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 Conference!

September 14, 2020

Program Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM EST
Overview: Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE) is sponsoring at virtual poster session for undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, fellows, and post-docs who are conducting research in any of the following areas: biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering sciences, environmental sciences, mathematical sciences, physical sciences (Astro, Chemistry, Physics), socio/behavioral sciences, or technology. If your abstract is selected for presentation, an email invitation will be sent to you by September 25, 2020. The virtual poster session is a competitive session for cash prizes. The top 5 undergraduate posters and the top graduate student poster wins cash prizes. Prize amounts will depend upon the number of conference registrants. Details about the competition including important dates, abstract guidelines and rubric can be found at https://lsmrce.org/events/annual/2020-annual/students-poster-session.aspx. The online submission for is accessible at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/997e43e5f58e4037a22d14bded5da5ce.

New Scholarship!

August 7, 2020

Overview: Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is offering up to four scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to undergraduates who have shown a career interest in aeronautics or space research related fields, or in space science education. Eligible majors include aerospace engineering, astronomy, astrobiology, biophysics, computer science, earth science, electrical and mechanical engineering (with applications to aerospace engineering or space science), geophysics, geology, mathematics, physics, and space science education. The application may be accessed at https://www.hou.usra.edu/usra_scholarships/application/.

New Opportunity!

Varies depending on the activity

Program Dates: June 22 to August 13, 2020
Location: Virtually - hosted by Old Dominion University
Overview: During this unique 8-week summer experience, ODU will offer an online program filled with STEM classes, guest lectures, activities and opportunities for social engagement. Some of the topics covered in this program will include astronomy, artificial intelligence, solving crimes through entomology, engineering, coronavirus simulation with gaming technologies, psychology, Python coding and more. You have the option to sign up to attend one lecture or the entire summer program. Faculty at ODU and researchers at NASA, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) and CERN are generously donating their time and expertise so we can offer this program at no cost to you.
Registration for this program is open to anyone. Because some activities are limited in size of attendance, we will grant "live" access to those who register first, and after we reach our capacity, we will share a recorded session with those who were unable to join us live. Complete your free registration today for one or more REYES sessions!

New Opportunity!

Series runs through July 29 - registration is required

Program Dates: May 28 - July 29, 2020
Location: Virtual
Overview: The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE), in collaboration with various partners including LSAMP Alliances, is hosting a free speaker series for students. Topics include time management skills, preparing for graduate school, and exploring different careers and pathways in STEM. Each session will be recorded and posted to the speaker series webpage. Registration is required for each session. A flyer can be downloaded at https://lsmrce.org/documents/students/speaker-series/Speaker-Series-Flyer.pdf.

New Alliance Opportunity!

Spring 2021: November 1

Overview: NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. The stipend award amount is based on student's academic level and the length of internship. Interns are selected and placed in projects for fall, spring and summer sessions at any NASA location. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Interested parties are encourage to use NASA's general internship application.

New Opportunity!

October 1 for Spring 2021

Overview: The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using state-of-the-art equipment and to expand students’ knowledge in their field of study while exposing them to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship. These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping provide answers to today’s pressing scientific questions. Learn more about core research and development capabilities at NETL here or email NETLinfo@orau.org.
Length of Appointment:
• Undergraduate students: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to four years
• Graduate students: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to five years
• Post-BS: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to two years
Benefits:
• Stipend – All internship programs provide a weekly stipend based upon academic classification and experience.
• Insurance – Insurance is a requirement for the Professional Internship Program.
• Inbound/Outbound Travel – Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. To qualify, your residence must be more than 50 miles from the laboratory.
• On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your learning experience by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. Most short-term (e.g., summer) appointments do not qualify for on-station travel.
Qualifications:
• Be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at a regionally accredited college/university, or a post-baccalaureate within two years of graduation
• Have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
• Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment

New search tool!

Big Data Internships and Employment: A guide designed to assist students searching for internships in Big Data, along with tools that can help them maximize an internship opportunity. The guide to Big Data Internships is provided by Discover Data Science.

New search tool!

Pathways to Science.org: Search 1,500 STEM programs and funding opportunities nationwide. Check out our webinars and professional development materials. Students can find summer research listings on this site.

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 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!

New search tool!

Data Science Programs Guide: A resource providing information about Data Science related degree programs and careers.

New Research Tool

Overview: The Científico Latino Project comes from a drive to increase the pool of minority scientists and professionals by creating a platform where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, gender, or immigration status—has equal access to fellowship and scholarship opportunities, and the chance to learn from their peers to becoming successful STEM professionals and other related fields.  The project provides an online listing of REUs and have been organizing interactive workshops to let undergrads know certain information about REUs. The project is supported by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of universities including Yale.
Resources:
Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships | Graduate School Fellowships

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.