External Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Located in Long Island, New York, the laboratory offers summer research opportunities for sophomore and junior students to assist in on-going research programs in molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology, and plant biology. The opportunity lasts for 10 weeks and provides room and board in addition to a stipend. For more information and application materials, contact Undergraduate Research, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, PO Box 100, Long Island, NY 11724, (516)-367-8460. E-mail reader@cshl.org or go to their web site..

Number of Applicants: 300. Number of Positions: 25.

Deadline: February 1.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center has announced they are now accepting applications for their Undergraduate Research Internship Program. This program (no. 77029) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to obtain positive insight into the research environment and learn valuable research skills. Ten positions are available through REU funding. Additional positions may be funded by other sources. The deadline for applications is February 10, 2006. The program will span eleven weeks, May 22 to August 4, 2006. The Program URL is: http://www.danforthcenter.org

Students may participate in projects in: cell biology, molecular biology, structural biology, biochemistry, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics, nematology, and plant pathology. Each intern will be matched with a mentor who is a senior researcher at the Danforth Center. During the first week of the program, interns and mentors will work together to design a project for the summer session. For more information , Provost's Office.  For information on contacting an advisor in Biology, call 852-6771 or visit the Biology web site.

Institute of International Education

This nonprofit institute, which is the largest educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States, administers many U.S.-sponsored educational and cultural exchanges. Its new portal site, called IIE Passport, makes available online the expanded contents of its study-abroad directories in a form that accommodates searches using as many as 35 criteria. (The institute plans to continue publishing paper version of the popular directories, which are now in their 50th year.)

The center's site also has links to the State Department's Web site, which describes services for citizens abroad and features a special "Tips for Students" section.

Jackson Laboratory

The Summer Student Program at Jackson Laboratory supports students to conduct research by working on an independent, original project under the mentorship of a research scientist. Research areas focus on advancing the knowledge of molecular, developmental, genetic, biochemical, and immunological mechanisms related to normal growth and development and human disease.

ELIGIBILITY: At the time of participation in the program, a college student must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student; have at least one semester of undergraduate school remaining before graduation; and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Contact: Randi O'Rourke

Education Office
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609-1500

Email: summerstudents@jax.org
Tel: (207)-288-6749

John F. Kennedy Space Center - NASA

NASA sponsors a six-week Space Life Sciences Training Program that is conducted by the Kennedy Space Center and Florida A&M University. The program is for college students interested in life sciences, bioengineering, or related fields. participants gain insight into how space life sciences flight experiments are conducted, as well as explore current and future research opportunities. A stipend is paid. Applicants must be in one of the following majors: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Health Science, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics, Plant Sciences, Psychology. For application materials, contact: Program Director, Space Life Sciences Training Program, Florida, A&M University, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 106 Honor House, Tallahassee, FL 32307, (850)-599-3636. Number of Applicants: 500. Number of Participants: 40. Deadline: end of January.

National Institutes of Health - (NIH) - Research and Training Opportunities

NIH is devoted to biomedical research and training. Their Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research places students in one of the NIH research laboratories. Interns work for at least 8 weeks between June and August and also attend the NIH Summer Seminar Series. Monthly stipends are based on the educational level of the intern, and range from $1200 for college students to $2200 for students with more than 3 years of graduate study. Over 800 students are hired to work on one of more than 3000 projects in process. Applicants must list 3 research projects that they are interested in, and list 3 of the NIH institutes that they would wish to work at. NIH Institutes include:

  • National Cancer Institute;
  • National Human Genome Research Institute;
  • National Institute on Aging;
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism;
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases;
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases;
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development;
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders;
  • National Institute on Dental Research;
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases;
  • National Eye Institute;
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute;
  • National Institute of Mental Health;
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke;
  • The Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center;
  • Division of Computer Research and Technology;
  • Office of Research Services

Application materials must include: a cover letter including your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, current school and grade, a description of your academic plans for the fall, your interest in the biomedical sciences, and your reasons for seeking a summer research position; a resume including social security number, research activities, honors, awards, and other relevant accomplishments; a copy of your alien registration card if you are not a US citizen; a current transcript in a sealed envelope, signed by the registrar on the back flap; a list of current courses not on your transcript; a letter from the office of the registrar stating that you are a student in good academic standing and are currently enrolled full time (in a sealed envelope, signed by the registrar on the back flap); two letters of recommendation from science faculty (each letter in a sealed envelope, signed by the registrar on the back flap); a self-addressed post card; all materials returned in a single envelope. Address for applications to be found at the website http://www.training.nih.gov. For more information and application materials, call Ms. Deborah Cohen, (301)-402-2176 or (301)-496-2427 or email dec@helix.nih.gov. Number of Applicants: 5000. Number of Positions: 800-1000. Deadline: March 1.

National Science Foundation - NSF

Division of Biological Sciences: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites; and Division of Ocean Sciences: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, specific sites provide undergraduates with research experiences during the summer. Students must contact the individual sites for application information and materials.  (To locate many opportunities, use undergraduate as a keyword in the search box.)

The general restrictions on student participants are (NSF 96-102): Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a bachelor's degree. Students who are transferring from one institution to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. High school graduates who have not yet enrolled and students who have received their bachelor's degrees and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates generally are not eligible. In addition, individual sites may have specific restrictions (e.g. number of undergraduate years completed) and requirements for applicants. The University of Louisville's Sociology/Political Science Departments have a National Science Foundation sponsored REU site which supports undergraduate research opportunities.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

The Institute offers a Summer Student Fellowship Program to undergraduate students completing their junior or senior year studying in fields of science or engineering, with a tentative interest in ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics or marine policy. The program runs 10 to 12 weeks, from June to August, and provides a stipend. For more information, contact (508)-289-2709 or (508)-289-2950. Number of Applicants: 300. Number of Participants: 30 Deadline: February 15.