Off-Campus Summer Science Research Opportunities 2023

Last updated JANUARY 25, 2023

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 http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm for more information.
  2. Science.gov is billed as the "gateway to US Federal science." They maintain a page that lists opportunities specifically aimed at undergraduate students. Please visit https://stemundergrads.science.gov/ 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 http://biology.duke.edu/undergraduate/current-students/research-independent-study/summer-opportunities​.
  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 -  https://www.science.purdue.edu/careers/find_internship_research/index.html.
  6. Rochester Institute of Technology offers listings for summer research opportunities in biomedical research. Go to http://people.rit.edu/gtfsbi/Symp/premed.htm 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 http://www.ams.org/programs/students/undergrad/emp-reu.
  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 https://www.funfaculty.org/undergrad_internships.
  9. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has an online directory of summer research programs throughout the nation. Visit http://www.asbmb.org/summerresearch/ 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 https://www.aamc.org/members/great/61052/great_summerlinks.html for more information.
  11. From the New England Resource Directory, compiled by the Biomedical Science Careers Program, The online directory can be found at http://www.bscp.org/resources/new-england-resource-directory/.
  12. From Fred Hutch, a fantastic search engine for undergraduate internship opportunities in the sciences. Go to http://www.fredhutch.org/en/careers/internship-opportunities.html.
  13. From the American Psychological Association, here is a list of summer internship opportunities for students in psychology, broadly defined: http://www.apa.org/education/undergrad/research-opportunities.aspx
  14. The Society of Physics Students has a website that lists, among other things, summer research opportunities. Go to http://jobs.spsnational.org/jobs/?keywords=&level=summer-research-internship 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 https://cogdevsoc.org/job-bank/
  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 https://www.cientificolatino.com/reu
  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 https://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv for more information.

Additional Opportunities

January Deadlines

Applications are due January 17 for the Allen Institute's 2023 summer internship program and 2023 postbac program cohort! The majority of internships are in neuroscience, and there are also positions in cell biology, immunology, finance, HR, science writing, and education. For pay, eligibility, FAQs, and project descriptions, see the program page: https://alleninstitute.org/careers/internships-postbac/.

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), a scientific communication course, ethics training, careers workshops, innovation exploration, and other enrichment opportunities. Students will present their findings at our annual Summer Science Symposium. REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends. Application deadline is January 27, 2023.

The application portal is now open for the 2023 Space Astronomy Summer Program. For more information about the program, please visit https://www.stsci.edu/opportunities/space-astronomy-summer-programEach summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) hires about a dozen highly motivated college students for the Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP) to work individually with STScI researchers and staff on projects that include Astrophysics Research; Science Software Engineering; Science Instrument Calibration; and Science Public Outreach. STScI is a premier astronomical research institution, and our scientific staff of astronomers, scientists, analysts, and engineers is at the forefront of some of the most exciting astronomy going on today. Topics that may be addressed include the study of our own solar system and the Milky Way, the formation and composition of the first stars and galaxies, dark energy, exoplanets and their atmospheres, and more. Our competitive program runs June 5 through August 4, 2023, and is primarily open to upper-division undergraduates with a strong interest in space-based astronomy, software engineering, or public outreach (other candidates may be considered on an individual basis). In addition to hands-on projects, students are matched with a mentor and will attend a variety of lectures. Students receive a stipend. We proudly partner with the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) to provide research opportunities to women and underrepresented minorities in astronomy-enterprise areas, and other STEM fields. To apply, please visit https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/SPA1004AURA/JobBoard/93330e50-7b3a-4ba8-94f2-6f32360aa4e1/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=db199335-2773-4815-9bf6-18ef0d7b3bc5. Application deadline is January 31,2023.

Research in Integrative Biology & Ecology of Marine Organisms 2023 Dates: Monday, June 12 to Saturday, August 5. Application Period: January 2nd to January 31st (by 11:59pm EST). The REU-Blinks Summer Internship Program links undergraduate students with scientist-mentors as collaborators in marine science research projects. The REU-Blinks Program offers a full immersion research experience for motivated undergraduates and post-baccalaureates. FHL is dedicated to encouraging diversity in its student body including underrepresented groups, the program seeks 10-15 students of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in a eight week summer research project in the marine sciences. By linking interns with marine scientists in a 1:1 research experience, interns learn both the process and the substance of scientific research. Interns will work semi-independently with mentor supervision for approximately 40 hours per week. FHL is University of Washington’s marine science field research station. Located north of Puget Sound in the San Juan Islands, FHL takes advantage of a remarkable diversity of marine habitats and organisms. Research at FHL emphasizes marine invertebrate zoology, phycology, fisheries science, conservation biology, cell and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, oceanography and other scientific disciplines. Financial Support: Participants will be provided with financial support to meet costs of room, board and round trip travel, plus a stipend ($500/week). Eligibility: The NSF REU Site grant supports U.S. citizens or permanent residents during their undergraduate careers. The Blinks Endowment supports students who bring diversity to the FHL student body in any phase of their undergraduate studies and allows US non-citizens. The University of Washington is committed to providing equality of opportunity and an environment that fosters respect for all members of the University community.  See the UW Policy on Non-Discrimination for details. To Apply: APPLY THROUGH THE NSF ETAP PORTALIn addition to providing name, address, and other personal information, you will need to include: A transcript; Think of a professor or employer who can comment on your qualifications and put them down as a reference. FHL may contact and request a letter of recommendation from your reference if a mentor would like one to help select an intern. Please let your reference know in advance and ask that they supply the letter within 1-2 weeks of being contacted by FHL. Please do not include a letter of recommendation in your application materials.

The Visiting and Early Research Scholars’ Experiences (VERSE) Scholars Program at Tufts University is designed to enhance the educational experiences of underrepresented undergraduate students and encourage them to pursue graduate education and research. The goal of the VERSE program is three-fold: to enable students to connect to faculty mentors with active research labs and projects; to gain valuable hands-on training that will build confidence in conducting future independent research; and to inspire students to pursue doctoral studies at Tufts and envision research careers. Each summer VERSE enrolls underrepresented undergraduate students who are paired with a faculty mentor, designated postdoctoral associate, or advanced graduate student during the program; develop valuable research skills, participate in team meetings, and engage in research projects designed for them; and participate in professional development, leadership, and social events throughout the summer. Students receive a scholarship that provides a summer stipend, meal plan, and on-campus summer housing. The application deadline is January 31, 2023, and we hope your students apply. More information ca be found here.

February Deadlines

The Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program is a ten-week faculty mentored residential summer research program for undergraduates in biotechnology. Through this program, a diverse cohort of undergraduates will have the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard campus. In addition to research, the Scholars will participate in a number of intellectual, pre-professional development, and social activities throughout the program. The scholars will live on Harvard University’s main campus, in Cambridge, MA,  among over 300 undergraduate residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River. Eligibility to apply**: current sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors. Students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 out of 4.0 scale, with serious interest in biotechnology and biomedical research. Prior research experience is not required.**Please check out the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program for additional information on eligibility, benefits, summer programming and how to apply. https://uraf.harvard.edu/amgen-scholarsThe deadline to submit complete applications is February 1, 2023.  Questions? Contact us at amgenscholars@harvard.edu

NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-38) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, a core lecture series designed specifically for them, as well as research and clinical conferences. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes. Please note that as of September 10, 2021, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of entry for anyone who enters the St. Jude campus. The COVID-19 vaccine is a requirement of participation in our POE program. The POE home page contains links to the program application. Early application is highly recommended. Members of under-represented populations and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Application deadline is February 1, 2023.

Department of Energy and American Chemical Society sponsored Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School Program.  We are seeking curious and highly motivated students with strong science backgrounds. If selected, these students receive an all-expense paid opportunity to complete a 6-week summer course (June 12, 2023 – July 21, 2023) in Nuclear and Radiochemistry in either California at San Jose State University or New York at Brookhaven National Laboratory. They also earn hours (tuition paid) of undergraduate chemistry credit through either San Jose State University or SUNY-Stony Brook.  Selected students also receive a stipend of $4,000 for the 6-week program. The on-line application form can also be found on the web at: https://www.nucl-acs.org/?page_id=1731Important: this year, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded to the secure links accessed through the application website. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2023. 

The Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) ENDURE summer research program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs. Accepted students are funded for up to two years. The program combines independent research, a rigorous academic and professional development curriculum and an empowering support system so participants thrive on their path to graduate school and beyond. Benefits include a $7000 stipend per summer, travel to and from the program, housing, eligibility for academic year research stipend ($2000 per semester for up to two academic years) and funds to attend up to two scientific conferences annually. Applications are due by Feb. 3, 2023. Details about eligibility and the program are available online (endure.wustl.edu) or by contacting endure@wustl.edu.

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center is now accepting applications for the 2022 cycle of programs. The DF/HCC student training programs support highly motivated high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in science or scientific research. Through engagement in mentored summer research projects, participation in an advanced scientific curriculum, and professional skills training, students acquire scientific knowledge and technical skills as well as increase their understanding of how to conduct biomedical research in cancer research environments.  We also support students on their academic and career journeys, providing support, guidance, and opportunities during their time in the program and as alumni. Check out our website and Instagram page to learn more about our programs, students, and alumni! The CURE Summer Only program is a one-time summer experience for high school and undergraduate students in the Boston area. Please feel free to visit our website for more information on eligibility requirements for each of our programs as well as application deadlines and instructions. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we would also be delighted to schedule a time to speak to your students or networks about these opportunities. The CURE- Summer Only program application deadline is February 6, 2023. 

Brigham Young University (BYU) - NSF-sponsored REU in Physics and Astronomy. Intense research experience under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. The students in our program also have the opportunity to participate in workshops where they learn professional skills preparing them for further studies and careers in physics and STEM fields. Our grant will cover travel for the students, a $6000 stipend, a food stipend of $400, room and board, and participation in group recreational and cultural experiences. We will also support students who attend a regional professional conference to present results of their summer research. Applications must be received by February 13 to receive full consideration. 

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-related research project, have access to world-class equipment and facilities, enjoy research seminars and field trips, enhance public speaking and technical writing skills, and participate in team events. 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, majoring in engineering or the sciences,  have at least one year left to complete your undergraduate degree. The application deadline is February 13, 2023.  Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply visit: https://iin-reu-northwestern.submittable.com/submit  

Undergraduate Internship in Tropical Ecology and Evolution: Puerto Rico. Summer 2023 - Program dates: May 29 - August 4. Application deadline: 15 February 2023. Research examples: ecological responses to disturbance, aquatic insect ecology, Chironomidae Ecology, Plant Population Ecology and Invasive Species Biology, Wetland and Riparian Ecology. Benefits: PAID Internship, housing is provided. Limited to undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor degree during summer 2023 who are US citizens or permanent residents. More information at https://www.ramirezlab.net/reu. Sponsored by: - NC State University and the National Science Foundation. 

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hand-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. Choose from 17 different opportunities including research labs, environmental education, citizen science, and science communications. Our intern alumni have used our professional-training programs as a stepping-stone 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, resume, and one letter of recommendation using the Smithsonian On-line Academic Appointment (SOLAA)  https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/#/public. Application deadline: Summer (May-August): Deadline is February 15th. Paid internships weekly stipend of $625 with on-campus housing available. These can be remote or in-person internship opportunities. For more information, please visit our web site https://serc.si.edu/internships/research-projects

Summer 2023 Undergraduate REU Research on Chesapeake Bay. Deadline: February 15, 2023. We welcome undergraduate students to apply for Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science. More information on the program can be found at http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/REU. A flyer is also available at https://bit.ly/mdsgREU23.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Animal Behavior at Indiana University. Every summer, the Program in Animal Behavior and the 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. Information on the 2023 REU Program in Animal Behavior at Indiana University: https://animalbehavior.indiana.edu/research/reu/index.html. How to Apply: https://animalbehavior.indiana.edu/research/reu/reu-applications.html. Application deadline is February 15, 2023.

Summer REU program in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University.  Our program, Cross-Disciplinary Training in Sustainable Chemistry and Chemical Processes, focuses on interdisciplinary research and training in green chemistry and chemical processes. A diverse research portfolio is available to student participants. In addition, our program provides strong and effective mentoring to participants as well as a comprehensive professional development program focused on topics including leadership and career development, responsible and ethical conduct of research, diversity and inclusion in the laboratory, scientific literacy, and written and oral communication. The application deadline is February 15th. Each REU participant will work directly with faculty member and their research group and be part of the larger department community. Undergraduate students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or related discipline are eligible. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply. The award carries a $6,000 stipend, $750 travel allowance, and room and board. Please visitREU Program (msu.edu) for more information or to apply.

NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program at Kansas State University. Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning: Student participants will be involved with a variety of research projects at the leading edge of world-class research.  For example, students will study the attosecond physics of electrons in matter; nanoparticle formation; materials and light scattering; biological physics; quantum and coherent control; neutrino oscillations; cosmology, atomic and molecular dynamics, using ultrafast lasers; and how students learn physics.  They will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities such as the ultrafast and high intensity lasers in the James R. Macdonald Laboratory. All students will be full participants in active research groups, and mentored by faculty recognized for their research and teaching abilities. Students selected to participate will receive a $6,000 stipend, travel expenses up to $1250, and room and board, for a value of over $9,500.  They will live on campus with students in this and other REU programs and will have access to all the usual facilities at Kansas State: libraries, recreation center, and so on. Online applications will be available at www.phys.ksu.edu/reu.  An unofficial transcript and letter of reference are also required.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and will continue until all places are filled.

The Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute (SUAMI) is an eight-week summer research program for undergraduate students. The program will be held on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University from May 30 through July 22, 2023. The goals of SUAMI are twofold: (1) to expose students to the nature, culture, and rigors of research pure and applied mathematics by working on a research project in collaboration with other program participants with faculty and postdoctoral mentors; (2) to give the students a taste of the graduate school experience to help them make a more informed decision on whether they should attend graduate school, as well as inform them about other possible career paths in mathematics. SUAMI is part of the Summer Scholars Program run by the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon, and SUAMI students will have opportunities to participate in the academic, cultural, and social programs of the larger MCS summer community. In 2023, SUAMI will feature projects in number theory, partial differential equations, and discrete mathematics. More information about the projects and mentors will be posted soon. We are particularly interested in including women and individuals from other groups underrepresented in higher mathematics. Your application should include a statement (at most two pages in length) that explains why you are interested in participating in SUAMI, what research topic(s) you would be interested in working on; a description of any obstacles or challenges that you have faced and overcome in your pursuit of studying mathematics. Applications should also include a transcript, CV, and contact information for two references. Participating students will receive a $4,800 stipend, on-campus housing, a meal allowance, and reimbursement for domestic round-trip travel to and from Pittsburgh. The application deadline is February 15. Late applications will be considered until all spots in the program are filled. All applicants should apply online at  MathPrograms.

 

The University of Florida/France  international REU program in Chemistry is receiving applications for Summer 2023! The International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 11 week program based in France. Participants spend their summer in a research lab in one of the 4-associated sites (Université P. Sabatier, Toulouse; UNISTRA,  Strasbourg; Sorbonne, Paris or AgroParisTech, Reims).  Who should apply:  Students with interest in any Chemistry related area; students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply (first in the family college students, community college students, POC, non traditional students). Applications submissions accepted through February 2023. For more information and the application form, please go to https://reu.chem.ufl.edu/the-program/

March Deadlines

Boston University Photonics Center. The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program provides undergraduates and community college students who are interested in Mechanical, Biomedical, Electrical & Computer, and Materials Science Engineering with an opportunity to actively participate in cutting-edge summer research projects. Learn more. MULTIPLE REU PROGRAMS: Boston University Photonics Center hosts the NSF REU Site in Integrated Nanomanufacturing, with interdisciplinary nanoscale research opportunities at the interface between engineering, biology, physics, and chemistry. The Center hosts three additional REU programs focused on heart tissue engineering, materials science, and photonics and optics. All REU students work on authentic interdisciplinary research projects under the mentorship of BU faculty and graduate students. THE EXPERIENCE: Hands-on research in state-of-the-art laboratories at Boston University’s Charles River Campus. Professional development sessions on graduate school, presentation skills, research ethics, and more. Outings and social activities. Research presentations at final poster session and certificate ceremony. WHO SHOULD APPLY: Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering. Women, students from underrepresented groups, and students with limited opportunities to pursue research at their home institution are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 15.

April Deadlines

 

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