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Off-Campus Opportunities

Many federal and state entities offer student research programs in various locations around the U.S.

These opportunities are listed in the order in which they were received by our office.

Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates this 10-week program is able to accept up to 12 students this upcoming and the subsequent summers. Students will be provided with a $5,000 stipend in addition to support for travel, room and board. Students will also receive post REU support to attend conferences and support in applying to subsequent REU programs or graduate programs. Please contact Dr. Corey Garza ( if you have any questions. Application deadline is March 14, 2014 at 5:00pm PST.

NSF-REU Interdisciplinary Research on Human Impacts this 10-week program is for students interested in the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of habitat fragmentation, eutrophication, and invasive species on the Lake Champlain ecosystem. The experience is open to college freshmen through seniors. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend, free housing, food stipend, and travel funds. Participants will take part in our "Think Like a Scientist" program, weekly journal club, weekly career seminars, conduct independent research, and present their results. Application deadline is March 1, 2014.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates this 10 week summer course is designed for physics and astronomy students and provides them with the opportunity for doing cutting-edge research with physics and astronomy faculty members. Students will engage in a series of weekly activities that will complement and enhance their research experience. These activities will include hands-on workshops that introduce students to common research techniques and strategies in physics and astronomy, as well as presentations on research strategies, intellectual property, and communication skills. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program this fully funded 8-week research experience is combined with a comprehensive training and mentoring program, preparing its participants for success in graduate school. This program is designed for applicants who are currently sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors who have an interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the Earth Sciences, with a current research interest in the following areas: Energy Resources Engineering, Environmental Earth System Science, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Geophysics and Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment & Resources. Application deadline is February 3, 2014.

International Research Experience for Undergraduates at PUI this seven week summer research program at the Universities of Bristol and Bath in the United Kingdom will be provide students with a first class international experience, which will give them the opportunity to undertake cutting edge research in organic and organometallic chemistry at an extremely well-equipped major research university. Participants will be awarded a stipend of at least $4,000 and all travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the program. Click herefor the application; the deadline is February 1, 2014. Please contact Dr. Terry Nile ( with any questions.

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Deadline: January 15, 2014

The California Space Grant Consortium will award $1,000 undergraduate research scholarships to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This competitively awarded program engages the future STEM workforce in basic and/or applied STEM-related research projects and facilitates the development of mentor relationships between students, faculty, and the NASA community. Applications accepted through January 24, 2014

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. 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. Application deadline: March 7, 2014.

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the world's leading institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research programs. The application deadline for U.S. host universities is February 3, 2014, with the exception of the California Institute of Technology, for which the deadline is February 14, 2014.

This summer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program as part of the2014 Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program. Selected undergraduate students will conduct laboratory research under the guidance of individual UAB faculty members. Student recipients of this competitive fellowship receive a stipend of $2000 for the summer. Students will receive free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses. The program dates will be June 2– July 25, 2014. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program- This 10-week summer internship program is for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM). The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. Application deadline is January 6, 2014.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)- This 10 week program invites students from many disciplines, including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, ecology, and the social sciences, to apply their expertise to understanding the Earth's Atmosphere. At least two years of college and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended for a successful candidate. Application deadline is February 1, 2014.

Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC- This 10-12 week program provides opportunities for members of the academic community (i.e., postgraduates, students, and faculty) to participate in DLS programs, projects, and activities as well as hands-on participation in research and development activities at federal laboratories.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has many research opportunities at national laboratories for undergraduate students. Visit their website to find opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Industrial Internships for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduates- A 10-week internship through the SCI Scholars Program during the summer. This annual program is designed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry. The application deadlinefor this year has passed.

Undergraduate Laboratory Internship– A 10 week summer internship for undergraduate students who would like to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Application deadline 5:00pm (EST) January 10, 2014.

DOE Scholars Program- This summer program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Application deadline is January 12, 2014, at midnight EST.

MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program This 9 week summer program focuses on cultivating and supporting partnerships between MIT faculty and undergraduates in the areas of science and biotechnology. Students participating as Amgen Scholars will gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science and engineering; receive guidance from MIT faculty and research scientists; engage in networking activities, including faculty-led seminars; participate in a mid-summer symposium on research in the biotechnology industry, held at UCLA; and present at a MIT poster session concluding the summer program. Application deadline is February 3, 2014.

Pathways to Science offers links to over 650 Paid summer research and internships for undergraduates. Please visit to learn more.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offers additional opportunities. Please visit to learn more.

University of Missouri Summer Research Internship Program– A 9 week, paid summer program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Research areas include Animal Sciences, Computer Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular & Cell Biology, and Plant Genomics. The application deadlinefor this year has passed.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates- Spans a broad range of social sciences, natural sciences, math, and engineering disciplines. Deadlines vary by individual REU site.

General Counsel Undergraduate Legal Intern Program- Several 10 week programs during the fall, spring, and summer in Washington D.C. for undergraduates interested in energy law and policy. The application deadlinefor this year has passed.

Institute for Scientific Computing Research Summer Internships- Various paid summer work opportunities at the Institute for Scientific Computing Research. Application deadline rolling.

US. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Student Programs- Both summer and semester positions available for Science, Engineering, and other related disciplines. The application deadlinefor this year has passed.

Office of Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program- A 10 week paid program for undergraduate students with majors relevant to research interests of the laboratories they apply to. Application deadline January 6, 2014.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory National Security Internships- A 10 or more week summer program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Women, minorities, and students majoring in Engineering, Nuclear or Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Biology are encouraged to apply. Application deadline March 2, 2014

Boren Awards for International Study- Summer, semester, and yearlong program for undergraduate STEM majors who plan to study overseas for summer or semester study. Application deadline February 15, 2014

Idaho National Laboratory- Internships available for summer and semester programs. Full-time undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and are STEM majors are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is rolling.

National Nuclear Security Administration Consortium Internship Program- This program is available in multiple locations and is designed for rising juniors and senior STEM majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Application deadline varies upon program.

Seaborg Institute Nuclear Science Summer Internship Program- An 8 to 10 week paid program open to graduate and undergraduate students in California and New Mexico to join scientists working on nuclear forensic related topics. Application period opens January 2014.

Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship- A 7 month fellowship that provides the opportunity to complete funded mental health related projects for college age students. Application deadline January 14, 2014.

Cybersecuirty Internship Program- A 10 week, full-time, paid program in Washington D.C., open to Engineering, Business, Computer Science and Mathematics majors. Application deadline TBA

Office of Health Affairs Volunteers Scholars Program- A 4 week opportunity in Washington D.C. to promote homeland security related health care issues open to all majors, but majors related to public health, emergency management, veterinary medicine, or biodefense preferred. Application deadlines include December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. All applications must be received six months prior to requested start date.