Thursday, December 29, 2016

Maryland Sea Grant REU - Chesapeake Bay

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the Maryland Sea Grant Summer REU program. We bring upper-level undergraduate students to the Chesapeake Bay to conduct individual research projects with a scientist-mentor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology and marine and environmental science.

In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience.

We are accepting applications through February 15. Please visit our website to find out more ( or drop me a note at


- Program Flyer download 
- 12-week program: May 21 to August 13, 2017
- $6,000 stipend plus housing and travel support to and from host institution
- Funded by the National Science Foundation and thus limited to US citizens or permanent residents
- Applications due: February 15, 2017
- Application and guidance 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

NASA Summer Research

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2017 to apply for participation in the 9th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2017).  The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected.

Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel.

The eight-week program begins June 18, 2017 and concludes August 11, 2017.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.

SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program.

Applicants must be US citizens.

Watch a video about the program:

For more information and to apply:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Summer Research in Germany

An excellent upcoming summer research opportunity in the sciences and engineering in Germany through the DAAD RISE. Applications are due January 15, 2017.

Benefits of the program
- Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field)
- DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses
- Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors
- German language is not required and the working language will be in English

- Open to sophomores and juniors only
- International students CAN apply
- You should have a strong academic background with research experience in your area of interest. 

- Last year, 1500 applied and 300 were chosen, so about 1/5 will be chosen. 

Next Steps
- Print off the application requirements (here) and get working!
- Make an appointment with Grant Eustice (or stop by during his open office hours on Monday and Thursday from 3-5 PM) for feedback and questions about your application
- Request feedback from your faculty advisors as you begin to work on your application. 
- Request a letter of recommendation for someone who can attest to what it is you're proposing to do (one letter of recommendation is required). 
- Review the FAQ's - there's really great information about what to think about when asking for a letter of reference and what to include in your cover letter and CV.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

PNNL Summer Research Opportunities

Good Morning.

I work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.  Each summer we host a number of college students who participate in the Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE).  The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Summer and we would like to encourage as many students to apply to work at PNNL.  The deadline is January 13, 2017.  The following link provides students with information on how to apply:

At PNNL our core capabilities are chemical and molecular sciences; chemical engineering; biological systems science; climate change science; environmental subsurface science; applied materials science and engineering; applied nuclear science and technology; advanced computer science, visualization, and data; systems engineering and integration; and large-scale user facilities/advanced instrumentation. The Marine Sciences Laboratory, at PNNL’s Sequim Marine Research Operations on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula, is DOE’s only marine research laboratory. There, scientists develop innovations to address ocean-driven energy, marine resource impacts, and coastal security threats.

We hope you can encourage as many students to apply for this once in a lifetime experience.


Tina Perez-Colgan
Science and Engineering Education Consultant

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 902 Battelle Boulevard P.O. Box 999
Richland, WA  99352 USA Tel:  509-371-6782

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nebraska Summer Research

The University of Nebraska’s summer program (link) offers research opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at converting cutting edge social and behavioral research into an understanding and reduction of health disparities among minorities.»

Summer 2017 research programs include:
During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.
Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Monday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Tuesday, March 1. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.