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Student Opportunities

Student Scholarships

Finding scholarship opportunities helps our students defray costs and focus on their research. Here are a few select opportunities available for students:

The Women in STEM (WSTEM) Leadership Scholarship

Designed to assist women in the sciences, this housing scholarship is offered to students showing leadership in their area of expertise, be it biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, cyber security, data science, environmental science, health science, mathematics, or neuroscience.

Apply for the Women in STEM Leadership Scholarship >

C3STEM Transfer Scholarship

C3STEM Transfer Scholarship: Community Colleges Collaborating in STEM

Overview of Program:

C3STEM is a partnership between Mount St. Mary’s University, Frederick Community College, and Montgomery College to support community college transfer students at Mount St. Mary’s University as they prepare for a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). C3STEM provides scholarship funds of $10,000 per year and a comprehensive pre- and post-transfer support system designed to improve student retention and promote placement in a STEM career or graduate education. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM (Scholarships in STEM) program, which seeks to broaden the participation and success of underrepresented students in STEM by increasing the number of academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who earn degrees in STEM fields.

For more information, please visit:

 academics/schools-divisions/school-of-natural-science-and-mathematics/c3stem

The Mount's Financial Aid Office keeps a running list of outside scholarship opportunities for all students.

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Share your achievements for a chance to be featured

The School of Natural Science and Mathematics is eager to share your accomplishments with others and spread the good news! Complete our SNSM Achievement Questionnaire for your chance to be featured in a news story or social media post. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Internships

One of the best ways to flesh out your résumé is to complete an internship either on campus in one of our faculty’s research labs or off-campus at a hospital, doctor’s office, research lab or business. Internships can be during the academic year or summer, for credit or not for credit, paid or volunteer. Very often these internships lead to a job after graduation.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.  Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities.  They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientist or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  

Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms.  Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May-August) or 16 weeks in duration for Fall Term (August-December) and Spring Term (January-May).  Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.

For more information and to locate one of the 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities, please visit:

https://science.osti.gov/wdts/suli

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its REU Sites program.  An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution.  Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers.  Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.  Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.  An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

The mission of the REU Finder is to expose undergraduates to resources and research opportunities so that all students can easily access and participate in paid research!  Access the REU Finder here: https://reufinder.com/ .  The REU Finder will allow you to examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units.  Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. 

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials.  NSF does not have application materials and does not select participants.  A contact person and contact information is listed on their webpages.

If interested, please visit link: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory Education and Outreach Program

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory is committed to inspiring, developing and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students by providing internship opportunities that enhance their traditional college experience. Students have the opportunity to work alongside CCDC ARL scientists and engineers performing cutting edge Army research, within state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

For more information, please visit: https://www.arl.army.mil/careers/students/

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages underaduate (2-year and 4-year) students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory.

Program Overview: The SULI program provides interns the opportunity to work under the guidance of scientific and engineering staff on projects that are relevant to the DOE mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions that includes:

  • 16 week internship programs during the spring and fall semesters
  • 10 week internship program during the summer
  • Participation in cutting-edge scientific research programs
    • Receive a weekly stipend of $600
    • Chance to present research results verbally and/or in writing
    • Work may appear in a contribution to a scientific journal
    • Participants living outside a 50-mile radius from the lab will be provided on-site housing and one round trip visit to their listed permanent address

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://science.osti.gov/wdts/suli/How-to-Apply

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

If you are a high school, undergraduate or graduate student, PNNL offers a wide range of internships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business fields. Internships can be completed either during the summer or during the academic yeear. As a PNNL intern, you can work in a laboratory alongside experienced researchers or in a PNNL office to expand your knowledge in a scientific field, develop your research abilities and business skills and form mentoring relationships with our scientists, engineers, and business leaders.

For more information on our specific internship programs, please visit:

https://www.pnnl.gov/stem-internships

Current openings for undergraduate and graduate students can be found on our Careers page. Simply type the word intern in the search bar. Interseted students can also connect with PNNL's University Recruiter. To visit the Careers page:

https://careers.pnnl.gov/psc/hrmsx/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant&

Biochemistry Specific Opportunities

Pathways to Science

These various opportunities are specific to Biochemistry.  Perform a search for your perfect program to find your future!  Summer camps, research internships, REU programs, scholarships, fellowships, and postdoctoral positions in Biochemistry.  

To search for your perfect program, please visit: https://www.pathwaystoscience.org/discipline.aspx?sort=MED-Biochem_Biochemistry#Undergraduate%20Students

Biology Specific Opportunities

Pathways to Science

These various opportunities are specific to biology.  Perform a search for your perfect program to find your future!  Summer camps, research internships, REU programs, scholarships, fellowships, and postdoctoral positions in biology.

