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 ( or 434-982-0310) with questions or additions. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.

New Opportunity!

Saturday October 6, 11:59 p.m.

National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funds to support the professional development of Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) students program in the area of self-presentation and research preparation, particularly for national fellowships such as the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This free NSF/STEM Fellowships Boot Camp will be part of the SREB’s Institute for Teaching and Mentoring this year in Arlington, VA (October 25-28, 2018: Individuals may register at

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 -

New Scholarship!

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. MDT

The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. Eligibility details can be found at The NCWIT Collegiate Award is sponsored by Qualcomm.

New Conference!

Program Dates: October 11 – 13, 2018
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Overview: Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.  The National Diversity in STEM Conference provide an intersection of cutting-edge science and interactions between students and scientists of all levels.  To learn more visit the registration and lodging pages.

New Conference!

Program Dates: November 14 - 17, 2018
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
This inspiring event gathers one of the largest communities of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for four action-packed days of learning, connecting, and sharing.  Registration details can be found here.

New Opportunity!

October 5, 2018

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison invites applications for its graduate preview weekend, the ‘Opportunities in Engineering Conference’ (OPPS), November 14 – 18, 2018.  Students selected to participate will have all travel, lodging, and most meals paid by the conference.  The program targets students from undergraduate juniors through Masters candidates. Selected participants will hear faculty research presentations, tour labs, meet with current graduate students, and learn about funding opportunities. Contact Kelly Burton at or 608­.263­.4583 for additional information.

New search tool!

Pathways to 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:

For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search page:
If students need help finding programs that fit their interests, please email me at 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:

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.