News Archive

This past Saturday, July 20, the BDSI, BioConnect, and RARE summer research programs traveled to America’s Grow-A-Row (AGAR) in Pittstown, NJ. AGAR is a non-profit farm that donates all of its produce to help fight hunger. They also have educational programs to teach students about health and nutrition. Together with other community volunteers, our group harvested 4,800 pounds or 19.200 servings of corn. In just 1.5 hours, we harvested corn for over 19,000 people.


Sunday, October 20, 2019 - 10:45
Our first group of 16 RARE students will graduate in May, 2019. In fact, two graduated early and have been admitted to medical school. Others are now hearing from graduate schools—RARE will be represented at Stanford, Penn, and Maryland next year,  watch for updates as more offers are received. And it’s hiring time. We’ll add information about the students who will be entering the work force soon. Check back soon for updates, including news about summer research.
Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 14:45

The 13th annual Biosystems Dynamics Summer Institute (BDSI) is planned for May 22-July 26, 2019.

BDSI is a 10 week research-intensive program that was launched at Lehigh University with support from a Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant in Summer, 2007. The Institute was highly successful and continued institutional support is anticipated. The program objective is to expand interdisciplinary research opportunities at the University by enabling cross-disciplinary projects.

Research Projects are led by faculty teams and include graduate and undergraduate students working together on a bioscience-related research project. Funding includes stipends for undergraduate participants.


  • We invite applications from interested students majoring in the natural sciences or engineering. Please see the attached announcement for details and to access the application, which is due February 8, 2019.

  • We invite applications from Lehigh faculty to serve as mentors.  A major goal of the program is to provide research training experiences that emphasize disciplinary breadth and, where possible, the role of collaboration in addressing the increasingly complex problems in STEM fields. Interested faculty are asked to submit a 150 word project abstract by February 8, 2019 to:

Student Application Information

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 09:30 to Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 09:30

RARE students Grace, Long, and Isabel along with other SEA-PHAGE students and lead scientist Dr. Graham Hatfull at the 2nd Annual Philly Phage Phestival today! Our group earned an award in the poster competition. Congratulations!!!

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 09:00 to Sunday, July 7, 2019 - 16:30

Members of BDSI & RARE travelled to America’s Grow-A-Row Pittstown farm on Saturday, July 21st to help harvest cucumbers and zucchini. With everyone's hard work, we were able to harvest a total of 1,600 pounds of zucchini and 4,600 pounds of cucumbers. That correlates to 6,400 servings of zucchini and 18,400 servings of cucumbers.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 12:45



This summer our students secured internship funding through several different highly competitive programs. Those programs are Grants for Experiential Learning in Health (GELH), Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), and the Iacocca International internship Program.



The GELH fellowships are a Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, and Engineering and Applied Sciences funded grant program to support experiential learning activities in health for sophomore and junior undergraduates.

Award Recipients: Sydney Yang, Iman Mosley, Destiny West


PITA Grant (

The PITA Grant is a collaboration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) at Lehigh University, and the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. The mission of the PITA program is to assist the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and companies within the Commonwealth to increase operating efficiency and to enhance economic development.

Award Recipients: Zhihao Cheng


Iacocca International Internships (

The Iacocca International Internship program is a fully funded internship with the goal of ensuring international experiences are open to all students.

Award Recipients: Victoria Campbell, Alondra Maldonado, Isabel Amaya

Congratulations again to our students!


  • Pictured: Isabel Amaya at her Iacocca Intership in Yangon, Myanmar
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:45

The Rapidly Accelerated Research Experience (RARE) guarantees paid Summer research for our program participants. We have students who are contributing to research projects on campus in Lehigh's laboratories, locally, nationally, and abroad. Here are the companies and laboratories where our students, starting their freshman year are researching.  

On Campus Research Leads
  • Dr. Neal Simon
  • Dr. Vassie Ware
  • Dr. Yaling Liu
  • Dr. Amber Rice
  • Dr. Santiago Herrera
  • Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis
  • Dr. Joan Ramage
  • Dr. Katie Hoffman
  • Dr.Dimitrios Vavylonis
  • Dr. Muhannad Suleiman
  • Dr. Himanshu Jain
  • Dr. Kerney Glover
  • Dr. Aurelia Honerkamp
  • Dr. Daniel Lopresti
  • Dr. Linda Lowe-Krentz
  • Dr. Kathy Iovine
  • Cameron McCoy

Local Placements

  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • PPL

National Placements

  • Regeneron
  • John Hopkins Medicine
  • A Private Dental Clinic
  • Thermo Plastics Tech


  • Myanmar
  • Peru
Friday, June 22, 2018 - 09:00

Reminder: Deadlines to Apply for NCSA Fellowships and Internships
are approaching!

