A&S ACCESS Program

A&S ACCESS: A summer STEM Research Internship Program (as of 4/9/21 applications are closed for summer 2021)

The A&S ACCESS Program is a paid undergraduate student summer research internship for A&S STEM majors interested in gaining experience in biological research. The program provides support to first-generation college students and/or underrepresented minority undergraduates in STEM. Both students who are currently conducting biological research or want to gain research experience are encouraged apply.

  • 10 weeks of full-time summer scientific research in a faculty mentor laboratory contingent on UC policy regarding COVID-19
  • Students receive a summer stipend of $4000
  • Professional development workshops will be held during the summer alongside the research experiences.

Department of Biological Sciences faculty mentor labs and more information on their research programs can be found below:

Faculty mentor


More information on faculty research

Joshua Benoit

Insect stress tolerance, hormonal regulation of metabolism, reproductive physiology


Michael Booth

Aquatic ecology, fish biology, migration and dispersal, streams, limnology, invasive species


Daniel Buchholz

Evolution and development; hormonal control of development


Elke Buschbeck

Neuroethology: function and evolution of insect visual systems


Theresa Culley

Population genetics of plants, invasive species; habitat fragmentation


Kathleen Grogan

Anthropological genetics, epigenomic response, environmental change.


Joshua Gross

Molecular and genetic bases for cave adaptation; evolution and development


Patrick Guerra

Sensory ecology; orientation and navigation mechanisms; animal architecture


Elizabeth Hobson

Ecology and evolution of social complexity; cognitive ecology; social structure


John Layne

Neuroethology; sensory ecology; mechanisms of animal navigation


Nathan Morehouse

Visual and behavioral ecology, coevolutionary dynamics of reproductive traits


Kenneth Petren

Landscape genetics, rapid evolution, ancient DNA, vertebrates


Stephanie Rollmann

Genetics and neurobiology of behavior, olfaction; chemical ecology


Brent Stoffer and George Uetz

Animal communication, sensory ecology and sexual selection; arachnology

https://researchdirectory.uc.edu/p/stoffebm and https://researchdirectory.uc.edu/p/uetzgw


How to apply.

  1. Download and fill out the Excel application form. Label the file as follows: Applicant Last name_ACCESS_Application (e.g., Doe_ACCESS_Application)
  2. Write a personal statement describing (a) your long-term academic and career goals, (b) undergraduate research (if any) conducted to date (not required), and (c) what you wish to gain from this summer experience. The statement must be 500 words or fewer. Label and save the file as a pdf. The filename should be as follows: Applicant Lastname_ACCESS_PS (e.g., Doe_ACCESS_PS)
  3. A minimum of one letter of recommendation sent directly from the recommender to Dr. Stephanie Rollmann (stephanie.rollmann@uc.edu).
  4. Send application to Dr. Stephanie Rollmann at stephanie.rollmann@uc.edu

Questions should be sent to Dr. Stephanie Rollmann at stephanie.rollmann@uc.edu


Application review will begin March 22, 2021 and continue until the program is filled.


A participant must be an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati and College of Arts and Sciences STEM major. Applications are especially encouraged from Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Prep students.Replace with your text