Undergraduate Resources

Here you will find opportunities for current undergraduate students. Read the descriptions for further information.


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
HACU promotes the development of member colleges and universities; improves access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meets the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) at Puerto Rico
The PR-LSAMP scholarship provides training, mentoring, professional development, travel, and stipends to undergraduate research students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.


NIGMS Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program
The MARC program seeks to develop a diverse pool of undergraduates who complete their baccalaureate degree, and transition into and complete biomedical, research-focused higher degree programs (e.g. PhD or MD/PhD). This program is school-specific.

NIGMS Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE) Program
RISE is a training program that seeks to diversify the pool of students who pursue a PhD degree in biomedical research fields. This program is school-specific.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program
The MMUF program seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue PhDs. This program is school-specific.

McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. This program is school-specific.

NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program
The goal of the IMSD program is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a PhD, who have the skills to successfully transition into careers in the biomedical research workforce. This program is school-specific.

STEM Internships

Summer Training as Research Scholars Program (STaRS) at Boston University
STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed to promote access to graduate education for traditionally underrepresented students in science and medicine. STaRS provides scholars with the opportunity to participate in research and enhances skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.
Excellent opportunity for those who don’t have any research background.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
Research areas include: Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Cyberinfrastructure, Department of Defense (DoD), Earth Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Ethics and Values Studies, International Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at AAMC
Extensive list of summer programs across the United States.

Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD/PhD programs.
You can add up to three participating institutions on your application.
There are two special programs withing the SR-EIP platform:
1) First Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, which provides research opportunities for students who have just completed their first year at one of our minority-serving partner institutions.
2) Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) program, which offers several opportunities for undergraduates interested in pursuing doctoral study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

My Access to Network Opportunities (MANO) Project
The core purpose for the MANO Project is to connect, build and develop thoughtful Latinx leaders who share a passion for serving and strengthening their communities. They want to help build leadership capacity among Latinx communities and the nation as a whole. They build trusting relationships with organizations and federal agencies to provide professional development and training opportunities for Latinx college students and graduates.

Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP)
LHIP helps interns explore their cultural heritage at National Park Service sites and discover ways to connect with local communities. Their internships are rooted in a variety of disciplines from community outreach and communications to architecture and underwater archaeology at National Park Service sites located throughout the US nation.

Choose Development! Program at the Society for Developmental Biology
This pioneering program emphasizes professional development and research training under long-term and continuing supervision by expert developmental biology research faculty. Fellows will spend two summers (possibly an academic year) carrying out independent research in the mentor’s laboratory.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) at the US Department of Energy
The SULI program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities.

Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) at the Broat Institute
BSRP is an intensive nine-week summer research opportunity designed for undergraduates with a commitment to biomedical research and an interest in genomics. BSRP has a strong record of success in helping students to nurture their passion for research and succeed in graduate school and scientific careers. Students spend the summer performing original computational or experimental-based research in labs across the Broad’s research areas, from cancer to infectious disease to computational biology.

NIH Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program
The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.

Biomaterial Sciences and Bioengineering Research Opportunities at Pathways to Science
Programs and professional development resources for current and prospective undergraduate students. Research experiences for undergraduates (REU), scholarships, and travel and research opportunities.

Internships at The Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education (CIESESE)
CIESESE is a U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)-sponsored project with the goal of increasing the pipeline of graduates ready to pursue a career in energy relevant fields. Among the activities of the consortium is the participation of faculty and students, from Engineering and the Physical Sciences, in Energy Systems Research.

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) at Duke University
RBSI is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting underrepresented groups or issues of tribal sovereignty and governance.

Summer Researh Opportunities Program (SROP)
The goal of the SROP is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
You can add several participating institutions on your application.

AMGEN Scholars Summer Program
The Amgen Scholars Program aims to open the door to research opportunities at 24 host institutions for undergraduates from any four-year college or university in a given region. Opportunities available in United States and Asia.

Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) at the University of Pennsylvania
The SUIP provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators, and attend The Leadership Alliance National Symposium. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
SHPEP is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. SHPEP is implemented at 12 universities across the nation.

Mosaics in Science Internship Program
The Mosaics in Science Internship Program is coordinated by the National Park Service and Environment for the Americas. Together, they work to provide unique experiences for diverse youth to work side-by-side with biologists, researchers, and educators.

Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop at The American Educational Research Association (AERA)
This training workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education and learning from early childhood to workforce participation. This research can be in areas such as children and youth, school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or education leadership.

Summer Student Program (SSP) at The Jackson Laboratory
The SSP is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in genetics and genomics research. It emphasizes laboratory discovery, communication of knowledge, and professional growth.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
SURP is an intensive, nine-week internship for undergraduates entering the summer before their final year, semester, or quarter of study. It’s designed to provide research experience and mentorship for students interested in biomedical research.
A biomedical research internship list filed under the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is found here.

Summer Opportunities at Cornell University
Extensive list of summer research opportunity programs at Cornell University that are designed to introduce undergraduates to leading scholars at the nation’s top research institutions.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at The Rockefeller University
The SURF program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics; and mathematical biology.

Summer Student Training And Research (STAR) Program at Augusta University
The Summer STAR Program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a sincere desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences. This program provides opportunities for highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to develop skills as young scientists and to further explore their interest in biomedical research. 

MIT Summer Research Program – General (MSRP)
MSRP seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT.

The Danforth Plant Science Center’s REU Summer Internship 
This REU program gives students experience with all aspects of modern scientific research, from design to experimentation to reporting. 

Abroad Experiences

Global Volunteer at AIESEC
Global Volunteer is a cross-cultural experience for youth who want to gain personal development and leave an impact on the world.

BASEhabitat Summer School and Workshops
Material science, building techniques and construction methods are taught in a practically relevant manner in various BASEhabitat Workshops and an international Summer School. At these occasions, experts from the most diverse specialist fields inspire a young generation and encourage them to go out as multipliers and to pass this enthusiasm on. The goals are the networking as well as continuous transfer and further development of knowledge concerning sustainable architecture.

Loop Abroad
Loop Abroad is a student travel organization that began with a singular mission: provide the best hands-on study abroad for students pursuing careers working with animals, veterinary service and study abroad.


For most applications, you will be required to submit a statement about your past experiences. The statement you will submit should showcase the academic and extracurricular experiences that make you a great fit to the program you are applying to. Although the name of the statements are often interchangeable and include the same basis, there are differences between them worth ponting out:
Personal Statement, a statement that describes the personal motivation, challenges and major accomplishments that have influenced your decision to apply to such program.
Statement of Purpose, a statement that explains how your past experiences have forged your current interests and what do you expect after you finish the program you are applying to.
It is essential that you write a statement that reflects your own process and professional development. You can always contact me for further advise and comments on your statements.

Conferences and Meetings

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference

Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Meeting

American Society for Microbiologists (ASM) Conference

Experimental Biology Conference

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