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.
US Department of Homeland Security: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs 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 DHS mission-relevant research areas. 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- https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DHS-POWER-2020 to learn more and complete the application!
Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA: The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research experiences at 13 institutions across the country for students interested in pursuing Ph.D.’s and, eventually, a career in science. Students interested in summer research in any area of biomedical science, chemistry, bioengineering or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply. The program runs from June 21 – August 28, 2020. During the summer of 2020, UCLA will host 16 Amgen Scholars: 3 undergraduates from UCLA and 13 from other U.S. colleges and universities. Amgen Scholars will participate in research projects, attend scientific seminars, and work under some of the nation’s top academic scientists. The Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA also includes a $4000 stipend, housing and some meals provided, a three-day Biotechnology Conference in Los Angeles, GRE preparation course, luncheons with faculty, workshops, scientific writing instruction, seminars, and poster presentations. Eligibility: Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be: 1) U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (international students are ineligible, but are welcome to consider the Asia Program), 2) Undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories. 3) Sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), juniors and non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate experience). 4) Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or above. 5) Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or joint M.D./Ph.D. Application Deadline for Amgen Scholars Program at UCLA: Monday, February 3, 2020. Website: http://sciences.ugresearch.
U.S. Amgen Scholars Program: To learn more about all thirteen U.S. Amgen Scholars Program host institutions and the Japan Program visit: http://www.amgenscholars.com
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. Summer 2020 application deadline: January 13, 2020 For list of opportunities, see: https://rock.geosociety.org/eo/GeoCorpsJobDescriptions_gip.asp
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. This summer, we will offer two types of LHIP internships: HIP Standard Internship: ($400 per week plus commuting stipend) and 2. LHIP Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA): ($480 per week plus commuting stipend) Requirements: Possess US citizenship or permanent residence, be enrolled in an accredited educational qualifying institution, have a strong interest — or relevant experience — in areas pertaining to — but not limited to — history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, engineering, anthropology or other related fields. Bilingual skills (fluent in Spanish/English) – helpful. Social media savvy! Applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. EST February 7, 2020. Top candidates will be selected for interviews in late February and early March. Placement decisions and assignments will generally be made during the month of March. https://latinoheritageintern.com/
NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2020 to apply for participation in the 11th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2020). 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. 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 (June 14, 2020- August 7, 2020). Applicants must be US citizens. Deadline: January 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. PST. Visit the SARP website for information on how to apply.
Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – For Summer 2020 must apply at https://www.zintellect.com/
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 2020 is January 9, 2020 by 5 pm ET.
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 due March 8, 2020.
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 26 - July 31, 2020. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2020.
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for rising seniors majoring in science. The 2019 SURP Program will start on Monday, June 1 and end on Thursday, July 23 (tentative). Applications available now. Stipend is $3000 and housing is free. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2020.
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 $6420 award, and participate in seminars and other activities designed to enhance the research experience. Deadline to apply is February 22, 2020.
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. Program Dates: June 15 - August 21, 2020. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2020. 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 2018 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 9, 2020 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2020 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. Participants receive a $6000 stipend. Program dates are June 8 - August 14, 2020. Application deadline is February 1, 2020. 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, 2020.
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 5, 2020. 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 26 - July 31, 2020 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, 2020.
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 17 - July 24, 2020. The application deadline is March 15, 2020. 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 15 - August 15, 2020; Applications are due Feb. 14, 2020. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit their website.