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2017 Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Chicago

The program starts June 12th and ends August 18th.  The stipend is $4,000 and participating students will live on campus. Students have to submit application form, an official school transcript and 2 confidentional letters of support to Dr. Barry Aprison. Please contact Dr. Barry Aprison directly to obtain application form.Information about the program is at

Barry Aprison, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences Collegiate Division of the College
Education and Outreach Director, Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology
Committee on Genetics, Genomics & Systems Biology
Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics
Genes & Addiction NIDA Center
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, Rm. 10114
The University of Chicago
900 E. 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
www.igsb.org | |

Deaedline:  March 13, 2017



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


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 




Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity offers $25,000 award each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path. Besides the $25,000 award, Dannon Fellows are connected to each other through this scholarship, encouraging collaboration, communication, and future opportunity in the field.

Grant applications are now being accepted, and must be submitted by February 15, 2017 to qualify. For additional information, qualification requirements, and to download the application, please click here:





U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.
10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ●  National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. U.S. citizenship required. 

Application deadline: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST
How to Apply:
Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at
For questions please email us at




American Physical Society & IBM Research Internships for Undergraduate Women and Underrepresented Minorities 

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs: the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, and the APS/IBM Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students. The goal of these internships is to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. Any student who identifies as a woman and an underrepresented minority is eligible to apply to both internships. 

IBM hosts paid summer internships at three IBM research locations: Almaden (San Jose, CA), Austin, TX, or Watson (Yorktown Heights, NY). These internship experiences provide students with the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor and work on research projects that match their skills and interests as well as the ongoing research programs of the laboratory. The Almaden and Watson lab have a full range of research, and the Austin lab focuses on software and systems. Information about the sites and their research may be found at:

Gray Arrow Underrepresented Minority Scholarships & Awards
Gray Arrow Women Scholarships & Awards

Deadlines: February 15, 2017



The Genes & Addiction NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats

The Genes & Addiction NIDA Center for GWAS in Outbred Rats is offering a Research Experiences for High School and Undergraduate Students (REHU) program this coming summer. Stipends are $4,000 (undergrad) and $2,000 (high school student) for ten-week projects at the University of California, San Diego; University of Michigan; University of Tennessee; University of Buffalo, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine. At the conclusion of the program students will produce reports and present findings at a University of Chicago symposium. The deadline to apply for the REHU program is February 6, 2017


    University of Montana Summer Program Flathead Lake Biological Field Station

    2017 FLBS Summer Courses At a Glance:
    - Accelerate Your Coursework: Up to 13 credits in 8 weeks
    - Gain Real Field Experience
    - Learn Under the Big Sky of Northwest Montana
    - Low Student/Professor Ratios
    - Many generous scholarships available
    - Geographically diverse student population
    - $1,875.00 for tuition, housing*, and meals per 2 week course
    * Based on double-occupancy cabin. Additional housing options are available.


    The University of Texas Austin Biomedical Engineering Summer Program


    The Biomedical Engineering Community of Undergraduate Research Scholars for Cancer (BME CUReS Cancer) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at The University of Texas at Austin opens a new frontier in oncology. Thirty-six potential faculty members are available to guide BME CUReS Cancer Scholars in cancer research projects.  The educational theme is community. BME CUReS Cancer is partnered with Texas 4000, a non-profit organization that cultivates student leaders and engages communities in the fight against cancer. In Texas 4000, students from The University of Texas at Austin are competitively selected to participate in an 18-month leadership development program that culminates in a 70-day summer bicycle ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska. In parallel to the Texas 4000 riders who go on a 10-week journey to share hope, knowledge, and charity in the fight against cancer, the BME CUReS Cancer Scholars are on a 10-week journey to become researchers in the fight against cancer. The riders and scholars forge mutually inspirational and motivating connections.


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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 26, 2017 5 pm EST: Harvard Summer School (HSS) Study Abroad Funding Applications

    Deadline: February 8, 2017 5 pm EST: All Non-Harvard international programs, study abroad, independent internships, or volunteering abroad; also Harvard-run international not-for-credit programs


    Harvard-Champalimaud Research Internship

    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: February 2, 2017

    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 18, 2017 online (11:59 pm CET – Central European Time).


    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 15, 2017


    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, 2017


    International Undergraduate Summer School

    The 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 18, 2016


    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.


    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.


    Tel Aviv University International Summer Research Program in Biological and Neuro Sciences

    This eight-week program is open to international students.

    Eligibility: Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study.

    Program fees: Application fee of $60, program fee of $1,000 and housing fee of $1,600

    Deadline: April 30, 2017



    The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program

    This program has two six-week sessions each summer. International students interested in conducting research in the fields of natural science and engineering at the University of Tokyo are encouraged to apply. Financial support is available.

    Eligibility: rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors

    Deadline: The application period is from 6 January 2017 to 17:00 on 2 February 2017, Japan Standard Time (GMT+0900).


    WHO Internship Program

    The World Health Organization (WHO) as the leader in global public health issues is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO's Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO. The duration of WHO internships is between six to twenty four weeks. WHO internships are not paid and all costs of travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the intern candidate.

    If you are interested in completing an internship at a WHO office please follow the relevant below link(s). You will find information on the application process and additional information on WHO's Internship Programme on the website of the respective office.

    WHO Headquarters

    WHO Regional Office for Africa (email)

    WHO Regional Office for the Americas

    WHO Regional Office for Europe

    WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

    WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

    WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

    WHO Headquarters also accepts interns in the following out-posted offices:

    Clinton Foundation Internships

    Iternships are found in 5 functional areas:

    1. Programs and Initiatives
    2. Communications
    3. Logistics
    4. Technology
    5. Clinton Presidential Center

    Within each function there are specific areas of interest and within each area of interest there are specific departments (see our available internships). The application requires that you (1) choose your areas of interest and (2) prioritize your departments of choice in your short essay. Please review the options and be prepared with your selections before beginning the application process.

    Qualifications: The Internship Program at the Clinton Foundation is geared towards current or rising undergraduate seniors, graduate students, and postgraduates who are in good academic standing. On some occasions, we do accept sophomores and juniors pursuing their undergraduate degree.


    USAID Internships 

    USAID offers both paid and unpaid internships for qualified students during the academic year. We draw enthusiastic and forward-thinking interns from a wide variety of fields of study. Interns generally work in one of USAID’s offices in Washington, D.C., supporting programs in fields such as economic growth, agriculture, education, health, environment, democracy and governance, conflict prevention, and humanitarian assistance.

    The work assigned to an intern typically includes:

    • Research
    • Writing program memoranda
    • Drafting documents
    • Facilitating meetings and special events
    • Attending program discussions in the Agency, at the Department of State, or on Capitol Hill
    •  Communicating about program issues with USAID field Missions abroad, and with USAID’s many stakeholders and the general public

    Operation Wallacea

    Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes. Research is supported by students who join the programme to strengthen their CV or résumé, gain course credit, or collect data for a dissertation or thesis.

    If you are in, or have completed university level education and have a good level of English, you can join the expeditions as a Research Assistant. Alternatively if you are a medical student (or intending to go to medical school) you can gain experience in expedition medicine on our expedition medicine experiential course. Relatively few people have field experience working alongside real research projects and the Operation Wallacea research programme offers the opportunity to work with a range of academic teams to strengthen your CV (résumé) or to help you decide whether tropical field work is of interest for your career. Research Assistants are involved in a wide range of tasks on each research topic and help to gather primary data. It is also possible that your own university will award credit for joining as a Research Assistant. Some universities will award their own credit for joining the programme as Independent Study or as an Internship. However, it is not necessary to register for credit – many students join the expeditions just for the unforgettable international experience in beautiful parts of the world.

    There are Research Assistants expeditions available in Indonesia, Honduras, PeruMadagascarTransylvaniaGuyana,CubaMexicoSouth Africa and Croatia.


    Revolution in Biomedicine Summer Program, Imperial College, London

    Make friends from across the world and enhance your academic profile on the Revolutions in Biomedicine summer programme. Based in the heart of London, this four-week programme will give you a unique insight into past, present and future biomedical transformations in a hands-on research environment at a leading international university. For more information, please see our programme details page. 

    • Summer 2017: Four-week research-oriented academic programme
    • Applications open in mid October 
    • Dates: 3 July - 28 July 
    • Open to undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates (18+)
    • Parallel social programme
    • Credit: 7.5 ECTS credits (student’s home institution will determine how much credit is awarded)


    Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School

    The Kupcinet-Getz International Science School accepts a select number of outstanding undergraduate students each summer to participate in research projects in mathematics, physics, chemistry and the life sciences . This is an enrichment program designed for undergraduate students from all over the world who are majoring in the sciences, and it is an opportunity to experience science by becoming part of a research group at the Weizmann Institute. Participation in the Kupcinet-Getz International Science School has had a significant impact on past participants of the program, reinforcing the students’ interest in conducting research in their future careers.

    Application deadline: December 24, 2016