Summer Research Opportunities


Summer Research Opportunities

Center for Disease Control ORISE Research Participation Programs

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), is seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment.  Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biomedichal markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases.  The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,500/month for full-time summer fellows.

The application may be found at

Clemson University Data-Intensive Computing REU

Join us in Clemson, South Carolina for a cutting-edge undergraduate research experience in data-intensive computing!

The program runs for 8 weeks from June 3 through July 26, 2013.  All students participating in the REU program will take part in tutorials on tools and techniques that are widely used in data-intensive computing research, as well as on useful professional development topics (e.g., applying to graduate school, writing NSF graduate fellowship applications).  

For more information and to apply, visit the website

Kansas NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Program

The Kansas NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Program provides research opportunities and support to students how are members of underrepresented groups who plan to pursue graduate school and careers requiring advanced training in science and technology.  

The 8-week summer research program is coordinated by the McNair staff of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University.  Each McNair Program recruits its students and organizes and facilitates the summer research program on their campus.  

The WSU program is recruiting two (2) students to conduct scholarly research on the campus of Wichita State University. These students can/will reside in the campus residence halls where they will receive housing and subsistence.  For more information, view the brochure and to apply, click here.

Long Island University Summer Internship Program

This program will fund four highly-motivated undergraduate studens to work with LIU Post sicence faculty for 10-week research projects from June 2 to August 12, 2013. 

Students must complete an application and have two letters of reference sent to the selection committee by March 1, 2013.  Students should review the research descriptions of the participating faculty, and indicate up to three projects that interest them.  Candidates will be notified of the status of their application by March 15, 2013.

Internships include a $3,000 student stipend and financial support for on-campus housing.  Up to $500 in additional funding is available for research materials.

Information about the research programs of the faculty members participating in the Summer Internship Program can be found on the LIU website at:

MIT Summer Program in Biology and Neuroscience

Applicants should be current sophomores or juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5, majoring in a STEM field, with some previous laboratory experience, with a genuine interest in basic research and who plan to pursue a PhD degree in the sciences.

More information about the summer program and the on-line application can be found on the following website:

National Center for Toxicological Research - Summer Student Research Program

Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR).  NCTR's Summer Student Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines.  

This 10-week summer program provides hands-on research and laboratory experience mentored by FDA scientists.  Stipends are determined by the level of education.  For more information, please visit the website.

National Geothermal Student Competition, 2013

The 2013 National Geothermal Student Competition, sponsored by the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is designed to advance the understanding of geothermal energy as a valued resource by promoting innovation, exploration, and entrepreneurship among the nation's colleges and universities.  

Students are encouraged to form competitive interdisciplinary teams capable of leveraging each member's academic acumen and competitive spirit toward building an innovative, scientific, and technical business strategy for geothermal production in their home state, local region or other location in which they have particular expertise.  For more information, visit the competition website.

Oklahoma State University Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior REU

The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on resesarch experience focused on the biological basis of human and animal behavior.  Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of reesarch.  Students will be mentored by full-time, PhD-level faculty members who are tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research.  

Each student will reside in a campus dormitory and receive $500/week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.  For more information and to apply, visit the website at:

Pathways to Science Programs and Scholarships

If you are an undergraduate student interested in pursuing research this summer, you can find out about paid summer 2013 undergrad research placements at  There are over 800 programs listed!

Purdue University Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins REU

The National Science Foundation-sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students.  

Problem-based modules presented during the first week of the program introduce key concepts in protein biochemistry and experimental design.  The remaining nine weeks emphasize full-time research supplemented with weekly sessions on ethical conduct in research, professional communication, GRE preparation and the graduate school application process.  At the end of the program, students will present their results at a departmental symposium and a university-wide poster session.  

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2013.  For more information, visit the website at

Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Cancer Science Summer Research Participation Program (Buffalo, NY)

This program is intended for college juniors interested in cancer research and obtaining a PhD.  Get started on your journey early at one of the world's first comprehensive cancer centers!

Students in the Cancer Science Summer Research Program conduct a cancer-related research project, learn from internationally-known scientists, present at a scientific conference, receive advisement for careers in science, receive a generous stipend, and participate in social activities and field trips.  

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

We are now accepting application for the 2013 Summer Program.  The deadline to apply is January 10 - apply online now at!

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Scientific programs focus of materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience!

Benefits of the spring SULI program include:

  • 10 weeks (June 3-August 9) engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist or engineer
  • Career development workshops
  • Laboratory tours
  • Stipend of $500 per week
  • Travel reimbursement (for those who qualify)
  • Housing allowance (for those who qualify)

Contact Julie Malicoat at for additional information!

University of California-San Diego Amgen Scholars Program

Applications for admission to the Amgen Scholars program at UCSD are not being accepted (through February 1, 2013).  

