As you think about summer plans, you may want to take a look at the C3 (Creating Connections Consortium) summer research opportunities at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. Three current Middlebury students have participated in the program.

Application deadline is February 1, 2015.

Who can apply? The program invites applications from current sophomores and juniors. First-years may also be considered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students from historically underrepresented groups, and/or first generation college students or others who pursued paths to college in the face of adversity, such as societal, economic or academic disadvantages are strongly encouraged to apply.

Which research areas are supported? Research projects in the arts, humanities, humanistic social sciences and mathematics are welcome. You do not need to be a major/prospective major in these fields to apply! (Note—Columbia and Berkeley also have other summer research programs in additional fields of study.)

What are the benefits? A generous summer stipend, campus housing, transportation costs to/from Berkeley or New York City! You’ll be part of a faculty-mentored project, learn about graduate school admissions and GRE preparation, expand your professional network, and be part of a cohort of other college students from liberal arts colleges.

Want more information? Visit the C3 website at The C3 Undergraduate Fellowship is open to students from the 20 liberal arts colleges of the LADO consortium.

If you have questions, you can email

Check it out! Harvard University has been named one of ten U.S. institutions that will be offering a ten-week Amgen Scholars Program in the summer of 2015.  This new Harvard program, with an emphasis on biotechnology research, will afford a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard universe, including the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-Amgen Scholars will live among over 300 undergraduates residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River.

The deadline to submit complete applications is Monday, February 2, 2015.  More information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholar Program, as well as eligibility criteria and the application process may be found here: .  The Amgen Scholars Program website, which includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer may be found here: .

We are now accepting applications for our REU program for this summer:
Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts in the Lake Champlain Ecosystem

Details and application information can be found here:

Summer Opportunities (organized by deadline)

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)
This program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. Eligibility: US Citizen, 3.0 GPA, sophomore and up, women and minorities encouraged to apply Deadline: Jan.2, 2015 Info:

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program
Provides 10 week summer research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance. Eligibility: US Citizen, 3.0 GPA, sophomore and up Deadline: January 9, 2015 Info:

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Student’s gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week with paid travel Eligibility: US Citizen Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015 Info:

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fellows focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. $2,700 per month stipend. Eligibility: junior or senior, some locations restricted by citizenship due to security issues Deadline:
Jan. 16, 2015 Info:

University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)
10 week summer program provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical sciences. Eligibility: US Citizens Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015 Info:

Amgen Scholars Program
Opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research in the US and Japan. Financial support varies by host institution. Eligibility: US Citizen, 3.2 GPA, non-graduating seniors, juniors and sophomores Deadline: Feb. 2, 2015 Info:

Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) Internship Program
10 week summer program in VT provides student research opportunities in lake and watershed biogeochemistry, ecology, climatology, hydrology, and environmental policy and management. $5,000 Stipend Eligibility: US Citizen, junior, sophomore or first-year Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015 Info:

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP)
10 week summer program interested in increasing students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. Research covers both basic and clinical investigation in a NIH laboratory. $2,600 stipend, housing and travel expenses. Eligibility: US citizen, 3.0 GPA, junior, sophomore, and first-year Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015 Info:

Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
10 week summer REU program at BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville. Faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology. Eligibility: US Citizen, juniors and sophomores, underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015 Info:

Graduate Study Opportunity

Columbia University’s Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy Dean’s Fellowship
Full-tuition grant with a year-long internship in the Earth Institute, Columbia University. In addition, the program awards numerous partial fellowships. All awards are based on academic merit and financial need. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015 Info:

We were just notified that the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship is indeed happening this year. Deadline is January 23, 2015–so you need to hustle! The Pickering provides two years of funding for students planning to pursue careers in the foreign service. There is an undergraduate fellowship that provides funding for senior year in college and the first year of a masters program AND a graduate fellowship that provides funding for a two-year masters program. Who is eligible for the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship?

  • Only individuals who are United States citizens at the time of application will be considered.
  • Applicants must be in the junior year of undergraduate study (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in spring 2016.
  • Winners are expected to enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
  • The Fellowship does not fund law or joint law degree programs.
  • Only U.S. institutions based in the U.S. are eligible.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2016 & 2017)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale must be maintained throughout participation in the program.

For more information about BOTH of these programs, see . Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

“Spend part of your summer working elbow to elbow with researchers at one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to four Nobel Prize winners.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, MD is offering a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Note that applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students so you need to apply through Middlebury College.

If you would like to apply to the NIST SURF program, please send the following to by Friday, January 9, 2015.

Student Application Cover Sheet for NIST SURF at Gaithersburg and/or NIST SURF in Boulder . Note–you should list the faculty who you will ask to write letters of recommendation, but letters not needed at this stage!
• A Resume
• Unofficial Transcript
• Statement of Research Interests

A summary of research options is included in the online application linked above. More information can be found on the program websites:

The program is open to all United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.

SURF students receive stipend, and housing and travel allotments (as needed). Funding for students comes via a federal grant issued to the school from NIST. Students who complete the full 11 week program will receive a $5,500 stipend. Students that can not make the full 11-week program will be paid at $500 per week.

The only real expenses that students should expect to pay out-of-pocket are personal entertainment and food. To help control the food expenses, the student apartments have a full kitchen with dishes, utensils, pots and pans. There are free continental breakfasts daily!

This is a competitive program that reviews both the university and student portion of the application to determine the final list of SURF awardees. The NIST SURF program will support approximately 100 students.

For questions visit go/uro or contact:

Lisa Gates
Associate Dean for Fellowships and Research

For students thinking about studying in the UK: King’s is pleased to announce three new scholarships for international students pursuing graduate study in 2015.

King’s President’s International Scholarships
Twenty international students will be selected to receive this scholarship. The maximum award is £10,000. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Canadian Friends Award for Masters Students
One scholarship of £1,000 will be awarded to a Canadian resident undertaking a full-time masters programme at King’s beginning in 2015. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Friends of King’s College London Association Scholarship
One scholarship of $2,000 USD will be awarded to a USA resident undertaking a full-time masters programme at King’s beginning in 2015. Applications must be received by 17:00 GMT, 31st March 2015. See the Application Guide for further details.

Other departmental funding opportunities are also available. Please see the Postgraduate Funding Database for a complete list.


The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows is a fully-funded 5.5 week residential program that invites undergraduate leaders from diverse academic disciplines to immerse themselves in leadership development programming inspired by the life and legacy of George Washington, and today’s leaders. The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program will prepare students to discover their own unique mission, giving them the tools to succeed.

This select, small cohort of rising college juniors will engage in dynamic academic workshops, experiential activities, networking opportunities, and a capstone project that fully utilizes the rich resources of Washington, D.C., the nation’s newest presidential library, and the famous estate of America’s first president. The program offers each student a generous stipend as well as campus housing, meals, activities, and all transportation to and from Washington, D.C.

Applications opened on October 15, 2014
Application review begins on December 15, 2014 on a rolling basis
The application deadline is February 1, 2015
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program runs from June 8 – July 15, 2015

For more info and application:

Please email

Apply for the Udall Scholarship! For Sophomores and Juniors committed to careers related to the environment. The Udall provides up to $5,000 for tuition, fees, educational expenses. Eligibility: GPA 3.5 and up; U.S. citizen; demonstrated commitment to work with environmental issues through academic study and activities. Scholarship requires nomination from Middlebury—nomination deadline is January 23, 2015. Visit the Udall Foundation website for more information. Questions? Contact Professor Chris McGrory Klyza ( or Dean Lisa Gates (

Attention first-year students and sophomores–here’s a Fulbright opportunity for you! The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Applications due in February or March 2015!

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