Programs for Community College Students

Community College students are encouraged to look at the freshman and sophomore listings. The programs included here are ones that either only accept community college students or have specifically emphasized a keen interest in reaching community college students.

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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Brookhaven National Laboratory Winter Mini Semester

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.

This program is designed for underrepresented minorities in STEM.

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

 

NASA Spring Community
College Aerospace Scholars Program

The NASA 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
Citizenship Requirements:
US Citizens
Deadline: October 16th
Apply

 

UC BERKELEY TRANSFER TO EXCELLENCE

Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU), a competitive merit-based program, seeks to inspire California community college students through research at UC Berkeley so that they will ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering. The TTE REU program is a residential program providing nine-weeks of hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of UC Berkeley professors. This program is jointly funded by an NSF Site award and the Center for E3S.
Eligibility: U.S citizen, national, or permanent resident; 
GPA: 3.25+ GPA in science, engineering, & math courses;
Enrolled at a California community college;
Completed 2 Calculus courses by June 2020;
Completed 3 Science or Engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component by June 2020;
Plan to return to a California community college in Fall 2020; Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering.
Application Deadline: TBD. 
Summer 2020 Application available in October 2019, due in January 2020

 

For more information & online application: https://tinyurl.com/y72uduhc 

 

Auburn University 
Warm-Water Aquatic Ecology

 

This REU Site is a novel, collaborative effort involving Auburn University faculty mentors specializing in diverse but complementary disciplines, including community ecology, fisheries management, aquaculture, evolution, limnology, molecular biology,  microbiology, invasive species, fish behavior, outreach, physiology, parasitology, and conservation.  Together these disciplines provide the education basis for undergraduate students to learn about techniques and tools to study aquatic communities, specifically warm-water systems such as reservoirs, farm ponds, streams, and brackish estuaries.  The primary objectives of this project include exposing participants to different scientific hypotheses, research techniques, and ecological habitats and conditions in an engaging, interdisciplinary atmosphere that fosters a strong interest in aquatic sciences by the next generation of water experts. ”  

Levels:  freshman, sophomores, junior, and senior graduating no earlier than September 2020.  
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
citzenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents

 

Although not financially supported by this REU Site, the program is open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in their REU Site research and professional development activities.  
This program strongly encourages applications for those  traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.  

 

February 1, 2020 
Apply

 

TEXAS ADVANCED COMPUTING CENTER

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research for Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Texas Advanced Computing Center 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 Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020 (Applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2019
Apply

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10 week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology.  The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students from groups that are historically underrepresented in graduate education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, including first-generation college students and US military veterans.

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

Rutgers University Computational Biology Summer Research Experience at Rutgers

Texas A & M

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.

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
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline: Check website for deadlines and session dates
Apply

Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) Multiple sites including Arizona State, Texas A&M , Northeastern University, University of Maryland

School or Organization: Multiple sites including School University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augsburg University, Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Description: Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology,through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on Sustainable Nanotechnology. Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with one more principal investigators of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Each student will be located at one of the participating institutions but will interact with faculty and students at all institutions via in-person and cyber-enabled interactions

 

Levels: Freshman, Sophomore, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, & Non-US Citizens
Deadline: February 8, 2019
Apply

2019 TUNL/Duke REU Program
Undergraduate Research in Nuclear and Particle Physics at TUNL/Duke University

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs provide opportunities for students to participate in science and mathematics research at institutions throughout the country. REU programs are especially valuable for students attending academic institutions with very limited research opportunities. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the REU program at TUNL/Duke enables students to participate in research at the frontiers of nuclear and particle physics.

Students participate in a 10-week summer program combining research experience, lectures, and social activities. The REU program dates for 2019 will be Sunday, May 19 to Saturday, July 28. Students applying to this program have a choice of indicating their preference to work in one of two research components: (1) nuclear and particle physics at TUNL or (2) high-energy particle physics with the Duke High-Energy Physics (HEP) group.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US CItizens & Permanent Residents
Applications available beginning in November
Apply

Columbia University


The Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST) was established to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences’ workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to biostatistics and cardiovascular and pulmonary disease research. Students representing racial and ethnic minority groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and students with disabilities join the Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s for eight weeks of research, training, academic and career planning, and social activities around New York City. All applicants must have completed one semester of college level calculus.

Levels:Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 1, 2020 
Apply

 

Multiple Institutions including Howard University, Stanford University, University of Arkansas, and University of Illinois

The Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) offers a 10-week summer research program that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to explore careers in research. Students gain an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding of research methodologies as well as graduate school. The POETS REU program places students at one of its four universities. While at a POETS institution, REU students work on a POETS research project under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member and graduate student or post-doctoral mentor.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 and above
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: Not yet posted
Apply

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