Off-Campus Summer Science Research Opportunities 2021

Last updated MARCH 3, 2021

There are numerous research opportunities available for undergraduate students around the country. The sponsors of this research include academic institutions, government agencies and private or public companies. Some of the programs are very small and informal while some are quite large and well organized. They can also have specific research areas targeted or be open to a variety of research interests. Each is unique in terms of requirements, compensation (including whether room and board or even travel to the site is included), duration, etc.

One way to find information is to go to a department at Holy Cross and check out fliers posted for summer undergraduate research opportunities in that field.

Other programs can be found in a variety of ways. Certainly a very good way to find out about opportunities like this is via the web.

Important Web Resources

  1. The National Science Foundation maintains a site for Research Experiences for Undergraduates. This resource is organized by research areas (e.g., biological sciences; physics; social, behavioral, and economic sciences), but it can also be searched by keywords. This is an excellent place to start. Visit for more information.
  2. is billed as the "gateway to US Federal science." They maintain a page that lists opportunities specifically aimed at undergraduate students. Please visit for a list of current programs.
  3. From the University of California at Irvine: The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers a general listing of many nation-wide undergraduate research opportunities. Visit their web site where you’ll find a search engine allowing you to locate a summer research program according to a discipline of interest, including the physical sciences, biomedical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and the arts.
  4. Duke University offers an extensive list of summer research programs and other research opportunities in the biological sciences. Though this is not a searchable site, the list does provide several additional sources of information. Visit​.
  5. Purdue University also offers an impressive array of summer research opportunities both at Purdue and throughout the country. Plan to spend some time exploring this site -
  6. Rochester Institute of Technology offers listings for summer research opportunities in biomedical research. Go to for more information.
  7. The American Mathematical Society generates a list of summer research programs for undergraduates. Most of these programs have application deadlines in February and March. Students interested in math research, please visit
  8. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) has a website listing summer research opportunities in neuroscience for undergraduates. The list is alphabetical, though deadlines for applications are prominently displayed on each item of the list. If you are interested in pursuing research in neuroscience, by all means visit
  9. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has an online directory of summer research programs throughout the nation. Visit to explore various opportunities for research in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  10. The Association of American Medical Colleges maintains a list of summer research opportunities that are particularly attractive to pre-medical undergraduates. Consult for more information.
  11. From the New England Resource Directory, compiled by the Biomedical Science Careers Program, The online directory can be found at
  12. From Fred Hutch, a fantastic search engine for undergraduate internship opportunities in the sciences. Go to
  13. From the American Psychological Association, here is a list of summer internship opportunities for students in psychology, broadly defined:
  14. The Society of Physics Students has a website that lists, among other things, summer research opportunities. Go to for more information.
  15. Cognitive Development Society is home to a listserv that features jobs in cognitive development at all levels, including summer research internships for undergraduate students. Go to
  16. Cientificolatino is a volunteer group that is aimed at promoting the involvement of Latinx and other underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines. They have put together a wonderful list of summer research programs, as well as other valuable resources. Check them out at
  17. Institute for Broadening Participation - Building partnerships to support diversity in STEM brings an amazing search engine for undergrads looking for STEM research opportunities. Go to for more information.


Additional Opportunities


February Deadlines

Summer opportunity in cancer research at St. Jude's Children Hospital - see this flyer for more information and details. Application deadline is February 1, 2021.

MIT Haystack Observatory Summer research opportunity for undergraduates (with stipend) at MIT! Radio astronomy ~ geospace science ~ geodesy ~ engineering ~ radar ~ and more. There are no GPA requirements or limitations on majors for applicants: anyone who is interested in this research internship is strongly encouraged to apply. This 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Many participants continue their research by presenting at conferences, and often continue with a successful career in science. Some of the projects for 2021 include: -- Black hole imaging with the Event Horizon Telescope; -- MOXIE: Mars Rover instrument to produce oxygen from Mars atmosphere; -- Monitoring the Earth's atmosphere; -- Monitoring ice and snow depth in the Arctic; -- Studying the aurora via satellites; -- Tracking meteors via radar. The MIT Haystack Observatory REU program includes: -- Stipend, housing, and travel funding; -- Hands-on research and training: no experience required; -- In-depth seminars with MIT scientists and engineers. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We encourage applications from underrepresented minorities. The deadline for applications is: February 1, 2021. Please see to apply and for more information. Send questions to

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Nanotechnology at Northwestern University (NU) - it's the best summer job you'll ever have! Participants in the 9-week NU-REU Program will work full-time on a nanotechnology research project; have access to world-class equipment and facilities; enjoy research seminars and field trips; enhance public speaking and technical writing skills; participate in team events like a summer picnic, and explore Chicago. REU participants come from small and large schools, across the country.  They receive a $5,750 stipend, plus round-trip airfare, a meal plan, and dormitory housing. To be eligible for this program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, 18 years or older, majoring in engineering or the sciences, have at least one year left to complete your undergraduate degree. The application deadline is February 8, 2021.  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply visit For more information, contact Margaret Connolly ( or Mark Heiden ( This program is sponsored by the NSF.

First virtual Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) from June 14 – July 23, 2021 at Purdue University. Download the Purdue University 2021 SROP flyer. SROP is a recruitment program that is geared toward undergraduate underrepresented minority (URM) students that are considering Graduate School. The virtual SROP program will be a six-week experience, during which our office will offer a series of virtual workshops to help students develop skills and knowledge for their academic and research career. The overall virtual experience will consist of academic research, career development, professional writing and presentation development, and a social component, to help prepare your undergraduate students for a successful entry into graduate school. Purdue University Graduate School cannot wait to help your students take their next giant leap. The application link for this year’s virtual SROP is below.  Students must apply by February 11, 2021! Application Link: If you have any questions regarding the virtual SROP at Purdue University, please email questions to or call 765-494-0945

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the Laboratory’s focus area, comparative regenerative biology, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. For 10 weeks, each REU student will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a research scientist while having access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, core facilities and support staff. Students will join in MDI Biological Laboratory’s active scientific community, which includes other undergraduate research fellows, visiting scientists, graduate students and post-docs as well as research assistants. Open to US citizen undergraduates anywhere in the United States and U.S. Territories who do not have prior undergraduate degrees and are eligible for fellowships. Students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. Students must be aiming for careers in research. Students enrolled in non-research-intensive colleges, universities, and community colleges are highly encouraged to apply. All REU Fellows will carry out their research onsite at the MDI Biological Laboratory. All REU fellows participate in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), ethics training, careers workshops, innovation exploration, and other enrichment opportunities. REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends. Application deadline is February 12, 2021. For more information visit our website

Applications are now being accepted for the Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Interns will work with faculty in a research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,400 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance. The deadline to apply is Friday February 12, 2021. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. The program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the beach community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. More information and the application can be found on our website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of our field trips on the R/V Daiber on the Delaware Bay.

The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research - Research Opportunities for Undergraduates at Brown University. For information and for an online application, visit Application deadline is February 14, 2021.

Fort Johnson Summer Undergraduate Research Program, National Science Foundation-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: "Resilience and Response of Marine Organisms to Environmental Change." For more information and an online application visit Application deadline is February 14, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking enthusiastic undergraduate students to apply to the agency’s premier Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The SURF Program will be administered virtually with program dates of May 24, 2021 to August 6, 2021. Note: Participants will not travel to the NIST laboratories to conduct research in the 2021 SURF Program. Therefore, the fellowship does not include support for travel or lodging. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. The mission of the SURF Program is to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. As SURF participant, you can expect to train under the mentorship of international known NIST scientists and engineers, acquire lifelong leadership and analytical skills, build professional networks, and learn about a career in public service.  Additionally, you will also gain insight on how NIST improves our quality of life through the advancement of measurement science, standards, and technology. During the 11-week appointment, you will receive a stipend and numerous professional skillsets. We hope you consider applying to the 2021 Virtual SURF Program. Prospective applicants must apply for acceptance into the SURF Program on USAJobs.Gov (Search SURF Boulder or SURF Gaithersburg). The announcement will close on February 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM (Eastern time) or when we have received the application limit which may be sooner than the closing date. Thus, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the on-line application and supporting documents ahead of the announcement closing date. To learn more about the program, visit If there are questions, please e-mail Dr. Brandi Toliver at  

Research in Integrative Biology & Ecology of Marine Organisms, College of the Environment, University of Washington. Dates: Monday, June 14 to Saturday, August 7, 2021. Application Period: December 10, 2020 – February 15, 2021Application instructions here. Questions? Contact Dr. Stacy Farina. The REU-Blinks Summer Internship Program links undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. The program takes advantage of the pristine environment, remarkable biodiversity, and the scientific and technical resources at UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, a marine science research facility in the San Juan Islands.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm has a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students to gain research experience during summer 2021 in ecology or evolutionary biology. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship is open to applicants from any college or university. The REU program emphasizes experimental ecology and evolutionary biology including a wide variety of topics such as plant-animal interactions, pollinator behavior and ecology, insect population ecology, and ecosystem ecology. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $575 per week (over 10-11 weeks), additional money for food, and free housing.  Each student picks a research mentor from our pool of faculty members and graduate students and then conducts a novel research project.  The students will gain experience in experimental design, data collection, analytical techniques, and written and oral presentation of findings.  REU students also benefit from several professional development workshops. This is a wonderful opportunity for an undergraduate student contemplating a future in science.  The application deadline is Feb 15, 2021.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is recruiting students for internships during the summer of 2021. In accordance with COVID-19 safety precautions; we will be unable to provide on-site housing for students, so we are interested in students who live locally and would be able to commute to the SERC campus multiple days per week and students who are interested in virtual internship opportunities. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. The program enables students to work on specific projects while getting experience in valuable lab techniques all under the direction of the Center’s professional staff. The program is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant. SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. Interns at SERC conduct independent projects over 12-16 weeks utilizing our 2,650-acre research site on the shores of Chesapeake Bay to provide novel insights into some of the most profound issues challenging our world today; including habitat loss, climate change, and invasive species. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center has maintained an REU site since 2001 and those students sponsored have used our professional-training programs as a steppingstone to pursue advanced careers in the environmental sciences. Application to the SERC Internship Program consists of on-line registration, student copy of transcripts, personal essay, CV or resume, and two letters of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA) Application deadline is February 15, 2021. For more information please visit our web site or email:

Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), with generous support from the National Science Foundation, invites ten talented undergraduates to Bloomington, Indiana to work with IU faculty on individualized research projects in animal behavior. Our 2021 summer REU program is contingent on NFS funding. Information on the 2021 REU Program in Animal Behavior at Indiana University can be found at To apply visit Application deadline is February 15, 2021.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities. The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs: the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, and the APS/IBM Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students. The goal of these internships is to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. APPLY at Deadline for application is February 15, 2021.

Washington University and The McDonnell Genome Institute’s NHGRI-funded Opportunities in Genomics Research Program (OGR) is accepting applications for its Undergraduate Scholars Summer 2021 Program with an application deadline of February 19th.  The OGR Program focuses on providing students interested in pursuing their PhD with interdisciplinary research in genomic sciences by allowing students to choose from over 30 labs at Washington University. The OGR program is based on three pillars: full-time mentored research, critical training in scientific communication, and community. Opportunities for focused outreach activities to local high school students are also available. Additional information on the OGR Summer Program as well as an associated Post-baccalaureate program and an application link can be found at:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST facilities which are the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (which now includes project in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology).  The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. The NIST SURF Program is going virtual for the 2021 Summer. To be considered for virtual opportunities sponsored by the Boulder and/or  Gaithersburg sites, applicants must apply at the following websites: -SURF Boulder, -SURF GaithersburgThe announcement closes on February 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM (ET). If you have questions about SURF, please contact Dr. Brandi Toliver at

NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observing fleet of satellites. NASA DEVELOP operates at eleven locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and we encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply. Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20 – 29 hours per week during the term. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level. Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online at The summer position application window will be open online from January 18th through February 26th, with the term starting June 7th and lasting through August 13th. Please note due to the ongoing pandemic, the DEVELOP summer 2021 term will be conducted virtually. As such, all accepted participants must work remotely from within the United States.

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University will offer our second fully-funded NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from May 11th to July 9th, 2021! This REU provides underrepresented students with the skills, socialization, connection, and continuity to begin developing a scholar-researcher identity. This REU offers a truly unique research experience using a combination of methodological approaches across the life-span and across areas of psychology: Developmental, Social, and Cognitive Neuroscience. During this REU, students will get hands-on experience conducting experimental and observational research in addition to individually-tailored academic writing and GRE preparation sessions. Students will participate in weekly lab meetings, small group meetings, and one-on-one sessions with their mentors in addition to meeting with other Duke undergraduates and faculty. This REU is jointly led by three faculty members whose research covers many areas of psychology and neuroscience: Makeba Wilbourn (developmental psychology: culture and experience effects on language learning), Sarah Gaither (social psychology: identity and diversity), and Gregory Samanez-Larkin (human neuroscience: motivation and decision making). Students who are admitted into the program will join one of these primary labs but also participate in regular activities with all students in the program from across the three research groups. This second session of this REU will occur during summer 2021 (May 11 – July 9; with a third summer REU in 2022). There are no costs associated with participating in this program. If we are able to meet in person, all travel expenses and campus housing will be provided. Students will receive a $6000 stipend for working full-time across the internship period. This REU is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award #1950651). The application deadline is February 27th, 2021. More details and a link to the application are available on the website:

NSF REU Site at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2021 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at the University of Vermont and Sterling College. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of on-farm crop diversity in rural Vermont and rural Uganda. Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at the University of Vermont (UVM) in rural development theory, social survey research methods, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Uganda students will collect and analyze original farm, household and spatial data from smallholder farms and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts on links between crop diversity and livelihood outcomes. Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation can be submitted online via of applications will begin on February 28th and continue until filled. The 2021 Summer REU Site program will run from approximately June 14th to August 9th, with some flexibility depending on Covid-19 travel restrictions, safety precautions, and quarantine needs. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (seniors graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible). Details about the project and application instructions can be found at:


March Deadlines

The Steneck Lab at the University of Maine is looking for several summer interns interested in lobster biology and ecology.  Successful candidates will assist in a multifaceted study of the American lobster along the coast of Maine.  The project involves a mix of field work, laboratory experiments, and data processing.  Field work will include scuba diving (for certified scuba divers), small boat operations, underwater video surveys with a tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and sonar seafloor mapping equipment.  Lab experiments will be focused on lobster behavior of both larvae and juvenile/adults. Interns will analyze data from this and past years and will work with Maine’s Department of Marine Resources to build our lobster biology database. Special preference will be given to students who are AAUS certified scuba divers however that qualification is not required for this internship. Experience with cold water diving, small boat operations, and/or data analysis in programs such as Excel, R, or ArcGIS/QGIS will also be viewed favorably. The research will be based at the Darling Marine Center (the coastal marine laboratory for the University of Maine) and the position will run from June through August. The internship includes a stipend ($12/hr).  We hope dormitory housing will be available at the DMC if possible, within COVID guidelines, otherwise alternative arrangements will be made. To apply send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Steneck’s graduate student, Robert Jarrett ( Application review and selection will occur during March of 2021.

LUMCON's 2021 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Changing Coastal Environments. The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) ( invites highly motivated undergraduates to apply for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) positions in our NSF-sponsored summer 2021 REU program in Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Changing Coastal Environments. REU participants will spend ten weeks (June 7th - August 13th) at LUMCON conducting independent research projects with guidance from scientific mentors / mentor teams and participate in a series of career and skill-building workshops and activities while interacting with peers participating in other aspects of LUMCON's summer programs. Each student is paired with a scientific mentor(s) based on mutual research interests. The REU program is designed to give students a meaningful, hands-on research experience that takes advantage of state-of-the-art methods and technologies available at LUMCON. This summer, mentors are interested in supporting interns to conduct research in a number of topic areas, including: biogeochemistry, habitat forming species, dissolved organic matter cycling, microbial ecology, coastal geology and sea level rise, invertebrate diversity and ecology, disturbance ecology, ecosystem ecology, wetland science, and oil spill impacts. More information on the program and details on potential mentors and projects can be found at Candidates must be available for the entire ten week period.  Successful applicants will receive a $600/week stipend; room and board at the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA; funds to support transportation to and from LUMCON; and funds to support their research. The ideal candidate should be interested in pursuing a career in coastal and/or marine science, creative, hard-working, detail orientated, dedicated, and comfortable working as part of research team. Experience with field or laboratory research is a plus but not necessary. To be eligible you must be returning to an undergraduate degree program in the fall (e.g., if you will graduate in May or June, you are NOT eligible). Students from underrepresented groups in sciences, from small colleges, and first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: March 1st 2021. Instructions for completing application packages which include (an online application form, copies of unofficial transcripts, contact information for two academic references, CV/resume, and a one page statement that describes your interest in the REU position, academic goals, and any previous research experience) can be found at Questions about the program and/or application process should be addressed to LUMCON's REU Site Program Director, Dr. Brian Roberts, at

Paid Science and Engineering Summer Research Opportunities at Rice University. The goal of these programs is to provide early stage students first hand experience with cutting-edge research in a range of departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, and more. These summer research experiences for undergraduate's (REU)'s are ten-week research-immersion internship programs at Rice University during the 2021 summer that provide research interns full-time financial support.  Students need not have prior research experience to be considered for these summer research opportunities. A detailed description of our Summer 2021 program offerings, as well as information about our application and deadlines, can be found below. Bionetworks REU. Hosted by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB), students in this REU will gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge research needed to predict and analyze biological functions sufficiently to understand complex biological phenomena, reprogram cells to perform new tasks, and prevent diseases. Students from a range of majors are encouraged to apply, including biology, bioengineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, ecology, environmental science, physics, computer science, statistics, or related engineering fields. BioXFEL REU. Hosted by IBB, students in this REU will engage in hands-on research studying the structure, function and dynamics of protein molecules that make use of the new and powerful free electron X-ray laser facilities around the world. A trip to Stanford’s facility in the fall to present the students’ work at the annual users’ meeting is also planned. Willingness to work on a team and in molecular studies is required. Majors from biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or related engineering fields are encouraged to apply. Planetary Habitability REU. Students will explore the intersection of Earth science and life with the goal of understanding what makes a planet hospitable. Topics will include atmospheric sciences, oceanography, soil science, ecology, planetary science, plate tectonics, deep and early Earth processes, and volcanism. This program will include a 5 day field trip to the Western US. Competitive students will be interested in how the Earth works and be willing to travel. Majors from physics, chemistry, geology, environmental science, biology, computer science, or related engineering fields are welcome. We are now accepting student applications for Summer 2021 REU opportunities! Interested students should visit: to begin their application.  Priority consideration will be given to students who apply by our priority deadline of February 15, though we will review all applications received by March 1.

2021 Nebraska Summer Research Program - Our 10-week residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a research university. Participants all receive competitive stipends, room and board, travel/transport, graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more. We remain hopeful that we will be providing an in-person experience this summer. Should that change, applicants will be notified as soon as possible and a virtual experience will still be offered. Explore the Programs: Applications and Foundations of Unmanned Systems;  Beneficial Insects Protection Research and Extension Experiences;  Bioenergy SystemsBiomedical Engineering DevicesChemical AssemblyExpanding Opportunities in Agricultural SciencesLasers and OpticsMaterials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Plant Immunity Against Biotic StressRedox BiologyMinority Health Disparities Initiative Research Experience for UndergraduatesSustainability of Horizontal Civil Networks in Rural EnvironmentsSystems Biology of Plant and MicrobiomeVirology. Our online application is open until Monday, March 1, and students may apply for up to three different research groups. 

2021 ILLINOIS PHYSICS REU PROGRAM - Students participating in this program spend the summer (June 1, 2021- August. 6, 2021) on the Illinois campus working closely and directly with senior physics faculty on challenging, meaningful projects aimed at developing their "research literacy" skills and their exposure to the wide diversity of physics subfields (including experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches) in: AMO Physics & Quantum Optics/Information Science, Astrophysics, Gravitation, Cosmology, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy/Nuclear Physics, Biological Physics, and Physics Education Research. Browse our tentative Summer 2021 proposed REU projects. PROGRAM BENEFITS: Throughout the summer program, REUs will enjoy the following benefits: Working directly with Illinois Physics faculty and Sr. Researchers on challenging and relevant research projects. Professional development activities aimed at developing skills in research ethics, science communication, Resume/CV workshops, and professional networking. Social activities with other Illinois REUs and field trips to Fermi and/or Argonne National Laboratories. Stipend of $6,000, on-campus housing, travel to/from the program, and many other benefits! APPLICATION INFORMATION: To receive full consideration for the program, apply online by March 6, 2021. A completed application consists of the following: an online application, which requires 2 references, and a 300-500-word "statement of interest" describing your personal goals and how you believe this REU experience could help you achieve those goals. An official or unofficial transcript uploaded to the application. ELIGIBILITY: Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program; recently graduated seniors are not eligible for the program. Students must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident. Students must have completed their sophomore year by June 2021 with at least 4 semesters of physics with an average technical (math/physics) grade point average of 3.0/4.0. Note: This requirement does not apply to community college students. Interested community college students who have completed one year of studies are very much encouraged to apply to our program. Students must be majoring in physics or a related field (like mathematics, engineering, computer science, etc.). Applications are not accepted from currently enrolled students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Sensory Ecology at the University of Cincinnati. Please be aware of a paid summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati – the National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site in Sensory Ecology. Our program is focused on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology, and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels. Students will join active lab groups for the summer and conduct cutting edge research over a broad spectrum of topics in sensory ecology, including: Genomics and development of sensory systems (smell, hearing, vision, etc.), Neural mechanisms of sensory system function, Sensory perception and behavioral influences of the physical environment, Neuroethology, Animal communication, Behavioral ecology of animal movement and dispersal. An educational program will develop student research and professional skills and prepare them for graduate school or careers. ~10 weeks in summer (June 1 - Aug 6, 2021). Students will receive a summer stipend plus dorm and meal expenses. Students will work in labs, interact w/ faculty mentors, post-docs, and grad students. Weekly group seminars and meetings for students (e.g., career development, responsible research conduct, science communication training). Social events for students (e.g., trips to Cincinnati Zoo, Reds baseball). Concluding student research “mini-symposium” presentation session.  Applications will be reviewed by a committee to select individuals with similar interests to faculty in the program. Emphasis will be placed on letters of recommendation and student statements, along with academic performance and other indicators of future success. Note: Implementation of the REU program is contingent on UC COVID 19 regulations. Participants must be US Citizens, US Nationals or permanent residents. The application review will begin March 12, 2021, and will close March 24. Students can apply online at: For answers to any questions please contact either Stephanie Rollmann, PhD ( or John Layne, PhD (

Research opportunities in biology for Maine residents: To apply, please send the following application materials to Maine EPSCoR at (1) Cover letter explaining interest and qualifications for this position, (2) current resume or CV, (3) a copy of unofficial academic transcript, and (4) a list of the names and contact information of three references of anyone familiar with your work performance including teachers. Applications are being accepted immediately until positions are filled. We anticipate making decisions about successful candidates by March 31, 2021, with a start date in early to mid-May.

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The “Ecology in Human-Dominated Landscapes” Research Experience for Undergraduate students (Ecology-REU) at Miami University, Ohio, will begin recruiting students for the 2021 summer program. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to partake in independent research, receiving guidance from experienced faculty mentors and field experience at sites such as Miami University’s Ecology Research Center (ERC), Hueston Woods State Park, and more. The objective of our REU program is for students to develop hands-on research to understand the ecological effects human activities can have in our changing world. Research projects may be available in areas such as community ecology, limnology, behavioral ecology, microbiology, conservation genetics, ecotoxicology, and more. Our program has run for almost 20 years, and you can check previous Research Experiences Here! Duration of the program: 10 weeks, between May 31st and August 6th. Eligibility criteria: U.S Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident. All students are welcome to apply, and we encourage students from historically under-represented groups in STEM to apply as well as students from institutions with little research opportunities and/or in financial need. Students must be enrolled for Fall 2021 at their home institution. Prior coursework in ecology and environmental science is recommended. You can check the requirement list and apply online HERE! For more information or in case of any doubt, please visit our REU website or write to

The Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions. REU positions are available only to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). Contingent on COVID-19 restrictions, we anticipate that the REUs will participate in ecosystem research near Toolik Lake on the North Slope of Alaska.  If access to Toolik is restricted, please indicate in your cover letter if you are willing to work remotely on a data analysis project.  There might also be opportunities for lab-based projects for students living near one of our participating institutions or universities and do not need housing.  Although located off site, students accepted into the REU program must register with the MBL education department so that they can participate in virtual activities with the rest of the MBL community, including other REU scholars. In addition to gaining experience by assisting on a variety of project activities, REU students typically engage in a small independent project that is linked to larger studies of lakes, streams, tundra or land-water interactions. REU participants are expected to collect and analyze data and to produce a poster describing their project near the end of the field season. We anticipate funding for support of at least two REU positions during the 2021 field season, both in association with the Arctic LTER project ( Candidates for these jobs should be available to live at Toolik Field Station for 8-10 weeks during June, July and August. In addition to a stipend ($600/week), travel to Toolik Field Station is paid for by grant funds as well as the cost of room and board at the station. Apply Online:

The Marine Biological Laboratory is seeking applicants for two 10-week positions in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The successful applicant will work as part of a large-scale, multi-disciplinary project examining the effects of sea-level, climate change, and changes in human land use of the marshes, estuaries and watersheds surrounding Plum Island Sound, MA ( Although located off site, students accepted into the REU program must register with the MBL education department so that they can participate in virtual activities with the rest of the MBL community, including other REU scholars. REU positions are available to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents only who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at U.S. colleges or universities (no graduating seniors). REU projects will be drawn from the following areas: microbial processes and communities, sediment dynamics, plant ecology, population and community ecology of invertebrates, fish population size and diet, marsh carbon and nitrogen cycles, and watershed inputs and processing. Students will work closely with mentors to develop and conduct independent projects within these research areas. However, both students will be immersed in an active research environment and will interact with a diversity of knowledgeable wetland scientists conducting research on plant ecology, invertebrate ecology, and biogeochemical cycling. Students are expected to present their findings at MBL's Young Scientist Symposium in August in Woods Hole. A stipend of $600/week will be provided. It is our hope that this will be an in-person experience at the PIE-LTER field station in Newbury MA.  In this case housing will be provided free of charge at the field station (shared rooms).  However, if due to covid we cannot accommodate people at the field station please indicate if you would be available for either a virtual REU experience focusing on data analysis, or are local and would like to participate but do not need housing. Apply Online: