Education, Human Resources, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Research Internship opportunities through the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Check out their opportunities page to find a program that fits you best.
Blaine Smith (’13) and mentor Dr. Dan Brannan had their article “A Christian basis for environmentalism” published in the European Journal of Science and Theology 9(5): 167-178. Blaine is now a medical student at the University of Texas Houston Medical School.
Nat’l Endowment for the Humanities has year round internship opportunities. http://www.neh.gov/about/human-resources/neh-internship-program
Over 60 undergraduate students from universities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas presented posters and papers at the American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting in Waco, TX on November 16-17, 2013. Faculty members from various university chemistry departments judged their presentations. ACU senior biochemistry major Audrey Fikes was awarded third place (and $50) for the oral presentation of her research results entitled “New diosmium(I) complexes with dicarboxylate ligands.” Sophomore ACU student Soo Hun Yoon and ACU faculty member Dr. Greg Powell were coauthors on this paper. Their work was partially funded by research and travel grants from PURSUIT and the ACU Office of Undergraduate Research.
University of Missouri has a number of internship opportunities in Biology, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Technology. Applications are due Feb 15, 2014. Follow this link to find more info.
Oakridge National Laboratories lists a variety of opportunities.
Department of Homeland Security has an internship program for STEM students. Apps are due Jan 6.
Gerstner-Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has summer research internships. See their site for more information. Apps due Feb 1.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program – Apply at http://orise.orau.gov/mlef! Gain hands-on experience with Department of Energy research scientists and staff. Application closes January 15!
National Science Foundation has a variety of internship opportunities. Go to the REU opportunities site to see what experience fit your interests.
Name: Karli Southward
Major: Social Work
Hometown: Abilene, TX
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Baldridge, Social Work
What I Study: Beginning last spring our research team began to compile a community assessment over a local Head Start program, through the course of this assessment we discovered that this school has a severe absenteeism problem. After meeting with various staff members on this campus and through deeper research, we decided to create an intervention strategy that is focused on behavior modification. Over the summer and this semester we have worked closely with school personnel to design a program that will be implemented in the spring of 2014 that will focus on behavior modification, which will be geared towards the parents of the students at this school.
Why I do research: I originally decided to go into research to get the experience of this process. In the profession of social is definitely a benefit to have done some form of research during your education. That was what I had in mind when we took on this project last spring, but over this semester as our intervention strategy started to take shape, my views on research began to change. Now I see myself wanting to do research because it has the ability to improve a program that has gaps in its services. At times it can be boring and challenging, but it’s encouraging to know that in the end we could make a difference in program that is helping so many families.
Awards: 2013 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Finalist
Name: Jess Wheeden
Hometown: Monroe, Wisconsin
Mentor: Dr. Orneita Burton, Management and information Systems
What I Study: My research began with the aim of finding the most “profitable” work environments for men and women. We were asking, “what do the systems look like that provide the best outcomes for each gender?” That led to a need to define a term, socioemotional wealth. In more recent work we’ve considered the impact of spiritual identities on workplace environment and decision making.
Why I do research: A lot of people ask how I ended up doing research in the business department. Dr. Burton was one of my freshman Core professors. In class one day she mentioned that she was looking for an assistant. As a freshman and not sure of what I wanted to do “when I grew up”, I just figured it would be worth the experience. It’s now three years later and the experience has been invaluable. I do research because you not only get to ask questions but you network across academic fields to find answers.
Conferences: ACU Undergraduate Research Festival 2011, 2012, 2013
Awards: 2013 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year