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 8, 2021 at 12 PM CST

Event Date: Wednesday, June 30th at 6pm EST
Overview: The Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine will be hosting a Careers in Genetics and Genomics Webinar on July 8, 2021 from 12-1:00 PM CST (1:00-2:00 PM EST). This free event is open to students (all majors), registration is required. Registration link can be found here.

New Opportunity!

Wednesday, June 30th at 6pm EST

Event Date: Wednesday, June 30th at 6pm EST
Overview:University of Pittsburgh is holding an info session about their Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) on Zoom. The University of Pittsburgh’s PSTP is a 5-year medical school program that adds a year of basic or translational research to the regular Pitt Med experience. Program benefits include: protected research time; $10,000 of tuition assistance for each year of medical school; and individualized mentoring, and an innovative enrichment curriculum.
All levels of study are welcome! If attendees could try and register before the event, we would appreciate it! Registration link can be found here. The Zoom meeting link is https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98897882023. Email Blair Douglass if you have any questions.

New Scholarship!

July 15, 2021

Overview: The Watermark Scholars program is an extension of our women’s leadership initiative, Women at Watermark, a technical women’s organization designed to encourage the growth of women’s leadership through lifelong learning and professional development, mentorship, and service. The organization is offering two $5,000 annual women in STEM scholarships for the fall 2021 academic term to support college students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related studies and careers. The entry deadline is July 15, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:
• U.S. residents enrolled at U.S.-based colleges or universities (2- or 4-year institutions)
• Identifying as a woman
• And with a sophomore/second year or higher standing currently enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) degree-granting program (undergraduate or graduate) for fall 2021 OR demonstrating plans to pursue a career in the field of technology after graduation.
• Application can be accessed at https://www.watermarkinsights.com/watermark-scholars/

New Opportunity!

Rolling enrollment. Financial aid is available - apply by March 15, 2021

Program Dates: Field Herpetology - Summer Session I: May 24-June 11
Field Biology of Fishes - Summer Session II: June 21-July 9
Stream Ecology - Summer Session III: July 19-August 6

Overview: Mountain Lake Biological Station is offering undergraduate and graduate level field-intensive, researched-based courses taught by nationally recruited faculty. UVA Biology majors earn laboratory credits and fulfill area 3 requirements. Non-college students are welcome to apply. Descriptions of course offerings can be found here. Click to view course fees and other related details; to access the application. If you have any questions, please reach out using information found on the contact page.

New Opportunity!

Dates: One talk a month (First will be on February 26, 2021)
Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Description: Faculty from Yale's Biological and Biomedical Sciences Departments will give a talk where they will discuss their journeys in science and their current research/work with the goal of showcasing divergent paths in science, increasing visibility and access to information and cutting-edge research. Alongside, providing access to potential mentors or future research opportunities.
Speakers: Dr. Valerie Horsley, Dr. Valentina Greco, Dr. William Cafferty, Dr. Craig Roy (Others to be confirmed faculty: Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos, Dr. Akiko Iwasaki)

New Scholarship!

Various

Overview: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholarships and Awards page lists various opportunities for students under its Corporate Scholarships tab. Please review the individual posting for application criteria and deadline information. Corporations listed include: Analog Devices, Valero Energy, NV5 Global Inc, Motorola Solutions, and Lockheed Martin. In order to view and apply opportunities individuals must: 1). Renew your NSBE membership for the year; 2). Have a verified GPA in your membership profile; 3). Complete and update the following fields in your membership profile.

 

New Opportunity!

Program Dates: Ten-Week summer internships typically occur between May and September. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection.
Overview: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) provides hands-on experience to undergraduate and graduate students in their field and network with top scientists and researchers. Participants have access to unique facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in explosives detection and mitigation. Opportunity to enhance academic and professional preparation to pursue a career in disciplines that support the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The application can be found at https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DHS-TSL-Summer-2021. For more information, contact us at DHSed@orau.org.

Program Benefits:
• Stipend: Undergraduate students receive of $900 per week and graduate students will receive $1,100 per week.
• Housing Allowance: Provided to participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from their assigned hosting facility and are paying for housing while on site.

Program Eligibility:
• Be a United States (U.S.) citizen.
• Be at least 18 years of age by May 1, 2021.
• Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited college or university during the 2021 spring term.
• Have medical insurance during your time at the laboratory.
• Be able to commit to onsite, full-time participation for ten consecutive weeks.

New Opportunity!

Various

Overview: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is offering internship opportunities for students to gain hands-on, real world experience in the biotechnology industry. We seek students who are passionate about pursuing a career in research, clinical & drug development, manufacturing and/or business.

A typical internship includes:
• Getting paid for your hard work!
• Hands-on project work that has an impact on the business
• Engaging with Regeneron leadership
• Networking events with other interns
• Professional development sessions
• End of internship presentations
• Free food and swag

To be consider, individuals must:
• Be enrolled in, or accepted to, an academic program pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD (and be returning to school the semester following the internship).
• Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
• Be able to commit to 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks from the end of May through the beginning of August.
• Demonstrated leadership in areas such as campus activities, clubs, sports or the community is also preferred.

New Opportunity!

Overview: The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE), in collaboration with various partners including LSAMP Alliances, hosted a free speaker series for students. Topics include time management skills, preparing for graduate school, and exploring different careers and pathways in STEM. The recorded sessions can be found on the LSMRCE webpage https://lsmrce.org/students/speaker-series.aspx, as well as, on the LSMRCE YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLca8L4q9DMr4G4wfhXy3HhtIVTceavYNg.

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.