External organization opportunities

We are proud to offer many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with well-known organizations.

Amgen Scholars

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

This is a compilation of research internships in mathematics and the humanities (updated in the fall).

Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships

Advance your education and career through the myriad opportunities offered at the world's preeminent museum system. Check out the Smithsonian Seriously Amazing website.

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
Use the Pathways to Science website to locate paid summer research and internship programs, post-baccalaureate programs, scholarships, and much more!
NASA Internships
Use the OSSI: One Stop Shopping Initiative website to identify internships funded by NASA.
Student Conservation Association Summer Internships

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

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

This website (http://www.stsci.edu/institute/smo/students) has more information about the program and the application process.
Mathematical & Theoretical Biology Summer Institute

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 research.

Institute dates: June 3 - July 25, 2015

Deadline: January 31, 2015

More information and application: http://mtbi.asu.edu/summer-program 

Summer Research Opportunity Program

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.

Diversity Summer Internship at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

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:        

  • Community or lab based research internship with a faculty mentor 
  • Completion of a summer research paper
  • GRE workshop
  • Public health and professional development seminars
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Housing is provided to all interns who reside outside of local counties. 
  • A stipend is provided to interns who are not already funded by their schools or federal programs.

Deadline: February 1, 2015 

More information is also available in the one page handout attached with this email and on our webpage.  

American Physical Society /IBM Research Internship for UG 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

For more information, see the program website.
Summer Physics REU for Minorities and Women

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

STARS - Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences
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 Training Program

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)

Website: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/pediatrics/research/Summer-Training-Program.aspx

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships at the University of New Hampshire

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
More information on how to apply at: www.ccom.unh.edu/surf
Summer REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

The 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

This website has more information about the program and application: http://psychology.okstate.edu/faculty/kennison/osunsfreu.htm
Summer REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

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 scholars.

Program dates: 5/25 - 7/31/2015 (tentative)

Deadline: March 6, 2015

More information and application on UNLV website: https://faculty.unlv.edu/microreu/ 

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

Summer 2013

Angel Garlant

"Trapping Neutral Atoms in Arbitrary Potentials" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Zach Ulibarri

"A New Dust Beam Sensor" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Deborah Hamm

"Searching for Binary Black Holes in Advanced LIGO" - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Ryan Blackman

"Optical Observations of Gravitational Lensing Candidates for Millimeter-wave Sources" - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

Carver Thomason

"Modeling the Stability of Mars' South Polar Cap and Gravity Anomalies on the Moon" - Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO

Rebeca Kinser

"A New Crater Database for the Moon" - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Nic Kutsop

"Analysis of Photometric Efficiency and Accuracy of the IDL Procedure PHAST" - Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ

Summer 2012

Ross Siegel

"Electrostatically Doping Sub-Millimeter Irregular Mott Insulators" - University of Minnesota Goldman Condensed Matter Laboratory, Minneapolis, MN

Matt Bovyn

"Driving Sodium-Potassium Pumps with an Oscillating Electric Field" - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Ryan Blackman

"Photonuclear Production of Medical Isotopes" - Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID