Opportunities for underrepresented groups

Not all groups have been historically well-represented in undergraduate research, especially in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We aim to change that. Find out how you can get involved in one of the many opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER): Summer Research for Undergraduates interested in Medicine and Health Professions

This program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is for undergraduates majoring in the biomedical fields to participate in cutting edge research and be mentored by top academic scientists while preparing for a translational career in medicine or biomedical research. 
Application deadline: February 1, 2016

See program website for more details.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) internships

These programs provide Native American and other college students the opportunity to gain hands-on skills with the Environmental Protection Agency and other governmental or tribal environmental offices. The areas of emphasis are environmental issues and local air quality.

Shima’ nahasdza’a’n bee ‘iina’ (Mother Earth Give Life): Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Environmental Sciences

This NSF-sponsored summer program is dedicated to introducing undergraduates to environmental sciences at Flagstaff's Arboretum and the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research.

South Central Climate Science Center internship 

The SCCSC internship is for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Interns will be involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that will allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on the West Texas Southern High Plains, prairie and forest ecosystems and tribal cultures in Oklahoma, and the bayous, delta and coastline of Louisiana. Internship participants will travel across the South Central U.S. to visit university campuses and field locations and interact with faculty conducting cutting edge research.
Application deadline: February 29, 2016
See program document for more details.

Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Helping students succeed in life sciences research at NAU

This 12-month scholarship-mentoring program for sophomores and juniors seeks to encourage talented undergraduates from underrepresented groups to pursue academic careers in the life sciences fields through:

  • research training
  • financial support
  • guidance
  • encouragement

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Post-Baccalaureate Training Program

The NHLBI established the Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) to offer opportunities for underrepresented post-baccalaureate individuals to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. The purpose of the program 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.
Application deadline: January 15, 2016
See program website for more details.

The Institute for Broadening Participation in STEM

This Pathways to Science website places particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring, and resources.

Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) at Harvard

SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are underrepresented in the sciences. Eligibility criteria include current undergraduate status, have already had at least one summer (or equivalent time) of experience in a research lab, have taken at least one upper-level molecular biology course, and are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences.
Application deadline: February 1, 2016
See program website for more details.

Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard

The Four Directions Summer Research Program provides a uniquely tailored program to those with the desire to serve Native American communities through science and medicine. The focus of the activity during the summer is participation in a cutting-edge basic science research project.

Application deadline: February 8, 2016 

See program website for more details.

Mechanisms of Evolution REU at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas

Mechanisms of Evolution will focus on biological processes, such as mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural selection that drive heritable change. The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium.

Application deadline: March 4, 2016
See program website for more details.