Other Educational and Research Opportunities for Under-represented Students

The Diversity Project is only one of many programs designed to increase the participation of under-represented minority students in the physical and biological sciences. Below are a handful of links that will take you to these opportunities. If you know of an opportunity that you think should be included on this list, please send me the link.

Programs Serving Under-represented Minority Students

National Museum of National History Internship. Open for undergrads and early career graduate students for a variety of different topics related to diversity, systematics, evolution, etc.

Smithsonian Institution Minority Internship. Open for undergrads and early career graduate students.

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography: special opportunities for under-represented minority students (undergraduate and graduate) interested in aquatic sciences (oceanography, limnology, stream ecology, marine biology, fisheries, etc.). Minority students are provided full support (travel, housing, food, and registration) to participate in the annual meetings of ASLO.
Blinks Fellows in Marine Research: Students can participate in three alternative activities, including undergraduate research internships, summer courses, or independent graduate research at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs. Students are financial support to cover the costs of room and board, travel, plus a stipend.

Hall Bonner Minority Doctoral Scholars Program in Ocean Sciences: A minority doctoral scholars program in ocean sciences that targets motivated, talented minority students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.-level career in the ocean science community. Hall-Bonner Scholars receive fully funded fellowships to Old Dominion’s Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) or William and Mary’s School of Marine Science (SMS) , includig funding for tuition, research and travel to scientific meetings.

LMRCSC (Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center is a collaborative program between NOAA and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to train a diverse body of students for careers in NOAA and other resource managemen agencies, and to conduct cuttin edge research in fisheries sciences.

MAS (Minorities in Aquatic Sciences home page): An excellent database and electronic resource to link minority students interested in the aquatic sciences. Be sure to register at their Student Page and look at their great listing Resources for Minority Students in the aquatic sciences.

MAST (Minorities At Sea Together): A multidisciplinary program for students to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Spend 3 weeks under sail, studying marine science, policy, and the heritage of African Americans & Native Americans on the Chesapeake.

Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP): The National Science Foundation-funded Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) is designed to introduce members of racial or ethnic groups under-represented in science and engineering to academic and professional careers in marine science.

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MS PHD's) initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating our increased participation in Earth system science.

Timbuktu Academy: A mentoring program for under-represented minority students that spans elemetary to ungraduate. Winner of Presidential Award for Excellence.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Minority Fellowship Program: Educational opportunities in oceanography for minority undergraduates who are enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities. This program provides promising students from under-represented groups with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.

Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation IGERT a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Ph.D. training program linking natural, social and informatic sciences that is designed to train the next generation of scholars capable of confronting important biological and societal issues with respect to the health of the world’s oceans.


There are many REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) Programs funded by the National Science Foundation. In all of these programs funding is typically provided for your travel and you are provided a stipend. Opportunities span all areas of science.

National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs: A website with information for students interested in identifying research opportunities on projects funded by the National Science foundation REU program. Opportunities extend to both minority and non-minority students. Type in a key word (e.g. Marine) to get a listing of REU programs supporting the kind of research in which you are interested.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Internship in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior of Tropical Treefrogs: A three-month NSF-funded internships for American (citizen or permanent resident) and Latin American students each summer (2008-2010) in the Warkentin/Vonesh lab in Gamboa, Panama. Participate in cutting-edge ecological research in a biologically rich rainforest environment as part of a diverse and dynamic international community of scientists.

REU in Systematics and Evoluvationary Biology a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored REU program at the American Museum of Natural History examining a number of unique and exciting projects in Evolutionary Biology and Systematics.

The Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers thirteen students the opportunity to spend 12 weeks conducting research on the Chesapeake Bay - the program is especially designed for students majoring in such fields as biology, chemistry, ecology, physics, engineering, mathematics and marine and environmental science.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has been a site for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program since 1997. Funded by the National Science Foundation Ocean Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, undergraduates in their junior and senior years with interests in marine science, biology, chemistry, geology and environmental sciences are eligible to apply to the REU Program.

Bodega Marine Laboratory is seeking 10 motivated undergraduate students interested in marine science careers to participate in a Summer Research-Experience-for-Undergraduate Program, supported by the National Science Foundation. Over eight weeks, students will develop confidence and independence in doing research and communicating science. Faculty and other mentors will provide one-on-one research training, from choosing a topic to writing a paper, in a friendly supportive environment.

The Shoals Marine Laboratory provides students with exceptional experience and training in field and laboratory research in marine biology. Under supervision of an advisor, each intern will have the opportunity to develop a research question, design testable hypotheses, learn and apply appropriate field and laboratory methods, analyze and interpret data, and present findings in oral and written formats. Internships can provide experience in underwater research for students with SCUBA certification.

The Bermuda Biological Station for Research has received National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) funding to support 8 fellowships for undergraduate student research at BBSR during the 2007 fall* semester (arrive: September 5, 2007 - depart: December 1, 2007). Students will design and conduct independent projects under faculty supervision .

Oregon State University is proud to announce the availability of paid research internships for 10 students during the summer of 2007 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers students the unique opportunity to work on individual research projects over a 10-week period at the HMSC under the guidance of university and agency scientists who serve as mentors.

The University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies has received funding from the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) to support 8 fellowships for undergraduate student research at the University of Southern California during the summer of 2007 (May 29 - August 5, 2007). "Geobiology-Marine Sciences at the Interface between the Life and Earth Sciences" draws on a diverse faculty from marine environmental biology and earth sciences. Students will design and conduct independent projects under faculty supervision.

The University of Delaware is awarding summer internships to conduct guided research in marine science. Students between their junior and senior years will receive preference. Interns will work with faculty and research staff in a graduate student atmosphere on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology, marine geology, or marine biochemistry.

The Mote Marine Laboratory is a host site for the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Mote REU Program offers paid research training experiences in estuarine science to 10 undergraduate students during a 10-week period between late May and early August. REU participants are paired with Mote scientists and conduct mentored research projects related to their advisor's expertise.

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), in Gloucester Point, Virginia, places twelve to fifteen undergraduates with faculty mentors for a summer research experience. Internships are available in many areas of marine science, including biological, geological, chemical, physical, environmental science, fisheries and management emphases.