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!

February 22, 2019

Program Dates: June 10 - August 16, 2019
Location: Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA
Overview: The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies, introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, professional development workshops, group activities and field trips to explore Catalina Island's unique ecosystems. This program will be especially beneficial for undergraduate students with a strong interest in pursuing graduate school or a career in marine science and research. Competitive applicants will have at least a 3.25 GPA, one semester of chemistry, one semester of biology, and one semester of calculus or statistics.

Participant Benefits:
• A stipend of $500/week
• Housing at the WMSC on Catalina Island and at USC's main campus in Los Angeles
• Access to waterfront, kayaks, wet suits, and snorkeling gear
• Reimbursement for travel from home institutions, up to $500
• Transportation between the WMSC (Catalina) and USC's main campus (mainland)

New Opportunity!

March 5, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Location: Various national laboratories and private industries across the United States
Program Dates: 10 weeks
Overview: The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to intern at federal national laboratories and private sector organizations throughout the United States. This program is a partnership between the public and private sectors to continue the development of the future robotics technical, engineering, and advanced manufacturing workforce.
Interns will be assigned to research projects and/or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at the host facility. Recent high school graduates, postgraduates with an associate degree, and undergraduate students will receive a stipend of $600 per week. Interns will be reimbursed for inbound-outbound travel expenses to their appointment site, up to a combined maximum of $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site. Interns whose home location is more than 50 miles from the hosting site will receive a $150 per week housing allowance.

New Opportunity!

February 24, 2019

Location: Participants will work from home
Program Dates: Artificial Intelligence, 10-weeks and Virtual Reality, 5 & 10 week tracks
Overview: Discovery Lab - Global (DLG), a nonprofit entrepreneurial STEM lab, is offering engineering & computer science college freshmen a no-cost, hands-on summer senior-capstone-like project experience from among the following high demand, advanced technology areas to help accelerate their technical and professional development. The opportunity is no-cost and spare-time/flex-time to accommodate a student's other summer commitments; e.g. family vacation, summer job, etc -- with both a 5-week and a more advanced 10-week option. This project-based opportunity provides STEM learning experiences in Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, 3D Printed Drone Engineering, Wearable Tech, Telepresence Robotics, etc.

New Opportunity!

March 15, 2019

Program Dates: May 26 - August 2, 2019
Overview: The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor. The program is designed to provide participants in-depth exposure to actual biomedical research. Participants will develop career-building connections with faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and peers. The program encourages participants to consider biomedical research as a viable career choice. Over 33% of former participants have subsequently pursued MD, PhD or MD/PhD training.
Participants have an immersive experience preforming cutting edge research in a broad range of topic areas including: Cancer Biology, Immunology & Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Bioinformatics. Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend of $4000. Stipends are paid to participants in three payments over the ten-week program. Travel and housing are paid for and arranged by the program. Participants engage in networking sessions with UMMS leaders, faculty and trainees. Participants prepare and present a professional research poster. Poster may be subsequently presented at national scientific conferences. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Provost’s Office.

New Opportunity!

February 15, 2019 ***Will accept applications until all positions are filled.

Program Dates: May 18 - July 27, 2019
Overview: The Departments of Engineering, Kinesiology, and Physical Therapy at East Carolina University will conduct a 10 week summer research program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for 10 undergraduate students. The goal of the BME-SIM REU is to provide a quality research experience to undergraduate students in order to increase awareness of and application to graduate school. At the end of the program students will have a better understanding of how to conduct research, an increased awareness of graduate school, clarification and reinforcement of a STEM career path, and greater identification as an engineer/scientist. Through the REU program students will be exposed to cutting edge research utilizing advanced computational models with applications in biomedical engineering. A LIVE webinar will be conducted on February 4th, 7-7:30PM EST to learn more about the program - https://mediasite.ecu.edu/MS/Play/01f3a3dfe9854c64800d1557caa3fcfb1d.
The program seeks rising juniors and seniors from accredited undergraduate institutions who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to work on a research protocol with senior faculty members. Applicants should have a strong academic record in engineering, basic sciences, math, computer science, or other related disciplines. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as those from academic institutions with limited research opportunities. Applications from community college students who are transitioning to four-year institutions or within a semester from transferring are also encouraged to apply. Each selected participant will receive a $5000 stipend, on-campus housing, dining plan, and travel to the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (October 2019) in Philadelphia, PA. Funds to travel to the REU site are available as needed. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Stephanie George (georges@ecu.edu) or Dr. Zachary Domire (domirez@ecu.edu).

New Opportunity!

February 22, 2019

Program Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2019
Notification of acceptance: April 1, 2019
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.

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

February 23, 2019

Symposium Dates: February 22 - 23, 2019
Location: Hilton Lisle (DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle) 3003 Corporate West Drive - Lisle, IL - 6053219
Overview: The Illinois LSAMP Program and the Center for STEM Education and Research invites you to participate in the 2019 Symposium focusing on underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The Symposium provides a unique opportunity to present research, network with students and faculty, interact with industry professionals, and participate in educational sessions. Educational sessions will cover the following topics: Bridge to the Doctorate Program, international research, how to converse with scientists, educational transitions, charting your path through graduate school and demystifying scientific engagement.

New Opportunity!

February 15, 2019

Program Dates: June 17 – August 16, 2019
Overview: The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures. Over 30 faculty from 7 different departments are involved. REU students will have the opportunity to contribute to a research project led by a center faculty member and will participate in interdisciplinary research group meetings, expanding their science and engineering experience into a range of fields. Students with an interest in nanomaterials and majoring in a science or engineering field are encouraged to apply. Each student will be assigned to a graduate student or post-doctoral associate mentor who will work closely with them.

At the end of the REU program, the participants will write a technical paper and give a 15-minute oral presentation on their research at a symposium open to the public. Other program activities include a field trip to a national or industrial lab, a beach party for social networking, a panel discussion on graduate school admissions, and seminars by Northwestern faculty and graduate students. Participants are paid a $4,500.00 stipend, receive a travel allowance, and are provided with on-campus housing. Visit to https://application.mrsec.northwestern.edu/?p=u apply. For further information, contact mrc-reu@northwestern.edu, 847.467.0470.

New Opportunity!

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2019

Program Dates: May 26 - August 3, 2019
Overview: Funded by the Human Resources Development (Engineering) at the National Science Foundation, this Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is dedicated to nanomaterials for energy and biological applications. Annually, this site will provide 10 undergraduate students with a unique and immersive 10-week research experience infused with training and professional development programming. Nanotechnology represents an exciting and multidisciplinary topic at the forefront of discovery-based science, and is well-suited to accommodate undergraduate researchers from a broad range of STEM disciplines. To apply please complete the online Application Form (click here) and upload (1) Résumé and (2) A letter of recommendation from one of your references (if you do not have one ready please send it by email before the deadline or if the referee wants to send the letter directly he/she can email it to indi@iupui.edu.

Benefits & Qualifications 
• Must be US citizens or permanent residents.
• The program pays a stipend of $5,000.
• Travel and registration reimbursements of up to $1,000 will be covered to attend and present at a national conference.
Non-Local Students
• Up to $2,275 for REU student participants to cover for 10 weeks in fully furnished Campus Apartments with kitchen and other appliances.
• Up to $500 for REU student participants to cover the round-trip ticket to travel to IUPUI.
• Participants are required to attend entire 10 weeks, all weekly meetings, seminars, field trips, and workshops.

New Opportunity!

February 15, 2019

Overview: The NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) announces its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2019. The REU program will fund undergraduate students to work in CMaT labs at Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Georgia (UGA), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).

What this research program offers:
• 10 weeks of hands-on research at GT, UGA, UPRM, or UW
• $4500 - $5000 stipend per student
• Free housing and allowances for meals and travel
• Grad school prep, faculty mentoring, professional development, and social engagement with other students on campus
• Networking with partner REUs
• Multiple presentation opportunities including the CMaT annual retreat

New Opportunity!

February 15, 2019, but placements begin in early January

Program Dates: May 28 - August, 2019
Overview: The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering in cooperation with the Graduate School, NSF's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the 3M Foundation hosts a summer research experience for undergraduate students from May 28, 2019 (travel day) through August 3, 2019 (travel day). Participants will spend ten weeks conducting laboratory research in an area of engineering or the physical sciences. Students are exposed to other research available on campus through weekly meetings and faculty seminars, and participate in social activities with current graduate students. At the conclusion of the program, students submit their research paper and present their research in an interdisciplinary poster session. All participants receive a $5,000 stipend, food allowance, transportation to and from the program, and housing for the 10-weeks.

New Scholarship!

March 11, 2019

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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 2019 final transcript
• Sophomores must not graduate before May 2022.
• 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 Opportunity!

February 22, 2019 at 5pm EST

Program Dates: May 26 - August 2, 2019
Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Overview: The program is provides undergraduates from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to conduct research on campus and to educate participants about graduate education. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines spend ten weeks during the summer, working closely with a faculty mentor in a mentor/protege relationship to design, conduct and present a scholarly research presentation. Interns will be provided with a stipend of $3000, GRE classes each week, on-campus housing, a meal plan, workshops on graduate education and research, an off-campus retreat, and luncheons. The program is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only, who will continue their undergraduate studies in the fall of 2019. Please call 540.231.5023 for additional information.

New Opportunity!

February 20, 2019

Program Dates: May 27 - August 2, 2019

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. REUs are internships that include all station costs, travel, and a $5,500 stipend. 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, 2019

Overview: As temporary employees, students earn a salary and are expected to possess the skills required to do the assigned task when they arrive. Understanding the scientific basis for the work is generally not emphasized. Unlike research internships, research aide appointments are considered jobs. Research Aides receive a salary and under certain conditions, travel reimbursement. Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student. If travel reimbursement is approved, it will be paid only for students whose permanent and school addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne.

Application Requirements:
• 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!

March 1, 2019 (Summer) | June 30, 2019 (Fall)

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 Opportunity!

January 28, 2019

Overview: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 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:
• U.S. citizen
• Enrolled as full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) at one of the five VSGC member institutions
• In a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM which supports NASA’s mission
• Grade point average of at least 3.0
• Graduating May 2020 or later
• Enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech

New search tool!

Pathways to Science.org: 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: http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?descriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity

For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search page:http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv
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!

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.