Research Opportunity

 

Positions available for Research Interns:

Researchers pursuing or having recently completed Masters' degrees in the History and Philosophy of Science are encouraged to contact the Center for Humanities Studies to learn about exciting research internship opportunities in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives.

As an Archives Research Intern, you can pursue any project that matches your interest in our vast collection of original materials covering the development of modern biology. From the documents of the misguided Eugenics Record Office to the enlightened birth of molecular biology, and from the earliest efforts to understand cellular processes by the RNA Tie club to the advent of DNA Sequencing, the lab notebooks, correspondence, photographs, reprints, administrative documentation, financial records, and so much more are waiting to tell their stories and share their history. Contact the Center today to apply for an Internship at the world renown Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

For a more complete description of our Archives collections, please visit the Archives website.

A testimonial from a previous Research Intern:

Siddharth SatishchandranThe research I have conducted for the archives has been a wonderful experience. As someone with a background in History of Science, I have been able to research topics as varied as molecular biology and model organism studies, which I plan to formulate into PhD dissertation topics as I pursue my career to become a Historian of Modern Biology. Working at the archives of a scientific institute of such renown as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has allowed me not only to research topics of interest but also to learn the intricacies of archival work and contribute to the archives goals of research and preservation.

- Siddharth Satishchandran

 

           

 

 

FELLOWS

 

Current Fellows 2018 - 2019 :

Neeraja Sankaran

History of Tumor Virus Research

Ayah B. Nuriddin

Johns Hopkins University

Liberation Eugenics: African Americans and the Science of Black Freedom 

Struggles, 1890-1970

Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

The genetic of Brazilian northeastern population, 1950-1980: heredity, race and culture

 

Future Fellows: 2019-2020

Charles A. Kollmer

Princeton University

From Elephant to Bacterium: Microbes, Microbiologists, and the Chemical Order of Nature

Beans Velocci

Yale University

Apparent Exceptions Occur’: Race, Expertise, and the Persistence of Uncertainty in American Sex Research

Nuala F. Caomhanach

New York University/American Museum of Natural History

The Unfinished Synthesis: The Rise of Phylogenetics in an Age of Climate Change, 1880-1990

Paloma Rodrigo Gonzales

The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Elusive Evidence, Enduring Fluidity: Historical Trajectories of the 

“Mongolian Spot”as a Marker of Race

Christa L. Kuljian

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

A History of Sexism in Science at Harvard and Beyond: Through the Eyes of Ruth Hubbard

Chelsea Chamberlain

University of Pennsylvania

The ways families identified, defined, and sought out treatment for their children's mental and moral impairments in the early twentieth century

 

Research Travel Grants

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library & Archives, Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

CSHL offers a Research Travel Grant Program for students, faculty or independent scholars who wish to utilize the CSHL Archives for research. The purpose of the travel grant is to foster research in the CSHL Archives and Genentech Center Archives.

This new program will provide successful applicants with awards of up to $1000 for travel to CSHL for onsite use of our Archives. It may also be used for lodging and other travel expenses. Research trips may last any length of time.

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The Research Travel Grant awards up to $1,000 (USD).

 

Application Instructions

Applications are due by October 31st, of each year.


Applications may be submitted electronically via email to [email address]. Please attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a cover letter in the body of the email and please format the subject line of your application email as "Research Travel Grant Program, [Year], [Your Name]"

Applications may also be submitted on paper directly to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives by mail to:

Research Travel Grant Program
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives
1 Bungtown Rd.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

A complete application package must include the following:

  1. The one-page application form [link]
  2. A current résumé or CV.
  3. A research proposal
  4. A description of the project you wish to undertake.
  5. A proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.
  6. One letter of recommendation.
    • For paper applications, reference letters should be sent in sealed envelopes signed by the referee across the flap.
    • For electronic applications, please have your referees email their letters independent of your application prior to the October 31st application deadline.

The description should the project you wish to undertake, including specific details of how the resources of the CSHL and/or Gnenentech Archives would be pertinent to your project. It should be 1-3 pages in length in a double-spaced 12 pt. font.


The CSHL Advisory Archives Committee will review each application and base its selection on the relevance of the applicant's research topic to the CSHL Archives and Genentech Center's collections, and it's quality, sophistication, and length.


The CSHL Archives Committee will notify applicants in December of the application year.

 

Award Conditions

    Upon acceptance of the grant, recipients will be asked to:

  1. Provide CSHL with a report on the results of their research.
  2. Acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research.
  3. Notify CSHL of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.


 

 

 

The late Ellen Brenner

The Ellen Brenner Memorial fellowship program was established in 2010 in memory of Ellen Brenner, who was a librarian and an integral member of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) community for nearly a decade.

Two fellowships of $1,000 each will be awarded each year. The program is open to librarians, archivists, and professionals from related or unrelated disciplines who wish to explore new career options in science librarianship, science information, archives, or history of science.

Made possible by the generosity of Ellen's husband, Dr. Steven Brenner, and other donations made to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in honor of her memory, the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship offers a stipend to work on a mentored project at CSHL. Experienced librarians and archivists at the CSHL Library and Archives and the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology will serve as the recipient's mentors.

Donors: To support this fellowship, click on Donate Now and specify the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship in the comment area.

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About the Award:

Ellen Brenner was a reference librarian at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. She upheld the highest standards of excellence in her work, while bringing warmth and sincerity to everyone with whom she worked. She had extensive knowledge of medical and science literature, having worked as a reference librarian at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Health Sciences Library, the Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine, and at the Cornell University Medical College Library. Her professional contributions led to significant growth of the Library's programs and services. The Fellowships are a testament to Ellen's understanding of the important interactions between libraries and scientists in the advancement of knowledge.


Application is open to professionals who:

  • are interested in science
  • are interested in beginning or continuing a career as a science librarian or informationist
  • wish to explore careers in science archives
  • are members of the scientific community interested in careers as an archivist or science historian.

 

 


The Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship awards up to $1,000 (USD).


Ellen Brenner Library Fellows will gain experience working in a science library with scientific resources, as well as become involved with various projects at the CSHL Library. Fellows will work at CSHL on projects that expand the Library's reference services and strengthen its bond with the CSHL scientific community. Fellows may also work on special projects relating to the development of science libraries in the 21st century. To learn more about the Library collections and holdings, please visit our Library Resources information page.

Ellen Brenner Archives Fellows will gain experience working with collections related to the history of CSHL and the history of molecular biology and biotechnology; and special collections of prominent scientists in the early years of these fields. Fellows will work on projects that are currently under way in the CSHL Archives and the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Topic areas include digitization, oral history, archives processing, and cataloging/creating metadata. To learn more about the Archives collections and holdings and The Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, please visit our Archives information page.

 

Application Instructions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Applications may be submitted electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a cover letter in the body of the email and please format the subject line of your application email as "Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship Application, [Year], [Your Name]"

Applications may also be submitted on paper directly to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives by mail to:

Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship Program
Library and Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives
1 Bungtown Rd.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

A complete application package must include the following:

  1. The two-page application form, available at the bottom of this page.
  2. A statement of purpose
  3. Brief budget statement showing the expenses for which support is requested.
  4. A curriculum vitae. Please include undergraduate and graduate education, dates of study, areas of study, publications, and previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards.
  5. Two letters of reference from individuals, evaluating your ability to succeed as a librarian or archivist. These referees should be familiar with your work.
    • For paper applications, reference letters should be sent in sealed envelopes signed by the referee across the flap.
    • For electronic applications, please have your referees email their letters independent of your application prior to the December 31st application deadline.

The statement of purpose should be 500 - 1000 words in 12 pt. font, double-spaced. It should include a description of your career goals and an explanation of the importance of the fellowship both in relation to your own career goals and the broader discipline.


The selection of the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellow is based on CSHL's determination of:

  1. Motivation to pursue professional development activities in the areas of science, library and information science, and archives management.
  2. Evidence of the applicant's ability to succeed as a science librarian or archivist (as outlined in at least two letters of reference, reviews of previous work, publication record, etc.)

 


The CSHL Archives Committee will decide on applications by the end of April each year, and notify applicants immediately thereafter.

 

Award Conditions

In submitting an application for the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship, the applicant does not incur any obligation to accept the award if selected.

  1. The Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellow will be required to work on the premises of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives, at least part time and for no fewer than two months.
  2. The Fellow is expected to present a brief written or oral report on his or her project(s).
  3. A copy of the final report is to be given to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives to be placed in its files.

 


The stipend of $1000 can be used for any purpose, including local travel and living expenses while in residence or working at CSHL.


 

 

 

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Sydney brenner Research Scholarship Banner Image

The Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship, endowed by the Francis Goelet Charitable Trust in 2006, is one of three scholarships offered by the Center for Humanities Studies of Modern Biology at CSHL.  This scholarship offers stipends of up to $5,000 to scholars to fund travel and other expenses associated with working on a research project requiring use of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives collections on topics ranging from the history of cancer, women in science, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, plant biology, the intersection of biology and physics, the molecular biology revolution, and more.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Mission

The Sydney Brenner Research Scholarships support scholars, historians, writers, documentarians, and advanced-year graduate students engaged in research which will promote the knowledge of the history of any aspect of the life sciences through the publication of the research in various media, including manuscripts, books, journal or magazine articles, television and radio programs.

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About the Award

The scholarship is open to all scholars, historians, writers, documentarians, and advanced-year graduate students wishing to perform research for a specific project of relevance to the archival materials held in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives.


The Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship awards up to $5,000 (USD) to each scholarship recipient.


Scholarship recipients will be able to conduct their research in the CSHL Archives with the aid of our archival staff and librarians. They will have complete access to our collections, digital materials, and related materials for the duration of the award. Space for research and onsite accommodations are available; scholarship recipients must book accommodations ahead of time.

Please see the full description of the collections at the CSHL Archives page.


Application Instructions

Applications must be received by December 31st, 2019 to be considered for the 2020-2021 academic year.


A complete application package must include the following:

  1. The two-page application form, found at the bottom of this page
  2. A research proposal
  3. Selected bibliography of titles or collections in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives that are relevant to your research proposal.
  4. Brief budget statement showing the expenses for which support is requested.
  5. A curriculum vitae. Please include undergraduate and graduate education, dates of study, areas of study, previous publications, and previous or current fellowships, grants, and awards, and a brief description of your research interests.
  6. Two letters of reference from individuals, evaluating your proposal. These referees should be familiar with your work.
    • For paper applications, reference letters should be sent in sealed envelopes signed by the referee across the flap.
    • For electronic applications, please have your referees email their letters independent of your application prior to the December 31st application deadline.

Applications may be submitted electronically via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please attach all documents in .pdf, .doc, or .docx formats, with a cover letter in the body of the email and please format the subject line of your application email as "Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship Application, [Year], [Your Name]"

Applications may also be submitted on paper directly to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives by mail to:

Brenner Scholarship Research Program
Genentech Center for the History of
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives
1 Bungtown Rd.
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

The research proposal should be a statement of your intended research describing your project. This should include a full description of the research you plan to undertake at CSHL, an explanation of the importance of the project in relation to your own research goals and the broader discipline, and justification for conducting your research at CSHL. A brief description of any additional archival collections (outside CSHL) you're planning to conduct complimentary research at and the amount of time you intend to spend at each institution (if applicable). The CSHL Archives Committee seeks a proposal that is sophisticated, detailed, and original.

The proposal should be no longer than two pages - 12 pt. font, double-spaced.


The CSHL Archives Committee will review the applications will base its selection of the Sydney Brenner Research Scholar on several factors. The Laboratory will assess the applicant's research proposal on the merits of its quality, sophistication, depth, and relevance to CSHL's archival holdings. We look for a unique proposal that will focus on a specific topic or perspective within the history of science, molecular biology, biotechnology and genetics.


The CSHL Archives Committee will decide on applications in April, 2020, and notify applicants immediately thereafter.


Award Conditions

  1. Scholars are required to travel to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory within one (1) calendar year of award notification to conduct their research using the Library and Archives collections.
  2. Scholars are expected to present the results of their research to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory community in a talk.
  3. A copy of the final research project (in the form of a scholarly book, article, or other medium) is to be donated to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives as part of its collection.
  4. The research findings are expected to be presented in a professional talk, meeting, website, or other type of presentation and to culminate in a scholarly book, article, or other project after completion of the research.

The stipend can be used for any purpose relating to the Scholar's research project, including travel, transportation, daily expenses, and accommodations for one year. The stipend is to cover expenses incurred for travel and subsistence while doing research using the resources of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives. Additional costs that may apply include recording oral history interviews, transcribing oral history interviews, microfilming archival materials, or completing other research tasks. Complimentary research to be conducted at archives outside our institution may also be included.


Previous Awardees

Year Awardee Research Product
2018-2019 Alison Kraft
Max Planck Institute for
the History of Science (Berlin, Germany)
Visiting Scholar, Department I: Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge
The Walker B. James Lab: a case study of biophysics in the interwar period.
2016-2017 Matthew Cobb
University of Manchester
Professor, School of Biological Sciences
An article and BBC radio program on the collaboration of Crick and Brenner, 1956-1976
2015-2016 Miriam Rich
Harvard University
Doctoral Candidate, History of Science
Ph.D. thesis chapter on the scientific concept of defects of development
2014-2015 Erika Langer
University of San Francisco
Doctoral Candidate, History of Health Science

Molecular Ferment: The Rise and Proliferation of Yeast Model Organism Research (2016), University of California, San Francisco, (Doctoral Dissertation).

Dr. Langer says of the Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship and her time at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory:

My visit to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory deepened my understanding of my subject matter, not only through the Archives' preservation of rich source materials relevant to my project but also through the direct experience of the Laboratory setting--its architecture, environment, and celebration of living history. The Archives offers scholars excellent open access to its digitized collections, but I am indebted to the Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship for the unparalleled experience of an in-person visit with the superb help of onsite staff.

 

2013-2014 Lijing Jiang
Princeton University
Postdoctoral Fellow
A book on the history of cell death and aging research
2012-2013 Gregory J. Morgan
Stevens Institute of Technology
Associate Professor, Philosophy
A book on the history of tumor virology
2011-2012 Judith Cuddihy
Acquisition and Developmental Editor
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
An exhibit showcasing the life of scientist Calvin Bridges (1889-1938)
2008-2009 Marsha Richmond
Wayne State University
Associate Professor, History of Science
Examination of CSHL's visual collections for the history of women's role in early genetics
2007-2008 James Schwartz
Harvard University
Visiting Scholar in Molecular and Cellular Biology

James Schwartz's book, In Pursuit of the GeneIn Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA (2010), Harvard University Press. (book)

The mystery of inheritance has captivated thinkers since antiquity, and the unlocking of this mystery—the development of classical genetics—is one of humanity’s greatest achievements. This great scientific and human drama is the story told fully and for the first time in this book.

Acclaimed science writer James Schwartz presents the history of genetics through the eyes of a dozen or so central players, beginning with Charles Darwin and ending with Nobel laureate Hermann J. Muller. In tracing the emerging idea of the gene, Schwartz deconstructs many often-told stories that were meant to reflect glory on the participants and finds that the “official” version of discovery often hides a far more complex and illuminating narrative. The discovery of the structure of DNA and the more recent advances in genome science represent the culmination of one hundred years of concentrated inquiry into the nature of the gene. Schwartz’s multifaceted training as a mathematician, geneticist, and writer enables him to provide a remarkably lucid account of the development of the central ideas about heredity, and at the same time bring to life the brilliant and often eccentric individuals who shaped these ideas.

In the spirit of the late Stephen Jay Gould, this book offers a thoroughly engaging story about one of the oldest and most controversial fields of scientific inquiry. It offers readers the background they need to understand the latest findings in genetics and those still to come in the search for the genetic basis of complex diseases and traits.

