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Deadlines for Summer Opportunities - Fast Approaching!

Remember that deadlines for summer programs are fast approaching. If you have access to the Student Opportunity Center (S.O.C.) , be sure to visit that site to search for relevant opportunities. S.O.C. is search platform for finding relevant, nationwide, experiential learning opportunities such as paid summer research experiences, internships at national/government labs or agencies, undergraduate symposia/conferences, journals and more. This platform includes many of the opportunities detailed below. For 2018-19, access to this resource is supported by the Honors College and is limited to 500 users. To request S.O.C. access/user account, please complete the wufoo form located below.

S.O.C. Access Request

For questions about how to use this resource, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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The Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program

The Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program is a ten-weekfaculty mentored residential summer research program for undergraduates in biotechnology.Through this program, a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard campus. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-AmgenScholars will live among over 300 undergraduate residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River. Please check out our flyer for an overview of the program and benefits.

The deadline to submit complete applications is Friday, February 1, 2019.Check out more information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process. The Amgen Scholars Program website includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer.

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Postbac Research Education Program - Application Open

Attention undergraduate seniors and recent graduates: Applications are open for the BCM Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Early deadline is January 1st and the final deadline is March 15th.

The goal is to help under-represented college graduates prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study. BCM PREP Scholars complete the program within 12 months, depending on each scholar's individual development plan. There are eight positions available each year. The program features:

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ACS Nuclear & Radiochemistry UG Summer Schools

The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two INTENSIVE six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy.

Fellowships include a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School location, housing, books, and laboratory supplies.  Transferable college credit will be awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units).

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Abstracts due Nov 9 for Posters on the Hill

Represent the state of West Virginia and WVU as you present your research to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. The application portal for the April 2019 Posters on the Hill submissions is now open and abstracts are due by/before Nov. 9. WVU is an “Institutional Member” of CUR and any WVU undergraduate researcher is eligible to apply to Posters on the Hill. If you plan to apply, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research  as we will aid in the application and, if accepted, coordinate, fund, and arrange your travel. 

More information and abstract submission.

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Students of Color Empowered through Research

by Mya Vannoy, Undergraduate Research Ambassador  

As youths, we are often told to go to college and get a degree, but seldom are we told what to do once we get here. The cliché stories of black and brown students overcoming poverty and discrimination to graduate high school and go to college are always told, but what happens to these students when they are finally “living their dream?” We come to college only to be the only black person in a biology lecture of 200 people and to cringe at our professors calling our ancestors red Indians. Students of color at predominately white universities have to endure a sense of isolation that can be detrimental to our well-being and, therefore, our education. Our strong sense of determination can end up being lost throughout our struggles of balancing schoolwork, jobs, family, and being different from our peers. Without this drive, students can end up wondering where they fit into the grand scheme of college and if it’s even the right decision for them. 

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