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 ( or 434-982-0310) with questions or additions. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.

New Opportunity!

April 15, 2019

Program Dates: June 30 - August 24, 2019

Overview: The Constellation Undergraduate Summer Program (CUSP) is an REU program that provides undergraduate research opportunities to work in High Energy Density Physics (HEDP). The Constellation Fellows are paired with host mentors that are some of the world’s pioneers and leaders in HEDP that comprise a nationwide network including UC San Diego (lead institution), UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the University of Chicago, and Florida A&M University. Research projects are related to the experimental, theoretical and computational study of material properties and energy transport of matter under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure. This research provides a unique blend of Fusion Energy Sciences, Computational & Experimental Plasma Physics, Nuclear Physics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics and employs some of the nation’s fastest supercomputers and cutting-edge facilities related to understanding matter under extreme conditions.

REU Participant Benefits: $4,000 stipend ($500/week); travel support to host institution and an allowance for 8 weeks of housing; assistance securing housing at the host institution; tutorials on high performance computing, numerical modeling, scientific visualization, and high performance computing; travel reimbursement and comprehensive training to move participants toward intellectual and research independence.

Application Requirements:
• Must be US citizen or permanent resident.
• Completed junior year with major in physical science or engineering (or equivalent) with a 3.0 GPA.
• Some exceptional sophomores will be considered.
• Background in astrophysics, plasma physics, or energy science is not required.
• Computer programming experience (Matlab, Python, C, Fortran, C++, etc) recommended but not essential.

New Opportunity!

April 12, 2019

Program Dates:May 19 - July 26, 2019

Overview: Undergraduate Robotics Research in Human-Swarm Interaction project will provide training, mentorship and support to undergraduate students so that they can become independent researchers in the area of robotics. Throughout the project, the faculty and graduate student mentors will encourage creative thinking and frequent interactions to enhance the students' problem-solving skills. Visit for more information about WVU Robotics research and educational activities.

REU Participant Benefits: Stipend of $5,000, lodging, meal expenses, travel reimbursement and comprehensive training to move participants toward intellectual and research independence. Participants will be expected to conduct research full-time, minimum of 4 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Application Requirements:
• Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories.
• Undergraduates enrolled at an institution of higher education (students from community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply).
• College sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of the fall 2019 semester;majoring in a robotics related STEM discipline (e.g., engineering, computer science, math, physics).
• Grade point average of 3.0 or above in STEM undergraduate coursework.


April 4-5, 2019

Overview: Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), located in midtown St. Louis, and National Science Foundation - HBCU- UP present a conversation about workable methods that could increase the number of African-Americans in STEM.  A free Community STEM event will be held on thursday, April 4th. Guest speakers include Dr. Aprille Ericsson, Rocket Scientist, Technologist & STEM Educator and Christopher Emdin, Professor of Science Education & Author and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy.

New Opportunity!

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
• 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 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 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:

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.