What can NSURP do for you?

We would like to acknowledge the stress of the situation you as a BIPOC are going through. We understand many of you have been robbed of the summer research experience that you would have normally received. The NSURP project hopes to connect as many BIPOC and first-gen students as possible with microbiology-related summer research opportunities that happen online/remotely, with an accompanying seminar series and professional development webinars.

Apply for an NSURP match

After two rounds of more than 500 applications for NSURP, the ability to sign up for 2020 has sadly come to an end.


  • If you haven’t already learned about ABRCMS – the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students – check it out now! This year’s event is happening in November, with an online e-posters session in December (for free!), and you have until early September to submit an abstract!
  • ABRCMS also offers an incredible number of resources for trainees, including:
  • Science published an article talking about the undergraduate summer research experience, with some excellent advice
  • ASBMB published a blog post from a mentor on getting the best of your first summer research experience, and while some of the advice doesn’t apply these days (firm handshake on the first day? nope!), there are some helpful bits of wisdom in there
  • Mark Chew compiled some tips from their experience as a summer researcher; read them here
  • UNC Chapel Hill’s TIBBS Program (Training Initiatives in Biomedical & Biological Sciences) has collated some wonderful professional development resources

Student FAQ

  1. Can I choose my mentor? To make sure we’ve made as many matches as possible in time to give students a quality summer research experience, no – the NSURP teams will identify matches and connect you with a mentor. If you’ve already identified a mentor to work with this summer and don’t need a match, but would like to attend the seminar series, complete an application and indicate that in the form.
  2. I am an interested student and not a BIPOC, can I sign up? Yes, but we will be focusing on matching BIPOC students first, and those students who had previously lined up a summer research project that was canceled due to COVID-19. .
  3. If I’m selected for a match, will I be paid? The NSURP program is a grassroots efforts to match students with projects; unfortunately, we don’t have a budget that gives us the ability to pay students.
  4. How long will my research project last? Ideally, projects are two months long, running from approximately June 22 through August 14th. Depending on interest level, we may do a second match in early July for month-long projects. You should expect to commit around 8-10 hours per week on working on your project, doing background reading, and participating in the NSURP seminars and professional development events.

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