Month: February 2014

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program – Application due March 3rd!


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:

  • Scholarship support
  • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
  • Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation


The NIH UGSP will pay up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses to scholarship recipients. Scholarships are awarded for 1 year, and can be renewed up to 4 years.


For each full or partial scholarship year, you are committed to two NIH service obligations. The obligations are actually benefits of the UGSP, providing you with invaluable research training and experience at the NIH.

  1. 10-week Summer Laboratory Experience. After each year of scholarship support, you will train for 10 weeks as a paid summer research employee in an NIH research laboratory. This employment occurs after the receipt of the scholarship award. Each scholar will be assigned to an NIH researcher and an NIH postdoctoral fellow, who will serve as mentors. You will also attend formal seminars and participate in a variety of programs.
  2. Employment at the NIH after Graduation. After graduation, you will continue your training as a full-time employee in an NIH research laboratory. You must serve 1 year of full-time employment for each year of scholarship.


You must meet all of these requirements in order to be eligible for admission into the UGSP.

  • U.S.A. citizen or U.S.A. permanent resident
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year undergraduate institution located in the United States of America
  • Undergraduate University Grade Point Average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or within the top 5 percent of your class
  • Having ‘Exceptional Financial Need’ as certified by your undergraduate institution financial aid office

Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & Environment REU at Stony Brook

REU Site: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment is an opportunity for qualified, academically talented and motivated undergraduates interested in eventually pursuing their doctoral degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline at Stony Brook University. The program gives students an intensive research experience with leading researchers in the field.

Participants will work with a faculty mentor and become fully integrated into active research groups using state-of-the-art facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with their faculty mentor, attend seminars on Research Methods and Graduate School Preparation, participate in workshops and present their research results at the REU Symposium and Closing Ceremony at the completion of the program.

Dates for the 2014 session: May 27 – August 1, 2014

Program Components:

  • Full time research supervised by a faculty mentor
  • Research Methods and Graduate School Preparation Workshops
  • “Mid Week Lunch Seminar” – every week a faculty member will present a topic based professional development or academic workshop
  • Poster Presentation at REU Symposium and Closing Ceremony


  • Participants will receive a $4000 summer stipend for full time research
  • Lodging and meals will be provided to all participants. A $300 travel award will be provided for those participants living more than 75 miles from the Stony Brook Campus
  • Priority deadline is March 7, 2014 (rolling thereafter)


  • Open to all undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must have completed at least their freshman year; graduating seniors are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

2014 NE Regional Sigma Xi Conference

2014 NE Regional Sigma Xi Conference

Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, New York.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. J. Peter Gergen
Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Director, Center for Developmental Genetics
Director, Undergraduate Biology
Stony Brook University


Early bird registration (March 1st): Faculty  $50; Students $25

After April 1st

Faculty $60

Onsite registration $65

(Students do not pay late fees)

Vendor $200

The registration fee covers all conference costs, including the cost for breakfast and lunch and conference gifts. All attendees must register. Members and non-members are welcome. Faculty mentors are welcome to come with their students. Please check this web site for updated information and additional links.
We need judges for the poster presentations.

​If you prefer to mail your payment:

Fernando Nieto
SUNY College at Old Westbury
PO BOX 210
Old Westbury, NY 11568​

(write your checks out to “Polytech/SUNY Old Westbury Chapter”)

​Abstract submission

Abstract deadline- March 8th, 2014.

Acceptance notification by March 25th, 2014.

Location: SUNY College at Old Westbury, Campus Center.
Directions are available at the website:
Parking is free.

Cornell University LSAMP REU – Applications Due March 1st!

As a member of the ULSAMP, Cornell University hosts the Cornell University LSAMP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CU-LSAMP REU).

LSAMP Summer Research Scholar

June 1 – August 8, 2014

CU LSAMP REU is a summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP REU was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in STEM.

CU LSAMP-R offers participants:

  • Approximately 10 weeks of research (June 1- August 8)
  • A research stipend of $4,000
  • A round-trip travel stipend up to $300 for students living outside of Ithaca, NY
  • A double room in a residential hall
  • A campus bus pass or a campus parking pass
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries, computer/study lounges, etc.

Further, CU LSAMP-R participants have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a meaningful research agenda and conduct research with a faculty research mentor
  • Present a scientific research talk
  • Design a research poster and discuss their poster presentation of their research at a symposium on campus
  • Submit a written report at the end of the summer research activity that may lead to a publication

Interested students are highly encouraged to view our CU LSAMP REU Frequently Asked Questionsto gain more insight about the program.


  • Participants of CU LSAMP REU  must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and African American, Hispanic/Latino(a), American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least two semesters of college by the start of the Summer Research Program
  • Have at least two semesters remaining of their undergraduate education at the start of the summer program

To Apply [CU LSAMP-REU application]

SUNY at Albany Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship for STEM Master’s or Ph.D. Students

The University at Albany is a recent recipient of the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship grant, funded by the NSF. We are now actively recruiting nine (9) talented Fellows for this prestigious award for the 2014-15 academic year. We welcome nominations of capable STEM students for the fellowship program.


  • Have participated in an LSAMP Program (or similar programs such as McNair, CSTEP, AGEP at a LSAMP institution – see application)
  • Have obtained a Bachelors in a STEM Discipline
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Plan to matriculate into a STEM masters or doctoral degree program at the University at Albany


  • A two year fellowship of $30,000 annually
  • Full tuition, fees  and  health insurance,
  • Support services and faculty /professional  mentoring
  • Opportunities to attend academic and professional workshops.

STEM Graduate Programs 

  • Atmospheric Science – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Biology – M.S., M.S Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy, M.S. Forensic Biology, Ph.D.
  • Biomedical Sciences – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Biometry and Statistics – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Chemistry – M.S. Applied Chemistry, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Computer Science, M.S., Ph.D.
  • Environmental Health – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Epidemiology – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Physics – M.S., Ph.D.
  • Psychology – Ph.D.-Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Mathematics – M.A., PhD.
  • Nanoscale Engineering – M.S., Ph.D., Ph.D./M.D. (SUNY Downstate College of Medicine)

Also, please feel free to consult  our website: for more in-depth information and the Bridge to the Doctorate  application.

Sit With Me Celebration at the University at Buffalo – March 4th!

Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites the UB community to recognize the important role women play in creating technology. Join us for this conversation. About diversity. About challenges women face in IT. About opportunity. About the future.

The celebration features an information fair and networking hour, keynote address by Dr. Liesl Folks, Dean of UB’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and a panel discussion with distinguished women in technology.

LSAMP Summer Research Program at RPI – Due March 3rd!

LSAMP Summer Research Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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The Office of Graduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invite underrepresented* minority undergraduate students in the STEM fields to conduct research with Rensselaer faculty for eight weeks during the summer of 2014. This program is designed to help curious and solution-oriented students gain confidence in the lab, develop enthusiasm for graduate school, cultivate a
professional network, and earn attractive qualifications.


Sunday, June 8, 2014 through Saturday August 2, 2014
LSAMP Online Application


  • Mentorship in a Rensselaer Lab
  • Professional Development
  • Opportunity to Present Research Findings
  • Living Allowance of $350 per week
  • On-Campus Room and Board


  • Full-time, eight week commitment
  • Participation in all program activities


  • Applicant must be a US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Rising junior or senior in the Fall of 2014

To Apply: For application, click here.

Application components include:

  • Application Form
  • One Page Personal Statement (one page describing your interest in pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM field)
  • One Recommendation Letter from a Faculty Member
  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial are acceptable)

Application Deadline: March 3, 2014

Contact: Heather Carbary, Office of Graduate Education,, (518) 276-3048
Additional Information

  • Selected participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Rooms will be “doubles” – you will have a roommate.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is located in Troy, NY (Upstate New York), approximately 150 miles from New York City.
  • What is the Capital Region (Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Troy) like? Visit the following websites for more information:
    – Rensselaer New Grad Students Website
    – Times Union Website
    – Albany Events Website
    – Downtown Troy Events Website

*African-American, Alaskan Native, Native American, Hispanic American, or Native Pacific Islander.

This program is funded by the generous support of the NSF, through the Upstate New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, and through the Diversity Portfolio of Rensselaer.

MIMES Internship Program (Marine & Environmental Science) – Due March 15th

In the spring (March-April) of 2014, students will be selected to work for 12 weeks (May 19, 2014 – August 8, 2014) in Charleston, SC as paid internships, with financial support for stipends, travel, housing, and research project supplies provided by NSF. 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).

Research Experiences for Minority Students: Program Requirements

Applications will be accepted from science majors who have at least a 2.5 GPA in their major courses (2.0 overall).

Applicants must provide:

In addition to the MIMES program, other undergraduate research opportunities are available.

Note – Completed application packages should be postmarked no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to make arrangements to have hard copies of all of these application materials sent by U.S. Postal Service together in a single envelop to the contact information shown below.

  • MIMES Poster

UMass REU in Nanoscale Science & Engineering – Due February 28th

The 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) in Nanoscale Science & Engineering

If you’re interested in nanotechnology and want to get a head start on an exciting career, then apply today to the SURE program–a ten-week summer undergraduate research program in Nanoscale Device Development at UMass Amherst. You will work on real cutting-edge research projects with faculty mentors and graduate student lab mates as you build your own scientific foundation for the future.

Funded through the National Science Foundation, we offer a competitive stipend, free lodging and a travel to campus, and activities and events for outside the lab. You simply can’t afford not to take advantage of this opportunity. The 2014 SURE Program will run from May 27 to August 2.

Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. Undergraduate majors in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Physics, and Polymer Science & Engineering are recommended for the program.

Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

2014 SURE REU Projects (tentative)

A. Responsive polymer nanostructures

B. Environmental Impact of Nanoparticles

C. Polymer Templates for Organic-based Photovoltaics

D. Properties of nanoscale DNA structures

E. Organic and Polymer Single-Crystalline Solar Cells

F. Polymers for use in Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting

G. Modeling Self-Limited Assemblies of Chiral Nanofilaments
(Joint participation in the SMaRT Program, see project abstract)

H. Molecular Modeling of Polymer Translocation
(Joint participation in the SMaRT Program, see project abstract)

I.Nanoparticle-based sensing of proteins, bacteria, and human cells

J. Drug, DNA, and siRNA delivery to cells using gold nanoparticles

K. Integrating top-down nanofabrication processes with bottom-up nanoparticle assembly

L. Synthetic cell penetrating peptide mimics

M. Novel hydrogels with tunable properties

For questions, please contact the SURE Program Coordinator at

UPenn REU In Materials Science – Due March 1st

The LRSM, a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), will offer twenty Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. Successful applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents. Each will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a current materials research project in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering. Summer Fellows will have access to all the research facilities of the LRSM and of other laboratories, as required. University faculty will give a series of lectures on materials science and the Fellow will be expected to both write a short research report at the end of the fellowship period and also give an oral presentation to the group. An award will be given for the best paper. Fellows will also have access to the libraries, computer centers and recreational and athletic facilities of the University.

REU 2005 studentFellowships will normally be for a ten-week period, from June 2 through August 8, 2014, and will carry a stipend of $5,000. Fellows should have completed their junior year by the beginning of the fellowship period, although consideration will be given to exceptionally well-qualified sophomores. Students requiring accommodation will be housed in university dormitories at reduced rates.

Candidates should send a brief letter of application, which summarizes the pertinent courses they have taken (include transcript), outlines their career interests, and report on any previous research experience. At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the applicant’s current college is required and this may accompany the application or be sent, separately, to the address given below.

Applications should be mailed as soon as possible but no later than March 1, 2014 and results will be announced in letters mailed no later than April 1, 2014. The NSF-REU program provides financial support for Summer Fellowships. Applications from women and minorities (defined as African-Americans, Hispanics, Native American Indians and Pacific Islanders), and the disabled, are especially encouraged and should be so identified.


click for [ On-Line Application Form ] (preferred)

more information:

Mark Licurse, Assistant Director of Education
Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter
University of Pennsylvania
3231 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6202

Tel. (215) 898-6461
Fax (215) 573-4759