The UCSD Amgen Scholars program is a ten-week, full-time research experience for undergraduates majoring in life sciences or biotechnology fields, and is supported by the Amgen Foundation.  Dates for the 2013 program are June 24-August 30, 2013.

Please go to for more information.

University of California-Santa Barbara Academic Research Consortium Summer Program

The ARC Program provides mentored research experiences in all disciplines to undergraduates at the junior level with the potential to succeed in graduate study, but who have experienced situation or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study.  The program targets talented and motivated students who can benefit from additional encouragement and academic support.

Once chosen as an ARC scholar, students embark on a 7-week summer program of research and graduate school preparation guided by UC Santa Barbara's Graduate Division staff, faculty, and graduate student mentors.  Scholars are provided with an excellent opportunity to explore their discipline, experience research, and improve their opportunities for future study in their chosen field.  

For more information and to apply, visit the website.

University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative to Increase Diversity

This 8-week program will be held on the University of Maryland, College Park campus from June 1st - July 26, 2013. Students will be provided a meaningful research experience by working with a faculty mentor in one of our nine academic departments: African American Studies, Anthropology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Government & Politics, Hearing & Speech Sciences, Psychology and Sociology.

We will also supplement their research experience with lectures, workshops, and networking opportunities. Students will be provided round-trip airfare, meals, room and board in University on-campus housing and a stipend of $2,700.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2013.  For more information and to find the application, visit the website at

University of Massachusetts-Amherst: 2013 REU in Nanotechnology

Applications are now available for the summer 2013 REU program in nanotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is now accepting applications.

For undergraduate students planning for a career in cutting edge research, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program in Nanotechnology at UMass might be for you. The ten week lab-and-learning experience will give you a head start on a field that is truly at the forefront of knowledge--nanotechnology!

The application deadline is February 28, 2013!  For all the program details, please visit:

University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU in the Structure and Function of Proteins

The interdisciplinary REU program will provide undergraduate students with a 10-week summer research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, computational chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology and plant biology.  The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and funtion of proteins.  

Participant benefits include a $5,000 stipend, free campus housing, $500 allowance for travel to and from Ann Arbor, MI, $700 meal allowance, scientific computational workshops, and more!  For more information, visit the website at

University of Missouri Summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri (MU) coordinates a number of summer research programs for undergraduates enrolled at other institutions. All programs run for 9 weeks (Wednesday, May29 - Friday, July 26), with travel days being Tuesday, May 28 and Saturday, July 27. Students selected for these programs live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a full meal plan, covered by the program. Summer interns also are provided with funds to cover one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3600.

Applicants are expected to have completed at least two years of full-time college enrollment prior to June 2013 and be pursuing a major in animal sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, plant sciences, or related fields. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2013.  Find the application here!

University of Nevada-Las Vegas REU in Environmental Microbiology

Students 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. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium. Students will receive a $5,000 salary, housing and a travel subsidy.

This 10 week program runs from May 26 - Aug 2, 2013. The deadline to apply is Friday Feb 15, 2013. A podcast with tips on submitting a competitive application is available.

University of North Texas Conflict Management and Peace Science REU

The aim of this program is to provide research experiences for undergraduate students from all majors with an introduction to research in the broad area of civil conflict management and peace science.  The program is headquartered at the Department of Political Science at UNT, a nationally and internationally recognized center for conflict management studies and peace science.

This opportunity is available to sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates from all majors.  Each fellowship will include a $4,000 stipend as well as support for room and board and travel for conference presentation.  For more information and to apply, visit the website at

University of Pittsburgh TECBio REU

TECBio REU @ Pitt is a 10-week summer program hosted by the Department of Computational and Systems Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. TECBio will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. Our students, who are primarily rising juniors and seniors, will have a wide variety of theoretical and experimental research projects from which to choose and will also receive classroom and hands-on training in topics pertinent to the emerging field of computational biology, such as computational structural biology, cell and systems modeling, bioinformatics/genomics, bioimage informatics, and computational drug discovery. Additionally, TECBio students will participate in a weekly journal club, attend research and career seminars organized specifically for the program, take part in an ethics forum that will instruct them in the responsible conduct of research, present their work at a Pittsburgh-wide annual research symposium, and experience the various social and cultural activities available in Pittsburgh!

The deadline to apply is March 4, 2013. For more info, visit the TECBio REU website

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems REU

The broad focus of this REU is on "sensing and signaling". The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, 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.  More information and on-line applications are available at: deadline to apply is February 28, 2013.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Summer 2013 Research Programs

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biomedical research.  Fellows spend 10 weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members.

For more information and application materials, visit the website at

US Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is offering faculty and students at Minority Serving Institutions an opportunity to participate in a ten-week summer research team experience at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence.  At the end of the summer, faculty participants are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding to continue the research collaboration at their home academic institutions during the following academic year!

More information, including eligibility guidelines and application forms can be found at