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

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Clare Booth Luce Fellowship at Emory University

Thanks to a generous grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program, up to eight female Emory students in Computer Science, Chemistry and Physics will be supported as Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars. The program is designed to help diversify the field of physical science research by encouraging more women to pursue research careers. This award includes stipends for each student's time in research during the academic year, summer research stipends, a research expense account and networking & mentoring opportunities throughout the program.

For eligibility criteria and deadlines, see

Sensing and Signaling: summer research at U. Tennessee

The BCMB Department at UTK will once again offer a special summer program for undergraduates interested in research. The aim of this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is to provide hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, with an introduction to cutting-edge research in the broad area of “Sensing and Signaling”. The team of REU investigators represents a multidisciplinary ensemble of Cell Biologists, Geneticists, Biochemists, and Biophysicists who are taking modern approaches to the analysis of how signals are perceived and transduced in myriad biological systems....
For additional information, visit the program website at

Program Dates: June 4 - July 27
Application Deadline: rolling reviews until March 30, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Math summer research opportunities

The Eph Log has a great post that lists a series of programs for math folks, from secondary math education majors to students with a certain number of calculus courses, to biomath... check it out!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Penn State College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The program brings undergraduates to our campus for a “summer-immersion” in biological research and an orientation to a career in biological sciences.  The typical intern will be between their Sophomore and Junior year or between their Junior and Senior year of undergraduate studies.  Students who will have a BA or BS prior to the start of the internship on June 1 should not apply.  SURIP 2012 would be most appropriate for students considering applying to PhD programs in the Biological/Biomedical Sciences and is not intended for students who will apply to Medical School.  There is no clinical shadowing component to the internship.

Our goals are to provide a meaningful educational experience for undergraduates to prepare them for careers in cutting edge fields and to increase the pool of students considering graduate education in the life sciences. Participating faculty have a strong interest in mentoring young scholars as an integral part of their academic experience.  Each student accepted into this program will be matched to one of these faculty mentors for a ten-week laboratory and research experience.

Integral to our program are twice weekly research/career seminars, a capstone presentation experience, and additional introductory experiences related to the professional culture of biological research.  Research interns will have the opportunity to live on our campus, and will receive a stipend of $3,000 each to cover their living expenses during the summer.  The majority of our interns choose to live on campus and those that do so find living on campus a very positive experience.  In light of the fact that the budget for the SURIP program does not permit us to cover the housing costs beyond the first month, we encourage you to make interested students aware of any small grant programs at your institution that might help interns offset the costs of on campus housing.  

For more information and an online application form you may access our website at APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS OPENS ON DECEMBER 1.
We encourage you to place a link to our program in the appropriate departmental web sites and to forward this information to a career services/internship office at your institution to distribute this announcement as efficiently as possible.  If you are aware of undergraduates who would benefit from this experience, please inform them of this program’s availability.  APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS CLOSES AT 12 PM ON FEBRUARY 6, 2011.

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) at Emory

The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS ) is an innovative program for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in statistics, mathematics or science, and who would like to learn about the field of biostatistics. Over the course of approximately six weeks, students will engage in a comprehensive program of coursework, field experiences, hands-on data collection and analysis activities, and interactions with researchers and scientists in the fields of medicine and public health. Students will also learn about graduate school and career opportunities in biostatistics.

We are looking forward to hosting the SIBS program at Emory in 2012, and have put together an interesting, engaging, academically rigorous but fun set of SIBS activities. We encourage you to learn more about our program, and about sister programs at other institutions, by downloading the brochure and clicking the other links below.

The 2012 program will take place from June 11 to July 18. We will begin taking applications in December 2011.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and beginning graduate students majoring in mathematics, science, or other quantitatively oriented areas of study are eligible. In addition, college graduates considering graduate school are also eligible.
Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The SIBS program covers the cost of: University fees and tuition, University-provided housing and meals,  Program-sponsored field trips and extracurricular activities.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Summer research at the University of Missouri

Attached please find information and an application for our 2012 summer program. Please distribute to student applicants, as you deem appropriate. If you wish to direct students to a website with additional information, a list of our summer programs and an application for guest students can be found at

Applications and letters of recommendation are due on Friday, February 10th.

Students can also check out photos and information from our 2011 Summer Program at

Rieser Fellowship: intersection of science, global security and public policy

The Rieser Fellowships support undergraduate students who want to pursue projects that
explore issues at the intersection of science, global security, and public policy. Any undergraduate student studying at a U.S. college or university is eligible to apply.

Deadkline:  February 1, 2012

Application requirements:

Please attach a 1-2 page essay describing a significant, specific aspect of nuclear security, climate stabilization, or biotechnology safety to be explored in your project. 
Please also attach a 1-2 page outline of a research project, based on the essay, to be undertaken during the Fellowship  period, including a final product for possible use by the Bulletin or publication on the Bulletin’s website. Because the Bulletin is an independent publisher and forum for experts, policymakers, and citizens, part of the final Fellowship product should address possible ways to deepen public understanding of the topic. 
The proposal should include a detailed budget, including anticipated expenses for equipment, travel, research, materials, and other major costs, as well as other sources of support (both requested and received). 

Smithsonian: summer research opportunities for underrepresented minorities

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers internships and visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups (U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents) who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.

This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution's many museums, research institutes and offices.

Smithsonian fields of research include:
- Animal behavior, ecology, and environmental science, including an emphasis on the tropics
- Anthropology, including archaeology,
- Astrophysics and astronomy
- Earth sciences and paleobiology
- Evolutionary and systematic biology
- History of science and technology
- History of art, especially American, contemporary, African, and Asian art, twentieth-century American crafts, and decorative arts
- Social and cultural history of the United States
- Folklife

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Ten Week Program - May 27, 2012 - August 3, 2012

Go to for detailed program information and on-line application. 

Application deadline: March 12, 2012. Generous stipend, housing, travel and related expenses provided. Participants are required to live in dormitory housing provided.

University of Michigan: research in many areas

A multitude of summer research programs at the University of Michigan!

Biophysics, biology, chemistry, physics, optics, nanotech, information technology, biomedical research

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Southern California Earthquake Center

There are 2 SCEC internship programs offered to undergraduate students who are interested in earth sciences and/or its related fields:
USEIT (Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology)Work as a team to develop technical tools for scientists, educators, and policy makers to communicate important concepts about earthquakes, faults, seismic hazard mitigation, and earthquake risk reduction.
Term & Location: Summer, University of Southern California
Candidates: Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all majors 
SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)Conduct primary field, laboratory, and/or theoretical research under the supervision of leading scientists in the fields of geophysics, earthquake geology, seismology, tectonics, and geodesy.
Term & Location: Summer, various SCEC institutions
Candidates: Undergraduate juniors and seniors in earth sciences or related fields. 
Applications are being accepted now!  
To apply, visit:

Monday, January 9, 2012

Internships at the National Zoo (year-round)

The Communications Office of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) invites applicants for editorial internships with Smithsonian Zoogoer magazine, a 40-page, four-color, bimonthly magazine that focuses on natural history and wildlife conservation.
 In addition, the office produces various other publications, conducts public relations for FONZ, and manages the Zoo/FONZ website.
The internship provides excellent experience, and previous interns have found their published clips useful in securing permanent jobs. ...
Dates, Hours, and Deadlines 
The intern is required to work 30 to 40 hours per week for about 12 weeks; starting and ending dates are flexible. 
The summer internship begins in May. The deadline to submit an application is February 15.
The fall internship begins in September, and the deadline to submit an application is June 15.
The spring internship begins in January. The deadline to submit an application is October 15. 
For additional information, see

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Summer Research with the NIH

Remember to visit NIH's Training Programs page at for a list of opportunities that are open to you as soon as this summer, but also later in your career.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Summer research: Astrobiology & Planetary Science

The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2012 REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program in Astrobiology and Planetary Science. Undergraduate students in fields such as astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics are invited to apply to spend 10 weeks in the San Francisco Bay area working on a scientific research project in the field of astrobiology or planetary science. Students receive a stipend, travel, and living expenses. Applications are due by February 1, 2012. For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Phillips,, 650-810-0230.

See their flyer here:

Summer research in engineering @ GA Tech

SURE is a ten-week summer research program designed to attract qualified minority students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science. The SURE 2012 program dates are May 29 to August 3. Approximately thirty students of at least junior-level undergraduate standing are recruited on a nationwide basis and paired with both a faculty and a graduate student mentor to undertake research projects in the College of Engineering, College of Sciences, Packaging Research Center, the Georgia Tech Lab for New Electronic Materials (NSF MRSEC) and the Center for Chemical Evolution. The students are housed on campus, and in addition to a $600 travel allowance, are provided with a meal plan and a $5,000 stipend. Aside from their own research projects, the participants are provided with a series of seminars and field trips to expose them to the various topics of interest, both at Georgia Tech and in the Atlanta area.
for details, see

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Graduate Degrees and Future Income

Grad School Math: Which Degrees Are Worth the Debt talks about income gains for those with graduate degrees relative to those with undergraduate degrees. But there are differences by discipline:

But not all degrees are created equal. Based on an analysis of Census data, Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce determined that the payoff from a graduate degree can vary wildly, from a 1% salary bump to a 190% wage explosion. And the degrees that deliver most bang for the education buck may surprise you... 
The big winners are health and medical preparatory programs, from which graduate or professional degrees can increase salary by 190%. Similarly, social sciences (134%), zoology (123%), molecular biology (115%), public policy (107%), biology (106%), biochemical sciences (101%), chemistry (93%), pre-law (81%) and physiology (78%) majors can all expect to get a major dividend from pursuing graduate or professional degrees. 
The above article links to Georgetown's The Economic Value of College Majors report.

And here's their latest report titled Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings.