Home > Academics > Biology

Summer Research

Many private foundations, hospitals, and universities have their own undergraduate research programs too, so Google can be a great place to search for such programs. 

Our students also compete successfully for research slots at the Greenwood Genetics Center, the Medical University of South Carolina, and others in state.

Several students have conducted research projects with Wofford professors, as well, and you can apply for grant funding from the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (see Dr. Goldey for more information).

Be sure to tell your biology advisor of your interest so that we can talk with you about the possibilities. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) 

If you are interested in summer research opportunities, a good place to start is to explore the Research Experiences for Undergraduates that are available throughout the country. http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5047

Sophomores and Juniors seeking paid research experience during the summer can look at the list posted on the NSF webpage.

Browse the list of research topics and locations where you can pursue research under the mentorship of an REU faculty advisor.

Most of the REUs pay for your travel to and from the university where you would be studying, provide a 10 week stipend, and allow you to interact regularly with other REU students and research faculty in social and academic settings.

The application process for each REU is listed on its website. Application deadlines are typically February 1, though they vary from program to program.

Topics range from studying whale and shark physiology and ecology off the coast of Alaska to developing aerosols to combat bioterrorism to every sort of molecular biology issue you can image. Biology majors should seriously consider this as a wonderful way to have an enjoyable, productive, and profitable summer.

Medical University of South Carolina
www.musc.edu/grad/surp

The College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified undergraduates who are interested in pursuing research careers as PhD or MD/Phd candidates.

Students may work with faculty on cutting-edge research in the disciplines of:

* Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
* Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
* Cancer Biology
* Cardiovascular Biology
* Cell & Molecular Pharmacology
* Cell Signaling
* Genetics & Gene Medicine
* Marine Biomedicine
* Microbiology & Immunology
* Neurosciences/Substance Abuse/High Resolution Brain Imaging
* Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
* Pharmaceutical Sciences
* Proteomics
* Structural & Chemical Biology

Students and faculty discuss their research.

The SURP program runs for ten weeks. All candidates accepted to the MUSC SURP must be able to attend during this time frame. Students are awarded a position based on their motivation and desire to enter a career in Biomedical Research.

SURP Highlights

In most instances, students are placed in a laboratory working in an area of the student's stated interest. Each student is given his/her own project and is expected to perform as a graduate student. Students will present their research at a Power Point Session at the end of the summer.

There is a seminar series component to the program, which gives students an overview of the many research areas available for study in Biomedical Research.

Charleston, SC is a beautiful place in which to spend a summer. During free time students may enjoy the many historical and cultural aspects of the area, or even just enjoy a trip to one of the beautiful area beaches.

Wadsworth Center
http://www.wadsworth.org/educate/undergrd.htm
REU Program at Wadsworth Center

The Wadsworth Center participates in the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students are selected from colleges across the country to work for 10 weeks (from early June through mid-August) on independent research projects in the laboratories of Wadsworth scientists. Students will directly participate in research on:

* Research
* Basic immunology and host defense
* Microscopy and computer image analysis of cells and macromolecules
* Gene expression and regulation
* Protein biochemistry and structure analysis
* Viral mechanisms and mechanisms of immunity
* Neurobiology and neurotoxicology
* Research Projects and Mentors
* Research Experience for Undergraduates Student Symposium (PDF -- 303k)

More information about Albany, New York

* Absolutely Albany - Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau
* albany2go.com
* Guide to Albany

APPLICATION PROCESS

Students are provided with travel costs, a food allowance and a stipend of $4500. Students are housed within walking distance of the labs.

Application Process

1. Applicants are sought who are majoring in a natural science (usually biological sciences or chemistry); who will have completed their second or third year of study by the summer; and who are interested in attending graduate school with the goal of pursuing a career in science. 
2. In addition to the on-line application, interested students should submit a resumé, official college transcripts, letters of recommendation from two faculty members, and a one-page statement describing why they want to participate in this program and stating their field of interest directly to the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
3. Applications are encouraged from students attending colleges with limited research opportunities and from students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, such as women, racial minorities and the physically challenged.
4. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents.

