Student Research Opportunities
The National Science Foundation has a search page
that includes the contact information for Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer research programs. You will need to contact the specific program for application information. Additionally, programs may submit their specific application information for publishing in the list below.
The below list of opportunities are opportunities that programs have submitted to CUR for publishing. Each listing will appear for sixty days.
2017 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The SRT Program and DHS Centers are sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.
Faculty receive a $1,200 weekly stipend and are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.
Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.
Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.
All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.
10-week research experiences are offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website.
U.S. citizenship required
Previous program participants may apply.
Application deadline: December 19, 2016, 11:59PM EST
How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
Detailed information about the program can be found at:
For questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federally Sponsored Graduate Research Opportunities in STEM
- White House National Science and Technology Council's Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and Science.gov Alliance
The STEMGradStudents.science.gov site was established to be the primary source for searching Federally-sponsored opportunities for graduate students and graduate study programs in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) areas. These advanced degree opportunities range from graduate fellowships and research internships that graduate students can apply to directly to funding opportunities for academic institutions to establish innovative graduate training programs.
Users of the site may search for program opportunities using a number of standardized categories - such as by STEM discipline or institutional location where the graduate opportunity takes place - as well as through using a keyword search. Each search result provides a brief program description and a direct link to the sponsoring agency's program website. Interested applicants should follow the sponsoring agency's procedures for applying.
This site was developed through collaboration between the participating agencies of the White House National Science and Technology Council's Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and Science.gov Alliance and is updated on a regular basis.
Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Research Program
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) – Nanotechnology for Biology and Engineering
- 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. Enjoy 10 weeks of research in the fields of nanotechnology for biology and bioengineering in a hands-on, graduate level laboratory.
• To provide students with a greater understanding of the development and applications of nanotechnology for biology and bioengineering.
• To give students a solid grounding in research methodologies in these areas.
• To inspire students with a deeper appreciation for the contributions that improved technology in nanotechnology for biology and bioengineering can make to our lives.
• To grant students with a truly unique educational experience, with research at the core, while at the same time serving as an ideal foundation for future graduate work.
Each student will enjoy the advantages of:
• Graduate student mentoring.
• Guidance from faculty.
• Stipend with paid housing and a travel allowance.
Rosetta Commons Research Experience for Undergraduates
- Johns Hopkins University
Interns in this geographically-distributed REU program have the opportunity to participate in research using the Rosetta Commons software. The Rosetta Commons software suite includes algorithms for computational modeling and analysis of protein structures. It has enabled notable scientific advances in computational biology, including de novo protein design, enzyme design, ligand docking, and structure prediction of biological macromolecules and macromolecular complexes.
-One week of Rosetta Code School, where you will learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment, so you are fully prepared for the summer!
-8 weeks of hands-on research in a molecular modeling and design laboratory, developing new algorithms and discovering new science.
-The summer will finish with a trip to the Rosetta Conference, where you will present your research in a poster and connect with Rosetta developers from around the world. The sponsor, NSF, will provide housing, travel expenses, and a stipend.
Desired Skills & Experience
-College Sophomores or Juniors Major in computer science, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and/or biophysics.
-Available for at least 10 weeks during the summer of 2017
-Interest in graduate school
-While not required, we seek candidates with some combination of experiences in scientific or academic research, C++/Python/*nix/databases, software engineering, object-oriented programming, and/or collaborative development.
-Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply per NSF guidelines.
**Pending 2016 approval
Housing, a travel allowance, and a stipend.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships - DOE
Student Research Fellows
- The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota
The Lupus Foundation of Minnesota (LFM) provides undergraduates interested in basic or clinical research an opportunity to work with an established faculty researcher at various institutes, including the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic.
Since 1981, LFM has provided college students with the unique opportunity to partner with accomplished researchers at local institutions working on lupus-related autoimmune research. Fellows execute experiments, perform literature searches and conduct corresponding research in tandem with the principal investigator.
The goal of the project is to inspire a new generation of researchers committed to discovering better treatments and a cure. To date, support from individual donors has provided nearly 125 fellows with the opportunity to work on vital research efforts aimed at improved detection, treatment and a cure.
Fellowships typically begin in June and conclude in mid-August when the fellows complete a final report, which addresses the initial project proposal and research question, and they provide a brief public presentation of their research to program colleagues, LFM board members and staff , supporters, friends, and the public.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017 summer fellowship. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, November 1.
For more information, email Director of Education Sandy Parnell or call her at 952-746-5151/800-645-1131.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Research Foundation
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers undergraduates the chance to explore clinical and basic science research in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The primary goal is to provide students with a foundation for making career choices in the biomedical sciences. Students have the opportunity to work with one of more than 500 faculty members at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, many of whom have active research programs that cover all areas of pediatric medicine, including the study of developmental biology, congenital disorders, genetic diseases, cancer, cardiology, neurology and immunology.
The program is 10 weeks long, and students are paid a stipend of approximately $3,200. In addition to hands-on laboratory experience, students participate in various academic and social activities with students from other summer programs at the University of Cincinnati. The SURF Program includes two scientific writing classes, an ethics in research seminar, an introduction to bioinformatics and a career day. At the end of the summer, students present their research in a poster session, and a lecture is presented by a distinguished keynote speaker.