Undergraduate Research Opportunities at NMSU

AMP (New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation)

  • URS (Undergraduate Research Scholars Program) supports undergraduate students in faculty-mentored research projects.
  • Professional development.
  • Preparation for internships, graduate school, and/or workforce.
  • $2,000 stipend, plus $250 materials.

Discovery Scholars Program (DSP)

MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program

Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS)

Internships, Grant Opportunities and Fellowships Outside NMSU

University of Michigan- Interdisciplinary REU-Research Experiences for Undergraduates

May 22-August 2, 2019.

Student participants will be engaged in a ten-week period of hands-on experimental training and independent investigation in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology and plant biology. The majority of the research projects featured in this program involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

Application deadline is February 19, 2019.


Summer Programs at the University of Michigan


Emory University- LGS- SOAR Program (Summer Opportunity for Academic Research)

During the 10-week residential summer program, research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their Faculty Mentor or Principal Investigator and teams of postdocs, research technicians, graduate students and other undergraduates. Our SOAR researchers receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and professional development.

LGS-SOAR offers the opportunity to develop skills such as:

  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem Solving
  • Interpreting Results
  • Actively participate in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations

Application deadline is January 28, 2019.


Boston University School of Medicine- Summer Training as Research Scholars Program

The Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) program is a dynamic and focused research experience that is designed to promote access to graduate education for traditionally underrepresented students in science and medicine. STaRS provides scholars with the opportunity to participate in research and enhances skills required for successful entrance and completion of a PhD or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences.

Application deadline is February 1, 2019.


University of Nebraska Summer 2019 Research Program

Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more.

Summer 2019 research programs include:

Application deadline is March 1, 2019.


PREP Post-Baccalaureate Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM)

This program is for recent graduates (within the past 36 months) who intend to continue their education in the biomedical sciences by entering a PhD program. PREP’s main benefit to the scholars is engagement in cutting edge research for one full year with a faculty mentor of their choice while receiving assistance in preparing their PhD applications. We offer many additional benefits including an annual salary of $27,200, health/dental benefits, GRE preparation classes, tuition for academic courses, travel support to attend conferences, and many additional activities geared to aid in the overall professional development of our scholars.



QEM/NSF Talent and Innovation in Sciences Internship Summer Program (TDIS)

The Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences (TDIS) internship program is a 10 week, paid opportunity (housing included) designed to enhance students’ academic learning with a rich summer experience at the National Science Foundation. Throughout the summer, the student is exposed to a national perspective of STEM-related programs through their assigned projects, assigned to a mentor, engage in several professional development activities, and expand their professional network.

Application deadline is January 31, 2019.


2019 Summer Internship Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions at Los Alamos National Laboratory

10 weeks in duration, starting May 2019.

Application deadline is January 21, 2019.


Cornell Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

June 9-August 9, 2019.

CU LSAMP REU is a nine-week summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest.

Learn more about the benefits, eligibility and how to apply to LSAMP REU.

Cornell LSAMP is housed within Cornell Engineering’s Office of Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE).

Application deadline is February 15, 2019.



University of Washington- PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)

The University of Washington PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program) is currently accepting applications for our class of 2019-2020. 

We seek individuals who are US citizens or hold permanent resident status, and are also members of groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences, including those with disabilities. The program is aimed at undergraduates who have great potential and enthusiasm for science, yet lack some tangibles (for example research experience) and are therefore less competitive for the most competitive biomedical graduate programs.  Attached is an information flyer for our program.

Interested students who will have completed their BS/BA degree by June 2019 can find a full program description and application materials at https://depts.washington.edu/uwprep/



University of Virginia School of Medicine- Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)

May 24-August 2, 2019.

  • Biomedically focused research opportunities
  • Immersive hands-on research experience
  • Professional development seminars
  • Communication workshop
  • Research lecture series
  • Interactions with physicians & physician scientists
  • Regular office hours with Program Director
  • Generous financial support On-Grounds housing
  • Roundtrip travel to Charlottesville
  • Social activities Catered events

Application deadline is February 1, 2019.


2019 Summer REU Internships in Animal Behavior- Indiana University- Bloomington

May 20-July 27, 2019.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in animal Behavior is a National Science Foundation-sponsored program offering unique opportunities for students interested in animal behavior.

  • ~$5,250 stipend
  • Housing within a Single Dorm room
  • Paid travel expenses to and from research site

How to apply: https://animalbehavior.indiana.edu/research/reu/reu-applications.html

Application deadline is February 15, 2019.



TECBIO REU- Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology. An NSF- Funded Experience for Undergraduates Program

May 20-July 16, 2019.

Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales” is an NSF-funded, 10-week, summer, REU program that provides a challenging graduate-level research experience in computational biology. In addition to performing cutting-edge research, TECBio students will also participate in other academic activities, such as classes, seminars, and discussions, while experiencing the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh – America’s most livable city- TECBIO.

Application deadline is February 11, 2019.



Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Intern Program

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group. MCI is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers. MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

Internships are intended mainly for summer 2019, but consideration will be given to projects at other times of the year. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to: museum studies, conservation studies, art history, anthropology, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth sciences, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering. Basic courses in chemistry and math are preferred; lab experience is not required. A stipend will be offered for a period of 10 weeks. Apply at https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public

Application deadline is February 25, 2019.


Los Alamos National Laboratory

Undergraduate Student Internship Program


Graduate Research Assistant Program



Cancer Research Internships for Undergraduate students at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

For the graduate internship program, students interested in diverse aspects of cancer research in human populations and are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at NMSU are encouraged to apply. Accepted students are required to participate in a one-week Data Analysis Workshop to be held at NMSU the last week of May 2019. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The deadline for all graduate applications is Friday, Jan 18, 2019. To apply, submit an application at http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/science-projects/pacr/interships-training/graduate-students.html.


Undergraduate Pipeline Network (UPN) Summer Research at UNM

May 30-August 2, 2019.

The goals of our program are to provide the opportunity for undergraduate students to:

  • 10 week biomedical research experience at a nationally recognized Health Sciences Center with research mentors from 6 major areas of study:  Infectious Disease and Immunity, Environmental Toxicology, Cancer, Brain and Behavioral Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolism, and Community-based health disparities research.
  • Improve writing, presentation and interview skills
  • Assist in the design, collection, processing & analysis of scientific data.
  • Learn cutting-edge research techniques and use state-of-the-art technology.
  • Present their research to the New Mexico scientific community.
  • Receive a summer stipend of up to $5000.
  • Experience so many interesting things” while having “a wonderful time” and an “amazing summer,” according to past participants.

UPN students receive an academic fellowship (stipend) of up to $5000 for the summer.

UPN 2019 Application: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWT635J

Application deadline is February 1, 2019.


CONSERVE Summer Intern Program

June 17-August 9, 2019.

CONSERVE (COordinating Nontraditional Sustainable watER Use in Variable climatEs) is a Center of Excellence at the nexus of sustainable water reuse, food, and health.  Our leading team of scientists and educators are investigating sources of nontraditional irrigation water that can provide safe, transformative on‐farm solutions for food crops and reduce the nation’s agricultural water challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. With projects located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest, we are looking for undergraduate student interns to assist us in our research and education efforts.

We are currently looking for assistance on projects focusing on water quality analysis, on-farm water treatment technology testing, spatial analysis and mapping, consumer behavior and economics, educational media development, and farmer education and outreach. Find out more about our opportunities and student eligibility by going to http://conservewaterforfood.org/summer-conserve-scholar-internship-program-1/.

The 8-week internship will start on June 17, 2019, ending on August 9, 2019. Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000. Additional funds for expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, per diem) are not provided. We are accepting applications from now until February 22, 2019.

The following positions are available:

Location: New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM)

Position Description: The intern will work on placement and distribution of CONSERVE communication tools and support production and quality assurance of animations, interactive modules, and web content. This opportunity will be in collaboration with CONSERVE and NMSU Media Productions, and the intern will be actively supervised and supported by editorial and web design staff. As part of an integrated team of professionals, the intern will be exposed to the process of designing, building, user-testing and doing quality assurance on CONSERVE media tools in development. Learning about distribution and marketing of educational outreach products, including on social media and education-focused platforms, will also be part of this internship. Skills needed: writing, meticulous data organization, and teamwork.

Location: University of Arizona (Tucson)

Position Description: The intern will be involved in Activity 3b of the CONSERVE project, which focuses on evaluation of ozone technology and ozone in combination with plant-based antimicrobials for treatment of non-traditional sources of irrigation water and produce wash water.  The intern will be responsible for participating in various activities including the following: Preparation of microbiological media, dilution buffers, plant antimicrobial solutions, and chemical reagents as needed for the experiments; Training in the safe operation and running of the ozone generating equipment; Conducting experiments on evaluating the efficacy of ozone and ozone in combination with plant-based antimicrobials against foodborne pathogens in produce wash water; Enumeration of bacterial survivors after treatments with ozone and plant antimicrobials; Data analysis, statistical analysis, literature review, and report as well as manuscript preparation; Presentation and discussion of results in lab meetings.

Location: University of Arizona (Maricopa)

Position Description: The intern will work with an outgoing and collaborative group of staff, scientists, and students to collect water samples, analyze samples for microbiological parameters, interpret data, and communicate scientific findings with stakeholder across the state of AZ. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn advanced microbiological techniques and learn how to translate complex scientific information to a variety of stakeholder audiences including growers, packers, shippers, irrigation districts, and other scientists.

Location: University of Delaware (Newark) – 2 Available Positions

Position Description 1: This position will include construction and manipulation of filtration columns containing zero-valent iron (ZVI) and sand for the removal of pathogens from water. This student will participate in and help coordinate field trials at the University of Delaware. This student will work in collaboration with scientists at the USDA-ARS and other students at the University of Delaware across multiple departments.Location: University of Maryland (College Park) – 3 Available Positions

Position Description 2: The Center for Experimental & Applied Economics is looking for a CONSERVE intern who is motivated and friendly and who has an interest in studying water and food issues from an economics and behavioral science perspective. As a part of this internship, the candidate will work on Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and certification, identifying produce grown with various irrigation methods, development of experiment design and decision platform, administering studies, analyzing and presenting data, and developing learning materials based on research.

Location: University of Maryland (College Park) – 3 Available Positions

Position 1 Description: This position is for someone with a microbiology background to help with a field/greenhouse study that will assess the impact of overhead irrigation water on the microbiological quality of a leafy green crop, including assessing the potential shifts in plant microbiomes and transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) from bacteria in water to bacteria associated with the crop phyllosphere. Required skills: standard microbiological methods. Preferred skills: PCR.

Position 2 Description: The position will be split between Dr. Sapkota’s lab and the education and outreach efforts led by Dr. Rosenberg Goldstein and Mr. Paul Goeringer. The summer project will be focused on the RRIPER (Rooftop Runoff Irrigating Produce Eaten Raw) project evaluating water, soil, and produce from gardens irrigating with collected rain water or rooftop runoff. Duties will include supporting field sample collections from gardens; calibrating and using multi-parameter meters that measure water parameters such as nitrates, chlorides, pH, and dissolved oxygen; processing soil and produce samples; filtering water samples and extracting DNA (which will be used to profile the microbial communities present in the different water sources over time using 16S sequencing and shotgun metagenomics); and entering data (water parameters, DNA concentrations, etc). Extension and Education duties will include writing up results from field sampling; designing figures and tables of results; updating and editing outreach materials; conducting literature reviews for Extension and peer-reviewed publications; and acting as proxy for Extension team on conference calls with other CONSERVE project teams. The intern will spend 60% time supporting the lab team, and 40% time supporting the Extension team. This shared position will allow the intern the opportunity to learn advanced microbiological techniques and develop skills in translating complex scientific information to a variety of stakeholder audiences, including growers, Extension educators, and students.

Position 3 Description: The intern will gain hands on experience in geospatial data collection and analysis. He/she will help with the data collection and processing and will work in developing the GIS platform of alternative water sources for agricultural irrigation. The intern will be exposed to large-scale hydrological modeling and optimization techniques. He/she will also be part of a team developing decision support systems for water reuse in agriculture.

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Easton, MD)

Position Description: The intern will work closely with the UMES CONSERVE team. The intern will aid in the characterization of positive isolates for phenotypic and genotypic properties, isolated from CONSERVE Objective 1b surface and reclaimed wastewater samples over the past 2 years. The intern will be trained in advanced microbiological and molecular techniques. In addition, the student selected for this position will have the opportunity to learn how to translate complex scientific information to growers and other scientists during field days, workshops, and training sessions; and present his/her research findings at local and national meetings.

