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: January 1, 2017 Application Form.
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.
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)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

REU programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquainted 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.
 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.
Undergraduate Studies
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

 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).

REU Program at University of Delaware
The University of Delaware research experience for undergraduates 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.  Opportunities to extend one week prior and following the REU may be available. The REU program offers the following benefits and activities.

University of North Texas NSF REU Progarm Summer 2017
The Chemistry Department, at the University of North Texas, invites applications for their Summer 2017 NSF-REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Program.  The ten-week program will tentatively begin the last week of May or the first week of June. Also, participants will be given a $5,000 stipend, plus housing will be provided.  Funds are available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located in the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
If you are interested, please submit your application, personal statement, transcripts and two letters of recommendation by Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  Application forms and additional information can be found on the following webpage:

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).
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 30 – August45, 2017 (10 weeks). Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 (applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 1, 2017.
Application Portal:

REU program at University of Rochester
Summer Research—NSF REU
Rochester is a site for the NSF REU program, providing funding for a number of students every summer. As required by NSF policy, the program is open only to domestic students, and preference will be given to students from schools that do not have a PhD program in chemistry. Underrepresented minority students and women are especially encouraged to apply.
Summer research students have their own research problem, a specific faculty advisor, and a specific day-to-day graduate student or postdoctoral mentor. Everybody participates in a weekly group meeting, reporting to each other on their research projects and results in oral, poster, and written form. Application deadline: February 14, 2017. Program runs May 31 to August 14, 2017.

 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. Application deadline: February 13, 2017. Application form.

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). Program dates June 6th - July 20th 2016.  Application form.

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. The program runs June 5 - August 11, 2017. deadline for application is: February 15, 2017.

WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institue) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

WPI REU in Chemistry, Summer 2017
WPI’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is hosting undergraduate students from around the country at a new NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates site. You will participate in projects ranging from membrane biochemistry to bio-inspired materials synthesis all geared toward solving important problems in biology. WPI undergraduates are not eligible for the REU, but can obtain support for summer research through the SURF program.
PROGRAM SUPPORT—Students will receive a stipend of $5,000, a free WPI dormitory room in housing dedicated to participants in various WPI REU sites, and a travel subsidy. Program runs Thursday, June  1, 2017 at 08:00 AM until Friday, August 4, 2017 at 06:00 PM Complete this form to apply for a place in WPI's REU in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Virginia Tech REU Summer Research for Undergraduates
REU Summer Research for Undergraduates: /earn $5000 during the 11 week program (plus living expenses). Conduct research with science and engineering faculty mentors. Rising juniors and seniors preferred.  Program Dates: May 30 - August 11, 2017. Normally Application Review begins February 1, 2017 but MII is still currently accepting applications for the 2017 REU summer program. Note: We have had some intermittent issues with our online application.  Please contact the MII office at for the application and current deadline for application acceptance. For more information contact Kim Felix at