Epidemiological Research

Join the Spring/Summer Research Project that is a collaboration between the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA), Century College, Minneapolis Technical & Community College (Minneapolis College), National Science Foundation, and the 3M Foundation. 

These Spring/Summer Research projects will engage students in a short-term, introductory research experience. The program gives students a taste of authentic research early in college to prepare them for a traditional research program at a later time, such as a typical 10-week, 40-hour-per-week research program the following summer. Students may participate in the Spring/Summer Research and also take classes or work.

The program will potentially be 4 to 6 weeks long, where students are in the virtual lab Monday through Thursday afternoons. Some Friday afternoons may have varied meeting times due to field trip schedules.

Scholars will receive a stipend of up to $925 (contingent on participation and attendance) for 4 weeks; adjusted if 6 weeks.

Virtual Epidemiological Research: A global health crisis has arisen, causing most of the world to modify and adapt much of their lives to aid this fight. We have an opportunity to focus our attention on a real-time biological challenge. Our focus will be to study epidemiology and the spread of infectious diseases. In this research experience, students will take an epidemiological approach to research. Students will look at the incidence, distribution, and control of infectious disease and look for other factors relating to its morbidity and mortality. Students will participate in virtual professional development and site tours, presentations, and designing their own epidemiological study.

Click here to view Summer 2021's Tiny Earth/Epidemiological poster presentations. 

Epidemiological Research Details (2023 Spring & Summer)

All applications open on November 1, 2022. Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 applications are here. Spring applications are due November 27, 2022. Summer applications are due Saturday, April 15th, 2023

Contact uchec001@umn.edu for any questions regarding the application process.


  • Be/become an LS-NSSA scholar (contact LS-NSSA nssa@umn.edu for additional information). 

Details :

  • Summer Dates: May 31st - July 11th, 2023 (Break: July 3rd - July 7th) 
  • Application opens up on March 1st, 2023 
  • 5 week long program 
  • $1,095 stipend received at the end of the program
  • Applications are due April 15th for Summer. 
VER Summer Program Flyer