Location: U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (Beltsville, MD)

Position Description: The intern will perform standard microbiology and molecular biology and laboratory tasks in support of examining the effect of on-farm disinfection technologies for irrigation water. The student may need to travel to several CONSERVE sites for field trials and may be involved in growth chamber trials as well. The student will assist in evaluating water treatment technology (sand, zero-valent iron filtration of irrigation water), carrying out standard microbiology recovery of bacterial foodborne pathogens (Salmonella spp. E. coliListeria monocytogenes), and using molecular biology detection techniques (Polymerase chain reaction, immunomagnetic separation of pathogen) from filtered waters. The intern will also be responsible for constructing and setting up ZVI filters in the laboratory and on the farm. This will include different filter designs with different combinations of sand and iron appropriate for different water types that are being analyzed. Overall, this position will provide exposure to environmental, food, and molecular biology techniques to the intern. This position requires the ability to execute tasks independently, record data and procedures, and communicate effectively and respectfully with colleagues from different educational and cultural backgrounds. This position is only open to U.S. citizens.  

For more information about these positions and how to apply, go to http://conservewaterforfood.org/summer-conserve-scholar-internship-program-1/ 


Helen Fellowship- American Museum of Natural History

The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the application for the Helen Fellowship is now open.  This fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. This fellowship is an initiative at the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century. To learn more about the fellowship and the application process, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/adults/bridgeup-stem/helen-fellowship.

Who is eligible to apply?

The fellowship is intended for recent college graduates with a conferred bachelor¢s or master¢s degree in computer science, natural sciences, applied mathematics, computational science, or other relevant majors prior to the fellowship start date in September.

What are the benefits?

Fellows will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus generous benefits.

Funding is also available for research, travel and equipment expenses.

How do I apply?

The online application is now open and is due by January 20, 2019. To learn more about application requirements, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship.


Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award- IRTA

Recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school will spend a year engaged in biomedical investigation at one of NIAID’s research laboratories. The fellowship can be extended for an additional year provided the performance of the trainee is satisfactory and continued support by the laboratory is available.


No application deadline.


The Southwest Environmental Center- Internships Available

Our internships offer the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. You’ll learn firsthand how a biodiversity advocacy organization works to mobilize public support, influence public policy and undertake ecological restoration. We have a small staff, so you’ll be an important part of the SWEC team.

Some of our internships pay a small stipend, others are unpaid depending upon our current staff resources. Either way, you’ll receive great work experience and possibly academic credit. We require a 3-6 month commitment, working at least 12 hours per week on a flexible schedule.

We are looking for interns who have excellent written and verbal communication skills, relevant coursework and/or experience, good interpersonal skills for public outreach, the ability to work independently, and a strong commitment to SWEC’s mission of biodiversity protection.


NSF- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF 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. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. 

REU Site


Current CDC Research Opportunities- Research at the CDC


One-Year Arizona State University Master of Science & Technology Policy

The program is suited to anyone interested in a career where they work to ensure that science and technology serve society through responsive and effective policy development and implementation. For more information visit https://sfis.asu.edu/mstp-welcome.


Cancer Research Opportunities- St. Jude



National Institute of Health (NIH)

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Postbac IRTA/CRTA)


Grad School Opportunities

Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at UC Davis

BMCDB boasts an energetic and diverse faculty with national and international recognition and well-funded research programs across a broad spectrum of fields.

PhD students are financially supported through research and teaching assitantships and/or fellowships.

  • Support covers tuition, health insurance, fees and stipend
  • 2018-19 stipend is $32,557/year

Fore more information and and a comprehensive look at programs at UC Davis visit:






Graduate Program in Biomedical Anthropology at Binghamton University (SUNY)

MS in Biomedical Anthropology

  • innovative, interdisciplinary program
  • prepare for a variety of health-related fields
  • meet the increasing need for versatile professionals in biomedicine & public health

Training & Research

  • teaching, training & research opportunities
  • on-site state-of-the-art wet & dry labs
  • community, national & international fieldwork opportunities