Opportunities at Other Institutions
There are numerous programs that provide opportunities for undergraduates to carry out research at various institutions during the summer. Listed here are possible leads to such opportunities. They are not in any particular order, but new listings will be added at the top of the list as they come to our attention. This list should not be considered comprehensive, but will provide some direction for initial searches. In addition, many programs can be located by simple internet searches for the type of opportunity that interests you. The Undergraduate Research Center does not have funds to support these programs, but most do provide stipends and other benefits.
We will be adding programs as we are made aware of them, so please plan to check back from time-to-time to see what you can discover!
New postings will be added to the top of the list.
Marine Biologists: Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? Then please check out the University of Southern California’s Summer REU program. Undergraduate students in this summer program spend 10 weeks (June 5 - August 11, 2017) at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to conduct mentored summer research projects related to marine science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, marine and environmental science or other related fields. In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience. We also offer research projects for students that have AAUS diver certification. Please visit their website to find out more (http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigl
American Heart Association, Founders Affiliate Undergraduate Student Research Program: Application Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST The purpose of the grant is to encourage medical students to consider a career in cardiovascular research. The need for new researchers in the health sciences, from basic science to human behaviors, is critical. This program is designed to provide students at the crossroads of career choices an opportunity to experience research first-hand with an established investigator. Students are expected to devote full-time effort for a minimum of ten (10) weeks during the summer of 2017. The fellowship provides successful candidates with a student stipend of $5,000. See attached program description and application form. All research must be performed within the eight states of the Founders Affiliate region which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. For more information, program description and application form, please visit the Founders Affiliate Local Research Opportunities Please direct all questions to Mary.Gonzalez@heart.org.
NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2017 to apply for participation in the 9th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2017). The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel. The eight-week program begins June 18, 2017 and concludes August 11, 2017. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine. SARP participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a travel allowance, and free housing and local transportation during the 8-week program. Applicants must be US citizens. For more information and to apply: https://earthscience.arc.nasa.gov/nsrc/sarp
National Science Foundation (NSF) is recruiting for their Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (May 14 to July 21, 2017) in "Experimental and Computational Materials Research”. We offer a broad range of interdisciplinary materials research experiences to undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds in physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, and engineering. The stipend for the 10-week period is $5000 and housing will be provided to non-local participants. The research projects include, but are not limited to, electronic materials, nano-materials, lasers & optical materials, biosensors, biophysics & biomaterials and computer modeling. The scientific research projects are developed specifically for undergraduates by an interdisciplinary team consisting of science and engineering faculty at UAB. Application will be submitted electronically via our web site: https://cas.uab.edu/cnmb/
Amgen Scholars: Now approaching its eleventh summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research at ten renowned U.S. host institutions. Applications for the 2017 U.S. Amgen Scholars Program are now online. Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 700 colleges and universities to date. Applications are due by February 1, 2017 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via amgenscholars.com.
2017 Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) Summer Program The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia, are accepting applications for their Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) Summer Program. Applicants must be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate who will be a junior or senior in Fall 2017. Students graduating in Spring 2017 are not eligible. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Academic major or demonstrated coursework concentration in environmental studies; physical, biological, chemical and/or environmental health to also include emergency preparedness, environmental justice, sustainability, and/or global health environmental studies; environmental, physical, biological chemical and/or social sciences; applicants not majoring in one of these areas may be considered. Ideal candidates would have extra-curricular activities or volunteer work that is related to the field of environmental health or the environment, including holding positions in these organizations or activities. Undergraduate students must show a dedication to environmental and/or health issues via their coursework or extracurricular activities. For complete eligibility information and instructions to apply, please visit https://www.zintellect.com/
U.S. Air Force Research Lab - 2017 Repperger Internship Program (39 opportunities for BS students - PhD candidates) - U.S. Citizenship Required. Applications acccepted November 1, 2016 - January 6, 2017. Information Webpage: http://www.orau.org/maryland/
U.S. Army Research Lab - Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program (50+ opportunities for BS graduates -PhD candidates) - Non U.S. Citizens may apply for consideration. Information Webpage: http://www.orau.org/
U.S. Army Institute for Surgical Research - Summer Internship Program (12 opportunities for BS students) - U.S. Citizenship Required. Applications accepted November 15 - December 31, 2016. Information Webpage: https://www.orau.org/
For students majoring in behavioral, social or economic sciences: The University of Maryland, College Park, offers a summer research program (primarily aimed at underrepresented groups) called the SRI (Summer Research Initiative). The University of Maryland, College Park, is located approximately 9 miles from downtown Washington, DC. The SRI program runs from June 5 - July 28, 2017 and participants will receive a stipend plus housing, meals and airfare. You must be a rising Junior or Senior to apply. The application cycle runs from November 1, 2016 - February 10, 2017. For more information, please see the SRI website.
