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Summer Internships in Biology

Information on an internship working with rescue of exotic cats has been posted on the 2nd floor DH board. This opportunity is at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife refuge in Arkansas. Bachelor’s degree required.  Application deadline is April 1, 2014.

The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology. Participants selected for this program will work with MIDAS Investigators, experienced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting exciting interdisciplinary research projects in this dynamic field. This intensive research-based experience will prepare applicants interested in working at the interface of mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, epidemiology, public health and biological sciences for the rigors of scientific research and graduate education.  Stipend, $4500 plus housing an travel.
Completed applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.
Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the address below:

Phillip Palmer, PhD, MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator
Suite M-252A, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-6957
Fax: (412) 624-3858

Intern with the South African Shark Conservancy – positions available! SASC is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the conservation and sustainable utilisation of marine resources through research, education and outreach.  Since its inception in 2007, SASC has developed partnerships with academic and conservation organisations around the globe, and has become well-known in South Africa for its inclusive and holistic approach to conservation and management initiatives.

SASC offers interns the opportunity to become involved in a unique and exciting approach to marine conservation. Interns may be involved in field research, outreach and educational programmes as well as desktop studies and organisational development projects. Our research and outreach projects are specifically designed to promote a well-rounded approach to conservation, working with various fishing sectors, research institutes and governmental organisations. 

To ensure that you get the most out of your experiences, SASC accepts no more than six interns per month. We are looking for interns with a biological background or interest in shark biology and conservation for a period of one to three months.  Join our internship programme and gain valuable insight into the conservation management of sharks and other living marine resources.

If you interested in joining our team and would like more details and an application form, please send an email to

Please refer to our website

Marquette University Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce our NSF sponsored 2014 undergraduate summer research program in Cell and Molecular Biology, The
program is for rising juniors and seniors. Participating students will receive a stipend. Members of underrepresented minority groups and students from colleges with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.
Experience the thrill of discovery through hands-on scientific research.► Participate in research focused on understanding biological processes in organisms ranging from microbes to mammals at the level of individual cells, proteins, and genes.► Work under the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor.► Develop written and verbal communication skills through weekly journal clubs and laboratory group meetings. ► Participate in workshops on research ethics and graduate school admission.► Present the results of your research at a university-wide poster session and a symposium.
Applications for Summer 2014 must be received by January 31, 2014. Contact: Dr. Edward Blumenthal
Department of Biological Sciences
Summer Research Program Director
(414) 288-6270

Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science and Horticulture.

The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students and post docs on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

I am asking if you would please print and post the attached pdf where undergraduate students would take notice of it, and where appropriate, forward this email to faculty that lecture advanced plant science, microbiology, agronomy, horticulture, etc. courses that may bring this to the attention of their students (preferably in their junior year).

The internship is for 9 weeks beginning June 2, 2014 (June 1st for travel) through August 1st, 2014, and provides a stipend of $4,000, housing, and assistance with transportation costs.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Cancer research institute in New York City. $4000 stipend and housing. Application at
Deadline Feb. 10, 2014

Boyce Thompson Institute of Plant Research at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Plant Genome Research Program.  $4500 stipend, housing, food and travel. Calvin students have previously participated in this  Deadline Feb. 7, 2014

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salisbury Cove, Maine NIH-REU: biomedical research and toxicology using marine animals as research models. A beautiful and scientifically excellent place to spend a summer. Adjacent to Acadia National Park.
$5000 stipend, room, food, travel.  Application and information at
Deadline  Jan. 10, 2014.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories.

Applications for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August).

The Van Andel Research Institute has an immediate research opportunity
This is an internship for a student interested in bioinformatics.

Cancer research in Seattle – enjoy the ocean, mountains, fresh fish and perhaps a bit of rain. Calvin students have gone to this internship in previous years.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) hosts a 9-week summer internship that is designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.  We would appreciate your help promoting the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) among faculty/students in the appropriate departments at Calvin College.  As such, I have attached a very brief PowerPoint presentation that includes an overview of the program, how to apply, and who to contact for more information.  We have also created an informational brochure and coinciding business card pertaining to the program – if you would like to distribute any of our printed materials among your students, please let me know the quantity you need and the address where the items should be sent. 
The program runs from Monday, June 16 – Friday, August 15, 2014.  
Please visit: to learn more about the SURP, including eligibility criteria, compensation, travel and housing, and/or to submit an application.  Applications are due on Friday, January 17, 2014.  Two letters of recommendation are due on Friday, January 24, 2014.

Here is a catalog of internships in scientific research and medicine offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students that someone sent to me. Check it out.   

University of Utah Bioscience summer undergraduate research program
Many area of biology are included. $3500 stipend, housing, meals and travel. Deadline Feb 1, 2014 Poster on 2nd floor DH board.

UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards for African-American students
This is a $25000 scholarship to cover tuition, room and board while studying and doing research with a Calvin faculty member. It would include an additional $10,000 grant to the faculty member to support the research. Open to African-American students who will be juniors during the 2014-15 academic year. Apply on-line,
Deadline Dec. 5, 2013

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
Be sure to check the NSF website for up to date information about numerous, excellent opportunities.

Student Conservation Association >> Several Calvin students have participated in SCA internships which place interns in national parks, wildlife refuges etc. These internships may be research or work experiences and range from field research to construction/maintenance or interpretive work. SCA internships are open to students at all educational levels.

National Science Foundation (NSF) >>
The NSF is an independent government agency responsible for promoting scientific and engineering research experiences for undergrads. Also check out the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates >> site which helps attract a diversified pool of talented students into research careers.

Internships in Scientific Research or Medicine for Undergraduate Students>> The compilation PDF features research internships in science or medicine offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students. The compilation is organized by academic level and discipline and the programs are alphabetized according to the name of the sponsoring institution. For more information about a specific internship, please refer to the program’s website or contact the respective administrator.

Amgen Scholars Program >> provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world's leading institutions. This is a prestigious summer research program held at various locations including Cal Tech, UCLA, U of Washington, UCSD, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge University (England), and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, among others. The research projects are primarily in the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, neuroscience, genetics and related disciplines. Includes a generous stipend and all expenses. Three Calvin students have been accepted to this program in previous years.

University of Notre Dame Field Environmental Biology program >> This ecology research program is located at the Notre Dame field station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You will receive academic credit from ND that can be transferred to Calvin. The program lasts for 10 weeks It includes a stipend plus free tuition, housing and a travel allowance. Several Calvin students have participated in the program and had very good experiences, with the added advantage for you that the people at ND know Calvin and the good reputation of our students. Research programs include animal behavior and forest, lake or stream ecology. You will receive 3 credits from Notre Dame that can be transferred to Calvin, free tuition, housing and travel plus a $3500 stipend! Open to current sophomores and juniors. Applications are due on November 1.  Information at  See also the flyer on the 2nd floor DH summer research bulletin board.

Michigan State University Summer Undergraduate program in Plant Genomics >> Don't rule this out if you are pre-med or not currently a plant person. You will learn lots of molecular biology and genetics which is valuable for anyone. Several Calvin students have participated in this program very successfully and have gone on to greater things in grad school and med school. As a result MSU wants more Calvin people for this program.

Undergraduate Research in Plant Systematics, Conservation Biology, and Ethnobotany at the Missouri Botanical Garden >> The MBG program focuses on the areas of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Potential projects include taxonomic description of new species and revisionary studies in Brassicaceae, Araceae, and Melastomataceae, DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen analysis, pollination biology of rare species, seed morphology and anatomy of Lythraceae and Passifloraceae, conservation biology of threatened species, ecology of invasive species, herbarium study of historically important collections, Native American ethnobotany, and revisionary studies of economically important plants. REU students have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a 2,400 acre natural area, and a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis.

University of Michigan Biological Station NSF-REU: Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Global Environment >> Located in northern Michigan on Douglas Lake. Includes a stipend, room, meals, travel. A great place to spend a summer. Our own Prof. Curt Blankespoor teaches at UMBS in the summer.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Salsbury Cove, Maine. NSF-REU >> Near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Absolutely stunning place to spend a summer and do big science. Dr. John Ubels worked there for 5 summers. Several Calvin students have participated in this program in PHYSIOLOGY, MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, GENETICS AND TOXICOLOGY USING MARINE ORGANISMS AS MODELS SYSTEMS. Work with top scientists from all over the world.

Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station >> in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students can participate in exciting research projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science and Horticulture. The student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, postdocs and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

Department of Homeland Security >> Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students 10 week research experience; $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, and social sciences.

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology >> An opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison >> Junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences are invited to participate in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP). This hands-on research program is designed primarily to give students from other colleges and universities a chance to experience the richness of research at UW–Madison.

Hope College - Environmental Impacts on Biological Systems: from Molecules to Ecosystems, NSF-REU program >>. The department offers undergraduate research opportunities for up to 25 students. Many students in the department co-author papers with faculty members for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The new and expanded A. Paul Schaap Science Center gives you access to state-of-the-art academic and laboratory facilities. Hope maintains a 55-acre nature preserve on nearby Lake Michigan and a biology greenhouse in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research >>
CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Each year, approximately 25 students from around the world are accepted to the fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects in: Cancer biology, Neuroscience, Plant biology, Cellular and molecular biology, Genetics, and Computational biology.




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BiologyWhen to apply

The time to begin applying for summer off-campus research opportunities begins in Novenber.

Applications Deadlines

Most applications are due between Feb. 1 and Mar. 31. A few are due as early as Nov. 2 and Jan. 10.

Earning credit

You can earn credit, either elective or in fulfilment of the research requirements in the BS in biology major, for a summer internship. Professor John Ubels, Internship Director, will work with you to formalize the requirements for earning credit from Calvin College once you have been accepted to a lab or a company.

What you need to do

  • apply to the programs as they are announced
  • search the web for programs at places where you might like to work
  • contact people whom you know that work in research labs or companies
  • apply to many programs to increase your chances.

What are your chances?

Our internship program is highly successful with up to15 students working off-campus each summer, at prestigious universities and institutions.

Where do Calvin students get internships?

We commonly have students working at Michigan State, Purdue, University of Michigan (2 spots reserved for Calvin students in physiology), Northwestern, Minnesota, Harvard, Notre Dame, UCLA, U of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, NIH, Van Andel Institute and many more.

Get more info

Check out the Internships FAQ.>>

Contact Calvin's internship coordinator, Professor John Ubels or biology administrative assistant, Pat Buist.


Go to Calvin's Career Development site to find many more internship postings and possibilities.