Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

An REU stands for Research Experience for Undergraduates. These usually are found at large research institutions. Many offer free room and board and a summer stipend. It’s an opportunity to connect with experts in the field and get research experience over the summer. They are competitive and tend to have early deadlines. Unfortunately, these are mostly found in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) but there are some non-STEM options. This is by no means an extensive list; it just includes programs which have come to our attention.





Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program at The University of Alabama at  Birmingham For more information, click here June 6- July 26, 2013 Using the Social Sciences,
Natural Sciences, and
Mathematics to Study Crime
  • This 8-week summer program is designed for undergraduate students who want “hands-on” research experience and for those who are interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in fields such as Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, Computer Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Biology, and Chemistry. Funding is provided by the National Science Foundation (contingent upon final budgetary approval).
  • The program is targeted to current undergraduate students with at least 60 hours of college credit. A total of 12 students will be selected. Students who complete an undergraduate degree before June, 2013 will not be eligible. Additionally, per NSF guidelines, only undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. Nationals, or permanent residents of the United States will be eligible.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty from UAB’s  Department of Justice Sciences and Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The REU faculty members are nationally recognized for their expertise in working with large data sets, data mining and manipulation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and DNA analysis.
  • Students will conduct research in one of three core areas: 1) Criminal Justice, 2) Forensic Science, or 3) Digital Forensics.
  • Students will work with a faculty mentor in their research track for 40 hours per week to complete one or more projects during the summer experience. In some cases students will work directly with a local criminal justice agency on their project.
  • Each Friday during the program, students will attend a luncheon that includes presentations from local criminal justice professionals.
  • Students will make a presentation of their research experience during the final luncheon.
  • Students will receive tours of several major criminal justice agencies in Alabama.
  • Students selected for the program will receive free lodging, food (up to $25 per day), and travel (up to $250) to UAB.
  • Students will receive a stipend of $475 per week, which will be paid every two weeks according to UAB’s biweekly compensation plan.
  • Students will enjoy access to UAB libraries, labs, dining facilities, and the Campus Recreation Center. Tours of the Birmingham area and special events are also planned.
  • The application form is available at http://www.cis.uab.edu/UABCrimeREU.
  • The submission deadline is February 25, 2013.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically.
  • Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Contact Dr. Kent Kerley at krkerley@uab.edu or  205-934-8548 if you have questions.


RUTGERS, The State University of New JerseySUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM RiSE (Research iScience and Engineering)   We are seeking sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with strong academic credentials, a passion for research, and an interest in graduate school. We particularly encourage applications from groups underrepresented in the sciences and students from first-generation college families.The RiSE advantage includes:** CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE in over 30 programs in the sciences, math, engineering, and social & behavioral sciences, http://gsnb.rutgers.edu/. In the biomedical sciences, students can choose among > 200 labs at Rutgers, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,http://lifesci.rutgers.edu/~molbiosci/.  In addition, we offer exciting interdisciplinary opportunities through our NSF IGERTs, http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/IGERT.shtml and REU partnerships — Green Energy Technology (biofuels, synfuels, materials, nanotechnology, and engineering for clean energy), cellular bioengineering, pharmaceutical engineering, physics & astronomy, computational biology/bioinformatics, environmental sciences, and toxicology.
**** EASY ON-LINE APPLICATION: Rolling admissions starts at the end January and is highly selective. Apply now at  tp://rise.rutgers.edu!Questions? rise@rci.rutgers.edu or  732.848.6584.
 The University of South Florida is offering a Summer Research Institute (SRI)  Application deadline: March 4, 2013.  For undergraduates interested
in mental health.
 The 10-week program, sponsored by NIMH, is conducted at the Florida Mental Health Institute and provides a $4000 stipend. Additional information: http://www.cbcs.usf.edu/Research/SRI/
 2013 Monmouth University School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP) Applications must be submitted through the SRP website by the application deadline of March 1, 2013. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Monmouth University School of Science Summer Research Program (SRP).  The SRP is an outstanding opportunity for students to be part of a research team working with other students under the supervision of Monmouth University faculty and staff.  As your students consider plans for the summer, please encourage them to consider participating in the SRP.Highlights of the SRP include:

  • Opportunity to be a researcher in a student-faculty collaborative research team.
  • Employment as a paid student researcher for the summer.
  • Potential to earn college-credits for research experience.
  • Gain research experience that is invaluable for future employment in industry and for entry into graduate and professional schools.
  • Weekly lunches and social events to interact with students and faculty.
  • Seminars on topics such as career development, research ethics, and graduate school.
  • Present research at an informal symposium.


See the SRP website, www.monmouth.edu/srp for additional details.

Applications must be submitted through the SRP website by the application deadline of March 1, 2013.


 Operation Etank is NIU’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programProgram website: www.niu.edu/reu  June 17 through August 10, 2013Deadline: March 1, 2013 by 4:30pm CST.  The focus of the NIU Operation Etank program is in 4 Es areas – energy, environment, with aspects to ethics and economy incorporated into broader problems and related to the broader issue of sustainability. Students involved in the program will be mentored by faculty members having wide-ranging backgrounds in relevant research areas, but their overall learning experience will include a number of opportunities to relate sustainability issues to their research projects. The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology have a long history of working together on collaborative STEM projects and funded research. As such, the faculty members understand the need for engagement and teamwork. This technical knowledge combined with the ability to blend teamwork and presentation skills will allow Operation ETank to provide a wide range of research skills and projects for the students involved.Each student will receive free housing on campus—and be paid a stipend of $4,478. To be eligible to apply, students must have at least 60 earned credit hours, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.Application
 Oklahoma State University NSF funded REU June 1- July 27, 2013Application deadline: February 15, 2013.  Focus is the Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior  The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human 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. Application deadline: February 15, 2013. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.  Each student will reside in a campus dormitory (at no cost to the student) and receive $500 per week to cover food and other living expenses.  Students will receive a $500 travel stipend to pay for their travel to and from campus and a $500 additional stipend, if students present research at an academic conference.Information about how to submit an application is available at http://psychology.okstate.edu/faculty/kennison/osunsfreu.htm.We especially welcome applications from students from underrepresented groups, including first generation college students and students from rural areas.
 UNLV REU Site in Environmental Microbiology (http://faculty.unlv.edu/microreu/). 10 week program: May 26 to August 2, 2013Application deadline: Friday Feb 15, 2013  Environmental Microbiology  Students will collaborate with faculty mentors in developing and carrying out hypothesis-based projects on microorganisms from diverse habitats such as hot springs, the deep terrestrial subsurface, hypersaline lakes, arid soils, and ephemeral water sources. Students may also choose to explore the mechanisms of magnetotaxis, sporulation, soil-forming processes, microbial adaptation to stressful and non-host environments, or the dynamics between primary producers and consumers.- 10 week program: May 26 to August 2, 2013
- $5,000 stipend plus housing and travel support
- Application deadline: Friday Feb 15, 2013
- Download a podcast with tips on submitting a competitive application at   http://faculty.unlv.edu/microreu/application.phpUndergraduates from institutions where research opportunities in STEM disciplines are limited, including two-year colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.Questions can be emailed to microreu@unlv.edu
 Summer Research Internship Program
University of Missouri in Columbia
 9 weeks (May 28- July 27Applications Due Feb. 15, 2013 -Animal Science
-Computational Neurosciences
-Biomedical Sciences
-molecular & Cell biology
-Plant Genomics
-Physics (pending)
  •  Stipends starting from $3600
  • On-campus housing provided
  • Meal plans provided
  • Transportation to and from school proviced
  • Weekly brown bag lunch sessions and evening seminars
  • Poster symposium to present research
  • Intern & Mentor BBQ, team-building activities, and other social events

Long Island University – Post
Summer Internship Program

10-week research projects from June 2 to August 12, 2013.Application Due Mar 1. Biology

 Students must complete an application and have two letters of reference sent to the selection committee by March 1, 2013. Students should review the research descriptions of the participating faculty, and indicate up to three projects that interest them. Candidates will be notified of the status of their application by March 15, 2013. The application and all supporting material can be sent to:

Biology Department
c/o Matthew Draud
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300

Information about the research programs of the faculty members participating in the Summer Internship Program can be found on the LIU website at: www.liu.edu/post/suri

Internships include a $3,000 student stipend and financial support for on-campus housing.  Up to $500 in additional funding is available for research materials.

 UCI (University of California, IRvine)NSF REU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Chem-SURF) Program June 23, 2013 – August 30, 2013Application deadline March 1, 2013 interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of chemical biology, chemical physics, computer science, molecular biology, nanoscience, pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology, and analytical, atmospheric, biochemistry, bioinorganic, bioorganic, computational, environmental, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, polymer, surface and theoretical chemistry
  •  Women, underrepresented groups, individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply
  • $4000 Stipend
  • Faculty seminars, cultural events, and social activities
  • Free on-campus housing
  • Gradute school preparation seminars
  • Local industry field trips, post program support
  • Travel allowance
  • http://www.chem.uci.edu/reu/
 University of Tennessee’s NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center, Summer 2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Application deadline
is March 22.

For more information
and to apply, visit: http://curent.utk.edu/education/

studies electric power transmission
  • Power systems
  • Power electronics and drives
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Cyber security & smart grid
  • Energy storage
  • Control and communication
  • Power transmission
  • Large data analytics and visualization
  • Distributed and collaborative visualization
  • Power market structures
  • Fault resiliency through robust collaboration among local controllers
 Six week summer
field school, a 5 credit graduate course through the Biology Dept (new College Of Science) at NCSU (undergrads can enroll with permission).
 Paleontology Field School
June 29-August 10, 125-98 million years agoProspect and excavate new creatacous dinosuars, dig up a meter-long fossil turle, and uncover raptor dinosaur bones at the Dinosaur Deat Pit
 Paleontology  Prospect and excavate new cretacous dinosaurs, dig up a meter-long fossil turtle  and uncover raptor dinosaur bones at the Dinosaur Death Pit.For more information contact:
Dr Lindsay E Zanno
Research Assistant Professor
Department of BIology, NCSU

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