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Research Opportunities

Washington University in St. Louis
The Outreach Group at The Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis would like to remind you that we are now accepting applications for our program,

Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR).  The OGR programs are directed to increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue Ph.D.¹s in genomics and related fields. OGR provides students with a mentored research experience at Washington University, as well as other engaging activities to prepare students for competitive Ph.D. programs.

We have two OGR programs that may be of interest to you, Undergraduate Scholars, an eight-week summer program and Extensive Study, a one-year post-baccalaureate program. Both programs include conducting research with premier investigators in genomics and genetics as well as disciplines such as: cancer biology, molecular biology, immunology, and others. We provide a competitive stipend/salary, housing (summer program only), and travel to St. Louis.

Our application is now available online, I have also attached a flier with additional program information.

OGR important dates to remember:
Application opens  (all OGR programs) - Dec. 5, 2014 Early decision deadline - Feb. 6, 2015 Regular deadline ­ Mar. 20, 2015 Extensive

Study deadline ­ May 1, 2015

Program dates
Undergraduate Scholars ­ May 28, 2015 ­ July 31, 2015 Extensive Study ­
Aug. 3, 2015 ­ June 30, 2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Research Programs 
The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a number of Summer Research Opportunities to undergraduate students.  These are unique opportunities for undergraduates to work closely with faculty mentors and graduate students in their major discipline. Students accepted into research programs are matched with faculty whose expertise and interests match the student’s research interest. Students gain valuable skills for success in post-graduate studies and careers in their chosen field. Upon completing their summer research, students have the opportunity to present and receive reviews of their individual work.  The SROP goal is to create a diverse academic environment by increasing the number of traditionally underrepresented students in UW-Madison graduate programs and ultimately the professoriate.


2015 SING Workshop - applications now being accepted
The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will once again be hosting the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) Workshop. The workshop will take place from August 2-9, 2015, at the IGB to discuss genomics as a tool for Native American communities and assist in the training of Native Americans in the concepts and methods currently used in genomics.

The aims of the workshop are to facilitate discussions on indigenous values and whether scientific methods can be beneficially incorporated with these values, and to provide awareness of how genomics is currently used as a tool to assist in projects focused on natural resources, history and biomedicine. Additional instruction in fundamental concepts and methods in genomics and bioinformatics, including both theoretical aspects and practical laboratory- and computer-based training, will take place. 

More information and the online application can be found at:


Summer Research Opportunity- Biophysics
The program takes place May 12 – July 31 in North Carolina. NIH provides full funding for this course, to include travel, housing, meals, course costs, and a stipend. Details can be found here:

This program will introduce minority and underrepresented students to the field of biophysics, an interdisciplinary subject that applies the principles of physics, math, and chemistry to biology. Students will:

- participate in lectures and seminars on the dynamic and growing field of biophysics.

- work in a lab on their own independent research project.

- meet faculty members from graduate programs across the country. 


The Biophysical Society Summer Research Program takes place at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Summer Program participants at UNC will:

- take a weekend beach trip with other summer students to the nearby Atlantic Ocean.

- visit Duke University labs and gardens, located only 20 minutes from Chapel Hill.

- spend the summer living and enjoying the culture of beautiful Chapel Hill!


The priority deadline for applications is February 16. Applicants can be continuing undergraduates or finishing their degree this spring. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate school!

Postbac Prgm. in Math, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Plan. Sciences

  • One year or two year program with the option of pursuing the Masters, including one summer
  • Full academic year stipend, (10 months each academic year) full tuition waiver, full summer stipend and $2000 travel fund
  • Advanced key undergraduate or graduate classes in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics or Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Participation in independent research
  • Mentoring by faculty, near-peers and other program advisors
  • Preparation for graduate school application
  • GRE preparation
  • Professional and career development activities
  • Social and collegial activities

U-M Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
Summer undergraduate research experiences offer students the opportunity to participate in exciting projects, mentored by and working side-by-side with some of the brightest minds in science. In line with our mission to be at the forefront of research frontiers, many programs for undergraduates are available not only within PIBS, but also across the greater University.

Harvard University’s Molecules, Cells, and Organisms Ph.D. Training Program 
In partnership with Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Leadership Alliance Consortium, this program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct research with a Harvard faculty member, present their science in poster and oral presentations, receive a stipend, housing, meal plan, and transportation to and from the Harvard campus.

 Program dates are June 8–August 16, 2015 and the application deadline is February 1, 2015. We would welcome applications from your students and appreciate if you would forward this information to your community.
For more information about the program, please visit the following sites:
Harvard MCO program website:
Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard website:


NSF REU Program at the University of Utah
The University of Utah is accepting applications for our National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  Ten students will have the opportunity to engage in cutting edge research (on a project of their choice) between June 1st and July 31st, 2015.  In addition to the valuable research training the students will receive, our program will hold joint events (both academically and socially) with the other REU programs on campus, such as those in MRSEC and the Physics and Astronomy Department.  For more details, I have attached a digital brochure of our REU program.  Please share this opportunity with your outstanding undergraduates and encourage them to apply. If there are other pools of qualified students in your institution, we would appreciate it if you could forward this announcement to them, too.

The application process is simple and can be completed online (link below).  We need to receive these applications by March 15, 2015. 


2015 UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Announcement
This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member and his/her research team, communicate their science in poster and oral presentations, prepare for graduate school, and receive a stipend, housing, meal allowance, and transportation to and from the UC Berkeley campus.

Program dates are June 1 - August 7, 2015 and the application deadline is Monday, February 2, 2015.

For more information about the program, please visit the following sites:
UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Website at
National Amgen Scholars Program Website at

Summer Research Opportunity! UNM's 2015 Undergraduate Pipeline Network Summer Research Program Application is NOW open!
We are now accepting applications for The Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) summer research experience at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center.  The application deadline is February 20, 2015. 

 The UPN program seeks to cultivate student interest in research while helping them develop the skills needed to apply for and succeed in post-baccalaureate education. During the ten-week summer program, UPN students conduct full-time research, mentored by their lab Principal Investigator (PI) and team of postdocs, technicians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. In addition, students participate in weekly seminars and team-building activities focused on professional development and networking. This year our program will run from May 28 through August 6, 2015, and requires a full time commitment from our students, who work on average of 40 hours per week. UPN students receive an academic fellowship (stipend) of up to $5000 for the summer.
The goals of our program are to provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to:
·         Conduct biomedical or community-based/health disparities research for 10 weeks at a nationally recognized Health Sciences Center
·         Build credentials for graduate, medical or other professional training.
·         Improve writing, presentation and interview skills
·         Assist in the design, collection, processing & analysis of scientific data.
·         Learn cutting-edge research techniques and use state-of-the-art technology.
·         Present their research to the New Mexico scientific community.
·         Receive a summer stipend of up to $5000.
·         Experience so many interesting things” while having “a wonderful time” and a “great summer,” according to past participants.
With the mission of preparing and recruiting the next generation of research scientists and clinicians, we hope to expose students to the breadth of opportunities that exist within the fields of biomedical and community-based research. Please encourage students who are interested in research to apply for our program. 
Our program information and application can be found at the links listed below:


Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2015
Program Description:  Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate majors are invited to apply for a ten-week (May 24- July 31, 2015) research program. Program participants will receive a stipend of $5,000, a travel allowance, and housing. Participants supported by must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.  
REU students carry out a research project under the direction of a faculty member in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry with a number of projects involving interdisciplinary research perspectives. Contributions by undergraduate participants often result in publication of papers in the peer-reviewed literature with the student listed as an author.  In addition to full time research, students participate in a number of professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs, and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on the Georgia Tech campus.   Students interested in a career in research are encouraged to apply.  Please use the website above to apply to the Chemistry and Biochemistry REU Program at Georgia Tech. 



Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more. 

Summer 2015 programs include:
During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Monday, February 2 and all applications must be completed by Monday, March 2. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.
Program Description
CU LSAMP-REU is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP-REU was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • A research stipend of $4,000
  • A round-trip travel stipend up to $300 for students living outside of Ithaca, NY 
  • A double room in a residential hall
  • A campus bus pass or a campus parking pass
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computer/study lounges, etc.
Application Deadline:
15 FEB. 2015

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has more summer research opportunities than any other institutions. The application for Summer 2015 is available at this website:


Caltech is committed to promoting diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented.    Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math leaders.  The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

The WAVE Fellows program is generously supported by Edison International and the Genentech Foundation.

2015 Summer Research Opportunity Program at U-M
The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M.
SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.
For more information about the program’s requirements, benefits and online application, please visit our site:
If you are interested in applying for a SROP research project in Engineering please apply at the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) website.
The CLIMB (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences) Program at UB has created CLIMB UP for Summer Research, an outstanding summer research experience for undergraduate students to excel in biomedical, STEM, and health science research and explore career opportunities. Now entering its 7th summer, the overall goal is to introduce you to research opportunities, to facilitate understanding of recent advances in the STEM disciplines, and to mentor you towards graduate and professional careers. As a CLIMB UP Fellow, you will be guided through novel and exciting research projects and mentored by faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through the summer and beyond. You will spend 10 weeks (May 26-August 1, 2015) in the laboratory of your research mentor, whom you will be paired with based on your interests. We will train you in various areas necessary to safely and efficiently perform your research and related activities.
What Areas of Research Does CLIMB UP Offer?
The CLIMB UP for Summer Research offers many diverse research opportunities in the STEM disciplines. Faculty are associated with a wide range of UB programs, encompassing virtually all aspects of scientific research.
Based on your interests and career goals, you can apply to work with mentors who fall under 3 categories:
Each of the links below contains detailed information on recent mentors in each group.
Undecided!?! No problem! On your application, please let us know which mentors and/or areas of science are most interesting to you, and upon acceptance, we will work with you to select the best mentor for you.
What’s On the Agenda?
As a CLIMB UP Fellow, you will:
v  Complete individualized lab rotations
v  Learn and apply laboratory skills (1-week course)
v  Gain exposure to a wide variety of STEM disciplines
v  Discover graduate and professional school possibilities at UB
v  Tour the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
v  Present your research in a formal symposium setting
v  Enjoy all that Summer in the Buffalo Niagara region offers
v  Build lasting relationships with mentors and fellow students
Who Is Eligible for CLIMB UP?
CLIMB UP trains highly qualified undergraduate students interested in scientific research. Students receive a living stipend through SURF, CLIMB PRO, or iSEED (and other sources if available), and housing is provided for students who live outside of Western New York. Students enrolled in the program are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years in undergraduate programs in colleges and universities nationwide. Students must be US citizens or Permanent Residents to be eligible for funding. Students from all backgrounds and with divergent needs are encouraged to apply, and will find opportunities through CLIMB UP that allow them to thrive and succeed.
How Do I Apply?
Applicants for The CLIMB UP for Summer Research are required to submit:
  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (click here!)
  2. Personal statement describing interest in research and career goals (in online application, or you may also email this part to
  3. Please forward a copy of your most recent CV or resume to
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from people who know you well (professor, advisor, supervisor, etc) should be e-mailed directly to the program at We strongly recommend that at least one of your letters be from someone who can comment specifically about your experience in research.
    Please ask your referees to include in the subject line: your last name followed by a colon, and the words "CLIMB UP rec" (example, Smith:CLIMB UP rec)
  5. Please forward us a copy of your latest academic transcript, preferably by e-mail to climb@buffalo.eduunofficial copies are encouraged. Upon your acceptance into the program, we would request that you have your official transcript sent to us directly from your college or university.
The Graduate School at Princeton University is currently accepting online applications for fall of 2015.  We would greatly appreciate if you could share this opportunity with your undergraduate students. An informational handout listing all STEM graduate degree programs and their application deadlines is attached for distribution.
Sandia National Labs is wanting some FLC applicants for this internship!
The Solid Mechanics and Shock Physics Group provides computational and physical simulation of mechanical response to extreme environmental loadings including blast, impact, and penetration. Analytical and experimental capabilities enable a range of activities spanning the Research-Development-Application spectrum. The team supports a broad set of National Security customers through environmental specification, design support, vulnerability assessment, and qualification activities.
Interns Needed
Highly qualified graduate and undergraduate engineering students with an interest in engineering mechanics research and applications are needed to support on-going programs during the summer of
2015. Undergraduate students transitioning from the Junior to Senior year and graduate students having completed at least one year of studies toward an MS or Ph.D. degree are preferred. Successful candidates will be assigned a staff mentor and work as part of a team of interns from across the United States. Students will be challenged to conduct independent and group work and to actively engage in mission activities.
Minimum GPAs of 3.2 for undergraduate and 3.5 for graduate student internships are required at Sandia. Preference will be given to students that meet more rigorous requirements of 3.5 undergraduate and 3.7 graduate GPA. Applicants must be eligible to pursue a Department of Energy security clearance. More information and application is available at the Sandia recruiting web site:
Boston University - Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) Program
Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS). We will be accepting 15 minority students who are interested in conducting biomedical research.  The program, which runs June 1 – August 7, 2015, will include not only state of the art research experience but also journal clubs, professional development workshops, and field trips to local Biotech or Pharmaceutical labs.  The program will cover transportation to and from Boston, housing, and a stipend of $4,800.  In addition, we will support the travel of each participant to present their research at a national meeting such as ABRCMS or SACNAS.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information.  Prospective students can access the application on our website ( The deadline is February 15, 2015. 
Recruiting Undergrad/Postbac Students for Exciting UCSF Outreach Program
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is pleased to announce its annual INSIDE UCSF program, taking place April 24-25, 2015 on the UCSF campus. This exciting and informative two-day program offers a chance for prospective students to become inspired about pursuing a health sciences career at UCSF.
Through structured activities and intentional workshops, participants will have the opportunity to explore possibilities in graduate and professional education. The program, including meals and travel, is offered at no cost to selected applicants.
Inside UCSF 2015will feature:
  • Interactive sessions and panels with UCSF students and leadership
  • Classroom experiences with UCSF faculty members
  • Information about pursuing higher education at UCSF
  • Tours of the campus and new state-of-the-art facilities
  • An unforgettable experience!
The Inside UCSF Planning Committee invites you to partner with us in recruiting talented and diverse students for this exciting and informative program. This year the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, the Graduate Divisionand Physical Therapy are reaching out to institutions for current undergrad and postbac students who have an expressed interest and talent in the sciences. The Committee particularly encourages the participation of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, those who are underrepresented in the health science professions, and/or are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Interested individuals will need to submit a completed application on our program website whichwill be open from January 13 to March 2, 2015. The Inside UCSF Planning Committee will review completed applications and select 100 students to participate. Selected participants will be notified by the end of March.
RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey, is pleased to offer your talented MARC Scholars priority consideration for our successful SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMRiSE (Research iScience and Engineering). Students will benefit from:
               ** CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH in the biological, physical & social/behavioral sciences, math, and engineering. In the BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, students can choose from among 200 labs, including the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. 
               ** PARTNERSHIPS with REU programs: Green Energy Technology, Cellular Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences/Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, and Environmental Sciences. By applying to RiSE, students are automatically also considered for partner programs. 
               ** OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: rigorous training in scientific speaking & writing, GRE prep, grad school workshops, career exploration, field trips 
               ** EXCELLENT FUNDING: Generous stipend + housing + travel 
               ** ALUMNI SUCCESS: Awards for presentations at national meetings & placement at top graduate schools 
               ** GREAT LOCATION with professional & recreational advantages. 
               ** FUN AND FRIENDSHIPS: Vibrant multi-cultural community and social program. 
               ** EASYAPPLICATION: Students should apply now. Rolling admissions starts in January and is highly selective. 
Note also that MARC Scholars who are applying to graduate school are eligible for an application fee waiver. Please ask them to contact me for instructions.
Questions? or 732.848.6584.
The CCDD covers all travel and lodging costs for our programs.
Outreach Conference to Increase Diversity in Mathematical Modeling & Public Health
March 29-30, 2015 | Boston, MA
Deadlines: Jan 16, 2015 (early decision)
                      Feb 13, 2015 (final deadline)
Summer Program in Epidemiology
June 15 - July 10, 2015 | Boston, MA
You can find the link to the application instructions here.
Applications are due Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.
The Broad is a leading biomedical research institute dedicated to transforming human health through genomic science. Located in Cambridge, Mass., our research partners include Harvard and MIT.
SRPG is designed for undergraduates with a commitment to biomedical research. The program is specifically designed to support students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the biomedical sciences. Students must be rising seniors or below in Fall 2015 to be eligible.
The program features:
* a paid nine-week research experience
* paid housing and travel expenses
* travel sponsorship to participate in a national scientific conference
* original research project guided by hands-on mentors
* an intensive course in scientific communication
* a rich curriculum of academic and career development
* team-building events and leadership development


