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Academic Opportunities


Off Campus Study for Biology Majors

See this list of Off Campus Study opportunities which are approved for Biology credit.

Internships Outside the US

Internship for International Students (PDF) Prepared by Joo Hyun Im '10 (December 2009). This PDF document contains two parts: - Biology Research Internships for International Students in the U.S. - Biology Research Internships for All Students Interested in Working Outside of the United States (non-REUs)

External Internship and Research Links
Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Environmental Studies Grant

The Environmental Studies Grant supports internships that offer students educational experiences in environmental studies, natural resource conservation, environmental policy, energy, food systems, environmental education, and other areas. Interns are expected to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on their experience for the Board of Directors of the external foundation that funds these internships. Students are required to meet with the Chair before applying.

For more information, please contact David Campbell.


Noyce/Intel Internship

The goal of this program is to offer students educational experience in applied technology; essentially, seeking to blend idealism with realism. To qualify, eligible students must demonstrate that the internship they propose will: focus on applied science or technology; emphasize application over discovery; take place in a non-profit or government setting in the United States; and achieve problem-solving goals.

For more information, please contact the program chair, Samuel Rebelsky.


American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine provides a stipend for science and engineering majors to research at a medical physics laboratory or work at a clinical facility.

For more information, please visit their website.


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

More information: http://www.gatescambridge.org/

Application: http://www.gatescambridge.org/apply/


Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

More information: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Application: http://www.marshallscholarship.org/applications/apply


Mitchell Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

More information: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20|%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Application: http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/43/en/Applying%20to%20the%20George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program.html


Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

More information: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Application: http://www.rhodesscholar.org/applying-for-the-scholarship/

Activities and Organizations

Employment Opportunities at CERA

A full listing of employment opportunities at CERA is available here.

Seminar Series

The Biology Department hosts weekly seminars and student presentations, usually at noon in Noyce 2021. All members of the Grinnell College community are invited to attend.

Fall Seminars

Nov. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021
"Domestication, feral crops and the uncertain future of plant diversity" 
Cynthia Sagers, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development for the University of Arkansas

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021 
Student Research Talks
Elian Silverman '€™15 "The Effects of TbxSb on the Development of the Epicardium in Zebrafish Embryos"
Aarti Kolluri '15 "Proteomic Analysis of Plasmodium Infected placenta" 
Emily Mesev '€™15 "Cytotoxic and Viral Combination Therapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer"

Nov. 8, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021 
Student Research Talks 
Jeremy Sanchez '€™14 "A Novel Paradigm in Autophagy Signaling and Cardioprotection"
Keneil Brown '14 "Engineered Bombyx mori to suppress female population and increase efficiency in seri culture"
Tayler Chicoine '™14 "Effects of Agricultural Management Practices on Native Bee Communities"

Nov. 5, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021
"Seq and ye shall find: assaying gene regulation and tumor genetics with next-generation sequencing methods"
Dr. Eric Johnson '€™91 

Nov. 1, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021
"Cell to Cell Adhesions in Cancer" 
Dr. Kris DeMali from the University of Iowa

Sept. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021
"Synaptic plasticity with motor memory formation"
Dr. Anna Dunaevsky, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

Sept. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 noon Science-2021
"The Role of Placental Growth Factor in Preeclampsia"
Dr. Ron Torry, Drake University


The BioSEPC is a student-faculty liaison which provides the faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum and other department issues. As our primary duty, we survey students and summarize their opinions regarding current professors and professorial candidates. We then submit these summaries to the department faculty and/or other appropriate committees on campus.

In addition, we send one representative to the bi-weekly department faculty meetings and another representative to the bi-weekly Student Curriculum Committee meeting chaired by the SGA Vice President/President of Academic Affairs. For fun, we organize the department study breaks and picnics, and send out a monthly newsletter to majors. Historically, we also have had input into the types of speakers that the department brings to campus for the weekly seminars. We hold weekly meetings to delegate duties and to discuss pertinent issues.