To search for your perfect program, please visit: https://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Discipline.aspx?sort=MED-Biology_Biology#Undergraduate%20Students

Chemistry Specific Opportunities

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Get real-world experience through internships and summer research programs to gain the professional edge, including the following opportunities: 

For more information and to find your opportunity, please visit: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/college/experienceopp.html

Math, Computer Science & Cybersecurity Specific Opportunities

American Mathematical Society (AMS)

Search from an array of internship and co-op opportunities with various companies to find your perfect fit!  For more information and to search for your opportunity, please visit: https://www.ams.org/programs/students/emp-internships

Psychology & Neuroscience Specific Opportunities

American Psychological Association (APA)

Search for your perfect psychology-specific undergraduate research opportunity or internship.  A database of various programs, universities, laboratories, and health centers.  Find your fit!

For more information, please visit: https://www.apa.org/about/awards/search?dateFrom=&dateTo=&RecipientType=Students%2C+High+School+and+Undergrad&sort=AwardDeadlineSort+desc 

Janelia Research Campus Undergraduate Scholars Program

This program allows a small number of enthusiastic students to join an intense and exciting research environment. The Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, and committed students with significant research experience. We accept undergraduates and masters students from around the world who have not committed to a PhD program. Participants must be actively enrolled as a student during the period of the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars program. Janelia undergraduate scholars are dedicated future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring: Behavioral & Systems Neuroscience, Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, Evolution & Genetics, Instrumentation & Computational Tool Development, Neuronal Cell Biology, Optical Physics & Imaging, Structural Biology & Biochemistry, and Theory & Computational Neuroscience.

This program provides an outstanding research experience, an opportunity to network with colleagues at all career levels, and a chance to form lifelong scientific collaborations and friendships. Stay on our beautiful campus and explore Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and the surrounding area.

For application details, please visit: https://www.janelia.org/you-janelia/students-postdocs/undergraduate-scholars-program/application-details

Summer Research Internship Award Program

The Summer Research Internship Award (SRIA) is presented to students exhibiting promising research ability so that they can spend a summer on campus working closely with a faculty member on a research project. The stipend program is designed to allow student researchers to devote full-time work on awarded projects and focus on their completion without having to worry about earning money. The number of awards distributed each year depends on available funding, but typically three to five are awarded each year.

Please see the information below for details and how to apply.  PLEASE NOTE: SRIA application process is currently closed and will reopen in early 2022!  

General Award Criteria

  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (or the equivalent in a 3-year degree program) in the School of Natural Science and Mathematics are eligible to apply
  • Students are expected to work on campus at least 24 hours per week during the summer sessions (or at designated off-campus laboratory or field site)
  • Please download the SRIA application instructions (.pdf) for the full list of requirements and award information.

How to Apply

  • Complete the SRIA application form (.pdf)
  • Submit all application materials directly to Mary Lindsay (mlindsay@msmary.edu) no later than Friday, March 12, 2021. (Application materials include completed SRIA application, essay, project description, and letter of support from mentor. Letter of support must be sent by the mentor directly to Mary Lindsay in the Dean's Office.

Mentoring Programs

In the sciences it is helpful to learn from those that came before you. We've built in some excellent opportunities for students to get involved in mentoring.

Career Mentoring Network

Check out our Career Mentor Listing (.xlsx file) for a list of available mentors from the School of Natural Science and Mathematics.

Peer Mentoring

The Science Department, Math & Computer Science Department, Psychology Department, and Learning Services all employ a number of students to assist instructors. Learning Services hires Peer Tutors and coordinates volunteer note takers for students with learning differences. The Science Department employs lab aides who help set up and clean up lab activities and assist the lab instructor during lab. Other students work as supplemental instructors by holding group or one-on-one tutoring sessions. In math and computer science, students can serve as peer mentors to help guide student groups on interesting problems and aid the instructor. Outside of class, peer mentors hold help and review sessions. Math and computer science students are also encouraged to become peer tutors. In Psychology, some students work in the vivarium, feeding, watering and in general maintaining the research animals and equipment, while others work as research assistants or office aids.

WSTEM Mentoring Program

The WSTEM Mentoring Program pairs women in STEM majors at the Mount with established professionals working in the field to serve as their mentor. The Mount student then gives back to the program by mentoring a local middle school girl interested in STEM fields. Apply Online >

Leadership Opportunities

SNSM graduates are exceptional because so many of them are leaders – people who make a difference. We encourage our students to be involved in activities outside of the classroom and there are numerous opportunities within our School as well as across the University. These extracurricular activities complement classroom learning, help you recharge your batteries, and look great on a résumé. Some of the student groups within the SNSM are: