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Student Summer Research Opportunities

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program supports scientists-in-training as they conduct independent, hands-on research for 8 to 10 weeks under the guidance of leading faculty researchers. Through their participation, Scholars have gained confidence in the lab and grown their networks of top-notch scientists. A gathering of Amgen Scholars at the annual U.S. Symposium and Europe Symposium, two-day networking and educational events hosted by the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Cambridge, UK, respectively, sets this summer research opportunity apart from others, and has potential to inspire Scholars to pursue a PhD in the sciences.


  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.

Application Deadline: Varies by institution but most are beginning of February.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Pathways Program

There are two different tracks.  Summer Internship: The Internship Program is for high school or college student in search of an internship or other opportunity to gain work experience while in school. The Student Summer Employment provides training and work experience for individuals during summer months. The work ranges from office support to trades and labor occupations to positions in professional fields.  Recent Graduate Program: The recent graduates program offers developmental experiences in the Federal Government in an effort to promote possible careers in civil service.


For the Summer Internship students must:

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a diploma, certificate, or degree-seeking student
  • Meet the minimum age required by federal, state, or local laws and standards governing the employment of minors.
  • Be taking or scheduled to take a course load at least half-time in an accredited high school, technical or vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, graduate or professional school.

For the Recent Graduate Program students must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation.

Application Deadline:  Student summer employment opportunities are announced January through March of each year

Cross-Disciplinary Training in Sustainable Chemistry and Chemical Processes (SCCP)

Gain independent research experience and learn about green chemistry.


  • Junior or seniors studying chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • Women and students from underrepresented groups.
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency is required.

Application Deadline: February 1

Discipline Based Education Research (DBER) REU at North Dakota State University

This program is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the learning and teaching of STEM at the undergraduate level to engage in an immersive, 10-week summer research experience. Our program includes on-campus housing, a stipend, and additional travel funding is available for those in financial need. Students may have the opportunity to present their research at a national conference.


  • Undergraduate student
  • U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency is required

Application Deadline: Around the end of January

Michigan State University Department of Chemistry 

This program engages students in faculty-mentored research projects aimed towards developing more sustainable chemical products and processes to benefit society. These include green synthesis, polymer membranes for water purification, water quality monitoring, eco-friendly coatings, energy-related materials, advanced imaging and spectroscopy of materials and surfaces, and computational approaches for understanding and predicting material properties. Stipend, housing and travel provided.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Current college student pursuing a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or other related discipline

Application Deadline: mid-February

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

This program provides an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. More than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, and Detroit is limited. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June.


  • The Summer Internship Program is for students who are at least sixteen years of age or older at the time they begin the program. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application Deadline: The application is available from mid-November to March 1.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)

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.


  • Vary by REU site, but typically an undergraduate student in good academic standing.
  • Students submit applications to each individual REU site, not to the NSF. A standard application includes: two letters of recommendation, transcripts, CV, and a personal statement.

Application Deadline: Also varies by site, but typically January or February of each year.
For a list of all NSF-REU sites, please see:

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

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. These facilities include the US Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Disease Control, the US Department of Energy, the US Food and Drug Administration and more. Most summer programs are 10 weeks, provide a stipend for the summer, travel funds to and from the location, and some provide housing as well.


  • Vary by program

Application Deadline: Varies by program but ranges from middle of December to middle of January.

Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

Each student is assigned to a laboratory in the Life Sciences Institute for hands-on experience with world-class researchers. Student fellows participate in side-by-side work at the research bench with faculty members and scientists of the LSI and receive a stipend for the ten week program, plus housing support. If accepted as a Perrigo Fellow, you will be expected to work full time in your assigned lab. Hours may vary and will be determined by you and your host faculty member, but expect to work approximately 40 hours a week. Fellows should also be prepared to work the entire duration of the program. Special allowances may be made for students whose school semester does not end before the program begins. Fellows participate in a summer-end colloquium open to the campus community to present a short talk on their research project.


  • The Perrigo Fellowship is open to any student attending a college or university in Michigan. Applicants should have excellent academic records and preferably have some experience working in a lab. Students in any stage of their undergraduate career may apply, though typically students of Junior/Senior status are given higher priority.

Application Deadline: Deadline and application information will be announced on the LSI website.

RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.


  • To apply for a RISE placement you must:
    • be currently enrolled at a university/college in the United States, Canada or the UK as a full-time student in the field of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences or engineering (or a closely related field)
    • be an undergraduate who will have completed at least 2 years of a degree program by the time of the placement
    • prove that you will be registered as an undergraduate at your university/college for the academic year following your placement (i.e., that you will still have undergraduate status upon your return to your home university)

Application Deadline: Mid-January

RISEUP (Research Internships for a Sustainable Environment with Undergraduate Participation

RISEUP is a 12-week paid summer internship program sponsored by Wayne State University's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.  Our hands-on, mentored research projects offer the chance for qualified undergraduate students to study multiple-stakeholder environmental issues i the Lake St. Clair-Detroit River-Lake Erie corridor.


  • Students majoring in all areas of the creative arts, physical sciences, and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: February 1

SCI Scholars Summer Industrial Internships for Undergraduates

Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group, the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.  In this prestigious program, up to 31 chemistry and chemical engineering majors will be selected for 10-week Summer 2017 internships at 14 companies.


  • Current sophomores or juniors (check each listing for company preference)
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Chemistry or chemical engineering majors
  • Minimum GPA: 3.5

Application Deadline:  End of November

Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative at RIT

This is an unique REU opportunity for research in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) that focuses on Model-based Reasoning in STEM Education.  This multidisciplinary REU includes projects that span biology, chemistry, physics and science communication. Applicants do not need to have previous DBER experience. This program begins with a January jump start during which time you will meet your project mentor using video chat and email to establish a research question of mutual interest, begin background research on your project, and take part in research ethics training. Stipends are provided for both the January jump start and the summer work.


  • US Citizens or permanent residents
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a STEM, science education, or math education field
  • Students who expect to receive their bachelor’s degree before the end of the program are not eligible to participate

Application Deadline: Around the end of November

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE participants participate in a 9-10 week full time research program that provides laboratory, fieldwork and research skills in the broad area of biofuels research. Students are paid a stipend for the full summer and expected to work full time. Housing and tuition (if necessary, depending on location) are covered. All students will be participating in the poster session at the end of the summer in Pullman, WA.


  • You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate and will not have received your Bachelor's degree prior to participation in this program. One letter of recommendation is also required.

Application Deadline: End of February.  Early applications are encouraged.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University

The Cancer Biology Graduate Program in the Department of Oncology, and the Karmanos Cancer Center Institute provide Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships to outstanding undergraduates interested in a career in biomedical research. Students will receive a stipend for this 10 week program and may apply for on-campus housing but are responsible for all living expenses. Students are expected to maintain records of their research, participate in lab meetings and departmental programmatic seminars, attend a one-hour course once a week, and to prepare and deliver a poster describing his/her work on Summer Research Poster Day along with other summer fellows. The objective of this training is to introduce outstanding college science majors to the realities of scientific research, and to prepare them for a PhD program in Cancer Research.


  • U.S. citizens/permanent residents
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Must be going into sophomore, junior or senior year in the fall following participation
  • Complete packets include: Application, one-page letter of interest describing why you should be considered for this position and what your future professional goals include; resume; college transcript; and two letters of recommendation signed and on letterhead.

Application Deadline: End of February

University of North Texas REU

This 10-week program focuses on chemistry research in all of the "traditional" areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, physical), and also provides opportunities in many non-traditional areas, including materials chemistry. Stipend, housing, and travel assistance provided.

Qualifications: U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply

Application Deadline: beginning of March

University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

Work side-by-side with extremely knowledgeable scientists and clinicians in their state-of-the-art labs, and explore possible career opportunities. Please review the list of Summer Research Program opportunities available through the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences. If you need additional assistance, contact the program directly or visit their website.

Application Deadline: Applications for each program differ, as does the possible financial cost.

University of Rochester REU

A summer program of full-time scientific research includes discussion groups, research meetings, as well as social activities.

Qualifications: U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply

Application Deadline: early March