Research Internship Program for Undergraduates

Lectures, textbooks, and laboratory exercises are all important parts of a scientist’s education. But a research internship, in which an undergraduate student fully experiences the process of scientific inquiry under the guidance of a faculty mentor, has often proven to be the deciding factor in whether or not a student will pursue an advanced degree or a career in research.

An internship may be the first time a student confronts an unsolved problem or an unanswered question. With help from a faculty mentor, the intern learns to apply the scientific method to the problem or question — designing an experiment, gathering and analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and presenting the results to the scientific community.

The intern begins to see how all that information in his textbooks was generated and how her own work builds on what came before, adding yet another piece to the body of scientific knowledge. The experience of breaking new scientific ground is usually both eye-opening and exhilarating. Interns gain insight into how scientists turn their fascination for their subject into the day-to-day work of the lab or the field. And they frequently establish valuable relationships that can assist them in their future career.

Each summer, Delaware EPSCoR sponsors 35–45 undergraduate interns from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical Community College, and Wesley College in various summer internship programs. In addition to completing an independent research project, the interns participate in skill-building seminars on such topics as going to graduate school, research ethics, and how to make a research presentation. Research experiences are also offered during the academic year.


2016 EPSCoR Summer Scholars

We invite students from any of our partner institutions to apply for the 2016 Delaware EPSCoR Summer Scholars program through our online application system. We encourage prospective interns to identify a faculty research mentor on their own, but if you need assistance, please contact your institutional representative below.

Applications for the 2016 program are now being accepted. Applications should be submitted online; there are separate online forms for University of Delaware students and non-UD students. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2016.

We also welcome applications from the following participating institutions:
– Alabama A&M University
– Florida A&M University
– Tuskegee University
– University of Maryland Eastern Shore

In addition, Delaware EPSCoR has joined forces with the EPSCoR programs in Rhode Island and Vermont to form the North East Water Resources Network, or NEWRnet. This program is also offering a number of paid summer internships that will run from June 6 – August 12, 2016. Applications for this program must be completed online by February 19, 2016.

Interested in learning more before you apply? Contact your institutional representative below for more information:

University of Delaware

Delaware State University

  • Venu Kalavacharla, Plant Molecular Genetics & Genomics, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Clytrice Watson, Biology, College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology

Delaware Technical Community College

Wesley College