Undergraduate Research Opportunities
NC State University Summer Research Experience offers undergraduate students from any university a chance to gain valuable research experience working with world-class NC State faculty.
UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience offers undergraduate students throughout the country the opportunity to work full time on research projects under the direction of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, offers research opportunities for students who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research and are interested in exploring career opportunities in the areas of allergy, immunology and infectious diseases. Participants have the opportunity to hear scientific lectures from prominent scientists, interview with scientists for potential research training positions at the institute’s Maryland and Montana laboratories, tour institute laboratories and see the state-of-the-science technologies. Full-time college-level juniors or seniors, medical school students or doctoral candidates attending accredited U.S. colleges or universities and from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.
The Victory Institute brings outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress. The program includes a generous stipend, housing in D.C. and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the LGBT Leaders 2014 Conference. The internship program is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.
Student Action with Farmworkers offers the Sowing Seeds for Change Fellowship, a six-month leadership development program for college students and recent graduates to improve farmworkers’ access to health care as well as advocate for improved living and working conditions, and the Student Organizing School, which trains and supports a small group of North Carolina college students to be leaders in the farmworker movement. Through retreats & farm labor camp visits, student organizers learn about the history of the farm labor movement, current farm labor campaigns and popular education and organizing.
Post-Baccalaureate Research Opportunities
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups offers opportunities for underrepresented post-baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational and clinical research. The program’s purpose is to enhance career opportunities in biomedical sciences, including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to the etiology and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung and blood diseases.
The Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, offered by the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is a research program for graduates who are underrepresented minorities or those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates with an interest in a biomedical research career and who have already obtained their college degree are encouraged to apply.
Graduate Research Opportunities
NC State’s AGEP: Bridging Programs is a part of the North Carolina Alliance to create Opportunity through Education (OPT-ED).
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development Postdoctoral Research Program offers appointments of up to four years. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
Here are just some of the opportunities available for students interested in gaining knowledge and experience through summer research, internships and educational programs in various disciplines.
The Stanford Summer Research Program-Amgen Scholars Program is a fully funded, eight-week, residential research program that offers undergraduates who want to prepare for and enter Ph.D. programs a rigorous research opportunity with comprehensive mentoring.
Harvard University Summer Internships in Biological Sciences in Public Health is an intensive eight-week program for undergraduates during the summer following their sophomore or junior years. The program aims to expose college science students laboratory research directed toward solving important public health problems.
Harvard University Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program is a 10-week summer program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. The program is offered for currently enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences.
Advancing Cornell Career Experiences for Science Students, or ACCESS, is a summer internship program at Cornell University designed for undergraduates from underserved or underrepresented populations who are interested in pursuing graduate study toward a Ph.D.
Summer Research Opportunities Program is a gateway to a number of participating universities dedicated to helping prepare undergraduates students for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
The Summer Research Opportunity Program at the University of California, Berkeley strives to increase the level of diversity among students entering Ph.D. programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have shown potential for success but may have had limited access to graduate research or other academic opportunities.
University of California San Francisco Summer Research Programs include 10-week opportunities for undergraduate students in the health sciences. Participants take part in seminars, lectures and social events.
NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates: Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley is a 10-week program including individual research projects in one of 30 laboratories in the departments of integrative biology, molecular and cell biology and plant and microbial biology.
The University of Connecticut Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative’s Medical/Dental Preparatory Program has two tracks: 1) MCAT/DAT Preparation Program and 2) Basic Medical Science Program, which includes clinical experience.
University of Michigan School of Dentistry Profile for Success Program is designed to prepare students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to be successful applicants for dental and medical school. The program is free to all participants.
Undergraduate Summer Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution at the University of Puerto Rico offers students the opportunity to have a hands-on, 10-week experience in fields such as plant-animal interactions, plant population biology and aquatic insect ecology.
Campbell University Healthcare Readiness & Enrichment Program is an intensive development program for students wishing to enter pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, clinical research and public health professions.
The Dialysis Clinic Inc. offers summer internships for sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in medical careers.
The Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP) Program, held each summer on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program for disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into graduate/health professional programs.
The Summer Program for Future Doctors, offered by East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, is an intensive, challenging, educational summer program that allows participants to experience the pedagogical style and demands of the medical school curriculum.
The Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences (EICS) is a summer research program, offered by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Pressure Institute, for underrepresented minorities. The focus is on research training in the cardiovascular sciences with mentoring by medical school faculty.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Summer Academic Enrichment Program is designed for students who have completed three years of college course work and are looking to apply to a health professions school.
The Enrichment Summer Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University is designed to develop a pool of well-qualified disadvantaged individuals ready for entrance into the college.
Other or Multidisciplinary
Stanford University offers undergraduates from underrepresented and underserved groups summer opportunities to conduct research with faculty and graduate students. Each of the following programs engage undergraduates in intensive research individually or as part of a research team:
Amgen Scholars Program provides undergraduate students interested in a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with an opportunity to engage in a fully funded, hands-on research experience at one of the nation’s leading educational institutions for eight to 12 weeks during the summer. Stanford is one of 10 Amgen Scholars Program universities offering such opportunities in humanities and social sciences.
The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative provides an intensive faculty-mentored eight-week residential summer research experience to underrepresented and underserved students interested in doctoral study in the humanities or social sciences.
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) encourages students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups to consider research careers in academia, business, or the public sector. The Leadership Alliance-Stanford University SR-EIP is a fully funded residential research program offering undergraduates the opportunity to work for eight weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor in the arts and humanities, social sciences, math, statistics, earth sciences or engineering.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Undergraduate Internships give students the chance to work with a scientist or engineer on a project related to the laboratory’s research program.
Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences Program of the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies at Stanford University is a 10-week opportunity for undergraduates in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, physics, and related fields.
The Medical Education Development Program, offered by the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an intensive educational experience and challenging opportunity to gain insight into the realities of attending medical or dental school.
The Wake Forest University Health Sciences Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Scholars Program exposes students to a multidisciplinary research environment that is driven by clinical needs in the areas of biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled delivery, biochemistry, cell and gene therapy, and tissue engineering.
Short-term Study Abroad at NC State has tailored programs for life science, pre-med, pre-vet, agribusiness and agricultural science students. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions Inc. offers a listing of summer clinical and research opportunities for disadvantaged and minority students.
Explore Health Careers is an excellent website for minority students interested in health careers, internship opportunities, scholarships and more.
Men Destined for Leadership is a two-summer program for high-achieving African American men. College sophomores from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Into the Fields Internship, offered by Student Action with Farmworkers, is a 10-week summer program to support and organize farmworkers and get trained on the issues surrounding their lives and the broader context of the agricultural industry. College students are placed with organizations in the Southeast (NC, SC, TN, VA) that serve, organize or advocate for farmworker justice.