Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Research Opportunities

Interested in a Summer Research Internship?(Submission Deadline: February 14, 2015)The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in science to submit applications for the 2015 Summer Research Program.  To apply and for complete program information, see the online application form.

  • Interns work with NIDA-funded scientists (online brochure (PDF, 2.1MB)) for 8 weeks in the field of substance abuse and addiction research at research institutions across the United States.  Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection and analysis, patient interviews, literature reviews and more.
  • Interns receive a stipend (high school $10/hr, undergraduates $12/hr), and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.
  • NIDA encourages the participation of high school and undergraduate students who are members of racial/ethnic populations that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences, although students of any race/ethnicity may apply.  College seniors (class of 2016) are also eligible.
  • **Application Deadline- February 14, 2015**For program details, see the online application form.Questions regarding the NIDA Summer Research Program can be directed to, Julie Huffman at


  • Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <>. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.   A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.   Prior research experience is required for all applicants. The POE 2014 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.80. In 2014, 51 students from 39 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia were selected from 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks (10 weeks for returning students). All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The remuneration is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local participants.The POE home page <> contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2015 application materials is February 1, 2015. Early application is highly recommended, since we make some early placements.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.