This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program is designed exclusively for community college students who wish to gain hands-on experience with biological and biochemical research, and has a specific focus on data science. The program will support up to 10 community or junior college students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2021, 2022 and 2023. The program will help community college students progress into STEM programs at four-year institutions, in addition to fostering participants' subsequent academic and research success.

  • Applicants must be first year community college students (including tribal and other 2 year junior colleges)
  • Applicants must be willing to commit for the entire 10 weeks of on campus program
  • As per the NSF regulations, applicants must be U.S. citizens, naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Underrepresented minority and first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply
Program Highlights
  • 10 weeks residential summer program at James Madison University
  • Individual mentored research projects in laboratory and field settings
  • $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, food and travel support included
  • Weekly workshops in data science and professional development
  • Social activities and field trips around the Shenandoah Valley

We are no longer accepting applications for our May 23-July 30, 2021 session.

Note: The 2021 program will be subject to any State and University COVID-19 related restrictions. All participants will be housed on campus and all research projects will be done in person, but workshops and seminars may be conducted virtually. 

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