Available Projects – Summer 2018

BMSIS provides opportunities for college students to participate as Young Scientists with our institute, providing opportunities to participate in basic research and learn about science communication. Young Scientists conduct supervised research under direct supervision by a BMSIS mentor. The Young Scientist may work on-site or remotely, depending on the needs of the project, mentor, and Young Scientist. Funding is available for some projects (see the list below) but not all. Young Scientist positions will last nominally a maximum of three months. Funded positions may last longer.

BMSIS Young Scientists will write a written report of their research. This report may be used in a variety of applications, including (but not limited to): undergraduate project/thesis, conference proceedings, peer-reviewed journal, magazine/newspaper article, writing samples for job applications. BMSIS Young Scientists will be expected to present the results of their research either internally (to a larger audience of BMSIS scientists using virtual communication tools) or externally (to a larger audience of scientists at an academic conference).

BMSIS Young Scientists will also be paired with a communication mentor to help develop their skills in science communication. The Young Scientist Program includes required modules in science communication as well as ethics and society with guidance from their research and communication mentors. Young Scientists also will attend monthly BMSIS seminars and may have other opportunities to participate in BMSIS activities.

Upon successful completion of the Young Scientist Program and required modules, BMSIS Young Scientists shall receive a certificate of completion. Alumni from the Young Scientist Program may also receive requests for follow-up program evaluation. Applications for the Young Scientist Program will be accepted on a rolling basis with limited available positions, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply or contact us for more information.


  • Currently seeking a degree at a 4-year university or a community college (with high school or equivalent complete)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to dedicate at least 5 hrs per week during normal business hours for the duration of the program (time requirements may depend on project)
  • Provide proof of eligibility to work in the country of the Young Scientist Program
  • May be required to allow a background check in order to obtain security clearance (e.g. if needed to obtain a badge at a NASA center)
  • May not be a current US government employee or a civil servant
  • BMS cannot sponsor travel or work visas to the United States

Important Dates for the 2018 YSP

  • March 1, 2018 – Applications open
  • April 15, 2018 – Applications close
  • May 1, 2018 – Decisions communicated to applicants
  • June 1, 2018 – YSP begins
  • September 30, 2018 – YSP ends

Application Requirements

  • Contact one or more BMSIS scientists expressing specific interests about listed projects (see list below) by sending inquiries to apply@bmsis.org
  • atisfy any eligibility requirements specified by the BMS YSP and the “Special Skills” section of the project to be considered for the project
  • Complete the online BMSIS Young Scientist application form
  • Along with your completed application form, please submit an unofficial copy of your collegiate transcript to apply@bmsis.org
  • Please have two letters of recommendation sent to to apply@bmsis.org

Summer 2018 Research Projects will be listed on March 1st