STEM Research Opportunities

Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program: 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.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP UM): Seeks to increase diversity in the conservation workforce by recruiting, engaging, and inspiring diverse cohorts of 20 undergraduate scholars each year for a two-year research and experiential immersion program that incorporates minority history, culture, and experiences into their understanding of conservation practices.

Johns Hopkins Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP) at the Bloomberg School of Public Health: A 10-week summer program that provides undergraduates with a graduate-level, independent research project in the biomedical or public health field. Students work under the direct mentoring of accomplished Johns Hopkins researchers, gaining valuable experience in a collaborative, challenging and fun environment.

The McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis: The Opportunities in Genomics Research (OGR) Undergraduate Scholars program is a 10-week summer program that includes mentored research and enrichment activities such as GRE and graduate school preparation. Areas of research include: genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, microbiology, developmental biology, cell biology and physiology.

Michigan State University EnSURE (Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience): This program offers summer research opportunities for high achieving undergraduates who are studying at institutions in the United States or Puerto Rico.

NASA DEVELOP Research Opportunity: NASA DEVELOP projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Ohio State University Center for RNA Biology Summer Undergraduate Program: Ohio State’s Center for RNA Biology houses the single largest group of RNA experts in the country – more than 200 faculty, staff, students, and postdocs. The center’s mission is to advance life sciences research and education at the university by building on existing strengths in RNA biology, developing synergies through interdisciplinary initiatives and outreach, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, and bringing the best students to the university.

Pathways to Science: A database of STEM Summer Research opportunities

RISE Germany: RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American and British universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field).

Rutgers RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering): 50 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentors. 

Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students (SAMMS): A summer school for undergraduate students, primarily from traditionally underrepresented minorities, who are considering advanced studies in mathematics beyond the baccalaureate degree and are curious to test the waters of graduate mathematics.

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Internships give interns the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists from around the world, gain hands-on experience in their area of academic interest, and delve into Panama’s rich culture. Interns will be selected based on merit and potential for achievement. However, placement depends upon the availability of a match between the applicant's interest and a new or ongoing project supervised by a STRI staff scientist.

Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program (SURGE): SURGE provides undergraduates from a U.S. institution the opportunity to gain mentored research experience at Stanford University in the geosciences and engineering during the eight-week period. Each SURGE scholar is matched with a faculty member from the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and has the opportunity to work in a research group or laboratory and will be prepared for a potential career in the field of geoscience and engineering.

University of Florida Summer Neuroscience Internship Program: All students interested in a research career that have not been accepted for post-graduate training are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to students majoring in a biomedical-related discipline (for example: psychology, biology, engineering, chemistry, pharmacology, genetics). Students awarded a fellowship will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with a faculty mentor, postdocs, and graduate students in the University’s science and engineering labs and cleanroom facilities.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Summer Research Program: This intensive summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

Washington State University Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Participants will conduct research in cutting-edge facilities, be mentored by award-winning professors, receive a generous stipend that covers many expenses, showcase their work to the public at an end-of-program poster symposium, and expand their personal and professional network.