W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

The Department of Biological Sciences and CWU Foundation have secured a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund undergraduate summer research at CWU. Awardees can earn up to $5000.  They must take no more than 5 credits during the summer session, must work the equivalent of 40 hours per week on their research, and not have external employment during the 9-week summer internship period.  In addition, each awardee is entitled to up to $400 for lab supplies over a nine-week summer period to conduct original research using flow cytometry in some aspect of their work. Any eligible undergraduate student with experience in cell and molecular biology with a faculty research mentor is encouraged to apply. Applicants who have not received prior funding will receive priority.  Faculty mentors will likely receive some financial support through COTS SURE program.

The application deadline is APRIL 10, 2016


1. Any undergraduate student with sophomore, junior or senior status who is a full-time, matriculated student at Central Washington University, is interested in cell and molecular research, and has a sponsoring faculty mentor is eligible to apply. All applicants are expected to incorporate flow cytometry into some aspect of their research.

2. Eligible students must have completed at least one year of introductory biology or equivalent. Applicants must be a full-time student at Central Washington University.

3. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and provide an unofficial transcript.


Successful awardees are expected to:

1. Conduct independent undergraduate research sponsored by a faculty member in their area of interest.
2. Incorporate flow cytometry into some aspect of their research.
3. Present research findings at SOURCE and other professional scientific venues, including potentially publishing work in peer-reviewed journals.


Applicants must submit:

1. A completed online application form

2. A research proposal that includes abstract, background, research question, hypotheses/predictions, and experimental design that includes some aspect of flow cytometry. 

3. Letter from sponsoring faculty endorsing student.

4. Unofficial transcript(s) from all attended colleges.

5. Career goals and aspirations.

All applications must be submitted electronically to the Department of Biological Sciences at A panel of faculty will review each application according to criteria and the most competitive awardees will be chosen. Students will receive notification of application status as soon as possible.