National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scholars Connect Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) office is seeking undergraduate students to participate in the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program (NSCP). The program is designed to provide environmental health sciences research training and frontier level training in biomedical research under the mentorship of highly trained NIEHS staff.  Participants will also have opportunities for personal and professional development. Students from underrepresented groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply. 

What will I be doing?

Participants are paired with a NIEHS research mentor who will guide them through the scientific research process of defining a hypothesis, designing and conducting experiments to test the hypothesis, and analyzing and reporting the results. Projects will be determined by the hosting lab’s Principal Investigator.

Why should I apply?

As a participant, you will be a part of a research team striving to accomplish NIEHS research missions in areas related to human health and the environment. NSCP is dedicated to providing training in biomedical research so that you can apply your knowledge outside the classroom and gain career-changing experiences. 


Summer Connection full-time 40 hours a week: Juniors $2,680/month, Seniors $2,860/month

Fall and Spring Connections prorated for part-time 15 hours a week

Program Dates

Summer Connection: June 5, 2023–August 4, 2023 Full-time

Fall Connection: September 4, 2023–November 17, 2023 Part-time

Spring Connection: January 8, 2024–April 19, 2024 Part-time

Dates are subject to change


To apply, applicants must be a rising junior or senior at a 4-year college or university, or must have completed an advanced number of credit hours in science and math at a nearby community college.

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR),
  • Applicants must live within commuting distance of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina area
  • Be currently enrolled, full-time or part-time in a degree granting program as a junior or senior in an undergraduate STEM major at a 4-year college or university or must have completed an advanced number of credit hours in a STEM at a nearby community college.  
  • Be in good academic standing- Have at least 3.0 cumulative GPA and preferably a 3.5+ GPA in STEM courses

A strong interest in or currently pursuing studies in disciplines related to biomedical research

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By Stephanie DelVento
Stephanie DelVento Senior Administrative Assistant, Health Professions Advising/STEM Connect