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

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 2019. To learn more about application requirements, visit https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship.


Cornell University Diversity Preview Weekend 2019

The Cornell University Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Dept. of entomology, and School of Integrative Plant Science are pleased to announce our third annual Graduate Student Diversity Preview Weekend being held from March 7-20, 2019, This event is intended to introduce students from underrepresented backgrounds to the graduate school application process and to connect them with faculty members that share research interests.

Participant housing and meals will be provided, as well up to $600 in travel expenses. We encourage applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds (including underrepresented minorities, firs-generation students, low income, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA) that are interested in applying for graduate school during the 2019-20120 application cycle,

The application deadline is December 1, 2018.


Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

June 3-August 9, 2019

For over 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). This program has mentored hundreds of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and provided insight into how the DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Application deadline is December 17, 2018.



RISE Professional- Research Internships in Science and Engineering for Master’s and Ph.D. Students

  • The program is open for students in the field of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth science, engineering or a closely related field.
  • All participants receive a scholarship from DAAD and an additional stipend from their host company/institution to help cover living expenses.
  • Funding is possible for a period of three months in summer or fall.
  • German language requirements vary according to the internship placement.
  • Undergraduates who are Alumni from the RISE Germany program are also eligible to apply.
  • Recent graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • All applicants have to be enrolled during the time of the internship.

Application time frame is November 1-December 15, 2018.


RISE Germany 2018- Unique Opportunities for Gaining Research Experience in Germany for Undergraduates

RISE Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland. In their internships, students are carefully matched with doctoral students- whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. Interns receive a monthly stipend to cover every day costs. About 300 scholarships are available each year.

Find an Internship

The extensive RISE Germany database offers a wide range of internships in Science and Engineering. Find out about dates, application documents, selection criteria, the selection process, language requirements and scholarship benefits. We look forward to welcoming you in Germany!

Application time frame is November 1-December 15, 2018.



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.


Native Plant Society Grant Opportunity

The Otero Chapter of the New Mexico Native Plant Society are once again offering generous student grants (graduate and undergraduate) for research on botanical topics relevant to New Mexico and the Chihuahuan Desert.  The information on the application process is available in the attached document.  They will also be updating information on their 2018 process on their webpage in the days to come (http://www.npsnm.org/about/chapters/otero/)

Application deadline is November 19, 2018.



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



Los Alamos National Labs

Undergraduate Student Programs


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