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Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) Summer Internship

Please note the upcoming deadline for UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER research exchange grants from the Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) is March 11, 2015. EDEN is a program funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. The goal of this program is to train undergraduates in the field of Evo-Devo-Eco, with an emphasis on emerging model systems.

Eligible students should be undergraduates of any nationality at any college or university, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and universities, both within and outside of the U.S.. Eligible host labs should be conducting research using new and emerging model organism and must be at a U.S.-based institution. If the proposed host lab is working on a well-established model organism, your application must explain how the techniques or skills that you learn in the host lab will be applied to work on new or emerging model organisms at your home institution.

Students may apply to work in a lab that is at their home institution, as long as the proposed research involves new and emerging model organisms. However, in cases where all other aspects of applications are considered to be equally competitive, preference will be given to applicants who propose to travel to a lab that is not at their home institution.

Please visit http://edenrcn.com/funding/ugrad_internships.html for complete program details.

For examples of previous undergraduate projects supported by EDEN, please visit http://edenrcn.com/ree/undergrad.html.

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Environmental Health Summer Fellowships at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Applicants are expected to have completed three years of chemistry and biology coursework before the fellowship commences.

Deadline: January 17, 2014.

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Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is an intensive ten-week research experience for rising seniors. Students conduct research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Research Program for Undergraduates in Biotechnology at Columbia University - The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows for the period from May 29 through August 6, 2011. This program provides a $4000 stipend for each successful candidate and free campus housing (worth $2700) in which you are expected to reside. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the interdisciplinary research activities of the BioIGERT faculty across the Departments of Physics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with industry including IBM Yorktown Heights. This is the best summer job you’ll ever have, apply now.

Application Deadline: TBD 
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Janelia Undergraduate Scholars - Summer program for 10 weeks to give undergraduates an opportunity to do research at the HHMI Janelia Farm research facility.

Program Dates: The program runs from June to August 2013.  Housing and $4500 stipend provided.

Deadline: 2 PM EST January 15, 2014

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Quantitative and Physical Science (QP-SURF) - An intensive summer research training experience at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research.  $4000 stipend, housing costs are covered by the program.

Deadline: February 9, 2014

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Southwestern Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - The goal of SURF is to give students an intensive, 10-week research experience. Students are given individual research projects with University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. The research areas include cancer biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, a GRE prep course, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. 50 fellowships are available. The school is located in Dallas, Texas. A $4000 stipend is provided, housing costs will be covered by the program.

Deadline: February 9, 2014

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RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering – Germany provides undergraduates with an opportunity to work in Germany on projects in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, and Physics. Participants receive a stipend and housing assistance.

Deadline:  January 31, 2014

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The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships – Paris, France.

Deadline: December 

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Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program (URP) -  at Cold Spring Harbor. Room, board and $5000 stipend for sophomore or junior.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

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Research Program for Undergraduates at the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer. The Center seeks qualified undergraduates for 2014 REU fellowships. Stipends are $4,000 for ten-week projects. They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs of the Conte Center. Applicants with computational science backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. All participants must be U.S. citizens (or permanent residents) and be enrolled in (but not yet graduated from) an accredited undergraduate college degree program with a concentration in a biological science field. Please post and/or share the attached announcement and application. If selected, students will be matched with a research mentor. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars. In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored events. At the conclusion of the summer projects, students will produce a summary report and present their findings at an REU Symposium in the Gordon Center for Integrative Science at the University of Chicago.

Send all application materials to Barry Aprison, Ph.D. at baprison@bsd.uchicago.edu or mail to:

Barry Aprison, Ph.D. Education and Outreach Director
IGSB Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114 
The University of Chicago 
900 E. 57th Street 
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Deadline: February 10, 2014

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Chicago Center for Systems Biology REU The Chicago Center for Systems Biology organizes a summer research experience for undergraduates. Students who participate in this 10-week program receive a $4000 stipend. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: February 10, 2014

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Marine Biology Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research -  The MBL, located in Woods Hole, MA, seeks ten highly motivated rising sophomore and junior students, who are interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences, to participate in this National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (NSF REU) program.

Deadline: TBD 

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NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.  Applications are accepted starting mid-November.

Deadline:  March 1, 2014.

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Amgen Scholars Program for Summer Research - The Amgen Corporation provides funding for the Amgen Scholars Program. These funds provide stipends plus board to qualified undergraduates to conduct research in laboratories at 10 major research universities across the United States. Research areas depend upon the host institution but include topics in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, bioinformatics, and statistics. Students in at all Amgen Scholars sites travel to California in July to attend a research symposium with presentations by scientists in academia and industry. This symposium also gives students the opportunity to network with Amgen Scholars at other universities with Amgen Scholars programs.

Deadline: February 3, 2014 except for a February 14 deadline for the program run by the California Institute of Technology

Read this flyer for more information.

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The Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan offers a summer undergraduate research program. Read the flyer for more information.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

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Summer Research Program in Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers summer research opportunities to undergraduate minority students, disadvantaged students and students with disabilities to the field of biophysics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Priority Deadline: February 15, 2014.

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NSF REU Program

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. By using the web page, Search, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

Deadlines: Vary according to research site.

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NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Deadline: March 1, 2014.

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The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows . This program provides a stipend for each successful candidate and campus housing in which you are expected to reside. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the interdisciplinary research activities of the BioIGERT faculty across the Departments of Physics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with industry including IBM Yorktown Heights.

Deadline: TBA for 2014; the 2013 deadline was February 14.

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Research Abroad

Office of International Education - See the OIE website for current information on international educational opportunities, including Harvard and non-Harvard summer opportunities. The OIE Office has drop-in hours M-F from 2-4 pm.

Office of Career Services - The Office of Career Services (OCS) website has a Summer Funding section and organizes informational events and programs on summer opportunities and the funding application process.

Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2014: Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Funding Applications

Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2014: All Non-HSS International Funding Applications 

Deadline for OCS Summer Funding: February 12, 2014

Summer Abroad in Portugal at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

This is an independent internship of 8-10 weeks at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon Portugal. It is intended for students interested in Neurobiology research. The program consists of 1 week of coursework and 7-9 weeks of research. Housing is provided by the host institution.

Note:  This is not a Harvard Summer School Program. 

Prerequisites: None

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Information:  Ryan Draft

The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships, Paris France.

Summer research fellowships to work at the Institute Pasteur in Paris.

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Deadline: December 13, 2013

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany - Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  Rolling online application opens December 6, 2013.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

RWTH Aachen University UROP, Aachen, Germany -

The program UROP International is designed for highly qualified US and Canadian undergraduates  to conduct an independent research project at one of the RWTH institutes, with mentoring by excellent scientific staff from the host university. Further program elements include an intensive German language training, intercultural seminars, workshops introducing the broader field of research and various leisure activities. Fellowships available.

Contact information: skwara@rwthaachenuniversity.us

Deadline: January 31

Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

In this 8 week program, students are matched with a lab whose research intersects the student's interests and background. The program culminates with a student research symposium. Participating labs are from the Brain-Mind Institute, the Institute of Bioengineering, the Global Health Institute, and the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research. 

Deadline: January 31, 2014

International Undergraduate Summer SchoolThe John Innes CentreThe Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre provide students from both the United Kingdom and other countries an opportunity to conduct summer research in plant, microbial and computational biology.

Deadline: January 12, 2014

Organization for Tropical Studies - Both semester and summer options available. Summer program in Costa Rica focuses on evolutionary ecology of plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, while that in South Africa concentrates on global health issues in South Africa. Open to all undergraduates who have completed at least one year of college-level biology.

Deadline for Summer Programs: Rolling admissions. Applications available in mid-autumn for the upcoming summer. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications close March 1, 2014 for summer 2014.

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) – This summer research program in Germany gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct summer research in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics or earth sciences.  Participants receive a stipend and housing assistance. Open to non-U.S. citizens.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships – Paris, France. Applicants need to have completed three full years (six semesters) of college course work by the time that the internship begins (be a rising senior). Open to U.S. citizens only.

Deadline: December 13, 2013

 

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