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Research Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
There are 55 opportunities available for Second Year students.
- Aigrain Fund Grant
- UVA’s program in Global Studies and the Department of Economics are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences. The Aigrain Fund Grant was established to provide support to students interested in (1) carrying out a research project in a developing nation or (2) taking an internship position in an emerging market. It is anticipated that at least two awards will be bestowed annually.
- Amgen Scholars Program in Science and Biotechnology
- The Amgen Scholars Program provides approximately 250 selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities host the summer research program. Amgen Scholars will have the opportunity to take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation’s top academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking activities.
The Program includes a mid-summer, three-day symposium where students will hear firsthand from leading scientists working in industry and academia. The symposium will be held in California, and will provide students a great opportunity to network with other Amgen Scholars from across the nation.
- Arts Award
- The University Award for Projects in the Arts is intended to expand students’ opportunities for creative expression and showcase significant accomplishments in the arts. The program funds outstanding undergraduate projects to be carried out in the summer of 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year. Each student applicant or group of applicants will propose a project of creative work. Eligible projects might include: plays or films; poetry or short stories; costume design; choreography; sculpture; painting; music composition or performance; creative design projects/explorations; or environmental or other installations.
- Beckman Scholars at U.Va.
- The Beckman Scholars program at U.Va. will provide annually one or more $19,300 scholarships to highly talented, research-oriented students who will work in their mentor’s laboratory full time for 10 weeks during the summers of 2015 and 2016, and 10 hours per week during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Students work with one of 15 identified faculty mentors. Funded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, this program is intended to advance the education, research training, and personal development of select students in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences.
- Bush Traveling Fellowship Program
- The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy. Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
- Center for Global Health University Scholar Awards
- The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health has established the CGH -University Scholar Awards to encourage UVa students to design and carry out cross-disciplinary service learning projects in global health. Health issues can be approached from a broad range of disciplines including politics, biology, economics or foreign affairs.
- Clinton Global Initiative
- Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.
Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. CGI U 2015 will take place in Miami from March 6-8, 2015. The meeting will bring together nearly 1,200 attendees to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.
CGI U is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss global challenges - they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.
Throughout the year, students are also invited to apply to become CGI U Campus Representatives.
- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- This program, at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, provides young people with instruction in the techniques of modern biology while allowing them to become members of a vibrant scientific community. Each year, approximately 25 students from around the world are accepted to the fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects in: Cancer biology; Neuroscience; Plant biology; Cellular and molecular biology; Genetics; and Computational biology.
- College Council Scholars Award
- Purpose: Semester Scholars Award amounts range from $500 – $1,000 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects.
Eligibility and Criteria: The College Council Research Grants are available to any student registered and regularly enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Grant proposals will be assessed based on the strength of the research question, the structure and organization of the proposal, and the integration of the project. Please note that there will be non-experts reviewing the proposals and that the proposals should be written for a broad audience.
Strength of Research Question
Presents innovative and original work
Demonstrates both depth and breadth in their understanding of the subject
Makes a significant contribution to the field of study
Structure and Organization
Written in a clear, concise manner
Explicitly states the goals of the research and how these goals will be met
Incorporates different academic areas within the College
Utilizes innovative approaches and perspectives
Applies scholarly research in a manner that benefits the larger local or global community
In addition, it will be duly noted if the applicant has received additional funding for the same research project. In the spirit of fostering research among all undergraduates, priority will be given to students who have received no previous funding.
Faculty Support: Each project proposal must have a written letter of recommendation from a U.Va. faculty mentor who will serve as an advisor during the completion of the project. A hard copy of the letter of recommendation must be included with the grant application and submitted by the stated deadline. The faculty mentor should provide insight into his or her basis for concluding that the student is capable of completing a high-quality research project.
- Community Based Undergraduate Research Grants - U.Va.
- Community-based research seeks to foster collaborative partnerships between university researchers and the community, share knowledge among key stakeholders, and address social inequities. Community Based Research Awards for Undergraduates will provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. Student researchers, under the guidance of a faculty advisor and in collaboration with a community organization, will identify a project that addresses a documented public need or issue. Student researchers will design a research project adopt and deploy a research methodology embedded in an academic field(s), and create a research product (paper, presentation, etc.) that benefits the community organization and meets expectations of academic rigor as agreed on by the faculty advisor and student researcher(s).
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program
- The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
CLS is an overseas, group-based program that takes place each summer. Program sites, dates, and overseas institutional partners may vary from year to year. Information for the most recent program year can be found in the institute profiles under the Languages tab.
- Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes
- This program offers intensive overseas study in critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, HIndi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Recipients participate in beginning, intermediate, or advanced level summer language programs overseas for a period of 7 to 10 weeks. Languages taught are: Arabic, Persian (Advanced beginning, intermediate or advanced level);
Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu (Beginning, intermediate or advanced level); Chinese, Japanese, Russian: (Intermediate or advanced level).
- DAAD - Undergraduate Scholarship
- Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
- DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering
- RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English.
- Dalai Lama Fellowship
- The University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dalai Lama Fellows (DLF.) This partnership allows U.Va. students to be eligible to apply to receive a Dalai Lama Fellowship as well as creates a dedicated fellowship for a U.Va. student. The program seeks fellows who are committed to social change rooted in social innovation, contemplative values, and compassion. It awards each fellow up to $10,000 in grant money to create and implement a year-long project in his or her community to address a significant challenge and also includes participation in DLF’s Ethical Leadership Assembly (ELA), a weeklong meeting of Fellows, at the beginning and end of the fellowship. The 2015 ELA will be held in the San Francisco Bay area..
- Davis Projects for Peace
- Davis Projects for Peace encourages students to design their own grassroots projects for peace. 100 projects will be chosen from among the over 90 American colleges and universities currently affiliated with the Davis UWC Scholars Program.
- Dee Family Global Scholarship
- The Dee Family Global Scholarship was created to support UVA student participation in innovative study or research projects/activities abroad which demonstrate well-constructed plans, partnership with the local community, and the potential for continued inquiry.
Preference will be given to Global Development Studies (GDS) majors. Preference will also be given to non-GDS majors whose projects take place in a developing country, especially those with "Low Human Development" scores on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI).
The ISO runs two application cycles for this award each year--March 1 is the deadline for summer and fall projects, and October 15 is the deadline for January Term and spring projects.
- Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Program
- The Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. THIS PROGRAM DID NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2012 DUE TO FEDERAL BUDGET CUTS.
- Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship Program
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for eligible rising juniors and seniors majoring in homeland security-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities.
- Double Hoo Research Grant
- The Double Hoo Research Grant supports pairs of undergraduate and graduate scholars seeking to pursue joint research projects. The award is intended to encourage collaborative interaction between the undergraduate and graduate communities at the University. Proposals from all schools at the University will be considered.
- Engineering Student Council's Travel and Activities Fund
- The Engineering Student Council recognizes that current, involved students are SEAS’s best ambassadors. Students have the potential to further the School’s programs and enhance the reputation of the School by forming organizations for engineers, getting involved in the local community, attending conferences, participating in scientific competitions, and more. In recognition of this, the Engineering Student Council (EStud) has created the Student Travel and Activities Fund (TAF) to help support and finance these efforts. These funds are meant to fuel endeavors that further the reputation of the Engineering School or enhance the experiences of engineering students.
- Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- A ten-week research program designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.
- Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards
- The University of Virginia's Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer of 2015 and completed during the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Hereford Scholars Undergraduate Research Grants
- Hereford Residential College will offer four research grants to Hereford students interested in pursuing a topic or project of academic research. Research projects that speak to at least one of Hereford’s core missions of community outreach, cultural diversity, and environmental sustainability will be especially of interest. The goals of this grant are to enhance undergraduate student interactions with faculty, support students in pursuing individually devised initiatives, and to act to support and further the College’s core missions. Projects must be completed by the end of the 2011-12 academic year and will be presented in a colloquium at Hereford Residential College and/or other undergraduate research forums at the University.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Research Program
- HHMI gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm, located in Ashburn, Virginia. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session scholars will present their work at a symposium.
- Humanity in Action Fellowship
- Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
Each program is highly interdisciplinary, and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians, and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums, and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.
The objective of the Humanity in Action Fellowship is to facilitate a collective exploration of the social and political roots of discrimination, as well as to create a forum where potential solutions can be considered and discussed. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize and address the need to protect minorities and promote human rights—in their own communities and around the world.
- Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life Summer Ethics Internship Program
- The Ethics Internship Program is a very important part of the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life's overall program for undergraduate students. Student interns combine their summer experience with preparatory courses and post-internship narrative and analytic reports and discussions. Students have a variety of placements in private (both for-profit and not-for-profit) and governmental contexts in both domestic and international settings. Internships may involve research, service, learning, or a combination of these three elements.
- Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program
- The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research institution. The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Under the guidance of a mentor, students develop an independent research project, implement their plan, analyze the data, and report their results. At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers, and parents. Each year, the program consists of about thirty students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at the lab. Nestled on the border of Acadia National Park, The Jackson Lab is surrounded with possibilities for outdoor adventure. Between hiking, swimming, biking, and bird watching, lab employees and locals are continuously inspired by the pristine landscape.
- Jefferson Public Citizens Program
- The Jefferson Public Citizen (JPC) program is a comprehensive academic public service program that integrates students’ academic, service and research experiences throughout their time at the University. It seeks to inspire students to act as engaged citizens through active community partnerships, research service projects, and scholarly reflection. JPC projects require students to address a documented community need or social problem. JPC groups establish a hypothesis, study best practices, collect data, propose solutions, and, when appropriate, implement them. A JPC project is conducted in collaboration with a community partner(s) and can be done locally, nationally, or internationally. JPC students present their project findings in the new student journal Public, published in collaboration with the Virginia Policy Review, and at the annual U.Va. Public Service conference.
- John Lewis Fellowship
- The John Lewis Fellowship will take place from July 5 through August 1, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.
As the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship, the John Lewis Fellowship offers 30 American and European university students the opportunity to explore race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues in Atlanta, Georgia.
The program honors Congressman John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. Humanity in Action has partnered with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., a major museum and civic institution in Atlanta, to create the fellowship. The John Lewis Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided through The Center.
Fellows in the John Lewis Fellowship will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites around Atlanta and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They will also draw upon the immense resources of The Center and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. Students from American universities will learn alongside Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland.
- Kenan Academical Village Endowment Award
- The William R. Kenan Endowment Fund of the Academical Village has established an endowment to fund educational outreach programs that further the educational mission of Jefferson’s Academical Village.
In accord with the stated purposes of the endowment, the 2015 summer grants will support educational opportunities for students to conduct research projects that increase public understanding of the Academical Village. These research projects may include architectural or field internships; development of exhibitions and other educational opportunities to inform and engage the public (of all ages) in the history, evolution, and restoration of this World Heritage site; preparation of materials on historic preservation for publication and public distribution; and other educational outreach initiatives.
At the conclusion of the research, award recipients must submit a final product (e.g., a creative project, a curriculum design, etc.) to document the results of the research project in publishable form along with a letter from the faculty sponsor assessing the outcome of the project.
- Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program
- The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.
- Marshall Jevons Fund
- The Marshall Jevons Fund was established to give small grants of up to $1000 to undergraduate students to support research projects and academic travel in the field of economics. Typical uses of the funds include attending conferences, conducting interviews, and acquiring specialized data.
- Mathematical Biosciences Institute Summer Research Program
- This NSF-funded program seeks to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts - each including a mix of educational and social experiences:
a high quality two-week program at MBI designed to introduce students to a variety of areas in mathematical biology;
a personalized six-to-eight week research experience (at one of the seven partner universities) that allows students to delve into depth in a particular topic; and
a one-week conference at MBI featuring student reports on their projects.
- Miller Center Undergraduate Research Award
- The Miller Center is a national, nonpartisan center with the mission to research, reflect, and report on American government. The Center provides research opportunities in political science for undergraduates. Students will work with a faculty advisor to conduct research in a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, presidential studies, American history, political science, foreign affairs, policy studies, law, political economy, and sociology.
