Short-Term Opportunities for Recent College Grads

Graduating in Fall not Spring? Thinking of taking a gap year? Still not sure what you want to do?  Check out a few opportunities to keep exploring after you graduate.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

“The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines.
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DISNEY

Disney has a ton of programs for recent college graduates from Business majors to Engineers or as they are called in the Disney universe Imagineers. Not mad about the Mouse? Remember Disney isn’t just pixie dust and castles, Disney is also the parent company to ESPN, ABC, LucasFilms, and Marvel. They have rotation programs across the globe in some of the world’s most sought after locations.

Here are just a few opportunities: 
Recent Computer Science Graduate
MBA Student or recent MBA Graduate

For a more comprehensive list https://jobs.disneycareers.com/

NIH Post Baccalaureate Programs

Are you this close to graduating but you want to strengthen your graduate school applications? Why not think about doing a post bacc? Post Bacc’s are great for students who have recently graduated and want to gain additional laboratory and/or research skills.

For instance, the University of Alabama at Birmington’s post bacc program offers a 1-2 year training opportunity for students seeking graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral science https://www.uab.edu/prep/

For a complete list of NIH Post-Bacc programs check out:
https://www.nigms.nih.gov/maps/Pages/Post-Baccalaureate-Research-Education-Program-Institutions.aspx

Americorps

Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you.

Office of Personnel Management

“The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.”
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You just applied to Graduate School? Now what?

You just hit submit after all of those months of preparing for Graduate School; Securing letters of recommendation, taking your GRE’s once (or twice) finally feeling confident on your personal statements which are sheer perfection especially after having more rewrites than a New York Times piece on foreign policy.  Now it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for the decisions to come in.  Well, not exactly.  Applying for graduate school is just the beginning.  Here are some tips to maximize the waiting game after hitting that submit button:

1) Answer your phone.  Most of us ignore phone numbers that we don’t recognize. You may think, “if it’s important they’ll text me.” Maybe the last time you answered a number you didn’t recognize it was a telemarketer or a scammer trying to get steal your identity.  But think about it, you’ve just sent a lot of schools applications so the likelihood of getting a phone call from your future PI (Principal Investigator) is high.  If not your PI then one of their graduate students so the next time the phone rings pick it up. 

Some Master’s and PhD programs won’t admit without a phone call (or Skype Interview)

2) Read journal articles.  Now that you’re convinced that you need to answer your phone be sure to keep up to date on research.  There’s nothing worse that talking to a prospective student who forgot which research area they’ve applied to or even worse who they’ve applied to work with.  Create an excel spreadsheet listing which school, which lab, which faculty, and what research you’ve expressed interest in. Brush up on articles so that when you get the calls the information will be fresh in your mind.

3) Don’t be afraid to share new information.  You just hit submit and not even a day later you find out that you received a fellowship or your publication has just been accepted.  Have no fear, it’s okay to contact the department directly and ask that this information be added to your file.  However, before you do so make sure it’s something substantial and if in doubt ask a mentor or faculty member from your home institution.

4) Remind your recommenders.  You’ve secured letters of recommendation so don’t forget to give a heartfelt thank you to your recommenders aka a reminder.  Sometimes that thank you is actually a nudge reminding them.  Faculty get busy so bumping this to the top of their email is a great reminder and if you’re still in the process of securing letters make sure to tell them whether you are applying for Masters or PhD and what the actual due dates are.

5) Start looking for housing. I know this one may sound bizarre and possibly premature but if you’re going to be relocating you need to know what your housing options are. Avoid sticker shock by researching university housing or nearby housing options now.

The Shy Undergraduates Guide to Office Hours

You see “Office Hours” listed on your professors’ syllabi but the thought of actually going into your professor’s office immediately causes anxiety. Maybe you’ve managed to squeak out a question or two in class which was hard enough. But meeting your professors during his or her office hours? Well that’s a new level of scary, especially if you’re on the shyer side.

You may think “Well, let me do well in this class so I don’t have to go to office hours.”  (Wrong!) 

If you’re a shy person then the thought of these types of meetings can be painful. However, here’s the deal: going to office hours is not optional it’s a command performance. You work hard as a college student so don’t cheat yourself out of opportunities simply because you’re shy. So exactly what kind of opportunities can you get out of going to office hours?

1) Strong letters of recommendation. Grades alone will not give you a strong letters of recommendation. Transcripts show the grades but if your professor knows you then they will be able to write you even better letters and office hours are a great way for them to get to know you.

2) Research opportunities. Do you know how many times engineering students tell me how in awe they are of their professors’ work? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this work? Great then go to office hours. Ask them about research opportunities at your campus or others. Professors love talking about their research and you’ll immediately win them over. Important: read journal articles or learn about their research in advance.

3) Insight into your dream career. Maybe you haven’t declared your major yet or maybe your major hasn’t been quite what you thought it would be. For instance, maybe you’re a bioengineering major but you’re dream is to work on medical devices. Maybe you’re majoring in chemistry but you’re also really interested in business. Professors can offer insight that can help you navigate the bridge between your major and your future career.

4) Extra curricular opportunities (student clubs, competition teams, study abroad, student government, the list goes on). Many faculty members are also advisers to campus clubs. I knew of a student who got involved in a campus committee specifically because he went to office hours and his professor was looking for students. I also knew a student who got selected for a study abroad experience specifically because the professor wanted students from other majors to participate.

Professors love to meet students with majors that are less likely
to take their classes because it leads to richer in-class conversations.

So have I convinced you yet? Good. Now here’s how to maximize your visits.

Introduce yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Be clear about why you’re taking this class and what you hope to get out of it intellectually. If it’s a major specific class then you probably think the reason why you’re taking it is obvious but don’t assume that your professor knows what your major is. If it’s a General Education Requirement class you chose that class for a specific reason. Maybe you’re taking a visual art class as a GE and you’re a Civil Engineering major. I’m sure your professor would love to know that you’re expanding your intellectual horizons by taking an art class.

Make sure you know who you’re talking to. Before your visit take time to visit your instructor’s web page and maybe do some research on who they are. I once knew a business professor who was also a boxing judge in China and was on a popular television quiz show. Professors have lives too and knowing about what they do outside of class will make these encounters even less scary. Do some research to find out who they are. Last but not least, remember they were once undergraduates students too. Finally, if you’re dream is to be a college professor let them know!

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REU’s for Social Science Majors

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Texas A & M

Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality

In this REU students will work with TAMU faculty who are investigating patterns, nature, causes, and consequences of social disparities through hands-on participation in research projects supervised by leading faculty researchers examining issues such as

criminology and race
urban ethnography
Stratification
food security and food justice
immigration

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Yale’s Canine Cognition Center works with volunteer dogs in the New Haven area,

Yale

Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition

“The REU program has both scientific and societal benefits integrating research and education. The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply:March 1, 2020
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Rice University

Translational Research in Psychological Sciences- Human Factors is an 8-week paid research traineeship at Rice University in Houston that brings together students majoring in psychological and social sciences, neuroscience, behavioral health science, engineering, computer science, math, kinesiology, or biomechanics to work with faculty on on topics in behavioral research that have clear applications to real-world problems.

Levels: Juniors, & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2020
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University of Indiana Bloomington

The Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at the University of Indiana Bloomington brings together undergraduates to work with faculty on research projects in animal behavior focusing on neuroscience, cognitive science, fieldwork and behavioral analysis.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Dordt University & The Ukraine

In this REU students will spend two weeks in the Ukrain and the remaining eight weeks at Dordt University in Sioux City, Iowa. The goal of this REU is to explore current mental health in a developing country focusing on topics such as:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Ukraine
Risk Factors for Distress
Correlates of Subjective Health in Ukraine
Co-morbidity of Smoking and Alcohol

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
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PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship

The $2000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Economics, or Business
Deadline to Apply: December 20, 2019 
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Applicants will write an essay on one of the following prompts (minimum 500 words, no maximum)

Blockchain

Describe which blockchain use cases, in your opinion, will be emerging in the future, and what effect they will have on our lives, economy, and the world.

artificial intelligence

Describe which applications of artificial intelligence will have the most impact on our lives in the future and why.

Google Scholarships Due December 5th!

Generation Google Scholarship

The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership, and academic background. Those selected will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2020.

Levels: High School Seniors, Undergraduates, and graduate students
Citizenship Requirements: Students must be attending school in the US or Canada
Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related majors
Amount(s):  $10,000 (for students studying in the US) $5,000 (for students studying in Canada).

Deadline to Apply: December 5, 2020
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Google Lime Scholarships

Google has partnered with Lime Connect to support students with disabilities (visible or invisible) to work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Those selected will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2020.

Levels: undergraduates and graduate students
Citizenship Requirements: Students must be attending school in the US or Canada
Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related majors
Amount(s):  $10,000 (for students studying in the US) $5,000 (for students studying in Canada)
Deadline to Apply: December 5, 2020
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European students can apply to Google Europe Students with Disabilities Scholarships

Google Veterans of America Scholarship

Googles Veterans of America Scholarship supports current student veterans (including
members of the National Guard or Reserve). Those selected will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2020.

Levels: Undergraduates and Graduate students
Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related majors
Amount:  $10,000 (for students studying in the US)
Deadline to Apply: December 5, 2020
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REU’s in Data Science, Quantum Computing, and Data Analytics

Harvey Mudd College

Data science is one of the fastest growing professional fields of work and research. The REU in Data Science at Harvey Mudd College is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates interested in data science methods and data-heavy STEM careers. Student participants will be part of research projects and receive additional training in data science methods and professional skills.

Levels: Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizen & Permanent Resident
Minimum GPA: not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School will be seeking outstanding applications for the 2020 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research. This highly-selective program provides the interns with the opportunity to work on a research project with CBS’ leading faculty and researchers in finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020
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University of Houston

The REU Program at the Computer Science Department, University of Houston, themes in Data-Centric Computing, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers a 10-week, all expenses paid Research Experience for undergraduate students. This site offers students from geographically diverse institutions around the country access to vibrant scientific research projects and undergraduate mentorship. The students, working with UH CS faculty and peer students, learn state-of-the-art data science techniques and technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data, etc. and apply them to research focused on solving challenging problems in the society. 

Levels: Rising Juniors & Rising Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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DUKE

The Duke ECE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) brings students from around the world into their faculty research laboratories for nine weeks each summer.

Here are some of the projects that students will work on this summer:

Smart Garment for Automatic Stress and Anxiety Detection and Reduction
Mobile Augmented Reality
Electrical Contact Interfaces to Nanomaterials
Printed Electronics and Biosensors
Automatic Exploration of Machine Learning Models

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, & International Students
Deadline to Apply: January 31 2020
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University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

Undergraduate Fellowship in Complex Systems & Data Science
Through a partnership with MassMutual students will spend ten weeks in the summer understanding human wellness through data analytics at the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center in Burlington, Vermont. Students will work on projects in areas such as:

Longevity & Wellness
Algorithmic Fairness
Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems
Computational Finance 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: No citizenship requirements
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2020
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University of Texas at Austin

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research for Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at TACC is actively engaging 10 undergraduate students each summer for nine-weeks in solving real-world problems of national relevance, teaching them to not only be critical thinkers, but to be creative and reflective as well.

Students gain skills in advanced programming and problem solving and use the CI to conduct cutting-edge research in engineering, science, and computational medicine. Research projects emphasize advanced computing as a tool to power discoveries that will impact social change for future generations.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating SeniorsCitizenship Requirements:
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 1st
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University of Waterloo

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary research community, spanning mathematics, computing science, physics, chemistry, and engineering

Levels: All
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & International Students
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2020
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REU’s in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data.

Check out these REU’s in Informatics:

Yale Biomed amgen Scholars PrograM

BioMed Amgen Scholars Program is a research-intensive summer training program in biomedical research for undergraduate students who plan to obtain a PhD or MD-PhD in the biomedical sciences. The program particularly encourages students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, who are the first in their families to college, who are from inner city or rural communities, or who have grown up with financial or other disadvantage to apply. Students must have completed one semester of college-level biology, chemistry or physics at the time of application.

Students should be interested in pursuing an MD or MD-PhD

Levels: RIsing Juniors or Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020
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COLD SPring Harbor

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research. Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists. Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Status: Students of any country are eligible to apply.
Minimum GPA: Not specified
(However, Successful applicants generally have GPAs around 3.5 or higher in their science and math courses
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2020
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Fun Fact:  Bioinformatics was invented by Paulien
Hogeweg and Ben Hesperin 1970 as “the study of informatic processes in biotic systems.”

JACKSON LABORATORY

The Summer Student Program is available at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Outside the laboratory there is much to explore. Depending on the location, students can visit the sights of Boston, New York, or the trails and vistas of Acadia National Park. The Summer Student Program is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in genetics and genomics research. It emphasizes laboratory discovery, communication of knowledge, and professional growth.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 2, 2020
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cornell university

The BRITE REU at BU Bioinformatics (Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience) focuses on computational and mathematical fundamentals of bioinformatics analysis through research projects in a broad range of topics, including gene regulatory networks, metabolic networks, analysis of microbial communities, synthetic biology, enzyme structure and function, machine learning methods for cancer subtype classification, and sequence analysis algorithms for identifying genetic variation

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  February 15, 2020 but admissions are made on a rolling basis apply early
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG

TECBio REU @ Pitt : May 26 – July 31, 2020

Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales  REU program is a 10-week summer program that will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. Housing, travel, and a stipend allowance will be provided

Students will receive classroom training in topics pertinent to the emerging field of computational biology, such as computational structural biology, cell and systems modeling, computational genomics, and bioimage informatics, in addition to a wide variety of theoretical and experimental research projects.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 11, 2020
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University of Rochester

The Summer Scholars Program is aimed at providing research opportunities in all aspects of Biological or Biomedical Research to undergraduates may be considering applying to graduate (PhD) programs.Matriculated sophomores and juniors that are US citizens, permanent resident aliens or foreign students with visas from their host institutions.

Levels: Sophomores and Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents or Foreign students with vias from their host institutions 
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020
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Michigan State

iCER ACRES is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in computational and data science. This REU is coordinated by Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), in partnership with the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER).

Research projects provided though iCER ACRES focus on the development and enhancement of algorithms, models, and software for applications in multiple research areas that require high-performance computing resources.  Research areas include: computational chemistry, biology, astrophysics, mathematics, big data science, and computational electromagnetics.

Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of calculus and programming by May 2020. AP courses and self-study are acceptable ways of meeting the minimum calculus and programming requirement

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020
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Harvard

The Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics (SIBMI), now entering its 16th year, is for undergraduates with quantitative interests and skills who aspire to contribute to translational advances in biomedicine with a future PhD or research-oriented MD or MD/PhD

Levels: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. Citizen or permanent residents only
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2019
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vanderbilt university

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Informatics is designed to provide
students from diverse backgrounds with a high quality Biomedical Informatics research experience; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field. Biomedical Informatics is the interdisciplinary science of acquiring, structuring, analyzing and providing access to biomedical data, information and knowledge. As an academic discipline, biomedical informatics is grounded in the principles of computer science, information science, cognitive science, social science, and engineering, as well as the clinical and basic biological sciences. Exceptional students from any of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, sophomore, Juniors and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Summer Programs for Pre Med Students

Is your dream to be a doctor? Whether you’re a first year student or a recent graduate check out these paid summer programs. Here is a listing of programs designed to prepare students for medical school and to expose them to opportunities to do research related to health care.

Alabama

The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine (SOM), School of Dentistry (SOD), School of Optometry (SOO), and School of Health Professions (SHP), home to the Physician Assistant program. The program goal is to increase diversity in health professions by recruiting and preparing underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for successful educational experiences and careers in health care.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
Apply

Fun Fact: The First Medical School in the United States was the University of Pennsylvania

California

Loma Linda University’s Undergraduate Training Program (UTP) at the Loma Linda School of Medicine is a nine-week summer research internship for undergraduate college and university students. The internship focuses on giving students practical lab research experience alongside distinguished faculty, while providing mentorship in support of their future academic and research goals.

The program supports our mission to eliminate health disparities and increase the number of basic biomedical and physician scientists from diverse backgrounds involved in research. Students in the program are paid a competitive hourly rate with support by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health.

Levels: Rising Sophomore or Junior
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Aspire to attain a PhD or MD PhD in Math, Science, Computer Science, or Engineering.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020 
Apply

The Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP) targets current community college students considered low-income and/or underrepresented in medicine providing exposure to medicine and health through topics in health disparities, leadership challenges in health provision and administration, science success strategies, professional development, clinical exposure, successful preparation for the medical school application process, postsecondary and graduate/professional school financing. 

 Applications Open in December
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The Stanford Summer Research Program is an umbrella program that hosts students who are funded through various sources, including the Amgen Scholars Program, the Stanford Genetics Department, and the Stanford Medicine Dean’s Office.

The deadline to apply for all of these programs is February 1st. Please see the specific eligibility for each program
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For AMGEN Scholars

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors from 4 year institutions
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens & permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.2

For Stanford’s Genetics Department
Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors from two or four year institutions
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens & permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0

For Stanford Medicine Dean’s Office
Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens. permanent residents & DACA Eligible
Minimum GPA: 3.2

Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute
The CHORI Summer Student Research Program is designed to provide an unsurpassed opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of basic and/or clinical research for three months during the summer. The program pairs students with one or two CHORI principal investigators who serve as mentors, guiding the students through the design and testing of their own hypotheses and methodology development. At the end of the summer, students present their research to their peers just as any professional researcher would do

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA 3.0
Deadline to Apply 
Apply: February 21, 2020
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University of California Los Angeles Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing and Charles R. Drew University School of Nursing
The UCLA/ CDU SHPEP mission is to serve as a model learning community in which scholars examine a variety of healthcare issues affecting medically underserved communities through problem-based learning cases, lectures, clinical experiences, small-group discussions, and a simulated health disparities  project. Scholars will also improve their learning skills and strengthen their foundation in science. Upon completion of this six-week program, scholars will be more aware of the urgent need for health care professionals in medically underserved communities and of the educational pathways that lead to providing medical, dental, and nursing services to underserved populations.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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Located in the city of Pomona, CA the Western University’s Summer Health Professions Education Program offers an innovative approach to academic enrichment in basic sciences through team-based learning. WesternU SHPEP is a rigorously inter-professional program offered in a diverse and vibrant urban environment. Student learning of foundational science, inter-professional teamwork, health disparities, and healthcare policy will be driven by weekly clinical cases. Student accommodations and dining are provided at thehousing college, Pitzer College

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
Apply

Connecticut

The University of Connecticut’s Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to provide a clinical research and enrichment experience and an introduction to health disparities, cross cultural issues, principles of clinical medicine and skills for public health research and intervention.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors or Recent Graduates 
Citizenship Requirements US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020 
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IOWA

University of Iowa Health Sciences Colleges are pleased to offer an enriching six-week experience .The Health Sciences Colleges include the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy, and College of Public Health. We strongly believe in the value of exposing students from underrepresented backgrounds to the possibility of pursuing health fields and supporting their goals in accomplishing that dream to help improve the health of society at large.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
Apply

Fun Fact: According to the American Association of Medical Colleges the
number of applicants to medical school is up more than 50% since 2002

Kentucky

The summer of 2020 will mark the 15th year of the SHPEP program at the University of Louisville. SHPEP at UofL introduces prospective medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy scholars to the academic rigors of health professions education. Scholars will use team-based learning to integrate and apply the basic and social sciences centered on two major themes: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Scholars will also work in inter-professional collaborative teams to develop and implement treatment plans with dental/medical/nursing/pharmacy applications.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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Maryland

Summer Internship Program (SIP) at Johns Hopkins provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one – two or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health. The program runs ten weeks and a minimum stipend of $3,000 is provided. Housing is provided near our undergraduate campus; the University has a shuttle service that provides convenient transportation between the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutions (JHMI) and the undergraduate campus

The Application will open up on November 10th
Deadline to Apply: February 1st
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The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at Howard University provides an outstanding academically enriched program that contributes to a culture of health and promotes diversity in health care. The program is designed to strengthen the academic proficiency and overall professional school readiness of talented students from groups that are disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented in the health care professions.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of Outreach Programs. The program consists of “hands-on” laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Provost’s Office Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.6
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020
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Fun Fact: 30% of Entering medical school students plan to work in an underserved area

Minnesota

Be a part of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation’s exceptional 12-week cardiovascular clinical research internship designed for undergraduate students who are pre-med or planning a career in medicine.  During this unique educational experience you will be paired with a physician mentor who is actively engaged as a clinician and researcher at a nationally recognized hospital.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors & Recent Graduates
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.6
Deadline to Apply: January 5, 2020
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Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Program Description: The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

Levels: Sophomores & Juniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 & Above
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and International Students are also eligible
Deadline: February 1, 2020
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nebraska

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) offers a dynamic and interdisciplinary academic enrichment experience that emphasizes a global approach to learning. Our cross-cutting interprofessional curriculum is comprised of faculty and staff from the UNMC Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, and Allied Health Professions (Physical Therapy). The program strives to graduate confident and proud SHPEP Scholars’ ready to pursue their educational goals and dreams.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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New York

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program at Cornell University is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician’s daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Shadowing physicians provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the summer program receive information on the medical school admissions process, and counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package.

Levels: Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020 
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Gateways to the Laboratory Program for Freshmen and Sophomores
Spend 10 weeks living and studying in New York City

The mission of the Gateways to the Laboratory Program is to increase the number of students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine and science who are prepared to become competitive applicants, successful MD-PhD students, and future leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine. Participants will work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medicine, The Rockefeller University, or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Levels: Freshmen & Sophomores
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens and permanent residents 
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020 
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New Jersey

PULSE is a six week summer academic enrichment program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a healthcare profession. This program provides academic, clinical, research and service learning opportunities with a focus on urban health needs. Developed by the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), the PULSE program helps students become lifelong learners and empowers them to use their knowledge to make a difference in their communities.

The primary goal of PULSE is to provide students from underrepresented and/or educationally and financially disadvantaged backgrounds exposure to medical professions. PULSE is a full-day program that runs five days per week for six weeks and culminates with the PULSE Symposium. At the symposium, students formally present posters highlighting their summer work or research projects to faculty, family and friends. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
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The Summer Health Professions and Education Program at Rutgers  This innovative program will cultivate the interprofessional leaders of tomorrow who have the knowledge, skills and attitude to impact the health and healthcare of our communities. The Summer Health Professions Education Program encompasses Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing and Ernest Mario School Pharmacy that collectively offer programs beginning in 6th grade, fostering diversity in the health professions. Our goal is to prepare SHPEP scholars as future healthcare leaders that can work in interprofessional, collaborative teams to maximize the health and well-being of individuals, communities and populations

Levels: Freshman and sophomore
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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North Carolina

The Medical Education Development (MED) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an intensive educational experience and challenging opportunity to gain insight into the realities of attending medical or dental school.

The MED Program was established in 1974 and is designed to increase opportunities in the health professions for individuals who demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but who have lacked the opportunity in the past in moving toward their professional goals. The MED Program is sponsored by the University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Health Careers Opportunities Programs (Division of Disadvantaged Assistance, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Administration) and the State of North Carolina. The program offers a structured summer curriculum at the level of professional education to increase the ability of advanced pre-professional candidates, especially those who are underrepresented, to compete successfully for admission to health professional schools.

Levels: Rising Senior or post graduate
Citizenship Requirements
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Deadline to Apply: January 14, 2020
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Texas

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School, School of Dentistry, and School of Nursing
UTHealth is an academic health center that educates more than 5,000 professionals each year, and that delivers health care to patients with diverse cultures, beliefs and nationalities. UTHealth is committed to creating an environment that values inclusion, collaboration, partnerships and teamwork to accomplish its mission.

The UTHealth SHPEP is grounded in collaborative relationships between the UTHealth McGovern Medical School, School of Dentistry and Cizik School of Nursing, which are the three health professions of interest for our program.  The curriculum focuses on Basic SciencesAcademic Enrichment and Professional Development.

The Basic Sciences core curriculum is structured around courses relevant to health professionals, including Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Statistics, Organic Chemistry as well as an additional appropriate entry level course for students interested in nursing.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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Washington

SHPEP at the University of Washington is committed to increasing the diversity of the pool of health professionals thus improving access to quality healthcare. The University of Washington program involves rigorous academic enrichment through classes that provide a strong knowledge base in the basic foundational sciences and statistics. It is best suited for students completing their first year of college who are about to take these courses or those who have taken them already and feel that they could use some additional help mastering these subjects.

The SHPEP curriculum at the University of Washington is designed to build on the students’ knowledge of the social determinants of health and health disparities through the lens of social justice.

Levels: Freshman and sophomores or community college student
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline: February 5, 2020 
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REU’s in Chemistry

SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the American Chemical Society created the SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry. Students are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation. Approximately 30 scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer. Students should be majoring in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. 

Levels: Current sophomores or juniors (check each listing for company preference)
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2019
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University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras

The PR-CLIMB REU Site  at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras seeks to provide undergraduate students a research experience that capitalizes on the academic and professional strengths of the university and Puerto Rico at large. As a minority-serving institution the site will offer a unique experience to a diverse set of students recruited from 2-year and 4-year institutions. In this nine-week program students will engage in fundamental studies of materials and biomolecules for potential applications in water purification, energy storage, sensing, drug design, and drug delivery. Students will also be exposed to a variety of techniques in seminars and seven hands-on workshops that will develop their skill sets in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals fields.

The PR-CLIMB REU Site is designed to provide undergraduate students with high caliber interdisciplinary research experiences that will inspire interest in Chemistry graduate programs and also in the Puerto Rican biotechnology and pharmaceutical job markets as a viable career opportunity.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship or permanent residency
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2020
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Numerous sites including Rice University, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, University of Buffalo,University of Wiconsin-Milwaukee 

BioXFEL is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC) that focuses on promoting and advancing the study of Biological molecules using X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). A summer internship is the best way to get started in this new and exciting field. BioXFEL offers Summer Research Internships to highly qualified undergraduate and post-graduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and all related fields. All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and MUST be US citizens or US Nationals. Women and minorities underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a highly competitive program where students will be given hands-on training in XFEL-related laboratory techniques. The internship also includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities. At the end of the 10-week program, students present their research results to the group. Internships run from the last week of May through the first week of August. Interns that require on-site housing will check into their dorms on Memorial Day, May 26th and check out on Saturday, August 8th.
Deadline to Apply: February 7, 2020
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AMGEN Scholars Program

he Amgen Scholars Program is hosted at 13 educational institutions within the United States. 
Applicants must be enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories. Applicants should be must be interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
Minimum GPA:  3.2
Deadline to Apply: February 1st
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West Virginia University 

The objectives of West Virginia University’s Chemistry REU Site are to :

  1. provide authentic research opportunities for students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and attending predominantly undergraduate institutions;
  2. involve participants in research projects that benefit society, either directly or indirectly;
  3. improve participant understanding of the research enterprise (from project inception, attainment of funding, to research completion, and dissemination of results); and
  4. retain participants within the chemistry/biochemistry major and encourage them to continue to post-baccalaureate opportunities

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Deadline to Apply: February 2020
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Texas A & M University

This REU summer research program focuses on interdisciplinary projects in sustainable chemistry. Participants become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental research on topics that span the chemical sciences. Students will participate in a Sustainable Chemistry workshop and professional development focused on Science Communication.

This is a competitive program open to undergraduate chemistry majors (or closely related fields) enrolled in 4-year U.S. colleges and universities other than Texas A&M who have completed at least their first year with a 3.0 GPA or better with strong letters of recommendation. Students must have completed at least 2 semesters of college chemistry including laboratories

Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Multiple Institutions including UCLA, UC BErkeley, STANFORD, MIT, University of michigan, UC Irvine, Caltech

Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program CSURP is a program for undergraduate students with an interest in majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering and would like experience in conducting supervised summer research. The program is supported by the NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF), which is a network of 22 academic research laboratories at 15 partnering institutions throughout the country. The CCHF is one of eight National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Centers for Chemical Innovation.

No previous research experience is required, but students should be able to express an interest in the field of C–H Functionalization

Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not specified

Deadline to Apply: February 8, 2020
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