San Diego State University

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Fellowship and Award Programs Available for Undergraduate Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Takeda San Diego Summer Internship in Chemistry

This internship is a laboratory position that involves the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel chemical compounds for drug discovery efforts. The intern will work closely with a medicinal chemist in a pharmaceutical research lab and learn synthetic organic reactions and techniques. Please see the flyer for more information.

2008 Pfizer SURF Fellowships in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Pfizer sponsors summer research fellowships of $5000. Please see the flyer and application form.

AWIS Scholarship

The San Diego Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will award $10000 in scholarships to women pursuing studies in science-related fields in 2008. Please see the AWIS San Diego Scholarships web page.

Caltech MURF Program for underrepresented students in the sciences

Caltech's MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend 8-10 weeks during the summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students in science and engineering graduate programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech's commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math leaders. Applications will be considered from eligible students without regard to gender, race, or ethnicity.

Applications are encouraged from students who wish to work in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers. The program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience will provide excellent preparation for students interested in subsequently pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

MURF students will work in the laboratory of a Caltech faculty member or a JPL technical staff member in a research area matched to the interests expressed in the student's application. Guidance and supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty member along with a postdoctoral fellow and/or advanced graduate student.

Weekly seminars and roundtable discussions led by Caltech faculty will be given on different areas of research at the frontiers of science and engineering. The ability to communicate effectively is an essential aspect of scientific training. Each student will give an oral presentation on his/her research project on Summer Seminar Day.

Counseling and advice will be provided on a variety of topics, including graduate admissions, financial aid, and career opportunities in science and engineering. Students will also enjoy social, cultural, and outdoor activities in Pasadena and in the greater Los Angeles area.

Caltech has a long-standing tradition of encouraging its own undergraduates to carry out summer research on campus through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program.

For further information and to access our online application, please visit the MURF web site at

Ongoing programs

The following additional programs are available to support and reward undergraduate students who wish to pursue research projects in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Other details on departmental scholarships are available from the SDSU Scholarship office.

Links to resources for employment and research internships outside the Department are available at the jobs webpage.

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