- Morven Summer Institute Scholarships
- The Morven Summer Institute is an innovative summer program hosted on UVa's 3,000-acre Morven Farm, an emerging landscape for interdisciplinary learning at the University, located 20 minutes from UVA Grounds. At the Morven Summer Institute, undergraduate and graduate students with interests in sustainability, design, food systems, and ecology will have the opportunity to escape traditional confines of the classroom while working on projects with real-world applications.
Students participating in the 2014 Summer Institute select one 3-credit course from either (or both) of the 10-day summer blocks (Block A: May 19-May 30 and Block B: June 2-June 13). In conjunction with time spent in the classroom at Morven, this interdisciplinary program features guest speakers, field trips, active group discussions, and hands-on projects to ignite creative collaboration among students and faculty.
The Morven Summer Institute is a collaborative effort involving faculty from the School of Architecture and the College of Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Vice President for Research; and the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs.
Students from all years, departments, and outside Universities are welcome to join the Morven community for this unique program.
The Morven Summer Institute announces that it will offer up to four
partial scholarships for the summer of 2014.
The Morven Summer Institute (MSI) serves to bring University students out
to Morven Farm and into a “living laboratory”—a physical space where they can address questions of sustainability, ecology, and public health by conducting their own research, interacting with their environment, and making both local and global connections. Morven Farm is a 3,000 acre working farm owned by UVa located 15 minutes from Grounds. Through MSI, the farm becomes an extension of the Academical Village, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and enriching students’ education through experiential learning. In the past, students have selected from courses in architecture and social science, such as the Politics of Food and Farmers
Market Research, and from environmental science classes in agro-ecology and foodand nutrition.
This year, the program is widening its scope, offering not only the Food
Politics and Agro-Ecology courses, but also courses in Sustainability and Human Need and Global Health. Students in these classes conduct experiments in the kitchen garden to test the effects of natural pesticides and gardening techniques, and compare land use and production.
- Mount Vernon Fellows
- The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a competitive five-and-a-half week summer leadership program that offers a small, select group of rising college juniors unparalleled opportunities in the nation’s capital and on the famous estate of America’s first president.
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program invites undergraduate leaders from diverse academic disciplines to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington, and today's foremost leaders. This select, small cohort of rising college juniors will engage in dynamic academic workshops, experiential activities, and a capstone project that fully utilizes the rich resources of Washington, D.C., the nation’s newest presidential library, and the famous estate of America’s first president.
This five-and-a-half week residential summer fellowship is designed to create the next generation of our nation's top leaders. During this time, you will dig deep into a cause you believe in, interact with like-minded student leaders from across the country, and learn from the top corporate, military, government, and non-profit leaders in the nation. You will experience impactful personal growth, develop a network of professional contacts, present a mission-oriented service project, and become a lifelong member of a connected and engaged community of program alumni. Set against the exciting backdrop of our nation's capital and Mount Vernon, a vast variety of unparalleled cultural and networking opportunities await you.
- NASA Academies
- The NASA Academy is an intensive summer project for highly motivated and successful undergraduate and graduate students. The academy's purpose is to bring together the likely future leaders in space activity so that they learn at an early stage how NASA functions and become acquainted with each other personally and professionally. Support is provided by the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Project and a few commercial sponsors. Each year, the academy selects high-achieving students in a variety of academic disciplines from U.S. universities across the country.
The NASA Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge the participants and push them outside their comfort zones. It offers interns an intense learning experience that is either space- or aeronautics-based. All academy students will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide exciting and unforgettable summer experiences to engage and capture students within the NASA family.
The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and collaborations with aerospace industry and academia, with very little down time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.
The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership: Space/Aerospace, Robotics, Aeronautics, Lunar and Planetary Science, and Propulsion.
- National Cancer Institute's Integrative Cancer Biology Program
- The Summer Cancer Research Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for eligible sophomores and juniors to engage in innovative, integrative biology approaches to cancer research. Students will be paired with a faculty-mentor from the ICBP Center based on the student's indicated research interests.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation’s premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences and, as the lead Federal agency for technology transfer, it provides a strong interface between government, industry and academia. NIST offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. SURF students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with our nation’s top scientists and engineers. The Gaithersburg program is soliciting applications in the areas of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Chemical Science and Technology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering/Neutron Research, Building and Fire Research, and Information Technology. The SURF program in Boulder provides opportunities in: Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Materials Science and Engineering, and Physics.
- National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides an opportunity to work with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
- National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
- NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project where students work with the faculty and other researchers.
- National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center Summer Internships
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science & Technology Centers (STCs) are at the forefront of cutting-edge research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations and/or other public/private entities. The NSF -STC Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a cutting-edge field. There are currently 17 STCs nationally. Each Center has a specific research focus and you are encouraged to visit each of the Center’s websites to discover the uniqueness of their research goals and how your skills, experiences and interests align with their work.
Undergraduate and graduate students come to the National Science Foundation for a ten week summer experience to work in an office that aligns with the students' academic interests. NSF currently offers limited summer internships through the following organizations:
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) internship program has provided paid internships to thousands of students since 1992. HACU's mission is to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.
The Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM) internship program is designed to enhance the students' ability to: apply their knowledge to a summer internship assignment; increase their understanding of the educational needs of minorities; and instill a sense of responsibility for helping minority students from low-income families through participation in campus projects at their home institutions during the academic year.
The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program offers students of sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Participating students gain professional experience at work, take for-credit courses at American University focusing on Native American public policy concerns, and enjoy engaging social and cultural extra-curricular activities.
As an STC Undergraduate Scholar, your summer research experience will last eight to ten weeks. While varied between sites, your award will generally cover cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events. Although your research will be conducted at one of the STCs, you will be a part of a unique national scientific community consisting of undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students.
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
- The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) manages educational programs, including research placements for undergraduates, for many federal agencies. The ORISE website contains an extensive database of research opportunities at agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Rare Book School Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia
- Thanks to a generous grant made possible by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, Rare Book School (RBS) invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance UVA student research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials.
The RBS-UVA Fellowship Program provides UVA undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships to attend RBS’s celebrated courses on the history of books and printing—classes that are not available through UVA course offerings. The program introduces Fellows and their faculty sponsors to visiting peers and professionals in a dynamic environment that fosters hands-on collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning. The RBS-UVA Program not only provides Fellows with new tools and methods for engaging with primary source materials, it also publishes the scholarship of its participants (via its highly visited website), thereby providing other students with aspirational models of scholarly work and intellectual achievement.
Undergraduate and graduate students attend seminars at RBS that directly inform year-long projects (viz., a Distinguished Major’s thesis, a scholarly article, a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, a public exhibit) that they are undertaking. Once accepted to the program, Fellows: • prepare readings for the RBS course to which they have been accepted; • attend an RBS course offered during 2012 (most RBS courses are offered at UVA in June and July). During their year in the program, Fellows and their UVA faculty sponsors will continue to participate in the program through: • visits to RBS and consultation with RBS faculty and staff during the conduct of their research; • the submission of final projects for the Fellows’ interactive module on the RBS website; • the program’s annual forum and awards luncheon; • the completion of a year-end evaluation of the program.
- Raven Fellowship - U.Va.
The University of Virginia's Raven Society established the Raven Fellowships in 1984 to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to undertake scholarly, intellectual, and creative projects.
The Raven Society endeavors to bring together outstanding students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the various schools of the University that they may derive the benefits of mutual acquaintance in pursuit of diligent scholarship and intellectual activity beyond the limits of systematic work in the classroom. As such, the Raven Fellowships will be targeted towards innovative research projects that cross disciplines in novel ways. While all applications will be reviewed, special consideration will be given to those projects with a distinctly interdisciplinary focus. The Raven Society will award research fellowships in support of summer or fall independent research projects. Research may be related to a dissertation or thesis, however, it is strongly encouraged that the projects go above and beyond what is for academic credit. Each fellowship will award up to $2500, and each Fellowship recipient will receive the award at the Raven Society's annual banquet. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students will be given equal consideration. You need not be a member of the Raven Society to apply.
- Research Experience for Undergraduates at UVA's Blandy Experimental Farm
- The Blandy Experimental Farm of the University of Virginia provides 10 undergraduate research fellowships to students interested in ecology and environmental science each summer. Participating students will learn to formulate testable hypotheses about important ecological and evolutionary questions.
- Research Experience for Undergraduates at UVA's Mountain Lake Biological Station
- UVA's Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experience for Undergraduates brings students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week summer program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology. The program supports ten positions each summer. Applicants should have course experience in fields such as ecology, behavior, and evolution.
- Small Research and Travel Grants
- Each semester, undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences are awarded research and travel grants of varying dollar amounts. In 2011-12, more than 75 students were able to use these grants to conduct research, to present papers at scholarly conferences, or to travel to various research locations.
- Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship
- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program to help provide educational opportunities for future generations of scientists. In addition to investing in the world’s future scientific endeavors, Thermo Fisher Scientific prides itself on our eco-friendly operations and products, along with working with customers, industry, and the scientific community to advance environmental management and science. If you could please pass the following information along to your students, and post it on your website(s), it would be greatly appreciated. On our website, we have posted flier 1 and flier 2 for your use.
The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Fall 2014 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Fall 2014 semester.
In addition to these qualifications, students must also be legal United States residents, meaning that students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the United States are also eligible.
- U.Va. School of Medicine - Summer Research Internship Program
- The UVA School of Medicine offers summer research opportunities to qualified undergraduates who are considering a possible career in biomedical research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their sophomore, junior and senior college undergraduate years. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in one of the basic medical science departments at UVA for a one-on-one laboratory research experience, and will also participate in workshops and seminars during the term.
- UROP International
- The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at our university.
The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide.
The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course and an introduction to research and culture. Weeks 3 to 10 are settled around the research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University.
UROP International offers undergraduate students the unique chance to conduct their own research project, thus actively experiencing what research is like at an early stage of their academic career. While pursuing their projects, students are mentored and supervised by the excellent research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University.
Besides obtaining research experience, the students participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany.
Due to the huge success of the UROP International program, RWTH is doubling the number of research placements available. Now 60 students can take part in the program!
- UVA College Council Research Grants
- These grants are intended to help fund the scholarly projects of students of the College of Arts and Sciences. The College Council, the governing body of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsors these grants in order to promote a spirit of intellectual curiosity within the College, foster relationships between faculty and students, and best meet the needs of College students.
Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund
Semester Scholarly Endeavor Fund award amounts are each $500 and are intended to fund scholarly projects that are conducted during the respective semester. Scholarly projects include research in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as well as creative projects.
The Minerva Award
The College Council is proud to introduce the Minerva Award. The Roman Goddess Minerva can be found on the seal of the University standing on the lawn in front of the rotunda. Minerva was chose for the seal because she is the goddess of wisdom and the sponsor of the arts and creativity. It is this spirit of pursuing knowledge and creativity that the College Council hopes to promote with the Minerva Award. Three Minerva Awards of $3,000 will be awarded in order to fund larger scholarly projects that will be conducted by College students over the summer. Applications for Minerva Award are due mid-February.
- UVA MHIRT (Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training)
- The Center for Global Health at the University of Virginia will offer the UVa MHIRT Research Training Program: Training Future Leaders to Address Global Rural Health Disparities, with the support of a new Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities,
The UVa MHIRT Program will provide outstanding students (6 undergraduate and 2 graduate) with the opportunity to participate in an intensive, international, mentored research experience that extends the analysis of global rural health disparities using an interdisciplinary approach to appreciate more completely the complexity of global rural health and disease. The program offers under-represented minority (URM) students intensive, mentored research training and professional development experience which will help students to become more competitive for admission to graduate training and professional schools, and to develop skills essential for future success in conducting independent research. Selected candidates will work with mentors at International partner sites in Uganda, South Africa and St. Kitts and Nevis.
Developing human capacity for the conduct of rigorous research which targets factors contributing to rural health disparities in a rich, multi-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration will help to meet growing needs in public health. Supported by strong and enduring partnerships at UVa and with collaborating international sites, the MHIRT Program intends to promote multiple opportunities for outstanding under-represented minority students to excel in health science careers and make enduring contributions to the field.
- Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Scholarship
- The Virginia Space Grant Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program provides one-year, non-renewable support of up to $8,500 for undergraduates enrolled in a Virginia Space Grant University pursuing any field of study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with aerospace relevance. The University of Virginia is a member of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.