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  • NEW! Backyard Brains opens the 2018 (Paid) Summer Research Fellowship Applications
  • Calling for Undergraduates in Biology or Engineering Fields. Are you a neuroscience nerd? Do you want to learn how the brains of animals like squids or dragonflies work? Is your background in Electrical, Mechanical or Computer Engineering? Want to develop your own innovative experiments and publish your results? Learn to communicate those stunning results with the public? Maybe even all of the above? Then you're in luck!

    The Backyard Brains Summer Research Fellowship is an intensive 10 paid week program for undergraduates to participate in hands-on neuroscience research and experiment design with award winning neuroscientists. This is the 5th year of running our prestigious (and paid) summer program and this year it will run from May 21, 2018 to Aug 3, 2018 in Downtown Ann Arbor, MI. All applications must be received by noon eastern time (12:00 PM, EST) on March 22, 2018 to be eligible. We will be notifying applicants of their status by March 29, 2018.

    Sign up here:

  • NEW! Summer Internship Opportunities at Missouri Botanical Gardens and The St Louis Zoo
  • The Living Earth Collaborative offers paid, 10-week research internships at the zoo and Botanical Garden for Washington University undergraduates.
    For more information visit:

  • NEW! Summer 2018 Internships Southern Illinois University Medicine
  • Applications for the 2018 summer lab internships at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University Medicine are now being accepted through March 15. The cancer institute will award four positions to qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in medicine or biomedical research with a focus on cancer. The paid summer internship provides hands-on experience for college undergraduates and are awarded on a competitive basis.

    Selected interns will learn laboratory skills and concepts of cancer biology while working under the supervision of SCI faculty members. One internship position will be offered at the SIU Carbondale campus. The remaining three will be at the School of Medicine campus in Springfield, IL.


    Qualified undergraduates are defined as individuals who have completed their freshman year of college by June 2018 and will enter their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2018.†

    Applicants are required to submit a current college transcript, resume and a personal statement letter describing current studies, activities and future career goals. Applicants must also arrange to have two letters of reference from college instructors submitted prior to the deadline.

    Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document and emailed to Theresa Casson at†Instructors should email their reference letters directly to Theresa Casson.†Contact Theresa with any questions or for additional information at 217-545-2220.

    The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is

  • NEW! Summer 2018 An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Georgetown University
  • Georgetown University's REU Site program in Environmental Science and Policy in the NationĘs Capital is seeking talented and engaged undergraduate students. This ten-week program will bring a cohort of ten students to Washington, D.C. to conduct hands-on research in environmental science at Georgetown University and to take part in a mini-curriculum that builds research skills and also explores the intersections of science and public policy. Participating research mentors have expertise in fields including behavior, ecology, conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, mathematical modeling of biological systems, statistics for environmental and biological studies, and earth science. See mentor research descriptions on the program web site. Interested students are encouraged to contact potential mentors directly.

    The 2018 program will run from June 04 - August 12. Students will be housed on the Georgetown campus and will receive a $5500 stipend plus an allowance for travel and food. To be eligible, applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents, a full-time student as of August, 2018, and available to participate full-time during the program. We are striving for a diverse group, so students from groups typically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Review of applications will begin on February 19, 2018 and will be accepted on a continuing until all positions are filled.

    For more information on the program and to apply, visit:

    For inquiries, contact the principal investigator Dr. Matthew B. Hamilton (, or co-principal investigator Dr. Martha Weiss (

  • NEW! Harvard School of Public Health
  • Summer Programs at Harvard 2018[1].pdf

  • NEW! Brooklyn College and the City University of New York
  • Brooklyn College and the City University of New York are now accepting applications for a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Urban Ecology and the Environment that will run this summer between June 5 and August 17. BUEE offers an integrative summer research program aimed at developing early-career undergraduate students into mature and thoughtful environmental scientists. Authentic research experiences on human-coupled natural systems are complemented by an academic program aimed at developing practical experience in research design, scientific communication and community outreach. BUEE leverages the unique academic and research resources at Brooklyn, including a state-of-the-art Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center, and our recently-established Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, focused on urban sustainability and resilience. Students are provided with a competitive stipend, housing and food allowances, and relocation credit for travel from outside the region. Applications from STEM-underrepresented students are especially encouraged.

    More information on the program, including potential projects, can be found at, or by contacting the program PI at Applications should be submitted online before April 1.

  • NEW! University of Minnesota; Twin Cities
  • Dr. Ruth Shaw's Research Group in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior at the University of Minnesota is seeking applicants for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2018 to study the process of ongoing adaptation in experimental populations of partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata) in prairie habitat. The student will work closely with Dr. Ruth Shaw and Dr. Mason Kulbaba to develop an independent project in the area of plant evolutionary genetics, with possibilities ranging from studies of heritability and phenotypic selection on plant traits to studies of pollination ecology and mating system variation. The student will gain invaluable experience in performing field work and in conducting an independent research project, from hypothesis formulation through oral and written dissemination of results, as grounding for future work in inquiry-based research. The student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and enrolled as an undergraduate for Fall 2018. The ideal candidate should enjoy working outdoors and have an interest in learning about the evolution and ecology of plants in the Midwest prairies, and candidates planning to pursue a graduate career in evolution, ecology, or conservation biology are particularly well-suited for this position. The REU intern will receive a stipend of $5,500 and an allowance for room and board in the Twin Cities (with occasional overnight travel to field sites). Costs of travel to and from the Twin Cities will also be provided. The deadline to apply for this position is February 21, 2018, and the 10-week internship is expected to begin on Monday, June 4 and end on Friday, August 10. Please contact Mason Kulbaba ( for more information. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Individuals of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please forward this advertisement to any interested and qualified undergraduates.

    To apply, please e-mail the following application materials to Mason Kulbaba ( with the subject line "REU°® no later than February 21, 2018:

    1. A statement explaining the following: why you are interested in this position, what are your future plans, dates you are available to start and end this position, confirm eligibility for the REU program, the name and contact information of the person who will serve as your reference, your e-mail address and phone number.
    2. Resume.
    3. Transcript (unofficial is acceptable.)
    4. One letter of recommendation (sent by your reference).

  • NEW! NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Plant Ecology and Genomics
  • We have funding for two enthusiastic students interested in enhancing their research skills and experience in plant ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics in the Cruzan lab at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

    Successful applicants will become part of a research team working on dispersal and gene flow in upland prairie plants in Oregon and Washington under pressure from climate change. Dispersal is critical for colonization, gene flow, and range expansion °V it is one of the most important but least understood aspects of the ecology of plants. Our research utilizes genomic techniques to detect the effects of dispersal over different spatial scales. This is an integrative research program that includes field work, wet lab preparation of genomic DNA for next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics processing of sequence data, and analysis of patterns of gene flow using GIS and landscape genetic methods. Students will be exposed to a wide range of methods and are expected to develop an independent research project within the scope of the larger research program. More information on our research is posted on our lab web site:

    Students will be fully supported for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer of 2018. Funding is provided from an REU supplement to our National Science Foundation Macrosystems Biology grant. Housing will be provided on campus along with a daily allowance for food and a $500 weekly stipend. The start of the REU is negotiable with optimal start dates between May 1 and June 17.

    To apply please email us an updated copy of your CV (including GPA) and a short (one page) statement of your research interests and experience, as well as goals for your education and career. Applicants should arrange to have one or two faculty members provide a letter of recommendation (email is fine). Students with experience in computer programming and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 20 February 2018. Feel free to email us with questions.

    Pam Thompson, Postdoctoral Research Associate:

    Mitch Cruzan, Principle Investigator:

  • NEW! 2018 NIMBioS Summer Research Program
  • The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now taking applications for its Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (SRE). The program will be held May 29 - July 20, 2018, on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Undergraduate majors in biology, math, and related fields will live on campus and work in teams with UT professors, NIMBioS researchers, and collaborators to conduct research at the interface of mathematics and biology. This year's research projects are ecological niche modeling and risk assessment of thousand cankers disease; mosquito population response to environmental variables; modeling the management of feral cats with economic impacts; the spatial interactions between hunting and plant gathering in tropical forests; and using phylogenetics to understand cancer tumor evolution.

    Participants receive free university apartment-style housing, a stipend of $4100, and up to $650 of support for travel to/from Knoxville.

    Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

    For more information, visit

    For more information about NIMBioS, visit or contact Greg Wiggins, NIMBioS Education and Outreach Coordinator, at or Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director of Education and Outreach,


  • NEW! Summer Opportunities in Genomics Research Program at Washington University
  • We are seeking bright students for our NIH funded summer research and post-baccalaureate programs. The Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) program at The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis ( is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhD's in genomics and related fields. We have two OGR mentored research programs: Undergraduate Scholars, a 10 - week summer program and Extensive Study, a one-year post-baccalaureate program that includes research and enrichment activities such as GRE and graduate school preparation.

    Our programs are small and familial and provide individualized attention in a rigorous research environment. Our program alumni have been accepted to PhD programs at schools such as: Harvard, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Yale and of course Washington University in St. Louis. We've been around since 2007 and we're excited to continue to foster and cultivate the interests and talent of students from diverse backgrounds and we hope that your students will apply and take part in this amazing journey.

    We offer a competitive stipend/salary and housing for summer students. Program details and the application can be found at: Areas of research that our students have pursued as a part of OGR include: genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology and physiology. So our definition is quite broad and we encourage applications from students with varied interests.

    McDonnell Genome Institute Flyer

  • NEW! Amgen Scholars Program

    Now approaching its twelfth summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions.

    Applications for the 2018 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online. Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 680 colleges and universities to date.

    Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via

  • NEW! MIT Amgen Scholars Program

    We want you to be aware of an exciting opportunity for students to engage in research at MIT as part of our summer 2018 Amgen Scholars Program. Undergraduates will participate in faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. Students admitted to this program will conduct full-time research, attend seminars and workshops, present their research, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and attend a mid-summer symposium at UCLA.

    Twenty undergraduates, 15 visiting students and 5 MIT students, will be admitted to the program. Participants will be paid $4,500 for the summer, receive on-campus housing, a food allowance, and visiting Scholars will be provided travel to/from Boston.

    Flyer about the program.

    More information can also be found here.

  • NEW! University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago

    The Department of Pharmacology, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago has established a new summer undergraduate fellowship (the Graeme Carnegie Fellowship for Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Research).

    It's an 8-week (~40 hrs/week) competitive research-intensive experience in a top 10 funded department, designed for students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in biomedical sciences or related fields and who will have just completed their sophomore or junior year in college.

    More info is listed on the flyer and we would appreciate your help in distributing this to your students (via email, posting on internship jobs, during advising sessions, etc).

    The program will be held from June 18, 2018 thru August 15, 2018 and will include a $4,500 stipend. The application deadline is February 9, 2018.

  • NEW! Harvard University Harvard Forest

    We are offering an exciting summer program for undergraduate students to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research. Attached is a detailed program brochure as well as a few power point slides for presentation to interested students.

    The strict deadline for this program is Friday February 2nd, 2018 @ 9:00am.

    Applications are currently being accepted on-line and complete details are listed on our website.

  • NEW! 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program.

    This civilian research opportunity is a 10-week summer program intended for MS/PhD candidates pursuing degrees in STEM. Each year the laboratory will appointment a couple exceptional undergraduate students into the program. There are 36 posted opportunities, once the application January 21, 2018 deadline passes, each application will be reviewed and AFRL will fund 15 participants for the summer period. Check out the opportunity catalog to review all of the available opportunities, there are available research opportunities in nearly every STEM field! Please apply to no more than (3) Repperger opportunities and only apply to opportunities in your applicable educational background.

    2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program Catalog:

    To qualify, applicants must be pursuing their Master or PhD (some outstanding bachelor students will be considered as well), have a minimal 3.2 GPA in a STEM discipline and be a U.S. citizen. Selected participants will receive a $12,000 stipend for their participation in the internship which runs from June 4- August 10, 2018. All complete applications must be submitted by January 21, 2018. To apply, visit For more information, visit:, or email

    Please remember we have a lot more opportunities available with the Department of Defense! Please explore the U.S. Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship (BS-PhD candidates) and the U.S. Army Institute for Institute for Surgical Research Summer Internship Program (BS Candidates) opportunities. Additional summer and postgraduate opportunities (Bachelor-Postdoctoral opportunities) are posted to the ORAU Maryland website, currently over 200 open research opportunities:

    Army Research Lab -Summer Journeyman Fellowship

    Army Institute for Surgical Research Summer Internship Program

  • NEW! REU in DBER at North Dakota State University

    We are excited to announce the 6th year of our summer REU in discipline-based education at North Dakota State University. Our program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level. Students work in a cohort of undergraduate scholars over a 10-week period during the summer and are immersed in hands-on research experiences in discipline-based education research. Students are housed on-campus and earn a $5000 stipend.

    Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference with travel support from our REU. Additional travel funding is available for travel to and from Fargo for those in financial need.

    Our program begins May 29, 2018 and runs through August 3, 2018. Applications due February 2, 2018.

    For more information, including descriptions of potential research projects, please visit
    Email Jennifer Momsen ( or Warren Christensen (

  • NEW! The Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University is now accepting applications for a NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2018. We are particularly interested in students who are planning a career in research but have limited undergraduate research opportunities at their home institution. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please consider forwarding this message to students who might be interested in this program or include the information below in a student newsletter.

    NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins

    Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University
    Dates: May 28 - August 3, 2018
    (Please note that students must participate in the entire program)
    Web site:

    Overview of Program

    • Ten-week mentored research experience
    • Career development sessions each week
    • $5250 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
    • On-campus housing provided
    • Round-trip transportation to West Lafayette, IN


    • Undergraduate who has completed at least 4 semesters of college study
    • Students must have at least one semester of college remaining after the summer of 2018
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


    • Online application requiring a statement of career goals and interest in the program
    • Two faculty letters of recommendation
    • Copy of transcript

    Application deadline is February 9, 2018.

  • NEW! We have two unique paid summer research scholarship opportunities for undergraduates at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.

    • The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSURP) at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, is accepting applications for 10 funded summer Research Scholar positions for our Summer 2018 program. NSURP offers opportunities consisting of both basic and applied (clinical) biomedical research projects.
    • The Nemours Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is accepting applications for 9 funded summer Research Scholar positions through their Health Equity Summer Scholar Program (HESSP). The focus of all of these research projects is health disparities. Most are epidemiologic in nature.

    Online applications: accepted December 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018. All letters of reference must be received by January 29, 2018 for consideration by the selection committee; applications lacking letters of reference after January 29th will be considered incomplete.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at the time of application, a US citizen or legal permanent resident, and meet minimum GPA requirements for each program (3.2 for NSURP and 3.0 for HESSP). Applicants should also have interest in research, healthcare, science, public health, health disparities, and related fields.

    Program information: Program dates are June 4 through August 10, 2018. During the program, Nemours clinical and research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, and communicating results while working on active research projects. Available projects vary each year and range from lab-based, translational, and clinical to epidemiologic in focus. Training is provided on human subjects protection, animal welfare, responsible conduct of research, and research ethics. Program activities include multiple enrichment activities including a student-focused seminar series, journal clubs, and multiple opportunities for shadowing and engagement in other educational opportunities. All students present their research project and findings to the community via poster sessions and oral presentations. Family and friends are invited to attend these events.

    Additional information and the online application are available at:

    2018 HESSP Flyer Final.pdf
    2018 NSURP Program Flyer final.pdf

  • NEW! The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is now recruiting for our Undergraduate Summer Programs in Public Health.

    Summer Programs at Harvard 2018.pdf

  • NEW! The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) has Summer Journeyman Fellowships available for undergraduate-PhD students.

    Over the 2018 summer, students can participate in research at one of the Army Research Lab facilities in Aberdeen, MD, Adelphi, MD, or White Sands, NM in one of five research areas:

    • Computational & Information Sciences (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
    • Human Research & Engineering (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
    • Sensors & Electron Devices (May consider international students pursuing STEM degrees at U.S. institutions)
    • Vehicle Technology (U.S. Citizens ONLY)
    • Weapons & Materials (U.S. Citizens ONLY)

    Applications close Sunday, November 12, 2017.

    The U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research, located in San Antontio, TX has just posted their opportunity for the 2018 Summer Internship Program. This opportunity is open to only Bachelor level candidates. U.S. Citizenship is REQUIRED. Applications close Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large. This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation's premier military trauma research institute.

    ARL Summer Journeyman Website:

    ISR Summer Internship Project Announcement:

  • NEW! The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program is now accepting applications for 2018! Students in all majors can apply to participate fully-funded research projects focusing on health and health disparites in Brazil (with a new site!), Nicaragua, and Uganda.

    MHIRT 2018 Flyer

  • NEW! Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

    The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.
    For more information, visit

    Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

    For more information, please visit

  • NEW! Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with a hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

    2018 Call for Applications

  • NEW! The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) hosts a summer internship that is designed to provide biomedical research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.

    For more information view this brochure:
    2018_SURP_RecruitmentBrochure_LowRes_updated 7-17-17.pdf

  • NEW! The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Science Park has sponsored a Summer Program in Cancer Research (SPCR) for undergraduate students majoring in math or science. The program is designed to allow students to work on an independent, hypothesis-driven, research project in a biomedical research environment. For many interns, this experience is very helpful in making subsequent career choices.

    For more information view this brochure: SPCR2018_MDAnderson.pdf

  • NEW! The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars summer research program

    The JUS program runs for 10 weeks during the summer (roughly early June - mid August). Students are matched with faculty mentors and work on independent projects. Benefits include:

    • $5,000 stipend
    • Lodging and meals
    • About $200 morale budget
    • Free coffee all day

  • Tyson Research Center
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Saint Louis Zoo

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