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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?



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.

Argonne National Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program


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; enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops, laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars. Eligibility Requirements: currently enrolled full-time at an accredited institution and completed at least one year of schooling; submit two letters of recommendation; 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.


Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science 2015


Jun 1- Aug 7, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Program provides: Generous stipend based on eligibility criteria and qualifications; out-of-town student accommodations; social activities and field trips; students will conduct a cancer-related research project under mentorship from internationally-known scientists and present research at a science conference; students will participate in a lecture series on pertinent topics in cancer science, writing and presenting, research ethics, experimental therapies, and cancer health disparities. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 14 years of age or older; college junior. Download flyer here.


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


Jun 1- Jul 31, 2015 in Buffalo, NY

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.


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.


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.


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

Apply for various paid summer internship positions with companies throughout Virginia.


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Want to present your research at a conference?



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.






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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