Month: January 2013

Rutgers Summer Research Program (RISE)

RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey, invites students to apply for our highly successful SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAMRiSE (Research iScience and Engineering), and We are seeking sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school. The RiSE advantage includes:
        ** CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE in over 30 programs in the sciences, math, engineering, and social & behavioral sciences, In the biomedical sciences, students can choose among > 200 labs at Rutgers, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,  In addition, we offer exciting interdisciplinary opportunities through our NSF IGERTs, and REU partnerships — Green Energy Technology (biofuels, synfuels, materials, nanotechnology, and engineering for clean energy), cellular bioengineering, pharmaceutical engineering, physics & astronomy, computational biology/bioinformatics, environmental sciences, and toxicology.
        ** OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – rigorous training in scientific speaking & writing, GRE prep, grad school workshops, career exploration, field trips
        ** EXCELLENT FUNDING: Stipend + on-campus housing + travel allowance
        ** ALUMNI SUCCESS: awards for presentations at national meetings & placement at top graduate schools
        ** GREAT LOCATION with professional & recreational advantages.
        ** FUN AND FRIENDSHIPS – vibrant multi-cultural community and social program.
        ** EASY ON-LINE APPLICATION: Rolling admissions starts at the end January and is highly selective. Apply now at!

International Research Opportunity in Biomedical or Behavioral Science!

Program Description

The Neuroscience International Program offers international research opportunities to qualified minority undergraduates.  The objective is to increase the awareness of international research issues and prospects, and acquaint students with a variety of careers in research, especially related to U.S. minority health problems.  The program provides round-trip airfare to the destination country, full tuition payment for two months (June, July) of research training in a foreign laboratory, room and board at the foreign institution, a monthly stipend for living expenses, and student health insurance for the duration of the program.  The students are expected to maintain a full-time work schedule (avg. 40 hours/week).  This time may include library work, lectures, etc.  There is no provision for over-time compensation.  Students will be required to submit a report of their research at the end of the training period.  There are also opportunities to present research work at conferences.  We currently have programs in:
FRANCE – Dr. Michel Salzet focuses on neuroimmunology & proteomics He directs a laboratory and offices at the University of Science and Technology of Lille in Lille, France.
DENMARK – Dr. Else Tønnesen focuses on immunological feasibility experiments on organ transport. She maintains a laboratory at the Århus University Hospital in Århus, Denmark.

SPAIN – Dr. Alfonso Carrascosa focuses on microbiology, particularly pathogens involved in fermentation. He is the Director of the Microbiology department at the Institute of Industrial Fermentations in Madrid, Spain.
–  Dr. Alberto Ferrus focuses on developmental neurobiology, particularly synapse and muscle regulation. He is the Director of the Cajal Institute in Madrid, Spain
– Dr. Cristina Suñol Esquirol is the director of the Biomedical Research Institute of Barcelona, Spain.  The focus of her lab is the study of neural mechanisms involved in the neurotoxicity of environmental toxicants of relevance for the public health by using in vitro neural systems.
ENGLAND – Dr. Lindy Holden-Dye directs a neurobiology laboratory at the University of Southampton, in England, and Dr. Robert J. Walker, is a professor emeritus at the University of Southampton. Together, they study neuronal communication in nematodes.

Eligibility and Qualifications

bullet Citizenship

Trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).  Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to participate in the MHIRT Program.

bullet Health Disparity Populations 

Trainees must be from a health disparity population as determined by the Director, NCMHD, in consultation with the Director, AHRQ.  For the purposes of this program, health disparity populations are defined as African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and the medically underserved (i.e., socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas).

This program will recruit trainees who could most benefit from a financially supported opportunity for an international scientific research experience, and who are most likely to pursue basic science, clinical, biomedical or behavioral health research careers that will contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in the U.S. and between populations living in developing countries and the U.S.

bullet Qualifications

Undergraduate participants should have completed approximately two years of coursework in a major related to biomedical or behavioral science, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and/or show other evidence of exceptional scientific interest and talent.  Previous undergraduate research experience is highly recommended before entering the MHIRT program.  Students will be required to show documented proof of their eligibility (i.e., proof of citizenship/residency, transcripts).

Priority is given to students of SUNY College at Old Westbury and this program’s affiliates (other SUNY institutions).  Students must have a valid passport.  Attendance will be required at several meetings/seminars held at the campus of SUNY College at Old Westbury for the purpose of educating students in bioethics and responsible research.


Complete applications must be submitted by February 15th of the year of the trip, to be eligible.  You may print out the application through the link below, or you may request an application by phone, mail, or fax (see our contact page).   Please be sure that all of the following are included when you return your application package:


Completed Application Form (Printable PDF form)
You will need Get Acrobat Reader to view and print this form. 


Documentation of Citizenship/Residency Status


Copy of most recent academic transcripts


Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Evaluations and the final decisions will be made based upon the student’s academic record, including GPA and relevant coursework, the compatibleness of the student’s goals with the potential research projects, prior research experience or strong evidence of interest in research, likelihood that the student will pursue a biomedical/behavioral research career, and other criteria such as languages spoken, faculty recommendations, special skills, etc.

Summer Internship with Marine Resources Center in Charleston, North Carolina!


The Marine Resources Division of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the cooperation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-NOAA)and state agencies is offering undergraduate minority science students internship positions at the Marine Resources Center on James Island (near Charleston), South Carolina. The 12-week program will be administered by staff of the Marine Resources Division (MRD) of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Research mentors and class instructors will be drawn from MRD staff at the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI), as well as from the College of Charleston (COC), Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML), Center for Coastal Ecosystem Health and Bio-molecular Research (CCEHBR) –(NOS/NOAA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), all situated within the Marine Resources Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Students will be offered a supportive yet challenging scientific experience: they will engage with scientific mentors to design and complete their own rigorous scientific project, take classes, participate in field work, present their work to peers, and have the chance to meet successful minority scientists.

In the spring (March-April) of 2013, interns will be selected to work for 12 weeks (May 13, 2013 – August 2, 2013) in Charleston, SC as paid internships, with financial support for stipends, travel, housing, and research project supplies. Applications will be accepted from science majors who have at least a 2.5 GPA in their major courses (2.0 overall). College transcripts and letters of recommendation from two professors are required. Applicants must provide written statements of fields of interest and goals. Students will be evaluated via scheduled telephone interviews and the information presented in their applications. Mentors experienced in various fields of marine, environmental and coastal ocean science (including chemistry, marine biology, marine policy, toxicology, microbiology, fisheries science, marine, estuarine and wetland ecology) will assist interns in completing independent research projects. Students will develop their research project, while learning scientific problem solving, writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will complete written reports and make oral presentations of their summer research. Participants will also receive classroom instruction on topics that will assist them with completion of their research and presentations.

Goals of the Program

  • Increase the number of undergraduate minorities who choose marine or environmental science as a profession;
  • Create opportunities for minority undergraduate students to complete independent, mentor-guided, research projects;
  • Provide minority students with opportunities to interact with successful scientific minority role models (including former MIMES Program participants) through invited special seminars and interactions with researchers;
  • Develop the skills and self-confidence of minority students needed for successful performance in advanced levels of study;
  • Offer continued mentorship beyond the scope of the 12-week summer program (e.g., by providing information regarding opportunities for minority undergraduates, offering letters of recommendation as requested, encouraging students to pursue other internships, advanced degrees, and careers in marine and environmental science fields).

Funding for this REU site is provide by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Science’s located in Arlington, VA. The NSF contact for this program is Lisa Rom, or 703-292-7709. NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

Summer Research Initiative at University of Maryland

An Overview of the Summer Research Initiative

The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. The program is designed to encourage and enhance the diversity of scholars working in the social and behavioral science fields.

In that spirit, we are interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of students, including African Americans, Latino/Hispanics, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, as well as students with research interests related to diverse communities

The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences;
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences at the University of Maryland;
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills;
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges, etc., to enhance students’ knowledge of the graduate application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral, and economic science; and
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavior, and economic sciences.

The SRI is part of the college’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. According to data from the National Science Foundation, the university ranks 8th in the country in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of Bachelor of Arts degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students in those fields. The Summer Research Initiative is an integral part of our efforts.

Summer Research Initiative 2013

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland’s 2013 Summer Research Initiative (SRI).  Our application cycle runs from December 1, 2012 – February 15, 2013.  Applications will be reviewed February – March, 2013 and selection announcements will be made in April, 2013.  The actual program runs 8 weeks, from June 3, 2013 – July 26, 2013.  Those selected will be expected to arrive to campus for the weekend program orientation on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

For more information and to apply, please click HERE

BSOS Departments

Summer Internships at UC Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford!

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is accepting applications for summer internship positions at UC Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford.

2013 E3S Summer Research Internship
Date: June 9-August 10, 2013
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, and Stanford
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013

What is the E3S Summer Research Program? An intensive  9-week, paid internship that introduces energy efficient electronics science to undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in science and engineering. Summer interns have the opportunity to join E3S researchers working in a collaborative and innovative environment to make fundamental breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and material science of electronics systems. Learn more at:

Internship Overview

  • Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects developing materials and devices for ultra-low energy electronics
  • Summer salary: $4,000 stipend
  • Live and work in Boston or the San Francisco Bay Area: Travel to/from institution, summer housing, and meals provided
  • Mentorship: Work one-on-one with research mentor and program staff
  • Professional development: Attend graduate school preparation seminars, GRE prep course, research seminars, and lab tours


·         US citizen or permanent resident

·         Rising sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors

·         Engineering and physical science majors

·         Minimum GPA: 3.25

Questions or addition information: Contact Sharnnia Artis at or 510-664-4467

UB STEM F.A.N. Mixer (Food, Alumni & Networking)

Dear UB STEM students,

You are all highly encouraged to RSVP and attend this event. Please see the flyer below for more information!



2013 Nanotechnology REU at UMass Amherst

Dear Students and Colleagues:

Please forward this announcement to all those who might be interested:

Applications are now available for the summer 2013 REU program in nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is now accepting applications.

For undergraduate students planning for a career in cutting edge research, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program in Nanotechnology at UMass might be for you.  The ten week lab-and-learning experience will give you a head start on a field that is truly at the forefront of knowledge–nanotechnology!

For all the program details, please visit:

– Ten weeks, May 28 – August 3, 2013

– Free housing in our newest dorms

– Free travel to and from campus

– Competitive stipend of $3400

– Application deadline is Feb 28, 2013

Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.  Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  Undergraduate majors in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Physics, and Polymer Science & Engineering are recommended for the program.

Thanks for your consideration!

Michael Westort, SURE Program Coordinator

Government Internship with Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant


Erie County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) is seeking six students to serve as unpaid interns for the Spring 2013 semester.

Interns will assist the elected legislators and their support staff during the regular session of the Erie County Legislature for college credit or for experience, and will be expected to commit to 15 hours of service a week. Interviews will be scheduled with prospective intern candidates to determine the selected interns; women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

           The desired intern qualifications are:

  • A strong desire to learn about public policy and the legislative process;
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Mature judgment;
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced environment.

Duties may include assisting staff in the day-to-day operations within the Legislative offices; answering inquiries by phone and through written communications; preparing letters, memos, certificates, resolutions, proclamations or reports; assisting with research assignments and special projects; analyzing policy; attending meetings or community events; filing, faxing, photocopying, etc.

Students meet weekly with legislators, department heads, and various committee members to deepen their understanding of all components of local government. Students interact with County officials as they learn about the function of county government, the procedures for introducing new legislation, and the roles of the various departments in each branch. Interns will be supervised by a legislative staff person and will be assigned to either subject-oriented committees or to the offices of the Democratic staff.

For more information, please contact intern program coordinator Shiana Denise Eve at 858-8853 or jean grant

Fellowship Scholarship Workshop

Strategies to finding and winning Nationally Competitive Fellowship Opportunities:

This workshop will introduce various prestigious National and International Scholarships & Fellowships.  These awards provide undergraduate and graduate funding to outstanding students.  The session will begin to lay important groundwork for you by providing information and strategies to follow to maximize your success in pursuing these opportunities. This workshop will cover fellowships and scholarships only open to US Citizens. Not intended for International students.

The session will take place on:

Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm in 107 Capen Hall.Fellowship Scholarship Workshops S2013