NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP) 2021-2022

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
(984) 287-3789

The NSCP is an academic-year (3 semesters, beginning Summer 2020), paid internship designed to
provide environmental health sciences research training for science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM)-focused undergraduate students from HBCUs, community colleges and other
surrounding academic institutions, to solidly connect with NIEHS, and receive frontier level training in
biomedical research. Scholars also have opportunities for personal and professional development.
Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply students
must: (1) be a rising junior or senior at a 4--year college or university, or (2) completed an advanced
number of credit hours in science and math at a nearby community college.
Scholars are paired with an NIEHS research mentor who will guide them through the scientific research
process of defining a hypothesis, designing and conducting experiments to test the hypothesis, and
analyzing and reporting the results. Projects will be determined by the hosting lab/Principal Investigator.
To supplement research training and experience, Scholars will also:
• Attend career--relevant information sessions, talks, and presentations, including program
orientation during the first week of the Summer Connection
• Attend a 2.5--day science boot camp during orientation week
• Participate in a weekly (Summer) and bi--weekly (Fall/Spring) Seminar Series, created
exclusively for program participants
• Present an update of their project at the end of each Connection (semester)
Timeframe (note: dates may change slightly):
• Summer Connection: June 1 – August 6, 2021
o Full--time (40 hours/week)
• Fall Connection: September 7 – November 19, 2021
o Part--time (15 hours/week)
• Spring Connection: January 3 – April 15, 2022
o Part--time (15 hours/week)

• Summer: ~$2300 per month
• Fall/Spring: ~$850 per month

The application period opens November 2020.
The deadline for submission is February 10, 2021.
NOTE: An application through ORISE, letters of recommendation, transcript, STEM major, U.S.
citizenship or permanent residency, and rising Junior/Senior status are required for consideration.

Questions? Please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Suchandra Bhattacharjee (984-287-3778) or
Program Director, Dr. Ericka Reid (984.287.3789)