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

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

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.