Research and Teaching Experiences
Hands-on research and teaching experiences are the best ways to deepen your understanding of your field. Conducting mentored research gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand how new knowledge is produced in your field and to put into practice what you have learned in the classroom. The Temple University Diamond Research and Teaching Programs, Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) grants, and the CST Undergraduate Research Program are all paid opportunities to have these experiences. So use the links below to explore your field, develop marketable skills and knowledge, and express your creative side!
Research and Teaching Opportunities Internal to Temple
Diamond Research Scholars Program
Deadline: Early February
Contact: Emily Moerer, Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies
The Diamond Research Scholars Program provides Temple undergraduates the
opportunity to engage in a focused, mentored research or creative arts project
during the summer and fall. The program requires that students participate in
the two-day Undergraduate Research Institute, devote ten weeks during the summer
to develop a research project in their area of interest under the direction of
their faculty mentor, and complete the project during the fall semester while
registered for an independent study/research course. Students are paid a $4,000 stipend for participation.
College of Science and Technology Undergraduate Research Program (URP)
Deadline: Three times yearly
Contact: Rose McGinnis
Students who are selected to participate will work with a Faculty sponsor to perform research in the faculty member's lab. URP students will register for a research course within their major of study. It may also be possible to earn a stipend for additional work performed in the lab in excess of the required research course requirements. Students may be asked to participate in conferences, author papers or to showcase their research work in the department or at the URP Research Symposium. Only CST students are eligible to participate.
Creative Arts, Research, and Scholarship Program (CARAS)
Deadline: For summer/fall, March 15; for spring, Oct. 15th; for travel grants, rolling
Contact: Emily Moerer
The Temple University Research Administration in
collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Deans of Temple
University’s Schools and Colleges is pleased to provide a funding opportunity to
encourage and support undergraduate and professional students engaged in
scholarly, creative, and research projects that contribute to advancing their
field of study.
The Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship
(CARAS) Program makes two types of grants: Research/Creative Project Grants and
Travel Grants. Research/Creative Project Grants provide undergraduate and
professional students grants of up to $4,000 in support of scholarly, research
or creative arts projects undertaken with the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Travel Grants provide funding support for undergraduate travel to conferences to
present research or creative work or travel expenses related to an original
research project. The maximum Project Grant award is $4,000; maximum Travel
Grant award is $1,000. Requests may be modified based on an assessment of the
budget proposal and/or the availability of resources.
Science Scholars Program
Deadline: Application by invitation only
Contact: Eric Borguet
This program is designed to select and support exceptional incoming CST students and students beginning their sophomore year with paid summer research and academic and professional development. The Science Scholars Program identifies exceptionally prepared, academically strong, incoming freshmen and sophomores who have demonstrated passion in science or technology to provide them the opportunity to begin their science/technology experiences early so as to be qualified for future scientific excellence, awards and opportunities.
Diamond Peer Teachers Program
Deadline: Twice annually
Contact: Emily Moerer
The Diamond Peer Teachers Program is a competitive program providing upper division undergraduates at Temple the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of college-level teaching, to develop their own pedagogical skills by working closely with their faculty mentors, and to provide supplemental instruction in lower-level and GenEd courses
College of Public Health Visionary Research Fund
The CPH Visionary Research Fund was created to support opportunities for the College's students to engage with faculty in research that builds knowledge about health, well-being, and opportunities for people and their communities.
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC U*STAR)
Deadline: Early March
Contact: Elisabeth Russell-McKenzie
Under the leadership of Dr. Jackie Tanaka, the Department of Biology is
pleased to host exciting research opportunities for students from
under-represented groups in the sciences. The TUMARC-U*STAR or MARC program
provides training and support for minority undergraduates interested in academic
careers in biomedical or behavioral science. The goal of program is that all of
MARC students are admitted to a PhD program, successfully complete their PhD or
MD/PhD degree, and pursue satisfying research careers.
Alliance for Minority Participation International Research Scholar Program
Contact: Sue Jansen Varnum
The Alliance for Minority Participation was established to help underrepresented minority students achieve academic excellence as Science, Math, Engineering, and/or Technology majors and minors. The AMP International Research Program provides AMP-eligible students a stipend of $5,000 in support of international STEM research projects undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member during the summer.
TUTeach students graduate with a bachelor of science in their chosen math or science field as well as the academic and experiential qualifications necessary to earn a middle or high school teaching certificate. The program is designed to help correct the country's increasingly serious science and math educational deficiency. Among the causes; about a third of high school math students and two-thirds of those enrolled in physical science have teachers who did not major in the subject in college or are not certified to teach it. TUteach graduates possess in-depth content knowledge as well as skill in modern pedagogical practices.
Temple University Intergenerational Center
Contact: Patience Lehrman
Changing demographic, economic, social and political factors make it imperative to integrate limited English-speaking immigrants into our communities. Opportunities to learn English and contribute to society are key strategies for fostering integration.Through Project SHINE, our work focuses on helping immigrant elders prepare for citizenship, work, acquire health literacy skills, and engage in meaningful civic roles. Volunteer opportunities exist in a variety of areas.
Opportunities External to Temple
Leadership Alliance: The Summer Research--Early Identification Program encourages students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public, and private sectors. The SR-EIP provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research, and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate school.
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
Pathways to Science: Search for summer research opportunities in the sciences.
NASA One Stop Shop Initiative: A NASA system for the recruitment, application, selection, and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in STEM disciplines.
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research: Summer programs at the NIH provide an opportunity to spend a summer working a the NIH side-byside with leading scientists in an environment dedicated to biomedical research. Internships are typically 8 weeks in length.
Centers for Disease Control Student Internships and Fellowships: Interested in learning more about public health science or developing leadership and critical thinking skills to provide solutions to protect the public's health? The CDC offers a variety of training programs for students (undergraduates, MA students, PhD students) and recent graduates.
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP): The SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. The SROP offers intensive research experiences with faculty members and enrichment activities.