SOHLIS is for you if you are interested in STEM programs like math, physics, chemistry and biology. Through SOHLIS  you will be provided with opportunities, academic and social support, and experiences that will help prepare you for high-demand fields.

The SOHLIS project is funded by a federal grant to support Hispanic and Low-income students interested in STEM fields.

Eligibility

SOHLIS is available to any Dominican University students and transfer students, who are studying a STEM subject.   

Students attending Bergen, Rockland and Westchester Community Colleges are invited contact the Transfer and Bridge Advisor for more information. The Transfer and Bridge Advisor will help you join the SOHLIS project programs and will stay with you as a mentor and academic advisor straight through to graduation.

Opportunities

Applications for these undergraduate research internships are being accepted for the summer of 2022. The opportunities are funded by the Department of Education through the STEM Opportunities for Hispanic and Low-Income Students (SOHLIS) project. Interested students will have the opportunity to apply to one of the following undergraduate research programs in the fields of: biodiversity, computational biology, and organic synthesis/medicinal chemistry. The successful applicants will receive a summer stipend for their participation in this program.

Biodiversity Internship

The student intern will be responsible for contributing to a project that is focused on understanding and documenting the biodiversity of Rockland County. The project focuses on native and invasive plants but can include other organisms based on the student’s interest. Some prior experience is preferred, although the internship will include a close mentoring experience with the supervisor. Responsibilities include:

Photographing, identifying, and documenting species in the Dominican University local area
Entering data into iNaturalist and spreadsheets
Literature, herbarium, and web search on the biodiversity and ecosystems of Rockland County
Analysis of data and results to be presented in a final paper and poster
The student will have travel to the New York Botanical Garden and/or a conference. If the student wishes to earn internship credits, guidelines as set forth by the Dominican University Career Development Center apply. The intern must be a documented U.S. citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.

Experience and Educational Requirements

Undergraduate student
Basic understanding of biological principles
Training in Ecology and Botany preferred but not required
Desire to participate in the scientific research process
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to follow instructions as directed
Ability to manage time effectively
Positive attitude and willingness to learn
Values, New Skills, and Benefits for the Student The student intern will gain critical thinking skills as a result of the scientific process they are involved in under the umbrella of this internship. The student will increase their knowledge of biodiversity research, invasive plants, and ecological restoration. Research will take place on the Dominican University Campus as well as involve field trips to natural areas near the campus.

Stipend

$3,500 student intern stipend (tax deductions will apply)
Full travel stipend to a professional scientific conference and/or Botanical Gardens
Application Process

In order to be considered, the student must complete the attached application and provide an unofficial transcript, resume, and two letters of recommendation. The student intern must commit to the full 6-week period of the internship (June 1 – July 8, 2022).

If you have questions about this internship, please contact Dr. Regina Alvarez at regina.alvarez@duny.edu.

Computational Biology Internship

The student intern will be responsible for contributing to a project that is focused on understanding the bacterial communities present in surface waters along the Hudson River. Some prior experience is required, although the internship will include a close mentoring experience with the supervisor. Responsibilities include:

Command-line coding using QIIME2 and other software
Statistical analysis using R and R Studio
Analysis of outputs to form meaningful conclusions
Synthesis of results in the form of publication-quality images
The intern will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of a final paper and poster at a national professional conference. If the student wishes to earn internship credits, guidelines as set forth by the Dominican University Career Development Center apply.

The intern must be a documented U.S. citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.

Experience and Educational Requirements

Undergraduate student
Basic understanding of biological principles
Training in Genetics, Microbiology, or Cell Biology preferred but not required
Desire to participate in the scientific research process
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in computer programming
Ability to follow instructions as directed
Ability to manage time effectively
Positive attitude and willingness to learn
Values, New Skills, and Benefits for the Student

The student intern will gain critical thinking skills as a result of the scientific process she/he is involved in under the umbrella of this internship. At many steps in the scientific process, the intern, along with the supervisor, will need to make decisions based on experimental results. In addition, the intern will gain practical skills in the use of common laboratory equipment as well as more advanced equipment and analysis. All research will be completed on the campus of Dominican University.

Stipend

$5800 student intern stipend (tax deductions will apply)
Full travel stipend to a professional scientific conference
Application process

In order to be considered, the student must to complete an application and provide an unofficial transcript, resume, and two letters of recommendation. The student intern must commit to the full 10-week period of the internship (June 1 – August 6, 2022).

If you have questions about this internship, please contact Dr. Bernadette Connors at bernadette.connors@duny.edu.

Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry Internship

The student intern will be responsible for contributing to a project aimed at exploring the scope and potential of a novel thionating reagent with compounds of biological interest. The student will be trained in techniques of modern synthetic chemistry including the application of new microwave technology to discover and optimize synthetic transformations. Some prior experience is required, although the internship will include a close mentoring experience with the supervisor.

Responsibilities include:

Conducting and following synthetic reactions using chromatography techniques
Purification of compounds using various techniques
Interpretation of spectral data: NMR (1H, 13C), IR, mass spec
In some cases, assessing chiral purity
Documentation of scientific work
Working in team environment with adherence to safety protocol
Contribution to future scientific publication
The intern will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of a final paper or poster at a professional conference. If the student wishes to earn internship credits, guidelines as set forth by the Dominican University Career Development Center apply.

The intern must be a documented U.S. citizen or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible.

Experience and Educational Requirements

Undergraduate student
Basic understanding of chemistry principles
Training in organic chemistry preferred but not required
Desire to participate in the scientific research process
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong written and verbal communication skills
Passion for experimentation
Ability to follow instructions as directed
Ability to manage time effectively
Positive attitude and willingness to learn
Values, New Skills, and Benefits for the Student

The student intern will gain critical thinking skills as a result of the scientific process she/he is involved in under the umbrella of this internship. At many steps in the scientific process, the intern, along with the supervisor, will need to make decisions based on experimental results. In addition, the intern will gain practical skills in the synthesis, purification, and structural determination of novel organic compounds. All research will be completed on the campus of Dominican University.

Stipend

$3,500 student intern stipend (tax deductions will apply)
Full travel stipend to a professional scientific conference
Application process

In order to be considered, the student must complete the attached application and provide an unofficial transcript, resume, and two letters of recommendation. The student intern must commit to the full 6-week period of the internship (June 1 – July 8, 2022).

If you have questions about this internship, please contact Dr. Colleen Evans at colleen.evans@duny.edu.

Summer 2022 Undergraduate Research Internship Opportunities

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