URGO helps students identify and apply for summer research opportunities throughout the country.  Many universities and organizations host summer undergraduate research programs.  These programs often include a research stipend and some include housing support.  Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!  This list is not comprehensive, so we encourage you to continue your search for programs beyond this list.  Check out our tips for applying to off-campus research to get started!

Research Opportunities

If you are not sure how to begin searching for undergraduate research opportunities, we recommend starting with the following databases:

The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

  • Nationally funded research opportunities in all science fields, including the social and behavioral sciences
  • Includes some international research opportunities

The Association of American Medical Colleges Research Programs Database

  • Research opportunities in the medical field

Summer Research Opportunities in Life Sciences

  • Research opportunities with private companies

Summer Research Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

  • Excellent list of national opportunities for students majoring in the Social Sciences, Arts, or Humanities

More Summer Research Opportunities in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities

  • Includes programs specifically for the social sciences, arts, and humanities in addition to those open to all disciplines
  • Also includes science and technology opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Groups

  • List of research opportunities available to groups underrepresented in graduate/professional schools, including first generation college students, racial minorities, and those with financial need.  Check each program for eligibility details.


Research Opportunities Key

I- international students may apply

NP- eligibility requirements are not provided; program may or may not accept international students

D- database; includes many different research opportunities which may have individual policies for eligibility requirements


Research Opportunities in Minnesota

If you would prefer to stay in Minnesota for the summer, check out the many research opportunities for undergraduates in state.

University of Minnesota Research Experiences for Undergraduates (open to non-U of M students):

Mayo Clinic Research Programs:

Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Undergraduate Women

Lupus Foundation of Minnesota Student Research Fellowships

Minneapolis Heart Institute Summer Research Internship I


National Research Opportunities

Amgen Scholars website

Amgen provides research opportunities to science and engineering students at universities in the U.S. and Europe.

American Anthropological Association website

Research and internship opportunities at many different institutions across the country, geared toward anthropology students and history students. Some opportunities take place abroad.

American Chemistry Society (ACS) Internships, Service Learning and Study Abroad for Chemistry Students website D

Internships, cooperative education, service learning and study abroad are great opportunities for college students to gain valuable, real-world experience. Learn more about what’s involved in these experiential programs and how they can benefit you.

American Mathematical Society website D

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Arcadia University STEM Program website

This program, beginning Summer 2014, aims to make STEM research abroad more achievable than ever before for more students. It offers students a combination of rigorous academic study, under the direction of a research mentor, with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills while enjoying a world of cultural, societal and historical experiences.Through this experience students will explore hypothesis-driven research, investigate the role of literature exploration in the development of the research hypothesis and study, plan, learn to work collaboratively with other group members, and present and write about their research in an intelligent thought-provoking manner. Please visit the website for specific program details.

Archbold Biological Station Internship Program website NP

Internship opportunities in ecological research, environmental education, or land management that offer the chance for you to be trained in a field station setting and to design your own independent project. Open to post-baccalaureate, graduate, and undergraduate students.

ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship website I

The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.

Atlantis Project website

The Atlantis Project brings pre-health undergraduate students for 5-week summer programs and a 3-week January program in the Canary Islands and Azores Islands. Atlantis Fellows intern at local public hospitals, see the European healthcare system from the inside, improve language skills, and contribute to the community by teaching English to local residents – all of this in some of the most beautiful places on earth.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention  website

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.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory website NP

Research in cancer biology, neuroscience, plant biology, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, and bioinformatics and genomics.

College Qualified Leaders Program website 

Sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education and the Department of Defense, the CQL program offers interested undergraduates and graduates the opportunity for a research internship in a DoD lab. Internships are available year round and for the summer only. There is no deadline for applying and applications are accepted all year.

Central Michigan University Biological Station Research website

Ten week program for students who have completed their sophomore year to conduct research at the Beaver Island Biological Station.


Department of Homeland Security/Technology website D

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country.

DOE Science Undergraduate Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory website

Opportunities to participate in research in a broad range of science and engineering activities related to basic sciences, energy, and the environment.


Genentech website I

As an intern or co-op, you will contribute daily to important projects and work side-by-side with biotech industry experts in a flexible and diverse work environment.


Harvard Forest Summer Internship website

An opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, changing wildlife dynamics, and invasive species.

Harvard-MIT HST Summer Institute website

The Summer Institute at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology offers a unique opportunity for outstanding undergraduate college students considering a career in biomedical engineering and medical science.

Harvard Summer Research Opportunities (SROH) website

Live at Harvard for the summer, work alongside Harvard faculty and graduate students, and enjoy firsthand access to the amazing resources of this university. Our summer program will connect you with first-class researchers working in fields in the life and physical sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Must have completed a summer of research previously.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMS)  website

HHMI offers thousands of exciting experiences in the sciences for students at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.


Isis Pharmaceuticals website I

LA-SiGMA REU:  Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Materials Science website

Indiana University Cyclotron website


The Jackson Laboratory website I

The Jackson Laboratory offers educational programs for scientists at various stages in their careers–from talented high school students investigating genetic diseases to experienced researchers defining the cutting edge of genomics research.

Jicamarca International Research Experience Program website

Students will work with staff engineers and scientists on projects related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs. Research may be conducted in neutral atmospheric and ionospheric science as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its location, frequency of operation, and array system, most JRO’s research capabilities are unique. Besides the unique research capabilities where students are welcomed to propose and run their own experiments, JRO offers a good opportunity to get hands-on-experience on different aspects of radar systems, from changing the antenna connections, improving RF components of the system, to develop sophisticated acquisition and processing programs.


The Leadership Alliance website

One application for 19 prestigious institutions covering most disciplines


Macalaster College’s Science and Research Office website D

This site is for Science summer research opportunities. Though some of the listed programs are exclusively for Macalaster students, the site clearly outlines a variety of off campus opportunities open to students from all universities. Since the entire site is geared towards science, it is a must-visit for science students.

Macalester Database for International Student Opportunities website D, I

University of Maryland website

Established in 1999, the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) is part of the College’s longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.

Mathematical Science Research Institute website

Math Opportunities from MAA website D

Medical College of Wisconsin Summer Research Program (Recommended by an Auggie) website

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship website


National Center for Coastal Ocean Science website D

National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship website

This site works as a clearinghouse for many summer research experiences.  It lists them by college and provides the title of each.  Like most summer research sites, it is heavy on the science.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website D

The NIH is the primary agency for support of biomedical research. A number of NIH departments offer summer research opportunities. Students must be either United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

SURF Gaithersburg, MD website I

SURF Boulder, CO website

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program website

NASA Combined Intern Application website

Application includes:

  • NASA Academy
  • NASA Student Internship Program
  • NASA Robotics Internship Program
  • NASA Independent Verification and Validation Internship Program
  • NASA Summer Aerospace Workforce Development Research Internship Program
  • NASA Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Student Internship Program

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Higher Education Undergraduate Programs List website D 

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program website

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 275 college students (200 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students  spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories. Deadline: December 19, 2014


The Nucleus website D

Database of summer opportunities in physics and astronomy.


Ohio Aerospace Institute’s Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program at NASA Glenn website NP

Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory website


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute website

RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) at Rutgers/UMDNJ website

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Participation Program in Science website


SciTechsperience Internships website NP

Scripps Research Institute website  I

Scripps has established a lengthy track record of major contributions to the betterment of health and the human condition. The institute has become internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular diseases, virology, and synthetic vaccine development.

Scripps Research Institute: Kellogg School of Science and Technology  website

The SURF program was designed to identify and expose the next generation of scientists to cutting edge research at a top notch institute. The success of this program requires highly motivated individuals who thrive on challenges. There are no specific prerequisites; however, applicants should demonstrate good undergraduate training in the biomedical sciences or a related field and a strong commitment to research.

Seven Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS7) website I

Since 2006, the Study and Internship Program (SIP) has enabled highly qualified undergraduates from U.S. and Canadian colleges to experience the German approach to hands-on education at a member of UAS7, a consortium of Germany’s top universities of applied sciences. SIP students spend a semester studying at a UAS7 campus and a semester interning in a laboratory.

Space Sciences division of the National Academy of Sciences website

Arecibo Observatory will conduct a summer student program, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program, at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico during Summer 2014. Areas of research include radio astronomy, solar system studies and atmospheric and space sciences. Students interested in electronic instrumentation or computer science are also encouraged to apply. The assistantships, which include a stipend, accommodation, and round trip airline tickets, are conducted during a flexible ten week period beginning in June. Students will have opportunities to visit many of the beautiful sites of Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. Commonwealth.

Stowers Summer Scholars Program- The Stowers Institute for Medical Research website I

Student Medical Education Program website

Seventeen medical schools have a 6-week medical school prep program for undergraduates who have completed 1 year of study.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) website NP

All disciplines. Targets minority students but accepts applications from all students. One application for 15 schools.

Summer Research Programs in Texas website D

Study Abroad Research- Euroscholars Program website I

Apply for this program through Augsburg Abroad

SMART Scholarship website

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Students pursuing degrees related to STEM are encouraged to apply.

Science Undergraduate Lab Internship website

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at

Application due: January 9, 2015


University of Alabama website NP

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

University of Alabama at Birmingham SIBS website

Biomedical Research -This summer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is sponsoring an eight week program in which selected undergraduate students will conduct laboratory research under the guidance of individual UAB faculty members.

UC Berkeley (Amgen Scholars) website NP

UC Davis website D

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Index

UC Irvine website D

Index of off-campus research opportunities (all disciplines)

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Research website I

University of Minnesota -Summer Institute in Bio statistics website

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Programs website NP

UCLA Summer Programs website NP

University of Tennessee Knoxville Summer Department of Biochem and Cellular/ Molecular Biology website

University of Wisconsin-Madison website

Biology research

University of Washington Research in Biomedical Science website


Washington University in St. Louis website

The Summer Research Program in Global Health is an eight-week program open to: full-time college undergraduates; graduate students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW), or Population Health Sciences (MPHS); and medical students looking to gain experience in the field of global health research.


Yale Science and Engineering Research website NP

Programs and Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates (lists both Programs and Directories and National Laboratories, Corporations, Research Institutes and Universities)

Yosemite Environmental Science Research Training Program website

Conduct scientific research in one of the most remarkable places in the world. Mentors for research projects are faculty from the University of California, Merced, and scientists from Yosemite National Park and the US Geological Survey. Research projects will focus on the animals, plants, lakes, rivers, meadows, mountains, people, and places of Yosemite