Other Programs

Other Educational and Research Opportunities for Under-represented Students

The Diversity Project is only one of many programs designed to increase the participation of under-represented minority students in the physical and biological sciences. Below are a handful of links that will take you to these opportunities. If you know of an opportunity that you think should be included on this list, please send me the link.


Programs Serving Under-represented Minority Students

National Museum of National History Internship. Open for undergrads and early career graduate students for a variety of different topics related to diversity, systematics, evolution, etc.

Smithsonian Institution Minority Internship. Open for undergrads and early career graduate students.

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography: special opportunities for under-represented minority students (undergraduate and graduate) interested in aquatic sciences (oceanography, limnology, stream ecology, marine biology, fisheries, etc.). Minority students are provided full support (travel, housing, food, and registration) to participate in the annual meetings of ASLO.

Blinks Fellows in Marine Research: Students can participate in three alternative activities, including undergraduate research internships, summer courses, or independent graduate research at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs. Students are financial support to cover the costs of room and board, travel, plus a stipend.

Hall Bonner Minority Doctoral Scholars Program in Ocean Sciences: A minority doctoral scholars program in ocean sciences that targets motivated, talented minority students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D.-level career in the ocean science community.

LMRCSC (Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center) is a collaborative program between NOAA and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to train a diverse body of students for careers in NOAA and other resource managemen agencies, and to conduct cuttin edge research in fisheries sciences.

MAS (Minorities in Aquatic Sciences home page): An excellent database and electronic resource to link minority students interested in the aquatic sciences. Be sure to register at their Student Page and look at their great listing Resources for Minority Students in the aquatic sciences.

Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP): The National Science Foundation-funded Minorities in Marine Science Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP) is designed to introduce members of racial or ethnic groups under-represented in science and engineering to academic and professional careers in marine science.

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science (MS PHD’s) initiative was developed by and for underrepresented minorities with the overall purpose of facilitating our increased participation in Earth system science.

Timbuktu Academy: A mentoring program for under-represented minority students that spans elemetary to ungraduate. Winner of Presidential Award for Excellence.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Minority Fellowship Program: Educational opportunities in oceanography for minority undergraduates who are enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities. This program provides promising students from under-represented groups with a meaningful first-hand introduction to research in oceanography, oceanographic engineering, or marine policy.

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a 9-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) designed to engage students in diverse and exciting Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution.


There are many REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) Programs funded by the National Science Foundation. In all of these programs funding is typically provided for your travel and you are provided a stipend. Opportunities span all areas of science.

National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs: A website with information for students interested in identifying research opportunities on projects funded by the National Science foundation REU program. Opportunities extend to both minority and non-minority students. Type in a key word (e.g. Marine) to get a listing of REU programs supporting the kind of research in which you are interested. As of 2015, there were 33 different marine focused REU programs!