There are two opportunities that exist for undergraduates looking to gain experience in a laboratory setting:
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): The Wadsworth Center hosts an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program. Ten students will be selected from colleges across the county to work for 10 weeks on independent research projects with scientists. Details on the 2017 program will be posted in mid-fall. The 2016 program ran from June 6 through August 12. Students received a $5250 stipend plus housing and a meal allowance. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.
Volunteers: Students may volunteer in the laboratories for the academic year, the summer break or both. Scientists at Wadsworth Center will accept high school students as volunteers in their laboratories, although college students are more likely to find placement. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. If you wish to volunteer in a Wadsworth Center laboratory, consult senior staff to identify a specific scientist whose research is of primary interest to you and contact the scientist directly either by phone or e-mail.