See below for a list of opportunities the iDigTRIO team has curated for paid research experiences, scholarships, and employment for undergraduate and graduate students. Want to add something to the list? Contact us.
iDigBio Summer Internship Program
The iDigBio Summer Internship program will provide funding for undergraduate students from accredited institutions to work within a partnering natural history collection (see below for lab descriptions) over an 8-week period during the summer of 2021. Interns will be expected to help with the digitization, curation, and research efforts in their lab, with options to complete their own research project. Interns will participate in virtual and in-person meet-ups with their cohort to build professional skills including, but not limited to: grant writing, scientific poster designs, and scientific writing throughout their cohort year (April - December 2021). Interns will also receive funding to attend a professional meeting in 2021 to disseminate their research and experience to the greater science community. Interns will also have the option to participate as peer mentors for subsequent cohorts.
Application period is from January 1-February 28, 2021. Apply today!
University of Florida Biology Department
The Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URAP), as part of the Biology Graduate Students Association (BGSA), aims to introduce undergraduates to research opportunities at UF. This is an important learning experience that will prepare our students for professional service or future graduate programs. Research in the Biology department ranges across all levels of life, from cells and molecules to the entire biosphere, and aims to understand the evolution, structure, maintenance, and dynamics of biological systems.
We continuously post advertisements for research projects in the Biology department from faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students who are looking for undergraduate students. Any undergraduate with an interest in developing or improving their research skills is welcomed to apply to these research projects. URAP also supports the BSC 3911 Entering Research course where students will hone their scientific communication skills and become effective, independent researchers.
URAP further sponsors two undergraduate research grants of $250 yearly, which can be used to purchase lab equipment and reagents or fund travel to field sites or conferences. Students engaged in research in the Biology departments are strongly encouraged to apply! Students interested in applying should develop and send a scientific research proposal for research expenses, fieldwork, or travel conferences to the URAP committee at email@example.com.
Applications are DUE by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021. URAP also hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium during the spring semester. This is an excellent opportunity to share your research with your peers! The deadline to apply to present at the upcoming symposium in 2021 will be announced soon.
We encourage all our undergraduate students to visit our webpage (https://biology.ufl.edu/undergraduates/urap/) for further information.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
Non UF Resources
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UCSC exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training. Each year, we select 20 students from around the U.S. and its territories to participate in our two-year conservation leadership program. https://conservationscholars.ucsc.edu/about/
RAY Diversity Fellowship: The lack of racial diversity within conservation and clean energy fields is a persistent problem that is becoming increasingly recognized. Recognizing that diversity is a value important to the conservation and clean energy sectors and that we have not always made the progress we strive to make, we seek to work together to help rectify this shortcoming by striving for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation and clean energy. Not only is it intrinsically incumbent upon our sector to change practices that contribute to the lack of people of color, but addressing this problem will also make our work more relevant, accessible, and successful. To this end, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship focuses on increasing opportunities for people of color to learn about, engage with, and enter the conservation and clean energy NGO sectors. The Fellowship is designed to support and attract recent college graduates of color with exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who seek to be leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Apply here: https://rayfellowship.org/apply
SVP Futures Award Vertebrate paleontology, like many geoscience fields, has poor representation of scientists who are Black, Indigenous, or members of other racial and ethnic minority groups. Research shows that this underrepresentation is not due to a lack of interest, but rather a lack of opportunities and resources and that this disparity is amplified at later career stages. In recognition of our need to increase access for underrepresented groups, SVP has established the Futures Award, a new grant program that supports summer research experiences for undergraduates from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Learn more here and apply here.