Month: February 2016

Michigan Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program – Apply by Mar. 25th

Application Process

The 2016-17 application is now open and will close March 25, 2016.


All applications are carefully reviewed and evaluated by our Advisory Committee and we contact all of our applicants with a response in April.

Please ensure that you meet the following PREP Eligibility criteria before applying:

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the Michigan Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program is stipulated by NIH grant requirements.

Applicants to PREP:

  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Must have already graduated or be in the process of graduating with a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically relevant science, from an accredited U.S. college or university, no more than 36 months prior to applying to PREP.
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Must belong to groups considered underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the NIH, including: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds (socially, culturally, economically, or educationally). Applications are especially encouraged from students who are African American/Black; Hispanic/Latino American; Native American Indian/Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
  • Must plan to apply to a Ph.D. program in a biomedically relevant science after successful completion of PREP.

Application Details

The 2016-17 application will is now open.

Apply Now

Applicants must complete an online application which includes an essay portion, and provide electronic unoffical copies of college transcripts from all institutions attended, and three letters of recommendation. Once an applicant matriculates into our program we ask that offical transcripts conferring their degree prior to July 1, 2015 be mailed in to our office.


REU Program in Climate Science at Penn State – Apply by Mar. 15th

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 REU Program in Climate Science.

Objectives of the REU program

    • To bring together a diverse group of students in an environment where they can learn how to ask, answer, and communicate research questions in the area of climate science by using cutting edge tools to apply the scientific method: hypothesis, observation, experimentation, data analysis, interpretation, prediction, and dissemination of results.
    • To instruct students how to use and become fluent in accessing the primary scientific literature, gain experience in experimental design and data collection, and participate in experiments using both up-to-date observation systems and numerical climate models.
  • To acquire skills in integrating interdisciplinary research and estimate rates of environmental change to address problems related to climate change.

Applications for REU 2016

We are now accepting applications. All application materials should be sent to

    • To apply for the REU program, download this�Application PDF file
    • In addition to completing the Application PDF file, applicants must provide the following:
      • a personal statement describing
        • Previous research experience
        • Your short- and long-term goals
        • What you hope to gain by participating in a research program
      • a cover letter
      • a resume
      • an unofficial transcript
      • two letters of reference
  • All materials should be sent electronically to this email address: All materials must be received by March 15, 2016. Notification of successful candidates will begin shortly thereafter.

REU in Tropical Ecology at University of Puerto Rico – Apply by Feb. 28th!

Tropical Ecology and Evolution, Puerto Rico

Summer 2016
– We are now accepting applications. Deadline Feb 28th.

Our summer program provides research experiences for undergraduate students in areas of ecology (streams, plant communities, soils) and evolution (plant-pollinator interactions).

We study the tropical rainforest of Puerto Rico at various levels of organization, ranging from genes to ecosystems.  Field research is conducted at El Verde Field Station, in El Yunque National Forest.

Program description

Our goal is to promote a scientific foundation for students, by:

  • Immersing students in an active research environment.
  • Providing students with the opportunity to study and conduct research in an ecosystem and culture not easily accessible at their home institution.
  • Providing educational activities designed to equip students with the necessary tools to conduct scientific research.
  • Providing guidance from established scientists while they develop an independent research project.

This is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.

Click here to apply for summer 2016

Students work on a research project under the advice of a faculty mentor. Students also participate of seminars and workshops on data analysis and presentation, and scientific techniques (e.g., stream studies, population measurements). An ethical component is focused on issues likely to be encountered by students in their careers and discussions on the role of scientists in society. Overall, our goal is to positively impact student careers by providing them with the tools needed to conduct scientific research in any area of science, with emphasis on Tropical Ecology and Evolution, and by stressing the impact that scientists could have in our society if they take active roles.

In general, the program runs from the first week of June until the first week of August. To complete the 10-week program, the program sometimes starts at the end of May.

For summer 2016 the dates are: May 30 – August 5


  • There is no cost for participating students.
  • The student will receive a stipend of $5,250 for the ten weeks duration of the program.
  • Round-trip plane ticket from your home institution to Puerto Rico will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $600.
  • The program will cover housing at El Verde Field Station.
  • Students prepare their own meals and a food allowance is provided to cover the cost of groceries.

At this point, we can only enroll US citizens and permanent residents.

For additional information, please check our FAQ section

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship at Binghamton

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at Binghamton University (National Science Foundation Award 1500455) has eight (8) available spots for Fall 2016.

Binghamton University provides application fee waivers to LSAMP undergraduate students. Additionally, our STEM graduate programs will accept late applications for Bridge to the Doctorate.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participation in a LSAMP program during undergrad
  • Bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discipline with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Acceptance into a STEM graduate program at Binghamton University
  • Desire to pursue a PhD in a STEM discipline


  • $30,000 stipend plus tuition, fees and student health insurance waiver to complete master’s
  • $30,000 stipend plus tuition, fees and insurance waiver in years 3, 4, & 5 if qualified to advance to PhD
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Participation in professional conferences and meetings
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support

Visit our table at the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority participation Research Symposium 2016, National Harbor, MD February 22-24th, to learn more or apply now!

NanoSafe REU at West Virginia University – Apply by March 18th!

Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials

REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity. The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. The REU Site provides a diverse pool of projects through 18 faculty advisors each supporting independent research integrated within three NanoSAFE areas of focus: (1) design and fabrication of advanced performance nanomaterials, (2) biomolecular and inorganic material characterization, (3) and toxicity assessment. These research foci support an iterative approach enabling researchers to realize high performance nanomaterials that can safely support manufacturing processes. Faculty collaborate across research groups and students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing, while receiving professional development throughout the 10-week summer activity through workshops, speakers, and scientific conferences.

We offer a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is pending funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry (DMR-1004431) with recreational activities funded by WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Our program runs May -July and takes place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.


Completion of this electronic form constitutes the first part of your application to the Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site.

Application Portal Here

You must also submit (regular mail preferred): 1) official or unofficial verifiable undergraduate transcripts (sent directly) and 2) a recommendation letter from a faculty member within your discipline or from a research adviser (sent directly and preferably from a faculty member at your home institution) which addresses your potential/abilities/motivation for engaging in research to:

Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site Application – 2016
c/o NanoSAFE
313 White Hall PO Box 6315
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315
Tel: (304)293-7382; email:

Chemistry REU at West Virginia University – Apply by March 18th!

Applications are now open for the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University (Award # CHE-1559654). This REU Site provides participants (~10 participants per year) with ten-weeks of summer research experiences that are intellectually stimulating, have societal relevance, and improve participants’ research self-efficacy by rapidly moving participants from dependence to a relatively independent status. Site objectives are to:

  1. provide authentic research opportunities for students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and attending predominately undergraduate institutions;
  2. involve participants in research projects that benefit society, either directly or indirectly;
  3. improve participant understanding of the research enterprise (from project inception, attainment of funding, to research completion, and dissemination of results); and
  4. retain participants within the chemistry/biochemistry major and encourage them to continue to post-baccalaureate opportunities.

REU Program Dates? May 23-July 29, 2016; (10 weeks in duration; with Memorial Day on May 30 and July 4th as holidays)

REU Site Location? The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV

Who Can Apply? REU participants must be/have:

  • citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories;
  • undergraduates enrolled at an institution of higher education (students from community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply);
  • college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of the fall 2016 semester;
  • enrolled in chemistry or biochemistry undergraduate degree programs (baccalaureate or associate and part-time or full-time; pre-majors also considered); and
  • grade point average of 2.8 or above in STEM undergraduate coursework.

Students from groups underrepresented within the chemistry and biochemistry disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply.

NOTE: WVU students are not eligible for this WVU-based REU Site. WVU students are encouraged to apply to REU Sites at other institutions or to the WVU-based SURE Site.

REU Participant Benefits? Stipend of $5,000 ($500/week for 10-weeks), lodging, meal expenses, travel reimbursement to/from REU Site (limited to ~$250/participant) and comprehensive training to move participants toward intellectual and research independence.

? Applications for the 2016 Chemistry REU Site are now open!
2016 Chemistry REU at West Virginia University (May 23 to July 29, 2016): Student Application & flyer.

Application Deadline? Review of completed applications will begin March 18, 2016. The online application will be closed at midnight on March 18, 2016. Priority will be given to applications completed by the March 18 review date.

Advice to Student Applicants – Before beginning the online Student Application, we suggest you take some time to fashion your short essay so that you can spell check, proofread, and obtain feedback on it before submission. In your short essay (300-600 words), you should state your motivation in applying to the REU program (i.e., Professionally speaking, what do you hope to get out of/learn from the program? How can you contribute to research ongoing at WVU? What do you bring to the table? What area(s) of research are of interest to you and why are you interested in those specific areas and, more generally, in scientific research? Why should you be awarded a REU appointment this summer?). A good essay is important! Use the “Personal Statement” tips available at the WVU Career Services Center  and at ASPIRE.

Available Research Projects? Participants will receive an integrated experience where research and education are concurrent priorities. Available research projects address fundamental questions related to the chemistry of health, including for example, the development of therapeutic drugs for detection or treatment of diseases (Alzheimer’s, cancer); andcatalysis in chemistry, including for example, the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals using sustainable and biocompatible methods, and examining the combustion process, both experimentally and theoretically, in order to reduce environmentally harmful emissions. Projects will focus on the potential of research to benefit society both directly and indirectly in the fields of health care, forensics/criminology, energy, sustainability, and transportation. REU participants will engage in joint efforts with expert faculty advisers to enrich their educational experience. Click on the link above or read about faculty members’ research interests for more information on available research projects. Research projects may vary from year to year and will be updated as needed.

Participant Activities? REU participants carry out full-time research on a chemistry/biochemistry focused research project. Research will be supplemented by training in:

  • general topics of basic laboratory safety and chemical management, animal compliance in research, and scientific ethics;
  • library skills specific to the chemistry discipline (e.g., use of ChemDraw, SciFinder Scholar, Web of Science);
  • basic instrumentation for chemical structure determination (e.g., crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, surface imaging techniques);
  • research project presentations by faculty advisers;
  • oral communication and poster presentation skills; and
  • career building (resumes, interviewing, elevator speech).

Other components include:

  • career mentoring by speakers from academia, industry, and governmental laboratory facilities;
  • peer mentoring by current graduate students;
  • scientific tour (e.g., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or IBM’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory);
  • workshops on for example graduate school, career building, STEM outreach and scientific communication, prestigious scholarships; and
  • culminating judged, poster presentation at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium attended by 80+ student presenters and 250+ faculty, administrators, graduate students, and members of the general public.

Team Building Activities?
To facilitate formation of the REU cohort, REU participants will engage in team building activities biweekly on weekends. The state of West Virginia and the Laurel Highlands area of Western Pennsylvania offer a multitude of outdoor recreational activities within one-hour drive of WVU. Past participants have engaged in:

Questions? Contact Office of Undergraduate Research, c/o Chemistry REU Site, email:; phone: (304)293-9354.

Environmental Management Summer Internship – Apply by Feb. 28th

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking highly motivated and energetic undergraduate students interested in an environmental management summer internship. This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM), provides students from Minority Serving Institutions an opportunity to conduct research with a focus on environmental management and cleanup.

This 10-week paid summer research experience balances time between engagement with relevant research activities, content driven seminars, laboratory tours showcasing cutting-edge science and technology, career development activities and social events.

To be eligible, students must:

*   Be currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student from a Minority Serving Institution<>. It is up to each institution to determine if they are eligible.
*   Be 18 years or older at the start of the program.
*   U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying.
*   Have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
*   Proof of coverage under a health insurance plan for the duration of their internship.
To apply, students must:

*   Complete the online application<>.
*   Submit two letters of recommendation.
Over the years, Argonne has supported thousands of students in their explorations of STEM research careers; provided access to cutting-edge research facilities and fostered relationships with world-class scientists all within 30 miles of Chicago.

Please share with your networks. For information about DOE-EM’s MSIPP Internships, contact the MSIPP Program Manager, Connie Yung, at (803) 725-9032 or<>.

MSIPP Internships

The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that compliment current and future missions of DOE national laboratories. The MSIPP Internships program is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our industry.

MSIPP Interns will be given the opportunity to complete Summer Internships aligned with ongoing U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) research under the direction of a host national laboratory. The internship will be performed at the host national laboratory, utilizing their facilities and equipment under the guidance of a senior research staff member.

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students.

Online application opens:  January 22, 2016
Applications due:  February 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET
Recommendations due:  March 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET

Final selection and appointment is by rolling admission, and is made at the discretion of the MSIPP Internships Program Manager.  The selection process will take place throughout the application time period, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

REU in Raptor Research – Apply by Feb. 16


  • FAQ
  • APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2016 are now Open.  Applications are due by February 16, 2016.  Please visit the Application Tab above to apply.

    The REU Site in Raptor Research (REU-RR) is funded by the National Science Foundation and Boise State University.  REU-RR is a 10-week summer research program located at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.  Field and laboratory research projects are available for students.

    The goal of the REU-Raptor Research site is to engage undergraduates in biological research using birds of prey (hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles) as model systems.  Though partnerships among the Department of Biological Sciences and Raptor Research Center at Boise State University, The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Intermountain Bird Observatory, College of Western Idaho, and the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, undergraduates will spend 10 weeks conducting field and/or laboratory research under the guidance of experienced mentors from academia, government, and NGOs.  Students also  participate in a core program that includes workshops on the biology of diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey, endangered species restoration, responsible conduct of research, applying to graduate school, the publication process, and communication in science.  The summer research experience for REU-RR participants culminates with a statewide interdisciplinary summer undergraduate research conference (ICUR) that provides participants the opportunity to communicate their work to a diverse audience of students and scientists.

    Tentative Dates for SUMMER 2016 are May 23 – July 30, 2016

    Applications for Summer 2016 are now being accepted.  Please see the Application Tab for additional information and to apply to REU-Raptor Research.  Please know that REU-Raptor Research welcomes your application. We are especially interested in receiving applications from groups underrepresented in science (women and racial minorities), first generation college students, persons with disabilities, veterans of military service, and students from institutions where research opportunities in STEM are limited.

    If you have questions, please see FAQ tab or contact:
    Dr. Jim Belthoff, REU-RR
    Department of Biological Sciences and
    Raptor Research Center
    Boise State University
    Boise, ID 83725

Nebraska Summer Research Program – Apply by March 1st

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a consortium of NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other summer research opportunities programs (SROP).

One unique feature of the Nebraska Summer Research Program is the partnership between the REU and SROP programs and the Office of Graduate Studies. Students benefit in having a community of scholars in which to learn and to share research with.

This intensive summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

Application Dates

APPLICATION OPENS Sunday, November 15, 2015
PRIORITY DEADLINE Monday, February 1, 2016
DEADLINE Tuesday, March 1, 2016

See app form for exact time when form will stop accepting submissions.

DECISIONS COMPLETE Friday, April 1, 2016

Program Dates

Sunday, June 5, 2016
PROGRAM BEGINS Monday, June 6, 2016
PROGRAM ENDS Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016