Can You See Yourself Doing Research This Summer?

. A Selected listing of Summer Research and Enrichment Programs for Undergraduates in STEM Majors. Read through all the way to the bottom to see what is available in this state, and across the country and for specific majors!

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At UC, Santa Cruz

LAMAT is a new internship program through the Astrophysics Department with up to 15 spaces for local community college students to get summer research positions in a lab. Students are housed on campus if they like, and receive an allowance for food. Open to all STEM majors.

Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

At UC, Davis

The Center for Bio Photonics Science and Technology hosts a Summer Internship Program for Undergraduate students. For a period of 8 to 12 weeks students get involved in on-going research projects in the following areas: Bioimaging, Molecular & Cellular Biophotonics and Medical Biophotonics.

Majors: Chemical, Biochemical or Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related.

Deadline: March 8, 2014

The Department of Physics has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates site since 2004. During the 10-week program students live on campus while working alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects. Students get a view of physics very different from typical coursework.

Deadline: February 14

At UC, San Diego

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and masters students. STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UCSD research project and experience the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top rated research institution.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

At UC, Riverside:

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site is geared towards providing opportunities to students interested in the cellular and molecular biology of plants and their pathogens.  The program is especially interested in exposing students from two- and four-year colleges with limited research infrastructure to the excitement and career options that studies of plant and plant pathogen biology offers, but students from all colleges are welcome to apply.  The program is sponsored by the UC-Riverside Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) which, in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) and other college departments, includes many faculty that study plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes), other microbes, and allied fields.

Deadline: February 24, 2014


The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

Deadline: March 31, 2014

At UC, Berkeley:

The goal of the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley - Information Technology for Sustainability (SUPERB-ITS) in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) Department is to prepare and motivate a group of diverse, competitive candidates for graduate study. The research focus of the REU site will be computer science in the context of information technology for sustainability.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

TRUST Student Transfer and Research

TRUST Student Transfer and Research (TRUST STAR) is a nine-week summer program in Cybersecurity, Privacy and Trustworthy Systems, was established to increase the number of eligible transfer students to 4-year programs in computer science and electrical engineering. TRUST STAR targets students who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged and who may not have exposure to the academic environment of a research university. 

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Transfer to Excellence
Transfer-To-Excellence (TTE) is a competitive merit-based program that is intended to inspire California community college students to ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering. Participants experience life at UC Berkeley before the completion of their community college studies. TTE participants can either enroll in a credited course or participate in research.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology
The TRUST REU is a nine-week residential research program. The goal of this program is to increase the level of diversity among students entering graduate programs by providing research opportunities under the supervision of a faculty member and/or graduate student mentor.

Deadline: February 15, 2014

UC Berkeley SROP
The UC Berkeley Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who may not have had exposure to the academic environment of a research university.

Deadline: February 3, 2014

SynBERC Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Synthetic Biology
SynBERC runs a nine-week summer research program that provides undergraduates with basic training in lab fundamentals, exposes them to core concepts of synthetic biology, and engages them in mentored research in the collaborative environments of individual faculty labs

Deadline: February 15, 2014

AMGEN Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. Additionally, this program encourages participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology. Applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: February 3, 2014

At Stanford:

Community College Internships (CCI) is open to community college students only and is geared toward students that are in their earlier stages of the academic path. Students may be intending to transfer or interested in a technical career that does not require a BS.

Deadline: January 10, 2013

SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships) Are open to both 2-year and 4-year college/university students geared towards students that are getting ready to transfer or will be in transition to a 4-year institutions.

Deadline: January 10, 2014

At CalTech: California Institute of Technology

MURF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or 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.
Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Deadline: January 9, 2014

CalTech NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


National Programs from Federal Agencies

Department of Homeland Security

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country. Participants receive a stipend plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location

Deadline: January 6, 2014

NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA One Stop Shop Initiative is where you can find REU’s for all things NASA.


The Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, or ACCESS, provides summer internships to highly qualified students with disabilities. Students work for 10 weeks during the summer with a NASA mentor in either a lab or office environment. Summer jobs are related to the participant's interests and abilities. ACCESS participants are full-time students, both graduate and undergraduate, from accredited four-year educational institutions. They must have an academic background in engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics with a B average in their major. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: See website

NSF: National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates or REUs are linked below by major. They are at universities across the country.
Biological Sciences
Computer Science & Engineering
Materials Research

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

NNIN will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program from June through August, hiring approximately 85 interns to work at the fourteen NNIN sites. We are looking for engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology. Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply, along with students with no previous research experience.

The chosen undergraduates taking part in the ten-week NNIN REU program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, opto-electronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the NNIN research facilities. Interns work with faculty and graduate students on projects using the unique resources offered at their award site.

Deadline: See website

National Institute of Health (NIH)

NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)
All majors accepted, however, students must have successfully completed courses in biology and chemistry.
Deadline: March 1

Department of Energy

DOE CCI Program
Community College Internship Program Overview
The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Applications Due: See website for dates

National Research Labs

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities in various disciplines, including chemistry and material science, computer science, criticality safety, engineering, and physics.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) sponsors more than 50 research programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities in 24 states and some outside the United States. So whether you are seeking a summer internship, a scholarship to help fund your academic progress, or a longer-term research position to provide hands-on laboratory experience, ORISE has a program for you.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
Community College Internship
Berkeley Lab Undergraduate Research

Programs at Out-of-State Universities & Institutes

Institute for Broadening Participation

Pathways to Science: Over 650 paid summer research and internships to undergraduates majoring in the STEM fields. Information about scholarships and thinking ahead to grad school as well. Also great tips in the Student Resource Toolbox on writing a competitive application and much more. Good comprehensive website.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet.

Deadline: February 1, 2014

North Carolina State University

As part of the Advanced Transportation Energy Center, research opportunity to domestic undergraduates from universities for 2014 are available for undergraduates who are majoring in electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, computer science and related fields. The undergraduate student will spend 10 weeks during the summer of 2014 conducting research at one of the Center’s five partnering universities, experiencing different aspects of university research, and presenting their work at symposia. This program is open to U.S Citizens and permanent residents only. Women and members of under-represented minority population are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 7, 2014

Rochester Institute of Technology in New York

The NSF REU Program Imaging in the Physical Sciences is a new program that builds on the strength of the research and educational programs in the interdisciplinary Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, extending a rich history of undergraduate research experiences with RIT students to students from beyond RIT’s walls. Our program introduces young scientists to research in a highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented setting, preparing the students for the type of goal-oriented research they are likely to encounter in real-world environments. RIT is now the third largest undergraduate private technical university in the United States.
Deadline: February 12, 2014

Vanderbilt University in Tennessee

Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering
VINSE brings ten students each summer to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering.  This summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Brandeis University in Massachusetts

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program Materials Science and Engineering Center is a 10-week program for undergraduates.

Feb 14, 2014

Colorado School of Mines:

The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center’s (REMRSEC) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program invites exceptional undergraduate engineering, math, and science students to participate in a ten-week summer research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Advancing Polymer Materials by Integrating Chemistry and Chemical Engineering REU

Deadline: Check website

Advanced Metallurgical Design for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Energy (TIE)

Deadline: Check Website

University of Washington:

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates program will be held during the summer of 2014 (June 17 - August  22).  This 10-week program on the University of Washington's Seattle campus will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with researchers and to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communication skills, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the undergraduate scientist with a solid foundation for graduate study.

Deadline: February 14, 2014

University of Notre Dame in Indiana

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2013 pending funding.  The focal point of the proposed projects is Integrative Cell and Molecular Biology.

Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors majoring in biological sciences, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply. Underrepresented minority students, disabled students, and students from small colleges without graduate biology programs are encouraged to apply.

Rockefeller University in New York

The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics; and mathematical biology.

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Harvard University

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
Numerous opportunities including projects in Materials Science, Computational Science, Security, Bioengineering, and more:

Deadline: See Website

Carnegie Mellon University

The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks and begins June 1st and runs until August 15th

Applications go online starting December 1

Boston University

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian/Polynesian. The SURF Program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF-REU; NE-AGEP), the Department of Defense (ASSURE), and Boston University. The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering. 

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Universities in Louisiana

Louisiana State University
Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences
This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.
The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides an ideal setting for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences.

March 1, 2014

The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA) is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Members of LA-SiGMA provide six different sites and numerous projects for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring molecular interactions to model hydrophobic solubility, parallel finite elements on unstructured meshes using PETSc and Sieve, simulations of hydrogen storage materials, etc., the participants work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools.

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Cornell University

The Cornell Center for Materials Research is offering an REU in 2014. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines.Â

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The National Science Foundation NSF has renewed Cornell’s grant for a Research Experience for Undergraduates program in the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE), which encompasses the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics (LEPP), the High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), and the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) project.
Under this program, approximately ten science and engineering students from around the country will be invited to participate in research at the Laboratory. In addition there are several other REU programs on campus with whom we share housing and programs

Deadline: February 2, 2014

University of Michigan

The Summer 2014 C-PHOM REU Program will run from June 1, 2014 to August 8, 2014. The program provides undergraduate salsotudents who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with an opportunity to conduct tens weeks of summer research with faculty and students in the fields of nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics.  Opportunities are available in experiment, theory, and computation.  Applicants are required to send transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation.

Deadline: February 1, 2014

Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10 week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology. The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

February 15, 2014

Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) REU is a ten-week summer research program designed to attract qualified, underrepresented, minority students into graduate school in the fields of materials and physical sciences.

Deadline: Check Website

University of Pittsburgh

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh and a year-long team research project. Students are immersed in special-topics workshops, professional development seminars, research projects, and network-building opportunities.

Deadline: January 17, 2014

MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Lincoln Laboratory applies advanced technology to problems critical to national security. Behind the Laboratory's solutions are researchers with excellent technical abilities and imagination working in cross-disciplinary collaborations to develop systems from the initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to real-world demonstrations. Majors:Â Electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, aeronautics/astronautics, materials science, molecular biology, biochemistry, and related fields.

Princeton University

The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) are sponsoring research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to Materials Science. Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics are chosen each year to complement the research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Programs Targeting Specific Majors

Medical Fields

For Pre Med and Pre Dental Students:
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 an personalized medical and dental school preparation. 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.
The program is looking for freshman and sophomore students with a minimum gpa of 2.5. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent resident visas.

Each SMDEP site makes their admissions decisions on a “first come, first serve basis.” Please apply sooner rather than later to increase your change of being selected.

Are a student currently in your sophomore or junior year at a U.S. college or university?
Have a grade point average of at least 3.0? Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.?
International students who are attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 1


EDGE Math Programs for Women
The EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) was launched in 1998 by Bryn Mawr and Spelman Colleges, with the goal of strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences, with particular inclusion of women from underrepresented groups.

Deadline: February 28, 2014

The American Mathematical Society
Check out their website to see all the research experiences for undergraduates that are offered.
Deadline: varies by program site.