Off-Campus Summer Research Opportunities

Explore the following links below. Opportunities are available in a wide range of scientific fields, medical schools, state and local government agencies, and in academic institutions located all over the country.

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Undergraduate Research Resources

Research Outside of the US

Current Summer Research Opportunities include the following:

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program.

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Arizona State University Mathematical & Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI)

MTBI is an intensive eight week summer research experience for undergraduates that prepares young scientists for the rigors of graduate studies in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics, and the natural and social sciences. MTBI enables students to conduct research in their own areas of interest in a small group setting. Students receive $4,000 stipends, round trip airfare, and housing on ASU campus. Application Deadline: January 31, 2015.

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Cornell Friends & Foes REU Program

The Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts. Students work with faculty mentors in the Section of Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology (PPPMB). A common theme among research programs in PPPMB is investigation of interspecific interactions, both mutualistic and antagonistic.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)

A summer research program for undergraduate students between their junior and senior year of studies is established at the Hutchinson Center. The program provides financial support and instruction on a research project under the guidance of a faculty member and laboratory staff (in one of the Divisions of the Center: Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences or our newest area, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute). Students spend a nine week period as part of a research team in areas such as: cellular biology, developmental biology, genetics, membrane biology, molecular biology, molecular immunology, structural biology, oncogenes, or virology. Weekly student/faculty research meetings take place throughout the summer, and students are encouraged to participate in other Center colloquia and seminars.

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Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Grad School of Biomedical Sciences

The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, sponsors a ten-week research program for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences. The ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience.

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Keck Graduate Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program

The SURE program for undergraduate research in biotechnology and bioengineering at Keck Graduate Institute provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of applied molecular and cellular biology, bioengineering, computational biology, as well as exposure to related ethics and business topics.

The program is appropriate for motivated undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, or related disciplines. One of the program goals is to promote the success of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering.

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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

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National Institutes of Health SIP

The Summer Internship Program (SIP) at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

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Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

OHSU has a number of summer internship opportunities for undergraduates with a background in biology, chemistry, environmental science, computer science, math, physics or engineering.

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Pasteur Foundation Internship Program in New York

The Pasteur Foundation of New York offers its Internship Program to U.S. undergraduates to conduct 10-week summer internships at the Institute Pasteur. The goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.

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Penn State Hershey College of Medicine SURIP Program

The SURIP 2019 program is a 10-week research experience intended for college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences. The typical intern will be between their Sophomore and Junior year or between their Junior and Senior year of undergraduate studies. Students who will have a BA or BS prior to the start of the internship should not apply.

SURIP 2019 is most appropriate for students considering application to Ph.D. programs in the Biomedical Sciences and is not intended for students who plan to apply to medical school. There is no clinical shadowing component to the internship. Students that are undecided or interested in combined degrees are welcome to apply.

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Smithsonian Natural History Research Experiences

Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) is a 10-week summer internship program hosted at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. NHRE interns work closely with scientific mentors to complete independent research projects in Earth Scienc, Biology, and Anthropology.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program

The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research. Students participating in the Pediatric Oncology Education program will receive training in a superb academic environment created by the interaction of committed basic scientists, research-oriented physicians, and postdoctoral fellows. Depending on their special interests, trainees will spend their rotations in a clinical research or a laboratory research setting. Trainees will be matched with a faculty mentor who shares their research interests and will participate in the mentor's ongoing research projects. Trainees attend a daily Lunch & Learn series designed specifically for them, as well as other clinical and basic research conferences.

A primary goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research, either as a laboratory-based scientist or a physician scientist. Thus, qualified students with an interest in cancer research are particularly encouraged to apply.

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U.S. Dept. of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships are available at many National Laboratories and at DOE Headquarters.

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University of Colorado at Denver Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program

The University of Colorado Cancer Center, one of only 40 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, offers opportunities for students who are interested in exploring careers in cancer medical research through our Student Cancer Research Fellowship Program.

The ten week summer fellowships pair students with preceptors from a variety of laboratories and clinics at University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Denver, University of Colorado Boulder and other Denver-area health care institutions. Fellows attend twice-weekly lectures and participate in a Poster Session in August.

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University of Oregon Life Sciences Summer Program for Undergrad Research

The University of Oregon (UO) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other Universities and Colleges to participate in ongoing research in Life Sciences laboratories at UO during the Summer months.

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University of Oregon Molecular Biosciences

The University of Oregon (UO) Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Program in Molecular Biosciences (UO-REU) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other universities and colleges to participate in ongoing research in life sciences laboratories at UO during the summer months.

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University of Texas Southwestern SURF Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in biomedical research. 

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University of Utah Molecular Biology & Biological Chemistry GP & the Bioscience URP

The Graduate Programs in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry and the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program offers three distinct summer research programs.

These programs provide opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of biological fields, including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neurobiology.

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University of Washington Summer Research Program

A number of summer research programs are hosted at the University of Washington each summer. These programs differ from other on-campus research opportunities in that they usually require a formal application process (often during Winter Quarter); may be open to non-UW students; have a fixed term during the summer (often 9-10 weeks); and are full-time or close-to-full-time commitments (30-40 hours/week).

Summer research programs give students the opportunity to have an immersive research experience during the summer period that might not be possible during the school year. Summer programs are a great chance for students to try something new or take their experience to the next level.

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University of Washington Blinks Research Fellowship Program, Friday Harbor Labs

The Blinks Fellowship Program brings together enthusiastic fellows with the remarkable biological resources and scientific minds at University of Washington's marine science research facility. With support from the United Negro College Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Society for Cell Biology, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the Anne Hof Blinks Memorial, Friday Harbor Laboratories offers a full immersion research experience for motivated undergraduates, post-baccalaureates and graduate students. In keeping with the University of Washington's policy of encouraging cultural diversity in its student body, the program seeks 4-8 students of diverse backgrounds and interests to participate in a six to ten week summer research project in the marine sciences. By linking fellows with marine scientists, fellows learn both the process and the substance of scientific research. As the research progresses, fellows will be encouraged to become semi-independent collaborators. The experience will expose fellows to the life and work of a marine science research laboratory.

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Washington State University (Spokane, WA), Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is now located in Spokane on the WSU Health Sciences campus. the 10-week SURF program offers its fellows a stipend while providing a hands-on research experience for undergraduate and professional students.

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