“Listen to your heart and use your head. Math and science ignited my imagination for as far back as I can remember.”

"I think that it is important to remember, no matter your major or interests, that you should be open to ideas and paths that are not necessarily the norm. In doing so, you may ignite a passion within yourself you did not know you had. In my experience, it has almost always been worth it to take a chance and take a detour from the path I am following. I've had a lot more fun that way, and gained many valuable experiences I would not have had otherwise."

[The Fulbright] is meant to achieve diplomacy in a different way, in the form of relationships between neighbors and coworkers and friends, rather than embassies and trade agreements

Science Research

Frances Adjorlolo
Frances Adjorlolo ’08

Participating in research experiences as an undergraduate is an excellent way to add depth to your science understanding and actively engage with what you are learning in the classroom. By doing so, you further develop your laboratory, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and you start to build your network with faculty members. Research experiences are valuable components to your resume, and they can make you more competitive for both graduate school and industry opportunities.

“I previously had dreams to be an author, but found myself called by the combination of logic, mystery, and truth in science.”

National Institutes of Standards & Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.  Eligible are currently enrolled undergraduates who are US citizens or permanent residents, majoring in chemistry, computer science, physics, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or another STEM discipline.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (students)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports one or two years of undergraduate study in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and natural sciences. Eligible are college sophomores or juniors who are US citizens, permanent residents, and nationals intending to pursue research careers in STEM fields. Campus application deadline typically in late November/early December.

Churchill Scholarships (rising seniors & alumnae)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

Supports one year of graduate study (including one-year research degrees) in science, mathematics, or engineering at Cambridge. Eligible: graduating seniors and recent alumnae of Wellesley College who are US citizens with majors in appropriate STEM fields. Campus application deadline typically in early October.

Upcoming Event

Soros Fellowship for New Americans: Official Webinar for Applicants in STEM

Wednesday, August 5th 2020, 1:00 pm -
2:00 pm EDT

Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States of America

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants who will go onto make a significant contribution to United States society, culture, and/or their academic field. The Soros supports applicants in all fields and disciplines, including STEM fields. In this webinar, we'll hear from the following recent Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows about their experience and approach to the application process:

Feb 5, 2021

Wellesley Science Center Summer Research Fellowships - expected application deadline

Any Wellesley student interested in scientific research (preference is given to students who will be continuing their studies at Wellesley in the academic year following the summer's research)

Research/Gradschool, Undergraduate, International Student

Every year, the Science Center offers Summer Research Awards to any Wellesley students interested in spending their summer doing scientific research at Wellesley.

Jan 25, 2021

Amgen Scholars - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: programs in Asia are open to citizens of any country, and the program in Canada is for Canadian students/residents—see website for details. Applicants for the U.S. programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled sophomores, juniors, or December ’21 grads who are considering a PhD or MD/PhD in a STEM field.

Research/Gradschool, International Student, Undergraduate

The Amgen Scholars Program offers funded summer science and biotech research experience at host institutions across the US (including Columbia, Harvard, the NIH, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, and Washington University in St Louis--as well as CalTech--for US students and permanent residents), as well as in Asia (for students from any country) and in Canada (for Canadian students).

**Please note this is an expected deadline; check the program's website for updates and additional details.

Questions?  Any prospective Wellesley applicants are welcome to seek advice...

Jan 25, 2021

National Institutes of Standards & Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) - expected direct application deadline

Eligible: undergraduates in STEM fields who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Research/Gradschool, Undergraduate

The National Institute of Standards and Technology - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) fully funds summer research opportunities at NIST laboratories in Boulder, CO, or Gaithersburg, MD. Students with biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research and/or physics majors are always encouraged to apply; there may be research opportunities for students with other majors. 

Please note that institutional nominations are no longer required, and students should apply directly for NIST SURF.  ...