Summer Research Programs




West Coast Universities


Minority Health and Health Disparties International Research Training Program, CSU Fullerton

The MHIRT scholars will travel to the foreign site and spend 10 weeks conducting research in the laboratory of their foreign research advisor. The foreign research advisor will be responsible for the scientific conduct of the work and having a suitable project and a properly equipped and safe laboratory equipment. The CSU faculty mentor will visit the laboratory to confirm that this is so and to deal with any problems or concerns that might arise. When appropriate, in consultation with the foreign research director and the MHIRT scholar, the CSU faculty mentor will identify and provide any extra instruction that might be needed with regard to safety, experimental design, interpretation of data, and use of various computer packages for the analysis of data.


Summer Program for Undergraduate Research-Life and Biomedical Sciences, UCLA

The UCLA SPUR-LABS summer program provides a rigorous research training experience for undergraduates with interests in a broad range of bioscience disciplines—from molecules to organisms and from basic to translational science. Exceptional research training, integrated with professional development activities, will prepare students to succeed in leading Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs. The program aims to contribute to diversity, inclusion, and the elimination of barriers to participation in bioscience research careers and is designed for students participating in honors research programs that foster transition to doctoral programs (such as Maximizing Access to Research Careers–MARC, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development - IMSD, and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation - LSAMP).


Amgen Scholars Program, UCLA

The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research experiences at 10 institutions across the country for students interested in pursuing Ph.D.’s and, eventually, a career in science. Students interested in summer research in any area of biomedical science, chemistry, bioengineering or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.


Amgen Scholars Program, UC Berkeley

The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. Additionally, this program encourages participants to pursue a Ph.D. or the joint M.D./Ph.D. degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology. Applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School

NFUSS is a six-week course, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), designed to provide undergraduate students with comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics. This program will be held June 11 to July 20 at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. Through laboratory experiments and complementary lectures, students are introduced to the practice and technical aspects of nuclear forensic science. The program will also include a field trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Mid-West Universities


Summer Research Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Nebraska Summer Research Program is committed to quality mentoring and research projects. We limit our summer offerings to active research labs and projects led by faculty who have established themselves as excellent undergraduate student mentors. Since each program has several Summer Research Program scholars, you'll have peers and colleagues in which to share your educational experience with.


Summer Research Opportunity Program, Univeristy of Michigan

The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study. This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct an intensive graduate level research project with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan. This 8-week program culminates in a research symposium where each participant presents their research project. Throughout the program, all students will engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars.


Research Experience for Undergraduates, Purdue University

This National Science Foundation sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students. It facilitates deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry is available. Examples include the experimental analysis of enzyme mechanisms, post-translational protein modifications, proteomics, and protein-nucleic acid interactions studied in the biological context of cell cycle control, chromatin regulation and renewable energy research.


McDonnell Genome Institute, Washington University

OGR invites bright, innovative, and talented students to participate in our summer (Undergraduate Scholars) or postbaccalaureate (Extensive Study) research programs. The goal of OGR is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue PhDs in genomics and related fields. This is a 10-week summer program focused on engaging students in research and intensive academic enhancement/graduate school preparation workshops.

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Southern Universities


University of North Carolina, Summer Research Program in Biophysics

This 11-week scholarship program hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduces underrepresented* students to the field of biophysics. The program includes lectures, seminars, lab work, team-building activities and field trips. The Summer Research Program is designed to reflect a graduate-level research program. Students who are US citizens or permanent residents and who have a strong quantitative background in basic or applied sciences are encouraged to apply.


Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Chemical Biology program is a ten week hands-on course designed to introduce chemistry, biochemistry and biology students to the research processes and the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research. Students participate in a mini-symposium on drug discovery, attend seminars given by VICB faculty working across disciplinary lines and participate in weekly discussions on topics such as ethics.

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East Coast Universities


Cornell Univeristy LSAMP 2018 Summer REU

CU LSAMP-REU is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons. Undergraduate students interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a nine-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor.

Climb Up for Summer Research

The CLIMB Program is predicated on the vision that the future of science rests with those who are most adept at communicating and working with others across diverse scientific, intellectual, ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural domains. The CLIMB Program offers research opportunities, mentoring, and professional development workshops to help its scholars develop into well-rounded professionals who will be leaders in their chosen field.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Diversity Summer Research Training Program

The mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is to conduct and support medical research and research training and to disseminate science-based information on diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutritional disorders, and obesity; and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, to improve people’s health and quality of life.​

Princeton Neuroscience Institue, Princeton University

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is offering a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants will closely collaborate with students and faculty at PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist.

University of Maryland, School of Public Health Summer Training and Research

The University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (UM STAR) program is designed to provide traditionally under-represented and disadvantaged undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease.

Harvard-Amgen Scholars, Harvard University

The Amgen Scholars Program at Harvard is a 10-week faculty-mentored residential summer research program for undergraduates in biotechnology. Amgen Scholars will be paired with world-renowned faculty mentors and a director supervisor (postdoctoral scholar or graduate student) in the laboratory, following an interview selection process. Throughout the duration of the program, Amgen Scholars will conduct hands-on, innovative research across biotechnology fields in cutting-edge facilities at Harvard. While participating in the program, Amgen Scholars will reside in one of Harvard’s historic River Houses as active members of Harvard’s Summer Undergraduate Research Village community. In addition to research, Amgen Scholars will participate in a number of intellectual, pre-professional development, and social activities throughout the program.

Undergraduate Summer Internship in Systems Biology

The Undergraduate Summer Internship is our headline enrichment program for undergraduates who are eager to collaborate with our researchers, as well as their own peers, at Harvard's FAS Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. ​Participants in this paid internship will work in our labs, gaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art tools and learning cutting-edge scientific techniques in our dynamic research environment.

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