STEM-IL 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. Please contact Peter Dimoulas for Biopath-related questions or Samantha Hepworth for opportunities related to entrepreneurship not listed below. 

Summer Research Experiences 

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Industry Academic Fellowship Program (IAF)

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. 

Entrepreneurship Industry Academic Fellowship (EIAF)

The Entrepreneurship Industry Academic Fellowship, funded by the Werth Family Foundation, is a specialized team-based program 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. 

2021 Proposals included:

  • Around the table: A Reimagination of the Restaurant Model

  • Over the Counter Hearing Aids: An analysis of Southern's Audiology Clinic's Business Model

  • Diverse Healthcare: An Online platform that will connect Black and/or African Americans to healthcare professionals.​

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 developing innovative solutions centered around Synthetic Biology. We invite students with a biotechnology and computer science background to apply, even if they have no former knowledge of the iGEM foundation or its mission. 

During the course of this eight-week summer program, iGEM students will conduct interdisciplinary research related to synthetic biology including but not limited to: gene editing, literature-based research, coding, machine learning, and designing computational tools. iGEM fellows will participate in designing and implementing new projects into the Fall semester.

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)

NHIC Research Experience (REU)

The New Haven Innovation Collaborative 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. Research fellows will be paired with a faculty mentor at SCSU or a partnering institution.

Identified by a competitive application process, 8 students 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.

Candidates from New Haven institutions, including SCSU, UNH, Albertus Magnus, Gateway CC, and New Haven Works and Community colleges outside the New Haven area are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for REU is February 2022

Fellowship Application Information

Dates – Summer 2022

Application Deadline- February 2022

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 – Depending on the program, 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.

Online application is closed for summer 2021, please look out for application updates for next summer here!

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The deadline for submission of these documents and the online application is February 2022

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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