The summer is a great time for students to expand skills learned in the classroom by participating in research and doing hands-on work, such as research in the lab or field work. For students looking to stay around Northern Illinois University, check out the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). In addition to NIU's summer research programs, there are many national research programs for undergraduate students interested in off-campus research opportunities. Summer research programs are a great way for students to create academic and professional networks, complete research under varying faculty mentors, and visit potential schools to pursue a Master's or Doctoral level degree.
Below you will find a list of several opportunities available to students in various degree programs and at varying degrees of experience. We encourage you to look at websites of other universities and organizations given this list is not exhaustive.
National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.
NCTR’s Summer Student Research Program
Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at the National Center for Toxicological Research. NCTR’s Summer Student Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines.
This 10-week summer program provides hands-on research and laboratory experience mentored by Food and Drug Administration scientists.
UT Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)- Microbial Community Interactions and Functions
The general theme of the research component is Microbial interaction and function: this theme comes from the (not-so-recent) realization that microbes exist in populations and communities, not isolation. The sixteen participating faculty provide a broad range of options for research in this area. They also share a strong commitment to working with undergraduates and promoting diversity in the microbiology community at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Under the direct guidance of a UT or ORNL faculty mentor, usually with a graduate student or postdoctoral co-mentor, students will gain first-hand research experience and training in state-of-the-art research facilities, working on individual projects.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides a 10-Week Summer Educational Program to students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). This program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) and provided insight into how the DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.
Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE) at Rutgers University
RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) is sponsored by Rutgers University, one of the nation's leading public research institutions. Fifty outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. are chosen to participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentors. Admission is very competitive, so apply early.
Applications are now open and accepted on a rolling basis. The admission process continues until all open spots have been filled. For more information, visit the RiSE at Rutgers website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amgen Scholars is hosted at 10 premier institutions within the United States. Each host institution has its own application process. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States is required, and you can apply to participate at as many host institutions as you are interested in. During the program, students work full-time on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist. Amgen Scholars have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with faculty mentors and other research staff.
Host institutions in the United States include Caltech, Columbia University Barnard, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, UCLA, University of California San Francisco, and Washington University in St. Louis. Academic research areas include biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, biopsychology, chemistry, medical pharmacology, molecular genetics, physiological science, neuroscience, and more.