The summer is a great time for students to expand skills learned in the classroom by participating in research and doing hands-on work, such as research in the lab or field work. For students looking to stay around Northern Illinois University, check out the Summer Research Opportunites Program (SROP). In addition to NIU's summer research programs, there are many national research programs for undergraduate students interested in off-campus research opportunties. Summer research programs are a great way for students to create academic and professional networks, complete research under varying faculty mentors, and visit potential schools to pursue a Master's or Doctoral level degree.
Below you will find a list of several opportunites available to students in various degree programs and at varying degrees of experience. We encourage you to look at websites of other universities and organizaitons given this list is not exhaustive. The programs listed below have deadlines raning from January 6 - March 7, 2014 and are in order of approaching application submission deadlines.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.
The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American; females who are underrepresented in their discipline; or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.
The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex.
The program is open to majors in Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas. Applications open NOW until January 12, 2014.
Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (HERE at ORNL) provides research opportunities and associated activities for students at all levels, beginning the term before college entrance through thesis/dissertation research, and higher education faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to enhance science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the Laboratory mission.
SRI, funded by the University of Arizona, is open to juniors and seniors of all disciplines, including social science, humanities, fine arts, and STEM. Application deadline is February 1, 2014.
Visit the SRI website or email Donna Treloar (email@example.com) for more information.
MHD, funded by NIH and Univeristy of Arizona, focuses on health issues that affect minority communities in a disproportionate manner. Open to junior or senior biomedical majors interested in continuing their education at the PhD level. Application deadline is February 1, 2014.
Visit the MHD website or email Stephanie Adamson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri is now accepting applications for their Summer 2014 internships. All programs run for 9 week (Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, July 25), with travel days being Tuesday, May 27 and Saturday, July 26. Students selected for these programs livein on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also receive one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3600.
Applications are due by February 15, 2014. For more information visit the University of Missouri Undergraduate Research website.
The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience. The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.
We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.
The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers engineering students and faculty on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) NESLS program is open to faculty and full- or part-time engineering students enrolled at a U.S. university at the time of appointment. Student applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, class standing, career goals, recommendations, and compatibility of educational interests and abilities with the needs of ORNL.
Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas. This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.
The appointment period is for up to 10 weeks beginning May 27, 2014. The participant will receive a stipend depending on education level and experience. The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education under an agreement with FDA and the Department of Energy (DOE). Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).
Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Center and DHS. Faculty members currently teaching at a MSI and students currently enrolled at a MSI in a discipline, major or concentration directly related to a homeland security science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Research Area are encouraged to apply.