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Pathways to Research in the Biosciences at Stony Brook

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.
The Fall 2023 Entering Research Workshop application can be found here. This application will open on Friday, August 25, 2023 and close on Monday, September 11, 2023. This link will also be distributed in the weekly Opportunities email to Biology and Biochemistry students.

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

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 biology. The application for the 2024 iGEM Team opens on Saturday, November 18th and closes on Sunday, December 31st. Click this link to access the application.


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 Spring 2024 program application will open on Monday, October 30th. Click this link to access the application. 


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


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.

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.