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
NASA InternshipsSummer internships at Harvard
Use the Pathways to Science website
to locate paid summer research and internship programs, post-baccalaureate programs, scholarships, and much more!
Student Conservation Association Summer Internships
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 internships at Sandia Labs
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 Training Academy for Research in the Sciences - UC San Diego
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
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Summer Internships
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.
Physical Chemistry Summer REU
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
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
Summer REU on Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies
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 Summer fellowships in coastal and ocean mapping
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.
Program dates: 5/25 - 8/2/2014
Application deadline: 02/28/2014
Summer REU on sustainable land & water resources
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
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: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior
This innovative Research Experience for Undergraduates Program takes place in 3
- 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
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 in climate & atmospheric science
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,
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.
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
Program dates: June 30 - September 8, 2014
Application deadline: April 1, 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