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Research in the U.S.

 

All Disciplines

 

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Description:  The Committee on Institutional Cooperation instated SROP to help undergraduates enhance their “academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor from top-ranked research institutions.”  Member institutions post research opportunities for which students can apply- these opportunities span the disciplines, including from humanities to the social sciences to the natural sciences.  Students are matched with faculty mentors who are engaged in research in the student’s general area of interest.

Location:  University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Indian University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Field:  All disciplines, including humanities, arts, social sciences, engineering, physical and natural sciences

Eligibility:  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale); be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.; be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory; have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education; have at least one semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the program; and have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D.

Funding:  All-expenses paid plus stipend, housing and transportation included

Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

Description:  The Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity offers an eight-week summer research experience for up to 20 undergraduates who express a serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. and following a career in college or university teaching and research.  The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare students to make competitive applications to research doctoral programs, with a view toward completing the Ph.D. and going on to teach and conduct original research.  Each student accepted for PSURE will work with a Princeton faculty member, either as a research assistant in a laboratory project (sciences and engineering) or as an advisee in editing and writing research papers appropriate to the field (humanities and social sciences).

Location:  Princeton, New Jersey      

Field:       All disciplines         

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in full-time as sophomores or juniors in good academic standing, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major field.

Funding:  Summer research students receive a stipend of $3,750, a $250 meal card, and travel reimbursement of up to $500 to travel from school or home to Princeton and return.  From the stipend, students are expected to pay for additional food and incidentals.  On-campus housing is provided (worth approximately $1,200) in a Princeton dormitory or house equipped with adequate cooking facilities. Every effort is made to secure quarters in which each student can have a single room, but this cannot be guaranteed year to year.  Student housing facilities at Princeton are not air-conditioned.

 

Kansas State University Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP)

Description:  The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University (KSU) gives undergraduates from under-represented groups a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Students spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State participating in the research programs of faculty mentors. The mentors are active researchers throughout the university and are committed to increasing participation of under-represented students in their fields.

Location:  Manhattan, Kansas

Field:  Agronomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, English, Entomology, Finance, Geography, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Plant Pathology, Psychology

Eligibility:  First-generation college students, members of ethnic minority groups, and other under-represented groups are invited to apply for the KSU SUROP.  Applicants must be American citizens.  Applicants should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, be majoring in a field listed here or a related field, and have a career goal that includes graduate-level education of at least two years beyond the B.S. or B.A. degree.  Students should have at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in at least one semester of undergraduate study upon completion of participating in SUROP.

Funding:  The KSU Graduate School provides participants with a stipend of $2,500 paid in three installments. In addition, the program pays travel expenses (up to $300) and residence hall room and board. The student is expected to pay for personal expenses from the stipend amount.

 

The Leadership Alliance

Description:  The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The SR-EIP is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors.

Location:  Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Howard University, Hunter College, Johns Hopkins University, Montana State University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, Boulder, University of Maryland-Baltimore, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, Lilly

Field:  Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities

Eligibility:  Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better; have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program; demonstrated interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD/PhD;  documented US citizenship or permanent resident status; and attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the US Department of Education.

Funding: The internship pays all expenses, providing students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing.

UCLA Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Description:  The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects.  The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research.  Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.)  Each student participant will be working with a faculty mentor with special expertise and interests matched, as closely as possible, to the student’s research interests and career goals.  Students will either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.

Location:  Los Angeles, California

Field:  All academic fields:  arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences

Eligibility:  Each program has its own requirements

Funding:  Different for each program

 

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

American Bar Association Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science

Description:  The program is designed to introduce undergraduate students to research in law and the social sciences.  Each student is assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Professor who will involve the student in his/her research project and mentor the student.  Students work for 35 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Field:  Law and Social Science

Eligibility:  Students must be American citizens or lawful permanent residents who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who will add diversity to the field of law and social science.  Applicants must be sophomores or juniors (students who have completed at least sophomore year and have not received a degree by the time the internship begins), majoring in the social sciences or humanities, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $3,600.

The American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Summer Institute

Description:  Each summer, the Institute gives 20 students a look at the world of graduate study with a program of two transferable credit courses, one in quantitative analysis and one in race and American politics, to introduce the intellectual demands of graduate school and political science research methods.  For a final project for both courses, students prepare original, empirical research papers, and top students are given the opportunity to present their research at APSA's Annual Meeting, with all expenses paid by the association.  Classes are held on the Duke University campus, where students have access to a fully equipped computer laboratory, library collections, and other university facilities.

Location:  Durham, North Carolina

Field:  Political Science

Eligibility:  The program targets students from racial/ethnic groups that are significantly underrepresented in science in the United States, e.g. African American, Latino/a, Native American, and Pacific Island students.  All students who are members of these groups, or who are interested in broadening participation in political science by students from underrepresented minority populations and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be United States citizens; completing their junior year of undergraduate study; majoring in political science or a related discipline; and have an interest in attending graduate school in political science.

Funding:  RBSI provides full support of tuition, health insurance, transportation, room and board in a dormitory double room, books, and instructional materials. Participants will also receive an allocation for food expenses, in addition to a weekly stipend. 

The Art Institute of Chicago Architecture and Design Research Internship

Description:  Internships are offered by the Art Institute's many departments throughout the year and enable students to gain first-hand experience in their areas of interest or study. Interns, working under the guidance of curators or department heads, assist in routine departmental work that ranges from special projects and research to clerical support. Interns are undergraduate or graduate students or recent college graduates. A major in art history or fine art is not essential. Internships vary from department to department; a majority of internships are offered unpaid or for academic credit. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with their schools to receive credit for internships. Hours vary and are flexible; however, a minimum of 14 hours per week is generally expected.

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Funding:  Unpaid

The Family Institute at Northwestern University Summer Research Internship Program

Description:  An eight-week summer volunteer research program for advanced undergraduates interested in learning more about clinical research and intervention with families.  The program requires about a 30-hour time commitment per week, with 25 of those hours devoted to a research assistantship on a study currently being conducted at The Family Institute.

Location:  Evanston, Illinois

Field:  Clinical Research and Intervention , Psychology

Eligibility:  Students must have completed at least their second (sophomore) year of undergraduate education by the time the program begins.

Funding:  Unpaid

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

History Scholars Program

Description:  A five-week program during which participants conduct primary-source research to prepare historical materials for publication and create brief historical documentaries; participate in exclusive seminars with eminent historians to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession; and enjoy behind-the-scenes visits to archives of rare historical documents, books, and material culture, including the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location:  New York, New York

Field:  History

Eligibility:  Applicants must be considered sophomores or juniors in an accredited college or university; must have completed at least one full year of undergraduate work before applying and should expect to return to school for a full year of undergraduate study after the program; must have completed at least one course in American history; should expect to major or specialize in American history or American Studies.

Funding:  Participants receive a fellowship worth $10,000 that includes tuition, books, field trips, a travel allowance of $600 for transportation to and from the program in New York City, room and board, and a $2,200 stipend.

Historic Deerfield Summer Fellowship Program in Early American History and Material Culture

Description:  A nine-week program during which fellows participate in seminars on history, material culture, and museum studies.  Fellows also undertake research, writing three papers over the course of the summer.

Location:  Deerfield, Massachusetts

Field:  American Studies, Architecture, Archeology, Art and Art History, Design, History, Preservation, and Museum Studies

Eligibility:  Undergraduates in their Junior and Senior years

Funding:  Participants receive a non-monetary fellowship valued at $7,500 that covers tuition, room and board and field trip expenses.  A limited number of monetary grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 are awarded to students with demonstrated need to help cover lost summer income.

NASA Education Associates Program

Description:  The program is a research and development internship that offers students the opportunity to become part of NASA’s workforce.  Students will participate in a project related to one of NASA’s core workforce and research competency needs.  Opportunities are offered on a supply/demand need—applicants must check the current postings.

Location:  Moffett Field, California

Field:  Business, Graphic Arts, and Library Science

Eligibility:  Students must be U.S. Citizens, naturalized citizens, or permanent residents; have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (out of 4). 

Funding:  Stipends are granted.  The amount of the stipend depends on academic level, duration of the internship, and the hours worked per week.

 

Pace University Undergraduate Psychology Summer Internship Program

Description:  A training program which offers undergraduates the opportunity to experience the functions of a professional psychologist in a university counseling center, including:  scholarly research, outreach and consultation program development, and limited clinical work.  Each intern receives one to two hours of individual supervision per week.  The internship is a half-time (2.5 days per week) volunteer program.

Location:  New York, New York

Field:  Psychology

Eligibility:  Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate program in psychology or a related field and have a desire to earn an advanced degree in psychology or a related field.

Funding:  Unpaid.  The University may offer housing to interns at a reduced rate.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE)

Description:  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.  Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results.  At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Field:  Anthropology, Behavioral Biology, Psychology

Eligibility:  Freshman may apply, though the program targets sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  The program is designed to support students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. You are not eligible for SURE if your bachelor’s degree has been awarded by the time the program starts.  SURE funding is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  International students are eligible if they are enrolled in an Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) institution which is eligible for funding.  International students not attending ARCHE institutions are eligible to apply ONLY if their home institution directly pays their stipend and housing as well as processes all necessary paperwork to ensure the student is lawfully in residence.

Funding:  SURE Fellows will receive a $3,500 stipend in return for 10 weeks of participation. The award is processed in two payments, one at the beginning of the program, and one at the end of the program when the participant responsibilities have been fulfilled.  Campus housing is provided as part of the award. If damages are caused to the dorm assigned to your group, the bill for repairs will be split equally among all residents unless the person(s) responsible for the damages pay for repairs. If the Fellow doesn't want to live on campus, the Fellow is responsible for his/her housing costs (i.e., on-campus housing allowances are not transferable). Travel funds may be available, if traveling to the program would pose financial hardship to the participant. Students wishing to be considered for a travel award should enclose a copy of their financial aid report, and a note explaining the need for funding.

 

University of Minnesota Center for Cognitive Science Research Experience for Undergraduates

Description:  A ten-week program for undergraduates considering pursuing research-oriented graduate studies.  Participants work as active members of a faculty mentor’s research team, working with their mentor, graduate students, and other lab members.  Typically, participants will work most closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and lab coordinators.  The extent to which research time is spent with the different members of the research team varies from lab to lab. This activity alone may involve 40 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.

Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Field:  Behavioral Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, and Mental Health

Eligibility:  Preference is given to students who will have completed their third year of college by the beginning of the program.  The program does not accept students who will have completed their first year and those who will graduate by Fall following the program.  An effort will be made to include participants from different colleges and universities, with a variety of research interests, and levels of experience. This program accepts U.S. citizens and resident aliens only.  International students are not eligible for admission to the program.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $4,000, dormitory housing, and the tuition and fees for the course associated with the seminars.  Limited funds are available to defray the cost of travel.

 

Science and Engineering

Amgen Scholars

Description:  The program allows undergraduate students to take part in university research projects, gaining hands-on lab experience while working with a faculty mentor.  There are a variety of host institutions around the country to which students can apply.

Location:  Various locations around the U.S.

Field:  Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biopsychology; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Immunology; Medical Pharmacology; Microbiology, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Medicine; Molecular Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiological Psychology; Physiological Science; Statistics; Toxicology

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories, and be sophomoroes (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors, or non-graduating seniors.  They must also have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and an interest in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD.

Funding:  Varies by institution.

Association of Public Health Laboratories Fellowship

Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellowship Program

Description:  The EID program , sponsored by APHL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives involving infectious disease research. The EID Advanced Laboratory Training Fellowship is a one-year program designed for bachelor’s or master’s level scientists, with emphasis on the practical application of technologies, methodologies and practices related to emerging infectious diseases.

Location:  Throughout the U.S. at host laboratories

Field:  Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Chemistry, Medical Technology, Public Health

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed their B.S. by the start of the fellowship

Funding:  The annual stipend (2009) is $32,039 for fellows with a bachelor’s degree.  Fellows are also provided with comprehensive medical insurance, travel to the interviews, orientation, and host laboratory and a professional development allowance.

Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART)

Description:  A nine-week program for undergraduates interested in biomedical and biomedical-related research.  In addition to undertaking research, students attend daily seminars, and receive

Location:  Houston, Texas

Field:  Science

Eligibility:  Students must be attending college and cannot graduate before or during the program.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  No previous research experience is required except of first-year students (freshmen).  Students must be U.S. citizens or international students who are employable and enrolled in educational programs in the U.S.

Funding:  Students receive a stipend and housing at Rice University dorms.

Carnegie Mellon NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Description:  A ten-week program which provides intensive, mentored research experiences in molecular biology and genetics, cell and developmental biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology, computational biology and bioinformatics.  The core of the program is the opportunity to carry out an individual mentored research project in the context of cutting-edge research programs.  The scientific program includes faculty research talks, student presentations and discussion of articles from the scientific literature, presentations on career options and scientific ethics, and a concluding symposium in which all students give formal talks about their research. This program is intended for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.

Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Field:  Cellular and Molecular Biology

Eligibility:  Applicants should be rising juniors or seniors from colleges and universities that do not have extensive research programs; students from groups underrepresented in the sciences; U.S. citizens or permanent residents; enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution; and in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application.

Funding:  Ten selected students receive a stipend, a meal allowance, university dormitory housing, and reimbursement for travel costs.

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health

Description:  A ten-week summer program for undergraduates interested in the environment and human health.  Interns are placed in environmental health programs at the CDC and complete projects on environmental public health issues.

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, enrolled full-time at a college or university as a rising junior or senior, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have an academic major or demonstrated coursework concentration in Environmental Studies, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, or related fields

Field:  Environmental Studies, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, related fields

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $500 per week.

Center for Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh

Description:  A ten-week program in which selected undergraduate students conduct independent research under the guidance of individual CNUP training faculty.

Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Field:  Nervous system, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, molecular biology, brain imaging, computer simulations, neuropsychology, behavioral assessments

Eligibility:  We expect that most applicants for the CNUP Summer Undergraduate Research Program will have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate training. Successful candidates typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related coursework.  Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give academically talented students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-driven laboratory research in neuroscience.  Students who envision a future for themselves in clinical medicine typically will not be competitive for this fellowship, unless that vision also includes an important potential role for laboratory-based neuroscience research.  Many students may already have some laboratory experience, but experience is not a requirement.

Funding:  Student recipients of this competitive fellowship will receive a stipend of $3,500 and will be provided housing at no cost in a double-occupancy, on-campus dormitory, and a monthly pass to ride Port Authority buses for June and July.  Students will be responsible for their own meals and other expenses, including travel to and from Pittsburgh.

Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medical Research Summer Internship Program       

Description:  The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic has an exciting summer internship opportunity for highly motivated, academically oriented medical or undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine.  Our environment of academic and clinical collaboration offers an unsurpassed experience for students that include: experiencing a state-of-the-art research environment, training in the art and science of conducting basic and clinical research, mentoring by renowned researchers at a world-class medical institution, and developing a solid foundation for a research or clinical track career in medicine.  During this eight-week program, participants will: work alongside reproductive scientists and clinicians on interesting research projects in a real laboratory setting; interact with reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists, male infertility specialists and urologists and observe them in clinics or surgery; participate in the writing of research articles, systematic reviews and/ or invited book chapters in the field of reproductive endocrinology, assisted reproduction and/ or male & female infertility; and participate in daily lectures, research meetings, and group discussions.         

Location:  Cleveland, Ohio

Field:  Science, Medicine    

Eligibility:  Undergrad pre-medical students who are seeking research experience and clinical exposure.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Description:  CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community.  Each year, approximately 25 students from around the world are accepted to the fully subsidized, 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects.  The URP program is administered by the Watson School of Biological Sciences and is designed to give students an opportunity to conduct first-rate research.  Participants learn about scientific reasoning, laboratory methods, theoretical principles, and scientific communication.   

Location:  Cold Spring Harbor, New York      

Field:  Biology, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Computational Biology           

Eligibility:  URP includes young men and women from around the world. Any matriculated college sophomore or junior with a strong academic background may apply.

Funding:  In addition to room & board on the beautiful 100-acre CSHL campus, URP students receive a $5,000 stipend.

Laboratory social activities, see a Broadway play, explore many of the tourist attractions in New York City, have pool parties, visit the lovely beaches of Long Island, and generally enjoy a marvelous—and very busy—summer. By the end of the program, they are well-equipped to decide whether scientific research is a career they would like to pursue.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is an exciting new opportunity for first- and second-year students with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and cultural diversity to receive training, support, mentorship, and up to $10,000 over two years for paid research experiences and internships. Currently, three campuses support this program; applicants come from across the country.
Locations:

Field: Biology, environmental issues
Eligibility: First- and second-year students.
Funding: Up to $10,000 over a two-year period.

Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Disease Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Description:  Students work for ten weeks doing hands-on cancer research, learning techniques and working with professional researchers.  Students will present their research at a poster session.

Location:  Omaha, Nebraska

Funding:  Students earn a competitive salary, currently a stipend of $4,000.

Fields-Mitacs Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Description: The Fields Institute will be hosting the Fields-Mitacs Undergraduate Summer Research Program. The program will support up to thirty students to take part in research projects supervised by leading scientists from Fields thematic programs or partner universities.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program.

Field: Sciences, Mathematics

Funding: Out of town students accepted into the program will receive financial support for travel to Toronto, student residence housing on the campus of the University of Toronto, and a per diem for meals. Non-Canadian students will receive medical coverage during their stay.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Description:  This ten-week research program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Students in the program have the opportunity to obtain hands-on research experience in cutting edge laboratories; interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students; attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty; attend skills/development workshops to hone presentation skills, interview skills, etc.; attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of SURP students; and present their research at a special poster session at the end of the ten-week program.

Location:  New York, New York

Field:  Biomedical Science                 

Eligibility:  We invite applications from undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are contemplating a career in biomedically related sciences.  Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and should have completed at least college-level general biology and/or introductory chemistry.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $3,000 and housing.

Harvard Medical School Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP)  

Description:  FDSRP has a program tailored to helping those with the desire to serve Native American communities through science and medicine.  The eight-week program offers students the opportunity to participate in a research project, working with a medical school faculty mentor.

Location:  Cambridge, Massachusetts

Field:  Science

Eligibility:  Motivated students with a demonstrated commitment to the health of Native American communities.  Minimum of one year of undergraduate studies completed prior to the start of the program, demonstrated interest in careers in medical sciences, and at least one introductory science course.  Students taking the MCAT in August are NOT eligible (the time constraints of the program do not allow adequate time for studying for this important exam).

Funding:  Provides students with the essentials—transportation to and from Boston, single rooms in the medical school student dormitory, and a living stipend for food and other necessities.

Harvard Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)  

Description:  A ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups which are under-represented in the sciences

Location:  Cambridge, Massachusetts

Field:  Sciences, Medical Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Research

Eligibility:  The Program is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Funding:  The Division will provide students with all research- and course-related expenses, housing at the medical school dormitory, travel to and from the program, a stipend of approximately $400 per week for 10 weeks, and health insurance, if it is needed.

 

IBM Research Intern Program

Description:  A challenging internship in which students take part in cutting-edge research and work with some of the most innovative, renowned minds in the field of research.  Students receive one-on-one mentoring.

Location:  New York, California, Texas, and Massachusetts

Field:  Information Technology (IT)

Funding:  Students are paid, granted paid holidays, eligible for IBM Awards and Recognition programs, offered internal education opportunities through IBM Global Campus, receive the employee discount on IBM products and corporate discounts on a variety of products and services, and allowed to use the IBM recreation facilities.

Iowa State University Research Experience in Molecular Biotechnology & Genomics

Description:  For an extensive period during the summer, ten students will participate in research projects involving molecular techniques.  Projects will include generation of recombinant DNAs, genome analysis in plants and animals, overexpression of foreign genes in bacteria and plants, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics.

Location:  Ames, Iowa

Field:  Protein Engineering, Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, and Genomics of Plants and Animals, Biological, Agricultural Science

Eligibility:  Undergraduate students in biological or agricultural sciences are eligible.  They must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Students who have completed lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry or biology will be given preference.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Funding:  A stipend of $4,300, up to $400 for roundtrip travel from distances greater than 100 miles from Ames, Iowa, free campus housing, and a generous subsistence allowance will be provided.

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

Description:  The Summer Student Program is designed to help students understand the nature of research science.  The emphasis of this program is on methods of discovery and communication of knowledge, not the mastery of established facts.  Under the guidance of a mentor, students develop an independent research project, implement their plan, analyze the data, and report their results.  At the end of the summer, students present their findings to researchers, peers, and parents.

Location:  Bar Harbor, Maine

Field:  Science Writing, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Cancer, Developmental Biology and Aging, Genomics, Hematology/Immunology, Metabolic Diseases, Neurobiology and Sensory Deficits

Eligibility:  Admission is competitive, and students of all backgrounds are selected.  Applications from minorities are strongly encouraged.

Funding:  Interns receive a stipend of $3,600 for the nine-week program. Early start students receive $4,400. College students especially are encouraged to consider starting early, as quality research is time consuming.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  

Description:  Typically, participants gain hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply learned theory to real life problems. An experience of this type and with these resources at a premier state-of-the-art research laboratory is not available in an academic research lab.  In this capacity, participants are making genuine contributions to program goals, specifically issues of national security. Interns also may publish or co-author papers as well as present their research at conferences and their schools.

Location:  Livermore, California

Field:  Computer Science, Engineering, Physical & Life Sciences

Eligibility:  Applicants must be advanced undergraduate or graduate students in good standing at an academic institution; have a minimum GPA of 3.3 (out of 4.0) within major and overall is required and a GPA of 3.5+ is preferred (Unofficial transcripts will be required when applying); and most programs require US citizenship, see individual programs for details (foreign nationals or permanent residents are not considered U.S. citizens).

Funding:  Lawrence Livermore Laboratory offers competitive salaries based upon students’ degree discipline and academic standing according to a salary schedule.  The specific salary information is a part of the official job offer that is extended by Human Resources after all the necessary approvals are obtained.

Lincoln Park Zoo  

Description:  The zoo’s Research Internship program provides unique opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates to gain research experience on exotic species in a captive setting.  The internship program is based in the Conservation & Science Department and offers a unique opportunity to conduct work in a variety of areas and gain valuable experience while being a part of the zoo’s team approach to research and management of small populations.  Interns have the opportunity to conduct research projects under the guidance of staff scientists.  Internships are between three months and two years.  Our three-month internships are usually filled in the summer months by college sophomores, juniors or recently graduated seniors. In these internships, a student is mentored by a zoo scientist on a single research project. These short internships usually focus on data collection and/or analysis of an ongoing research project.

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Field:  Biological Sciences, Demography, Population Genetics, Population Modeling, Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition, Epidemiology, Endocrinology and Conservation

Eligibility:  Requirements are specific to each internship position listed on the employment opportunities page.

Loyola University Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Description:  The program is a ten-week research internship in molecular microbiology, immunology, or virology.  Students participate in an ongoing research project under the guidance of a faculty member, learning research techniques and skills.

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Field:  Microbiology, Immunology, Virology

Eligibility:  College students who have demonstrated outstanding scientific aptitude are invited to apply.  Disabled students, minority students and students from smaller liberal arts institutions where comparable research facilities are unavailable are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $3,000, but no money for lodging or travel expenses

Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

Description:  The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. As a Summer Intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science.  Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

Location:  Houston, Texas                

Field:  Science, Engineering, Math   

Eligibility:  Undergraduates with at least 50 credit hours, majoring in the natural sciences, engineering, computer sciences, or mathematics                 

Funding:  Participants receive a $5,000.00 stipend plus $1000.00 U.S. travel stipend, or $1,500 foreign travel reimbursement for foreign interns.

Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Description:  The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a ten-week program during which students may conduct their own small research projects or work on part of an ongoing research investigation.  Students gain hands-on experience with “read-world” research projects and develop their technical skills.  Students may collaborate with nationally and internationally recognized scientists. 

Location:  The majority of the SURF students (usually around 90) are appointed in Rochester, Minnesota.  The Jacksonville, Florida location usually appoints around 10 SURFs, and Scottsdale, Arizona will appoint around 5 SURFS.

Field:  Science, Biomedicine

Eligibility: Students must be currently in their sophomore or junior years at a U.S. college or university; have a GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale); be seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.  International students attending U.S. colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Funding:  Students receive at stipend of $5,000 and are responsible for their own travel, housing, and meals.  Most students live together in a convenient summer student housing area which costs about $175 per week.

 

Medical College of Wisconsin Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Description:  The Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides the opportunity for students to learn first-hand the potential of the biomedical sciences as an interesting and fulfilling career.  The SPUR program provides laboratory experience in science, in which the undergraduate works with graduate faculty, students, and staff on significant ongoing basic science research issues.  This program is primarily intended for students interested in a PhD degree in biomedical sciences or a dual degree (MD and PhD).

Location:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Field:  Biomedical Science

Eligibility:  Current sophomores and juniors with a background in science and an interest in graduate school are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed based on academic records, academic interests, personal statements, and two letters of recommendation and official school transcripts.  A GPA of 3.2 or higher will be given first preference.  Previous laboratory experience is not required, although letters of recommendation from instructors and advisors that establish a high level of interest in the sciences will be used to evaluate candidates.  Applicants will choose three areas of interest in order of preference.  Individual faculty will review the preferences of the applicant, the applicant's credentials and then select an applicant best suited for their laboratory. 

Funding:  Selected applicants will receive a stipend for a full-time commitment of 10 weeks.  The stipend for 2010 was $3500.  Housing will be provided for students living outside the greater Milwaukee area.  The housing is provided in addition to the stipend.  Housing is located just minutes away from MCW campus.

Medical University South Carolina Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Description:  This ten-week program offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on cutting edge biomedical research projects.  Students are placed with faculty members whose research is closely related to academic interests and professional goals of the students.  Each student is given his/her own project under the supervision of the faculty mentor.  Students work with faculty on an individual basis or as part of a research team.  Research teams may also include graduate students, post docs, research scientists and other SURP students.  SURP participants are expected to pursue substantive research projects over the course of the program and are required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research as guided by their faculty research mentor.

Location:  Charleston, South Carolina

Field:  Biomedical Science

Eligibility:  Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents; undergraduates with a very strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research; have completed at least two full years of college course work, or else have been involved in significant research opportunities, by the time the internship begins; not have received their undergraduate degree prior to the date the program commences; and must be able to complete the entire 10 weeks of the program. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher is preferred. Students are awarded positions based on their motivation and desire to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Research.

Funding:  Applicants should be eager to immerse in research, and self-sufficient enough to arrange their own travel.  The program provides information about and assistance to find adequate housing in Charleston.  Interns will receive a living allowance of $400 per week for a total maximum of $4,000.  This program does not pay for travel/housing/meals, but a $200 subsidy is available and intended to defray cost of travel to Charleston from a distance of at least 60 miles at the start and end of the program. 

Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF)

Description:  The American Society for Microbiology sponsors this ten-week program which is designed to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) in microbiology.  Students from non-research intensive institutions will have the opportunity to conduct full time summer research with an ASM member at a research intensive host institution, and present research results at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and the ASM General Meeting.  Students decide the institution, research area, and level of activity for the summer from the ASM pre-selected host sites. Based on interests, independence, and ability, students will be placed at a host U.S. Institution of the student’s choice to conduct basic science research. 

Location:  Multiple

Field:  Microbiology

Eligibility:  Eligible student candidates for the fellowship must be from groups that have been determined by the applicant’s institution to be underrepresented in the microbiological sciences.  The ASM encourages institutions to identify individuals that have been historically underrepresented, and remain underrepresented today in the microbiological sciences nationally. These groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders.  In addition, applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident; be enrolled as full-time matriculating undergraduate students during the academic year at a non-research intensive U.S. institution; be either freshmen with college level research experience, sophomores, juniors, or seniors who will not graduate before the completion date of the summer program; be members of an underrepresented group in microbiology; have taken introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and preferably microbiology prior to submission of the application; have strong interests in obtaining a Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. in the microbiological sciences; and have lab research experience.

Funding:  The program provides up to $3,500 for student stipend; up to $1000 for student lodging; up to $500 for roundtrip travel to the host institution ; two-year ASM student membership; and up to $1,000 in travel support to attend 2012 ASM General Meeting.

MIDAS Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Description: The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology and become acclimated to the rigors of scientific research and graduate education. Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information about the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence, go to www.midas.pitt.edu.

Location: University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA

Dates: May 21 – July 27, 2012

MIT Summer Research Program (MSRUP)

Description:  MSRP began in 1986 as an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States.  Today, this program seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

Location:  Cambridge, Massachusetts

Field:  Engineering and Science

Eligibility:  The program prefers domestic, underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans).  However, International students on an F-1 visa, studying at a US institution, or those who have applied for permanent residency, are eligible to apply.

Funding:  A weekly stipend, roundtrip travel expenses, university housing (students are responsible for their food expenses), access to campus facilities (library, athletic, and health facilities)

Miami University Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (SUMSIR)

Description:  The Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Science Research Institute (SUMSRI) is a program conducted under the guidance of Miami University's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. We seek talented undergraduate students in the mathematical sciences who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees.  The program seeks to provide students with a research environment and improve their research abilities. 

Location:  Miami, Florida

Field:  Math

Eligibility:  The ideal candidate will have completed the college level calculus series and at least one proof-based mathematics or statistics course with distinction.  The candidate should be entering their junior or senior year after attending SUMSRI. All candidates must be returning to their home institutions as undergraduates after the SUMSRI experience.  All candidates should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.   SUMSRI is not currently funded to support international students.  Because of the shortage of minorities and women mathematical scientists, we are especially interested in, but not limited to, African Americans and other underrepresented minorities and women. 

Funding:  The program will pay for travel, room, board, and supplies.  Each student will also be given a $3,200 stipend.  

 

Mount Desert Island Biological Lab

Description:  The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory has established programs for undergraduate education to enhance scientific training in the biological sciences.  MDIBL provides the highest quality training for undergraduate students considering careers in research or medicine.  MDIBL is a highly collaborative, collegial, and informal research environment, where students and scientists design and conduct experiments together and may discuss their results on a bench overlooking Frenchman’s Bay or over homemade chowder in the dining hall.  The summer program typically lasts for eight to ten weeks during which time undergraduates work in the laboratory of an MDIBL investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor.  Laboratory training includes techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics.  Projects generally include the comparative study of a marine animal such as a shark, skate, or sea urchin.  While most projects are laboratory-based, some include a field component. 

Location:  Salisbury Cove, Maine

Field:  Biological Sciences

Eligibility:  Students must have completed at least one semester of undergraduate biology.  Students interested in bioinformatics or computational biology must demonstrate some experience with programming and the biology requirement may be waived.  Students must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen permanent residents.  Students may not be graduating seniors.

Funding:  Room, board, travel (airfare or mileage), and a stipend ($420 per week)

NASA Education Associates Program

Description:  The program is a research and development internship that offers students the opportunity to become part of NASA’s workforce.  Students will participate in a project related to one of NASA’s core workforce and research competency needs.  Opportunities are offered on a supply/demand need—applicants must check the current postings.

Location:  Moffett Field, California

Field:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and other academic disciplines, including but not limited to Business, Graphic Arts, and Library Science

Eligibility:  Students must be U.S. Citizens, naturalized citizens, or permanent residents; have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (out of 4). 

Funding:  Stipends are granted.  The amount of the stipend depends on academic level, duration of the internship, and the hours worked per week.

