Research and Internship Opportunities

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program celebrates scientific inquiry by providing undergraduates with faculty-mentored summer research opportunities in science and engineering fields. Applications for our ten U.S. host universities are now online. The deadline for applications is early February. Eligibiliy requirements, as well as site-specific programming information is available at the Amgen Scholars Program website. Any person requiring more information is encouraged to contact Michael Bergren (Director, Amgen Scholars U.S. Program Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) by phone at (617) 253-2620 or by email (asp-npo@mit.edu).

Carolina Healthcare System Summer Scholars

Carolinas Healthcare System has a Summer Scholars program focused on summer research. Students with a strong interest in patient-centered translational research are encouraged to apply. The 10 week program carries a $5,000 stipend. Under-represented minorities are highly encouraged to apply. Please visit the website for more information.

Charlotte Research Scholars

The Charlotte Research Scholars (CRS) program is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Graduate School, and Charlotte Research Institute. It will provide 60 UNC Charlotte undergraduate students funding to participate in a 10-week research program (May 26 to July 25). Scholars receive one-on-one, faculty-guided research training, and participate in weekly professional development sessions to better prepare them for graduate school and a future research career. The program culminates in the Summer Research Symposium, held in the Student Union. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2014. Undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.8 and between 50 and 110 credit hours by Spring 2014 are eligible to apply. Scholars will receive $4,000. To apply, please complete the application form on the Graduate School website.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time are scholars expected to commit to their research project?

Scholars are expected to work full-time for the entire 10-weeks. They will spend approximately 3-4 hrs/week away from the project in order to participate in professional development activities.

How will the scholars be selected?

The CRS steering committee will attempt to match the most qualified students with research projects that are of interest to them. To facilitate this matching, students will include a ranking of their preferred project choices in their application. If a match is identified, the faculty member will be contacted to see if there is interest in the applicant. In addition, feel free to indicate any preferences for particular students that you might have in the text of your email (not the submission form).

Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?

Dennis Livesay, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics (drlivesa@uncc.edu).

FBI Honors Internship Program

The 2014 FBI Honors Internship Application will open no sooner than January 29, 2014 and no later than February 4, 2014. Please visit the program website for application details.

The FBI Honors Internship Program is a paid internship opportunity that offers undergraduates, graduates or post-doctorate students throughout the country an exciting insider's view of FBI operations and an opportunity to explore career opportunities within the Bureau. The Honors Internship Program allows candidates to work at select Field Office locations and FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC from June 1, 2014 to August 9, 2014. FBI Honors Interns will spend ten rewarding weeks in the summer working side-by-side with FBI employees on a whole array of organizational matters and in some instances important cases that are vital to the FBI's mission. After completing a summer internship, interns have the opportunity to continue their internship throughout the year at selected field offices, by working a minimum of 16 hours per month in order to maintain their security clearance. 

**Applicants encouraged to read the FBI Disqualifiers on www.FBIjobs.gov**

iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) Undergraduate Research Program

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh and a year-long team research project. Students are immersed in special-topics workshops, professional development seminars, research projects, and network-building opportunities.

i3 Scholars have completed a variety of interdisciplinary research projects with their teams. A sample of past project topics have included: Viral videos and the leading factors related to online sharing; Youth education and recruitment into STEM fields; Gender representation in video games; Online community building in social movements like Occupy Wall St; Social media and political involvement in campaigns; Identity representation and catfishing on social media; Environmental sustainability efforts in the information technology sector; Psychological incentives to donate to crowd-sourced funding campaigns on Kickstarter and similar online platforms. 

The 2014 i3 will be held at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences from June 1-27, 2014. Please visit the program website for more information.

 

Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program

The Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program is a six- week immersive and experiential summer program designed to provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain a better understanding of key issues facing public higher education. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors attending one of the sixteen constituent institutions of higher education in the University of North Carolina. Please see the program flyer for more information.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

Accepting applications until January 15, 2014 for Summer 2014 fellowship. Please visit the program website or view the program flyer for more information.

Nebraska Summer Research Program 2014

Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to a new interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program doing research in and around the social sciences. 

Students can also find information about the program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more at the program website.

Priority review of applications begins Friday, February 1 and all applications must be completed by Monday, February 17, 2014.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eligibility:

  • Citizenship.  U.S. Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Degree Requirements: Seniors making application to graduate school (research-based master's or doctoral programs) for next fall 2013; Beginning master's students’; Beginning doctoral students that do not already have a master’s degree

Eligible Fields:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Psychology (including cognitive, computational, developmental, industrial/organizational, neuro, perception, personality, physiological, linguistics, quantitative, and social)
  • Social Sciences (including anthropology, communications, economics, geography, history of science, law and social science (criminal justice), political science, public policy, sociology, and urban and regional planning)
  • STEM Education and Learning Research

Seniors and beginning graduate students are invited to attend an informative presentation on NSF Graduate Research Fellowships and other funding opportunities. The information session will be held on October 1, 2013 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CHHS 145.

Philological Association of the Carolinas

The Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC) seeks abstracts and panel proposals for its annual conference. More information will be posted at a later date. The PAC is open to work from both established scholars and talented undergraduates. The association welcomes papers and panels on any topic of interest to literature and language scholars. Past sessions have focused on English, American, world and multiethnic literatures, as well as on liguistics, composition, and pedagogy. Please visit the website for more information.

State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

The State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium will be held November 16, 2013 at UNC Charlotte. The symposium is open to any undergraduate student currently enrolled at a community college or four-year institution in the state.

Dealines for Registration: Students must submit their abstracts by noon on Wednesday, October 23. A student is automatically registered after submitting an abstract and obtaining approval from his or her faculty mentor. Students do not pay a registration fee because of the support from sponsors. Recruiters, mentors and other non-presenting attendees must register by Tuesday, October 29. Exhibitors and recruiters may have an information table at the event for a $250 fee.

The conference begins at 8:00 AM, November 16, with student presentations taking place from 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM at various locations across campus. Students, faculty, recruiters from graduate and professional schools, administrators and parents are invited to attend. For more information, please visit the symposium website.

Call for Volunteers: Currently, we are expecting nearly 700 attendees at this statewide conference and will need roughly 100 more volunteers. We will also need help Friday, November 15 for set-up. Volunteers will be responsible to help with set up, registration, and directing guests to proper locations on the day of the event.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours, network with other students of similar interest, and become affiliated with faculty and staff. To volunteer, please email Kendall Cook at  kcook51@uncc.edu and copy in Dr. Malin Pereira at mpereira@uncc.edu

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE participants participate in full time research for a summer (9.5 weeks) program, starting May 29 ending August 1, that provides laboratory, fieldwork and research skills in the broad area of biofuels research.

Students are paid a stipend of $5000 for the full summer and expected to work full time. Housing and tuition (if necessary, depending on location) are covered. All students will be participating in the poster session on August 1 in Pullman, WA.

More information and an application are available at the program website.

The National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship

The National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship Committe is now accepting applications from undergraduate honors students for NCHC Portz Fellowships. To apply, complete ALL sections of the Portz Fellowship application, available in bothPDF and Word files, and submit both the application and letters of recommendation by February 15, 2014. For more information about the NCHC Portz Fellowship, please contact Dr. Patrice Berger at pberger1@unl.edu or (402) 472-5425.

*For an endorsement from the Honors College, please send completed applications (and not yet submitted nationally) to Dr. Pereira (mpereira@uncc.edu) by January 30, 2014. Revisions may be requested before final submission.

The NCHC Portz Fellowship program was launched in 2010 and is supported by the John and Edythe Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship. It is intended to support creative and innovative endeavors that cross boundaries, inviting application from individuals who wish to undertake cross disciplinary research or from a team of two students from different disciplines who propose a single collaborative project. The project will be funded for a period of up to 18 months with the expectation that upon its completion, the Fellowship recipient will make a formal presentation of the research at the NCHC annual conference.

Honors students in good standing from 2-year colleges or 4-year colleges and universities with current Institutional membership in NCHC may apply at any point in their undergraduate studies. However, given the scope of the research expectation, applicants who are in their final senior term will not be considered. In addition to two letters of recommendation from faculty members, an endorsement from the institutional representative named in the NCHC membership is required.

Only ONE PROPOSAL a year from each member institution is permitted.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2014 HS-STEM Summer Internships

Application deadline: January 5, 2014

Undergraduate students receive a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Idaho, Berkeley, Livermore, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more… 
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  U.S. citizenship required. Detailed information about the internships can be found at the program website.

 

UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference

The 2014 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference will be held in the Atkins Library on April 25, 2014. The deadline for registration is April 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Students from all departments are invited to attend and awards will be given in all categories. The conference is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Atkins Library and the Levine Scholars Program.

Below are the Honors College award winners from the 2013 UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Research Conference that was held on Friday, April 19, 2013 in Atkins Library.

Houston Burnette

First Place

School of Architecture

Lea Arapovic

First Place

First Year Writing Program

Andrew Morimoto

First Place

Global International and Area Studies

Jeffrey Zackeru

First Place

Biology

Allie Goins

Second Place

Biology

Rachel Helms

Third Place

Biology

Joshua Wheaton

Honorable Mention

Biology

Dylan Brokaw

First Place

Chemistry

Brandy Stimac

Third Place

Geography and Earth Sciences

Nicholas Giglio

First Place

Physics

Kate Moore

First Place

History

Jennifer Kandzer

First Place

Psychology

Danielle Martin

First Place

Special Education and Child Development

Kate Moore

First Place

Honors College Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Andrew Morimoto

Second Place

Honors College Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Nicholas Giglio

First Place

Honors College STEM

Joshua Wheaton

Second Place

Honors College STEM

Jeffrey Zackeru

Honorable Mention

Honors College STEM

Rachel Helms

Honorable Mention

Honors College STEM

 
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians by building an inclusive, sustainable, and vibrant state. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $350 million to statewide, regional, and community-based organizations in all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Every year, ZSR offers exciting employment opportunities for North Carolina college students, graduate students, and recent graduates interested in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector. We want to make sure your students know about them!

  • ZSR Fellowship: A two-year, full-time entry position for recent college graduates.
  • ZSR Internship: A paid, research-intensive summer internship for current undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Non-Profit Internship Program (NPIP): 20 paid summer internships with non-profits across the state for Pell-eligible undergraduates.

Applications for the ZSR Fellowship, ZSR Internship, and NPIP will be available in early October 2013. Applications and related materials are due: December 3, 2013 for the Fellowship; January 6, 2014 for the Internship; and February 3, 2014 for NPIP.