Summer Research Opportunities


Other Summer Research Opportunities

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 Opportunites 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 opportunites available to students in various degree programs and at varying degrees of experience. We encourage you to look at websites of other universities and organizaitons given this list is not exhaustive. The programs listed below have deadlines raning from January 6 - March 7, 2014 and are in order of approaching application submission deadlines.

University of Tennessee Knoxville Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The BCMB Department at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience. The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.

We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

Applications are due by February 28, 2014. For more information, visit the REU at University of Knoxville website or email

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)

The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers engineering students and faculty on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) NESLS program is open to faculty and full- or part-time engineering students enrolled at a U.S. university at the time of appointment. Student applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic performance, class standing, career goals, recommendations, and compatibility of educational interests and abilities with the needs of ORNL.

Applications are due by February 28, 2014. For more information, visit the NESLS website or email

REU – Complexity Across Disciplines (CAD)

The Department of Mathematics at Boise State University will host an interdisciplinary undergraduate research program, Complexity Across Disciplines (CAD) this summer. This intensive program will expose up to ten undergraduate students to advanced topics in mathematics and multidisciplinary applications. The program aims to immerse undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in all facets of research in mathematics and in applications to information security or the life sciences in a culture of close and daily collaboration with faculty.

Applications are due March 1, 2014. For more information, visit the CAD website.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

Applications are due by March 1, 2014. For more information, visit the SIP website or contact with questions.

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Physics: Materials and Modeling

The National Science Foundation is sponsoring a Summer Research Experience in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri (MU) to engage students in high quality research on topics in materials and modeling. Students participate in a nine-week research experience from Wed, May 28 to Friday July 25, 2014 (travel days on Tuesday, May 27 and Saturday, July 26) and earn a $4,500 stipend. The cost of travel, tuition, air-conditioned campus dorm housing and meals will be covered.

Applications are due March 1, 2014. For more information, visit the Summer REU in Physics website.

TECBio at the University of Pittsburgh

The TECBio (Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) @ Pitt is a 10-week summer program hosted by the Department of Computational and Systems Biology in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.  TECBio provides a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to students in the life, physical, and computer sciences and engineering. 

Applications are due by March 2, 2014. For more information, visit the TECBio website.

ORISE Summer Research Opportunity at NCTR

Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.  This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.

The appointment period is for up to 10 weeks beginning May 27, 2014.  The participant will receive a stipend depending on education level and experience. The Research Participation Program for FDA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education under an agreement with FDA and the Department of Energy (DOE).  Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.

Applications are due by March 7, 2014. For more information, visit the Research at NCTR website or email

Research Experience for Undergraduates – School of Freshwater Sciences

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) provides environmental aquatic science research training for nationally-recruited students in a cohesive, multi- and interdisciplinary environment.

Applications are due March 10, 2014. For more information, visit the School of Freshwater Sciences website or contact

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science

The Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas has initiated a unique program to provide undergraduate students recruited from across the country the opportunity to engage in graduate-level research in conflict management and peace science in a senior faculty-mentored, in-residence, nine-week, Summer Research Experience (SRE) that integrates training in civil conflict management with training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Participants develop theoretical propositions that are tested empirically. Participants collect and analyze empirical data and report their findings in a public forum.

Applications are due April 4, 2014. For more information, visit the program website.

Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Center and DHS.  Faculty members currently teaching at a MSI and students currently enrolled at a MSI in a discipline, major or concentration directly related to a homeland security science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Research Area are encouraged to apply.

For more information visit the DHS Summer Research Team website or

Research in Science and Engineering (RiSE)

RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) is sponsored by Rutgers University, one of the nation's leading public research institutions. RiSE chooses 50 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories 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. RiSE alumni have an outstanding record of success!

If you are a high-achieving student, passionate about research, and considering graduate school, then RiSE may be for you. By applying to RiSE, you will automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) and other partners at Rutgers.

For more information, visit the RiSE at Rutger’s University website.