Qualifications for Science Alliance Internship

Peer Mentoring with Science Allies, IBA and LSAMP

  • student must be rising freshman or sophomore with a qualifying major to apply
  • eligible students must identify as a member of an underrepresented group in the biosciences (see below)
  • be committed to increasing diversity in the sciences
  • be committed to or seriously considering a Ph.D. in the Biosciences
  • hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • submit a free application  with a short essay and a letter of recommendation from a science/math teacher or research mentor***

Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as:

  1. URM* (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  2. Individuals with a disability**
  3. Disadvantaged background (must meet two or more qualifications)
    1. Homeless (past or present)
    2. Foster Care (past or present)
    3. Eligible for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program (for 2 or more years)
    4. 1st Gen  (no parents or legal guardians have/had completed a bachelor’s degree)
    5. Pell Grant eligible (past or present)
    6. Food Stamps, SNAP or WIC eligible (past or present)
    7. Grew up in a rural or disadvantaged area

*URM - Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27) and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 

**Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/static/data/tab7-5.pdf.

*** Applications are accepted year-round.