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University of Arizona NIH/IMSD Scholars Program



¬≥Each student is paired with a faculty mentor who conducts research in the biomedical sciences in which they have a specific interest, participate in weekly seminars offered by UA faculty on health issues disproportionately affecting minority populations, and present their work at the University of Arizona's end of summer colloquium.  Students  also learn the basics on how to prepare for and how to apply to graduate school.¬≤


 This program offers: 


¬∑               A financial award of $4,000 for 10 weeks of research and other activities

¬∑               Round-trip airfare to Tucson from anywhere within the United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico

¬∑               Six units of transferable research course credit

¬∑               Compete for one of five $1,000 travel awards to attend a national conference (SACNAS or ABRCMS)

¬∑               Housing will be available at the University of Arizona residence halls

¬∑               Apply for FASEB funds to cover housing and food costs


Please refer to the program website above for more information.



The NIH/ISMD Graduate Scholars Program

(520) 626-0095


 ¬≥For prospective graduate students interested in a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, the Graduate College also sponsors an NIH/IMSD Scholars Program. The program's intent is to guarantee five (5) years of funding to those who are admitted into one of fourteen (14) biomedical graduate programs at the University of Arizona. Also, attached is a graduate college application fee waiver which some students maybe eligible for. First year scholars receive:


¬∑               A financial award of $20,766 in the form of a research assistantship

¬∑                In-state and out-of-state tuition waivers

¬∑               $1,000 in travel funds to attend a national conference

¬∑               Attend a cultural immersion experience/conference to help keep students grounded on the importance of research effecting underrepresented minority populations

¬∑               Rotation through 3-4 laboratories

¬∑               Participation in a small group seminar focusing on survival skills for graduate school

¬∑               In subsequent years, equivalent funding will be provided in the form of a research or teaching assistantship, traineeship and/or fellowship

¬∑               Support of up to $1,500 to assist with supplies for their dissertation.¬≤


If you have questions about this program, please refer to the website or contact information provided above.



Northern Illinois University

(815) 753-1131


³The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Illinois University is one of only four departments at state universities in Illinois that offer training in chemistry through the doctoral level.²


³The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Northern Illinois University offers:


  • 16 full-time faculty members, four adjunct faculty members, and two faculty members with joint appointments in the Department of Biological Sciences; two additional faculty

  • members hold administrative appointments elsewhere in the university;

  • More than 100 undergraduate majors;

  • 48 current graduate students; and

  • 11 support and technical staff members¬≤


Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


Oregon State University

(521) 737-4411


³OSU Chemistry combines a strong tradition of excellence with new approaches to graduate and undergraduate education. We have first-rate instrumentation, excellent laboratory and teaching facilities, and a newly expanded library. Our collegial community of faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and undergraduates make OSU a great place to study and explore chemistry. We have active research programs in analytical, inorganic, physical, organic, and nuclear chemistry; additional exciting work is occurring at the interfaces between these areas and other fields of science and technology. This site will introduce you to our faculty and staff, facilities, courses, programs, and recent developments in the Department.²


Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


Oregon State University

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Earth¬πs Subsurface Biosphere


Applications must be received by January 15, 2005 for consideration for Fall, 2005


³Our goal is to produce scientists and engineers who understand the links between subsurface microbiology and Earth¹s physical and chemical environment and processes.²


The program for graduate students is the Subsurface Biosphere Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program: ³This program is designed for graduate students who are interested in combining the disciplines of Engineering, Oceanography, Microbiology, Chemistry, Geology and Agriculture. Students will work in two or more disciplines to discover:


  • How to solve environmental problems

  • How to improve our groundwater, soil and crops

  • How to determine the amount and diversity of microbes

      in hydrothermal vents, subsurface rocks and sediment

  • The relationship of microbes to the production of natural

       gas and economic minerals

  • How to understand how global chemical cycles are

       affected by microbes¬≤


For more information about the IGERT Subsurface Biosphere Program, please contact Martin Fisk of Oregon State University at (541) 737-5208 or Anna-Louise Revsenbach of Portland State University at (503)725-3864.


Oregon State University

Summer 2005 Marine Science Internships on the Oregon Coast


Deadline: February 22, 2005


³If you are considering graduate study or a professional career in the marine sciences, developing research skills through hands-on experience is one of the most valuable learning opportunities you can have.²


Harvard Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences for Public Health Research

(617) 432-1056


Deadline: February 15


³This short-term, intensive introduction to Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Society, Human Development and Health is held during the month of June and is ideal for undergraduate students who want to explore new career options in public health. Travel and living expenses, as well as a stipend, are provided.²


AGEP Summer Research Institute at Sony Brook University

(631) 632-1384


Priority Consideration: February 18, 2005

Deadline: March 23, 2005


³The AGEP Summer Research Institute is an intensive residential research internship program for underrepresented minority undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Students will get a unique opportunity to work on independent research projects in cutting-edge laboratories under the direction of Stony Brook University faculty.²


University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

School of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

(505) 272-1887


³The University of New Mexico Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program offers an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to graduate education leading to the Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. or M.S. degrees. Our goal is to provide breadth of training in the biomedical sciences. You will learn through coursework, collegial interactions with peers and faculty, and engage in independent learning through research.²


University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

School of Public Health

(817) 735-2401


³The graduate programs at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth are ready to assist you in obtaining the training you need for a career in this exciting field. Our graduate faculty members are dedicated to creating an environment that is stimulating, creative and challenging. Our faculty members have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally for their research programs that utilize state-of-the-art technologyŠ.Our graduate school has been nationally recognized for achieving a well-balanced representation of diverse populations that is reflective of our society. By studying in this environment, you will be better prepared to apply your knowledge through research that will benefit all.²


The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth offers several graduate programs in the biosciences as well as the Masters of Public Health degree (MPH). Please refer to the website for more information.


University of Chicago

The Division of the Biological Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

(773) 702-6426


³PREP is an opportunity for under-represented minorities who hold a recent bachelors degree in science to work as lab technicians for one to two years at the University of Chicago. Participants in the PREP must intend to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. upon completion of their participation in this program. In addition to the employment, PREP Scholars participate in a structured and extensive program of academic and enrichment activities designed to help them prepare for successful application for an advanced degree in research.²


Please call or email Program Director Dr. Nancy B. Schwartz for more information.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Graduate Partnerships Program

Toll free number: (877) 422-7882


Application Deadlines - Each partnership program has it's own application deadline.


³The Graduate Partnerships Program (GPP) initiative links the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with universities in the graduate level training of students. Through university partnerships the NIH strengthens and expands its role as a key provider of excellent training for the biomedical scientists of the future. The mission of the GPP is to establish and foster graduate education partnerships with national and international universitites and institutions dedicated to quality education in biomedical basic and clinical research while providing the infrastructure and community support needed by the students in these programs.²


NIH Graduate Partnership Programs

Toll free number: (877) 422-7882


³Students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents with an undergraduate degree wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences can apply to one or more of the NIH-University partnership programs, listed below. The available programs are separated into two groups, depending on the location of the university: National University Partnerships and International University Partnerships. Students submitting an application for Fall 2005 admission may select up to five (5) National University Partnerships and three (3) International University Partnerships.²


Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Sloan-Kettering Institute

(212) 639-6639


³The Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences sponsors a 10-week research program for 15-20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Students in the program will have the opportunity to:


  • Obtain hands-on research experience in cutting-edge laboratories

  • Interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students

  • Attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series, with presentations by faculty

  • Attend skills/development workshops, such as presentation skills, interview skills, etc.

  • Attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of summer students

  • Present their research at a special poster session at the end of the program¬≤


This program begins on the first Monday in June and runs for ten consecutive weeks. Please refer to the website for more information.


Biochemistry at the University of Iowa

(319) 335-7932

or Toll free: (877) 846-8569


³Excellent research facilities and a research-oriented faculty allow our department to offer broadly based programs of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate study where students can acquire a thorough and diverse background in contemporary biochemistry. Although the Department of Biochemistry is relatively large, it is organized so that a student can get to know everyone. Students can, and regularly do, consult informally with any member of the Department without appointment. Our programs are focused on the individual student and are designed to develop imaginative research.²

Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


National Physical Science Consortium

Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences

(800) 854-NPSC


NPSC offers three programs, each of which uses an online application:


¬≥1.  Traditional NPSC Program. A two-phase, six-year fellowship program. Initial support is for two or three years, depending on the employer-sponsor. If the student makes satisfactory progress and continues to meet the conditions of the award, support may continue for a total of up to six years, or to the Ph.D., whichever comes first. Students typically apply while seniors in college.

