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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:

Clare Boothe Luce (CBL) Scholarship Program

The Clare Boothe Luce scholarship program provides full tuition for one academic year to deserving upperclass women majoring in chemistry, computer science and mathematics.Students in the CBL Program will receive up to full tuition for one academic year. The CBL scholars will also participate in a mentoring program sponsored by the MSMU Women in STEM (WSTEM) club. The financial assistance and support system will help to guide CBL scholars to successful career paths in STEM.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be a junior or senior female majoring in chemistry, computer science, or mathematics during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Exhibit proficiency in her major field of study as demonstrated by her GPA and letters of recommendation.
  • Exhibit strong desire to pursue a promising career in chemistry, computer science, or mathematics.
  • Other criteria to consider include presentation skills, ability to mentor, and involvement with the WSTEM program or other MSMU programs.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Scholarship Application
  • Submit letters of recommendation materials via email to the Dean's Office
  • By submitting your application, you give permission to the Dean’s Office to retrieve your official transcript

Please contact the Dean's office at 301-447-6826 for more information.

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, environmental science, health sciences, or mathematics.

Apply for the Women in STEM Leadership Scholarship >

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

Get the List

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.

The College Qualified Leaders (CQL)

The College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program matches practicing ECBC scientists with talented undergraduate students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to Department of Defense Laboratories. CQL fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.

Application dates are 11/1/2019 - 2/28/2020.

https://www.cbc.ccdc.army.mil/careers/internships/college-qualified-leader-program/

The Minority and Underrepresented Student Internship Program (MUSIP)

MUSIP is a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students and is designed to foster research, development, testing, and application of technologies at one of the nation's premier chemical and biological defense laboratories. Students will conduct science and engineering research in areas of interest to CCDC Chemical Biological Center in onsite laboratories. The goal of MUSIP is to provide students who have limited engineering and applied research experience an opportunity to participate in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions along with an assigned CCDC Chemical Biological Center mentor. Students will present their findings during the last week of their appointment to senior leaders at the Center.

Application dates are 12/17/2019 - 2/15/2020.

https://www.cbc.ccdc.army.mil/careers/internships/minority-undergraduate-student-internship-program/

Biochemical Markers Fellowship Opportunity at Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

Selected candidates will be placed in one of seven branches within the DLS. They will gain hands-on experience using state-of- the-art laboratory instrumentation and automation equipment. DLS offers a stimulating research environment that enables summer fellows to gain practical experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of public health.

Application date 11/6/2019 - 1/10/2020

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/CDC-DLS-2020-0015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This opportunity is intended to provide students with experience in a dynamic work environment that will enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. An internship with USDA will involve various components of on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to the student’s education, experience, and interests.

Fields in Veterinary Science, Biological Sciences, Engineering & Architecture, Agribusiness, Contracting, Procurement, and Industry, General Administration and office support, Financial Management, Information Technology.

https://www.usda.gov/internships

Summer Research Internship Award Program

Each summer three to five students with a major in one of the School’s programs receives a $2,360 (4 weeks) or a $4,720 (8 weeks) stipend for staying on campus and working with a faculty member on a research project.

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 Information page (.pdf) for the full list of requirements and award information.

How to Apply

  • Complete the SRIA Application Form (.pdf)
  • Submit all application materials to the Dean's office no later than Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
  • Please contact the Dean's office at 301-447-6826 with questions.

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: