External Opportunities

      External Opportunities


      Program: Council on Undergraduate Research: Social Science Division Student Travel Award

      The Social Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $200 each, for undergraduate students presenting the results of research that they have conducted at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the academic year 2014 - 2015. Undergraduate students at any level can apply but preference will be given to juniors and seniors or students attending 2 year community colleges.  Student's mentor must be a CUR member or the student's home institution must be a CUR institutional member, and student's home institution must match the $200 CUR travel grant. Applications for a travel grant to a fall 2014 or spring 2015 meeting are now being accepted.  Award decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis.  

      Submission of Application Materials:  http://tinyurl.com/ojp5p26.  

      Deadline: Open
      Program: Council on Undergraduate Research: Arts and Humanities Divison Travel Awards

      The Arts and Humanities Division will offer financial support for faculty to present on the process and/or results of undergraduate research at regional or national Arts and/or Humanities conferences. The awards will be from $500 to $800 and up to three will be awarded for presentations that have been accepted and presented no earlier than September 1st, 2013, and no later than June 30th, 2014.  Eligibility for the program requires full- or part-time faculty, staff, or administrators who have an accepted presentation or workshop at a disciplinary or interdisciplinary arts and humanities meeting may apply. Presenter must be an individual member of the CUR Arts and Humanities Division or an employee or graduate student at an institution that is a CUR institutional member presenting Arts and Humanities UR material/experiences at a disciplinary or interdisciplinary conference. The applicant must attend in person the conference for which he or she has been funded. Travel Award recipients will be selected beginning with a consideration of the applications that have been submitted by January 1st. Applicants who are accepted after that date should apply for any available funds by March 1st. If funds are available a second call for applications will be released in late January 1. Send Application Materials: by email to Dr. Sara E. Orel (orel@truman.edu).

      Deadline: Open
      Program: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Internship Program in Environmental Studies

      (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

      Deadlines: November 15, 2014; February 1, 2015; June 1, 2015
      Program: WiscAMP Excel Program (WiscAMP Excel)          

      WiscAMP is recruiting highly motivated undergraduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines who are interested in deepening their understanding of science and math.

      Deadline: March 7, 2014
      Program: WiscAMP Scholars Advanced Opportunities Program

      The advanced opportunities small grants are awards to support WiscAMP eligible* students who are within 2 years of completing their bachelor degrees in STEM.  The award amount is fixed at $1800 per semester, per student.  Students may receive these awards for up to 4 semesters ($7200).  There is no deadline for submission of these awards.  You may submit a proposal at any time.

      Deadline(s): Open
      Program: Rutgers: Summer Research Program

      The State University of New Jersey, invites students to apply their highly successful Summer Research Program, RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering). The program seeks sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school. They encourage applications from groups underrepresented in the sciences and students from first-generation college families. Stipend + on-campus housing + travel allowance.

      Deadline: Open
      Program: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Alumni Mentor Program

      The Alumni Mentor Program brings together current students and alumni through informative friendships. Connections formed during these interactions can provide valuable advice and networking connections for the student protégés, as well as enrich the lives of the alumni who take the time to share their expertise.

      Deadline: Open
      Program: Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research

      Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research is to provide leadership to advance, enhance and expand undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities across the University of Wisconsin System in order to prepare graduates who can adapt and innovate for the challenges of the future. The Wisconsin System Council on Undergraduate Research (WiSCUR) is made up of representatives from all campuses in the UW System. The representatives are chosen by each campus, typically representing faculty and staff involved in scholarship with undergraduate students or activities that promote scholarship involving undergraduates.

      Deadline: Open
      Program: Riveredge Nature Center:  2nd Annual Student Research Symposium
      Summary: Riveredge Nature Center is hosting it's 2nd Annual Student Research Symposium on Nov. 8th for any undergraduate and graduate students studying within the state of WI! Last year, this symposium hosted oral and poster presentations presented by 43 students from 7 Wisconsin colleges and universities. The focus of this symposium is to highlight student research that examines the interconnections among species and how changes in the environment can impact organisms and/or ecosystems. This event is being sponsored by Trout Unlimited, the Association of Professional Geologists, the Jaeger Family Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club's Milwaukee Chapter, and several other environmental organizations.

      The keynote presenter this year will be Dr. James Hurley, Director of UW Sea Grant and he will be talking about the interconnections between water and the land.

      Also, and most important to note, we have expanded the award categories to include runners-up in each of the three categories:

      • Best Poster Presentation (Space is limited): $400, Runner-up: $300
      • Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation ($300), Runner-up: $200
      • Best Graduate Oral Presentation ($200), Runner-up: $100

      Oral Presentations should be 15 minutes including a 5 minute question and answer session.

      To submit your abstract online go to http://riveredgenaturecenter.org/research/student-research-symposium/. Students will be notified of their submission; invitations to register will be sent out in early-October (student registration fee is $25 at time of registration, not abstract submission).

      Deadline: October 1
      Program: Biology Division Student Travel Awards

      The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting during the fiscal year 2014-2015. Award recipients are required to acknowledge CUR for support of their travel in their talk or poster, to complete a short evaluation form about their meeting experience and to submit a PDF file of their poster. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

      Deadline: Applications must be received by 5pm EST January 15, 2015 for meetings held between February 16 - June 30, 2015; applicants will be notified four to six weeks after application deadline.
      Program: United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards

      The UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.

      Eligibility:  To be considered for the UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards, an applicant must be: African American (Black); enrolled full time in a four- year college or university in the United States; and a junior who will be a degree candidate in the

      2015-16 academic year; a life or physical sciences, or engineering major. Physical sciences majors must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry by the end of the 2013-14 academic year. First professional degree (Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.D.S, etc.)  majors are not eligible. Applicants must also be a student with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale who are committed to the ten to twelve-week summer internships at a Merck facility, and be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

      Funding:  At least 15 Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made in 2015. Each award is up to a maximum of $30,000 that consists of a scholarship award of up to $25,000 and a summer research internship. For administrative purposes, the scholarship portion of the awards will be sent directly to the institutions of the award recipients. As the scholarship award is intended to support the award recipient?s tuition, room and board, and billable fees, no part of the award may be used for indirect costs. Awards are not transferable and may not be used at institutions abroad. Awards will be distributed for a September 1, 2015 start date.

      Deadline: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
      Program: Amgen Foundation

      The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Foundation, established in 1991, is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives. The Foundation is the principal channel for Amgen’s corporate philanthropy. To date, the Foundation has contributed over $200 million to nonprofit organizations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Europe that reflect Amgen’s core values and complement the company’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. The Foundation places a strong emphasis on strengthening science education and is committed to investing in meaningful, evidence-based initiatives that make a difference at the local, national, and international levels. To that end, the Amgen Foundation has contributed over $100 million to advancing science education programming globally. To learn more, please visit amgen.com/citizenship/foundation

      Deadline: Open
      Program: Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduate Program

      The Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates program, with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation, would like to invite students to apply to do summer research in Urbana, IL. Currently seeking students who have not previously conducted research, are members of underrepresented groups (including women), or are first-generation college attendees. Students who have completed coursework at the sophomore to junior level by June 1, 2015 is the program's intended scholarship recipients. Because of high demand for the program in prior years, applicants should be planning to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry or related fields between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.
      The scholarship provides:

      *$5,000 stipend for a ten-week stay in our department
      *Housing at Europa House in Urbana, within walking distance to the Department of Chemistry and the rest of the campus
      *Round trip travel cost (up to $800)
      *$800 living allowance

      Students do require at least two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and laboratory and inclined to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. Application: http://chemistry.illinois.edu/reu/.

      Deadline: Sunday, February 15, 2015
      Program: Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

      The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science. The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts. Each year, the program consists of about thirty students from around the United States, from both high school and undergraduate institutions. Their varied interests and backgrounds create a lively, well-rounded atmosphere at the lab. Admission is competitive, and students of all backgrounds are selected. Applications from minorities are strongly encouraged. At the time of participation in the program, a high school student must have completed Grade 11 or Grade 12; be at least 16 years old; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. At the time of participation in the program, a college student must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student; have at least one semester of undergraduate school remaining before graduation; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. All students receive a stipend of $4,500 for the 10-week program, including room and board at Highseas. The cost of round-trip travel between the student's home and the Laboratory is also provided.  Application checklist:  http://education.jax.org/summerstudent/admission/application-checklist.html.  Application Portal:  https://regedu.jax.org/SSP/Login.

      Deadline: Monday, February 2, 2015
      Program: RISING JUNIORS - Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity - U.S. Department of Education

      The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship Program is accepting applications. Program encourages advisers, mentors, and potential applicants to take advantage of the NOAA resources made available in this message.

      Competitive applications:

      • Address the NOAA mission; 
      • Have resume and personal statements that are crafted to be relevant to the NOAA mission, 
      • Have recommendations that are well developed and made relevant to the NOAA mission

      What: Provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study.

      Who: Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission.

      The Program:

      • Students receive total awards valued at up to $35,000 in total support during their junior and senior years.
      • Students complete a nine week paid summer internship at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete paid internships at NOAA facilities across the country. During the summer internships, students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance. 
      • Student scholarship recipients attend a two-week orientation at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, and begin their first summer internship in early June.
      • At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an education and science symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid).

      NOAA Goals: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/goals/

      Application: https://oedwebapps.iso.noaa.gov/uspa/


      Friday, January 30, 2015 before or at 11:59PM EST


      Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability


      The research focus of the LAKES REU program is in areas of sustainable watershed management, with aspects of social, economic, and environmental approaches incorporated into broader problems of sustainability and community. Students involved in the program will be mentored by faculty members having wide-ranging backgrounds in relevant research areas.


      REU internship participants will receive a stipend of $500/wk during the 8 week REU, a transportation allowance, meal allowance, and campus housing provided. Funding for travel to present your findings at a national conference will also be available.


      Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and must be full-time undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students with limited research opportunities at their home institutions. Minority students, women, and first generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.


      Friday, February 15, 2015 


      WiSys Student Ambassador


      The WiSys Ambassadors are students from UW System campuses who play a key role in enhancing the vital connection between WiSys and researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs on UW System campuses. The WiSys Ambassador Program is focused on enhancing the understanding and awareness of WiSys’ role across the UW System comprehensive campuses, increasing engagement with academics and students undertaking innovative research and helping to identify potential opportunities where WiSys can provide support. WiSys Ambassadors are a valuable resource for their respective departments and are involved in organizing seminars and workshops as well as hosting inter-departmental mixers. For more information on the WiSys Ambassador Program and a current list of our Ambassadors, please visit the ‘about us’ page on www.wisys.org.


      WiSys Ambassadors will receive a monthly stipend for each month of active service as well as additional funding as required in the form of travel allowances for conferences/events.


      Qualified applicants should:

      • Be an undergraduate, graduate student or post-doc in any discipline
      • Obtain approval form their supervisor (if applicable) or major professor to participate in the program
      • Be able to commit 5-10 hours/month to the program
      • Be able to participate in a 1 day student ambassador training/orientation (to be held in Madison, September/October 2015).

      Particularly strong applicants are proactive, effective at networking with students, faculty and staff on campus and have an interest in the process of moving discoveries from the academic base to the marketplace.


      Thursday, April 30th, 2015


      Undergraduate Research Program
      University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
      800 W. Main Street
      2115 Andersen Library
      Whitewater, WI 53190
      (262) 472-1296


      Professor Catherine Chan
      Director of Undergraduate Research
      (262) 472-1296

      UWW URP Student Org