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 which interests you. The Undergraduate Research Center does not have funds to support these programs, but most do provide stipends and other benefits.
This list is being updated to show 2016 deadlines. In addition, 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 8, 2015): 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 12, 2016. ** 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 12, 2016 - but, remember! The institution must turn in your application, not individual students.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 2016 is December 21, 2015 by 11:59 pm eastern time.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 May 30 - July 22, 2016 and participants will receive a stipend plus housing, meals and airfare. The application cycle runs from November 1, 2015 - February 10, 2016. For more information, please see the SRI website.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 2016 is January 8, 2016, by 5 pm eastern time.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): At 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/).
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 November 10, 2015 - March 1, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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. Applications available mid-November, 2015. Application deadline is: March 1, 2016
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): HHMI-Janelia Farm Undergraduate Scholars Program provides opportunities to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at the HHMI research complex. The scientific foci are the identification of general principles that govern how information is processed by neuronal circuits and The development of imaging technologies and computational methods for image analysis. Note early application deadline: Deadline to apply is January 7, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): The Association for Women in Science Summer Internship Program promotes, educates, and encourages young women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students gain valuable knowledge and professional skills through mentorship and independent learning. Students also have opportunities and are encouraged to take advantage of the unique cultural and social activities Washington D.C. has to offer. It is designed and designated as a 10-week work experience between May and August. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites undergraduate students to participate. 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 31 - August 1, 2016. Deadline to apply is Feb. 16, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for rising seniors majoring in science. Applications available November 1, 2015. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 2 -July 29, 2016) and is particularly suited for students considering MD and MD/PhD degree programs. Deadline is February 15, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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, 2016. For more information, click here.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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, 2016. For more information, click here.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 from Georgetown University, 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. Early Deadline is December 10, 2015; priority deadline is February 10, 2016; final deadline is March 16, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of California, Berkeley, was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who may not have had exposure to the academic environment of a research university. The program offers internships in the humanities and in the biological, physical, and social sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the spring semester/quarter). Applications for 2016 must be received (not postmarked) by February 1, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): The National Science Foundation funds "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" at various institutions across the country. Information and applications are available from the various schools. Check the NSF-REU website for more information.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): In past years, the National Endowment for the Humanities has accepted applications for summer internships in Washington D.C. The internships introduced the programs, policies, and operations of NEH, the federal agency charged with promoting scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities in the United States. Check their website for current information.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): The University of Pittsburgh/CMU MD/PhD Program's Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Under-represented Students is a 10-week summer research and enrichment program for underrepresented minority students interested in careers as physician scientists with a $4300 stipend. The program is designed for students in their freshman, sophomore or junior years of college. Students receive intensive research laboratory experience and abundant mentorship. In addition, students participate in a variety of career development programs, scientific seminars, and specific career enhancement opportunities including preparation for national examinations. Deadline is February 15, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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. Deadlines vary by program. For more information, see www.whoi.edu/education
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 26 - August 1, 2016 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, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 7, 2015): 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 15 - July 22, 2016. The application deadline is April 15, 2016. 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.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 3, 2015): National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is recruiting for participants for a program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (May 15 to July 22, 2016) in "Experimental and Computational Materials Research”. The program offers 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. The University of Alabama, Birmingham, is especially interested in receiving applications from qualified women and underrepresented minority candidates. Please note that applications should be submitted electronically via: https://www.uab.edu/cnmb/research-experiences-for-undergraduates. Applicants will need to submit an official transcript and request recommendations from two (2) faculty members. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. Decision will be made no later than April 15, 2016.
NEW POSTING (added Dec 3, 2015): The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2016 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 8, 2016 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2016 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/
NEW POSTING (added Dec 3, 2015): 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 research work overseas during the summer (June -August). We currently have active research sites in Peru, Chile, Ethiopia, and Australia/New Zealand. For more information, click here or contact the program director, Lauren E. Friedman, PhD.
NEW POSTING (added Dec. 3, 2015): Now approaching its tenth summer, the Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research. In addition to ten renowned U.S.host institutions, U.S. students may also apply to be Amgen Scholars at leading institutions in Japan: Kyoto University, and The University of Tokyo. Applications for the 2016 Amgen Scholars Program in the U.S. and Japan are now online. Note that applicants do not need to currently attend one of the U.S. or Japan host institutions to participate. In fact, Amgen Scholars have represented over 500 colleges and universities to date. The application deadline is February 1, 2016 (February 15 for the California Institute of Technology). Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available via amgenscholars.com. More information about the Amgen Foundation's commitment to advancing STEM education in the U.S., Europe and Japan is here.
NEW POSTING (added Nov 9, 2015): 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 20 to August 19, 2016; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2016. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit their website.
POSTINGS FOR SUMMER 2015 appear below. They will be updated for 2016 as new dates are received, however, most programs are on-going and dates will be similar to prior years, so if any program interests you, don't wait for our updates -- check it out yourself by visiting the host institution web page!:
Students who are interested in Biochemistry and Biophysics and would be interested in obtaining research experience in this area may wish to apply for the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MBB) Summer Research Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In this program, students will join a research laboratory and work alongside PhD students and other laboratory staff to conduct a research project underthe direction of a MBB faculty mentor. The program runs from June 1, 2015 - August 7, 2015 and provides a $5,000 stipend and $2,000 housing allowance. The program is open to open to undergraduate students who are majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, biology, though preference will given to students who have completed courses in general and organic chemistry. A detailed description of the program, along with a link to the online application form, can be found here (http://mbb.uthscsa.edu/
The Florida Museum of Natural History offers 2015 Internships for undergraduate students to be involved in geological, paleontological, and research working with project team members in the US or Panama. These opportunities are open to students who are US citizens or permanent residents. The 2016 deadline is not posted yet, but last year's deadline was March 1st.
The J. Craig Venter Institute, a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and the communication of those results to the scientific community, the public and policymakers, offers internships for undergraduates, particularly juniors. The Institute's areas of scientific focus include: microbial and parasite genomics, genomic medicine with an emphasis on cancer genomics and human genome re-sequencing and analysis; mammalian, plant and viral genomics; environmental genomic analysis with an emphasis on microbial biodiversity, ecology, and evolution; use of molecular and genomic methods to develop biological sources of clean energy; synthetic genome development; educational outreach, and policy research on the ethical, legal, and economic issues associated with genomic science and technology. The dates for this 12 week program are not posted at the time of this listing, but prior year's program ran from May 26 – August 14, 2015. Deadline to apply is probably mid-February 2016.
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at Claremont Graduate University seeks students who have completed at least their sophomore year and are first-generation and low-income students, or who are from a group underrepresented at the doctoral level (African-American, Latino-American, or Native American). The program encourages students to pursue graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships critical to success at the doctoral level. Program includes a six-week summer academic program designed to increase skills, confidence, and encourage enrollment in graduate school and provides 10 units of graduate credit for successfully completing three graduate level courses during a six week summer session. Thereafter students are paired with a faculty mentor to collaborate on a research project. The deadline is April 1, 2015 for summer 2015 admission.
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, 2015. ** 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, 2015.
The Population Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and with funding from the National Science Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU program offers talented undergraduates the opportunity for classroom training and hands-on research during a 2-month session at the University of Texas at Austin. The program runs June 4 - July 21, 2015. The program offers a $3,000 stipend plus support for room and board. Undergraduates who have completed requirements for sophomore or junior standing are eligible to apply. Preference is given to applications from students with some statistical/methodological training, those who declare Sociology as a major, and/or those who are participating in a social science honors program at their home institution. The application deadline is February 17, 2015.
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