Community & Visitors Parents & Families Future Students Current Students Alumni & Friends Faculty & Staff
Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Off-Campus Opportunities

Brandeis University

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program is a ten-week program in which students carry out independent research projects in the labs of Brandeis science faculty. There are "Visiting Fellow" summer fellowships available for undergraduates who are underrepresented in science.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The non-traditional Personnel Research Program is offering the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research training in their laboratories. Such individuals, commonly called non-traditional research personnel (NTP), join Children's Hospital and Hospital-based University of Pennsylvania faculty in creating an environment in which research excellence can flourish.

Cornell University

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program where undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in exciting research projects within one of four disciplines including Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Entomology, Food Science, and Horticulture.

Student interns will have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students and postdocs on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

  • Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

    The ACCESS Summer Research Program is offering a Summer Internship Program for Underserved College Students. The aim of the internship is to awaken and foster an interest in biomedical research and education. It is open to students who are interested in getting a Ph.D. degree and who have excelled in their sophomore or junior years in college.

  • Weill Cornell Medical College

    The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Students is an opportunity which gives 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early educationinto basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine.

Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy

The Academy is offering a summer biomedical research opportunity for undergraduates.

Johns Hopkins University

  • Institute for NanoBioTechnology

    The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet.

Journal of Student Research

The Journal of Student Research accepts submissions from undergraduate and graduate students in all fields. 

Leadership Alliance

The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D., the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. This all expense paid summer internship provides students with a competitive stipend, travel, and housing.

Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC)

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is studying humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) wintering off Puerto Rico. We are offering this "shorty" format (by request!) to fill the need for less expensive programs fitting into work and class schedules. This field intensive training program is well suited for students (undergraduate and graduate) of all skill levels interested in cetacean behavioral ecology, and conservation. The program culminates in a certificate acknowledging training.

Medical University of South Carolina

The College of Graduate Studies is currently accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) provides unique opportunities for undergraduates to become directly involved in cutting edge research. It also allows them opportunities for student-faculty and student-student interaction so that they can learn more about the research training at MUSC.

NASA - Summer Research Opportunities

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) is recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars. Students may apply 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.  For more information, please contact: UNCFSP/ NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, Phone: 800/231-9155.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' (NIDDK) Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) is offering numerous research training opportunities including a Student Internship Program (SIP), Gateways to the Laboratory NIH/NIDDK Honors Research Program, and NIH NIDDK Travel Scholarship Awards. More information is available at the Association of American Indian Physicians, and also the National Hispanic Medical Association Web sites.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates focus is the modeling and simulation of biological networks, ranging from intracellular biochemical networks to networks at the organism level and the population level.

Northern Illinois University

The Operation ETank Program's focus is in 4 Es areas – energy, environment, with aspects to ethics and economy incorporated into broader problems and related to the broader issue of sustainability. Operation Etank is NIU's summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program. Students involved in the program will be mentored by faculty members having wide-ranging backgrounds in relevant research areas, but their overall learning experience will include a number of opportunities to relate sustainability issues to their research projects. The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology have a long history of working together on collaborative STEM projects and funded research. As such, the faculty members understand the need for engagement and teamwork. This technical knowledge combined with the ability to blend teamwork and presentation skills will allow Operation ETank to provide a wide range of research skills and projects for the students involved.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

The Science Education Programs connect you to over 7,000 insternship, fellowship, and research opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty around the U.S. Our nation needs a steady supply of scientists and engineers to meet future needs in critical science and technology areas. Students in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields need the skills, knowledge, and experience to stay competitive in an ever-chagning global marketplace. Watch the two minute video (YouTube).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)  has a long history and interest in providing hands-on research experiences to students at all academic levels. Over the years, these research experience programs have enhanced students' academic curricula and at the same time have helped the Laboratory:

  1. Develop its own workforce
  2. Contribute to the national vision for excellence in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.

ORNL is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department (DOE) by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of sciences, engineering, mathematics, and technology. ORNL scientists are also fully supportive of their responsibility to help mentor the next generation of scientists.

Please visit Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and click on your academic level to learn more about educational programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL are looking for summer interns to work with world-class scientists on cutting edge research! The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory offer several programs for undergraduate students in STEM fields to participate in a summer internship. For a full list of programs, including others for grad students, faculty, postdocs, and other recent graduates. Complete your profile in the Talent and Opportunity System (TOppS) system and then apply to one or all of the program postings. Applications must be submitted visa the TOppS system. See the programs web sites for deadline dates. Please contact Cheryl Brown at or Cheryl Terry at for additional information on the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) or Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS).

South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS)

The 2013 Annual Meeting was held at the Benedict College School of Science on Saturday, April 13th. Any member of the SCAS is eligible to present a paper at the meeting or attend the meeting. In the past faculty, undergraduate and graduate students have presented papers and/or posters. The SCAS mission is to promote the creation and dissemination of scientific knowledge within the state of South Carolina by stimulating scientific research and publication. It is a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues in your discipline.

University of Cincinnati

The College of Medicine's Summer Undergraduate Research has several summer programs that will help you get the experience you need to prepare for graduate school in the College of Medicine and a career in this expanding field. Each summer, the program brings over 150 undergraduate students from all over the U.S. each summer.

University of Nebraska

The Lincoln Summer Research Program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on their website. Students can also find infomriaotn about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses and more. Students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meangingful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.

University of Nevada Las Vegas

  • REU

    Environmental Microbiology

    Students will collaborate with faculty mentors in developing and carrying out hypothesis-based projects on microorganisms from diverse habitats such as hot springs, the deep terrestrial subsurface, hypersaline lakes, arid soils, and ephemeral water sources. Students may also choose to explore the mechanisms of magnetotaxis, sporulation, soil-forming processes, microbial adaptation to stressful and non-host environments, or the dynamics between primary producers and consumers.

    • Undergraduates from institutions where research opportunities in STEM disciplines are limited, including two-year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply. Questions can be emailed to
  • Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology

    This NSF supported program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students receive a stipend, travel subsidy, and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.

University of North Carolina Charlotte

The NanoSURE REU Program is designed to advance nanoscale science re-search at the under-graduate level and contribute to the education and training of the nanotechnology workforce of the future. Nanoscale science research faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Optical Science, and Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Science will provide well defined projects related to nanoscale science for all participants. A ten-week summer research experience is offered and includes a stipend for summer research, allowance for research supplies, on-campus housing, seminars and workshop activities, recreational activities, and a final research symposium.

University of Pennsylvania

The School of Veterinary Medicine provides an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists through our combined VMD-PhD program. It's an excellent way for you to continue your education while impacting the future of medicine for humans and all species. Who knows what today's research could do for future generations?

University of Washington

The Summer STEM Research Programs offer a number of summer undergraduate research opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Consider spending a summer engaging in an exciting research opportunity in Seattle.

U.S Department of Energy

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science's, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.

DOE WDTS also partners with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Summer Term each year; institutions associated with select NSF programs may apply to NSF for supplemental funds to support a SULI Summer internship at a DOE laboratory. A list of eligible NSF programs can be found on the National Science Foundation's Web site.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is offering opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.

Rutgers (RiSE)

RiSE is jointly sponsored by two of the nation's leading public research institutions - Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RiSE is an undergraduate SUMMER research program to advance diversity in science, math, and engineering. They are offering a summer of research for undergraduates under the mentorship of a world-class faculty.

Texas Tech University

The Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research (SABR) Program is designed to give undergraduate students biomedical research experience in a laboratory at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. As a SABR intern, you will work for ten weeks elbow-to-elbow with scientists on the cutting edge of biomedical research. You will meet students to discuss late breaking news in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry and molecular genetics, physiology, pharmacology and neurosciences, and medical microbiology. At the end of the summer, you will have a chance to present your work to your peers and the scientists and educators who work at the Health Sciences Center.