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Wadsworth Center, Room C-236
Empire State Plaza, Box 509
Albany, NY 12201-0509
Phone: (518) 473-7553
email: reu@wadsworth.org

Medical College of Georgia
www.mcg.edu/star/
Welcome to STAR
Student Training And Research Program

▪ Choose an area of research that interests you
▪ Spend 10-weeks of your summer conducting biomedical research
▪ Attend exciting, interactive and informative workshops
▪ Prepare and present a poster showcasing your summer research accomplishments
▪ Establish friendships with STARs, faculty, staff and students that extend beyond STAR
▪ Get paid while you are learning and having fun!

Chris Vinyard, a Wofford graduate, set up a program for one to two students to join him in an ongoing research program studying howler monkeys in Costa Rica.  Students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Ellen Goldey (goldeyes@wofford.edu). 

New Undergraduate AND Graduate Student Opportunities in Population Dynamics!!!  from the NMFS RTR Program at the University of Florida 

The Undergraduate Marine Resources Population Dynamics (MRPD) Workshop at its new location at the Keys Marine Lab in Long Key, Florida. 

A new two-week MRPD Summer Program for Masters-level graduate students and advanced undergraduate students focusing on the interaction of population dynamics and policy of an important and current issue in the southeastern U.S. 

Multiple Graduate Research Assistantships at the University of Florida to study MRPD with some of the country's best faculty sponsored by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
 
The NMFS RTR Program, located at the University of Florida, is holding its tenth annual Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop. This workshop will introduce fifteen outstanding undergraduate students from around the country to the field of population dynamics using exciting case studies involving harvested fish species and protected species (such as sea turtles or marine mammals). The workshop will take place at the Keys Marine Lab in Long Key, Florida. The program will cover all costs for the students selected to participate. The workshop is designed for students who have strong math skills and enjoy math, who also have a basic understanding of ecology. It will be taught by University of Florida faculty and scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service. Network with students from around the country that share your interests and with faculty and scientists that can help shape your future.   Note that 100% of past participants have recommended this program! For more information and application materials, please visit www.popdyrtr.com.

The Marine Resources Population Dynamics Summer opportunity for graduate students and undergraduate seniors is a two-week, all-expense-paid program that will introduce participants to the population dynamics and complexity of a critically important, current case study in marine conservation and fisheries management by meeting the stakeholders, academic and agency scientists, and policy-makers involved.  Participants will meet on the University of Florida campus and travel to relevant locations in the southeastern United States.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will present a policy recommendation of their own creation to policymakers.  The workshop is intended for students with strong quantitative interests and extensive research experience, striving for a career in population dynamics.  Interested individuals should visit the website www.popdyrtr.com or call (352)294-0886 for application and required documents or additional information. 

Also, the NMFS RTR Program at the University of Florida is looking for graduate students. Full assistantships are available at both the Masters and Doctoral level. For additional information please go to: www.popdyrtr.com

If you have any questions on either the Undergraduate Workshop, Summer Program or the Graduate Assistantships, please contact Mendy Willis, Administrative Assistant at (352) 294-0886 or mendywillis@ufl.edu 

For more information about this program please visit http://fishweb.ifas.ufl.edu/rtr/index.shtml 

Applying to be an Amgen Scholar: 

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the world's leading educational institutions. The Program seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing science or engineering careers and to spark the interest and broaden the perspective of students considering scientific careers. Ultimately, the Program aims to increase the number of students pursuing advanced training and careers in the sciences.

To apply to be an Amgen Scholar please visit  http://amgenscholars.com/about_amgen_scholars/how_to_apply/ 

For other summer research opportunities please visit http://webs.wofford.edu/mossre/summerresearch.htm