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Research Experience & Applied Learning Portal

The Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal helps students discover internships and other hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

DuPont Gold EDI Virtual Seminar Competition at NOBCChe

DuPont hosts an annual virtual one-day seminar series and oral presentation competition at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Annual Conference. This collaborative initiative supports DuPont’s commitment to a diverse work force and is the second installment of DuPont’s GOLD (Growth Opportunities Leading in Diversity) program, a new platform geared towards exposing doctoral and post-doctoral scientists from underrepresented groups (African American and Hispanic) to the wide range of career opportunities in industrial research at DuPont. This is a program specifically targeted towards PhD students from underrepresented groups in STEM. 

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URMC PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program)

The URMC Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) is designed to encourage applicants from populations underrepresented in science who recently earned or plan to earn this semester a baccalaureate degree in a biomedically-relevant field of study. Applicants should be interested in pursuing a research doctorate. The program prepares scholars for careers as outstanding research scientists and leaders in the biomedical community. The program provides a competitive stipend and preparatory research training for successful entry into a doctoral program. 

Deadline: May 1st, 2021

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Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars program is a paid 10-week research-intensive program for undergraduate students that includes working under the direct mentorship of one of our many research faculty members, as well as participation in research and career development seminars and workshops. The program is designed for students from populations underrepresented in the School of Medicine & Dentistry who are interested in a Ph.D. degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences. Applicants should be approaching the summer after their sophomore or junior years of college.

Deadline: February 28th, 2021

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NSF- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community. Deadline: February 15th

More info here

2021 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Advanced Materials

Are you interested in materials science research? Our research program is open to undergraduate students majoring in science and engineering at any 2- or 4-year institution who are citizens or permanent residents of the US or US territories. Students with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. 

Deadline: March 1st

We focus on:
- PREDICTIVE ASSEMBLY
Using computational models to predict and guide the self-assembly of materials from the nano- to meso- scale.
- ENGINEERED LIVING MATERIALS
Utilizing genetic engineering and synthetic biology to create soft materials that contain living components

More info here.

David Harold Blackwell Summer Research Institute

The David Harold Blackwell Summer Research Institute is a six-week competitive summer activity designed to provide research experience to talented undergraduate students. Students will conduct research in Applied Probability, Analysis, or Theoretical Computer Science, under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in these areas. 

The David Harold Blackwell Summer Research Institute will take place on the UCLA and UC Berkeley campuses, from June 21 to July 30, 2021. The last week of the program includes a trip to Berkeley, where all program participants will meet with each other and share their work, hosted by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. We aim to honor Blackwell’s legacy by attempting to increase the number of undergraduate students who aspire to achieve his level of excellence and widen participation of African-American men and women in obtaining PhDs in the mathematical sciences. 

Deadline: January 31st

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