 years or older at the time the internship begins
• U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
• Pass a screening drug test.

New Opportunity!

January 11, 2019

Program Dates: Tuesday May 2 - August 2, 2019

Overview: Funded by an NIH R25 Research Education Grant, and under the umbrella of the Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors, the Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research Scholars (TOUR-Scholars) Program is a research-intensive summer experience which prepares students for graduate and medical education in translational obesity research. TOUR-Scholars will be matched with a faculty mentor, working across the obesity translational spectrum. Ten students will be chosen to participate.

Each student will receive a $5250 stipend, and participate in workshops, site visits to laboratories where translational research is ongoing (including a daytrip to the NIH), and presentation in the annual VT Summer Research Symposium. If selected individuals would be expected to attend the full day Undergraduate Research Symposium on August 1, 2019. For more information: TOURscholars@vt.edu.

New Opportunity!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Program Dates: June 9 to June 28, 2019

Overview: The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), headquartered at the University of Southern California (USC) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is offering an all-expense paid, three-week, intensive introductory microbiology course called Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM).

We are recruiting early career undergraduates from 2- and 4-year colleges to join us at the University of Southern California and Santa Catalina Island from June 9 through June 28, 2019 for lectures, discussions, labs, fieldwork, networking, career panels and more focusing on aquatic microbes and their ecology led by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb paid for by C-DEBI, including travel, room, board, and course expenses.

We strive to recruit participants that reflect the diversity of students at the community college and university level with varied science learning and life experiences. We encourage students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields and first generation college students to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Noda at gnoda@usc.edu.

New Opportunity!

January 28, 2019

Overview: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Scholarships require students to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Student scholarships and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during the summer semester are available.

Eligibility:
• U.S. citizen
• Enrolled as full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) at one of the five VSGC member institutions
• In a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM which supports NASA’s mission
• Grade point average of at least 3.0
• Graduating May 2020 or later
• Enrolled as a full-time graduate student atone of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech

New Opportunity!

January 10, 2019

Location: University of Washington
Overview: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center identifying the best strategies to build a healthier world. By measuring health, tracking program performance, finding ways to maximize health system impact, and developing innovative measurement systems, IHME provides a foundation for informed decision-making that ultimately will lead to better health for people worldwide.
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship is a structured program where individuals can apply their knowledge and passion to help advance the field of health metrics and accelerate global health progress. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recent college graduates with strong quantitative skills to train with faculty and senior researchers on a variety of global health projects.
The Post-Bachelor Fellowship (PBF) combines academic research, education and training, and professional work with progressive on-the-job training and mentoring from an illustrious group of professors and researchers. Through research, training workshops, coursework, and field experience in developing countries as well as active mentorship and advising, the PBF program aims to produce the next generation of scholars and leaders in global health measurement and evaluation. Applications can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/53420-Institute-For-Health-Metrics-And-Evaluation and additional details at http://www.healthdata.org/post-bachelor-fellowship.

New Opportunity!

December 17, 2018

Program Dates: June 3 to August 9, 2019
Location: Washington, D.C.
Overview: The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Application information can be found at - https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/applicants/default.html.

New search tool!

Pathways to Science.org: Search 1,500 STEM programs and funding opportunities nationwide. Check out our webinars and professional development materials. At the following link students can find summer research listings: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?descriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity

For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search page:http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv
If students need help finding programs that fit their interests, please email me at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org and I would be happy to search our database of programs and send you recommendations.

The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) graduate program at Virginia Tech offers students the opportunity for PhD studies in four broad categories: Cellular Signaling and Cancer, Inflammation and Immunity, Microbology, and Neurobiology.  MCB provides career development opportunities, leadership skills, teaching opportunities, and grant writing workshops to complement rigorous scientific training, providing each student the opportunity for career placement and success. For more information and how to apply: www.mcb.vt.edu.

Computer science is a growing field that has incredible career opportunities. Our guide focuses on helping minority students on why they should consider getting into the field, exploring different computer science programs and colleges, and what to look for in a computer science degree. Explore areas of computer science, career options, coding guides (including Java, C#, Python, etc.), scholarships, and more.

New Opportunity!

MUNI is a NanoEarth signature initiative. With only 11% of underrepresented people working in science and engineering jobs, MUNI strives to provide an opportunity for inspiring those groups to pursue nanoscience degrees and careers. MUNI provides access to and training opportunities on state-of-the-art nanoscience-relevant instrumentation, as well as nano-synthesis and processing laboratories, for underrepresented professionals and students. For students, MUNI serves all academic levels, from K-12, to community college students, to students in four-year programs and even graduate school.   

Centrally located in the mid-Atlantic region, MUNI is able to accommodate nationwide. An easily manageable day’s drive (seven hours or less) to Blacksburg, Virginia includes cities such as Atlanta and Columbia to the south, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus to the northwest, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to the north, and Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia to the northeast. An additional two hours of travel, includes northern Florida and New York. MUNI covers travel costs and usage fees to all its facilities. MUNI participants will also get a chance to interface with a variety of professors and gain valuable insight into the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, especially as it relates to Earth and environmental science.

New Research Tool

Students, faculty and advisors can now search for opportunities in real-time using this database tool. There are two separate search tools - one for undergraduate and one for graduate students. Check it out!

Deadline: Ongoing

Spring, Summer, Fall in various locations
Complete a single application and make your data accessible to more than 100 companies simultaneously! Eligibility Requirements: at least 18 years of age; attending a Virginia university, college, or community college; Virginia residents attending accredited out-of-state colleges may also apply; should be taking at least six credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree; completed at least 30 hours of post-secondary education credits; rising sophomore to graduated senior; STEM major; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2.7 GPA. Download flyer here.