Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Summer Research Program

The VA-NC Alliance 2018 Summer Research Program

June 3, 2018 to July 31, 2018

Information about research tracks available and the application for the 2018 VA-NC Alliance Summer Research Program is available now. The 2018 research tracks are listed below. 

Program Description:

The Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) seeks highly motivated undergraduate students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field to apply to the 2018 Summer Research Program at the University of Virginia. Students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to research and other program activities. Emphasis is placed on conducting research in a lab setting where well-defined research goals, frequent communication, and significant contributions from multiple researchers are central to the success of a given project. This experience comes in the form of mentored and independent research culminating in a required final presentation. The program also offers a writing workshop, graduate school preparation, guest speaker presentations on topics related to STEM, and field trips to local attractions.

This program is: designed for students interested in scientific research who are planning to pursue graduate study toward a Ph.D. It requires students to report to lab daily and work independently under the guidance of the faculty and/or graduate student mentors on a research project chosen by the faculty mentor.

This program is NOT: for students planning to apply to medical school or other professional school (e.g. dental, physical therapy, business, law, etc.). This program does NOT provide medical experience, physician shadowing, or clinical/bedside opportunities.

Stipend and Housing:

$4,000 distributed in three installments. Receipt of entire stipend is contingent upon completion of the program. On-campus housing and $200 meal allowance also provided.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students who wish to apply must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

1. Undergraduate students majoring or intending to major in a STEM field (current community college students, first-years, second-years, and third-years only). **View qualifying STEM majors here.
2. Enrolled at one of the VA- NC Alliance partner institutions. **View VA-NC Alliance institutions here.
3. United States citizens or permanent residents only.
4. Have interest in pursuing graduate study toward a Ph.D.
5. Participants are responsible for providing their own health insurance for the duration of the program. Proof of insurance may be required.

Research Tracks:

Click on each research track below, then click the faculty mentor’s name for more information about specific research projects offered.

Application Instructions:

1. Select your top two choices of faculty mentors (click through the research tracks above; read all project descriptions thoroughly to ensure you meet the prerequisites and your research interests align).
2. Complete the application here.
3. Upload your resume,  transcript (official or unofficial), and one letter of recommendation (or have your mentor e-mail their letter to
4. Submit all materials by 5 PM on February 21, 2018.
5. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Assistance:

Download the slides from our webinar: "Getting Into a Summer Program: The Application Process" with Dr. Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs, Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs at UVA.