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Council on Undergraduate Research

Resources for the student researcher: including research opportunities, conferences, funding sources, travel award, student publications, graduate school registry

Conferences

Please note that Travel Grants of approximately $500 are available to Gonzaga students attending and/or presenting at regional or national conferences. 

If you are interested in applying for a travel grant, please complete the Application Form, and return it to Christy Watson.

Murdock College Science Research Conference

November 8-9, 2013
Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

April 3-5, 2014
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference

April 12, 2014
Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, CA

Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference

April 26, 2014
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference

2014 Conference Information will be posted as it is available

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Pacific Division

2014 Annual Meeting place and time still pending
Note:  This conference has travel grants to help defray the cost of attending, as well as cash awards for poster and oral presentations.  Click on the conference link for more information.

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

January 3 - 7, 2014
Austin, TX



Summer Research Opportunities

The links below provide a sampling of some of the programs available for GU students to do summer research off-campus.
However if you are looking for a specific location or field of research, or if you would just like more options, please contact Dr. Howard Glass or Christy Watson.
We have extensive lists of summer opportunities in a wide range of scientific fields, in the public and private sector, medical schools, state and local government agencies, and in academic institutions located all over the country.

Choose a location to focus your search:

Regional Summer Research Opportunities

Seattle

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, Washington)

A summer research program for undergraduate students between their junior and senior year of studies is established at the Hutchinson Center. The program provides financial support and instruction on a research project under the guidance of a faculty member and laboratory staff (in one of the Divisions of the Center: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences or our newest area, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute). Students spend a nine week period as part of a research team in areas such as: cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, membrane biology, molecular biology, molecular immunology, structural biology, oncogenes, or virology. Weekly student/faculty research meetings take place throughout the summer, and students are encouraged to participate in other Center colloquia and seminars.
http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/undergraduates/

The University of Washington
The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between the University of Washington (UW) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). JISAO's research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/education/researchOps

Blinks Research Fellowship Program, Friday Harbor Labs

The Blinks Fellowship Program brings together enthusiastic fellows with marine scientists in a setting which features pristine biological resources at University of Washington's marine science research facility, Friday Harbor Laboratories.
http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/REU.html

UW Amgen Scholars

The University of Washington’s (UW) Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation’s top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. This summer program places selected students in premiere research groups under the direction of UW faculty in the biomedical sciences and provides related seminars, career exploration, graduate school preparation, and other activities. The program enables students to explore connections between their undergraduate major areas of study and future post-graduate study focused on research in science, biotechnology and related fields.
http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/amgen/

Montana

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID)
Rocky Mountain National Lab in Hamilton, MT

Students are offered the unique opportunity to join one of NIAID’s research laboratories for an internship with a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks.
http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/labs/training/summerInternships/

Oregon

University of Oregon
Life Sciences Summer Program for Undergraduate Research

The University of Oregon (UO) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other Universities and Colleges to participate in ongoing research in Life Sciences laboratories at UO during the Summer months.
http://spur.uoregon.edu/

NIH R25 Summer Research Program

The University of Oregon NIH R25 Summer Research Program offers fellowship opportunities to undergraduate students pursuing careers in biomedical research to participate in ongoing research in child health and human development laboratories at UO.
http://r25srp.uoregon.edu/index.html

Molecular Biosciences

The University of Oregon (UO) Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Program in Molecular Biosciences (UO-REU) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other universities and colleges to participate in ongoing research in life sciences laboratories at UO during the summer months.
http://uoreu.uoregon.edu/programinfo.html

Oregon Health and Science University

OHSU has a number of summer internship opportunities for undergraduates with a background in biology, chemistry, environmental science, computer science, math, physics or engineering.
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/outreach/find-highered.cfm

Institute of Environmental Health

Summer interns are engaged in leading-edge research to understand and predict biological, chemical and physical processes of the river-to-ocean ecosystem. Interns work closely with senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students on interdisciplinary projects.The goal of the program is to give undergraduates early exposure to graduate-level study and to help them make the connection between their academics and professional applications.
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/departments/basic-science-departments/environmental-biomolecular-systems/employment-and-internships/index.cfm


Idaho

Boise State University
REU in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate majors are invited to apply to conduct summer research in the Boise State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The summer research projects will provide students exposure to modern research methods and tools as part of their training. We aim to provide practical, hands-on research training to a significant number of students who might not have this opportunity at their home institution. Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry.
http://chemistry.boisestate.edu/reu/

Although applications area accepted from any interested student, the most competitive students are:
• In their first year of college and are willing to commit to two consecutive summers of research in the Boise State REU program
• Have prior research experience and are willing/able to mentor a student with no prior experience
• From regional 2-year and 4-year colleges with little research infrastructure and opportunities
• Are from groups typically underrepresented in the sciences

Utah

The University of Utah

The Graduate Programs in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry and the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program offers three distinct summer research programs.
These programs provide opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of biological fields, including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neurobiology.
http://www.bioscience.utah.edu/affiliated-research-programs/summer-undergraduate.php

Colorado

University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO)
SMART Program at University of Colorado at Boulder:

The Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a 10-week research internship that prepares undergraduates for graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  Each summer, 25 students from institutions nation-wide participate in research under the guidance of faculty mentors and attend weekly workshops on scientific writing and presenting, GRE preparation, and the application process for graduate school. SMART interns earn three (3) hours of upper-division undergraduate credit in independent study, and receive a $3,200 stipend, room and board, round-trip travel, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and outdoor activities.
CU-Boulder is a comprehensive research institution with a tradition of academic excellence; the faculty includes 4 Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies. Apply now to engage in research at a world-class institution and explore the natural beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains!
http://www.colorado.edu/SMART or email smart@colorado.edu for more information.

