Research Opportunities

The STEM-IL Office is delighted to assist you, whether you are a student looking for a research fellowship, career and internship opportunities, or a prospective employer interested in hiring our talent.

Summer Research Experiences 

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Industry Academic Fellowship Program (IAF)

Entrepreneurship Industry Academic Fellowship (EIAF)

The Werth Family Foundation sponsored Industry Academic Fellowship (IAF) program at the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Center for Nanotechnology (CSCUCNT) provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary research in collaboration with educators and industry professionals. IAF engages fellow in science research with the opportunity to learn about the business aspects of that research. 

During the course of this eight-week summer program, IAF students will conduct research while exploring the business-related aspects of technology. Research teams will be working on nanotechnology projects with topics including nano-medicine and nano-environmental studies.

Students will participate in business-related workshops, led by faculty from the SCSU School of Business. Students will learn about topics such as intellectual property, marketing, and patents. Students will gain knowledge of the technical aspects of industry-related research as well as the business aspects. 

The IAF program also offers The Entrepreneurship Industry Academic Fellowship, a specialized team that explores the intersection of innovation, sustainability, and science with a focus on new ideas and exploring value propositions. Students can propose their own start-up concept to work on or we can work with students to help them design a project or join a project from one of our partner programs or partner start-ups. 

International Genetically Engineered Machines Fellowship (iGEM)

The Werth Family Foundation sponsored International Genetically Engineered Machines Fellowship (iGEM) fellowship is a research fellowship granted to a small number of qualified candidates who demonstrate an interest in the iGEM team at Southern and who wish to develop their leadership and communication skills. 

During the course of this eight-week summer program, iGEM students will conduct interdisciplinary research related to synthetic biology alongside the iGEM team and assist with leading and organizing the team for the Fall 2021 Giant Jamboree. 

To learn more about the iGEM team at SCSU, click here. To learn more about the iGEM competition, click here.

New Haven Innovation Collaborative Research Experience (NHIC REU) and Internships

Research Experience (REU)

REU, or Research Experiences for Undergraduates, is a program that helps to build students’ technical and soft skills as well as content knowledge beyond the traditional classroom in order to prepare students for internships and subsequent employment.

Identified by a competitive application process, 8 students (from New Haven institutions, including SCSU, UNH, Albertus Magnus, Gateway CC, and New Haven Works) will complete an 8-week summer research experience, which is a meaningful and essential component of undergraduate education and training, especially in the STEM fields. Research fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor at SCSU or a partnering institution.

Candidates from community colleges outside the New Haven area are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline for REU is February 1, 2021


Fellowship Information (IAF, EIAF, NHIC, iGEM)

Dates – June 7th, 2021 – August 2nd, 2021

Eligibility – This program is open to highly motivated science students from SCSU, Connecticut Community Colleges, and New Haven area colleges and universities. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend – Each participant will receive a stipend of up to $5,000; [up to $4,000 during the eight weeks in the summer (June & July), up to $1,000 during the following fall and spring semester for work in the research labs.]

Application – The selection of candidates is based on a personal statement (cover letter), resume, academic transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

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Deadline for submission of these documents and the online application is February 1, 2021

Application Requirements:

Official transcripts: Must be requested through your institution to and submitted electronically to Carey Ciaburri at
Letter of recommendation: If you do not have this when applying online, a link will be provided for you at the end of the application form which can be sent to the person writing your letter of recommendation.
Resume and cover letter: Upload directly in the application


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