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A listing of a variety of summer research programs in the sciences can be found here: http://www.jyi.org/summer-research-programs/




Emory Center for Science Education: SURE Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the summer, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium.



Georgia Regents University: STAR Program

The GRU STAR (Student Training And Research) Program is designed to provide biomedical research experience for undergraduate students with a sincere desire to pursue a graduate education in biomedical sciences. This program provides opportunities for highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to develop skills as young scientists and to further explore their interest in biomedical research.  The ideal Summer STAR applicant is one who has a sincere interest in pursuing a graduate education in biomedical sciences through a PhD or MD/PhD program.  Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis. During the course of the ten-week program, STARs actively participate in a biomedical research project under the guidance of an MCG faculty member. 



Georgia Southern University: DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience)

DESRE is a 6-week summer program at Georgia Southern University hosted by the Rural Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University.  The initiative, called DESRE (Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience), is a paid, hands-on research experience for undergraduate and graduate students.  During the program, students engage in cutting-edge rural health disparities research and receive training in the unique factors associated with addressing health disparities. Students work with and learn from a team of experienced faculty researchers from both Georgia Southern University and Mercer University.  The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

I have attached a brief advertisement with more information as well as the application and FAQs. The application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.

The website to learn more about the program is:  www.GeorgiaSouthern.edu/rhri/desre

Please email us at DESRE@georgiasouthern.edu with any questions or for more information about the program.


ORISE Fellowship at CDC

The Centers for 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 biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. The fellowship carries a stipend of approximately $2,700 per month for full-time undergraduate student fellows and $3,400 for full-time graduate student fellows.

Current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in applied sciences that have completed three years of major coursework may apply. Chemistry and biology majors are preferred, although highly qualified candidates from other science majors may be considered. Must be able to comply with safety and security requirements before or upon reporting to CDC.

The appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The application is available at: http://orise.orau.gov/cdc

For further information contact Daniel Parker at (770) 488-7854 or DParker2@cdc.gov; or DeAnna Copeland at (865) 574-7134

Website: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/dls/orise.html


Georgia Tech: Research Opportunity in Chemistry and Biochemistry


Program Description:  Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate majors are invited to apply for a ten-week (May 24- July 31) research program. Program participants will receive a stipend of $5,000, a travel allowance, and housing. Participants supported by must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US.  
REU students carry out a research project under the direction of a faculty member in School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”). Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry with a number of projects involving interdisciplinary research perspectives. Contributions by undergraduate participants often result in publication of papers in the peer-reviewed literature with the student listed as an author.  In addition to full time research, students participate in a number of professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs, and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on the Georgia Tech campus.   Students interested in a career in research are encouraged to apply.  Please use the website above to apply to the Chemistry and Biochemistry REU Program at Georgia Tech. 



Vanderbilt University Medical School: Summer Research Program

Good research experience for Junior Biochemistry and Chemistry majors, which will be helpful to them in their pursuit for a PhD, especially in Biomedical Sciences.



Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Spring Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

The Office of Science /Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its Spring Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, where selected students participate as interns appointed at participating host labs. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation, and access to the online application system are found at:




American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The AAMC provides a substantial (65+) list of summer undergraduate research programming at AAMC member colleges and university. This site provides active links to each listed school’s programs.



Amgen Scholars Program

Amgen Scholars take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the world’s leading academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.

U.S. Program Host Universities include Stanford, Cal Berkley, Columbia, MIT, UCLA and many others.


2015 MIT Amgen Scholars Flyer (with information about deadlines and application process)


Harvard Medical School: Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)

SHURP is a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. Administered by the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School, SHURP is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) of experience in a research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required.



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.

2015 Flyer



NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sponsoring the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP) offering undergraduate students across the United States research experiences at NASA Centers. USRP is NASA’s largest nationwide internship program for undergraduates. Students may apply for a 10-week Summer session or a 15-week Spring or Fall session.



NSF REU Programs

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

Undergraduate student participants in either Sites or Supplements must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.



NYU School of Medicine Sackler Institute:  Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Sackler Institute in coordination with the M.D./Ph.D. Program and the Office of Diversity Affairs offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. degrees and a career in research. Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of Biochemistry, Biomedical Imaging, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Developmental Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Oncology, Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Physiology, Parasitology, Structural Biology, Forensic Pathology, Computational Biology and Virology. Students are matched with an investigator of their choice or placed in a laboratory working in an area of their interest. Undergraduate researchers are given their own project which they present at a poster session at the end of the summer. They are expected to perform on a graduate student level.



Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN: Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program

Applications are accepted year-round

  • Undergraduates, Recent-AAS/BS, MS, and PhD  – Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors or related disciplines for technical support opportunities
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities 
  • Minimum GPA  - 2.5/4.0
  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Oak Ridge, TN: Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs (NESLS) Program

  • Current AAS, BS, MS, and PhD students – Majors related to Engineering, Earth and Geosciences, Environmental and Marine Sciences, Life Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, International Relations, Political Science, Government, Policy, Risk Analysis, and Computer Science
  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities 
  • Minimum GPA  - 3.0/4.0
  • Open to U.S. and Eligible International Citizenship

Visit http://www.orau.org/ornl or contact ORNL Education Programs at ornledu@orau.org for more information!



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now accepting applications for its 10 week Summer Internship Program in a broad spectrum of research areas.  These internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM). Undergraduate and graduate students receive a stipend of $6,000 and $7,000, respectively, plus limited travel expenses

Research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of Research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Deadline for applications: December 16, 2015, 11:59PM EST

For more information visit http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships/ or contact DHSed@orau.org

Applications must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/1468


ORISE Summer Student Research Participation Opportunity at NCTR

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.



University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offer several Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Programs for biomedical research every year. In these programs, about 150 undergraduate student participants receive direct mentoring and valuable research experience for 8-10 weeks over the summer.  These programs are designed to help prepare undergraduate students for careers in biomedical research. Several programs are available, and students may request to work in any active research lab at UC or CCHMC. SURF Programs are intended for sophomores and juniors, but freshman and seniors are also invited to apply. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and must be enrolled full or part-time in a baccalaureate or associate’s degree-granting program.

Stipend amounts vary between programs. For more information please visit: http://med.research.uc.edu/SURF.aspx


University of Montana’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences SURP

The Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) sponsors a summer educational research experience for outstanding college undergraduates.  The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is part of a national program to attract and train undergraduates to research careers in the environmental health sciences.  The program is funded through a grant obtained from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, R25ES016247).



U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.



U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Or visit:http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/


Yale University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Each summer the Yale SURF Program brings a group of qualified undergraduates to Yale for eight weeks. The experience is meant to familiarize students with the kind of work they can expect to do in graduate school, provide them with insight into the many steps involved in building a career based on Ph.D. level training, as well as foster a sense of confidence regarding their own abilities and potential. Students are immersed in an academic, professional setting involving a working relationship with a faculty mentor, a post-doctoral associate , and/or an advanced graduate student, a program of individual research, and participation in a series of program workshops and panel discussions. The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students in the natural sciences learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct Ph.D.-level research in state-of-the- art laboratory facilities. Students in the humanities and social sciences work closely with mentors and have at their disposal the considerable archival resources found in the Yale University libraries. Emphasis is also placed on the presentation of research findings to colleagues. All students develop a proposal, give a final presentation to their peers, submit a written final paper, and attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium to present their research at the meeting.




The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.

For additional information on this grant and how to apply, please visit: www.daad.org/undergrad