Opportunities for TCU Students

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

One of the nation's most prestigious marine policy fellowship programs, Knauss fellowships offer direct experience working on the latest issues in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes management and research. Since 1979, over 1,200 fellows have been placed in offices within the executive and legislative branches of federal government in the greater Washington, D.C. area for a one year paid fellowship. Interested applicants should apply through one of 33 university-based Sea Grant programs by 5 pm local time on February 23, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant Program in their state one to two months prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of an intent to apply. Information

Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France—Research Training in Paleoclimate

Apply for the National Science Foundation-funded International Research Experiences for Students program. This program is particularly focused on recruiting undergraduates from under-represented groups. The program especially encourage applications from students of Native American heritage and first-generation college students. Stipend available of $2,500 plus lodging, meal, and travel expenses. Application deadline: March 1, 2018. Information

REU: Computational Biology Summer Program

The Computational Biology Summer Program provides meaningful summer research experiences to 10 undergraduate students and combines experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches with a focus on the intersection of the mathematical, computational, and biological sciences. In addition to the research experience, students receive computational biology training, professional skills development, and enrichment sessions geared towards broadening their understanding of the application of and issues surrounding scientific research. Faculty and post-graduate mentors guide the research projects and advise students toward further study and career development. Application deadline: March 2, 2018. Information

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year. In addition, a joint REU program between Columbia and the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center may have additional openings. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in an interdisciplinary research program that draws faculty from the departments of physics, chemistry, applied physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials engineering, and electrical engineering, nearby government laboratories (Brookhaven National Laboratory), and industry (IBM). Application deadline: March 2, 2018. Information/Application

NASA Robotic Community College Aerospace Scholars

NASA will coordinate a rover competition at the 2018 AIHEC Student Conference in Bismarck, ND, March 11-14, 2018. Four TCU teams of 4-8 students will compete in the construction and programming of a robotic rover that can traverse a small-scale Mars yard to complete various objectives. Since this is the first year of the NCAS competition at the AIHEC Student Conference, NCAS is limiting the number of teams to four. TCUs that cannot assemble a full 4-person team at their campus may still register for the competition and be placed on a smaller team with members from another TCU. Information

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma will be held April 4-7, 2018. Student participants represent all academic disciplines and share research activities via a scholarly poster, oral presentation, art exhibition, or creative performance. Pre-Conference workshops will provide a unique opportunity for students to explore the NCUR 2018 theme, Connection to Place. The workshops are free to conference participants. Students will have the opportunity to attend more than 50 concurrent sessions in one of five Interdisciplinary Tracks to explore career information, engage with guest speakers, and interact with like-minded students from across the country. Announcement

Miami University's Project Dragonfly

Apply now for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses offering extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. Project Dragonfly applications are accepted through January 28 of each year for enrollment beginning late spring.

STEM 2018 Summer Research Opportunities

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) has 607 PAID summer research programs for undergraduates, 30 PAID summer programs for post-baccalaureate students (including graduating seniors), and 56 PAID summer programs for graduate students. The mission of the IBP is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Application deadlines vary, so search for a program on IBP's pathways to science website.

Higher Education Internship Programs

  1. Pre-law Undergraduate Scholars
    The University of Alabama School of Law has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Law School Admission Council to create the Alabama Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program to help prepare students for the law school admission process, success in law school and careers in the legal profession. The program is designed to attract promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession. The Alabama PLUS Program will invite about 30 undergraduate students to the Law School in the summers of 2018, 2019 and 2020 to expose them to the joys and rigors of legal education for four weeks. Participants will focus on becoming competitive law school applicants, professional development and exposure to different legal practice areas.
  2. Oak Ridge National Labatory administers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States.

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Native American Students

  1. American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges and other accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.
  2. American Indian Science and Engineering Society provides a wide range of programs and scholarship opportunities to help students acquire skills and training that will help them meet the unique STEM needs of their communities.
  3. Bureau of Indian Education provides scholarship opportunities for American Indian students.
  4. NASA's intern.nasa.gov portal provides eligible students access to hundreds of opportunities for NASA-related internships, fellowships, and scholarships from all 10 NASA centers.
  5. Accredited Schools Online provides information about financial aid, scholarships, and grants for Native American students.
  6. MoneyGeek.com designed a guide to help future and current college students find scholarships, grants, and other information to help pay for college. View list of scholarships and grants available to Native American students exclusively, and tips to students to increase the chances their scholarship applications will be successful.
  7. OnlineSchools.org provides information and links to help obtain financial aid.
  8. Indian Country has a FREE special report about the secrets to earning scholarships for Native Americans.

Resources for TCU Students

  1. Native American College Student Support Guide—Scholarships, Retention Strategies & Resources
  2. ConsumerAffairs.com—compare reviews for student loans.
  3. BestColleges.com—find the best colleges to help you meet your goals, learn more about the schools and programs in your area and about available financial aid options.
  4. USAJOBS.gov offers a Pathways Program for federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.