University of Colorado at Denver
Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program

The University of Colorado Cancer Center, one of only 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, offers opportunities for students who are interested in exploring careers in cancer medical research through our Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program.
The ten week summer fellowships pair students with preceptors from a variety of laboratories and clinics at University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Denver,  University of Colorado Boulder and other Denver-area health care institutions. Fellows attend twice-weekly lectures and participate in a Poster Session in August.
http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/centers/cancercenter/communityandeducation/fellowship/Pages/fellowship.aspx

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National Summer Research Opportunities

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU)

Motivated students and those looking for an opportunity to expand their research experience should check out the National Science Foundation supported research programs for undergraduates. These programs specifically recruit/target students from undergraduate institutions such as Gonzaga. 
Many of the links listed below are REU programs, but to view a listing of all the participants and to sort by region or topic, see the NSF website.

National Institutes of Health

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)

This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.  Interns will be placed in environmental health programs at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at CDC in Atlanta, GA (please note, the CDC has multiple locations in Atlanta and CLEH interns will be reporting to CDC’s Chamblee Campus and not CDC’s Roybal campus (the main CDC campus)). Over the course of the summer, interns will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental public health issues at the federal level.  Interns will participate in a comprehensive program including environmental health project assignments, interaction with federal officials and scientists, and visits to important environmental health sites in and around Atlanta.
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/cleh/

American Physiological Society

The APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program funds up to 24 fellowships during the summer. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students with little or no laboratory research experience to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. Applications by students from institutions with few limited research opportunities are especially encouraged.
http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Education/Undergraduate/Educational-Projects/UGSRFs/About

EPA National Center for Environmental Research 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study.  Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 30 new fellowships. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,250 per year of academic support and up to $8,000 of internship support for a three-month summer period.
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

Amgens Scholars

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program.
http://www.amgenscholars.com/about_amgen_scholars/host_universities/us_program/


Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology
http://amgenscholars.berkeley.edu

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html

US Department of Energy
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities.  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships are available at many National Laboratories and at DOE Headquarters.
http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/

United States Army Institute of Surgical Research

The intent of the undergraduate student fellowship is to provide those that are interested in careers in science, engineering or medicine an opportunity to participate in conducting research to improve the care of injured soldiers. This mentored research experience will expose fellows to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute. All fellows much have completed at least their First Year class requirements for a bachelor's degree. A science or engineering program of study will be considered favorably.
http://www.usaisr.amedd.army.mil/fellowship_post_doctoral.html

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, sponsors a ten-week research program for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences.  The ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience.
http://www.sloankettering.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-program

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International Summer Research Opportunities

Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The Pasteur Foundation of New York offers its Internship Program to U.S. undergraduates to conduct 10-week summer internships at the Institute Pasteur. The goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.
http://www.pasteurfoundation.org/scientific-careers/summer-internship

Amgens Scholars

The Amgen Scholars Europe Programme provides selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of Europe’s leading educational institutions. Currently, three universities in Europe host the summer research programme.
http://www.amgenscholars.com/about_amgen_scholars/host_universities/europe_program/


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Academic Year Opportunities


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) Scholarship Program

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html

Central Washington University - WATERS Program (Watershed Activities to Enhance Research in Schools)

Central Washington University is recruiting MS students for our GK-12 project - Yakima WATERS (Watershed Research to Enhance Research in Schools). MS graduate students in biology, chemistry, geology, and resource management work with local K-12 teachers and students to bring components of their research or related science into the public classroom. Participating graduate students are supported by a WATERS fellowship in Year 1 and a regular TA or RA in Year 2.
Research Themes include:
Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity
Water Quality and Chemistry
Geomorphology-Climate Change
Land and Water Use
http://www.cwu.edu/~waters/

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Outstanding students pursuing a PhD degree in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences have the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field.
http://www.hertzfoundation.org/

The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex, is always looking for the brightest and most talented people to help us produce our world-class programs, exhibits, and research. 
http://intern.si.edu/index.html

University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The MORPH Research Coordination Network provides support for visits of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctorals, and early career faculty (assistant professors) between organismic and molecular labs for periods ranging from a few weeks (to learn specific techniques) to a semester (to complete the equivalent of a lab rotation and take coursework not available at the home institution). This element of planned networking activities comprises the largest component of the MORPH funds and is open to any individual with an interest in bridging the gap between organismic and molecular aspects of the evolutionary developmental biology of plants.
http://www.colorado.edu/eeb/MORPH/MORPH/MORPH_Homepage.html

University of Minnesota, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (formerly Cedar Creek Natural History Area) of the University of Minnesota has opportunities for students to work as Research Interns in three types of positions; 1) Plant community ecology, 2) Wildlife biology, and 3) Environmental education. Most positions run from June through August, but some interns are needed as early as March and some are needed through December.
http://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/interns/

Zymogenetics

Undergraduate internships and Work Study Opportunities
http://www.zymogenetics.com/careers/careers.php

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