Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Lists of programs:

National Science Foundation has an extensive online database of “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU) at:

Mathematical and biomath REU’s are also posted by the American Mathematical Society

Specific Programs

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Check out the program welcome video: for the Winthrop summer REU program: Bridging Applied and Theoretical Mathematics.  This summer research groups will focus on differential equations based model of cancer stem cells, and algebraic and discrete aspects approaches to phylogenetics.  Applications are available at and are due no later than February 13th.  This program is restricted to students at institutions without graduate programs in mathematics, and applications from students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Chemistry  Deadline February 1, 2015
The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience.more

2015 Nebraska Summer Program Deadline March 1 2015 (priority deadline February 1)
University of Nebraska summer program offers research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in addition to a new interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program doing research in and around the social sciences.more

Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Deadline March 1, 2015
Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona from June 3rd to July 25th, 2015 .more

UConn REU in Mathematics
The principal objective of our NSF and UCONN CLAS funded REU program is to involve undergraduate students in cutting-edge mathematics research. We are interested in students who are curious about mathematics, regardless of previous research experience. Those who come from liberal arts colleges or branch campus backgrounds and may not have as many research opportunities at their home colleges or universities are especially encouraged to apply.

2015 Amgen Scholars Program Deadline February 2, 2015.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a participant in the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program for a ninth year.  UROP is MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The mission of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is to provide students with a strong science research experience that may be pivotal in their undergraduate career, cultivate a passion for science, encourage the pursuit of graduate studies in the sciences, and stimulate interest in research and scientific careers. Details

Cornell has a summer research program:

Westminster internships:

If your interest is in biology or neuroscience, Amherst College has a web page with a great collection of links to undergraduate summer research opportunities all over the country:

MURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend a summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, and first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program supports Caltech’s commitment to training a diverse set of science, technology, engineering, and math leaders.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

This ten-week research program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Students in the program have the opportunity to obtain hands-on research experience in cutting edge laboratories; interact with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students; attend a weekly luncheon/seminar series of presentations by faculty; attend skills/development workshops to hone presentation skills, interview skills, etc.; attend and present at works-in-progress sessions with the cohort of SURP students; present their research at a special poster session at the end of the ten-week program.

The Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. SR-EIP provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. Students work for eight to ten weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance institution. Through one-on-one collaborations, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. All SR-EIP participants make oral or poster presentations of their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

Teaching: Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. We are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to work in our summer programs. Information regarding employment and our summer programs can be found at

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program

The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences – particularly cancer research – giving practice meaning to academic course work. Students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer. Each year, a number of promising students are selected for this unique opportunity to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical, or population science cancer research or nursing research.

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.

Psychology Internship – George Mason University  

An expenses-paid, intensive summer training program, the SSF will place up to 12 talented students in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, D.C. area. The lab experience will be six weeks in length. The SSF program gives students an opportunity to explore the intellectual, personal, and social processes of scientific inquiry and to experience cutting-edge psychological research through hands-on laboratory activities. SSF offers promising students the opportunity to equip themselves with skills essential to succeed in graduate school, and gives students who plan to pursue advanced degrees in psychological science the opportunity to be mentored by nationally-known faculty.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Internship Challenge

The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience. The program consists of “hands-on” laboratory research experience with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.

Summer Student Scholars Program at Baystate Medical Center

Baystate Medical Center, the Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine, offers a mentored research program for eligible college and medical students who are exploring the potential of a career in medical, biomedical, public health, or behavioral health research. The 10‑week summer program offers you the opportunity to participate a research project from start to finish and present project outcomes to the scientific community.  Formal classroom training and personalized application in research design, implementation, and publication make this summer experience an outstanding opportunity for students considering a career in biomedical research.

MD/PhD Summer Research Program

A summer program for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree.

Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)

The Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or the public sector. Each RIPS team is comprised of four students, an academic mentor, and an industrial sponsor. The research problem is developed by the industrial sponsor in consultation with IPAM; it is always a real problem of serious interest to the sponsor and that offers a stimulating challenge to students. Most of these projects involve both analytic and computational work. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial sponsor, will learn about the problem, master the latest analytical and computational approaches and techniques to solve it, and develop report-writing and public-speaking skills to be able to make professional presentations about the progress and results of their work to a scientific audience. Industry mentors provide regular contact between the team and the sponsor, monitoring and helping to guide student work. Ultimately, RIPS provides valuable real-world technical and managerial experience for students as well as valuable R&D for sponsors.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Fellowships for Minorities

All Fellows are expected to work on a project selected in collaboration with their sponsor(s) that will provide meaningful results during a 10 to 12 week Summer Fellowship. Project topics span a vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Field Station of the U.S. Geological Survey.

RISE at Rutgers

We choose 30 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories to participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the sciences (biological, physical, and social), math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas. As a RiSE Scholar, you will work under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentor.


Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. Program Offerings Include academic enrichment in the basic sciences (organic chemistry, physics, biology) and pre-calculus/calculus; career development; learning-skills seminar; limited clinical exposure; a financial-planning workshop.

Georgetown Summer Medical Institute

Offering outstanding medical course-based experiences for undergraduate and post-bacc students, and make-up courses for medical school students.

NERA/MEDPREP Scholars Program

MedPrep is a free, summer enrichment program targeting traditionally underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged New York City and New Jersey resident college freshmen and sophomores interested in attending medical school. MedPrep is a 3 year summer commitment designed to give students an opportunity to develop key skills and competencies important to success on the MCAT and in medical school.

Summer Institute in Global Health

The Summer Institute in Global Health comprises of an intensive seminar at the Center for Public Health Sciences.  Although the topic areas may shift each year, the overall emphasis of this summer institute is to create enhanced awareness among groups of diverse learners about the importance of understanding health in context and that local and global health are intimately connected.  The Summer Institute achieves this through didactic and experiential learning, in the classroom and in the field, by engaging diverse interdisciplinary learners and instructors, and enrolling students at different levels of training including graduate and undergraduate in the same classroom seeks to create an awareness of the intimate connection between globalization and health.

Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program

The program is designed for undergraduates in their Sophomore or Junior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals and who have a minimum GPA of 2.7. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health course work at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students’ exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine at Tufts

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a unique career exploration program designed to provide its participants further insight into the field of veterinary medicine and the many different and rewarding opportunities available within the profession.