2.  Dissertation Support Program. A fellowship program that provides support while the graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not until they can describe their intended research in general terms.

3.  Internship Program. This program places NPSC applicants with its employer-members for summer research. Any NPSC applicant may apply to this program by checking the appropriate box on the online application. (Applicants awarded an NPSC fellowship are required to intern for two summers with their employer-sponsor.)¬≤


Please refer to the website for more information.


South Dakota State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

(605) 688-5151


³The department of Chemistry Biochemistry offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemistry. At the undergraduate level, BS degrees can be obtained in Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) or chemistry. The CLT degree prepares you to work in clinical or ho spital laboratories The program of study consists of three years of course and lab work followed by a one-year internship with a regional hospital laboratory. The Chemistry major offers two options: general chemistry and professional degree programs.²


Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


Yale University Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Program

(203) 785-3735


³BBS represents an amalgamation of the faculty in the Departments of Cell Biology, Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Immunobiology, Microbial Pathogenesis, the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology and also draws relevant faculty from various clinical departments. The program is divided into several interest-based "Tracks" whose identity may change with the changing interests of faculty but at present comprise the following:


1. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

2. Immunology

3. Microbiology

4. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

5. Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

6. Neuroscience

7. Pharmacological Sciences and Molecular Medicine

8. Physiology and Integrative Medical Biology


The primary purpose of BBS is to provide an environment for graduate education in modern biological and biomedical sciences that is both broad in scope and rigorous in depth.²


Please contact Dr. Lynn Cooley, Director of the Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at (203) 785-3735 for more information.


University of California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

Main number: (510) 987-9502


³What is UC AGEP? The University of California¹s alliance for graduate education and the professoriate (UC AGEP) is a partnership among nine campuses of the University of California. The goal of this partnership if to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students earning doctorates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and eventually entering the Professoriate. To achieve this goal, UC AGEP focuses on building the pool of potential URM applicants and matriculants in STEM fields and retaining these students until they complete their Ph.D. at a participating institution. UC AGEP is one of several alliances funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).²


UC AGEP locations include: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, SanDiego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz. Please contact Mark Westlye at (510) 987-9502 or for more information.


University of Connecticut Department of Chemistry

(860) 486-2012


³The [University of Connecticut] Department of Chemistry has 25 faculty members engaged in basic studies in the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, organometallic, organic, physical, polymer, and solid state chemistry. The Department, which is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, maintains strong ties to a number of other departments, including Biological Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Chemical Engineering as well as the School of Pharmacy and the UConn Health Center. Many members of the Department are affiliated with the Institute of Materials Science (IMS) which offers graduate degrees in several interdisciplinary areas, such as Polymer Science, Alloy Physics, Crystal Science and Biomaterials. Membership in the IMS is open to all members of the chemistry department and offers instrumentation and technical support in areas relevant to the interests of various members of the Department.²


Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


California Institute of Technology Undergraduate Undergraduate Research Fellowships (MURF)

(626) 395-2887


³Caltech¹s MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend a summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students in science and engineering graduate programs and to make Caltech¹s programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech¹s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders. Applications will be considered from eligible students without regard to gender, race, or ethnicity. Applications are encouraged from students who wish to work in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. The program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience will provide excellent preparation for students interested in subsequently pursuing a Ph.D.²


³Caltech has a long-standing tradition of encouraging its own undergraduates to carry out summer research on campus through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. About 270 Caltech undergraduates participate in this program every year. Many of these students regard the SURF experiences as the highlight of their college career. Students admitted to the MURF program participate fully in the SURF program.²


Please refer to the website or email for more information.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Biology Ph.D. Program

(617) 253-3717


¬≥The Department of Biology offers undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training programs ranging from general biology to more specialized fields of study and research. The quantitative aspects of biology — including molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology — represent the core of the academic program. Courses are designed to provide a solid background in the physical sciences and to develop an integrated scientific perspective.¬≤


³Both the graduate program (ranked among the top three biological science graduate programs in the nation) and undergraduate program offer students an intellectually stimulating environment, with numerous research opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities. These programs emphasize practical experimentation by combining course-related laboratory exercises with research opportunities in project-oriented and faculty-sponsored laboratories. Students at all levels are encouraged to acquire familiarity with advanced research techniques and to participate in seminar activities. Current areas of research in the Department include: cellular, developmental, molecular, and structural biology; classical and molecular genetics; biochemistry and immunology; microbiology, neurobiology, bioinformatics, and virology.²


Please refer to the website for information on undergraduate, graduate, and other programs.


