Summer Research Opportunities

Below are summer research opportunities for undergraduate students at different places and in different fields - take a peek!

Additional listings may be available under the "Summer Research" link at 

Opportunities at SDSU


Program director Vadim Ponomarenko oversees an eight-week summer program, supported by the National Science Foundation, which aims to give its participants a clear understanding of the world of mathematics, primarily through firsthand experience. Participants are grouped into research teams, led by a graduate student and the project directors. Teams engage in original research, of significant interest and potential impact. Participants receive a stipend ($4000 for undergraduates), and additional funds toward room and partial board. Learn more at their website.


Paid 2018 summer internship for SDSU undergraduate students in Alaska.  Must be an SDSU student through Spring 2019, and must love the outdoors.  Desirable: previous field research experience.  Send your CV and a 1-page motivation letter to:

Opportunities outside SDSU

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is now accepting applications for its Undergraduate Research Program for the summer of 2019! Thank you for sharing this information with students who may be interested.

 Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.

To apply:

Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight

Dates: May 29 to August 1, 2019 (9 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $4,500 stipend

Other support:  On-campus or nearby housing, travel assistance. The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.

For more information about UWIN,

For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, program coordinator: [email protected]

The Remote Sensing of Land-Atmosphere Systems Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at the University of Alabama in Huntsville provides an opportunity for students to observe and study Earth surface and atmospheric processes using cutting edge remote sensing. Students are actively involved in developing and working on research projects with leading faculty and scientists from UAH, NASA, the National Weather Service, and Baron Services.

Full details and application can be found at NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates at UAH

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY is now accepting applications for the summer 2019 REU program in "Translational Ecology"! Thank you for sharing this information with students who may be interested.

To apply: students/reu-program

Application deadline: January 25, 2019 Midnight

Dates: May 20 to August 9, 2019 (12 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $6,600 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free on-campus housing.

Other support:  Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. 

Research projects for the summer of 2019 include:

  • Eavesdropping Behavior and Social Information Use in Songbirds
  • Competitive Dynamics Between Invertebrate and Vertebrate Scavenger Guilds
  • Ecosystem Regulation of Mosquitoes and Disease Risk
  • The Role of Natural Enemies in Governing Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation
  • Effects of Global Change on Streams of the Northeastern US
  • Hudson River Habitats in a Changing World
  • Ecological Change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge
  • Lake Management and Recreational Fisheries in Coupled Human-Natural Ecosystems
  • Ecology of Urban Streams/High School Student Mentoring

For more information about the Cary Institute, visit

For more information about the program, contact Aude Lochet, REU program coordinator ([email protected])

If you are a freshman now and will be a sophomore in fall 2019, consider this summer 2019 funded opportunity where you will receive research experience in the area of weather, climate, and society.

We welcome students from a range of majors

Info on this opportunity available at:

Deadline to apply (with letters of references also in at this time): Feb 1, 2019

The University of Tennessee Summer Undergraduate Research Education Experiences in the Environmental Health Sciences program is seeking undergraduates who want to participate in experiential learning at a major research institution. The University of Tennessee's Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and Office of Undergraduate Research have partnered to provide a ten-week summer research education experience program designed to immerse and challenge undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering, mathematical, and medical science (STEMM) disciplines. Students will be placed into faculty mentor labs for rigorous hands-on independent research with complementary training in experimental design, ethics, statistical analysis, laboratory management, entrepreneurship, and science communication.

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University is sponsoring the Cancer-Focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) program.  The goal of the program is to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage in their careers.   Thirty-two undergraduates from across the country will work with one of 82 Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers.  Application Deadline: February 1, 2019.  Information can be found at: CanSUR Information and Application



The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP) is an 8-12-week research program designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences. The UCRTP especially encourages diverse students interested in cancer health disparities to apply. An individualized program is developed for each undergraduate participant, who will be paired to work with a faculty Principal Investigator and associates at CDU or UCLA laboratories on a selected cancer research project. The goal of the UCRTP is to ensure that each undergraduate student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become proficient in cancer health disparities research. On completion of the program, each undergraduate trainee will have worked on a hypothesis-driven research project in cancer health disparities and developed a research paper (based on the findings of the ancillary project). Students will also have the opportunity to present their findings before a regional or national conference and benefit from seminar series focused on translational cancer health disparities research. 


Students need to:

  1. Submit Application Online at     

  1. Obtain Two Letters of Recommendation   

  1. Request Official Undergraduate Transcripts

Visit our website ( or email us ([email protected]) for detailed instructions.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 4, 2019



The program objectives are for students to:

  • Participate on an innovative cancer research project that focuses on health disparities.
  • Participate in lectures and seminars held at the CDU and UCLA‐JCCC campuses in cancer and disparities research.
  • Learn “hands on” research procedures and experimental techniques under the guidance of faculty mentors, staff, and associates.
  • Present a professional seminar during Cancer Journal Club and present progress on their research project at weekly lab meetings.
  • Prepare a professional research paper and present a poster/oral presentation at research symposiums held at CDU or UCLA.


  • Low income or underrepresented* undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, & non-graduating seniors.
  • Pursuing a career in biomedical-related sciences with health disparities focus.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Successful completion of college-level   general biology and chemistry.
  • No prior research experience required.

* African‐American, Hispanic-American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The UNLV REU Site: Mechanisms in Evolution is accepting applications for summer 2019.

This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  

Participants receive a $5,750 stipend, travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.  

The program dates are May 28 to Aug 2, 2019.

Please direct your students to the list of mentors and the on-line application - ences/moereu.

All applicants to REU biology programs must now register with the NSF at Applicants will be asked to create a user account and will receive a unique nine digit REU ID via email. The REU ID is required for an application to UNLV Mechanisms of Evolution program.

A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

Interested students may contact [email protected] for additional information.

Kurt Regner, Ph.D.

Eduardo Robleto, Ph.D.

We are currently recruiting for the 2019 Organizational Science Su mmer Diversity Institute at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The mission of the Institute is to diversify the pipeline for graduate education in Organizational Science. The Institute will be held May 12-17, 2019. The application deadline is February 1, 2019.

OSSI targets underrepresented racial/ethnic minority (i.e., Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander) undergraduates who are interested in pursuing graduate school in topics related to organizations. Our program primarily seeks out students with an interest in organizational communication, management, I/O psychology, and organizational sociology (although we are open to other disciplines that align with an interest in organizational phenomena).

As you may know, research indicates that students from traditionally marginalized populations are less likely to receive faculty mentoring, to apply for graduate school, to develop competitive applications for graduate school, and to enter graduate school with realistic expectations. Our Ph.D. program in Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte sponsors an institute every summer to provide mentorship and training to students from traditionally marginalized racial/ethnic groups on graduate life in the organizational disciplines. The mission of the Organizational Science Summer Institute (OSSI) is to diversify the pipeline for graduate education.

  • OSSI pairs students with faculty and graduate student mentors who work on a specific research project during the weeklong institute.

  • Participants also:     

    • Receive free GRE test preparation;

    • Work with outside scholars and practitioners from the various disciplines; and

    • Receive training on, for example, how to apply for graduate school, what graduate life is actually like, and how to present research effectively.

  • The institute provides participants with a monetary stipend, travel support, and free food and housing.  

The deadline for this year is fast-approaching! You can help the recruitment effort by (1) forwarding the attached document to specific students (ideally sophomores or juniors) you know who are interested in organizations and graduate study, and/or (2) send this information to others who may be able to notify specific students.

Additional information can be found at and in the attached flyer.

If you or any students have any questions, please feel free to contact this email account or email me directly at [email protected]




Kelcie Grenier, BA

PhD Student, Organizational Science
Instructor, Department of Psychological Science
Graduate Student Coordinator, OSSI
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Colvard 3027-I | [email protected]


National Science Foundation - search for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's)

U.S. Department of Energy - Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships - application due May 30, 2018

Council of Undergraduate Research - postings for Student Research Opportunities