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Off-Campus Research

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 presentation on 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:

URGO’s Off-Campus Research Opportunities Database

  • Research programs from across the country with a variety of topics to choose from
  • Includes opportunities for non-US citizen students

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

STEM Federally Funded Opportunities and Scholarships

  • Nationally funded research opportunities in all science fields
  • Nationally funded scholarships

List of National Laboratories

  • The National Laboratories conduct scientific research and development in areas related to energy and technology
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratories has research opportunities that can be done all year

The Association of American Medical Colleges Research Programs Database

  • Research opportunities in the medical field

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Summer Opportunities

  • Academic Research, Shadowing, Clinical Research, Basic Science Research, Translational Research, Employment, Academic Enrichment, MCAT Prep, and other opportunities

NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Research Ambassadors Program

  • Statistical data work related to U.S. competitiveness and STEM education
  • Internships, Fellowships, Faculty Appointments

NSF Education and Training Application

  • NSF educational opportunity database

Summer Research Opportunities for International Students

  • Macalester College Database

University of Alabama – Undergraduate Student: Research Opportunities

  • University of Alabama Birmingham Database
  • Includes clinical and Pre-Med research opportunities

ORISE Zintellect

  • Whether you are seeking a summer, fall or spring internship, or a longer-term research opportunity to provide hands-on laboratory experience, ORISE has a program for you