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a10-week summer internship. MLEF’s mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. The program allows students to apply their academic achievements to actual research while gaining hands-on experience. Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship. Applicants must be at least 18, be a US Citizen, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be enrolled fulltime and have at least sophomore standing. For more information or to complete an application, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef. Note early application deadline: The deadline to apply for Summer 2017 is December 30, 2016 by 11:59 pm eastern time.
Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Spring or Summer 2017. Must apply at https://www.zintellect.com/
Summer 2017 Amgen-UROP Scholars Program at MIT MIT is delighted to invite undergraduate students from other colleges and universities to join our research enterprise. We value the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm these young scholars will bring to our campus and appreciate this opportunity to build a relationship with your faculty and campus. While spending a summer in Boston and gaining research experience, students will be paid a stipend; room, board and transportation to and from Boston will also be covered by their appointment. All students will live on-campus in one of our undergraduate residences. This community of young scholars will share in the excitement of research by participating in a faculty-led seminar series, workshops, poster session and a mid-summer symposium at UCLA (travel, room and board are covered). More information about the program, application, and contact information can be found at: http://mit.edu/urop/
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): 2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses. 10-week research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. U.S. citizenship required. Application deadline: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2595 Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/
Opportunity for students who live in Washington State: Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is available for the Washington state residents who are pursuing an eligible high-demand major (by alphabet, by category) in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care. The Scholarship Deadline is February 28, 2017. Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), Atlanta, GA: Openings for current undergraduate students majoring in applied sciences. Chemistry and Biology majors are preferred, although highly qualified candidates from other science majors may be considered. Program dates are May 22 - July 28, 2017. Stipend is $2800 per month. Apply online before January 20, 2017 at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/details/2708 ORISE posting number is CDC_NCEH-2017-0001. To apply, use the link above and submit a CV, Official Transcript, two letters of recommendation and the completed application.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering offers research in any one of the seven NIST laboratories: Building and Fire Research, Chemical Science and Technology, Electronics and, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Physics. Participants receive a stipend, housing, and airfare for a 12 week summer program in the Washington, D.C. area. Applications for participation in the SURF program are only accepted from colleges or universities, and not from individual students. Interested students MUST notify the URC of their intent to apply by February 1 so that we can prepare the College portion of the application. The deadline for NIST applications is February 15, 2017. ** A similar, but separate, program is available at the NIST Boulder, CO facility. See SURF NIST Boulder for information about this program. Deadline is February 15, 2017 - but, remember! The institution must turn in your application, not individual students.
Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships target undergraduate students who have not had an opportunity to work in an advanced scientific research environment, especially those belonging to underrepresented groups. The program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, incorporates both an individually mentored research component and a set of enrichment activities. To apply, students should complete the SULI application on the website. Note early application deadline: The deadline to apply for Summer 2017 is January 13, 2017, by 5 pm eastern time.
The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory summer interns work with world-class scientists on cutting edge research! Several programs are offered for undergraduate students in STEM fields to participate in a summer internship. For a full list of programs visit their website. Also see Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (http://see.orau.org/).
NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) recruitment specialist informs, mentors and prepares interested students to take advantage of the valuable education and career advancement opportunities being offered by NASA. Through the agency’s new Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars (SOLAR) System - undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields can search and apply to a variety of NASA opportunities. Through this website, students can register, complete one application, and apply to up to 15 specific research opportunities. Applications for Summer internships are accepted between October 18, 2016 - March 1, 2017.
NIH Pathways to Science: Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) students may be interested in the Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fellowships provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. Application deadlines vary by program, see website.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) offers a Summer Research Opportunities website. Find listings for more than a hundred summer research programs.
The University of Wisconson-Madison, invites undergraduate students to participate in their Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates. The IBS-SRP offers research experience to undergraduate junior and senior students interested in biological research careers. Full-time research for 10 weeks with a faculty member in one of the following disciplines: Bioenergy; Cellular & Molecular Biology; Computational Biology & Biostatistics; Ecology, Plants & Environmental Systems; Neurobiology; or Virology. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. The program runs from: May 30 - August 5, 2017. Deadline to apply is Feb. 17, 2017.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for rising seniors majoring in science. Applications available now. Stipend is $3000 and housing is free. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers the Summer in Biomedical Science Undergraduate Research Program. This program offers sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work with physician-researchers for eight weeks ( June 1 -July 28, 2015) and is particularly suited for students considering MD and MD/PhD degree programs. Deadline is February 15, 2017.
Summer study abroad program through Harvard University: The Harvard Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program is part of national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral science research careers. This program is specifically targeted for students from health disparities groups that are underrepresented in health-related research, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. The program provides support for undergraduate and graduate students, from both Harvard and other universities, to do international research work through the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Deadline to apply is January 6, 2017. For more information, click here or contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caltech or JPL: Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program offers undergraduates a variety of opportunities to do research projects in collaboration with Caltech faculty or Jet Propulsion Laboratory technical staff members over a ten-week period. Fellows receive a $6000 award, and participate in seminars and other activities designed to enhance the research experience. Deadline to apply is February 22, 2017.
Caltech's Amgen Scholars program provides students the opportunity to conduct research in biology, chemistry, and bio-technical related fields under the guidance of seasoned research mentors. Applicants must first identify a Caltech or JPL faculty mentor and prepare a research proposal. Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2017. For more information, click here.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee: The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Internship program provides opportunities for qualified undergraduates to receive hands-on experience in a real-world setting. Fields of work include engineering, computer science, health physics, meteorology, chemistry, physics, biological sciences, environmental sciences, emergency management, public health, epidemiology, accounting, finance, audit, communications, graphic design, human resources, and instructional technology. For more information, see the program website. The deadline varies with the specific program.
Washington, DC: The Fund for American Studies sponsors six Institutes in Washington, D.C., in partnership with Georgetown University. These Institutes prepare young people for leadership in the life of their communities and the nation by providing them with opportunities in the nation's capital for enlightenment and enrichment. Stipends are not provided; there are fees associated with the programs and course credit is offered. The deadline varies with the specific institute.
Washington, DC: The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service is an intensive eight-week summer residential program for college undergraduates interested in volunteerism and careers in the nonprofit sector. Students take two courses on the history and ethics of philanthropy and volunteerism worth 6 hours of academic credit and hold internships with nonprofit organizations, attend presentations by leading figures from the nonprofit sector and participate in a variety of service projects. Over half of the students accepted to the program will receive a full or partial scholarship. The Institute is sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and the Center on Philanthropy at Georgetown University. Rolling application deadline.
The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2017 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance. Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 13, 2017 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2017 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe. The program that would be suitable for Oxy students is: The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students (including community college students) to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. More information about SULI and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, from Molecules to Ecosystems, is designed for highly motivated students interested in biological research. This program is aimed at promoting diversity in the national biosciences workforce. Students who share this goal, especially from underrepresented minority groups, economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are the first generation in their families to attend college are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is January 30, 2017. For information, click here.
The University of Arizona "Minority Health Disparities Summer Research Opportunities" is a 10-week program focusing on health issues affecting minority communities in a disproportionate manner with a $4000 to $4800 stipend. On campus housing and course credit available. Application deadline is February 1, 2017.
Leadership: The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) for underrepresented scholars offers college students the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution or corporate sponsor. The deadline for the summer research program is February 1, 2017
Marine Biology: The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers research opportunities for students who have completed their junior or senior year in any field of science, mathematics, or engineering. Participants choose research projects with the guidance of WHOI staff. Stipends and travel allowances are provided. There are also Minority Fellowships available for students who have completed their first year. Application deadline is Feburary 15, 2017. For more information, see http://www.whoi.edu/main/summer-student-fellowship
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP) targets junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences. As part of the program, students do full-time research for 10 weeks with a faculty member in one of eight disciplinary areas. At the end of the program, students give an oral presentation of their research results and write a final research report that is published in a program journal. Program runs May 30 - August 5, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents between their sophomore and senior years who have not graduated before the program begins, have a grade point average of at least 3.0, and strong interest in a career in biological research. Students who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian, Native Alaskan or Native Pacific Islander OR who are from low-income homes OR who are the first in their family to attend college OR who attend small liberal arts institutions without broad research facilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers an NSF-Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) prgoram with a focus on Experimental and Computational Materials Research. Research projects in 2016 include, but are not limited to: Electronic materials, nanomaterials, lasers and optical materials, biosensors, biophysics and biomaterials, computational materials, biomedical research and materials under pressure. The program dates are May 14 - July 21, 2017. The application deadline is March 15, 2017. The program pays a $5,000 stipend for the 10-week experience with additional funding available for housing and transporation. Please visit their program website for more details.
The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 19 to August 18, 2017; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit their website.
NOTE: For Summer 2017, SETI is only taking applications from a specific group of named institutions and Oxy is not one of them. However, they state on their website that 2018 will be open to students from any college or university, so keep this one in mind for 2018!
The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that they will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer. Students will work with scientists at the SETI Institute and at the nearby NASA Ames Research Center on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy. The 10-week program will take place from June 12 - August 19, 2016, and students will receive a $5000 stipend plus housing and travel reimbursement. Qualified undergraduate students who are US Citizens (or permanent residents) in their sophomore or junior year are invited to apply. Please see http://www.seti.org/REU for more information.
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