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Integral to its mission is Nebraska EPSCoR's commitment to advancing workforce development through outreach and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Nebraska EPSCoR has developed several programs that nurture the pipeline of STEM students through middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate school: summer science camps, internships, laboratory research experiences, and in-class advanced molecular biology units. Click a link below to jump to a section of interest.

For Middle School Students:
Young Nebraska Scientists Summer Science Camps

For High School Students:
Young Nebraska Scientists Summer Research Experience
Molecular Biology for Secondary Classrooms

For college and graduate students:
Nebraska Engineering, Science and Technology Internship Program
Undergraduate Research Experiences at Small Colleges and Universities

Young Nebraska Scientists Summer Science Camps
The Young Nebraska Scientist (YNS) program, developed by Nebraska EPSCoR, is designed to provide students from across the state with opportunities to learn science through doing science and to explore the intersection of science, technology and society. The aim is to nurture a robust pipeline of Nebraska students whose engagement with the STEM fields leads to higher education and STEM careers.

Since 2008, Nebraska EPSCoR has offered five- and three-day summer science camps for middle school and high school students on topics that relate to the grand challenges faced by our society: energy production, water, and near space exploration. New topics for future camps are in development. More information can be found on the YNS website.

Young Nebraska Scientists Summer Research Experience
Nebraska EPSCoR also facilitates the Young Nebraska Scientist High School Summer Research Experience for 11th and 12th grade students. Interested students apply for a full-time, paid position lasting 8 to 10 weeks during the summer and are matched based on ability and interest with participating faculty research teams at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or University of Nebraska at Omaha. Several past participants of the YNS summer science camps have become YNS Summer Researchers. More information can be found on the YNS website.

Molecular Biology for Secondary Classrooms (MBSC)
The MBSC program provides equipment, materials, and instructional support for three advanced molecular biology based labs for use in Nebraska's secondary classrooms. MBSC reaches more than 30 Nebraska secondary teachers and more than 1,000 ethnically, geographically, and socio-economically diverse Nebraska secondary students each year. More information can be found on the MBSC website.

Nebraska Engineering, Science and Technology Internship Program (NESTIP)
In order to facilitate substantive undergraduate and graduate experience in private industry in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), Nebraska EPSCoR developed the NESTIP program in 2001. Nebraska EPSCoR shares the cost of student internships at private companies for up to 12 months, paying for up to 50% of the student's salary and related FICA taxes but not more than $5,000 in a 6-month period. Applications are accepted at any time and are selected on a competitive basis as funds for the program are available. For more detailed program information, please go here.

Undergraduate Research Experiences in Small Colleges and Universities
Nebraska EPSCoR has created the Undergraduate Research Experience grant program to provide research experience for selected students in small public and private Nebraska colleges and universities that offer undergraduate degrees related to science, technology, engineering, and math. Faculty members apply for the grant to support a specific, undergraduate research project. We particularly encourage applications from faculty members from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences or who are including students from underrepresented groups. Requests for proposals are usually due in early spring. Visit this page for more information, and check our RFP page for active requests for proposal.


National Science Foundation
U. S. Department of Energy
National Institute of Health

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