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!

January 3, 2020

Overview: The DOE Scholars Program is designed to provide opportunities and attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates to appointments that are carefully designed to help prepare participants towards the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within DOE and organizations that support the DOE mission. DOE Scholars Program will introduce highly qualified students and postgraduates to DOE missions, functions, and operations. All components must be submitted via Zintellect, the ORISE online application system. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered. Additional information can be found on the how to apply page or the FAQ page.
Qualifications:
• Be a U.S. citizen.
• Be at least 18 years of age.
• Meet one of the following conditions:
a). Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution of higher education.
b). Have completed an undergraduate (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) or graduate (M.S., DVM, Ph.D., or equivalent) degree within five years of the application deadline.
c). Be a U.S. military Veteran who has been honorably discharged and/or who has been medically discharged because of a service-connected disability and who received a college degree in an appropriate discipline within ten years of the desired start date.
d). Have completed a qualifying certificate program within one year of the desired start date. The qualifying certificate program must be offered by an accredited academic institution; must require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent; must be in an appropriate science, technology, engineering, or math discipline; and should be related to or complement a prior degree earned (bachelor’s degree or higher).
• Must be pursuing a degree or have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.

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

February 3, 2020

Program Dates: May 18-August 7, 2020
Overview: The Summer Internships in Science & Technology (SIST) program offers undergraduate sophomores and juniors majoring in physics, engineering (mechanical, electrical and computer), materials science, mathematics, and computer science the opportunity to conduct research with Fermilab scientists and engineers. SIST, established in 1970, is the longest operating internship program in the Department of Energy National Laboratory system.
SIST aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in scientific research and the engineering workforce. The 12-week paid internship consists of a work assignment, an academic lecture series and a final report presented orally to Fermilab staff and submitted to the laboratory in writing. There are no grades or quizzes.

Qualifications:
• 2019-2020 undergraduate sophomores and juniors
• 4-year, U.S. college or university enrollment
• 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
• Eligible to work in the United States

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!

February 5, 2020

Program Dates: May 26 – July 31, 2020
Location: University of Pennsylvania campus located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Overview: The CatResDev REU at Penn Chemistry will offer undergraduates (UGs) with limited previous experience in research exposure, including students from underrepresented minority (URM) backgrounds. This site will provide projects in the areas of catalysis and molecular dynamics with cross-over into the methods associated with high throughput experimentation (HTE) while learning the fundamentals of success in science via training, mentoring, and industrial partnerships. The program brings together a diverse network of 70 academic and industrial collaborators to provide opportunities for meaningful career pathways and to increase competitiveness for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.
The Penn Chemistry research areas span a significant space across catalysis: method development, catalyst development, and synthetic applications, as well as extension into molecular dynamics and beyond. CatResDev will expose REU students to high throughput experimentation (HTE) techniques that are unique to Penn Chemistry and currently in high demand. Exposure to HTE will provide a distinct experience and role models for UGs with long-term leverage into both academic and industrial pathways. CatResDev will provide REU students research and professional development training to prepare them for advanced degrees in STEM. The major focus of the research is on catalysis, which allows chemical processes to occur more efficiently and in a more environmentally sound manner, thus saving time and money. The research conducted is anticipated to have positive impacts in diverse chemistry-based sectors of the United States economy, including those involving pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies, while having a favorable effect on sustainable energy and the environmentally sound production of all manner of materials as well.
REU students will receive a $5000 plus housing and travel expenses. If you have any questions contact reu-pennchemistry@sas.upenn.edu or anamayol@sas.upenn.edu.

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!

January 12, 2020

Program Dates: June 1 to August 7, 2020
Overview: The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Application information can be found at - https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/applicants/default.html.
The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals, and this program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM. As a MLEF participant, you will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. During the 10-week appointment, you will receive a weekly stipend, and may be eligible for housing and travel allowances. You will also gain insight into how the Department of Energy is working to meet the energy challenges of the future. Learn more by participating in two upcoming webinars on December 4, 2019 - https://orise.orau.gov/mlef/events/webinars.html.

Qualifications:
• Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
• Be a U.S. Citizen
• Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
• At time of application, be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral level.
• Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application. Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2020.
• Be available to participate in the full 10-week program.

New Opportunity

February 14, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. CST.

Program Dates: May 25 - July 31, 2020
Location: University of Southern California - Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island
Overview: The OSU Urban Horticulture REEU is a program that will introduce undergraduates to the world of horticulture sciences and agricultural research. If you like plants, have interest in locally-produced foods, enjoy teaching, or think graduate school might be in your future, you should definitely apply. If you are unsure, please email the Program Director Charles Fontanier (charles.fontanier@okstate.edu) if you have any questions.
Where you will live & Stipend: Students will be housed in one of OSU’s on-campus residence halls. Each student will have a private bedroom and shared living space (two students per unit). Students who choose not to use the program sponsored housing will be required to obtain and pay for their own housing. Individuals will receive $400 per week for 10 weeks for standard fellowships; students chosen to be Camp TURF counselors will receive $500 per week over the 10 weeks.
Who Can Apply: Anyone over the age of 18 (by May 25, 2020) and enrolled as a full-time student in a school of higher education for Fall 2020. This includes both two-year and four-year institutions.
Typical Week: Your typical week will be Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm with an hour break for lunch. Three to four days each week, you will work with your research mentor on your own research or some other aspect of his/her program. This may include establishing plants, maintaining plants, working in a laboratory setting, and collecting data. Approximately one day per week, you will work with our Student Farm manager to maintain vegetables, build raised beds, install irrigation, etc. The final day of each week will be a wild card that might include field trips or educational workshops. Students will not have structured events in the evenings but may have homework assignments or library research related to their projects. In some cases, students will be responsible for maintaining their research projects over the weekend but otherwise would have weekends free.

New Opportunity!

Application window: January 1st - February 14th, 2020

Program Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
Location: University of Southern California - Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island
Overview: Join us for a 10-week research experience like no other. Students are paired with faculty mentors and near-peer mentors to conduct independent but guided research at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island ...the perfect setting to study diverse marine ecosystems. Gain: research experience, hands-on training in the lab, special seminars and discussions on coastal research, professional development, networking with a global scientific community, opportunities to explore Catalina Island, stipend, housing, travel costs. Contact Dr. Diane Kim, Undergraduate Programs Director USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, (213.740.8776 / wies-reu@usc.edu / dianekim@usc.edu) if you have any questions.

Eligibility:
• completed one year of biology and chemistry
• will be enrolled as an undergraduate in Fall 2020
• are U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents of the U.S.
• Special consideration will be given to students who attend a university or college in Southern California and/or institutions with limited research training opportunities

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 Scholarship!

January 31, 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:
• 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)
• Be a junior or senior during the 2020-2021 academic year
• 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 2021 or later

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 Opportunity!

January 21, 2020

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks)

Overview: 10-week internship program for undergraduate and graduate STEM students from Minority Serving Institutions funded by DOE Office of Environmental Management.

Application Requirements:
• Complete the online application, HERE.
• Submit an unofficial transcript
• Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI)
• Be pursuing a STEM degree
• Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Be a U.S. citizen
• Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in an internship

New Opportunity!

January 9, 2020 5:00 PM EST

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks), Fall and Spring (15 weeks)

Overview: 10-week internship program that provides community college students with a technical training experience funded by Department of Energy. During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising 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. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, make a poster presentation, complete and submit a 6-8 page project report. In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering. Students also participate in career professional development workshops.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
• Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
• 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 9, 2020 5:00 PM EST

Program Dates: Summer (10 weeks), Fall and Spring (15 weeks)

Overview: Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE’s mission. This work is supported through the DOE’s Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS). Applications are solicited annually three times a year through the DOE website for each of the terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms. 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.

A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising 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. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, oral or poster presentation, 1500 - 3000 word research report, and a one-page peer review. In addition to their research activities, participants are provided tours of the facilities and attend a series of seminars in current topics in science and engineering and career development.

Application Requirements:
• Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
• Submit two (2) letters of recommendation
• 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!

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.