Grant Scholarship Programs at SSU
NIH RISE and NIH MARC
The NIH RISE and NIH MARC programs at SSU are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in recognition that minority students are traditionally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences and that a more diverse scientific workforce is needed to focus on the urgent health needs and challenges of the nation including health disparities of underserved populations. The specific mission of both NIH RISE and NIH MARC are to prepare high-potential, Honors minority students to be admitted to and to successfully complete PhD biomedical/behavioral science programs so that they can enter the research scientist workforce.
The NIH Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program provides minority students paid internships to do active research in biomedical and behavioral science fields. The program serves students at freshman to senior levels. In addition to financial support (wages), RISE trainees receive mentoring and research training by STEM faculty researchers. In addition, the program funds faculty professional development, curricular enhancement, and outreach to the community.
Eligibility: To be accepted, students must meet the following academic and career goals requirements: RISE interns must be majoring in biology, chemistry, forensic science, marine science, or behavior analysis, with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have a sincere interest in a biomedical research career.
NIH MARC U-STAR
The NIH MARC program serves students at the junior and senior level, to prepare them for competitive biomedical/behavioral science PhD programs. Each MARC scholar receives a monthly stipend and tuition, along with mentoring and research training by a dedicated faculty mentor in their field.
Eligibility: Students should apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year. To be a MARC scholar, students must be: a) a rising junior, b) majoring in biology, chemistry, forensic science, math, or behavior analysis), c) meet high academic standards with a GPA of at least 3.25, and d) have genuine interest and a career goal of becoming a research scientist as evidenced by prior research experience (at least 1 prior summer of training).
For information contact Dr. Cecil Jones, MARC PI, at email@example.com.
The Peach State LSAMP program supports minority students at SSU with the goal to increase the number who attain STEM BS degrees and who advance to competitive STEM professional careers and to STEM graduate programs.
The program provides mentoring, research training, and financial support to STEM majors who meet the academic and career goals requirements.
To qualify, students must be STEM majors who meet the academic criteria.
To apply, contact Dr. Mohamad Mustafa, PI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Noyce program provides academic and financial support to STEM majors to prepare them for STEM teaching careers.
To qualify, students must be rising juniors or seniors who are STEM majors in biology, math, or engineering technology, who are committed to a STEM teaching career in high-needs secondary schools.
For information, contact Dr. Kisha Cunningham, PI, at email@example.com.
NSF REU - Bridge to Research in Marine Sciences, a Summer REU Program (2015-2020)
SSU offers an 8-week summer REU program in marine sciences each summer on the SSU campus through 2020. The program serves 10 students per summer, open to undergraduates nationwide. Students receive research training including a ocean cruise. Program partners include the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, and UGA MAREX Aquarium. For more information, contact PI Dr. Tara Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOAA/University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) - Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC)
LMRCSC is a consortium consisting of UMES (lead), SSU, Delaware State University, Hampton University, Oregon State University, University of Miami, and University of Maryland. Through this subaward, SSU supports Marine Sciences research faculty in fisheries-related project, supports undergraduate and graduate students working on LRMCSC studies at SSU and at NOAA partner labs, and supports interdisciplinary studies and distance-learning course offerings with partnering institutions. For more information, contact Dr. Dionne Hoskins at email@example.com.
HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training
The aim of this program is to increase the number of well-trained licensed MSW level behavior health clinical practitioners in the workforce, by developing a behavior health clinical area of specialization at SSU and providing behavior health continuing education training for educators, field instructors, and other community behavior health practitioners. The grant provides financial support for 15 SSU students each year who are MSW students in their 2nd year. For more information, contact the PI Dr. Roenia Deloach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Program
This program is funded by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services through a subaward from Georgia State University. The goal is to prepare BSW and MSW students at SSU for careers in Georgia's public child welfare system. Each year, 5 BSW and 10 MSW students take specialized courses, complete internships with the Department of Family and Children Services, and receive financial support. For information contact Dr. Roenia Deloach at email@example.com.
Additional Research Training/Internship Opportunities at SSU
In addition to the scholarship programs listed above, SSU has additional funded projects (whose main goal is to conduct basic research or develop new curriculum) which support undergraduates and high school students in research training and internships.
Additional Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities
In addition to the above scholarship programs which are awarded directly to SSU, students are strongly encouraged to apply to fellowships and scholarships on an individual basis, to support their graduate studies or to support their training at top-tier DOD labs. Students should apply directly to the following programs:
NSF Graduate Fellowships
Students should apply by October of their senior year. Available to eligible STEM and social science majors. Provides 3 years of support for graduate studies, currently up to $138,000. See details at
DOD STEM Scholarships
DOD provides funding at both graduate and undergraduate levels, including training at DOD labs. These are highly competitive. Graduate fellowships have no service commitment. Undergraduate scholarships (SMART program) provide internships at DOD labs and financial support; following graduation there is a service commitment (employment at DOD labs).