External organization opportunities
We are proud to offer many opportunities for undergraduates
to participate in research with well-known organizations.
The Amgen Scholars program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences at some of the world's leading institutions. See the AMGEN website for more details. The attached flyer has additional information.
National & International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF)
NAU's Office of National & International Scholarships and Fellowships helps students identify opportunities and prepare competitive applications. For more information about scholarships and fellowships, review the NISF website.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number
of research opportunities for
undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.
A REU Site consists of a group of ten or so
undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution (which
may be at a U.S. or foreign location). Each student is associated with a
specific research project to work closely with the faculty and other
researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with
housing and travel.
Nationwide list of research internships in science or medicine
This is a compilation of research internships in science or medicine offered for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students (updated in the fall).
Nationwide list of research internships in humanities and mathematics
Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships
Selected summer research programs
See some Summer research program options by expanding the titles below. Be sure to check this website in late fall for Summer 2015 opportunities, as it is updated weekly with new information.Pathways to Science Opportunities for UG
NASA InternshipsStudent Conservation Association Summer Internships
Use the Pathways to Science website
to locate paid summer research and internship programs, post-baccalaureate programs, scholarships, and much more!
The mission of the SCA is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.
Check out all the opportunities on the SCA Serve webpage: http://thesca.org/serve
Don't forget to search the NSF REU Sites database for other opportunities.Summer REU: Mechanisms of Evolution
The new REU at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (Mechanisms of Evolution) will focus on biological processes, such as
mutation, genetic drift, migration, non-random mating and natural
selection that drive heritable change. The inspiration for this proposal
is the celebrated essay, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution by Theodosius Dobzhansky. The Light of Evolution essay did not address specific evolutionary
mechanisms, but Dobzhansky recognized their significance by stating, the mechanisms that bring evolution about certainly need study and clarification.
The goals of this proposal are to provide undergraduates with
hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of
evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between
genetics and evolution and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary
Program dates: May 26 - July 31, 2015
Deadline: March 6, 2015
Further information on their website
The following summer experiences are pay-to-participate.Summer field experiences, internships, camps
The Colorado Ecosystem Field Studies offers two courses (June-July; July-August) with three undergraduate transfer credits through the Environmental Studies Program of the University of Montana at Missoula. See the ECOFS website for additional information.
Kalu Yala Internships is an unpaid, full-time internship program that hosts students and young professional from around to world to engage in the creation of the Kalu Yala culture (a sustainable community in the picturesque scenery of the Panamanian highlands. See the website for additional information.
The GREEN Program is a short-term experience which combines hands-on education, adventure, service learning, cultural immersion, and global networking to create unparalleled learning experience in Iceland & Costa Rica. See the website for additional information.
NAU student past summer research experiences
See where our current undergraduates spent their summer "vacations" by expanding the titles below.Physics & Astronomy
"Trapping Neutral Atoms in Arbitrary Potentials" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"A New Dust Beam Sensor" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"Searching for Binary Black Holes in Advanced LIGO" - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
"Optical Observations of Gravitational Lensing Candidates for Millimeter-wave Sources" - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
"Modeling the Stability of Mars' South Polar Cap and Gravity Anomalies on the Moon" - Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO
"A New Crater Database for the Moon" - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
"Analysis of Photometric Efficiency and Accuracy of the IDL Procedure PHAST" - Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ
"Electrostatically Doping Sub-Millimeter Irregular Mott Insulators" - University of Minnesota Goldman Condensed Matter Laboratory, Minneapolis, MN
"Driving Sodium-Potassium Pumps with an Oscillating Electric Field" - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
"Photonuclear Production of Medical Isotopes" - Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID