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National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. There are dozens of REUs available from Astronomical Sciences to Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences. You can search for all REUs here.

Highlighted REUs from the SOC include:
Interactive Biomaterials REU Program at Syracuse University
Johns Hopkins Summer Biology REU
Biodiversity REU at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
University of Wyoming Astronomy REU

Check out the Student Opportunity Center for more REUs!

Posted on January 16, 2020 in Research

Summer Internship Program at USC Columbia School of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

Dr. Claudia Grillo is seeking two undergraduate students from the College of Charleston to work on a research project this summer aimed at understanding the neuroanatomical pathways governing feeding behavior in rats. The students will be trained in stereotaxic surgery, feeding behavior testing, immunohistochemical techniques, and optogenetics. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend a Microscopy Workshop, visit a state-of-the-art facility for MRI, and present their research findings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC.

This 9-week summer program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF, IOS – 1656626). The internship will be from May 26 through July 31. Housing will be covered and students will receive a $ 4,000 stipend for the 9-week program. Students interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience, and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a resume, unofficial transcript, and a short description of your career goals to Dr. Meyer-Bernstein at The application deadline is March 1, 2020.

Posted on January 16, 2020 in Internships & Jobs, Research

Honors Immersed Research Opportunity

MUSC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program is targeted toward students interested in pursuing graduate and/or doctoral studies. CofC Honors students can count the Program toward their Honors Immersed requirement, as the opportunity is credit-bearing. Typically, the credits transfer in as BIOL hours, with 3 hours being an independent study (BIOL450).

Full details and application information are available here.

Posted on January 14, 2020 in Research

Summer Research: Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health

The University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL) is holding a summer NSF REU program in Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology, Environmental Chemistry and Ecosystem Health. Students will have an outstanding opportunity to gain both field and lab experience working on the Savannah River Site. While the program can accept any year student, sophomores are strongly encouraged to apply – prior research experience is not needed.

Please note that the proposal to renew the program is currently under review. However, in anticipation of renewed funding, applications for Summer 2020 are currently open.

Visit the program’s website to learn more about this summer’s research themes, review previous research projects, and apply.

Posted on January 14, 2020 in Research

Evolutionary Anatomy Research Opportunity

The McElroy Lab is looking for a student(s) interested in the evolution of musculoskeletal anatomy in vertebrate animals. Specifically, student(s) will work with Dr. McElroy to describe variation in the bone and muscle anatomy of the pelvis across several species of lizards. Methods used include: CT, X-ray, digital processing of CT and X-ray scans, 2-D and 3-D methods to describe shape variation and phylogenetic comparative statistics to describe trait evolution.

This project would be great for students interested in human or veterinary medicine and/or students interested in pursuing graduate work because it will increase proficiency in computational skills and integrative thinking about biology.

Click here for more information about The McElroy Lab.

If interested, contact Eric McElroy at

Posted on January 14, 2020 in Research

Research Position: Ecology/Animal Behavior

Student research opportunity in amphibian ecology, behavior, and conservation in the laboratory of Dr. Allison Welch, CofC Department of Biology.

Climate change is affecting coastal regions through sea level rise and increasingly frequent extreme weather events, both of which contribute to increased tidal flooding. Tidal flooding brings various environmental, economic, and social impacts, including increases in habitat salinity as seawater spills into otherwise freshwater habitats. This elevated salinity can have severe effects on freshwater organisms and ecosystems. The Department of Biology is interested in the effects of various environmental stressors – including elevated habitat salinity – on amphibian survival, growth, development and behavior.

The specific student project for this semester involves video analyses of tadpole behavior, which will enable the student to develop a useful skill for various types of behavioral biology research. This project has the potential to lead to future research opportunities in our lab, including bachelor’s essay, conference presentation, and co-authored publication.

Contact Dr. Allison Welch, by February 1st if interested.

Posted on January 14, 2020 in Research

MUSC Neuroscience Research Volunteer

This student will work on NIDA funded projects studying the neurobiology of addiction and relapse interventions. Through basic and innovative neuroscience techniques, the applicant will have an opportunity to learn how to conduct drug self-administration studies, rodent surgery, and process brains for immunohistochemistry. Volunteers will preferably work for at least 9 hours a week.

If interested, please send a resume/CV and brief statement of interest to Dr. Carmela Reichel ( Dr. Reichel has mentored numerous students from CofC Honors and has experience with the Bachelor’s Essay and other Honors requirements.

Posted on January 14, 2020 in Research

Research Opportunity in Cardiovascular Development at MUSC

The laboratory of Andy Wessels at the Medical University of South Carolina has an opening for one or two undergraduate students interested in NIH-funded research focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are involved in the pathogenesis of congenital and acquired heart diseases. Research activities include, but are not restricted to, tissue isolation and processing, DNA extraction and genotyping by PCR, standard and advanced histology, immunofluorescence, and 3-Dimensional Imaging processing.

Successful candidates for this volunteer research opportunity are expected to dedicate between 8-20 hours/week to this position. The Wessels lab will provide extensive training upon joining lab. The environment in the Wessels lab is friendly and relaxed. In the planning of experiments and other activities the lab takes into consideration class schedules, exams, etc. More information is available here

If interested, please contact Dr. Wessels:

Posted on January 3, 2020 in Research

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