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BSCI 1511L Statistics Manual: Undergraduate research

Introduction to Biological Sciences lab, second semester

Research opportunities in the BSCI Department

This link contains information about research opportunities for undergraduates in the Biological Sciences Department

Research opportunities at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Program (VUSRP)

This summer program is focused on rising seniors and pays a stipend of $5000 to $6000.  The 2015 competition has been announced with the following information:

The VUSRP program makes awards to support Vanderbilt undergraduate students as they pursue full-time summer research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member who either holds an appointment in one of Vanderbilt's four undergraduate schools (Arts & Sciences, Blair, Engineering, or Peabody), or is a core member of the VU Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS). Applications for the 2015 summer program will be due February 20th.

There are some program changes in 2015 that you should be aware of.

1. The stipend award levels will increase by $1,000, as follows. A limited number of Littlejohn Fellow awards will be made to faculty-student pairs; the student will receive a $6000 stipend and the faculty member the honorary designation as a Littlejohn Faculty Fellow for the 2015/2016 academic year. Regular VUSRP awards will carry a stipend level of $5000.  There will be a place on the application form to indicate if the student's project will take place off campus or involve some necessary travel, thus indicting a need for a higher-level stipend.

2. Faculty members will be able to support the nomination of only ONE student. So please do not agree to support the application of more than one student. The students will also receive an email about the VUSRP program, which encourages them to begin the process of identifying a faculty mentor sooner rather than later.

The program, which lasts ten weeks, will run from May 26th, 2015 - July 31st, 2015 (though these dates are somewhat flexible as long as the student participates in 10 weeks of research) and is primarily intended for rising seniors, although strong applications from other students will be considered.  Graduating seniors are not eligible for the program.

More information about the program can be obtained from the VUSRP website,, which contains a FAQ section that attempts to anticipate many of the questions you might have about the program.

If you have additional questions please contact Prof. Clare McCabe at who is Chair of the VUSRP Coordinating Committee.


Beckman Scholars Program

The Beckman Scholars program is a prestigous program that provides funding for two summers ($6k per summer) and one academic year ($4k).  The program may or may not be funded for the 2015 year.  For more information and for updates on the funding situation, see

List of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (medical center) faculty whose labs are accepting student researchers

Research Opportunities Beyond Vanderbilt

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

10 week summer paid internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

DOE Scholars program (ORISE)

Paid summer internship. Deadline Jan 15

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2015 HS-STEM Summer Internships

App deadline Dec 22, 2014.  Undergrad stipend $6000 plus travel expenses.  See for details

Amgen Scholars Program at MIT

"The mission of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is to provide students with a strong science research experience that may be pivotal in their undergraduate career, cultivate a passion for science, encourage the pursuit of graduate studies in the sciences, and stimulate interest in research and scientific careers."

Covers stipend ($4320), room, board, and transportation.  Feb. 2 deadline.

Boyce Thompson Institue for Plant Research at Cornell University

Here is some information pasted from an email:

Do you know an interested and motivated student who would benefit from a summer reseach internship experience?

Both undergraduate and high school students are invited to apply.

For 13 years the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Project has continued to support this exceptional program, with its track record of inspiring and training the next generation of scientists.  Unlike many summer research programs, we recruit students early in their academic careers and individual mentors work closely with them to develop the confidence and experience necessary to pursue their aspirations in STEM–related fields.

With over 20 participating research laboratories, we design summer research projects that match student abilities and interests,and challenge them to reach new levels of scientific understanding and personal competence. Our commitment to broadening participation in science is strong.  On average, 68% of our interns are from non-PhD granting colleges and over 35% of our interns identify as underrepresented minority students.
Internships are open to motivated and curious students, who have completed introductory courses in biology.  Some advanced coursework in chemistry, genetics, plant biology and math is helpful, but not necessary.  Preference is given to students who demonstrate a genuine interest in plant molecular biology research.

If you know of a student who may be a good candidate, please share this opportunity with them.  Our internship poster can easily be displayed in your school or classroom which helps to reach many more students.
The application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015. Selected undergraduates 18 years and older receive group housing on Cornell campus, a meal allowance, travel subsidy and a $5,250 stipend over 10 weeks.  High school interns receive a $2,200 stipend over 6-weeks.
Thank you very much for your assistance.

Tiffany Fleming
Director of Education and Outreach
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research