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 7, 2022

Program Dates: May 31 - August 5, 2022
Overview: This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers a unique interdisciplinary experience that integrates cutting-edge data science techniques and the design of novel materials. REU students will be introduced to the field of Materials Informatics and learn how to apply artificial intelligence tools to create novel materials with preferred characteristics.
This program provides a combination of transformative curriculum developed by UB faculty in the Department of Materials Design and Innovation, with hands-on training and professional development. Students will present their results to the group for their culminating experience. The internship includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities, aimed at preparing a future generation of materials scientists who fluent in both materials science and information science.

Eligibility:
All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals. Students from groups underrepresented in STEM and non-research focused institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior research experience required. The 10 week program runs from the day after Memorial Day through the first week of August. Flights to and from the internship location in Buffalo, NY and housing in the University at Buffalo dorms will be covered. Students that require on-site housing will check into their dorms on May 30 and check out on Saturday, August 6.

Program Highlights:
Participants earn a $6,000 stipend, hands-on training, scientific presentation skills workshops, seminars on current research, professional development, career mentoring, and social events. The application is available at https://www.buffalo.edu/reu/apply.html. Use the Contact Us page if there are any questions

New Opportunity!

January 14, 2022

Program Dates: May 30, 2020 - July 29, 2021
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 $7,800 stipend (this year the stipend includes an allowance for meals and housing).
• 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 2021 Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR).

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!

January 12, 2022 5:00 PM EST

Overview: The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. Use the following link to access the application page. Questions, reach out using the contact page or email sc.suli@science.doe.gov.

New Opportunity!

January 12, 2022 5:00 PM EST

Overview: The Community College Internships (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Applications for the CCI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer (May through August), Fall (August through December), and Spring (January through May) Terms. In the Fall and Spring Terms, there is an option for a “flex-schedule” where the equivalent of 400 hours spent onsite at a host lab can be spread over a 16 week duration term. This option is available at the discretion of host labs. Under a flex-schedule, weekly stipends are based on a 40 hours/week payment, prorated accordingly, with any housing allowance being based upon a 10-week duration appointment. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. Use the following link to access the application page. Questions, reach out using the contact page or email sc.cci@science.doe.gov.

New Opportunity!

January 28, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

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 $3,000 during the 2022-2023 academic year and $3,500 during summer 2022 or 2023 (must specify in application). Individuals can also receive $1,000 for materials and travel to support research activities conducted during the academic year, and/or $1,000 research allocation during the summer 2022 or 2023 (if doing summer research). The maximum award per year cannot exceed $8,500.  

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 2023 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 Opportunity!

December 31, 2021

Program Dates: Full time for 10 weeks between June - August 2022
Application Deadline: December 31, 2021

Overview: Applications are now being accepted for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s 2022 William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship Program. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate (sophomore and junior status only) or graduate degree program, and be a U.S. Citizen willing to undergo a security background check. US citizenship must be in hand by Feb 1, 2022. Students from the following majors are welcome to apply: math, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering, and social science. Other STEM majors.

Project Examples:

  • Activities that improve the understanding of forecasting problems
  • Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development
  • Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting
  • Development of improved forecast tools (including those that use GIS)
  • Coding and testing of data visualization systems (using Python and other coding mechanisms)
  • Improving air quality and dispersion models and analysis tools
  • Incorporation of social science to communicate forecast uncertainty and enhance IDSS
  • Improving understanding of ocean-atmosphere interactions via modeling or analysis
  • Developing and fostering decision support and communications on urban heat and air quality
  • Establishing new science and technology to convert raw satellite data into critical information for strategic decision-makers
  • Supporting evaluation and testing of ocean models

Compensation:

  • Internship stipend ($5000)
  • Furnished dormitory-style housing
  • Travel allowance to get to and from the internship site
  • Payment of abstract fee for AMS or AGU conference
  • ID cards and subsidies for use of Metro or other transportation to/from dorms to work site

Program Details: https://vlab.noaa.gov/web/lapenta-internship-program/program-details
Application instructions: https://vlab.noaa.gov/web/lapenta-internship-program/home

New Opportunity!

October 20, 2021

Event Date: October 29, 2021; 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021 @ 11:59 PM CST

Overview: The First Look@ Argonne Conference is a half-day, immersive experience for students who are part of an Underrepresented Group (URG) within the U.S. and U.S. Territories to learn about Argonne's multidisciplinary science portfolio, robust internship programs, and the scientific staff dedicated to this scientific work and developing the next generation of researchers.

This year's conference will be held virtually and will allow students to:
1. Learn about the Department of Energy (DOE) complex and Argonne’s mission science research.
2. Explore Argonne’s campus and research facilities virtually.
3. Network with Argonne researchers and engineers across the many different STEM disciplines.
4. Learn about summer and year-round research opportunities for undergraduate students.
5. Connect with current and past interns.
6. Consider participation in a tandem event, Mini-Semester, to further prepare you for an internship at a national laboratory.

Details about the target audience and registration requirements can found here. Individuals should register at https://cvent.me/XneZlo. If you have questions contact Robert Schuch, University Student Program Coordinator, at rschuch@anl.gov.

New Opportunity!

January 31, 2022 at 11:59 EST

Program Dates:
Overview: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Application can be accessed at https://oedwebdbapps.iso.noaa.gov/uspa/

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.