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
- Summer Internships in Biology: This website lists several opportunities for summer research. The programs listed are offered through universities throughout the country. The research areas include biomedical research, ecology and environmental studies, marine biology, as well as other biology opportunities. The list is extensive and provides links directly to the program.
- List of summer research/internship opportunities all over the country, maintained by Tom Frederick, Department of Biological Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Amgen Scholars Undergraduate Summer Research in Science and Biotechnology, with program locations at Caltech, Columbia University Barnard College, Howard University, MIT, Stanford, University of Washington, UC-Berkeley, UC-Los Angeles, UC-San Diego, UC- San Francisco.
- University of Alabama at Birmingham Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in "Experimental and Computational Materials Research."
- Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University 10-week summer internship program.
- University of Chicago: The Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago is at the forefront of research in molecular mechanisms underlying cell biology and organismal development.
- EBICS announces its "Engineering Biological Machines" REU program for the summer of 2013.
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) 9-week SURP.
- International REU Site Program in Ghana (Virginia Tech, NSF-REU), at University of Cape Coast, Ghana.Ecology, environmental science and conservation biology in tropical sub-Sahara Africa.
- Harvard Forest Summer Research Program.
- Undergraduate Summer Research Program in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marquette University.
- The Department of Biological Engineering (BE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program.
- Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
- The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates.
- The UNLV summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology program.
- The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undergraduate opportunities.
- Princeton University MOL/QCB Summer Research Program.
- Paid Summer Internships – Reiman Gardens.
- The University of Southern Mississippi 2013 Summer Field Program offers students an opportunity to earn college credit during four sessions from May through August.
- Undergraduate Summer Research in Science and Biotechnology, with program locations at Caltech, Columbia University Barnard College, Howard University, MIT, Stanford, University of Washington, UC-Berkeley, UC-Los Angeles, UC-San Diego, UC- San Francisco.
- An incredible list of summer research opportunities all over the country, maintained by Tom Frederick, Department of Biological Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology.
- Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU), in Biological Sciences, Ocean Sciences: The National Science Foundation supported site lists a variety of programs offered through institutions. The site lists the program, institution, contact information, and a few notes. Not much information is provided about each program, but it does provide enough contact information in order to gather more specific program information. The site is extensive and list opportunities in a variety of areas, including molecular biology, zoology, biological chemistry, nutrition, neuroscience, marine and ocean science.
- Student Research/Training Programs includes biomedical summer internships; also Summer opportunities at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for all undergraduates, employment and internship opportunities.Summer Internships in Biology: This website lists several opportunities for summer research. The programs listed are offered through universities throughout the country. The research areas include biomedical research, ecology and environmental studies, marine biology, as well as other biology opportunities. The list is extensive and provides links directly to the program.
- Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics, 6-week program at three institutions, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
- An extensive compilation of cancer research internships offered nationwide to high school, undergraduate, post-bac, MPH, and PhD-level students (compiled by FHCRC).
- Department of Energy (DOE) summer Scholars Program
- NNIN REU program in various disciplines at about 14 participating US sites.
- Summer Research Scholars Program at Cornell University, Geneva Campus. Applications due: February 13, 2015. Applicants notified of acceptance by mid-March 2015.
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.
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/
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/
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.
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/
Activities and Organizations
Employment Opportunities at CERA
A full listing of employment opportunities at CERA is available here.
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.
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.