2006-2007 Robert Olby
University of Pittsburgh
Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Francis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets Book CoverFrancis Crick: Hunter of Life's Secrets (2009), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. (book)

This engrossing biography by one of molecular biology's foremost scholars reveals the remarkable evolution of Francis Crick's scientific career and the shaping of his personality. From unpromising beginnings, he became a vital contributor to a remarkably creative period in science. Olby chronicles Crick's life from his early studies in biophysics, to the discovery of the structure of DNA, to his later work in neuroscience and the nature of consciousness. This account is woven together with insights into his personal life gained through access to Crick's papers, family, and friends. Robert Olby's book is a richly detailed portrait of one of the great scientists of our time.

Review from Human Genetics:

Crick could have wished for no more suitable biographer than science historian Robert Olby, who knew him for almost 40 years and who has had full access to family members and documents...Olby gives a vivid account both of Crick's work over a period of 60 years, and of his life, and there is much in this book that will prove to be unfamiliar, perhaps especially to geneticists...For exploring and documenting all these and other aspects of Crick's life in a readable, sensitive and not uncritical manner, readers from all backgrounds have much to thank Robert Olby for. His story will help to confirm Francis Crick as one of the key people responsible for the transformation of our understanding of life and its processes.
 
 

 

 

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Grants & Fellowships

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Archives suppports its commitment to education, scholarship, and librarianship by providing fellowship and grant opportunities is three (3) areas:

Ellen Brenner

The Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship is awarded each year to a librarian, archivist, or MLS candidate who wish to further their studies in science librarianship; and members of the scientific community who wish to begin or continue a career as a science librarian or archivist.

Read on for more information.

Sydney Brenner

The Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship is awarded each year to scholars, historians, or writers who wish to use the CSHL Archives for research pertaining to any of the wide variety of topics, both scientific and otherwise, to be found in our Archives. In addition to the molecular biology revolution, genetics, cancer, plant biology, and neuroscience, our collections also bear on topics such as: women in science, the development of scientific research in 19th & 20th century America, the intersection of biology and physics, and many more!

Read on for more information.

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The CSHL Archives also provides Research Travel Grants to defray travel and lodging costs for individuals planning to travel to the Archives for research purposes.

Read on for more information.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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If this FAQ does not answer your questions, any additional questions may be addressed to Tara Bonet-Black, at (516) 367-5020 or (516) 367-6872, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Application Questions

Application files are provided on the page for each individual grant. Please follow the links above to the appropriate page.


Please contact Tara Bonet-Black at (516) 367-5020 or (516) 367-6872, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy of the application file for the Fellowship you are inquiring about.


Decisions for the Research Travel Grants are announced in December of each year.

Decisions for the Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship and the Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship are announced in May of each year.

While all three programs fund research at the CSHL Library and Archives, they are intended for separate purposes.

  • The Ellen Brenner Memorial Fellowship is intended for librarians and archivists looking to begin or continue their careers in those fields at the CSHL Library and Archives.
  • The Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship covers expenses associated with conducting research for your project pertaining to the history of molecular biology and other related topics in the CSHL Archives
  • The Research Travel Grant may be used to fund travel or lodging expenses to come to CSHL to conduct research for your project in the CSHL Archives

 


Fellowship Questions

Payment will be divided into three installments. The first installment will be dispensed when fellowship recipients begin their research. The second installment will follow a month later. The final installment will be delivered upon completion of the fellows' research


The Carnegie Library Building is open to all Monday-Friday from 8:30am – 6pm. Outside of normal hours, the building is open to all CSHL staff and students with a valid ID card. The Archives is open to fellowship recipients Monday-Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Should you require access outside of these hours, please contact our archivists.


CSHL Questions

Housing is provided for all Scholarship and Fellowship recipients on-campus in Dolan Hall.


The rooms at Dolan Hall are furnished by our Facilities Department, including daily housekeeping. So, for instance, you will not need to bring sheets for your bed or towels.


CSHL's campus has several dining options from Monday through Friday, available at subsidized prices.

The campus shuttle service to the Syosset Long Island Railroad station also drops off passengers in downtown Syosset, with several restaurants and convenience stores within a half-mile walk.

Nearby Huntington is also home to a high concentration of restaurants as well, and is just a short taxi ride away.


 

 

 

Availability of Material

For specific information on the availability of materials or to arrange an appointment to use the Archives, please contact (516)367-8414 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please consult our Permissions & Copyright Policies for any materials you wish to use.