Science Opportunities

Summer Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine  Deadline: March 1 

  • Provides stimulating and rewarding research opportunities for undergraduates considering graduate education in biomedical research.  All students receive a competitive stipend of $3,500 for the ten-week program. To apply:

Global Environmental Microbiology Summer Course ,Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, Deadline: March 1 

  • Don’t you want to come exploring? You don’t have to travel that far – only off the coast of California to Catalina Island. Come and get your “feet wet” in microbial ecology and learn what bacteria are, how they work, and what they do. Explore DNA, genetics and genomics and their potential function in the environment. Figure out how microbes are used – not just for wine and cheese. Visit:

Food Science Summer Scholar Program, Cornell University  Deadline: February 15

  • A 10 week undergraduate research program. Have the opportunity to: participate in field trips to large and small food industries;  discuss topics such as Ethics in Food Science, Applying for Graduate School, Product Development, and Learning from Research; learn about food science career opportunities; meet with food science representatives from industry, government and academia; develop research presentation skills. For more information:

Research Opportunities

NIEHS Undergraduate Summer Training in Environmental Toxicology, University of California Deadline: February 17

  • Study the harmful effects of chemicals on human health and the environment in this unique science that combines the principles of biology and chemistry. Students work full time in research labs on projects of mutual interest, participate in lab research conferences, present written and oral reports on their work, attend seminars on special topics and receive independent study credit. For undergraduates who are considering graduate school and careers in environmental health sciences. Visit:

REU on Smart Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), National Science Foundation (NSF), Deadline: March 2

  • 8-week program, held at Auburn University. The research assistants collaborate with their advisers and are expected to contribute to unmanned flying. You will do extensive reading on a new research topic and you will additionally design and execute experiments. Up to $8,000 in compensation.  To view the application, visit:

Summer Undergraduate Research, Research in Wireless Communications, Montana State University Deadline: March 15

  • Program highlights: 10 wk program (June 6-August 12), $4,000 stipend, state of the art wireless research facilities.  Requirements: US citizen/permanent resident status, Sophomore/Junior/Senior in related engineering or science field.  For more information, visit:

Job Opportunities

Science Journalist, Journal of Young Investigators (JYI)

  • The Science Journalist position, like most JYI staff positions, requires an average commitment of at least 5 hours per week. All communication is via internet or phone, so no geographical constraints exist – Science Journalists may live anywhere in the world. All JYI staff are expected to check their email daily and respond promptly if necessary. Science Journalists should have an interest in conveying topics related to science, technology, medicine, and the policies or laws affecting the same to a broad audience in a captivating style. For more info on JYI and available positions, see:

Global Health World Fellow, Unite for Sight

  • Provides an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global health programs.  The Global Health World Fellow works from our New Haven office that overlooks the Yale campus. In this full-time paid job position, the Fellow works closely with Unite For Sight’s CEO on global health programming. This position requires a minimum commitment of at least one year.  For more information:

Internship Opportunities

Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS) Intern, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Deadline: February 3; Location: Boulder, CO

  • The SIParCS Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers graduate students and undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community, as well as conducting research and development in computational science, data analysis, scientific visualization and numerical modeling.

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Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) Deadline: February 28.

  • Cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. The award is an appointment of approximately 10 weeks. Maximize engineering abilities through cooperative research with mentors at national laboratories. Weekly Stipend (look at website for stipend rates). Undergrads & Graduates eligible. For more information:

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