2019 LSMRCE Conference

The 2019 Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence conference, Building a Diverse STEM Talent Pool: Classrooms to Careers, will be held Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, 2019, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone CrossingRegistration and Call for Proposals are now open!

The conference offers the LSAMP programs and scholars multiple ways to participate, engage, and promote their program at the conference. Please take a look at these opportunities and let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Undergraduate/Graduate Competitive Poster Session– Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program are invited to participate in the competitive poster session. Some travel awards are available. Poster abstract deadline extended to August 16, 2019!
  2. NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Roundtable Session– Currently (or anticipated) NSF-funded Bridge to the Doctorate programs are invited to participate in the roundtable session. Each program will host a table and undergraduates will circulate in a speed-dating format. This is an opportunity for the BD programs to promote their program and share important information about the graduate degree opportunities and program deadlines with potential undergraduate applicants. Deadline extended to August 16, 2019. Early submission is encouraged. https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ecac73cf5ad24e53901268244d840bde
  3. NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Oral Presentations– Current NSF BD Fellows are invited to submit a proposal for the competitive oral presentation session. Each presenter gets 10 minutes to present their research followed by a 5 minute Q&A. Selected presenters receive a $250 travel award and complimentary conference registration. Deadline extended to August 16, 2019https://lsmrce.org/conference/annual/nsf-bridge-presenter.aspx
  4. Resource Fair –The conference will host a resource fair on Saturday from 4p-5:30p. This is an opportunity for LSAMP BDs, REUs, and graduate school programs to host a table. We anticipate approximately 250 undergraduate URM STEM students to be in attendance. The tables are complimentary, but table sponsorship requests are due by August 16, 2019https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/e4ed5044913c43109e1e891b34c36dac
  5. Poster Session Judges – We are seeking approximately 50 judges to review and score more than 150 posters. Ideal candidates are fellows, post-docs, and faculty who are researchers in STEM or mentors of STEM students. Judges receive complimentary conference registration. https://lsmrce.org/conference/annual/poster-judges.aspx
  6. Volunteers– It takes many hands and minds to pull off a great event. We seek members of our community to commit to a few hours and help make this conference a success! We appreciate any and all assistance we receive, so if you want to volunteer but don’t see a slot that fits your schedule, contact Deb Cole at cole22@iupui.edu or call 317-278-4753. Individuals who volunteer for two or more shifts receive complimentary conference registration! https://lsmrce.org/conference/annual/volunteers.aspx



ASPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences & Engineering

What is ASPIRE?

Academic Success via Postdoctoral Independence in Research and Education (ASPIRE) is an NIH-sponsored Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellowship.

ASPIRE is a specialized program focused on translational research, bringing together technological innovations and biomedical science to address major health problems in the United States and around the world. The research program is designed to train the future generation of biomedical scientists and engineers, who bridge the disciplines of biology, medicine, and engineering.

The program draws on expertise from faculty and mentors from the three partnering institutions in Baltimore City: Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and Coppin State University.

Application Due Date: April 15, 2019

Expected Start DateAugust 1, 2019


The applicant must have received a PhD or MD/PhD in engineering, computer science, biophysics, chemistry, molecular/cellular physiology, neuroscience, genetics or related fields within the past 2 years. An MD degree may also qualify, provided that the applicant has a previous degree in engineering. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He/she must have an interest in educating underrepresented minorities. Underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Admission Process

Applicants will need to submit a CV, personal statements that describes their career goals and past and future interest in research and teaching, graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation (preferably one from PhD advisor), and name of a third reference. Applicants will be asked to describe their research area of interest, and names of up to 3 JHU engineering core faculty they would like to work with. If interest is expressed by the faculty member and a clinical collaborator, a Skype interview will be scheduled to discuss potential research projects. Upon acceptance and arrival, applicants will begin work directly in the sponsoring lab(s).

For more information, visit this URL: https://iracda.jhu.edu/apply/



IQ BIO REU – University of Puerto Rico

IQ BIO REU (iqbioreu.uprrp.edu) is a summer research and student development program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that offers opportunities for undergraduate students from universities and colleges that lack a strong research component and those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

For 9 weeks, starting on the first Monday of June, ten (10) students will be immersed in a wide array of high-impact practices including participation in a mentored research project in partnership with faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus (UPR-RP). The program offers training and practice for fluency in quantitative skills, data analysis, and bioinformatics and myriad opportunities for career development.

Program benefits:

  • Mentored research at the vanguard of biological sciences
  • Skill development workshops on the use of statistical and computational tools
  • Workshops on Career Development, Research Ethics, among others
  • Guided writing activities
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Stipend of $5,175
  • Near-campus housing arranged by the program
  • Reimbursement for travel to and from REU site

Application Deadline: March 15th, 2019

Application URL: https://goo.gl/forms/f9Trb2aENWNPkDVY2

NOTE: If you are unable to access the Google form, please consider logging out of your TAMU Google Account, and logging back in with a regular non-TAMU Google Account. That should open up access to the registration form.

USC – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy’s SURF program is geared towards increasing learning and networking opportunities for undergraduate students committed to pursuing either professional or academic research careers across the entire pharmaceutical continuum including drug discovery, delivery, mechanism of disease and drug action, clinical and translational studies, regulatory science, outcome analysis and policy development. Students will develop confidence and independence in conducting research and communicating scientific concepts under the guidance of faculty and other mentors. In addition to daily engagement in the lab, students will attend biweekly entrepreneurship/professional development seminars and participate in a workshop on the graduate school application process so as to aid in the pursuit of graduate study. At the end of the summer, students will give an oral presentation of their research to their peers and faculty.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15, 2019- awardees will be notified in April, 2019

APPLICATION URLhttps://tinyurl.com/USC-SURF

NOTE: If you are not able to access the application form, please log out of your Texas A&M Google Account, and log back in with your regular Google Account. That should allow you to access the application form.


• Undergraduate students between their junior and senior year (rising senior status when school
resumes in the fall)
• Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled for next year’s classes
• Must be US citizens or permanent residents
• Applications are strongly encouraged from the following groups to enhance diversity in our training
programs: first-generation college student, veterans or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African Americans, Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, native
Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

Program Benefits:

• Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty
• Receive a $3,500 stipend for a full-time program during summer (full time, 10 weeks minimum;
involvement for a longer period may depend upon project and faculty preference)
• Gain experience and tools to enhance your application for competitive PhD programs
• Explore the rich and diverse culture of Southern California in Los Angeles while learning about the
resources and graduate training opportunities at the USC School of Pharmacy
• Develop lasting friendships with fellow participants
• Housing is provided in shared housing on USC’s University Park Campus on a demonstrated financial need basis only AND is based on availability of funding. Evidence of financial need can be
demonstrated by providing your most current need-based financial aid package (FAFSA).

Program Information:

For a list of participating faculty (https://pharmgradprograms.usc.edu/faculty/), their research projects and information about graduate programs, please visit their website.

Contact Information:

USC School of Pharmacy Graduate Affairs Office: 323.442.1474 | pharmgrd@usc.edu.

For more information, please visit – https://pharmgradprograms.usc.edu/summer-undergraduate-research-fellowships-surf/

Boise State University – Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Opportunity

Boise State University is now seeking applications for the LSAMP Bridges to the Doctorate: Pacific Northwest Graduate Fellows Program.

Pending National Science Foundation funding, their first cohort will begin August 2019!

They are seeking applications from students motivated to pursue a STEM graduate degree. Located in Idaho’s capital city, Boise State University has a growing research agenda and plays a crucial role in the region’s knowledge economy and famed quality of life. All programs are distinguished by outstanding faculty, resources that foster interdisciplinary study, and cutting edge research that provides students the skills to solve global challenges.

LSAMP Scholars at the undergraduate level are qualified to apply for Boise State’s Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships.  Recipients of this PNW Graduate Fellows program will receive:

  • 2 years of fellowship funding, plus 3 additional years creating a 5-year full funding package for their PhD studies;
  • tuition, fees, health insurance, and a $32,000 stipend annually*;
  • travel funding to national conferences;
  • professional and career development support;
  • faculty advising and a mentoring support network

*If program does not receive NSF funding, Boise State is still committed to supporting this cohort. Without NSF funding, stipends will be in line with the current supported stipends at Boise State (a minimum of $15K with averages for STEM fields in the mid $20k range per year) with full tuition paid.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Identify as a member of at least one racial and ethnic group historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: (African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander)
  • Participation in a LSAMP program during undergrad
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Have earned a STEM baccalaureate degree
  • Acceptance into a STEM graduate program at Boise State
  • Desire to pursue a PhD in a STEM discipline

More information: https://stem.boisestate.edu/bridge-to-doctorate-fellowship/.

Tennessee State University – BTD Fall 2019

The National Science Foundation Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at Tennessee State University (TSU) provides students with professional development, research training, and mentoring to prepare them for doctoral studies. The BD award supports graduate students who are pursuing master’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs at TSU.

NSF BD Fellowship Benefits:
• $32,000 stipend per year during the two years of the program
• Up to $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition, fees, travel, etc. each year
• BD Fellows workshops and STEM Professional Development
• Up to three years assistantship support after the two years of the BD Fellowship program (pending enrollment and good standing)

Eligibility Criteria:
• Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
• Admission to a TSU M.S. program in a STEM discipline
• Evidence of participation in LSAMP program as an undergraduate and have a Baccalaureate degree in a STEM discipline
• Committed to pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a STEM field

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Application URL: http://go.tnstate.edu/inquiryform

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Elaine Martin

(615) 963-5769


NSF Sponsored Workshop – ACADEME – Mississippi State University

This is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project to provide Professional Preparation of Underrepresented Minority PhD’s and Post-Docs for a Career in Engineering Academia.  Two training sessions have been held, with the first at The University of Akron in 2017 and the second at the University of Houston in 2018. In 2019, the NSF ACADEME Workshop will be held at Mississippi State University.  Participation is not restricted to US citizens;  anyone with a valid/appropriate visa can apply. Stipends are available to also cover transportation.

ACADEME (Advancing Careers in Academics with Diversity Education and Mentorship in Engineering) Fellows will enhance skills for successful academic careers:

  • Sample skills for success in teaching
    • Writing a teaching philosophy
    • Developing syllabi – mini lecture
    • Assessment tools for learning outcomes, classroom management, strategies for embracing diversity in the classroom and academic integrity.
  • Sample skills for success in research
    • Negotiating a start up package
    • Starting a research laboratory
    • Developing proposal budget
  • Addressing reviewer concerns: Proposals & journals

Key information for 2019:

  • Applications due March 1 2019
  • Summer Workshop will be held June 3-June 13, meals and on-campus housing provided
  • Stipends and travel grants are available
  • Participants must be PhD student or post-doc in engineering. NSF defines underrepresented groups in engineering as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.

Apply here.

For more information, please refer the flyer.

For any queries, contact stone@me.msstate.edu

Opportunity for Top African American Male Students

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship serves some of America’s best and brightest African American male college students. Their scholars attend a diversity of colleges and universities and have a wide range of academic and career interests. Students apply during their sophomore year of college and participate in the Institute in the summers before their junior and senior years.

The Institute offers a rigorous experience that includes high level internships, housing on a college campus, an intensive seminar, professional development workshops, private meetings with influential public and private sector individuals, and a variety of social activities. Their scholars become a part of a supportive network that exists to help them excel in their future endeavors. All of this is provided for them at no cost.

More information can be found here.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

Questions regarding this opportunity can be directed to apply@theinstitute.net




Summer UG Student Research Opportunity in Cell Manufacturing – University of Wisconsin (Madison)

The NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) announces its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2019. The REU program will fund undergraduate students to work in CMaT labs at Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Georgia (UGA), University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).

What this research program offers:

  • 10 weeks of hands-on research at GT, UGA, UPRM, or UW
  • $4500 – $5000 stipend per student
  • Free housing and allowances for meals and travel
  • Grad school prep, faculty mentoring, professional development, and social engagement with other students on campus
  • Networking with partner REUs
  • Multiple presentation opportunities including the CMaT annual retreat

Program requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be currently enrolled in a science or engineering undergraduate program (biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, bio-engineering, computer science, and related fields)
  • Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

To learn more about CMaT: http://cellmanufacturingusa.org/

Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Summer Research Program (SURE 2019) – University of Wisconsin Madison

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison welcomes applications for the summer research program SURE 2019.

SURE is a 10-week summer research experience for rising juniors and first year seniors.  Students selected to participate will –

  1. Conduct research under the direction of faculty mentors
  2. Work as members of a laboratory research team investigating problems in engineering and the physical sciences in an academic environment

All participants receive a $5,000 stipend, food allowance, transportation to and from the program, and housing for the 10-weeks.

More information is available at – SURE 2019.


  • Undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, biotechnology related engineering areas, and other physical sciences with an interest in attending graduate school.
  • Students who have completed their junior year.
  • Students with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Because SURE/REU is a graduate recruitment program, specific GPA requirements for graduate applications in individual departments will be applied.
  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an accredited college or university.

Please note that the APPLICANT is responsible for submitting a complete application consisting of the following:

  • The application form, available online.
  • A statement describing your scientific interests and goals. Be sure to include information on previous laboratory research experience, post­graduation (undergraduate) plans, any experiences you have had that have prepared you for this experience, along with your reasons for applying to the program.
  • “Unofficial” college transcripts.
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor in your major area or a former research advisor/supervisor.

Deadline for SURE 2019 is February 15, 2019 but placements begin in early January.