Biotechnology Institute Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program

(703) 248-8681


The [Biotechnology Institute] program brings together minority and indigenous undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students and faculty from institutions and programs serving underrepresented communities to experience firsthand what the biotechnology industry has to offer in state-of-the-art research. Participants will attend a three-day programŠthat precedes the Biotechnology Industry Organization¹s (BIO) Annual International Convention. The Fellows¹ program is part of the Institute¹s annual conference and highlights new and emerging technologies and industrial entrepreneurship and includes workshops on resume and interviewing skills. Each Fellow will be matched with a mentor before arriving in Philadelphia. Each Fellow and mentor will attend the Fellows¹ programŠand the BIO Annual International Convention. Mentors are encouraged to provide Fellows with introductions at this international gathering of leading researcher and business people in the industry. As currently planned, the Institute will pay for the Fellows¹ transportation to and from Philadelphia (up to $400.), lodging, and meals for the Fellows¹ program, and lodging during the BIO Convention. Complimentary BIO Convention registrations will be provided. As one of last year¹s Fellows stated, ŒThe program exceeded my highest expectations. It completely changed my view of what biotechnology is all about.¹ This six-day experience is a great opportunity for Fellows to expand their options for the future.² This program is sponsored by AMGEN.


Please call or email Kathy Frame for more information.


National Security Agency Women in Mathematics Society

(301) 688-0400


³The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is America¹s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information. A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers of communications and data processing. It is also one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research within the government.²


³In November 1993, responding to the dearth of competitive employment applications from women mathematicians, senior mathematicians at the National Security Agency (NSA) sponsored the Women in Mathematics Symposium, a two-day workshop attended by approximately 60 female mathematicians from the U.S. academic community. Not only did the Symposium give the participants a better understanding of NSAŒs mission and its mathematics community, but it also enabled the academic visitors to share insights on how NSA could better attract qualified female mathematicians to its ranks. After the Symposium, the organizers continued to meet regularly to work on ways to improve NSAŒs outreach to colleges and universities, as well as to enhance career opportunities for women in mathematics. The original group of conference organizers grew into a vibrant group of energetic mathematicians who are now collectively known as the Women in Mathematics Society (WiMS).²


For more information, please call or email Dr. Michelle D. Wagner, Director of the NSA Mathematical Sciences Program.


Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research: A Joint Program of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UCLA School of Public Health

(415) 597-8161


¬≥Northern California is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, and this diversity is evidenced in the master's level student populations training in health at Bay Area academic institutions. However, as is true elsewhere, only a small proportion of minority students go on to pursue doctoral degrees, resulting in a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer prevention and control. The purpose of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research  (MTPCCR) is to increase ethnic diversity in the field of cancer control research by encouraging minority students in master's level health programs as well as master's trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research.¬≤


For more information, please contact Pamela A. Ratliff, MPA MTPCCR Program Coordinator, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center at (415) 597-8161.









The following is a repeated list of miscellaneous programs originally composed by Dr. Anthony A. Rene and Ms. Lorrayne Jackson—it includes summer internships, undergraduate and graduate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, M.D. Ph.D. programs, and post-doctoral fellowships:


M.D.-Ph.D. Programs:


NIH Post-baccalaureate and Summer Internship Programs:


NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program:



Other NIH opportunities:


Summer Programs in ³Big Ten² Schools:


The Leadership Alliance Summer Program:


Summer Program at Baylor College of Medicine:


Summer Program at Johns Hopkins University:


Summer Programs at Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering:


Summer Honors Program at Harvard Medical School:


ASCB Summer Internships:


American Chemical Society:


Research Supplements for Under-represented Minorities:


Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences:


Health Resources and Services Administration: