A community-driven initiative to create rewarding remote summer research opportunities for BIPOC undergraduate students in the microbial sciences.

Summer projects in university labs, companies, and other organizations are vital opportunities to enrich undergraduate students’ learning. They’re invaluable tools for cultivating a deeper love for science, developing new skills, connecting with mentors, growing professional networks, and opening doors to new opportunities.

Unfortunately, campus and laboratory closures due to COVID-19 have forced the cancelation of many formal summer research experience programs. The impact of COVID-19 disruptions is especially profound on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students. The National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP) is designed to:

  1. Matchmake BIPOC undergraduate students on a nationwide level to microbiology laboratory mentors who can provide a remote summer research project experience.
  2. Provide a BIPOC science and professional development seminar series for those students.
  3. Provide a platform for the matched students to present their research online in an official capacity.

Now, more than ever, BIPOC students need allies, support, and opportunities.


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The Details

  1. What: A matchmaking program to connect BIPOC undergraduate students with mentors (PIs, or their designated lab members) in the microbial sciences who will supervise those students in a remote-work summer research project. Students in the program will also have access to a summer’s worth of BIPOC seminar speakers and online lectures focused on professional development.
  2. How: Mentors will submit project descriptions to the NSURP site; at the same time BIPOC undergraduate students will submit applications for a match through the site. The NSURP team will connect students with mentors and from there, the research project is in the hands of the student and the mentor. NSURP organizers will arrange weekly seminars and professional development talks that students are also expected to participate in.
  3. When: To get a full two months’ research experience, we hope to have matches made by June 22. Depending on application volumes and interest, we may open a second call for month-long research projects in early July.
  4. Where: Wherever you are right now. This experience is meant to be completely virtual.

For more details, including Student FAQs and Mentor FAQs, applying for or submit a project, or project ideas and implementation, check out the For Students and For Mentors pages.

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