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2010 Research and Scholarship Opportunities for VA - NC Alliance Students

Research, Internship & Scholarship Opportunities

for VA-NC Alliance Students

The Alliance mantains a listing of summer and academic year research, internship, and scholarships available to students and partner institutions.Please contact Ms. Jessica McCauley by e-mail: or phone: (434) 982-0310 if you would like us to add an opportunity to this list, or have questions about existing opportunities. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.


Opportunities for 2014-15




Looking for Summer Research Programs and Internships?



*Featured summer research opportunities:


*VA-NC Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Program


8-weeks research internship at the University of Virginia. Several research tracks available. Students will work in labs with faculty and graduate students on research projects chosen by faculty. Students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to research and other program activities. Current community college students, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors invited to apply. $3,250 stipend, free housing, $200 meal card.View available research tracks and download application here.


*University of Virginia MHIRT (Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training)

Co-sponsored by the VA-NC Alliance and the U.Va. Center for Global Health MHIRT Program

Summer 2015 international research experience; stipend, housing, meals, airfare/travel included!


The U.Va. MHIRT Program will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a 10-week intensive, international, mentored summer research experience that extends the analysis of global rural health disparities. The program offers under-represented minority students intensive, mentored research training and professional development experience. Selected candidates will work with mentors at one of several international partner sites including Uganda, South Africa and St. Kitts and Nevis. $3000 stipend. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors of ALL MAJORS invited to apply online.




Next-Generation Materials for Plasmonics & Organic Spintronics Research Experience for Undergraduates


Jun 1- Jul 31, 2015 University of Utah-- Salt Lake City, Utah

Program provides: $4,500 stipend; up to $600 travel allowance; housing and mean plan on the University of Utah campus; research experience to prepare you academically and professionally in science and engineering; research presentation skills, technical training and professional development opportunities. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident obtaining an undergraduate degree after December 2015; women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply; students from non-research institutions may be given priority. Students with an interest and background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates. Download flyer here.


Argonne National Laboratory Community College Internship


10 weeks, Summer 2015, Various Locations

Program provides: $500 weekly stipend and housing or housing allowance; transportation costs; students pay appropriate tuition to home university; a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering; career professional development workshops; students will make a poster presentation and complete a 6-8 pages project report. Eligibility Requirements: currently enrolled at a community college or accredited two-year college; submit two letters of recommendation; completed at least 6 credit hours in STEM areas, and at least 12 credit hours towards a degree; 3.0 GPA, 18 years or older at the time the internship begins; U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident at the time of applying.


Argonne Student Research Participation Program


Summer 2015, Argonne, Illinois

Program provides: $500 weekly stipend; housing in on-site student units; series of weekly seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering and career development. Eligibility Requirements: enrolled full-time at an accredited institution; sophomore or higher; 3.0 GPA; 18 years or older; U.S. citizen or permanent resident.



Global Environmental Microbiology Summer Course, University of Southern California


Jun 7 - Jul 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

Program provides: covers travel cost; modest stipend; residential, hands-on summer program for undergraduates integrating microbiology, field sampling and laboratory protocols offered through Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations at University of Southern California; includes lectures, labs and fieldwork at USC, the Eastern Sierra Mountains, and on Santa Catalina Island; Eligibility Requirements: 2- and 4-year college students; US citizens or permanent residents early in a science career and open to scientific research Download flyer here.



Undergraduate Scholars Program in Genomics Research at Washington University


May 28 - Jul 31, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri

Program provides: research experience as part of a lab team led by one of many renowned scientists at Washington University School of Medicine; enrichment activities such as: journal club, career counseling and workshops, presentation and writing skill help sessions, and GRE preparation; competitive summer stipends; on-campus housing and travel. Eligibility Requirements: current sophomore, junior or senior in a 4-year institution; competitive GPA; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; STEM major (some exceptions). Download flyer here.


American Student Placements in Rehabilitation Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


May 18- Jul 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ASPIRE focuses its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program on research in the rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology fields. Program provides: Stipend; Accessible housing on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus; Workshops; Networking events; Research experience with individual mentors. Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a bachelor degree program; Seniors who will graduate before the summer of 2015 are not eligible; Most previous participants had GPA’s greater than 3.0; No particular academic background is required.


Quality of Life Technology Research Experience for Undergraduates, University of Pittsburgh


May 18- Jul 24, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The mission of Quality of Life Technology research is to transform lives of people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability through intelligent devices and systems. Program provides: Stipend; Accessible housing on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus; Workshops; Networking events; Research experience with individual mentors. Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be enrolled in a bachelor degree program; Seniors who will graduate before the summer of 2015 are not eligible; Most previous participants had GPA’s greater than 3.0; No particular academic background is required.


The Organization for Tropical Studies Native American & Pacific Islander Research Experience Program


Jun 11- Aug 6, 2015 in Costa Rica

Program provides: $4000 stipend; room, board and travel to and from Costa Rica; funds to help cover costs of field equipment. Students will complete a field project, including experimental design, data gathering, and analysis and presentation of results, in collaboration with fellow students and a research mentor; students will participate in lectures, seminars and field activities that focus on tropical ecology and conservation. Eligibility Requirements: biology majors and other students interested in environmental issues and field ecology; Native American, Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islander students are strongly encouraged to apply; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; undergraduate enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution; current freshman, sophomore or junior. Download flyer here.



East Carolina University REU in Biomedical Engineering: Simulations, Imaging and Modeling


May 26- Jul 31, 2015 in Costa Rica

Program provides: $5000 stipend; on-campus housing; meal plan; travel to a research conference; reimbursement of travel funds. The focus of the program is improvement of simulations and computational models across all disciplines of biomedical engineering. Eligibility requirements: rising junior or senior; students from academic institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; major in engineering, basic sciences, computer science or related discipline; strong academic record. Download flyer here.


NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Internship Program


Jun 1- Aug 7, 2015 in Laurel, Maryland

Program provides: $4,000 – $5,000 stipend; free housing; talks by key mission engineers and scientists; tours of APL and NASA/Goddard. Over 20 summer projects working on NASA missions or space-related research are available. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen; background check; demonstrated interest in the space program; sophomore – senior or first or second year graduate student as of Fall 2015; 3.0 GPA.


University of Kansas Summer REU in Chemistry


May 26 – Jul 31, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas

Program provides: $8,800 stipend; room and board, travel allowance, one hour of academic credit at KU. Engage in 10 weeks of full-time, cutting-edge research on a project of your choice. Work closely with a KU faculty research advisor and his/her research group. Take advantage of the career enhancement program addressing career opportunities and challenges in the emerging interdisciplinary field of green chemistry. Eligibility requirements: Undergraduate attending any U.S. university who are majoring in chemistry or a closely related field; sophomore or junior; courses in general, organic and analytical chemistry should be completed before the start of the program; a good academic record will strengthen an application, but evidence of interest in chemical research is a major consideration. Download flyer here.



NASA Summer 2015 Opportunities for Student Interns with Disabilities


Late May – Aug, 2015 in various locations

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing STEM careers through our internship programs. Applications for Summer 2015 internships are open! You can register for an account anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) for NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS). Download flyer here.


Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program


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.



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Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit Call for Award Nominations


Mar 31-Apr 1, 2015 in Danville, Virginia

The STEM-H Education and Industry Awards will recognize four recipients. The awards will be presented at the Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit in March 2015. All nominated organizations/partnerships/programs must include activities that occurred between Jan 15, 2014 and Jan 14, 2015. All nominees must have/work at locations within the Southern Virginia footprint of Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Patrick and Pittsylvania Counties and Danville and Martinsville Cities. Download flyer here.



2015 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM


Feb 19-21, 2015 in Washington, DC

Registration fee is $400. The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. The objectives are to help students to enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. The conference will include student poster and oral presentations, and various workshops.


MaGNET Travel Awards to the Maize Genetics Conference


Mar 12-15, 2015 in St. Charles, Illinois

Funding for travel, lodging, and conference registration. First-time conference attendees encouraged. Conference details: latest advances in Plant Biology; learn about Genomics and Genetics; networking for Science Careers; peer mentoring during the conference; personal introductions to plenary speakers. Eligibility Requirements: Member of underrepresented group in science; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, or early-career faculty. Download flyer here.


Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme, International Astronautical Congress


Oct 12-16, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel

Grant includes: Round trip air fare to Jerusalem; support for local transportation, lodging and meals; assistance with visa arrangements; registration for the International Astronautical Congress as well as the Space Generation Congress or the UN/IAF Workshop, the Cross Cultural Communication and Presentation Workshop and other associated activities; mentors will provide advice on presentations at IAC and on activities. Eligibility Requirements: Students and young professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on Jan 1, 2015 with space-related career interests; individuals interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programs; persons who – for financial, sponsorship or other reasons – would not otherwise be able to attend. Download flyer here.






Looking for Scholarships?



Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Scholarships


Scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage talented individuals to conduct research in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that supports NASA’s mission and the aerospace industry. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen; full-time student at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions (Va Tech, UVa, Old Dominion, William and Mary, Hampton); rising junior or senior; minimum 3.0 GPA; must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM and supporting NASA’s mission. Download flyer here.


STEM Bridge Scholarship Program


Renewable STEM Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to sophomore students from any federally recognized minority group enrolled full-time in a program in STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities. Eligibility requirements: U.S. citizen, minority, full-time student at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions (Va Tech, UVa, Old Dominion, William and Mary, Hampton); rising sophomore; minimum 3.0 GPA; must have completed at least one year of a STEM undergraduate program; award is contingent upon review of spring 2015 final transcript. Download flyer here.






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