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!

March 2, 2020

Program Dates: June 14 - August 9, 2020
Overview: The International Research Experience for Students in Uzbekistan is a National Science Foundation funded program hosted at California State University, Fullerton. The program provides U.S. students with summer research experiences in Uzbekistan, the birthplace of algebra, under the mentorship of prominent Uzbek scientists. The U.S. students will spend 8 weeks at the research institutes of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences and at Urgench State University conducting research in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. The program has a rich cultural and professional development component including travel to the ancient Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Urgench, Nukus to learn about cultural and scientific heritage of Uzbekistan as well as visiting several universities. The application can be accessed at http://www.fullerton.edu/ires-uz/ires/apply.php. Please contact Dr. Zair Ibragimov if there are questions.

Program Benefits:
• Up to $3,500 Stipend
• Roundtrip flight to Uzbekistan (up to $1,500)
• Housing, meals and local transportation provided
• Overseas health and travel insurance provided
• Opportunity to engage in cutting edge research
• Many professional development activities
• Trips to ancient Silk Road cities
• Opportunity to take a short course in Russian and/or Uzbek languages

Program Eligibility:
• U.S. citizen or permanent resident
• Current junior or senior undergraduate students
• Must enroll as a college-level student in Fall 2020
• STEM majors with a minimum of 3.0 GPA
• Participants may not take courses during the program for academic credit
• No prior research experience required

New Opportunity!

March 1, 2020

Program Dates: May 20 – July 29, 2020
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign located in Champaign, IL
Please note this opportunity is only for community college students
Overview: Phenotypic Plasticity Research Experience for Community College Students (PRECS) is an opportunity for 10 community college students to conduct research for 10 weeks during the summer. PRECS is a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, located in Urbana, IL, and Parkland College, located Champaign, IL. The program will begin with a boot camp at Parkland College on topics ranging from specific laboratory methods to discussions of research ethics. Students will then join a research immersion program within a research lab at the University of Illinois in the area of phenotypic plasticity, the phenomenon of a single genotype producing multiple phenotypes depending on environment. Possible research projects include but are not limited to the interaction between genotype and ozone pollution on maize growth, the effect of environmental stress on neuroanatomy, and the interactions of genes and environment on fish behavior. Students will present their research at their home community college as well as at an undergraduate research symposium on the University of Illinois campus.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Full time commitment to 10 week program
• Current community college student
• US citizen or permanent resident
• Successful completion of General Biology I and General Chemistry I is preferred

Compensation:
• $6000 stipend
• Housing and food allowance
• Travel allowance
• 10-wk summer program including a boot camp to develop research skills followed by a research immersion
The application along with instructions can be found at https://precs.igb.illinois.edu/how-to-apply. Please email PRECS@igb.illinois.edu if you have questions.

New Opportunity!

March 1, 2020

Program Dates: June 1 - July 31, 2020
Overview: By combining Computer Science and Mathematics, Boise State University REU site (Computer Science Department) in data-driven security will provide a unique research opportunity for undergraduate students, who will learn how to bridge the gap between theory and practice and communicate across disciplines. Successful professionals in data-driven security need to know how a model works to be able to choose the most suitable one to solve a problem.

Program Features:
• 9 week research experience in data-driven security.
• Receive $5,400 stipend, free on campus housing and an allowance for meals.
• Travel funds to/from the Data-driven Security REU site.
• Participate in professional development workshops addressing research presentation skills, scientific writing and ethics.
• Attend scientific seminars and guest lectures by computer scientists and mathematicians.
• Be part of the summer community of collaborators, students and faculty, from all STEM disciplines and programs on campus.
• Opportunity to win a travel grant to present summer research results at a national conference.
• Opportunity to present at the 2020 Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
• Enjoy the various cultural and social activities in and around Boise.

How to Apply: Online application is available at https://sites.google.com/boisestate.edu/undergrad-data-driven/application. Please email Dr. Francesca Spezzano at francescaspezzano@boisestate.edu if there are questions.

New Opportunity!

February 24, 2020

Program Dates: June 1 - August 6, 2020
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2020
Overview: The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University. Through this program, scholars will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SU LSAMP research program was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students may apply for research opportunities in any of the following STEM disciplines: Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering (Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical), Information Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Nutrition Sciences, Physics, Statistics, Systems Science. Application can be downloaded at - https://lsamp.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/LSAMP-Summer-Research-Application-2020-web-accessible.pdf.

Program Benefits:
• $3500 research stipend
• Round-trip travel stipend of up to $150 (for students living outside of the Syracuse area)
• Free double occupancy room and board on the SU campus
• State-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computers, etc.
• Meals provided during group events

New Opportunity!

February 20, 2020

Program Dates: May 25 - July 31, 2020

Overview: Join undergraduates from around the country for a unique 10-week learning and living research experience in the southern Appalachians. Students conduct independent research in field ecology, evolution, behavior, and physiology under the supervision of resident scientists. REU program provides participants with take home a stipend of $6,000. It also covers all room and board expenses and has a project and travel budget. Program participants live together in eight-person cottages with shared living room and bath. Rooms are double-occupancy. Other housing arrangements can be made as needed. All station residents share three meals a day in the main dining hall.

The focus of scientific research at Mountain Lake Biological Station, and therefore of the REU program, is population biology at the intersection of field-based studies of ecology, evolution, and behavior. Student researchers work closely with researcher mentors in compatible areas of interest. Students take leadership roles in all aspects of the study; they design the study and prepare the proposal, collect data and perform analysis, and finally they interpret the results and prepare a written and oral presentation. Compared to many other REU programs, ours offers a high degree of independence in project choice and design. Email mlbs-reu@virginia.edu is you have any questions.

New Opportunity!

March 1, 2020

Program Dates: June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Overview: This intensive summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Scholars stay in suite-style housing, enjoy an on-campus meal plan, and have travel costs covered. Stipends range from $5,000 - $6,000. The program also features workshops for GRE prep, writing a personal statement, creating a research poster, and more. The application is available at https://srp.unl.edu/Application. Contact Casey Coleman if you have application or general questions about the Nebraska Summer Research Program. Each research program summary includes contact information so you can get in touch with the people best able to answer your program-specific questions.

List of Research Programs:
Applied Unmanned Systems
Beneficial Insects
Biomedical Engineering
Chemistry
Minority Health Disparities
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction
MRSEC
Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure
Plant and Microbiome
Redox Biology
Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure
Virology

New Opportunity!

February 10, 2020

Program Dates: Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, July 31, 2020
Overview: The REU program at the University of Kentucky provides a 10 week multidisciplinary summer research and education experience for rising junior and senior undergraduates in the area of Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices. Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices focuses on the novel design of architectures that interact with biological systems and promote a desired response. These advanced architectures have numerous applications ranging from tissue engineering, to sensing systems, to drug delivery. REU students will have the opportunity to learn about three cross-disciplinary research themes that form the foundation of the research in this area. They include 1) “Novel Bioactive Architectures”, 2) “Cell/Protein Interactions at Interfaces”, and 3) “Integration into Devices”. The program involves faculty and graduate student mentors from various academic programs including Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Stipend: $5,000, housing on campus, & up to $300 in relocation expenses
Application Process: The National Science Foundation now has an online application process. Please click on the “Applicants” tab. The “General Information” tab will walk you through registering on the site and the application process. At the Site Selection, please choose “Univ of KY: Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices.” Contact Melissa Brown at melissa.brown1@uky.edu if there are any questions.

New Opportunity!

February 10, 2020

Program Dates: June 1 to August 7, 2020
Overview: The Undergraduate Biology Education Research Version 3 (UBERV3) REU Site is a nine-week, NSF-funded program to involve undergraduates in designing and conducting research on undergraduate biology teaching and learning with mentorship from faculty from the University of Georgia Division of Biological Sciences and College of Education. The goals of the program are to develop undergraduates’ knowledge and skills in biology education research, encourage undergraduates to pursue doctoral study of biology teaching and learning, expand the diversity of the talent pool in biology education research, and contribute to the development of theory and knowledge about biology education in ways that can inform undergraduate biology instruction. Participants will receive a stipend of $4,500 plus food allowance of $500 ($5000 total), housing is provided along with travel assistance. Please contact Peggy Brickman (Director), PhD, Department of Plant Biology if you have questions. The application is available at http://uber.coe.uga.edu/application/.

Eligibility:
• Must be planning to return to an undergraduate degree program in the subsequent fall.
• Must not have graduated or expect to graduate in the year of the program.
• You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
• Applications from students from minority-serving institutions and/or majoring in biology, education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and statistics are especially encouraged.

New Opportunity!

February 15 for Summer 2020 | June 1 for Fall 2020 | 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 Opportunity!

April 1, 2020 for Fall 2020

Overview: The African Ecology and Conservation program centers on learning to do quality field research in South Africa’s varied biomes. The course travels through national parks and reserves and visits historical sites from the far north of the country to the Cape. Students spend the majority of the semester in Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the oldest national park in South Africa. Students are mentored by local and international academics, conservation managers, and other practitioners in ecology and conservation. By designing research projects with their professors, students will contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in South African National Parks. A highlight of the course is a three-night homestay in a rural community; students leave touched by their time shared with the community and gain a deeper sense of cultural and social awareness.
Prerequisites: OTS semester programs are open to all undergraduate students in good standing with their home institution who are at least 18 years of age and have a minimum 2.7 GPA. Students applying to the African Ecology and Conservation program must have completed the equivalent of one year (or two semesters) of college-level biology (or related coursework). If you are unsure if you meet these requirements, please email undergraduate@tropicalstudies.org. Information about tuition, housing/meals, safety and other topics may be found by clicking the links or visiting the Organization for Tropical Studies website.

New Opportunity!

January 15, 2020 - Selections will be made on a rolling basis and continue until slots are filled.

Program Dates: June 1 to August 7, 2019
Overview: The Pathways to Computing Internship Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with research projects in computer science, computational science, and mathematics. Students will learn under the direction of ORNL research staff and will participate on projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to ORNL's leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer.
As a part of the ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation's most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide-range of backgrounds and perspectives and all are encouraged to apply. The goal of the program is to improve opportunities and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the computing field; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends ($600) are paid on a biweekly schedule and there will be a delay after starting before you receive. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment. Individuals receive $175 per week housing allowance (paid with stipend) and limited travel reimbursement (up to $500 total) if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge.

Qualifications:
• Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in a degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at time of application (including accredited community colleges)
• Full-time enrollment status is determined by the number of hours or courses the school requires for full-time attendance (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service)
• Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
• Freshmen (at time of application) are not eligible and Advanced Placement credits or other undergraduate credits obtained prior to undergraduate enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement.
• Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Be 18 years of age at time of application
• Have medical insurance effective for entire term of appointment - information on effective dates during appointment period will be required at time of appointment acceptance
• Have two academic or professional recommenders

New Opportunity!

March 1, 2020

Overview: Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) provides undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Allied Health Science majors are not eligible for this program. Scholarships require students to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Student scholarships and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during the summer semester are available.

Eligibility:
• 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins.
• Cumulative minimum grade point average 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
• Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to undergrad@​anl.​gov.
• School Verification form emailed to undergrad@​anl.​gov.
• Satisfactory background check.
• Pass a screening drug test.

New Opportunity!

Monday, March 13, 2020

Overview: Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:
• Must be a U.S. citizen
• Must enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions (College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech)
• Must have completed at least one year of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) undergraduate program and be classified as a sophomore during the 2020-2021 academic year.
• Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM or supporting NASA’s mission
• Award is contingent upon review of spring 2020 final transcript
• Sophomores must not graduate before May 2023.
• Students who are members of a federally recognized minority which include ethnicities such as African American, Native American, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 Opportunity!

March 1, 2020 (Summer)

Program Dates: 10 weeks

Overview: The Student Research Participation (SRP) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research internships. A student will spend the first week of his/her Argonne experience with an Argonne staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance to implement the research plan. Subsequently, the student will be required to give a poster presentation at the end of their appointment.

In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of weekly seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering and career development. During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. Dormitory type lodging is available on site at no direct cost to the student.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year of schooling by the start of the program
• Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to undergrad@anl.gov
• Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• 18 years or older at the time the internship begins
• U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying
• Pass a screening drug test

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 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.