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 Ms. Kristin Morgan ( or (434) 243-6660) with questions or additions. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.

New Opportunity!

June 26, 2017

As a scientific organization for professionals who manage and conserve wildlife and habitats, The Wildlife Society (TWS) is increasingly concerned about the lack of ethnic and cultural diversity within the profession. Diversity is essential if the profession is to grow and meet the nation’s conservation challenges. To help address this concern, the Native People’s Wildlife Management Working Group of TWS established a professional-development program for Native students studying various aspects of natural resource management.  Individuals selected for this program have the opportunity to attend and participate in TWS' Annual Conference– the largest gathering of wildlife professionals in North America.

  • Funds to cover registration fees, lodging, meals, and transportation for annual conference
  • One-year membership in TWS
  • Membership in TWS Native People's Wildlife Management Working Group
  • Subscriptions and discounts to peer-reviewed wildlife publications
  • Access to TWS career center, mentoring program, and other resources

Eligibility Requirements and Application:

  • Applicants must be members of a Native American, First Nations, or indigenous tribe, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a relevant academic discipline such as wildlife biology or ecology. Applicants must display a record of academic excellence and a strong interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management or conservation.
  • Applications must include name, address, email, phone number, tribal affiliation, name of college or university, current level of study (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate), field of study, and a copy of most recent official transcripts, showing courses and grades. Also include an essay (500-750 words) explaining why you would like to participate, how this program might benefit your career development, how your personal and cultural experiences and skills contribute to the wildlife profession, and any other special circumstances you may have. Mention any relevant extracurricular activities, societies, honors, or awards.
  • Email all application materials to Serra Hoagland (

Immediate start date

Charlottesville, VA
In collaboration with NRAO EPO Multimedia and Web Developers, the Media Intern will support NRAO’s team of EPO graphic artists and image experts in showcasing the remarkable scientific discoveries made with NRAO’s powerful telescopes.  The Multimedia Intern will catalog and sort astronomical images and illustrations using digital asset management software CatDV; add metadata to web gallery and press release images using CatDV and Adobe Bridge; and migrate web content from NRAO’s current public website to new WordPress site.  Applicants must be enrolled in or have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate science or communications program.  Significant coursework in or experience with astronomy or another physical science, mathematical or engineering discipline is required.  Familiarity with Mac OS is essential.  Additional experience in digital asset management, Adobe Creative Suite, and/or web content management will be considered as well.  This is a 3-month paid internship and can begin immediately (Feb 2017).  For more information and to apply with resume and cover letter, contact Alex Angelich:

New lecture!

June 15, 2017 8pm
Pembroke, VA

Dr. Joseph Travis of Florida State University will presenting The ecological context of local adaptation: Deciphering cause and effect.”  Dr. Travis research is focused on variation among local populations of the same species, which represents the earliest stage in the adaptive generation of biodiversity.  The lecture will take place in Lewis Hall Auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the Director’s Cottage.  Directions to the Station.


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Ongoing admissions

July 24 – August 8, 2017 VCU professor, Dr. Daniel McGarvey is seeking second or third year undergraduate students of color with an interest in freshwater ecology to participate in a summer research project surveying streams along the East Coast.  Training will take place in spring 2017 through online meetings, and the project will begin in late July in Richmond, VA.  The two-week trip will begin in Virginia and end in central Alabama.  All travel expenses will be paid, including round-trip airfare, lodging, and meals.  Participants will also earn a stipend of $1,000.  More information is available at    

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 search 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.