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Biomedical Engineering

Description:  The NIBIB-sponsored Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college. This ten-week program will allow rising senior biomedical engineering students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland. Please note: the BESIP is a separate program from the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research. Selected by a nationwide competition, the interns will have the opportunity to indicate preferences from a list of available NIH projects that involve areas of engineering or physical science expertise. The students will participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and be encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where summer interns from all disciplines present their projects.

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Field:  Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences

Eligibility:  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have completed at least three years of undergraduate study, be returning to an undergraduate program for at least one term after the summer program, be present at the Bethesda campus for the entire ten-week program.

Funding:  $4,800 stipend and housing, but does not cover travel expenses.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences- National Institutes of Health

Description:  The Summers of Discovery program provides eight-week internships to outstanding high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences to work on a research project that entails exposure to the latest biochemical, molecular, and analytical techniques in a given field.

Location:  Triangle Park, North Carolina

Field:  Biomedical, Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Clinical Research, Computer Modeling, DNA repair, Epidemiology, Gene Regulation, Genetics, Molecular Toxicology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Pulmonary Biology, Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Risk Assessment, Signal Transduction, Statistics

Eligibility:  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; currently enrolled, full-time or part-time (at least half-time) in a degree granting program in high school, college, graduate or professional school (e.g., medical, dental, etc.); in good academic standing; be at least 16 years old, and have a strong interest in pursuing studies in disciplines related to biomedical research, including the biological, chemical, physical, behavioral and computational sciences, and biomedical engineering.  Graduating seniors may apply only if they will be enrolled in the fall semester following the summer program at the next higher level of education (in other words, undergraduate seniors may apply if they will be starting a master’s or PhD program following the program.

Funding:  Participants will receive a stipend, but will not be given housing or funds for transportation.

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Description:  Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.  The Awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June.  The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

Location:  Bethesda, MD; Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; Detroit, MI             

Field:  Science, Biomedicine

Eligibility:  The Summer Internship Program is for students who will be sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited U.S. college or university as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students.  Students who have been accepted into a college or university program may also apply. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.                 

Funding: The stipends for trainees are adjusted yearly; the level depends on prior experience. For details, see the Trainee Stipends page.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/Hollings Scholarships
Description: The NOAA/Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Applications are highly competitive and must be made through the National Scholarships Office.
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories. 3.0 grade point average.
Field: Declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.
Funding: The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides selected undergraduate applicants
with a scholarship award (up to a maximum of $8,000) for two academic years of full-time study
and a 10-week, full-time internship ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Summer Student Research Assistantships

Description:  The National Radio Astronomy Observatory provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by scientists from around the world.  We are also involved in cutting edge astronomical research, and in the design, development and manufacture of radio astronomy instrumentation and telescopes. Each NRAO summer student conducts research under the supervision of an NRAO staff member at one of three NRAO sites, on a project in the supervisor's area of expertise.  The project may involve any aspect of astronomy, including original research, instrumentation, telescope design, astronomical site evaluation or astronomical software development.  The program runs from 10-12 weeks over the summer, from early June to mid-August.

Location:  Socorro, New Mexico; Green Bank, West Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia        

Field:  Science, Astronomy, Physics                 

Eligibility:  The NRAO Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is for undergraduates who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. The NRAO Undergraduate Summer Student Research Assistantship program is for undergraduate students or graduating college seniors who are citizens, are from an accredited U.S. Undergraduate Program, or otherwise eligible to work in the United States.  Students who are interested in Astronomy and have a background in Astronomy, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and/or Math are preferred.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $697 per week.  Students based in Green Bank live in on-site Observatory housing.  At the other sites, students are expected to arrange their own lodging, with assistance from the NRAO if needed.  Travel expenses to and from the NRAO site will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $850.  Up to seven days lodging will be reimbursed, up to a maximum of $275, while the student is looking for a place to live.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Description:  The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.  REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research.  REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme.  Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Location:  REU sites are located all over the U.S. Students apply directly to REU Sites and should consult the directory of active REU Sites.

Field:  Science

Eligibility:  Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Funding:  Consult particular REU program to which you are applying

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

Description:  A ten-week program designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of a mentor.

Location:  One of eighteen Department of Navy laboratories located in China Lake, California; Monterey California; Point Mugu, California; San Diego, California; Washington, DC; Orlando, Florida; Panama City, Florida; Bethesda Maryland; Indian Head, Maryland; Patuxent River, Maryland; Silver Spring, Maryland; Stennis, Missouri; Lakehurst, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Newport, Rhode Island; San Antonio, Texas; Dahlgren, Virginia; Quantico, Virginia

Field:  Science and Engineering

Eligibility:  Students must be U.S. Citizens (some labs may accept dual citizens), have majors relevant to the research interests of the laboratory, and be a junior or senior (sophomores may apply if they will have reached junior status before starting at the lab).

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $7,690.

NYU Center for Neuroscience Summer Research Program

Description:  The Center for Neural Science hosts a summer research experience program for undergraduates with an interest in neuroscience. This program is designed to foster entry into a neuroscience research-centered career. Students apply for positions in a 10-week summer program during which they actively participate in research projects in the laboratories of New York University science faculty. We match students to laboratories primarily on the basis of their background preparation and areas of interest. They work either directly with faculty or with graduate students or postdoctoral fellows. Each student conducts a research project under the direction of his or her mentor.

Location:  New York, New York

Field:  Neuroscience

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents; undergraduates completing their sophomore or junior year; have taken at least one course in neuroscience; have strong academic records with courses in biology, mathematics, psychology, and if possible, neuroscience, and a GPA of 3.0; priority will be given to pre-PhDs as well as to minority students and women

Funding:  Participants receive housing, living expenses, a meal plan, and reimbursement for travel.


Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, Pre-Service Teacher Training/Research

Description:  This is a ten-week program which places students in paid research internships in Science, Math, and Technology.  Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. They also have the mentorship of a Master Teacher who is currently working in K-12 education as a teacher and is familiar with the research environment of a specific National Laboratory.

Location:  San Francisco, California; Golden, Colorado; Falls, Idaho; Chicago, Illinois; Ames, Iowa; Princeton, New Jersey; Long Island, New York; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Richland, Washington

Field:  Science, Math, and Technology

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend, housing, and travel funds.

Ohio University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Description:  The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member.  The program is deliberately flexible, so that students may combine work with other educational experiences.  The goal of the program is to expose students to the challenges, excitement and satisfaction of research.

Location:  Athens, Ohio

Field:  Science, Medicine                      

Eligibility:  Selection is based on academic records and the appropriateness of the applicant’s scientific interests. Students about to begin their senior year of college studies are preferred, but promising juniors and recent graduates will be considered.

Funding:  Participants are provided with room, board and a $600 stipend. Eight undergraduate credit hours in biology are also available tuition-free to all program participants. In addition those program participants who meet minimum requirements for admission to OU-COM, including having taken the MCAT, will be offered an opportunity to interview during the summer.

Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Description:  The Purdue SROP has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.

Location:  West Lafayette, Indiana

Field:  Any discipline in which Purdue offers a PhD degree

Eligibility:  All qualified students, including but not limited to African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree granting program at a U.S. college or university; have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; have an interest in pursuing graduate education; and be available to participate in the entire eight-week summer program.

Funding:  Participants receive round trip transportation, university housing, a research stipend of $4,000 for eight weeks, workshops on preparation for GRE, and access to recreational facilities, libraries, computers, research labs, and the health center.

Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Description:  Participants spent ten weeks pursuing individual research projects in laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members.  Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. 

Location:  Dallas, Texas

Eligibility:  Undergraduates must be majoring in physics, computer science, mathematics or chemistry and have completed sophomore year.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or possess F1 visas.

Field:  Biophysics, Computation Biology, Quantitative and Analytical Chemistry, Systems Biology

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $4,000 and housing.

 

Research Experience for Undergraduates at Cornell University

Description:  A ten-week summer research program at The Cornell Center for Materials Research.  Students work with Cornell faculty on interdisciplinary projects and participate in an organized program of lectures, mini-courses, laboratory visits, and recreational activities.

Location:  Ithaca, New York

Field:  Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering

Eligibility:  Students must be undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $4,000, room in an on-campus dorm, and granted travel funds.  The program covers housing, but not food.

RECESS: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Solid Earth Sciences
Description: The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer research experience located in Boulder, CO, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the Earth or environmental sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. RESESS is largely funded by the NSF, but (unlike the REU's above) can be a multi-summer experience beginning as early as sophomore year summer. Approximately 15 students participate each summer. Students majoring in geology, physical geography, or closely related topics are encouraged to apply. Biology students may also apply, provided they are willing to consider doing a research project that uses biology in the context of geology.
Location: Boulder, CO
Field: Geology, physical geology, or other related topics such as environmental sciences
Eligibility: Rising juniors and up. Undergraduates historically under-represented in earth and environmental sciences and those wishing to raise awareness of the geosciences among a diverse population.
Funding:

Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Description:  The program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research for 10 weeks during the summer in a Rockefeller University laboratory.  The program begins in early June and ends in mid-August.  Students are matched with laboratories according to their stated research interests, and work on projects under the direct supervision of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and/or senior graduate students.  In order to fully experience the world of scientific research, SURF students are required to present and discuss scientific publications at weekly Journal Club meetings.  SURF students also attend a special lecture series where Rockefeller faculty discuss their research and the evolution of their scientific interests.  At the end of the program, SURF students will present their research results to fellow students and mentors at a poster session.

Location:  New York, New York

Field:  Biochemistry; Structural Biology and Chemistry; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Immunology; Virology and Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physics; and Mathematical Biology            

Eligibility:  College sophomores and juniors are chosen from a wide variety of applicants with diverse scientific backgrounds and training.  Annually, more than 500 students apply for admission into the SURF Program and approximately 15 are accepted.

Funding:  SURF students receive a stipend of $3,000.00.  Free housing will be provided for students who cannot commute.

Roswell Park Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science

Description:  This summer research program is designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to learn and become active participants in basic biological and biomedical research.  Selected students will be assigned to laboratories of graduate professors in molecular biology, biophysics, genetics, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, biochemistry, immunology, or pharmacology as your choice of research interest and training indicate.

Location:  Buffalo, New York

Field:  Biology and Biomedical Research

Eligibility:  Applicants must be juniors who intend to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the biomedical or natural sciences.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Funding:  Participants receive a $3,500 stipend and room.

Rutgers Research in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Description:  Students participate in cutting edge research under the guidance of prominent faculty mentors.

Location:  New Brunswick, New Jersey

Field:  Science, Math, Engineering

Eligibility:  The program especially encourages applicants who are from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background, from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, a first generation college student, who do not have opportunities for intensive research at their home university, and those who have followed non-traditional paths to college.

Funding:  Participants receive stipend, free on-campus housing, and travel reimbursement.

Stanford School of Medicine Summer Research Program (SSRP)

Description:  Each participant is matched with a member of Stanford’s distinguished faculty and will work in one of Stanford’s state-of-the-art research facilities. Participants will work with both a faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects and involves a broad range of research techniques that are feasible within the eight week period.

Location:  Stanford, California

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents; current undergraduates enrolled in a four-year college or university; sophomores, juniors, or non graduating seniors

Field:  Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Biology; Biomedical Informatics; Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Chemistry; Chemical and Systems Biology; Chemical Engineering; Developmental Biology; Earth Sciences; Genetics; Immunology; Microbiology & Immunology; Molecular & Cellular Physiology; Neurosciences; Statistics; Structural Biology

Funding:  Participants receive housing, meals, travel expenses, and a $3,400 stipend.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURE) at Emory

Description:  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.  Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results.  At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Field:  Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Math, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology, Physics, Psychology

Eligibility:  Freshman may apply, though the program targets sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  The program is designed to support students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. You are not eligible for SURE if your bachelor’s degree has been awarded by the time the program starts.  SURE funding is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  International students are eligible if they are enrolled in an Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) institution which is eligible for funding.  International students not attending ARCHE institutions are eligible to apply ONLY if their home institution directly pays their stipend and housing as well as processes all necessary paperwork to ensure the student is lawfully in residence.

Funding:  SURE Fellows will receive a $3,500 stipend in return for 10 weeks of participation. The award is processed in two payments, one at the beginning of the program, and one at the end of the program when the participant responsibilities have been fulfilled.  Campus housing is provided as part of the award. If damages are caused to the dorm assigned to your group, the bill for repairs will be split equally among all residents unless the person(s) responsible for the damages pay for repairs. If the Fellow doesn't want to live on campus, the Fellow is responsible for his/her housing costs (i.e., on-campus housing allowances are not transferable). Travel funds may be available, if traveling to the program would pose financial hardship to the participant. Students wishing to be considered for a travel award should enclose a copy of their financial aid report, and a note explaining the need for funding.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering and Science (SURE) at Georgia Tech

Description:  A ten-week summer program designed to attract qualified minority students into graduate school in the fields of engineering and science.  Students are paired with a faculty and graduate student mentor to undertake research projects.

