Internships and Scholarships

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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 

The National Science Foundation (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. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. Select the link above to search for REU Sites and applicaion information.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge Program

This is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. Representatives from companies looking to host interns will review applications and select candidates with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Internships can be part or full time and take place throughout the year. The Center’s Internship Program Year runs from May 1 through April 30 of any given year. Apply online at the link above.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships [PDF]

Fellowships are offered by the Smithsonian Institution to provide opportunities for graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior investigators to conduct research in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff, and to utilize the resources of the Institution. These fellowships are offered through the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships, and are administered under the charter of the Institution, 20 U.S. Code section 41 et seq. Fellowship awards under this program are contingent upon the availability of funds.

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), is a division of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and maintains research facilities for marine and terrestrial research at various locations on the Isthmus of Panama. STRI offers fellowships for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral research in the areas represented by its scientific staff. Disciplines include ecology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals.

U.S. EPA Student Summer Employment Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking for energetic and highly motivated students for summer employment. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain valuable work experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Student summer employment opportunities are available at EPA’s headquarters in Washington, DC, and at regional office and laboratory locations nationwide.


The Alfred L. Borgatti Biology Scholarship  

This award is endowed with a donation from the family of Alfred L. Borgatti. Dr. Borgatti, a long time member of the biology faculty, who was an ardent supporter of student scholarship in the Natural Sciences. Each year, a biology major will be awarded funds to support student scholarship. 2015 awards: 2 scholarships at $1250 each. Application deadline: April 13, 2015.

The Frederick A. Meier Science Award

This award is endowed with a donation from the family of Frederick A. Meier. Dr. Meier who was a part of the university from faculty member to president. There are two awards that have been historically in the amount of $725 each, one for a chemistry major and one for a biology major. Application deadline: April 13, 2015.

2014-2015 Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award  

Thermo Fisher Scientific is offering our future science scholars an opportunity to win $10,000 in scholarship funding for the 2014-2015 academic school year. This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists. Graduate students or undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college for the 2014-2015  to qualify for this scholarship. A pre-selected committee will award two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships among the candidates. Application Deadline: August 1, 2014.

The Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) Student Scholarship 

The student must have declared a major or have an intent to declare a major in one of the marine sciences. Selection will be based upon the student's academic history and the student's contributions and demonstrated commitment to the marine aquarium hobby. To be eligible for the MASNA Student Scholarship, applicants must be a current/entering graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university. Application Deadline: June 20, 2014.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research  

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. Application Deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually. 

The Women Divers Hall of Fame Undergraduate Marine Research Internship in Marine Biology 

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a female undergraduate student who is (or will be) participating in an internship program with a focus in marine biology. Students must have completed at least 60 credits or hold third year (junior) status prior to starting the internship. Application deadline is January 15 each year.

Our World Underwater Scholarship and Internships

A full year scholarship working side by side with current leaders in  underwater fields (application deadline is December 31). Summer Internships are for 2-3 summer months (Application deadline is January 31). For more information and applications got to