(1) Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships
1-year fellowship
$38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition
Due date for applications: Fri Feb 2 2018

(2) Blue Waters Student Internships
2-week intensive Petascale Institute
$5000 stipend
Due date for applications: Fri Feb 2 2018

(3) Blue Waters Faculty Mentor Program
Due date for caculty to submit positions: Mon Jan 15 2018

10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Date date for applications: Sat Feb 10 2018

(5) XSEDE EMPOWER Program 


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the
University of Illinois offers a number of undergraduate and
graduate internship and HPC workforce-readiness programs.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty from
institutions around the U.S. are invited to apply for these

Deadlines to apply for the opportunities highlighted below are
quickly approaching.

Apply today and gain access to world-class resources and
mentorship at NCSA!

(1) Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships

Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships provide PhD students with a year
of support, including a $38,000 stipend, up to $12,000 in tuition
allowance, an allocation of up to 50,000 node-hours on the
powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system, and funds for
travel to a Blue Waters Symposium to present research progress and

For the Fellowships, preference will be given to candidates
engaged in multidisciplinary research projects that combine
disciplines such as computer science, applied mathematics, and
computational science applications.

Applicants should be in the second or later year of their graduate
program with a well-developed, related research proposal.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the
U.S. by the time of the application deadline (February 2nd, 2018).

Guidelines and application forms can be found here:

(2) Blue Waters Student Internships

As part of the Blue Waters efforts to motivate and train the
next generation of supercomputing researchers, the program is
sponsoring about 20 undergraduate research interns each year.

The goal is to engage undergraduate students in
petascale computing research and development projects.

The program provides each student a stipend totaling $5,000,
a two-week intensive Petascale Institute, and an education
allocation on the Blue Waters system.

Select students will travel to the Blue Waters Symposium.

This program includes support for undergraduate internship
activities at any accredited degree-granting institution in the U.S.

We strongly encourage the participation of students who belong to
groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences; including,
but not limited to, women, minorities, and/or persons with

The internships awarded through this program may be for students
working with a faculty mentor from their home institution, or at
any other campus.

Interested faculty can work with a particular student that they
identify, or may select a qualified student with Blue Waters
support through our program.

Applications are due February 2nd, 2018.

Guidelines and application forms can be found here:


(3) Blue Waters Faculty Mentor Program

We are seeking faculty to engage undergraduate students in the
above mentioned year-long internship opportunities.

Students in the internship program will gain experiences involving
the application of HPC to problems in science, mathematics or

This program provides support for internship activities at any
accredited degree-granting institution in the United States.

Faculty who would like to mentor an undergraduate student should
submit descriptions of available positions.

Positions may be intended for a particular applicant or opened to
all qualified applicants.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to recruit students to apply for
the positions they are submitting; students must submit an
application for consideration.

We strongly encourage participation by faculty and students who
belong to groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences;
including, but not limited to, women, minorities, and/or persons
with disabilities.

Faculty may submit positions by January 15, 2018.

Submission guidelines and materials can be found here:


Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion,
Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is a
10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program

at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's
National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

INCLUSION is an opportunity for 10 undergraduate students from
underrepresented communities and Minority Serving Institutions to
work in pairs with pairs of mentors on interdisciplinary
socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and
use open source software (OSS).

Applications for the REU-INCLUSION Program are due on
February 10th, 2018, and can be found here:


(5) XSEDE EMPOWER Program 

An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by
recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the
skills -- or are interested in acquiring the skills -- to
participate in the actual work of XSEDE:

The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER (Expert Mentoring
Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research).

We invite the whole XSEDE community -- staff, researchers, and
educators -- to recruit and mentor undergraduate students to
engage in a variety of XSEDE activities, such as computational
and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of
study, networking, system maintenance and support, and

The program provides a stipend to students and resources for the
training of those students who work on XSEDE projects for
one semester, one quarter, one summer, or longer.

Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at a
US degree-granting institution through the duration of their

More information on requirements and various due dates can be
found here:

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 10:00

Lehigh RARE student, Isabel Amaya, was awarded 1st place in the poster competition at the 2017 Philly Page Phestival.

The 2017 Philly Phage Phestival was held on October 21 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Activities included a keynote talk from Dr. Welkin Pope from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as poster sessions featuring students from nearby SEA-PHAGES institutions (University of the Sciences, Lehigh University and Drexel), and faculty workshops covering the successes and challenges of SEA-PHAGES. Faculty and staff from three colleges that participate in the SEA-PHAGES program locally, partnered to create the Philly Phage Phestival with funding from a HHMI grant. 

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 10:45


  • May 31 - Submit Housing Contract
  • June 30 - Register for Orientation
  • July 1 - Educational Payment Plan
  • August 1 - Tuition Payment Due
  • August 24 - Orientation Begins


Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 23:00