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!

July 31, 2018

Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
Program Dates: September 20-23, 2018

Biosciences Opportunities Preview (BOPS) Weekend is a great all-expenses paid opportunity for prospective students to learn about opportunities in biological science graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. UW-Madison is a world-class university with many opportunities for graduate study. Approximately 146 programs offer masters degrees and 110 programs offer doctorate degrees. UW-Madison is one of the largest bioscience research institutions in the nation; ranking in the top 20 of all research programs worldwide for NIH funded biomedical research. It is a leader in stem cell research and in the top 10 for bioscience research in the nation. For more information on the BOPS preview weekend opportunity please see the attached or visit the program website at: http://www.biopreview.wisc.edu/.

New Conference

Registration is currently $75 but the price goes to $100 on May 1st

Location: Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)
Program Dates: July 25-27, 2018
Fralin Life Science Institute and the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech are excited to offer the 2018 Biotechnology Educators Conference for high school and community college educators! The goal of the conference is to provide technical and content updates for science educators, including new applications in medicine, infectious disease, and agriculture.
The conference is July 25-27th at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Participants may choose from an array of workshops and come together for talks and a social dinner. On July 25th, there will be a pre-conference Biotech Bootcamp available for educators new to biotechnology; first-come first-serve. Visit https://www.bi.vt.edu/services/education-and-outreach/biotech#housing for information about housing. Email Kristy Collins, Ph.D. at Biocomplexity Institute or Kristi DeCourcy, Ph.D. at Fralin Life Science Institute if you have any questions.

New search tool!

Now is the time that summer research programs are announcing their 2018 deadlines!  We have 699 summer research programs posted on our site currently and we are busy posting new program dates and new programs every day! At the following link students can find our summer research listings: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?descriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity

Students will be able to find:
-  57 summer science exposure programs for high school students
-  607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates
-  30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors)
-  56 PAID summer programs for graduate students

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.

New Summer Program!

Application deadlines vary by proposal track

The International Research Experience for Students - IRES program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to the development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high-quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

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.

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.