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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Fellowship Application Information

Dates: Summer 2022

Application Deadline: February 4, 2022 Deadline extension to Feb 18th, 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.

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



Brittany Minott


Brittany Minott
Biology 2021 (SCSU)
New Haven Innovation Collaborative Research Experience

I chose to do this research because it focused mainly on genetics which was not my strong point in freshman year. Doing this research helped me better understand the different aspects of genetics that was not clear to me when I took the class because it was more hands-on training using the fruit flies. Studying the Dad gene of the fruit fly was important to me because the genes found in flies appear in humans in a similar form. Therefore studying this gene could give insight into how processes unfold in humans. As for my future, my goal is to attend PA school and be hands on in helping others. 

Benson Rodrigues


Benson Rodrigues
Physics 2021 (SCSU)
Industry Academic Fellowship Program

My name is Benson Rodrigues and I am a senior at Southern. I am studying Physics with a concentration in Education. Over the summer, I had the opportunity to conduct research with Dr. Schwendemann as part of the Industry Academic Fellowship Program. My project focused on analog to digital conversion through the Arduino Uno platform. I wrote programs for stepper motor operation to service a monochromator diffraction grating. I am implementing it this fall to use the monochromator for industry motivated spectroscopy applications. As a future science educator, it's valuable to get research experience in addition to academics. Ultimately, I enjoy doing research as it allows me to apply my knowledge and work with faculty mentors to solve interesting problems.

Marisa DiCiucis


Marisa DiCiucis
Biotechnology 2022 (SCSU)
International Genetically Engineered Machines Fellowship

Over the summer, I worked on modifying the fruit fly genome, specifically the Dad locus, virtually using CRISPR-Cas9 on Benchling. I annotated the fruit fly genome and added fluorescent tags virtually to the Dad locus to later check that the domains, MH1, MH2 and Linker regions, were successfully deleted. I also created a FRET construct to watch the loci interactions between Dad, Mad, and Medea. This work allowed me to enhance my bioinformatics skills and overall understanding of gene modification by using Benchling and online databases. In addition, by understanding fruit fly genetics, I can better use fruit flies as a nonpathogenic model organism for the current iGEM project. Furthermore, the repeated presentations helped me understand pacing and how to explain synthetic biology topics to a wide audience and built my confidence in presenting. Lastly, by partaking in this fellowship I am able to understand the interdisciplinary aspects of research, which will also be important in the iGEM competition when it is necessary to combine several different areas of STEM to complete a synthetic biology project.

Dr. Hwang


Dr. Hwang,
Chemistry Department (SCSU)
Summer Fellowship Faculty Mentor

My research group works on two main project areas: 1) finding new therapeutics for Lyme disease and

2) designing novel non-antibiotic therapies to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

New therapies are needed to effectively treat both Lyme disease and antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. My students use a combination of organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry to create and purify novel compounds. Several of my students have been able to advance their research with support from NHIC, which enables me extra time to mentor them during the summer one-on-one. This mentorship allows students to refine their lab skills as well as enhancing their critical thinking, analytical, and writing fluency. I have also had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the EIAF program, which is an interdisciplinary research project that bridges STEM and entrepreneurship. My parents were entrepreneurs but not scientists, so I’ve always been interested in leveraging a lean business model with STEM technologies. My role as a mentor in this program is to guide students in analyzing and critically thinking about data and the scientific method for testing the efficacy of the new technologies.

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.

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Deadline: February 2022 (documents and online application)

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