COVID-19 Research Update

Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic, remote research may be the only possible option. Davidson College will have a preliminary forecast for fall/winter research travel by late fall and a subsequent preliminary forecast for spring/summer research travel by late spring 2021. We will notify you as the situation develops. In the meantime, we encourage you to complete any application of interest with your research needs in mind (including any travel) and maybe a short note about how your project will change if travel is involved. We will make space on all applications for the latter.

The primary goal of the Davidson Research Network (DRN) is to provide an off campus summer research experience of approximately eight weeks for Davidson students who plan to pursue a career in the health sciences.

Each DRN experience is conducted under the mentorship of a research scientist leading their field of inquiry. Many of the mentors are Davidson graduates who have assumed leadership roles in health science education across the US.

A particular aspect of the DRN is the ability to pick a research experience at a location where the Davidson student may be interested in applying to graduate school. This allows the student to evaluate the institution and develop contacts for future recommendations should they apply to graduate school in that area. DRN sites are available across the country and include the following disciplines: Oncology, Infectious Disease, Immunology, Airway Disease, Neonatology, Neuroscience, Dermatology, Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, HIV Immunity and Prevention, Substance Abuse, Biomedical Engineering, and Healthcare Policy. Sites include the following:

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • New York University
  • The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Primary Care in Washington DC
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Duke University
  • The University of Colorado at Denver
  • Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School
  • Vanderbilt University

Competitive stipends of $5,000 are available to support this training.

The research internship with Dr. Clyde Wright at the University of Colorado is through the University of Colorado Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students (GEMS) program. This program focuses on underrepresented minority or first generation college students. There is a separate GEMS application which is submitted after the student is selected by the DRN program.

Application: Download the DRN Application (PDF)
Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Contact: Nicole L. Snyder (