Summer Research Opportunities

For summer research fellowships at St. Lawrence check out the Summer Fellows program or the Tanner Fellowship program.

Some off campus summer undergraduate research positions can be found at the  National Science Foundation summer research REU award page. More information on program.

MBB Summer Program sponsored by the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry graduate program a the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Application deadline: February 10, 2015.
Students who participate will gain hands on experience in numerous areas of contemporary biochemistry/biophysics, including, but not limited to structural studies of biomolecules using X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy, measurement of hydrodynamic and binding properties using analytical ultracentrifugation, microcalorimetry, and surface plasmon resonance, studies of enzymes using rapid mixing techniques, studies of ion channels and other types of membrane proteins, and so forth (for a complete listing see  S competitive stipend ($5,000) and housing allowance ($2,000) and the application form is not onerous.

REU program: Sustainable Nanotechnology
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on Sustainable Nanotechnology.  Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with one more principal investigators of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Each student will be located at one of the participating institutions (Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) but will interact with faculty and students at all participating institutions via in-person and cyber-enabled interactions.
Summer 2016 Program Details:
Students receive a stipend of $5,000. Housing and travel to and from the host institution are provided.
Program Dates: May 31 - August 7 (dates flexible)
Application Deadline: February 15
Application form at
(Simply select "Sustainable Nano REU" as your first choice)
Also see Summer Research Opportunities web site at

Nanotechnology Summer Internships
Funding for NNIN came to an end in September 2015, so NNIN no longer exists.
NEW:  A new nanotechnology network, NNCI ( has been formed, consisting of some former NNIN sites and some new sites.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

REU programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquinted with scientific research. REU programs typically consist of a intensive 10 week summer research experience at a university different than your own. Most research centers sponsor REU programs as part of their education and outreach efforts.
For 19 years, the former nanotechnology netoworks , NNIN and its predecessor NNUN,  conducted a large networked REU program in Nanotechnology.  Funding for NNIN came to an end in September 2015, so NNIN no longer exists.
NNCI is the successor nanotechnology network.
Unfortunately, as NNCI is just forming, there will NOT be a networked nanotechnology REU program this year.

Several NNCI sites will be conducting their own separate REU programs this summer. They include:

These programs,  however, will be much smaller , individual site programs, rather than the networked NNIN REU program.  You should apply to each site separately according to the instructions at each link. Depending on funding and the interests of the NNCI sites, a networked REU program MAY return in 2017.

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
For current undergraduates that would be interested in future combined MD/Ph.D. programs. Participants in this program carry out independent research under the direction of an established mentor in a clinical or basic science department.
Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) (M.D., PHD) Program
Application Form: Application deadline is January 19, 2016.

 REU at University of Buffalo Global Sustainability through Chemistry  
In addition, students will participate in field trips to research and development laboratories in the chemical and biomedical industry in Western New York.  Seminars on career choices and graduate school, research ethics, research presentations, and selected research topics will also be offered. Stipends are $4,300 and students will receive free housing on campus.  Social activities on the weekends will be organized including picnics, sports and trips to Niagara Falls. We will also coordinate activities with other undergraduate groups on campus this summer including a program in ecosystem restoration (ERIE REU). Application process. Application deadline is February 27, 2015.

REU at University of Buffalo Great Lakes Educational Exchange The Chemistry REU site at the University at Buffalo (UB) is a ten-week program running from May 27 2015 to August 7, 2015.   UB Chemistry REU participants will have a choice of projects that will have collaborative, interdisciplinary aspects that promote student interactions with multiple investigators. Highlights of our program include:Original research project with one of our faculty members (see list or go to our departmental website www.chemistry.buffalo).  Some projects are joint between two faculty members.
Students must be available to fully participate in the program for the entire 10 weeks.  The research program requires a full-time commitment.  Other engagements including taking courses (including online courses) during the ten weeks of the program are discouraged.   
Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding the UB Chemistry REU Program!
Application form  Application deadline is February 27, 2015

REU Program at University of Delaware
The University of Delaware research experience for undergraduages in Chemistry and Biochemistry (broadly defined).
The program is unique in that they are focusing on providing students with disabilities a research and community building experience tailored to fostering success in graduate school and beyond.
The 8-week Summer REU program will be held at the University of Delaware campus in Newark, DE from June 21, 2017 to August 14, 2017.  The next summer REU program will be in 2017. There will not be a summer REU program for  2016.  Opportunities to extend one week prior and following the REU may be available. The REU program offers the following benefits and activities;
NEW Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania
The Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania seeks highly qualified and motivated undergraduate applicants for its Research for Undergraduate Experience (REU) Program for summer 2016.
This 10-week program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists on the cutting-edge of nanoscale research. The Singh Center is centered around four major research facilities, all featuring state-of-the-art equipment for nanoscale characterization, measurement, and fabrication: the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility, the Nanoscale Characterization Facility, the Scanning and Local Probe Facility, and the Material Property Measurement Facility.
Summer projects will include the traditional REU-model project, ones in which students work on a research project within a Penn faculty member’s lab, as well as unique project opportunities to work on research originating from the Singh Center research facilities themselves.
Student participants will earn a $5500 stipend (before taxes, paid in installments), and will be housed within walking distance of the university with housing provided by the program. In addition, up to $500 in travel costs to Philadelphia may be eligible for reimbursement. Philadelphia is an exciting place to live for the summer, with many social and recreational activities. Dates: May 31 – August 5, 2016 (10 weeks). Application deadline: Feb. 26, 2015 by 5:00pm. Applicants will benotified of the status of their application by April 1, 2016.
Application Portal:

REU program at University of Rochester
We are accepting applications for our 2015 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

At this time, we (as well as other programs being reviewed this year) are awaiting notification from NSF as to whether our REU Program renewal proposal will be funded. 
We are accepting applications for a 2015 program so that we are ready to organize a program.
Research problems are available across the broad landscape of contemporary chemical research: structure, mechanism, dynamics, synthesis, spectroscopy and theory; inorganic, organic, organometallic,
physical, biological, polymer, nuclear and environmental chemistry. 
More details can be found on the website at:

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
The ASBMB has links to various universities and agencies that sponsor summer undergraduate research in the biochemical sciences.

TECBio REU @ Pitt  (NSF REU for Undergraduates)
Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology (TECBio): Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales. For rising juniors or seniors who are US citizens or permanent residents, and studying physical, computer or life sciences or engineering. 10 week program, $4600 stipend plus housing & travel. On line only.

The 2016 application is now closed! Responses can be expected around mid-late March.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
These opportunities are for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physics, engineering, and computer science. Summer employment opportunities. Scholars website.

(MIRTHE) Engineering Research CTR for Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment, Princeton University
Research Experience for Undergraduates, early June to mid-August. Present your research at the MIRTHE Summer Workshop, for information please visit the poster. Receive a competitive stipend; live on or near campus (Princeton U, NJ). Progarm dates June 6th - July 20th 2016.  Application form. Applications deadline is March 1, 2016. Acceptance notification is April 30th.

Upstate Medical Center
Summer undergraduate research fellowship program. For students interested in basic biomedical research. Dr. Michael Cosgrove, Director.
Each fellow will be provided a $3,000 stipend for the period plus housing in Clark Tower, our residence hall. How to apply.
 Application deadline has been closed for 2016.