Additional information for students underrepresented in STEM can be found in the Diversity section of the Life Sciences web page.

American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship for underrepresented minority students.

Students conduct summer research in microbiology with an ASM faculty member, either at their home institution or at another university. Expenses are also covered for travel to the ASM general meeting and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

Deadline: February 1, 2015.

BROAD Institute Summer Research Program in Genomics - The Summer Research Program in Genomics, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, is designed for underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an interest in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering, or mathematics and a commitment to research. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents; enrolled in a four-year college; be majoring in the physical, biological, or computer sciences, engineering or mathematics; have an interest in pursuing graduate school and have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Students will spend the summer in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research.  The program features a 9 week lab internship with travel expenses, housing and a $4250 stipend provided.

Eligibility: Students  must belong to a designated underrepresented minority group (American Indian or Alaska Native, black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or an individual with a disability)

Deadline: February 2, 2015

CalTech WAVE Fellows Program

Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math leaders.  The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Deadline: January 7, 2015


Center for Causal Consequences of Variation (CCV) Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The Church lab in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School is offering paid, 10-week summer undergraduate internships for underrepresented students interested in research careers in genome sciences. Research interns will participate in a variety of projects with the Center for Causal Consequences Variation, a Center for Excellence in Genomic Science focused on the development of cutting edge methods for genomics that hold promise for significantly advancing biological and medical research.

By participating in CCV summer internships, students will gain a broader knowledge of genomics and the biological sciences, and experience outstanding scientific research.

Students must be either U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents (Green Card holder) from one of these underrepresented minority groups: Black/African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, or Native American Samoan/Guamanian.

Deadline: March 7, 2014. (2015 deadline TBD)


CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program)

CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program) is a summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories.

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biological Sciences - This intensive 9 week laboratory-based biological research program is for undergraduate students during the summer following their sophomore or junior year.  Interns apply state-of-the art technology in their own research projects, which focus on biological science questions that are important to the prevention of disease, under the direction of a Harvard faculty member.

Interns receive a generous stipend, travel allowance and free dormitory housing.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. (proof of permanent residency must be provided);
  • Applicants must be from an underrepresented group in graduate research, which includes: first generation college students (neither parent nor legal guardian has a bachelor’s degree); students from an economically disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (requires additional supportive documentation); students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented, such as: blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders;
  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • Applicants must have a basic science background and have taken several classes beyond intro level courses;
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in public health, specifically laboratory research.

Deadline: March 1, 2015

Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) -The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students' understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research. Eligible participants are undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, particularly those attending Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) NIH-funded institutions, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and/or Tribal Colleges with baccalaureate degree programs, and/or alumni of the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program and/or the Biomedical Science Careers Program. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Deadline: January 9, 2015

STARS - Summer Training in Academic Research Training and Scholarship - STARS provides underrepresented minority (URM) medical and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in exciting basic, clinical and translational research projects during the summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Housing and stipend provided.

Deadline: January 22, 2015.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program is a six-week, fully-funded program at 12 universities around the country. The program is open to undergraduates who are interested in careers in medicine or dentistry and are underrepresented minorities or are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Participants take science and writing classes, receive training in career development, and are exposed to clinical work.

Deadline: March 1, 2015.

NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The goal of the Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research at NHLBI is to expose students to research investigation in a highly enriched environment that is devoted exclusively to biomedical research and training. The Program is open to high school and college, graduate or Medical and Dental Students. Participants join a research laboratory for a minimum of ten weeks between June and August and conduct research in selected areas of investigation under the guidance of an NHLBI intramural research scientist.

Applicants must be either US citizens or permanent residents and be currently enrolled full-time in high school, college, professional or graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Deadline: Opens November 15 and ends March 1.  Early applications are encouraged.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program - The MMUFP aims to counter the under-representation of minority groups on college and university faculties nationwide by encouraging minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity, to pursue academic careers. It provides opportunities for talented undergraduates to work with faculty mentors and sponsors in research and other activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the PhD in the humanities and core sciences.

Deadline: Mid March.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program - The HHMI offers an Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) for undergraduates from groups underrepresented in the sciences and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must be nominated by an HHMI professor, a director of an HHMI-funded undergraduate program or faculty at an institution currently active in the Science Education Alliance (SEA).

Deadline: December 1, 2014.

Woods Hole Summer Student Fellowship Program -  Summer Student Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students who will have completed their junior year at colleges or universities by the start of the fellowship period. Preference is given to students studying in any of the fields of science or engineering including but not limited to the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy. Students must have at least a tentative interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.

Fellowship recipients who are coming from outside of the US will receive help and information from the Foreign National Advisor in obtaining the proper paperwork for visas. 

Stipend: $562.50 per week for the ten- to twelve-week program. Institution housing is provided for all Fellowship recipients.

Deadline: February 15th; applicants will be notified in mid-March.