Summer research at Caltech for minority students

10 week summer research opportunity for minority students at Caltech. The students receive a stipend of $6000, and provide room and board.  The students are placed in a laboratory, in close contact with P.H D students and postdocs.  Here is the link which describes the program:

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering REACH event for prospective Ph.D. students on November 20-21, 2014.

REACH is an all-expenses paid, doctoral preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. Round-trip transportation, lodging and meals for REACH participants will be paid for by the USC Viterbi School. Attendees who later apply to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for doctoral study will also have their $85 application fee waived.  - See more at:

Structural Biology and Biochemistry Ph.D. Program at University of Colorado-Denver

The Structural Biology and Biochemistry Ph.D. Program (STBB) at the University of Colorado-Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus is one of the strongest programs of its kind in the country and one that will provide outstanding training for a career in the varied areas of Structural Biology and Biochemistry. The Program is supported through the graduate school and has access to state-of-the-art equipment and hands-on training in technologies that include NMR Spectroscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics,  Peptide/Protein Chemistry, Computational Biochemistry and Biophysics.  Graduate student training and progress are carefully monitored to ensure completion of the Ph.D. degree in a timely fashion.

The STBB program is currently accepting applications (due Dec 1) and is hoping to grow both our applicant pool and program for the Fall of 2015.  Attached is our program flyer as well as a link to our website.

NSF funds pilot project aimed at increasing the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives faculty members

Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM.

Potentially interested students should send an e-mail message to Lisa Paz at Lisa is collecting the information for potential applicants.The application website will be up soon.

Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) 

A program sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health.  This program is for underrepresented populations in science who are interested in allergy, immunology, and infectious diseases.  Students selected to attend INRO 2015 will learn about today’s hottest biomedical topics – HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and biodefense.  They will explore training opportunities, such as summer internships or postbaccalaureate, predoctoral, or postdoctoral programs, in the world-renowned NIAID laboratories.

Information about these programs can be found at (search “INRO”), and on the health career professions club website.