Opportunities & Courses

Additional Research Opportunities at UNC


The Southern Oral History Project is offering three competitive summer 2019 undergraduate field research awards for students at UNC Chapel Hill. Summer field researchers will receive a $2500 stipend for 10 weeks of summer oral history fieldwork that includes researching and collecting oral histories for one of SOHP’s research projects, Stories to Save Lives: Health, Illness and Medical Care in the South, or Southern Mix: Voices of Asians and Asian Americans in the American South. Learn more about the award and how to apply here.

Research Opportunities Outside UNC

There are a number of research opportunities at companies, non-profits, and other institutions outside UNC. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; make sure to talk to your advisor or UNC Career Services for more options.


Columbia Business School will be seeking outstanding applications for the 2019 Summer Research Internship program. The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research.​
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The Gates Center Summer Internship Program (GSIP) encourages outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in biomedical research in an academic or industry setting by providing state-of-the-art training opportunities at the Gates Center.​
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An 8-week summer lab program in biomedical research, eligible for students 16 and over enrolled in high school or college. Stipends available.

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The NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP) is designed to provide a unique opportunity for highly motivated science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) focused undergraduate students to solidly connect with NIEHS and receive frontier-level training in biomedical research.

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These internship programs provide undergraduate and graduate students with mentored experiential learning opportunities. Student interns also benefit from professional development, leadership and service, and social experiences that supplement the hands-on work in their field.

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The Marine Physical Laboratory at the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with an exceptional aptitude for quantitative science with majors in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology.

Undergraduate college students contemplating a career in scientific research and development are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology.  This ten-week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary.  In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff.

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The Summer Program to Increase Diversity in Undergraduate Research (SPIDUR) is a 9-week summer program for high-achieving undergraduate students, proving research experience and professional development training in their field of interest. These opportunities are not typically available in the undergraduate classroom. This learn-by-doing model places an emphasis on graduate education and allows the Scholars to put their experiential learning into practice, preparing them to excel in their future studies and research.

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Research is an excellent opportunity to become more engaged in your field of study and interact with faculty members in prospective graduate schools. The University of Michigan Summer Opportunity Research Program offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M. SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.

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Additional Opportunities Outside UNC

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, a national invention competition recognizes individual graduate students who have tested prototypes of two or more inventions and teams of undergraduate students with a tested prototype of one invention. They are now conducting their nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students to compete for the 2020 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, and would be delighted if you would consider referring qualified candidates.

The competition recognizes students at any U.S. college or university who have tested prototypes of technology-based inventions in healthcarefood/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices. Inventions are not limited to class projects or thesis work, and any side/personal projects could also be considered. Patents are encouraged but not required. In each of the four categories, graduate students are awarded $15,000 and undergraduate teams are awarded $10,000.

The initial application deadline is September 27, 2019. Students can begin filling out the application now and complete details about the application process and eligibility requirements are available here. For additional information please reach out to Janell with any questions.

Janell Ciemiecki
Awards Program Administrator

Lemelson-MIT Program
MIT School of Engineering
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-258-5798 | Fax: 617-258-8276
Web: http://lemelson.mit.edu