Department of Biology

Summer Research Opportunities and Internships

The NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a fellowship designed to expose students to academic research and prepare them for careers in the sciences.  Students can apply to over one hundred REU programs at colleges and universities across the United States as well as internationally.  A list of research programs and participating universities can be found at (

If you are a rising sophomore or junior looking to gain hands-on research experience, travel to a new part of the country, and get paid a healthy stipend while doing it, you should consider applying to the NSF-REU program.  Undergraduate research experience is looked on favorably in many graduate and professional schools, and the REU program provides an excellent means to get that experience.  Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States to apply.  Applications are sent directly to participating universities, and each university requires slightly different information.

For rising seniors that are interested in applying to graduate school, NSF also offers the graduate research fellowship (GRP), which provides research support for three years of post-graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering, as well as a healthy stipend.  Undergraduates that are awarded GRP fellowships are very successful in joining top research groups in graduate programs across the country.

For more information about these and other undergraduate research opportunities in the sciences, as well as tips for applying and how to get the most out of the program, please contact Dr. R. Drew Sieg at


Association of American Medical Colleges

Baylor College of Medicine - Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program

Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

California Academy of Sciences


Carnegie Mellon University

Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies

Case Western Reserve University

Center for Research on Environmental Disease

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Columbia University

Conte Center - Chicago, IL

Cornell University - Summer Research

Cornell University - Shoals Marine Laboratory

Danforth (Donald) Plant Science Center

Dartmouth College

Department of Homeland Security

Disney Agricultural Sciences

EPA - Greater Research Opportunities program

Field Museum (Chicago)

Georgia Regents University

Georgia Tech - Aquatic Chemical Ecology

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Hunter College, City University of New York

Hutchinson (Fred) Cancer Research Center

Indiana University

Infectious Disease

Iowa State University

Jackson Laboratory

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Marquette University

Mayo Clinic

Michigan State University

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Mountain Lake Biological Station

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association

Nashville Teaching Fellows

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

National Science Foundation

Naval Research Program

Northwestern Nanotechnology

Notre Dame Biological Sciences

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Occidental College (Los Angeles)

Oregon State Marine Science

Pasteur Foundation

Pennsylvania BioMedical

Pepperdine University

Rockefeller University

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Sackler Medical Science Research Program

Santa Fe Complex Systems Biology

Smithsonian Institution

South Carolina Space Consortium

St. Jude Research Hospital

SUNY Medical University

Tennessee State University

Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

Tufts University - Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

University of Florida Marine Bioscience

University of North Carolina

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pittsburgh

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Venter (J. Craig) Institute

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Whitney Laboratory

Yale University