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.
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.Summer research and internships in astronomy and astrophysics
Smithsonian Internship Program in Environmental Studies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Undergrad Research Fellowships - U. Cincinnati
The Smithsonian Environmental Research
Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. Projects include
terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the
disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany,
zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in
environmental education and environmental information management.
This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
Internship appointments are generally fulltime (40 hours per week), 12
to 16 weeks in length, and coincide with the usual academic semesters
and summer terms. Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500 per
week. Limited on-site dormitory space may be available for $105 per
Applicants must register and submit an application online. USE SOLAA TO APPLY FOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM.
The Smithsonian awards no academic credit for studies conducted at the Institution. However, the Office of Fellowships is eager to assist in establishing mechanisms for universities to award credit upon satisfactory completion of projects.
Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences - UC San Diego
The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center offer several Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
(SURF) Programs for biomedical research every year. In these programs,
undergraduate student participants receive direct mentoring and valuable
research experience for 8-10 weeks over the summer. For more information on
these programs, please see our website at http://med.research.uc.edu/SURF.aspx.
If you have any questions or would like any additional
information, please don’t hesitate to contact Sara Fildes at email@example.com, or either of
the SURF Program co-directors, Dr. Robert Brackenbury at Robert.Brackenbury@uc.edu, and Dr.
Iain Cartwright at Iain.Cartwright@uc.edu.
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
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.
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
"Trapping Neutral Atoms in Arbitrary Potentials" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"A New Dust Beam Sensor" - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"Searching for Binary Black Holes in Advanced LIGO" - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
"Optical Observations of Gravitational Lensing Candidates for Millimeter-wave Sources" - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
"Modeling the Stability of Mars' South Polar Cap and Gravity Anomalies on the Moon" - Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO
"A New Crater Database for the Moon" - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
"Analysis of Photometric Efficiency and Accuracy of the IDL Procedure PHAST" - Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tucson, AZ
"Electrostatically Doping Sub-Millimeter Irregular Mott Insulators" - University of Minnesota Goldman Condensed Matter Laboratory, Minneapolis, MN
"Driving Sodium-Potassium Pumps with an Oscillating Electric Field" - University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
"Photonuclear Production of Medical Isotopes" - Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID