Summer Research and Graduate Funding

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program places students in any of the DOE national labs for either a 10-week summer or 16-week semester period. These are paid positions with travel and housing funded by the program. These are generally for STEM positions, though, as a SULI mentor, I encourage any field to apply. The student is able to choose up to three labs they would like to work at, so at this point I'm going to promote Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state. We are the home of the DOE Office of Science Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory with research in all of the STEM fields with world-renowned scientists, engineers, and policy makers.

Community College Internship

The Community College Internship program has positions that are similar in scope as the SULI program with the only difference being the student must come from a 2-year institution with at least one semester completed by the time of application.If you have contacts at community colleges, please let them know of this opportunity. University/college faculty members from institutions historically underrepresented in research also have opportunities to work over the summer at many national labs (of which PNNL is a participant). The visiting faculty have this opportunity to perform research with up to two students. I can connect anyone with scientists and engineers here at PNNL so a project proposal can be developed. Additional information on these programs (along with a few others) can be found at and these all have a January 10, 2014 deadline for the summer term.

The National Security Internship Program

This is specifically sponsored by PNNL with opportunities in computational/statistical analytics, systems engineering/integration, chemical/biological/physical sciences, and technology/policy/analysis/operation projects. Students must be a U.S. citizen and at least a junior in college or graduate student, but not attained their PhD. These summer internships start out at 10 weeks with opportunities for extension through the academic year or renewal the following summer. Again, I can answer many of your questions or advocate for your students and you can see the current opportunities at The application deadline for these is March 3, 2014.


For Internships, fellowships, scholarships, and graduate school info visit: and

University of Michigan: Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

SROP is a summer program designed to prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. The program was initiated to encourage talented undergraduate students to pursue graduate study at their member institutions.  For more information, visit Students may apply until February 10th.

Pacific Undergraduate Research Experience in Mathematics (PURE Math)

PURE Math is a summer mathematics program housed at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo on the Big Island Hawai’I and consists of (1) a pre-research that runs for 5 weeks and (2) a research program that runs for 8 weeks. In addition to the academic component of PURE Math, all participants will benefit from weekly professional development workshops. Will attend weekly research talks, learn and use both LaTeX and SAGE. More information about the program can be found on Deadline is February 27, 2015.

Santa Fe Institute Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Santa Fe Institute’s Edward A. Knapp Undergraduate Fellowship uses an integrated approach. The program is transdisciplinary, with problems, methods, and data sets drawn from across science. This program is of special interest to you if you’re from computer science (CS), pure and applied mathematics, and physics, and we also welcome applicants from chemistry, quantitative biology, and social science. We aim to build your capacity for computational and mathematical modeling, and train you within a group who will support each other in building a wide range of skills.The application deadline is February 7, 2015. For more information about the program email Juniper Lovato at or visit

NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2015 to apply for participation in the 7thannual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2015). The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will assist in the operation of instruments onboard the DC-8 research aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. For more information visit the SARP 2015 website, Application Deadline: Thursday, Feb 5, 2015.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. The goal is to prepare students for advanced studies in a Ph.D. program atU-M. SROPallows undergraduates the opportunity to work on graduate level research projects with faculty. Students work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. Research teams may also include graduate students, research scientists, and otherSROPstudents.

Paid Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Placements:

Here you can find over 800 programs including Research Experiences for Undergrads (REU), NASA programs, and other paid summer research opportunities for undergraduate students. You can also find information regarding portable scholarships for undergraduates, Post-Baccaluareate programs, and Short term opportunities (travel funds, summer institutes, etc).

Financial Support in Graduate School:

Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines. On this site you can search for Graduate programs, fellowships for Masters Students or Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates, and short term opportunities (travel funds, summer institutes, etc). -

NASA-Supported Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships:  

A large database of NASA related internships, fellowships, scholarships, NASA Pathways, and Recruitment Event information.

Tips on Applying and Associated Resources:

You can find helpful information regarding preparing applications, how to find programs and opportunities that are right for you, and the next steps toward graduate school.

Opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:

The health of our oceans is key to the health and future habitability of our planet. Ocean scientists include physicists, chemists, geologists, biologists and mathematicians, who often work together in teams to solve the challenges posed by the complicated ocean environment. Here you can find helpful information regarding this field.      

Opportunities specifically in Engineering:

Helpful information regarding various programs from a wide spectrum of different institutions and fields of study.  This site makes it easy to sign up to try to receive funding and find a regional specialist near you.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

A USD program that provides financial resources for students (and faculty) participating in summer research. For more information see the SURE website.

McNair Program

Research is at the heart of USD McNair Scholars. Participants are partnered with faculty mentors in their discipline and formulate a research plan. In summer, Scholars receive stipends to support their research projects. USD McNair further supports the publication and presentation of participants' results in journals and professional conferences. Please contact Ms. Diolinda Parsick at

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU Program)

A National Science Foundation (NSF) program that supports undergraduate research at one of several sites scattered throughout the country. Students travel to these NSF sponsored sites and participate in active research with a faculty mentor and a group of fellow students. This is a competitive program but the experience is invaluable. Please visit Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Programs, REU SITES: Mathematical Sciences and REU SITES: Computer and Information Science and Engineering for more information.

Pre-Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)

A program that provides high school students who will begin classes at USD in the fall to spend the summer prior to their freshman year carrying out research on the USD campus. Students in the PURE program are typically paired for the summer with current USD undergraduates participating in the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program. Please visit the PURE website and the SURE website for more information.


Provides opportunity for rising sophomore and junior students to engage in a first research experience in mathematics. Applications from rising seniors without prior research experience may also be considered. The VERUM program is looking for exceptional students who want a research experience that will help them to decide if graduate studies in the mathematical sciences should be part of their future plans. Being committed to graduate study is not a prerequisite for this program, but rather a desired outcome. First generation college students, minority students, and women are particularly encouraged to apply. The VERUM projects for this year will include the following:


  • Statistics​: Noise-Induced Stabilization of Hamiltonian Systems
  • Differential Equations:​ Mathematical Modeling in Ecology: White-nose Syndrome in North American Bats
  • Combinatorics/Discrete Mathematics:​ Set-Valued Young Tableaux and Lattice Paths
  • Graph Theory and Networks:​ Classification and Characterization of Networks


More details about the projects and the program, as well as application instructions and the 2017 VERUM poster/flyer, can be found at

Harvard: Summer Clinical and translational research program

PROGRAM: The summer clinical and translational research program (SCTRP) is a 10 week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college student exposure to clinical/translational research: research that transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or population studies into clinical or population - based applications to improve health. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, SCTRP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, career paths, and the graduate school and medical school application process. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical school programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.

APPLICATION AND MORE INFORMATION: Applicants must submit a completed application form, statement of purpose, short answer questions, resume/curriculum vitae, official transcript and two letters of recommendation. To receive an application, or for more information, please contact Danyelle Thorpe, Program Director, at 617.432.1892 or For more information visit:

Harvard: Visiting research internship program

PROGRAM: The visiting research internship program (VRIP) is an eight week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students’ interest in research and health related careers in clinical/translational research: research that transforms scientific discoveries arising from laboratory, clinical, or populations studies into clinical or population-based applications to improve health. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. VRIP students also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical school programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.

APPLICATION AND MORE INFORMATION: Applicants must submit: a completed application form, statement of purpose, short answer questions, resume/curriculum vitae, official transcript, and two letters of recommendation. To receive an application, contact Danyelle Thorpe, Program Coordinator, at 617.432.1892 or email For more information visit

Summer research at CalTech 

We would appreciate you sharing the following opportunities with your students. Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey or (626) 395-2887. WAVE FELLOWS The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Eligibility:​ Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience. Support:​ WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application​: Online applications are due January 10, 2017. For more information, visit

A​MGEN SCHOLARS Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility:​ Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support:​ Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance. Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2017. For more information, please visit

LOFT Coder Summit

PROGRAM:​ From the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the LOFT Coder Summit is a one day free event​ for the purpose of networking, internship opportunities, and workshops.

LOCATION:​ UCLA Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Ballroom, 200 Neve Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90025 DATE:​ Saturday, November 19th, 2016 from 8 AM to 5 PM RSVP:​, INFORMATION:​,

National Water Center Innovators Program: Summer Institute 2017 

 CUAHSI is now accepting student applications for the National Water Center Innovators Program: Summer Institute of 2017 June 5 – July 20, 2016 at the NOAA National Water Center and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL Incoming and current graduate students and post-docs (within three years of receiving their PhD) affiliated with US universities are invited to apply to participate in the National Water Center Innovators Program - Summer Institute of 2017. The theme of this year’s Summer Institute is Hyper Resolution Flood Forecasting in Urban Areas. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to collaborate intensively for seven weeks on projects designed to contribute to the NWC goals of enhancing water-related products and decision-support services across the country.

The Summer Institute will be led by faculty theme leaders and daily oversight will be provided by student Course Coordinators. Following the Summer Institute, students will be invited to present their work at the CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Conference July 26-28, 2016. Visit ​​ for additional program information, application instructions, and highlights from last year’s Summer Institute. Complete student applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, December 18th​.

The Minority Writers Internship Program at SCIENCE (2017 Application Available Online October 16 - February 1!)

The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship is for undergraduates who are interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. In addition to improving their skills, the program seeks to make a dent in the demographics of the profession: Although science is a global activity, the journalists who cover it don't reflect that diversity. Funded by the Pitts Family Foundation, the internship takes place each summer at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns spend ten weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors practicing what science writers do for a living. They have a chance to meet leading scientists, attend conferences and hearings, and cover breaking news. Interns are expected to contribute to all facets of the news operation, including writing bylined articles for the print magazine and online news service, engaging in social media, and contributing to other news products. Interns receive a weekly stipend as well as the cost of a round-trip ticket to and from Washington, D.C. The internship runs from early June to mid-August. This year's application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at the time they submit their application.

Soars 2017 Application 

SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. SOARS is an undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists and engineers, and a supportive learning community. In addition to the summer internship, SOARS includes year-round support, funding to attend conferences and last-dollar tuition scholarships. Successful proteges are eligible to participate in the program for up to four years. Selection Considerations SOARS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the atmospheric and related sciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities. SOARS welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; students who have experienced, and worked to overcome, educational or economic disadvantage and/or have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their continued progress in research careers.

A successful candidate should: 

Have a major in atmospheric science or a related field such as the geosciences, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science; and a plan to pursue a career in atmospheric or a related science

APPLY: DUE DATE: February 1st, 2017

NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students 

 The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) through the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination invite students to submit their application for the Summer Research Training Program. The overall goal of this program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The NIDDK Diversity Summer Program is particularly interested in increasing students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, including individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Program Highlights:

  • Independent research in a NIH laboratory;
  • Weekly research and career development seminars;
  • Summer seminar series where senior NIH investigators discuss the latest developments in biomedical research.
  • Poster presentation
  • Will be required to attend courses in Ethics in Research and Lab Safety.
  • Students will be paired with post baccalaureates or postdoctoral fellows for informal guidance.
  • Bi-weekly informal meetings with OMHRC staff
  • Eligibility Requirements:
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 year at an accredited institution
  • S. Citizen or permanent resident status
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Health Insurance coverage Provisions
  • Student Participation Allowance ($2,600)
  • Housing (Housing consists of double-occupancy rooms)
  • Travel expenses to Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona (up to $700)
  • Location and Duration
  • 10 weeks, starting on June 5th, 2017 through August 12th, 2017.
  • Bethesda, Maryland or Phoenix, Arizona Application and Procedure
  • Complete the on-line application at
  • Include a copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members/advisors who can address your intellectual and personal suitability for the Program.
  • Personal Statement - Describe your research interest, career goals, and reasons for applying to this program in 600 words or less; double-space.
  • Official Transcript - The official college transcript should be mailed directly from your school to Ms. Martinez.
  • Application selection - Priority will be given to students who reside outside of the Maryland/Washington DC/Virginia areas. Local students are encouraged to apply for the NIH Summer Internship Program​ (SIP)​.

DEADLINE: FEB 15th, 2017


Additional Research Opportunities: Upcoming 2017-2018 Research Opportunities