Targeted Fellowship, Internship, and Research opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

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Don’t you love diversity?

There are many fellowship, internship, and research opportunities out there (far too many to list on this blog), and a significant portion of these are specifically for students from groups that have had a historically small presence within particular disciplines and within the university overall. Historically Underrepresented Groups (HUGs as they are called institutionally) can include any number of populations but is associated overall with students from marginalized minority groups, particularly:

  • Underrepresented Minority Students (Usually referring to Black, Latinx, and Native American, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students, but can be expanded to other groups depending on how it is defined).
  • First-Generation College Students (This term is used pretty generally, but can refer broadly to students who are of the first-generation in their family to attend a four-year college in America).
  • Low-Income Students (This one is also used pretty generally and can be relative based on the environment one is from and where one goes to college).

There are other opportunities that can also be looking for women broadly (especially in STEM fields), LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Here we hope to list some of what is out there, especially ones for Brown students. We will try to keep this post updated as we become aware of new opportunities and hope this can be a resource as you try to figure out what you can and should be applying for.

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Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program

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The Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 in historic preservation/cultural resources work. The program places interns with National Park Service park units and administrative offices, other federal agencies, state historic preservation offices, local governments, and private organizations. Intern sponsors provide work experiences that assist interns with building their resumes in this field.

This program serves two purposes:

(1) Diverse undergraduate and graduate students ages 18-25 gain exposure to and experience in the historic preservation/cultural resources field.

(2) National Park Service and partnership organizations have the opportunity to meet promising young people who might choose to work in the field.

Internships are offered during the summer (10 weeks). Projects include editing publications, planning exhibits, participating in archeological excavations, preparing research reports, cataloguing park and museum collections, providing interpretive programs on historical topics, developing community outreach, and writing lesson plans based on historical themes.

 

 

http://www.nps.gov/history/crdi/internships/intrnCRDIP.htm

Summer Research Opportunity-ReNUWIt Re-Inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure

“ReNUWIt has several openings for paid research internships during Summer 2016. Apply to spend 9-10 weeks this summer on a mentored, independent research project in areas such as:

* Tailored Water * Energy Positive Wastewater Treatment * Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater * Concentrate Management * Unit Process Wetlands * Managed Aquifer Recharge * Stream Restoration * Stormwater Harvesting * Decision Support Tools * Urban Planning * Life-Cycle Assessment *

Please review the Program Details, Program Eligibility, and How to Apply (below) for further information.

Program Details

  • 9 weeks, June-August (exact dates vary by campus)
  • Competitive stipend (~$4500; varies by campus) and travel allowance up to $600
  • On-campus housing provided
  • Work expectation of 40 hrs/week
  • 3-day all-REU meeting at Stanford
  • Social and professional development events and activities

Program Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident (required by NSF)
  • Junior or senior as of Fall 2016, graduating no earlier than December 2016
  • Attend U.S. college or university; preference to students from primarily undergraduate institutions and non-ReNUWIt campuses
  • Students from diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering programs are encouraged to apply”

http://www.renuwit.org/apply-reu-program

James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

“The Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded, nine-week summer program providing educational and professional development opportunities for fellows interested in infectious diseases research and health disparities. Fellows from underrepresented populations as defined by the federal government (http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/ExecutiveOrders.html) are strongly encouraged to apply.”

http://www.kennedykrieger.org/professional-training/professional-training-programs/rise-programs/ferguson-fellowship

MURAP at UNC Chapel Hill-Humanities Summer Research

 

“The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. MURAP aims to foster the entrance of students from underrepresented minority groups, as well as others with a proven commitment to diversity, into graduate school and faculty positions in academia. Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to our campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience.”

http://murap.unc.edu/

 

https://murap.unc.edu/files/2015/10/2016Announcement.pdf

Amgen Scholars Program-STEM Summer Research

“Made possible through a 12-year, $50 million commitment from the Amgen Foundation, Amgen Scholars allows undergraduates from across the globe to participate in cutting-edge research opportunities at world-class institutions. 17 leading institutions across the U.S., Europe and Japan currently host the summer program.

Undergraduate participants benefit from undertaking a research project under top faculty, being part of a cohort-based experience of seminars and networking events, and taking part in a symposium in their respective region (U.S., Europe or Japan) where they meet their peers, learn about biotechnology, and hear from leading scientists.”

http://www.amgenscholars.com/us-program

General Summer Research Opportunities

“The Summer Research Opportunities Program is the gateway to graduate education at
CIC universities. Enhance your academic and research skills by working one-on-one
with a faculty mentor from top ranked research institutions. Gain experience as an
undergraduate student to put you at an advantage as a graduate applicant, at the
same time you’ll earn money and have all expenses paid during this full-time summer
research opportunity. It’s the competitive edge you’ll need to rank above the best of
the best.”

https://www.cic.net/students/srop/introduction

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MIT Summer Research Program- STEM

“MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.”

http://odge.mit.edu/undergraduate/msrp/