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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 
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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 
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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 
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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 
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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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Scholarships

Brooke Owens Fellowship for Women in Aerospace Scholarships

Created to honor the legacy of space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens (1980 – 2016), the Brooke Owens Fellowship is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women and other gender minorities who, like Brooke, aspire to explore our sky and stars, to shake up the aerospace industry, and to help their fellow people here on planet Earth. We do this by matching up to forty students per year with purpose-driven, paid internships at leading aerospace companies and organizations and with senior and executive level mentors.

Program Eligibility:

Undergraduate Student who identifies as a woman or as a member of another gender minority group.

Available for for full-time employment in the summer of 2020.

Interested in pursuing a career in aerospace.

Deadline to Apply: November 12, 2020
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Upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences

Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Sept 18-21
San Diego, CA 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
October 1 – 4 
Orlando, FL

Great Minds in STEM
September 25 – 29th
Lake Buena Vista FL


Sacnas 
October 31 – November 2nd 
Honolulu, Hawaii

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 
October 30 – November 2nd
Phoenix, AZ

Society of Women Engineers
November 7 to 9 
Anaheim, CA

Out in Stem
November 14 – 17th
Detroit, MI

ABRCMS
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 13 – 16, 2019 
Anaheim, CA

National Society of Black Physicists
November 14 – 17
Providence, RI 

National Society of Black Engineers
March 25-29, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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Tips for Attending Your First STEM Conference

Fall is definitely conference season.  As a STEM major there are many valuable conferences that you may wish to attend.  If you’re planning to attend a conference whether it be a regional or national conference here are some tips to optimize your experience.

1) ALERT YOUR PROFESSORS

Since you’ll likely be missing a few days of class you should let your professors (and TA’s) know as soon as you find out you’re going to the conference. Email is best but be sure to do this well in advance. If you don’t get a response then talk to them in person. Once you’ve confirmed then follow up with an email thanking them for accommodating you so that you can attend the conference.

What do you say? As with most professors a concise email is best but be sure to explain the nature of the conference. Spell out any acronyms and include a link to the conference site to give them even more information. If you’re presenting a poster or giving a technical talk even better. I once had a student whose professor asked her if she wanted to present her research talk to the class to prepare. The professor was so impressed with her talk that he invited her to work in her lab as a researcher. Professors are very supportive and understand the value of these types of professional development opportunities. But remember the sooner you let them know the better.

2) MAKE A SCHEDULE

Take a look at the conference schedule and plan out the workshops that speak to you. 
Although you’ll likely get a hard copy of the conference at the registration be proactive and make up your own schedule.  Some workshops might be limited or require advance registrations so you’ll be glad that you have looked at the schedule beforehand. 

3) UPLOAD YOUR RESUME & BRING PRINTED COPIES

If you have the option, upload your resume.  Many conferences ask that students upload copies of their resumes.  Before you upload your resume go to your campus’ Career Center or another reliable source to get your resume critiqued. Always save your resumes as PDF that way you can be sure the formatting isn’t weird. 

4) BRING BUSINESS CARDS AND USE THEM

Who do you give business cards to?  Speakers, students from other schools,upper division students,  industry representatives, and anyone else that you’d like to connect with after the conference.  

What should you include on your business cards? 
You can easily create business cards and include the basics such as:
Your first and last name
Major
Year you will graduate
Phone number 
LinkedIn URL (optional but recommended)
If you do include a LInkedin URL be sure to customize it as much as possible.  
If you have your own website include that as well. 

5) UNPLUG YOUR LAPTOP AND PLUG INTO THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT YOU

If you’re flying to the conference then this is a great time to catch up on homework, however,  once you step off the plane plan to fully engage. Do not stay in your room the whole time studying. Remember the reason why you decided to come to the conference in the first place which is to network and for professional development.

6) GO TO THE CAREER FAIR AND/OR RESEARCH FAIR

If your conference has a Career Fair be sure to  scan the list of all of the companies scheduled to attend.If you’ve uploaded a copy of your resume you’ll likely be contacted.  Be sure you know what the company does before you talk to them at the career fair.

Research Fairs are similar to career fairs but instead of companies you’ll find universities and labs promoting research programs (REU programs) and graduate school programs. 

It is never too early or too late to visit either the Career Fair or the Research Fair. Thinking about graduate school?   Ask if the graduate program has a Graduate Preview Day. Many schools will fly students out to schools (for free) to introduce them to their graduate programs.

Fun Fact: many schools will give graduate school fee waivers to conference attendees so don’t be shy about asking about fee waivers

7) DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Business casual is always a good option but business professional is even better. Maybe even bring something formal is there’s a formal banquet.  But formal doesn’t mean club clothes it means business professional. Think about what you might wear to an interview because attending a conference in some ways is an interview and if you play your cards right at the career fair you’ll likely get an interview!  

Collared shirts or a nice blouse are good choices. No ripped jeans or faded jeans. If you do wear jeans make sure that they are dark jeans and pair them with a nice blazer.  No shorts or tank tops. Also, if you’re wearing a suit be sure to wear dark dress socks. Nothing ruins a great suit worse than a pair bright white gym socks.  Always wear comfortable shoes since you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking.  If you’re a West Coast person you’ll notice that folks on the East Coast tend to dress a little more formal.  You might even see snow for the first time!  

Quick Tip:  Wear your school sweatshirt or t-shirt when you’re traveling to the airport of during times when you can wear casual attire. It’s a great way to connect with people especially alums from your school who might be attending the conference.

8) WEAR YOUR CONFERENCE NAME BADGE

There’s nothing worse than getting up early going downstairs to start your day at the conference and forgetting your name badge. Forget your badge and you’ll either need to walk back (or even worse take the shuttle) back to your hotel and get it. If you lose it, you might even have to pay.  Think of your name badge as your key because it literally is, it’s your key to getting into the conference so don’t lose it.

Once you attend you’re first conference then you’ll likely be looking to attend more. Check out these upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences.

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Winter & Spring Internships

Brookhaven National Lab

Winter College Mini Semester at Brookhaven
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Office of Educational Programs (OEP) seeks applicants for the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Mini-Semester Program. Selected students from college programs will be invited to participate in a six-day program developed to introduce participants to BNL’s science.

The 2020 College Mini-Semester program will be held January 06 – 11, 2020.
Participation in the course is limited to 20 students.

Citizenship Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Accepted candidates will have their housing and travel fully funded.
Deadline to Apply: November 1st
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Department of Energy SULI Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Levels: Full-time undergraduates and recent graduates
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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Department of Energy CCI Program

The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Levels: Full-time community college students
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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National Community College aerOSPACE Scholars

The National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, program is an educational experience for community college students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides selected students with a four-day, in-person learning experience at a NASA center.

As part of the program, students will participate in a five-week online workshop, consisting of discussions, live video chats with NASA experts and various mission design challenges. Students will then apply for the opportunity to spend four days at a NASA center, getting an inside look at NASA missions and science, networking with NASA scientists and engineers, and developing a presentation to showcase their work to a panel of judges.

Levels: Community College Students
Citzenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline to Apply: October 16th
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Scholarships to attend Grace Hopper!

The Anita Borg foundation’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place October 1st to 4th in Orlando, Florida. Last year’s conference brought over 18,000 attendees celebrating the achievements of women in CS. With such a high demand its no surprise that this year’s conference is already sold out. But don’t worry here are a few scholarships that you can still apply for:

Twitter Grace Hopper Scholarship
Due JULY 21st!!!

Levels: Full Time Undergrads graduating in 2020 or 2021.
Interested in computer science, computer engineering, hardware, machine learning, network security, product management or data science.

Citizenship Requirements: Students must be studying in the United States including Puerto Rico, Canada, or Mexico.

Be sure that you are able to attend the entire conference before applying.
Deadline to Apply July 21st
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NetApp Grace Hopper Scholarship

Net App is offering scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Conference. Students must be able to attend the entire conference and be willing to share a room with another scholarship awardee.  Selected students will be invited to attend the NetApp candidate dinner and internal employee event at Hopper.

Levels: Full-time undergrads and graduate students.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply July 30th
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Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W)Conference Scholarships

Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students studying computer science to attend CS related research conferences  Students to do not have to be presenting to be eligible in order to apply. 
Deadlines correspond to the dates of conferences so if you’re applying to Hopper the deadline is August 15th.
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Summer Reads For Engineering Students (And Their Parents)

Starting College this year? I’ve compiled a short summer reading list that you’ll find useful whether you are beginning college this fall as a freshmen or planning to transfer from a community college.

#1 Studying Engineering by Raymond Landis

Literally the “go to” text book for engineering orientation courses. I love this book for many reasons. Not only does this book introduce you to the various branches of engineering, this book also gives a practical glimpse into the study skills needed to be a successful engineering major covering everything from time management techniques to having a growth mindset. Aside from being a guidebook on the engineering profession the book also gives students a mechanism to explore their individual learning styles. One of my favorite lines that I often use with my own students is “No Deposit, No Return.”

#2 Learn to Program by Chris Pine

I especially like this book for students who have not yet taken a coding class. Why? Because it teaches you the art of programming while emphasizing the process not just the end result. Even if you have zero programming experience Chris Pine does an outstanding job that even a newbie can follow. I’ve seen many students read this book over the summer and have a great understanding of the art of programming and the tips and tricks to save time, work more efficiently and be bug free.

#3 Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

So you know how to code but do you know how to survive the technical interview? If the only thing standing between you and your dream job/internship is a whiteboard then this is a must read! It’s the “true Hollywood story” version of behind the scenes interviews from companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other tech titans. Aside from helping you ace the technical interview the book also gives tips on salary negotiations and declining offers.

#4 CLiftonstrengths for Students by Gallup

This book is not specific to engineers but it is an amazing resource to help students understand their individual strengths. Developed by the Gallup organization this book includes the Strengthsfinder access code that allows students to recognize their top signature themes. By understanding one’s signature themes and learning to recognize the strengths that others bring, students can maximize their college experiences and optimize team projects. A growing number of engineering programs have adopted the strengths based curriculum so why not get a head start on recognizing your own individual strengths this summer.

#5 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

I can almost guarantee that next fall when you go into your professors’ offices you’ll find copies of Covey’s iconic book proudly displayed on their bookshelves. Engineers will love the usage of Venn diagrams. I’d recommend a hard copy not an e-book because you’ll want to highlight things in this book.

For Parents

The Naked Roomate: For Parents Only by Harlen Cohen
There are many books available that give college freshman tips on surviving their first semester. However, few are written specifically for the new college parent.  Packaged as a lighthearted “how to” guide for parents The Naked Roommate does a good job in preparing parents for their first year as a college parent. Whether the student is going across the country or attending the local community college, parents will find the first hand testimonies from college freshman throughout the book useful.

One of the book’s highlights is its chapter on the role that technology plays in family communication.  Weekly long distance phone calls to mom and dad have been replaced by Skype sessions. Letters home are now sent via text message or emailed through Facebook.  If parents choose to “friend” their kids on Facebook they are encouraged to use the site as a means of catching up with their kids, not catching them in wrongdoings. Having one’s kid add them as a friend on Facebook is a privilege not a right. Therefore, parents who chose to add their freshman kids on the social media site should do so sans judgments even if they are curious about what’s inside those red plastic cups in all those photos…  This is where college advisors and career counselors can intervene by reminding college students about the importance of managing their online personas.

The book emphasizes the important role that parents play in ensuring that students fully engage themselves in the college experience.  First generation parents are encouraged to investigate resources available to their first generation college students as research has shown that these students are less likely to participate in enrichment activities such as internships or study abroad.  However, once the semester begins, parents should detach with love and resist the temptation to try and instantly fix everything. For instance, each time the freshman is checking in with their parents to vent about their roommate, express homesickness, or ask for help, the less time they’re communicating with campus resources such as counselors or academic advisors.   Helicopter parents are gently reminded that it’s never ever ok to contact their kid’s professors and how FERPA laws change once your child turns eighteen.   I would recommend this book to advisors because of the range of topics that the book addresses.  This book leaves no stone unturned when it comes to addressing serious topics, including topics such as what to do if your child is arrested and coming out in college.  Advisors will appreciate the author’s willingness to bring up real life situations and not simply rely on surface talking points such as how to do laundry or how to use a credit card.  The Naked Roomate is a good resource for those designing parent orientations.