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Research

Many entry-level positions exist in a variety of research environments, especially in academia. These typically require a one- to two-year commitment. To locate research positions, use staff and faculty websites at universities, research institutes, and medical colleges to identify research of interest to you.

Send researchers with whom you would like to work an e-mail message with your cover letter and resume and request an informational interview. Visit human resources pages at healthcare-institution websites and apply for posted entry-level positions such as physician office assistant, session assistant, or research study assistant. Network (online through LinkedIn, at Cornell, and elsewhere) with clinicians or researchers with whom you have worked or volunteered and with faculty and others you know on campus who might be aware of opportunities at Cornell and at other organizations.

Employers who have hired Cornell grads for research positions include the American Medical Association, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Devereux Foundation, American Museum of Natural History, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

  • Biology Department at Cornell

    Research options for student

  • California Academy of Sciences Summer Systematics Institute

    SSI is an 8-week paid research internship at our state-of-the-art research facility and museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This world renowned venue continues to offer undergraduates important insights into the contributions that museum-based research can make to issues facing society today. The program accommodates up to ten undergraduate students.

  • Cornell Undergraduate Research

    Enables you to explore the variety of undergraduate research opportunities at Cornell. There are opportunities for freshmen through seniors.

  • EPFL Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

    Takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Open to undergraduates (freshmen, sophomors and juniors) in biology, physics, chemistry, bio-engineering, or computational sciences who are interested in careers in the life sciences. Each student is matched with a specific laboratory based on the student's interest and background and will work as a member of the research group for a period of eight weeks.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

    Programs and funding opportunities to support research.

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Research and public health internships in HHS, NIH, and other federal agencies.

Biological Sciences

Biology

  • National Science Foundation

    The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

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Engineering

Technology

  • NASA Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship

    A 10-15 summer program for sophomores and juniors that enables them to join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, and NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.

  • webGURU Guide for Undergraduate Research

    The site assists undergraduates to navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. It includes listings of summer internships, scholarships, fellowships, and a discussion board. Fields include biomedical science, environmental science,, microbiology, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, ecology, and more. Locations, stipends, and application dates vary.

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Environmental

Environmental

  • SOM Foundation Fellowship

    The SOM Foundation supports individuals with the highest design aspirations and enables them, through research and travel, to broaden their horizons and achieve excellence in their professional or academic careers.

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship

    Focuses on a research project chosen from a broad spectrum of topics in WHOI's science depts and the WHOI US Geological Survey. Located in Woods Hole, MA. 10-12 weeks. Open to those who have completed junior or senior year.

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Medicine

Research Assistant

  • American Heart Association Summer Fellowship - Midwest

    Encourages juniors and seniors from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Various Midwest locations.

  • Chester Summer Scholars Program

    A 10-week summer program in Cleveland, Ohio for pre-medicine and scientifically-oriented students to explore the potential for a career in medical research or academic medicine. Scholars spend the better part of each weekday participating directly in the research project activity. There are also opportunities for observation of surgery, hospital rounds, and other experiences at MetroHealth.

  • Cincinnati Children's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    The 10-week program provides clinical and basic science research opportunities for undergraduate students in the laboratories of pediatric faculty in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

  • Co-op and Internships in Biomedical Research and Pre-med Studies

    Links to many internships and co-ops in these fields.

  • Gerstner Sloan Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

    Hands-on research experiences in NYC for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in cutting-edge biomedical research laboratories. Search for a mentor by area of research (on their site).

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Listings

    A database of HHMI-funded summer research experiences in the sciences. Search by location and test.

  • Loyola University Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    A 10-week biomedical research internship in molecular microbiology, immunology or virology. Chicago. Under the guidance of a selected faculty member, the student will actively participate in an ongoing research project. He or she will learn basic research skills, attend various scientific seminars and journal clubs, participate in a series of special summer workshops and present his or her results to the department. Open to sophomores and juniors.

  • Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    Each year, 120 sophomores and juniors from around the U.S. come to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to work beside both young and established scientists on a broad range of biomedical research questions. A limited number of fellowships are also available the Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • NASA Biomedical Research Institute Summer Internship

    A 10-15 summer program for sophomores and juniors that enables them to join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, and NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.

  • Pasteur Foundation Summer Undergraduate Internships

    Provides U.S. juniors the opportunity to conduct summer biomedical research at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, France.

  • Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program

    Gives 25 premedical sophomores, juniors, and seniors deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through laboratory or clinical research, students learn how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine.

  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine Summer Fellowship

    Offers sophomores and juniors plan to pursue a career as a M.D., D.M.D., M.D./Ph.D., or D.M.D./Ph.D., an opportunity to participate in the research activities of a laboratory at the School of Medicine or Dental Medicine under the direction of a faculty member.

  • University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    An 10-week research project for those interested in combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist. It is conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences shadowing of physician-scientists in a clinical setting, emergency room shadowing, weekly seminars presenting patient-based discussions emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, career development seminars, and clinical case-based learning sessions.

  • Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice

    Fellows work in Families USA's Health Policy Department in Washington, DC and are exposed to a wide-variety of health policy issues including Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and expansion of coverage to the uninsured. Fellow's work consists of research, policy analysis, writing, and the provision of technical assistance to state, local, and national advocates.

  • webGURU Guide for Undergraduate Research

    The site assists undergraduates to navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. It includes listings of summer internships, scholarships, fellowships, and a discussion board. Fields include biomedical science, environmental science,, microbiology, environmental engineering, chemistry, biology, ecology, and more. Locations, stipends, and application dates vary.

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