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Research in the United States

NSF REU Program

The National Science Foundation 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. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. By using the web page, Search, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

Deadlines: Vary according to research site.

CalTech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer. Fellows receive a $6,000 award.

Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) Summer Internship

Please note the upcoming deadline for UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER research exchange grants from the Evo-Devo-Eco Network (EDEN) is March 11, 2015. EDEN is a program funded by the National Science Foundation of the USA. The goal of this program is to train undergraduates in the field of Evo-Devo-Eco, with an emphasis on emerging model systems.

Eligible students should be undergraduates of any nationality at any college or university, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and universities, both within and outside of the U.S.. Eligible host labs should be conducting research using new and emerging model organism and must be at a U.S.-based institution. If the proposed host lab is working on a well-established model organism, your application must explain how the techniques or skills that you learn in the host lab will be applied to work on new or emerging model organisms at your home institution.

Students may apply to work in a lab that is at their home institution, as long as the proposed research involves new and emerging model organisms. However, in cases where all other aspects of applications are considered to be equally competitive, preference will be given to applicants who propose to travel to a lab that is not at their home institution.

Please visit for complete program details.

For examples of previous undergraduate projects supported by EDEN, please visit

Environmental Health Summer Fellowship at CDC

Environmental Health Summer Fellowships at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked.

Interns will be placed in environmental health programs at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at CDC in Atlanta, GA (please note, the CDC has multiple locations in Atlanta and CLEH interns will be reporting to CDC’s Chamblee Campus and not CDC’s Roybal campus (the main CDC campus)). Over the course of the summer, interns will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental public health issues at the federal level.

Eligibility: US citizenship or Permanent Resident with a green card. Full time enrollment at a college or university as a rising junior or rising senior by fall 2015

Deadline: January 28, 2015.

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is an intensive ten-week research experience for rising seniors. Students conduct research at National Institutes of Health (NIH) laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

Research Program for Undergraduates in Biotechnology at Columbia University - The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows.

Application Deadline: Program status in 2015 TBD 

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars - Summer program for 10 weeks to give undergraduates an opportunity to do research at the HHMI Janelia Farm research facility. All living expenses including housing, food and travel to and from Janelia are covered by the program. Students also receive a stipend of $4,500 for the 10-week period.

Program Dates: The program runs from June to August.

Deadline: see application form for 2015 deadline

Quantitative and Physical Science (QP-SURF) - An intensive summer research training experience at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Dallas) which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research.  $4000 stipend, housing costs are covered by the program.

Ten fellowships are available.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a physics, computer science, mathematics, biomedical engineering, or chemistry degree program at the undergraduate level and have completed their sophomore year. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or currently possess an F1 Visa.

Deadline: February 9, 2015

Southwestern Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) - The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at UT Southwestern's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled.

Approximately 85 fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are assigned to a laboratory and research project according to their previous training and research interests.

The school is located in Dallas, Texas. A $4000 stipend is provided, housing costs will be covered by the program.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate science degree program and have completed their sophomore year. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or possess an F1 Visa.

Deadline: February 9, 2015

Cold Spring Harbor Undergraduate Research Program (URP) -  at Cold Spring Harbor. Room, board and $5000 stipend for rising junior or senior.

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Research Program for Undergraduates at the Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics 

is offering an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program this summer.  In addition, the Genes & Addiction NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats is offering an REHU (Research Experiences for High School and Undergraduate Students) program this summer. Both Centers seek qualified students for 2015 fellowships.  Stipends are $4,000 (undergrad) and $2,000 (high school) for ten-week projects.  They will be awarded on a competitive basis based on academic excellence, motivation, scientific potential, compatibility of personal interests, and long-term career goals aligned with research programs associated with the Centers. Summer projects are located at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Harvard, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee, University of Buffalo, and Medical College of Wisconsin. 
If selected, REU and REHU students will be matched with research mentors. During the program participants will be invited to lab meetings and seminars.  In addition, they will have access to libraries, athletic facilities, and University-sponsored events.  At the conclusion of the summer projects students will produce a summary report and present their findings at a symposium.
A link to information and applications is at Please send via mail or email all application materials (i.e., forms, confidential reference letters, official transcripts) to:
Barry Aprison, Ph.D.
Education and Outreach Director, IGSB
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10-114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Deadline:  February 9, 2015. 

Chicago Center for Systems Biology REU The Chicago Center for Systems Biology organizes a summer research experience for undergraduates. Students who participate in this 10-week program receive a $4000 stipend. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: TBD 

Marine Biology Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research -  The MBL, located in Woods Hole, MA, has several options for undergraduates interested in summer research.

Deadlines: see website for program-specific deadlines

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research - 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. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.  NOTE: the number of positions in Hamilton, Framingham, and Detroit is limited.

Other Summer Programs at the NIH include programs focusing on cancer research, biomedical engineering, vision research & ophthalmology, and diabetes, digestive and kidney diseases.

Amgen Scholars Program for Summer Research - The Amgen Corporation provides funding for the Amgen Scholars Program. These funds provide stipends plus board to qualified undergraduates to conduct research in laboratories at 10 major research universities across the United States. Research areas depend upon the host institution but include topics in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, bioinformatics, and statistics. Students in at all Amgen Scholars sites travel to California in July to attend a research symposium with presentations by scientists in academia and industry. This symposium also gives students the opportunity to network with Amgen Scholars at other universities with Amgen Scholars programs.

Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and be rising juniors or seniors.

Deadline: February 2, 2015 except for a February 14 deadline for the program run by the California Institute of Technology

The Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan offers a summer undergraduate research program

Deadline: 2015 program status TBD

Summer Research Program in Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers summer research opportunities to undergraduate minority students, disadvantaged students and students with disabilities to the field of biophysics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Deadline: TBD

The Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation IGERT program, will support outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows . This program provides a stipend for each successful candidate and campus housing in which you are expected to reside. Those selected will have an opportunity to participate fully in the interdisciplinary research activities of the BioIGERT faculty across the Departments of Physics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering, and includes collaborative research with industry including IBM Yorktown Heights.

Deadline: TBA for 2014; the 2013 deadline was February 14.

UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Physical Laboratory - The Marine Physical Laboratory at the world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with an exceptional aptitude for quantitative science with majors in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Applicants must be in their first, second, or third year of undergraduate status (senior year undergrads are ineligible).

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Program at the Scripps Research Institute - This program provides its participants the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in one of  250 laboratories. Students can choose to apply to either the La Jolla campus in California or the Jupiter campus in Florida with one application.

Eligibility: United States citizens or permanent residents, or international students who are enrolled in a US college, with a minimum grade point average of 3.2.

Students receive a stipend of $5000 and on-campus housing at a nearby university or college.

Deadline:  February 15 


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Research & Study Abroad

Office of International Education - See the OIE website for current information on international educational opportunities, including Harvard and non-Harvard summer opportunities. The OIE Office has drop-in hours M-F from 2-4 pm.

Office of Career Services - The Office of Career Services (OCS) website has a Summer Funding section and organizes informational events and programs on summer opportunities and the funding application process.

Deadline: January 29, 2015: Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Funding Applications

Deadline: February 11, 2015: All Non-Harvard international programs, study abroad, independent internships, or volunteering abroad; also Harvard-run international not-for-credit programs

Summer Abroad in Portugal at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown - This is an independent internship of 8-10 weeks at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon Portugal. It is intended for students interested in Neurobiology research. The program consists of 1 week of coursework and 7-9 weeks of research. Housing is provided by the host institution.

Note:  This is not a Harvard Summer School Program. 

Prerequisites: None

Deadline: second week of April

Information:  Ryan Draft

The Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Summer Internships, Paris France.

Summer research fellowships to work at the Institute Pasteur in Paris for rising seniors. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany - Sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  This summer research program in Germany gives rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct summer research in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics or earth sciences.  Participants receive a stipend and housing assistance. Open to non-U.S. citizens. 

Rolling online application opens December 6, 2014. 

Deadline: January 15, 2015

RWTH Aachen University UROP, Aachen, Germany -

The undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) International is designed for highly qualified US and Canadian undergraduates to conduct an independent research project at one of the RWTH institutes, with mentoring by the scientific staff from the host university. Further program elements include an intensive German language training, intercultural seminars, workshops introducing the broader field of research and various leisure activities. Fellowships available. The program can accommodate 60 students.

Contact information:

Deadline: January 31 of each year

Summer Research Program in Life Sciences and Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

In this 8 week program, students from throughout the world are matched with a lab whose research intersects the student's interests and background. The program culminates with a student research symposium. Participating labs are from the Brain-Mind Institute, the Institute of Bioengineering, the Global Health Institute, and the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research.

Applicants must be in good standing with a GPA equivalent to a 3.75/4.0 grade or higher and should have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate coursework by the summer of 2015. 

Deadline: January 31, 2015

International Undergraduate Summer SchoolThe John Innes CentreThe Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre provide students from both the United Kingdom and other countries an opportunity to conduct summer research in plant, microbial and computational biology.

Deadline: January 19, 2015 (letters of reference due January 26, 2015)

Organization for Tropical Studies - Both semester and summer options available. Summer program in Costa Rica focuses on evolutionary ecology of plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, while that in South Africa concentrates on global health issues in South Africa. Open to all undergraduates who have completed at least one year of college-level biology.

Deadline for Summer Programs: Rolling admissions. Applications available in mid-autumn for the upcoming summer. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications close March 1, 2014 for summer 2014.

All Expense paid Environmental Study Program


For 4,8 and 12 weeks of Independent Study in the Yasuni State Park. Must speak passable Spanish, and be willing to learn basic Kichwa vocabulary.

After the end of their four, eight or twelve week program, each student will present a written, visual or audio report. These will be published on our website: www.Yasuni-Amazona.Org.

Deadline: December 31st, 2014 For Early Decision Candidates
February 28th, 2015 Final Decision for 2015.