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.

ITEP Summer Internship

Spend your summer working with environmental organizations to address tribal environmental issues, either technical/education or policy related.  The internship program lasts 8 weeks and provides each student intern with a stipend, limited housing and travel allowances. Host sites are selected from tribal environmental organizations, government offices, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and others. Up to eight intern positions are focused on technical/educational issues and at least three intern positions are focused on policy issues. 

Eligible students must meet the following:

  • Be a US Citizen.
  • Possess a valid driver's license.
  • Be a full-time student during Spring 2015 with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Majoring in an environmental or related field like science, engineering, planning, policy, law, management, political science, anthropology, health, etc and have an interest in pursuing an environmental career upon graduating from college.
  • Have a strong interest in working with Native American tribes or projects benefiting Native American tribes.
Program dates: Unannounced
Deadline: February 27, 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

Further information on their website.

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

Further information on their website.
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

Further information on their website.
REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources

This REU introduces undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research on sustainable land and water resources that is essential for improving management practices. Students will work on one of three teams using an interdisciplinary team-oriented approach that emphasizes quantitative and predictive methods. Student projects will integrate the Earth-surface dynamics, geology, ecology, limnology and paleolimnology, and hydrology principles and techniques required for sustainable land and water management and restoration.

This innovative Research Experience for Undergraduates Program takes place in 3 locations:

1) On the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation near Cloquet, MN

2) At Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana

3) At St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Program dates: June 8 - August 14, 2015
Deadline: March 2, 2015

Further information on their website.

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: May 26 - July 31, 2015 
Deadline: March 6, 2015

Further information on their website.

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