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Department of Chemistry

External Research and Internship Opportunities


Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship
The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship was established by Paul R. Jones, in memory of his wife, to provide scholarships for female undergraduate majors in chemistry or related disciplines who are beginning their junior or senior years of study. Priscilla Carney Jones wished to have this scholarship established because of the difficulties she faced as a female chemist early in her career. The scholarship is a one-time award on the basis of both need and scholarship. The award amount is subject to available funding, but will be a minimum of $1,500. The award is sent directly to the recipient's financial aid office and may be used for tuition, books, and lab fees. On-and-off campus housing, transportation, and other personal fees (e.g., sorority dues) may not be paid from this award.
Application Deadline: May 1 of each year

Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program
In order to provide educational opportunities for future generations of science scholars, we're offering $40,000 in scholarship funding to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited college for the upcoming semester. Applicants must be individual persons who (a) are legal U.S. residents age 16 or older at time of application; (b) are enrolled as a Graduate Student, or Undergraduate Student at an accredited U.S. college or university; and (c) have a declared major of biology, chemistry, bio-chemistry or a related life science field.
Application Deadline: check website

AfterCollege Science Student Scholarship
As a job and internship resource, our scholarships are for students who will be exemplary candidates in their field when the time comes to find an internship or job. This means that we evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future! This scholarship is open to currently enrolled students who are working toward a degree (AA,AS, BA, BS, MS, PhD) in one of the many fields of science, which can include (but is not limited to): Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics, Zoology, etc.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
As a job and internship resource, our scholarships are for students who demonstrate professionalism and effectively communicate how they will be exemplary candidates in their field. This means that we evaluate applicants with the eye of a hiring manager, so: watch your grammar, check your spelling, put your best accomplishments forward and you may get paid for thinking about your future! This scholarship is open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences.
Application Deadline:  Quarterly deadlines: 3/31; 6/30; 9/30; 12/31

Best Value Schools STEM Scholarship for Women
Best Value Schools seeks to provide at least one (1) $2,000 scholarship, twice per year, to a woman enrolled in a STEM degree program to not only help offset the future gender wage gap they are likely to experience, but to also encourage the development of these crucial technological skills that are necessary in our rapidly changing world. The deadline for submitting a STEM Scholarship for Women scholarship application is October 31st or April 15th. The award winner will be selected within one month of the deadline and the scholarship recipient will be notified shortly thereafter. Only the first 50 completed applications received will be considered.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

Internships and Programs

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are educational and training programs designed to provide students and recent graduates opportunities to participate in project-specific research and developmental activities at various FDA facilities. Opportunities include full-time, part-time, and summer appointments at various FDA offices. This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an inter-agency agreement between DOE and FDA. Appointments can vary from a few months to one year, but may be renewed for up to five years upon recommendation of FDA, contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Department Of Energy, Science, Technology, and Policy Program
The Department of Energy (DOE) Science, Technology, and Policy (STP) Program provides an opportunity for students, postgraduates, established scientists and faculty to participate in programs, projects, and activities in the Office of International Affairs (IA) that support the mission of the DOE. Participants will gain insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development; contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions to issues of importance to the DOE; and continue their education and involvement in areas that support the DOE mission either in a technical or policy-related role. Participants will become part of a group of highly-trained scientists and engineers with the education, background, and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the DOE's mission in the future.
This is a continuous posting. Applications will be reviewed and selected as opportunities become available.

Pathways to Science
Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements.
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Office of Intramural Training & Education
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a range of opportunities for graduates and undergraduate students, such as, postdoctoral fellowships, graduate partnerships program, Undergraduate scholarship program, summer internship program, etc.

Atlantis Project - Global Pre-Med Fellowship
The Atlantis Project is the leading international healthcare program for pre-med students in the United States. Our Fellowship prepares pre-med students for medical school. Our Fellows will complete 20+ hours/week of hospital shadowing rotations, they will have access to our in-house pre-mad advising services, global healthcare research and medical volunteering opportunities, and low-cost MCAT prep options.
Application Deadline: There is no deadline to apply. Admissions are rolling, but placements are limited. Applications will close when placements have been filled.

I-Trek (I Turn Research into Empowerment and Knowledge)
I-Trek offers two programs each year. The first program is a one-week graduate school boot camp. The second is a follow-on program, for selected students, aimed at providing students with invaluable research skills through a one-year, team research project. Trekkers are responsible for bringing to life their research ideas (Treks) with the help of mentor(s) and the Trek committee. All Trek teams are paired with mentors experienced in the field of your research to help guide you through the process of funding, planning, and executing your idea. After completion of the Graduate School Boot Camp, selected Trek team members (Trekkers) work together virtually during the school year to review academic literature and discuss experimental ideas. The students reconvene the following summer for data collection, analysis and documentation at a field location relevant to the selected research project. All Treks occur over a few weeks during the summer break, therefore, students need to be available during this period.
Application Deadline: see website

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects. The projects undertaken by the SSB standing committees and ad hoc task groups are in constant flux, with studies being completed and new studies beginning on a regular basis. Although this makes it difficult to predict just what the interns will get to work on, it also ensures their exposure to the different stages of the study process -from project initiation, through the committee process, and the final publication of committee reports - as several studies are being undertaken simultaneously. Please visit the SSB projects and committees sites for more information on our current activities.
Application Deadline: check website