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 now updated to show 2015 deadlines. However, we will be adding additional 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.
NEW POSTING (added Jan 6, 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 22 to August 21, 2015; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2015. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit their website.
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 SETI Institute is pleased to announce that they will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer in astronomy and planetary science, focused on the topics of "Astronomy and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)" and "Planetary Science adn teh Search for Life in the Solar System." Students will perform research in fields ranging from astronomy to biology to planetary science. The 10-week program will take place from June 14 - August 22, and students will receive a $5000 stipend plus housing and travel reimbursement. Qualified undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year are invited to apply. The application deadline is February 1, 2015. Please see http://www.seti.org/REU for more information.
Further down this page we have a paragraph about the Amgen program at Caltech. However, the Amgen Scholars program is not limited to Caltech -- there are actually Amgen Scholar positions available at 10 U.S. host institutions including Stanford, UCLA, MIT and UC San Diego. Caltech's application deadline is mid-February, but all other schools connected to the Amgen program require applications by early February, so interested students should look into this opportunity during winter break. Oxy students have participated in this program in the past and found it to be a great experience. For more information about participating schools and the application process, please see http://www.amgenscholars.com/
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 2015 is January 9, 2015, by 5 pm eastern time.
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: Application period closes January 2, 2015 by 11:59 pm eastern time.
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 1 - July 24, 2015 and participants will receive a stipend of $2700, plus housing, meals and airfare. The application cycle runs from November 1, 2014 - February 10, 2015. For more information, please see the SRI website.
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/).
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, 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, 2014. Application deadline is: March 1, 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.
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 12, 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.
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. Dates not posted at time of this listing, but prior year's program ran from: May 28th – August 3rd, 2014. Deadline is probably mid-February, 2015.
The Department of Commerce Postsecondary Internship Program offers opportunities for both summer and academic year paid internships in disciplines including: business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; computer science; physical sciences; business; communications and graphic design; mathematics; engineering. Deadline for application is March 1, 2015.
The Florida Museum of Natural History offers 2014 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 deadline is March 1, 2015.
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 20 – August 9, 2014. Deadline to apply is probably mid-February 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, 2014. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2015.
The Amgen Scholars program offers sophomores and juniors an opportunity to take part in university research projects in a variety of topics in biology and chemistry at ten institutions across the country. This ten week program provides a stipend and housing assistance; details and deadlines vary with the institution; click here for a list of 2015 opportunities. Most are due February 2, 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 and is particularly suited for students considering MD and MD/PhD degree programs. Deadline is February 15, 2015.
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.
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 beginning June 16, 2105. Fellows receive a $6000 award, and participate in seminars and other activities designed to enhance the research experience. Deadline to apply is February 22, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf/program_description
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 14, 2015. For more information, visit www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/amgen_scholars.
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 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.
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.
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, 2014; priority deadline is February 10, 2015; final deadline is March 17, 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 2015 must be received (not postmarked) by February 1, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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
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, 2015 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, 2015.
The University of Tennessee provides the REU Sensing and Signaling Research for Undergraduates program that aims to provide research experiences for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences. The team of REU investigators represents a multidisciplinary ensemble of Cell Biologists, Geneticists, Biochemists, and Biophysicists who are taking modern approaches to the analysis of how signals are perceived and transduced in myriad biological systems. Program runs May 24 - August 1, 2015. We especially encourage rising sophmore and junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first-generation college students are strongly encouraged to apply. This program is mainly geared towards undergraduates from outside the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Application deadline is February 27, 2015.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Science Education Programs connects students with over 7,000 internship, fellowship, and research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and faculty around the U.S. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute (Oak Ridge, TN) focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists.
Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) offers a Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates. Participants receive a stipend of $4500, on-campus housing and a travel allowance. The program runs from June 22 - August 21, 2015. Their late start date makes this perfect for students who may have been in a spring semester study abroad program! The deadline to apply is February 15, 2015. For more details, please see their website.
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 2015 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 17 - July 25, 2015. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. 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 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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