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Funding Opportunities

Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

K-INBRE supports undergraduates participating in biomedical research. https://www.k-inbre.org/pages/k-inbre_fund-opp_student-awards.html

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards are available each semester. Find more information here.


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

National Science Foundation REU options and opportunities search engine

This is a good place to get started if you are looking for an REU in a specific area and want to look at multiple opportunities at once: https://www.nsf.gov/about/research_areas.jsp

Postbaccalaureate Research Program (PREP) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Postbaccalaureate Research Program (PREP) is a NIH-funded post-baccalaureate training program that prepares students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Physical or Life Sciences (if interested in Basic Biomedical Science study) or a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Public Health or related social science degree (if interested in Clinical and Population Health Research) for doctoral study in the biomedical sciences. It is a 12-month program. More information here: https://www.umassmed.edu/gsbs/academics/prep/program-overview/

Texas A&M College of Engineering Summer Research Grant

Work alongside faculty and graduate students at Texas A&M this summer as you play an important role in the research they are conducting. This unique opportunity will give you experience that will benefit you whether you decide to pursue a career in research or work in industry. The program culminates with a poster symposium where you'll present your findings. The Undergraduate Summer Research Grant is currently accepting applications through Feb. 28th. Program dates: May 26 - July 31. Application and information here: https://engineering.tamu.edu/admissions-and-aid/undergraduate-summer-research-grants/index.html

University of Kansas Chemistry REU Program

The University of Kansas is now accepting applications for its summer 2020 Chemistry REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Successful applicants will participate in ten weeks of interdisciplinary research in state-of-the art laboratories, and engage in educational and professional development activities designed to enhance scientific communication skills and build awareness of career opportunities. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2020. More information: http://chemreu.ku.edu/

Georgetown Medicine ARCHES for Pre-Medical Students

Spend your summer shadowing physicians, engaging in independent research, and learning about health equity in the Washington DC area. Students are encouraged to apply now, the deadline is Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11:59 PM. Apply here: https://applyarches.som.georgetown.edu/

Syracuse University Summer 2020 LSAMP Research Experience

The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University. The deadline for applications is February 24, 2019. More information and application here: https://lsamp.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/LSAMP-Summer-Research-Application-2020-web-accessible.pdf

University of Massachusetts Summer Research Experience

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of Outreach Programs. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2020. More information and application herehttps://www.umassmed.edu/gsbs/outreach-programs/summer-undergraduate-research-program/

Data-driven Security at Boise State University

Students will develop data-driven security research projects in the areas of counter-terrorism, misbehavior detection and misinformation mitigation, and cybersecurity (e.g., intrusion detection systems, lightweight cryptography, and side channel attacks). This is a nine-week paid opportunity. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. More information here: https://sites.google.com/boisestate.edu/undergrad-data-driven/home

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison 2020 SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)

Students selected to participate will spend ten weeks conducting interdisciplinary research mentored by College of Engineering faculty.  Participants are invited to explore other research available on campus through weekly meetings and faculty seminars, and participate in social activities with current graduate students.  The program concludes with a research paper and poster presentation.  This year’s program is scheduled from May 26, 2020 (travel day) through August 1, 2020 (travel day).  Transportation to/from the program, housing, a food allowance, a $5,000 stipend, and many opportunities to explore area attractions are covered by the program.  Application materials are due February 15, 2020. More information on the program including eligibility is available at:  https://gers.engr.wisc.edu/sure.php.

Purdue University Summer Research Opportunities Program

Purdue University will host the Summer Research Opportunities Program on its campus June 1, 2020 through July 24, 2020.  This program helps to mentor URM undergraduates, as they develop their research skills, in preparation for a graduate school education.  Both STEM and non-STEM students are welcome to apply. Included with acceptance into Purdue University’s SROP is a roundtrip flight, university housing, and a generous stipend.  In addition to a 40 hour work week of research training, SROP provides professional development workshops, social activities, and the opportunity to develop a diverse cohort of colleagues and friends. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2020. Application here: https://gradapply.purdue.edu/register/srop?_ga=2.103057280.186461752.1578933963-2089150148.1576597783

UNDOCUSTEM: Research experiences for undocumented students 

Although undocumented students are not eligible for support through NSF REUs and many other programs funded directly by the federal government of the U.S.A., there are a variety of programs funded by non-federal sources where eligibility does not depend upon American citizenship. All of these research programs run during a 8-10 week summer session and typically provide a stipend (often $3000-$7000), lodging, meals, and/or travel expenses. For more information and links to applications/contacts, visit: http://www.matthewrcover.com/undocumented-in-stem.html

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OURCI Grant Recipient Spotlight



With a major in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish, Alexandria Bontrager is set up for success. But how did she get started? Her mentor, Dr. Erika Geisbrecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, presented the idea of participating in a lab before Bontrager’s freshman year. Now, Bontrager studies the muscles of fruit flies in hopes of understanding diabetes, obesity and cancer to characterize new drugs to help patients. As everyone knows, research isn’t easy, but Bontrager has gained the knowledge of accepting and learning from her mistakes, and crafting a better approach towards failures. She believes research is a great way to pursue curiosity from classroom learning. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OURCI) Travel Grant helped Bontrager focus on her studies and excel in school.