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Field:  Engineering and Science

Eligibility:  There are no specific requirements.  They ask for a transcript, statement of interest, and one recommendation letter from a faculty member.

Funding:  Students are housed on campus, provided with a meal plan, and given a $600 travel allowance and $5,000 stipend.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Purdue University

Description:  An eleven-week summer program during which students conduct research activities full-time, approximately 40 hours per week.

Location:  West Lafayette, Indiana

Field:  Engineering, Science, and Technology

Eligibility:  Students must be at least 18 at the start of the program, be eligible to work in the United States, be enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, have completed at least four semesters, continue to be enrolled the following Fall semester, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4. 

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $3,600.

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Description:  Outstanding applicants will be selected to join a research laboratory on the UMDNJ or Rutgers campus for a 10 week program, where they will engage in hands-on experimentation.  In collaboration with their mentors, students will be expected to design and implement individual research projects during this period.

Location:  Piscataway, New Jersey

Field:  Neuroscience

Eligibility:  All undergraduates who are permanent residents of the U.S.

Funding:  Participants will be provided with a stipend and housing.

            

Undergraduate Marine and Atmospheric Science Fellowship

Description:  The University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) intensive eight-week summer program allows undergraduate students the opportunity to experience graduate level research.  A faculty member is assigned to each summer undergraduate fellow and the student will engage in laboratory research.

Location:  Miami, Florida

Field:  Marine and Atmospheric Science; Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry; Marine Biology and Fisheries; Applied Marine Physics; Physical Oceanography; Meteorology; Marine Geology and Geophysics

Eligibility:  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are juniors or seniors enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university, and have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Funding:  Participants receive a $2,000 stipend, campus housing, and, possibly, travel expenses.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Description:  The eight-week program offers the opportunity for undergraduates to be instructed in the techniques of modern biology as part of a vibrant clinical and scientific community.

Location:  Birmingham, Alabama   

Field:  Science

Eligibility:  College Sophomore or Juniors; the program is particularly interested in students who have no local campus access to research experiences and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.  Successful candidates typically have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $2,000 and housing.

University of Minnesota Center for Cognitive Science Research Experience for Undergraduates  

Description:  A ten-week program for undergraduates considering pursuing research-oriented graduate studies.  Participants work as active members of a faculty mentor’s research team, working with their mentor, graduate students, and other lab members.  Typically, participants will work most closely with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and lab coordinators.  The extent to which research time is spent with the different members of the research team varies from lab to lab. This activity alone may involve 40 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.

Location:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

Field:  Behavioral Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, and Mental Health

Eligibility:  Preference is given to students who will have completed their third year of college by the beginning of the program.  The program does not accept students who will have completed their first year and those who will graduate by Fall following the program.  An effort will be made to include participants from different colleges and universities, with a variety of research interests, and levels of experience. This program accepts U.S. citizens and resident aliens only.  International students are not eligible for admission to the program.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend of $4,000, dormitory housing, and the tuition and fees for the course associated with the seminars.  Limited funds are available to defray the cost of travel.

 

University of Pittsburgh Musculoskeletal Research Center Summer Research Program

Description:  Over 10 weeks, students work with a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor.  The summer culminates with the students making a formal presentation and writing an abstract on the work that they preformed over the summer.

Location:  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Field:  Musculoskeletal Research

Funding:  Students receive a stipend, but no support for housing or travel.  The program can arrange for reduced housing costs.

University of Texas Medical Branch Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Description:  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is designed to provide stimulating hands-on research experience for undergraduate students considering graduate education in biomedical sciences.  Under the guidance of a selected faculty member, each student has the opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research effort during a 10-week period.  A sample of the techniques a student might learn includes:  maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology and neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology.

Location:  Galveston, Texas

Field:  Biomedical:  Molecular biology, toxicology, biochemistry, immunology, physiology, virology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and marine biology

Eligibility:  The program is offered to college students (U.S. citizens) of all cultural backgrounds who are contemplating graduate studies in the biomedical sciences.

Funding:  Students receive a stipend of $3,200 (before taxes) for the ten weeks of the program.  Students must pay for their own housing and travel expenses to and from Galveston, Texas.

 

Washington University in St. Louis Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program

Description:  During this ten-week summer program you will conduct independent research with a faculty mentor, work in a cutting edge science and technology environment, and gain exposure to some of the nation’s finest biomedical investigators.

Location:  St. Louis, Missouri

Field:  Biomedical Research; Biology

Eligibility:  The program seeks applicants who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students, or can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together.  The program encourages applications from individuals who come from rural or inner-city areas and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research — specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women and those with disabilities.  Applications also are encouraged from international students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the United States.  Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree and students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply.  For BioMedRAP, priority consideration will be given to applicants with at least one year of research experience.

Funding:  Participants receive a stipend, on-campus housing, and travel expenses.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Summer Opportunities Program

Description:  During the ten-week summer program, participants work on cancer research projects.

Location:  St. Louis, Missouri

Field:  Cancer Research

Funding:  Participants receive a $3,500 stipend

Weill Cornell, Rockefeller, Sloan-Kettering Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program

Description:  Every year, 15 students embark on a 10 week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and gratifying road of becoming a physician-scientist.  Over the summer, students will: work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; present and participate in weekly journal clubs; participate in a hands-on tour of the Gross Anatomy Lab; sit for a Mock MCAT exam; partake in a Lab Techniques Workshop and Clinical Skills Workshop; participate in Career Development Workshops (Presentation Workshop and Interview Skills Workshop); scrub into surgeries at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family, friends and colleagues; and have on-going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student) as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.

Location:  New York, New York       

Field:  Medicine   

Eligibility:  Applicants should have a strong and readily apparent communicable desire to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree.  This is NOT an appropriate summer program for students who wish to eventually pursue a MD or MPH degree.  Previous research experience is encouraged, but not required.  Completion of a college level calculus class is strongly encouraged.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is strongly suggested.               

Funding:  Realizing that this takes away from your summer vacation, students receive a stipend, currently $4,300, and are reimbursed for their travel expenses.  In addition, one family member is flown out to NYC for the final presentations and accommodated at a high-end hotel in New York City.