SURE 2013: apply by Feb. 3, 2014, see SURE website.

Emory STEM Symposium: apply by Jan. 7, 2014 see Emory STEM website.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Science Career Booklets from the AAAS

Science magazine has a series of booklets on science careers; for a listing, see

You will  need to create an account on first, but that's a good thing as this website focuses on science jobs.

AAAS Minority Writers Internship

Applications Deadline: 1 March, 2011

The journal Science invites minority undergraduate students with a serious interest in science writing and journalism as a career to apply for a 10-week paid summer internship, including travel to Washington, D.C.

Under the guidance of the journal's award-winning staff of professional science writers and editors, interns experience the process of covering the scientific and technological issues that shape our global society, contributing bylined articles to the weekly news section in the print and electronic editions.

Find out more and download the application via

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine

 The Office of Research at the University of Missouri School of Medicine coordinates a summer research program for undergraduates enrolled at other institutions out of the State of Missouri.

The objective of the program is to recruit underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to the medical school with the goal of improving diversity and inclusion in the clinical medicine workforce.

The program runs for nine weeks (Wednesday May 30, 2012 – Friday, July 27, 2012), with travel days being Tuesday, May 29, and Saturday, July 28.

Students selected for the program live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a full meal plan, covered by the program.

Summer interns also are provided with funds to cover one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3,400.

Students will work on their own research project under the guidance of an MU School of Medicine faculty mentor and present their results at a poster forum at the end of the summer (July 26).  Please see the attached application.

Deadline: March 16, 2012.

For more information, please visit:'s survey of great minds: What scientific concept would improve everyone's toolkit?

So... this does not directly relate to undergraduate research, but this annual collection of essays is fun reading. In particular on topics such as confirmation bias and the myth of neutral observation, statistical significance, sexual selection, and double-blind experiments.

For the full article, and links to prior years' questions, see

Monday, December 12, 2011

Search for undergraduate research at the Community of Science

Do yourself a favor: Join the Community of Science and set up funding alerts that will bring relevant opportunity announcements directly to your mailbox.

Or just go here and search for "undergraduate research" or "summer research" and see what pops up:

Remember: most summer research programs have deadlines in February, some as early as mid/late January.

Internship in Accelerator Science and Engineering

The Lee Teng Undergraduate Internship in Accelerator Science and Engineering has been established by the Illinois Accelerator Institute to attract undergraduate students into the exciting and challenging world of particle accelerator physics and technology.

A limited number of highly qualified students will be selected into this program. Successful candidates will attend the Summer Session of the The U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS), held June 18-29, 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI, sponsored by Michigan State University. All will take the Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology with Simulations and Measurements Lab for which undergraduate credit is available. For the remainder of the summer they will work closely with a mentor and a project at either Argonne National Laboratory or Fermilab.

The Lee Teng Internship projects will be selected from among the numerous areas ongoing research at Fermilab and Argonne concerned with accelerator physics and related technologies. These projects may involve operational accelerators or R&D into future or speculative accelerators.

Eligibility:  The Lee Teng Internship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are enrolled full time at an accredited college or university. Applications will also be accepted from foreign nationals who are attending U.S. colleges or universities on student visas.

There are generally formalities that must be completed to allow students on visas to take part in this program. Accepted students are fully responsible for meeting any such requirements.

The program is intended for students who will be completing their junior year in the spring of 2012; however, outstanding sophomores may also be considered.

The construction and operation of accelerators requires a broad range of skills. This program is open to students interested in the following fields:
1. Physics
2. Electrical Engineering
3. Computing and Controls Systems
4. Mechanical Engineering
5. Material Science

See for application materials and additional information

Thursday, December 8, 2011

2012 Amgen Scholars @ UC Berkeley

C Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2012 Amgen Scholars Summer  Research Program in Science and Biotechnology. This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct research with a  faculty member, communicate their science in poster and oral presentations, receive a stipend, housing, meal plan, and transportation to and from the UC Berkeley campus.

Program dates are May 28 - August 3, 2012 and the application deadline is Thursday, February 1, 2012. Berkeley welcomes applications from your students and appreciates if you would include Berkeley's program on your list of summer opportunities for your undergraduates.

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

Monday, December 5, 2011

Biochemical markers, environmental health @ CDC

Application Deadline; January 20, 2012

This summer the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) will be offering a fellowship opportunity in partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC is looking for talented candidates to assist with projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantify biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Qualified candidates will be undergraduate college students, who plan to major in biology or chemistry and have taken general biology and chemistry college-level courses.

The Fellowship posting is located at

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Atlanta area: Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience in Atlanta offers a paid, two-year intensive neuroscience research apprenticeship to students from Emory, Georgia State, Agnes Scott, and Spelman.

NET/work (Neuroscience Education and Training) is a two-year, paid research assistantship that is open to sophomore students from Georgia State University, Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and Spelman College.  Students begin the program by participating in BRAIN 2012 and continue their laboratory research experience at Georgia State or Emory through their senior year. In addition to gaining hands-on research experience through one-on-one mentoring, students are provided with funding to travel to local and national conferences to present their research, participate in monthly professional development workshops, and travel to partner universities for additional training the summer following their junior year. Visit  for more information. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Science Policy Internship with Science magazine

Winter-Spring 2012
Location: Washington DC

Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research — founded in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — is offering an internship program for an individual interested in science policy and politics. Science is accepting applications for a 6-month period: a winter-spring internship from January through June (deadline, DECEMBE 15) .

Candidates should have completed their undergraduate education in a laboratory science or non-laboratory social/political science discipline when they apply. They will need to monitor the web for information relevant to specific projects of interest to the Commentary and News section of Science magazine.  Skill at conducting literature research and enthusiasm about the political process and science policy are essential.   Experience with multimedia presentation of data and ideas would be an added benefit, but not essential.

The Science intern will join the regular news and editorial staff in Washington, DC, Science pays a modest salary.

In addition to the required resume, interested parties should also attach a brief cover letter including links to published writing samples or other samples of online work.

To apply for an internship, please visit and apply under the internship posting through our online application system.

National Institute on Aging: research opps for high school, college, graduate and medical students

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research offers a unique opportunity for high school, college and graduate, and medical students to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, students receive hands-on experience. Summer internships generally last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in mid-to-late August. Some flexibility exists to accommodate individual student needs. 
To be eligible for this program, students must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university. In addition, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 16 years of age.
See details at

Monday, November 21, 2011

Psi Chi/FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes Internship Grants

Two grants up to $7,000 will be awarded annually to support living expenses for Psi Chi members who are selected for one of the 14-week unpaid NCAVC internship positions. The recipient will receive $1,500 one month prior to beginning the internship and the remainder when the recipient begins the internship. One grant will be available for a qualified fall semester intern and one grant will be available for a qualified spring semester intern.
See and scroll to the FBI NCAVC Internship Grants for application materials, but also search the page for "undergraduate" as there are several other awards available.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Undergrad research in acoustics -- research award

The family of the late Robert W. Young, in his honor, has been established a grant through the Acoustical Society Foundation.

See and scroll down for application details.

Psychology research (child development)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program inEducational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science (EP-ADS) & Education PolicyThe Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia 
This fully funded 8-week internship that is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. Rising seniors are eligible for these paid research internships at UVA during Summer 2012. Interns will work with faculty on ongoing research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. They will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data, write a section of a research paper, participate in research meetings, attend a research conference, and participate in related workshops and a GRE prep course.
See full announcement at

Great resource for undergraduate researchers

Check out the Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU)!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Biological Research at Pennsylvania State

Penn State College of Medicine offers a research internship program for college undergraduate students between the Sophomore and Senior years, who are preparing for a career in biological research. Each year we receive over 300 applications from over 200 institutions for 10-15 po-sitions. Over 20 Departments in the College have hosted interns.\
See for details.
Applications are due by Feb. 2, 2012.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

SMART Program (Dept. of Defense undergraduate and graduate awards)

The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. A comprehensive list of facilities can be found on the SMART website:

This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only, so please ask your best students to apply. The SMART program will pay all educational costs and a stipend while they are in school from as little as one (1) term up to 5 years.

Specifically the program pays for:
+ Full Tuition - to any accredited U.S. University
+ A very generous stipend while in school ranging from $25,000 - $41,000 per year
+ Book allowance - $1,000
+ Health insurance contribution
+ Paid Summer internshipsTravel fees for internships
+ All required student fees

The application deadline is December 1, 2011, so please let your students know about this program as soon as possible.

Cancer research @ Gerstner Sloan--Kettering

The Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a summer research program
in developmental biology and genetics, signaling, cell-cell interaction, tumor immunology and immunotherapy; transsplantation biology; genomic integrity and human cancer genetics; drug development, and resistance and therapeutics; chemical, computational and structural biology.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2011. See for details.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Summer research @ Kansas State University

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University (KSU) gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study...
Areas covered include Agronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering,  Chemistry, Computer & Information Sciences, Entomology, Grain Science, Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Services, Hospitality Management & Dietetics, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Plant Pathology, Psychology (Cognitive, Behavioral/Animal, Social, Industrial/Organizational)

See the program announcement at

Astrobiology research @ SETI

Founded in November 1984, the SETI Institute began operations on February 1, 1985. Today it employs over 150 scientists, educators and support staff. Research at the Institute is anchored by two centers. Dr. Jill Tarter leads the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research as Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI.  Dr. David Morrison is the Director for the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe. Edna DeVore leads our Center for Education and Public Outreach.
Although 2012 program dates are not available yet, you can bookmark this link or contact the program director for additional information.

REU -Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Astrobiology

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Volunteer interns in science and technology policy at the White House

The OSTP Student Volunteer Program is... opportunity to experience science and technology (S&T) policy firsthand while working closely with senior policymakers on a variety of tasks and projects. OSTP provides the President with S&T analysis and judgment in regards to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal government. In addition, the Office leads an interagency effort to develop and implement sound S&T policies and budgets in the Federal enterprise. OSTP works with the private sector to ensure Federal S&T investments contribute to economic prosperity, environmental quality, and security of the Nation.
Please visit for details.

It appears these internships are available spring, summer or fall, 90 days maximum and are open to undergraduate and graduate students (must be enrolled at the time of participation). Currently, the spring 2012 application deadline is posted (Nov. 4) but there is no information on their summer application deadline.

This is not the White House interns program (but the above link has a link to that program).

Summer research in physiology

The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program funds up to 24 fellowships during the summer. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. The intent of this program is to excite and encourage students to pursue a career as a basic research scientist. Faculty sponsors/advisors must be active members of the APS in good standing....  The deadline for the receipt of all application materials is February 1.
For more information, see their program announcement at

STEM report

This report is aimed at educators and policy-makers but I think it's a good read for students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-focused (STEM) careers.

What are the skills required for STEM jobs? Why are STEM graduates (and their skills) sought-after in the job market?

Might reading this report (hint: try the executive summary) help you put a name to the skills you are developing in your undergraduate coursework and research? Could be! Find out at

Summer research opps @ University of Texas Southwestern

Click on the flyers and links below for detailed information

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

UNCF / Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

The UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.

At least 15 Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made in 2012. Each award is up to a maximum of $30,000 that consists of a scholarship award of up to $25,000 and a summer research internship stipend of at least $5,000.

Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2011

To be considered for the UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards, an applicant must be:
African American (Black)
Enrolled full time in a four- year college or university in the United States
A junior who will be a degree candidate in the 2012-13 academic year
A life or physical sciences, or engineering major. Physical sciences majors must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2011-12 academic year. First professional degree (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S, etc.) majors are not eligible.
A student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
Committed to the ten to twelve-week summer internships at a Merck facility
A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

See additional information at:

Note they also have awards for graduate students and postdocs.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

NSF's list of funding opportunities for young scientists

Some of these apply to undergraduates, others are for graduate students and postdocs.

NSF Graduate Fellowship 2012 applications now available


Deadline is early to mid-November and varies by discipline; see announcement.

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

A full description of the award, including eligibility, is outlined at

These awards are open to pre-PhD and first-year PhD students in the following disciplines: engineering, mathematical sciences, chemistry, astronomy, physics, materials research; social sciences, psychology, geosciences, STEM Education and Learning research, and life sciences.

These applications are completed via FastLane (the National Science Foundation's online grant submission and management interface), which can be a bit overwhelming so please start early AND seek the counsel of faculty mentors (current and intended).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emory Family Weekend: Undergraduate Research Poster Session

Family Weekend
Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium
Friday Oct 14 from 3-5 pm and
Saturday Oct 15 from 10 am -12 pm in the Dobbs University Center (DUC)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Genetic Counseling program at Emory University

A career worth exploring for those of you with an interest in research and clinical medicine:

Emory University School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Training Program

Please visit our website at

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Emory Vaccine Center: summer research opportunity

A few positions are still available for summer research at the Emory Vaccine Center.

Maureen  K. Mittler, MBA
Emory Vaccine Center
954 Gatewood Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CUR's Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers.  The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.  The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Anthropology/Archaeology, Arts/Humanities, Biology/Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Economics, Education, Engineering, English and Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Health Professions, History, Journalism and Communications, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/ Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

Any undergraduate may go to to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form.  There is no charge to the student or the student's institution and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.  Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access.  Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.
We hope that students who are currently in their junior year will register now, but anyone with undergraduate research experience may register at any time.  You will be able to update your listing as appropriate, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores.  We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters' Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree.  Upload a link to your CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and advisor).
Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questions.
Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.
Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities, such as research fields and fellowships. For graduate schools that wish to review the student information, there is an access fee of $1,500 for the entire database, or $300 for one specific discipline.  Again, there is no cost to you as a student to create a profile.
CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match.  So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now.  For more information or to login if you've already created a profile, please visit:

Robin Howard
Senior Director, Membership Services
Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St NW Suite 550
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 783-4810x203
(202) 783-4811 fax