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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.

  • 2018 Summer Program in Cancer Research (SPCR) - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Science Park

    For ten weeks during the summer, SPCR students participate in hypothesis-driven, project-based investigations and attend a weekly lunch lecture series covering topics such as DNA structure and repair, epigenetics, stem cells, signal transduction and apoptosis, and emerging analytical techniques. Other activities include social events and tours of the MD Anderson Houston and Bastrop campuses. The program culminates in the SPCR Scientific Symposium, where interns give a 10-minute presentation describing their research results. It is not uncommon for students to make significant research contributions and to earn co-authorship on scientific abstracts and manuscripts. SPCR students receive a stipend of $6,000 for the 10 weeks. The 2018 program dates are June 4, 2018 through August 10, 2018.

  • Apply Here - U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Now accepting applications for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2018 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions 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 29, 2017, 11:59 pm EST. How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3684 Detailed information about the program can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.

  • BP-ENDURE Neuroscience Pipeline Program - Washington University in St. Louis

    The Neuroscience Pipeline program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs. With support from the NIH BP-ENDURE Program and Washington University, accepted students are funded for up to two 10-week summers. The program combines research experience and a rigorous summer curriculum of courses and workshops that focus on building a foundation in neuroscience, scientific communication and admission to graduate school. During the academic year, our trainees take an online class and attend and present at the Society for Neuroscience meeting to sustain and strengthen skills after the summer. Benefits include a $5000 stipend per summer, travel funds to and from the program, university housing, and a public transportation pass for travel throughout St. Louis. Participants also have access to GRE/MCAT prep courses and funds to attend up to two scientific conferences annually. In conjunction with personalized advising and an empowering community, the Pipeline offers outstanding, holistic training budding neuroscientists will use for years to come.

  • BSRP - Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    The Broad Summer Research Program (BSRP) is an intensive nine-week summer research opportunity designed for undergraduates with a commitment to biomedical research and an interest in genomics. BSRP has a strong record of success in helping students to nurture their passion for research and succeed in graduate school and scientific careers. Students spend the summer performing original computational or experimental-based research in labs across the Broad's research areas, from cancer to infectious disease to computational biology. At the program's conclusion, students deliver oral and poster presentations on their research projects. BSRP features a rich curriculum outside the lab that emphasizes communication, collaborative problem-solving, graduate school preparation, and demystifying scientific careers. Our curriculum includes an intensive scientific communication course, seminars with leading scientists from Harvard and MIT, a GRE prep course, and weekly workshops focused on the graduate school application process, professional and personal development, and diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

  • DOE Scholars Program - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

    Now accepting applications for: DOE Scholars Program The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations. Why should I apply? Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits: • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period • Limited travel reimbursement to/from internship location • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas • Identification of career goals and opportunities • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts Eligibility • Be a U.S. citizenship • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; business; policy; program management; mathematics; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; economics; operations research analysis; law; communications; and other related areas. How to Apply Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3678 For more information https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars Application Deadline December 15, 2017, 11:59 pm EST Questions? doescholars@orau.org. Please share this information with others that may be interested in internship opportunities with DOE. Flyers for the program can be found at: DOE Scholars DOE Scholars at the DOE Office of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence DOE Scholars at the Federal Energy Management Program DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

  • Fred Hutch SURP - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) 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, students will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.

  • http://www.caryinstitute.org/students/reu-program - Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

    The Translational Ecology for Undergraduates program provides 10 students with hands-on research experience in ecology during 12 weeks in the summer. Students work closely with a mentor scientist and gain confidence in doing independent research. Opportunities include (but are not limited to): eavesdropping in birds, mosquito ecology, ecological changes in lakes, carbon and nitrogen dynamics in forest soils. Students also engage in enrichment activities designed to foster critical reflection about science and its linkages to society. To apply, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are especially encouraged to apply. 2018 program dates are May 21-August 10, 2018. Students will receive a stipend of $6,600, on-campus housing, and a food allowance of $900. Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2018.

  • https://erams.com/UWIN/urp/ - Colorado State University

    The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) gives 10 students the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions across the nation. During 9 weeks, students conduct independent research projects under the guidance of mentor scientists. To complement their mentored research, students interact in person and/or virtually, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and seminars in transdisciplinary research and urban water sustainability. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply. Students in the 2018 program will receive a stipend of $4,500 plus room and board on-campus or in nearby housing. Students also will receive a travel allowance towards travel expenses associated with participating in the program, including travel to and from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, for the kick off and wrap up meetings, and travel to their research site.

  • https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/3717 - ORAU/ORISE

    Purpose The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions (PUCs) as the deployment of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid. Details Selected applicants, referred to as “Innovators” herein, will be a research participant for up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to the integration of solar energy. The Applicant to this program is the prospective Innovator. The applicant must identify a Host Institution and potential mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC currently conducting research in an area related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. DOE nor ORISE will match Applicants with Host Institutions. Host Institutions may seek potential Innovators that are eligible to apply to the program, but it is the potential Innovator, not the Host Institution or mentor, who submits the application and supporting materials to this site. Eligible applicants include recent Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate graduates, as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar integration. Host Institutions can be: An electric public utility commission, An electric utility operating in the U.S., or An energy service provider operating in the U.S. (including, but not limited to, independent system operators, balancing authorities, and retail electricity providers). For a list of electric public utility commissions, electric utilities, and energy service providers visit http://www.orau.gov/stri/solar_innovators_2018.pdf. Host Institutions are expected to commit to providing a mentor for the Innovator, as well as workspace, equipment, and resources needed for the Innovator to conduct his or her research. The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). For more information about SETO, visit https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative. Participant Benefits Appointments are for up to two years. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project goals and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the Host Institution. Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications: Level 1: Participants with a Bachelor's degree will receive a stipend starting at $40,000. Level 2: Participants with a Master's degree will start at $50,000. Participants with a Ph.D. will receive a stipend starting at $70,000. Level 3: The stipend amount will be based on the Level 2 rate plus a factor for years of relevant experience after the receipt of the degree. Participants will be eligible to receive an allowance of up to $10,000 for education and/or scientific activities, health insurance supplement, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000. The appointment is full-time and cannot be supplemented with additional salary from the Host Institution. Nature of Appointment The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or the Host Institution. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment. DEADLINE: 01/08/2018

  • Research in Catalysis and Photocatalysis in Lyon, France – University of New Orleans and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - University of New Orleans

    Exciting research positions for undergraduates are available in catalysis and photocatalysis in Lyon, France. The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and l’Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon, IRCELYON (The Institute of Research on Catalysis and the Environment of Lyon) are established European centers of excellence for catalysis and photocatalysis research. Selected undergraduate students will participate in pre-travel virtual orientation programs, an on-site orientation in Lyon, research in catalysis or photocatalysis in Lyon, and additional enrichment activities in Lyon. Post-program follow up activities will also occur, and travel funds will be available for presenting research results at a regional or national conference in the US. Full time positions begin May 23, end July 27, 2018, and are accompanied by a stipend of $5000. Housing, meal, and travel costs are also included. College students entering the sophomore, junior, or senior year in Fall 2018 are eligible, but strong preference will be given to students with prior research experience. No French language skills are required, but a willingness to learn is necessary. Consideration of applications will begin by Jan. 26, 2018. The program is open to US citizens and permanent residents who will not hold a bachelor’s degree prior to Aug. 1, 2018.

  • REU at UMES - University of Maryland Eastern Shore

    The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Marine and Estuarine Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers a paid, ten-week summer internship to undergraduates interested in marine and estuarine science. With the assistance of faculty mentors, program staff and graduate students, interns conduct research projects, take field trips, and attend seminars and workshops related to science careers. The program provides housing, meals, travel costs and a stipend ($5,250) to interns. This internship program is designed for rising sophomores and rising juniors, but all college students are welcome to apply.

  • Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships - DOE

  • Siteman Cancer Center - Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

    Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research. In addition to completing a research project with a faculty mentor, participants also engage in a variety of other activities as part of the program, including tours of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facilities and weekly seminars on current areas of research and career building tools. The Summer Opportunities Program accepts students with diverse backgrounds and experience. There is no set number of accepted participants of any specific class year or academic background. Applicants are not required to have prior laboratory experience. 2018 program dates are May 29-Aug. 3, 2018. Students will be provided a $6,200 stipend. Participants are responsible for their housing. Housing is available on campus for out-of-town participants at summer term rates as space allows. Applications for Summer 2018 will be accepted Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 16, 2018 (5:00pm CST)

  • STEP-UP Program - Penn State University

    The STEP-UP Summer Internship Program Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a 10 week summer internship program supported by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). STEP-UP is particularly interested in students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with disabilities.

  • Summer Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry - Miami University

    This summer program provides extensive independent research opportunities designed to develop or refine students' experimental skills and enhance their ability to work as part of a research team. Students will choose from cutting edge research projects in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry as well as chemistry education research with most projects being interdisciplinary, such as bio-analytical, bio-inorganic, biophysical, or nano-materials. Students will also participate in sessions that will cover a number of topics associated with professional development including development of research proposals, scientific presentations, ethics in science, careers in chemistry and biochemistry including science policy, and a few social activities to build a strong cohort. The combination of intense research, professional development, and cohort building will provide the next generation of scientists with a well-rounded experience and strong encouragement to continue in one of many areas of science as a career. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students should have completed at least 4 semesters by the start of the program and have at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining after completion of the summer program. Students must fulfill the NSF citizenship requirements. Students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, women and students from institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to rising juniors and seniors. No prior research experience is required.

  • 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.

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