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Five Things To Do Now to Help Find Next Summer’s Research Opportunity

Finishing up your summer research and thinking about heading to campus this fall? It’s not too early to think about what you’ll be doing next year!

Many summer research opportunities are highly competitive and have early deadlines – some as early as the fall semester (especially those funded by the government, since background checks are involved).  Others have requirements that take time to prepare – such as written personal essays, a copy of your transcripts, and letters of recommendation written by faculty.  Research experiences may also require a CV (or vitae), which is a longer form of a resume, something many students are not familiar with and can get help with writing at the Center of Career Development, as well as with a trusted faculty member.

By early September it’s a good idea to make an appointment with the Center for Career Development to talk with a career advisor and make a plan for your search.  Following are five other tips to help you get started:

1.)  Update your resume, and prepare a CV. This is extremely important, since in most cases you will be required to submit either document for application. (The career advisors in the Center for Career Development can help with this.)

2.)  Begin in advance to review sites offering research opportunities – the earlier, the better.  This gives you more time to prepare. (Look at organizational sites, other college’s department sites, and national institutes, to get started.)

3.)  Utilize the information on research opportunities located on the website of the Center for Career Development.  There are listings of research opportunities listed in the Students section; these are kept updated.

4.)  Review the listings posted by the Biology Department on their website and which are announced in their weekly newsletter.

5.)  Check with faculty regarding research opportunities they are aware of, and let them know of your interests.  Many faculty stay connected with professors from other institutions who have received grants to conduct research in all areas of study, and who are seeking lab assistants.

It is wise to apply for more than one research opportunity, and to apply as you find them – the earlier, the better.  Keep in mind, too, that it takes time for faculty members to write letters of recommendation since they are probably writing letters for others at the same time.  Allow them a three-week period to do so, which means you will need to plan in advance.

In general, the fall semester is an overall good time to begin your search for research opportunities. A career advisor in the Center of Career Development can assist you with this process and help you with any questions you have.

Research & Internship Opportunities in the Sciences

Includes: Neuropsychology, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Public Health, Biochemistry, Engineering, and Computer Science

Undergraduate research opportunities offer you the chance to participate in exciting projects, working beside some of the most talented scientists in the field.  They also help you gain needed experience to get in to graduate school or to obtain the position you’re applying for after graduation.

Below are links to a wide range of scientific research opportunities. Some offer stipends, while others are unpaid.  Deadlines vary, but in general, the earlier you apply the better. You should also check with your professors when seeking research opportunities as many have openings available for Davidson students that are not advertised. Davidson professors will also know of colleagues looking for people to work in their labs.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
This is the premier site for summer research positions in the sciences. REU sites are competitively selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), so the positions tend to be of very high quality (and tend to pay well, also).

Grants and Research Opportunities on the Davidson College Biology site
List of opportunities listed on the Davidson College Biology Department website.  This is for all sciences, public health, etc.

American Psychological Association
Undergraduate research opportunities and internships in Neuroscience and Psychology.

RIT Co-op and Scientific Internship Listings
This list provides a wide range of short and long-term cooperative and internship listings in science and technology.

List of summer research/internship opportunities in the sciences
Provided by Grinnell College, but not affiliated with the college – open to students across the country, and in a variety of disciplines:  biologybiochemistrychemistrycomputer scienceengineeringenvironmental sciencemathematics,medicinephysics,

Biotech and Pharmaceutical
Biotechnology Industry Organization is a professional association designed to provide information and support for those in the biotechnology field.  Their website provides excellent information on specific fields, current research and career opportunities.

News and job opportunities for those interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical fields.

PhRMA’s mission is to conduct effective advocacy for public policies that encourage
discovery of important new medicines for patients by biopharmaceutical research companies. This webside provides a variety of resources on the field.

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies: Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships
For undergraduate students in environmentally fields of  studies.

Environmental Science Institute
Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program is open to a national pool of undergraduate applicants and requires a ten-week commitment. Students create their own research project, participate in a research group, and present their work.

Mathematical Association of America
The MAA provides mathematicians with the best expository articles, engaging problems, and articles devoted to teaching collegiate mathematics. The MAA also provides research funding opportunities.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
International community of over 13,000 individual members. Almost 500 academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations worldwide are institutional members. The website has an excellent career-related section that lists internships and jobs within the field and provides career information and advice.

National Science Foundation
List of physics REU sites, both theoretical and experimental.

Public Health Opportunities
Johns Hopkins  – Funding/Internships Announcements
Compiled listing of public health related internships and research opportunities. Students do not need to be attending Johns Hopkins to apply.

The National Academies
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute ofMedicine, and National Research Council are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world.

Science.gov: USA.gov for Science
Internships and fellowship opportunities in science.

Scientific-related opportunities compiled by Columbia University, Department ofBiological Studies
Biology, Biomedical, Minority, Ecology and Environmental Studies, Marine Biology Research Opportunities, Fellowships, Internships and Summer Courses. Programs are located in all geographic areas of the country.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Boston University
Ten-week undergraduate program for students interested in pursuing a career as a research scientist. Students are chosen from a national pool.

Science, Technology, and Business Advance With Math Majors

As a math major you have career options available to you in every discipline of science, engineering, and technology. New fields and industries depend on applied mathematics for products such as communication systems, prescription drugs, textiles, computers, automobiles and aircraft. Processes such as supply chains and scheduling also rely on math. The biological sciences, climatology, finance and investment areas depend on mathematical reasoning and computational techniques. Various types of organizations, from governmental research organizations to independent consultants, hire mathematicians and computational scientists. Find a list of professional societies, companies who hire math majors, information on new careers using math skills, and stories from individuals who are using their math degrees in unique ways.