Check below for links to Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and other opportunities available to undergraduate students in STEM.
NSF Listing of REUs
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.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Undergraduate Student Program
The program is a year-round educational program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing an undergraduate degree. This educational program is designed to complement the students’ education with work experience related to their chosen field of study. There are appointments in both the technical and administrative fields.
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation of historically underrepresented communities in the atmospheric and related sciences. Our Program is designed to promote and support research, mentoring and community. SOARS Protégés can participate for up to four (4) summers conducting research in atmospheric and earth-system sciences. SOARS offers comprehensive financial support for summer research, conference travel, as well as undergraduate and graduate school funding. Over 90% of SOARS Protégés advance to graduate school; and many have entered the workforce with the MS degree, and/or continued onto the PhD degree.
University of Washington’s Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning experience that explores conservation across food, water, climate, and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. DDCSP@UW supports emerging conservation leaders to develop unique perspectives and skill sets by drawing connections between conservation, individual and community identities, biodiversity and environmental justice.
Organization for Tropical Studies – REU Summer Program in Costa Rica
With funding from the National Science Foundation’s LSAMP Program, OTS offers a research experience for students from NSF LSAMP Alliance member institutions. Students selected for the program will live at La Selva Research Station or Las Cruces Research Station for their eight-week program. From this program, you can expect to gain the following: 1) research skills in the field, 2) communication skills through training in scientific writing, oral presentations, science blogging, and videography, and 3) exposure to the landscape and cultural surrounding the research stations, including environmental topics such as biodiversity conservation and agroecology.
La Selva Research Station and Las Cruces Research Station provide undergraduate students with unparalleled access to tropical forest ecosystems, mentoring by experienced tropical ecology researchers, and training in field research methodology. Each student will work with an on-station (field) mentor as well as an on-campus (home) mentor from his/her home institution to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into students’ academic careers.
University of Nebraska’s Summer Research Program
The University of Nebraska offers a 10-week, full-time residential summer research experience provides mentoring and research participation while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life at a Research1 university. All participants receive excellent benefits including competitive stipends, room and board, and travel to and from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Summer events include graduate school preparation workshops, social and networking activities, and more. Your students will join a supportive, engaging community of summer scholars who will live and work together. Last summer’s cohort was comprised of over 100 students from across the country.
Syracuse University Summer LSAMP REU Program
The Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest. Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week period under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University.
Boise State University REU Program in Data-Driven Security
A nine-week interdisciplinary undergraduate research program, Data-driven Security, focusing on applying data science and artificial intelligence to mitigate cyberattacks and other security risks and threats. Applications welcome from current undergraduate students who have a strong interest in computer science, mathematics, or engineering. This intensive program will expose up to ten undergraduate students to topics in cybersecurity (intrusion and threat detection, lightweight cryptography, side-channel attacks), misbehavior detection, national security (e.g., counter-terrorism), and misinformation mitigation. The program aims to immerse undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in all facets of research in computer science and mathematics in a culture of close and daily collaboration with faculty.
MS in Humanitarian Engineering & Science (HES) at Colorado School of Mines
There is a new graduate opportunity to make undergraduate degrees in applied science and engineering be relevant to the communities and issues that matter to you. The new MS in Humanitarian Engineering & Science (HES) at Colorado School of Mines educates technical professionals to promote sustainable community development by drawing on a unique mixture of faculty expertise in engineering, applied sciences, and social sciences. HES students engage in direct research and outreach within and alongside the communities they seek to serve. Project experiences prepare graduates for careers in development, corporate responsibility, or further study. We have three tracks in environmental engineering, geological engineering, or geophysics. To be considered for a Shultz Scholarship, please apply by March 15.If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Mayo Clinic Native American Summer Pathways Program
As part of Mayo Clinic’s continued focus on reconciliation and building relationships with American Indian / Alaska Native communities, this 4-week summer program is intended to aid undergraduate students in STEM in preparation for health careers.
The first three weeks will be hosted in Rochester, MN. In addition to clinical shadowing, students will take part in culturally informed health scenario simulations, receive advanced science instruction, and enhance their interview and personal statement skills. Participants will also benefit from mentoring, culturally-based team-building opportunities, and a customized Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation workshop. The fourth week of the program will include travel to participate in the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Pre-Admissions Workshop and Annual Meeting in Tacoma, WA.
Universities Space Research Association Scholarship Awards
The USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education, and aeronautics-related sciences.
USRA presents up to four scholarship awards to undergraduate students each fall as part of its Distinguished Undergraduate Award program. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants must be within two (2) years of earning a B.S. or a B.A. in a field of science and engineering, including life science and science education by the time the award is received. Scholarship awards are made in the fall, with applications accepted during the summer.
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