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 list is just informational by no means be considered a complete list. 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! The College does not have funds to support these programs, but most do provide stipends and other benefits.
US Department of Homeland Security: The sponsors the Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program for undergraduate and graduate students. HS-POWER is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as . As a participant in the HS-POWER Program, you will participate in quality research experiences at federal research facilities and other HS-STEM focused entities nationwide. This experience will provide you a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DHS enterprise. You will also be able to establish connections with DHS professionals that promote long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, DHS personnel and research facilities. TO APPLY: Visit their website to learn more and complete the application!
NASA: Juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science – consider applying for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) 2021. Participants will fly onboard a NASA research aircraft! $5k stipend for an 8-week program along with travel allowance and housing. 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. 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. The eight-week program begins June 13, 2021 and concludes August 6, 2021. Application Deadline: January 27, 2021. Applicants must be US Citizens. Visit their website for more information.
National Park Service (NPS) Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) Program: The National Park Service (NPS) actively seeks students and professionals in the geosciences and other natural resource fields who want to use their expertise to help the agency to better understand and manage its natural resources. The program provides participants a unique opportunity to contribute towards the conservation of America's national parks. The application period for spring/summer 2021 projects is December 2020 - January 24, 2021. For list of opportunities visit their website.
Latino Heritage Internship Program: Not research, but looks like a good program that builds mentor-student relationships so we wanted to share it with Oxy students! The program will advance employment and community engagement opportunities with an emphasis on cultural resource stewardship and interpretation. It will target undergraduates and graduate students while developing mission critical internship projects that will support NPS goals and objectives. The experience will create strong mentor and protégé relationships and support the career growth of talented students. In addition, it will help to expand NPS outreach into Latino communities nationally and develop deep and sustainable partnerships. Visit the Internship Listings for available opportunities.
Caltech: WAVE fellowship: The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2/4.0, be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA status, have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D., have prior research experience and not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction. Support: For summer 2021, WAVE Fellows will receive an award of $6,620 for 10 weeks (June 14 – August 20, 2021), a $2,000 housing supplement for campus housing, and travel to and from Caltech. Application deadline: January 9, 2021. For more information, visit their website.
Amgen Scholars Program at Caltech: is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry. Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6620 award, round-trip air transportation, and campus housing. Online applications are due on or before February 1, 2021. For more info, please visit their website.
For students interested in cancer research: The Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center is now accepting applications for summer 2021. is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research over 10-weeks in the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research. In addition to completing a research project with a faculty mentor, participants also engage in a variety of other activities as part of the program. Program dates are June 1 - August 6, 2021. Participants will work approximately 40-hours a week and will be provided a $6,200 stipend. Participants are responsible for their own housing, but housing is available on-campus for out-of-town participants at summer rates, as space allows. The deadline to is January 18, 2021, 8:00 am CST. Most likely candidates from Oxy are probably students majoring or planning to major in: Biology, Chemistry, any pre-Med. But note: all interested students are welcome to apply, there is no required academic background and no prior lab experience is required! Please note message from institution: We plan to hold the Summer Opportunities Program in 2021. However, depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, selected trainees should prepare to be flexible and may need to complete their research partially or fully online. Updates, resources, and current University policies are available on the .
Science and Engineering students: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University. The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. Students are matched with 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 2021 program runs from June 14 - August 13, 2021. Applications are due February 12, 2021. Participants are paid a $4,500 stipend, plus on-campus housing and a travel allowance. Most likely candidates from Oxy are probably students majoring in or planning to major in: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry. For more information visit their or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-467-0470.
The SETI Institute is pleased to announce that they will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program summer 2021. 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 6 - August 14, 2021, and $6,000 ($600/week). In addition, participants will be provided with dorm housing and travel reimbursement up to $600 for travel from home or campus to the San Francisco Bay Area. Qualified undergraduate students who are US Citizens (or permanent residents) in their sophomore or junior year are invited to apply. Applications are due on or before February 1, 2021. For more information visit their .
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). Applications are now open for the 2021 BSOS SRI, which will be a virtual experience to decrease potential exposure to COVID-19. The 2021 program dates are Monday, June 7, 2021 - Friday, July 30, 2021.For more information visit their website.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Internship program (Tennessee): The ORAU 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 . The deadline varies with the specific program.
The offers Marine Biology 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. They are planning for an in-person program although the format will be determined by safety and health regulations due to COVID-19. They will offer a remote or hybrid program, if needed. Application deadline: February 5, 2021. For more information visit their website.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The 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 June 1 - August 27, 2021 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Applicant requirements: 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, 2021.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers an NSF-Sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program 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 23, 2021. The application deadline is March 30, 2021. The program pays a $5,000 stipend for the 10-week experience with additional funding available for housing and transportation. Please visit the program 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 14 - August 13, 2021; Applications are due Feb. 12, 2021. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit their .