External organization opportunities

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

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).

Selected summer 2014 research programs 

See some Summer 2014 research program options by expanding the titles below.  Be sure to check this website regularly for Summer 2014 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.
Summer internships at Harvard
Please see this flyer to learn more about 2014 summer internship opportunities at the Harvard Medical School / George Church Lab. Their biomedical and bioengineering internship program for underrepresented undergraduates is an exciting 10-week program offered next summer. If you have any questions regarding program information, please contact Alexander Hernandez-Siegal at ahs@genetics.med.harvard.edu.
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

Summer internships at Sandia Labs

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking outstanding student candidates for their 2014 summer internships in Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA. Interns can expect a hands-on experience working with world-class scientists and engineers, competitive rate of pay, workshop and networking events, and much more. They are looking for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems.

If you are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, Business, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems, and meet Sandia’s intern program eligibility requirements, we invite you to submit your resume and application at www.sandia.gov/careers.
Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences - UC San Diego

The UCSD Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy (June 23 - August 15, 2014) 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. 

STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UCSD research project and experience the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top rated research institution.  Students will gain research experience with a faculty mentor's research project; attend a GRE preparation course; attend graduate school preparation workshops; become familiar with National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship process; receive individualized feedback on NSF essay and proposed plan of research; and 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.

Application period: January 1 - February 22, 2014.

See STARS website for more information.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Summer Internships

Spend 9 weeks during the summer working with tribal organizations to address tribal environmental issues, either technical or policy related.  ITEP provides each student intern with a stipend, and limited housing and travel allowances. 

Host sites were selected from tribal environmental organizations, government offices, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and others.  Nine intern positions are focused on technical/educational issues and two intern positions are focused on policy issues. 

Descriptions of the host sites and more information are found on the website. http://www4.nau.edu/eeop/internships/ssi_internship.asp

Deadline: February 21, 2014

Physical Chemistry Summer REU

The Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Research Program seeks applicants for an NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2014.  Ten students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate fully in the Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Research Program activities and work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor.  Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance. 

Dates: May 25 - August 1, 2014

Deadline:  February 23, 2014

For more information, including research projects and how to apply, see http://reu.chem.olemiss.edu or contact program director Dr. Nathan I. Hammer at nhammer@olemiss.edu
Summer REU on Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies
Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY hosts a 10 week summer research program to engage a diverse group of undergraduate students in first-class research projects in the theme area of Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies to Serve Humanity (ASSETs to Serve Humanity) at Clarkson University. 
Visit the program website for more details: http://www.clarkson.edu/reu/

Program dates: 5/25 - 8/2/2014

Application deadline: 02/28/2014
Summer fellowships in coastal and ocean mapping

The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) at the University of New Hampshire is a national center for excellence for the development of state-of-the-art ocean mapping technologies and for training the next generation of ocean mappers. CCOM's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is 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 (normally early-June to mid-August) working under the guidance of a 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.

For more information about CCOM-SURF, visit www.ccom.unh.edu/surf.

Application deadline: March 1, 2014. 

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by April 1.

Summer REU on sustainable land & water resources

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

  • On the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa reservation near Cloquet, MN
  • At Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana
  • At St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

Visit http://reuslawr.wordpress.com  for more information and an application.

Program dates:  June 9 - August 15, 2014

Application deadline:  EXTENDED until March 4, 2014

Summer REU: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation at Oklahoma State University.The goal of this program is to provide 10 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. 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 31, 2014-July 26, 2014

Application deadline: March 21, 2014

Notification Date: April 15, 2014

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.  Students coming from undergraduate institutions that do not provide access to research experiences are also preferred.

Summer REU in climate & atmospheric science

Portland State University's Center for Climate and Aerosol Research (CCAR) is now home to a new NSF REU site. Student participants will have the chance to work with faculty in CCAR on projects of the utmost importance in Atmospheric Science, such as:

 *   Developing Instruments to measure Atmospheric Aerosols
 *   Modeling Biogeochemical effects on the Climate
 *   Studying Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 *   Measuring Atmospheric Trace Gases and Stable Isotopes
 *   Developing Atmospheric CO2 and Plant Metabolism theory

More information: http://www.pdx.edu/ccar/reu

Program dates: June 30 - September 8, 2014

Application deadline: April 1, 2014

PSU also has an REU in nano-fabrication and microscopy: http://www.reu.pdx.edu

Don't forget to search the NSF REU Sites database for other opportunities.

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