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.Space Astronomy Summer Program
Mathematical & Theoretical Biology Summer Institute
Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) brings a dozen highly motivated college
students to Baltimore, Maryland, for a Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP). STScI is the scientific
operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope. The SAS
Program runs from mid-June to mid-August, and is designed for upper division undergraduates with a strong
interest in space astronomy. Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects
that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, preparing
data for public releases.
Program dates: June 15 - August 21
Application window: January 1 - January 31, 2015
Summer Research Opportunity Program
The Mathematical and
Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI), a summer research experience for
undergraduates held at Arizona State University. At MTBI, we prepare
undergraduates in math, biology, and related fields for the rigors of graduate
school by enabling students to produce student-selected, graduate-level
Institute dates: June 3 - July 25, 2015
Deadline: January 31, 2015
More information and application: http://mtbi.asu.edu/summer-program
Diversity Summer Internship at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
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.
SROP offers summer research opportunities in the arts and humanities,
social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores, juniors, and
seniors (not graduating in the summer or spring of 2015).
Program dates: June 7 - August 1, 2015
Deadline: February 1, 2015
More information and application is available on this website.
American Physical Society /IBM Research Internship for UG Women
Apply for the 2015 Diversity Summer
Internship Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health. The Diversity
Summer Internship Program welcomes applicants from all over the United States,
including applicants from underrepresented groups and economically
disadvantaged areas. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply including biology, chemistry, public
health, environmental health science, health education/science, pre-med, and
psychology. DSIP is designed
to assist students in preparing for graduate school and includes:
or lab based research internship with a faculty mentor
of a summer research paper
health and professional development seminars
and poster presentations
is provided to all interns who reside outside of local counties.
stipend is provided to interns who are not already funded by their schools or
Deadline: February 1, 2015
More information is also available in the one page handout attached with this
email and on our webpage.
Summer Physics REU for Minorities and Women
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor
a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage
women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. The
internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM
research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and
give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. Eligible applicants must be females with
sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university at the time of
application; must be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or
engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical
engineering; and, must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: February 1, 2015
STARS - Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences
The University of Chicago Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Physics, supported by the National Science Foundation
offers undergraduates (members of underrepresented minority groups
(African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans) and women) the
opportunity to gain research experience working in the laboratory or
research group of a Physics Department faculty member. Possible research areas include condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, non-linear dynamics and chaos, space/cosmic ray physics, astronomy/astrophysics, experimental atomic physics & ultracold atoms, experimental biophysics.
Program dates: June 15 - August 21, 2015
Deadline: February 16, 2015
Summer Training Program
The UCSD 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. The goal of the academy is to increase the numbers of underrepresented students with research experience and prepare participants for doctoral study. Students will gain research experience with a faculty mentor's research project, as well as attend a GRE preparation course and graduate school preparation workshops. Students will also present research at the UCSD Summer Research Conference.
Eligible research areas include: Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biological Sciences; Biomedical Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry/Biochemistry; Computational Neurobiology; Computer Science and Engineering; Earth Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Marine Biology Research Division; Marine Biodiversity and Conservation; Materials Science & Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Molecular Pathology; Neurosciences; Pharmacology; Physics; Psychology (selected specializations); Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Structural Engineering.
Program dates: June 21 to August 14, 2015
Deadline: January 1, 2015 to February 21, 2015
Further information on their website.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships at the University of New Hampshire
The Strong Children's Research Center (SCRC) at the University of Rochester Medical Center will support the Summer Training Program for the 25th
year. This summer research training program is the ideal opportunity
for outstanding medical, graduate and undergraduate students who plan to
pursue a career in biomedical or clinical research. (Undergraduate
students must have completed their junior year by May 2015).
This program is created to develop fundamental skills in various
research methodologies in a defined project, leading to an end-of-summer
poster and, possibly, a scientific publication.
The program provides trainees with extensive contact with research
mentors, their staffs of investigators and supporting personnel who
guide the research project and serve as role models and provide career
direction. Faculty members are either from the Department of Pediatrics
or partners who are engaged in research relevant to childhood diseases
and developmental biology.
Program dates: May 26 - July 30, 2015
Deadline: February 28, 2015 (midnight EST)
Summer REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior
SURF is a program designed to create research experiences for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate work. SURF is aimed primarily at students who are working toward a degree in science, engineering, or math and are completing their junior year.
Students accepted into the program will spend up to 10 intensive weeks working under the guidance of a Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping (CCOM) faculty member. They will conduct research related to acoustics, bathymetric mapping, habitat mapping, lidar, marine geology and geophysics, optical imaging, sonar signal processing, or data visualization. Research activities may include laboratory experiments, field work, a research cruise, data analysis, model development, or instrument development. The research conducted by all fellows will be presented to CCOM at the end of the summer, and summarized in a written report. Students who are awarded a fellowship will receive a stipend, on-campus room and board, and travel assistance.
Program dates: Early June to Mid-August
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Summer REU: Mechanisms of Evolution
goal of this REU at Oklahoma State University is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an
in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis
of human or animal behavior. Students will be trained in the application
of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct
research studies involving either animal or human subjects. Students
will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Students
will be mentored by full-time, Ph.D.-level faculty members who are
tenured/tenure-track faculty with strong programs of research. Students
selected for the program will be expected to devote at least 40 hours a
week for research; thus, it is NOT possible to be enrolled in courses
or other activities during the program.
Program dates: May 30 - July 25, 2015
Deadline: March 2, 2015 by 5pm CDT
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: 5/25 - 7/31/2015 (tentative)
Deadline: March 6, 2015
More information and application on UNLV 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