Pathways to Research in the Biosciences at Stony Brook
1) Entering Research Workshop: Offered every semester by Undergraduate Biology to provide students a coherent mechanism
for engaging in research in the biological and biomedical sciences.
2) Explorations in STEM Program: Provides summer stipend support for a mentored research experience in combination
with career development programming for students who are interested in pursuing careers
in STEM disciplines. Applications encouraged for students with financial need or from
under-represented groups; freshmen and sophomores with little to no research experience
are encouraged to apply. The Undergraduate Biology Program has used donations in
the past to specifically fund students conducting biology research within the Explorations
in STEM Program.
Read More About the Explorations in STEM Program
3) Stony Brook iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines): Student-led summer-long research project in synthetic biology that is presented at
the International iGEM Jamboree. Although there is no dedicated stipend support, students
have access to institutional facilities, receive faculty guidance and have support
from a number of sponsors, and donations have been absolutely instrumental to supporting
past iGEM teams. Appropriate for students at all levels with interests in synthetic
4) INSPIRE (Include New Students through a Peer Introduction to Research Experience):
The INSPIRE program is a multi-disciplinary mentoring initiative developed by Undergraduate
Biology to promote engagement of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in research.
Undergraduate researchers (INSPIRE Mentors) will be paired with students who are currently
not in research (INSPIRE Fellows), and each Fellow will observe their Mentor in a
research setting to learn about the culture of a research environment and the daily
experiences of an undergraduate student researcher.
The INSPIRE program will run in Spring 2023, and the application will be posted when available.
5) URECA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities): URECA coordinates undergraduate research activities across all disciplines at Stony
Brook and offers competitive summer awards to support faculty-mentored research experiences
for undergraduates. URECA also offers travel awards for students participating in
off-campus conferences and sponsors a campus-wide research symposium in the spring.
Please see URECA website for more information
6) INDUCER Program: The long-term goal of this proposed project is to increase the numbers of underrepresented
minority students pursuing research careers in the biomedical sciences with an emphasis
on studying the biology of cancer. The overall strategy is to recruit and select highly
qualified students and to provide them with quality laboratory experiences.
Read more about INDUCER
7) Off Campus Opportunities: Off campus internships are a great way to immerse yourself in a research experience in a new environment. A database of summer internships is available through the Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science website, the NSF offers a Search for an REU Site listing their funded undergraduate research opportunities, and a catalog of Biomedical Research opportunities is offered by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Internships can also be found through Stony Brook Career Center's Handshake.