Spectrum Scholars Program: Applications Open for Next Cohort

Spectrum Scholars is an educational program for eligible rising college juniors with financial need who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American. The annual program awards 20 college students $20,000 each, half during their junior year and half during their senior year.


We are currently accepting applications here from eligible students for the next class of Spectrum Scholars. The deadline for applications is February 28; winners will be announced in May and scholarships will be awarded in August. If you know of any students that would be interested in becoming a Spectrum Scholar, please feel free to share with them and encourage them to apply now: Spectrum Scholars Program Application


The attached press release provides more information.  If you have any questions, please let me know!



To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Rising college juniors with financial need
  • Identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and/or Native American
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Reside within 50 miles of a Charter corporate office in Stamford, Charlotte, St. Louis and Denver



Launched in May 2020, the inaugural class of Spectrum Scholars represented 18 schools, including Brandeis University, Georgetown University, Howard University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, University of Southern California and Texas A&M. Fields of study included Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Networks, Marketing, Science and Technology. Several students participated in internships, including roles with Charter’s Community Impact team, Spectrum Networks and Spectrum Enterprise. Information about Charter’s inaugural Scholars class is available here.

UCLA Bruins-in-Genomics Undergraduate Research Program Info Session// Dates

UCLA will be hosting its 8th annual Bruins-in-Genomics Summer (BIG SUMMER) undergraduate research program in 2022 and we’re contacting you to ask for help with spreading the word to students in your network that might be interested in an undergraduate research experience this coming summer . The BIG Summer application portal is now open and rolling admissions begins on Jan 3rd, 2022 but extends through February.

It’s a vibrant, highly funded program – hundreds of alumni have gone on to graduate programs and other careers. Any student that enjoys problem-solving and learning new skills in biological data analysis and modeling should consider applying to BIG Summer 2022. The program spans many areas of computational biology: Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, Cancer Genomics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, and Ecology and is a great opportunity for pre-dental/Phd, MD/PhD, or PhD students.

We have both remote and on-site options available.

We value diversity and inclusion and welcome students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. The applicant pool is very competitive so we strongly encourage early submission!

University of Minnesota MRSEC Summer Research Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
American Indian Fellowships
Faculty-Student Team Fellowships
The University of Minnesota MRSEC will provide up to 25 full-time summer research positions to undergraduate students during the summer of 2022

Program Benefits:
$6000 stipend; food, on-campus housing, and travel paid
$1000 research supply fund
Independent research project
Professional development activities: oral and poster presentation practice, scientific ethics, seminar series, graduate application instruction
Hands-on access to shared instrumentation facilities
Visits to industrial partners and academic/national labs
Travel grants for post-participation conference attendance
Exposure to wide variety of research projects and diverse participants
*Please note- COVID may require the program to adapt to any restrictions currently in place

Program Dates: June 6 – August 12, 2022.
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2022.

This program is open to undergraduate students in all science and engineering majors*, including (but not limited to):
Chemical engineering
Electrical engineering
Materials science and engineering
Mechanical engineering
Underrepresented and multicultural students are strongly encouraged to apply, including (but not limited to):
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latinx
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
Veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard

Students in all STEM majors are encouraged to apply.

*All participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or US territories

Additional information and applications for all of our programs can be found on our web site at

If you have any questions, please contact:

Phil Engen
Education & Outreach Director
Materials Research Science & Engineering Center
University of Minnesota

Summer Bioenergy Research REU

The CABBI Research in Sustainable Bioenergy REU program is a 10-week summer undergraduate research program that provides research and career development opportunities to students from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in STEM fields. Bioenergy research in CABBI spans many disciplines, so students interested in agronomy, plant and molecular biology, crop sciences, genetics, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and environmental sciences are encouraged to apply. Participants will conduct a research project under the guidance of a CABBI mentor.

RISE will also include a series of career seminars to expose participants to careers in Bioenergy R&D, STEM communication skills, and the graduate school application process. Participants will be invited to participate in the CABBI Science Planning retreat and present their work in a research symposium at the end of the summer. RISE participants will receive a $5,0000 stipend, housing (if needed), communication training, and career development workshops.

We are hosting two information sessions via zoom on January 25th and February 9th (requires registration). Applications to apply are due February 24th, 2022.

Summer Undergraduate Research              Fellowships at Mayo Clinic (Deadline: November 8th 2020)

The Illinois pre-selection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research.

This special pre-selection process allows for University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff. Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD. Eligibility and program details can be found on the Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance website. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Nov. 8.

Questions? Email LeaAnn Carson (