Purdue University REU: Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins

The Department of Biochemistry at Purdue University is now accepting applications for our summer 2019 NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. We are particularly interested in students who are planning a career in research but have limited undergraduate research opportunities at their home institution. Students from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Overview of the program:

  • Ten-week mentored research experience
  • Weekly career development sessions
  • $5250 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
  • On-campus housing provided
  • Round-trip transportation to West Lafayette, IN


  • Undergraduate who has completed at least 4 semesters of college study
  • Students must have at least one semester of college remaining after the summer of 2019
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Online application requiring a statement of career goals and interest in the program
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation
  • Copy of transcript

Application Deadline:
Feb. 18, 2019

For further information visit: https://ag.purdue.edu/biochem/Pages/REU.aspx

Maryland Sea Grant REU Program in Marine and Estuarine Science

Maryland Sea Grant offers fifteen undergraduates the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. During this 12-week program, each student will work with science mentors on an individual research project.

Research areas:

  • Benthic environment
  • Climate change
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental contaminants
  • Estuarine processes
  • Fisheries
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Physical oceanography

Who should apply:
We seek students majoring in biology, chemistry, ecology, physics, engineering, mathematics, and marine and environmental science. We encourage applicants from colleges and universities where research opportunities are limited and from groups unrepresented in marine and coastal science to apply.

The internship offers a $6,000 stipend and free housing.

Application Deadline:
Feb. 15, 2019

Point of Contact:
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

For further information visit: mdsg.umd.edu/reu

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center REU Internships in Plant Biology

As part of the NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO, offers 11-week internships from May 20-Aug.2, 2019. Interns will gain hands-on research experience in state-of-the-art facilities and have opportunities for field trips, biotechnology seminars and a research symposium.

The internship offers a $7,749 stipend and housing for non-local interns.

Application Deadline:
Feb. 1, 2019

Point of Contact:
Danforth Center Internships

For further information visit: http://www.danforthcenter.org/internship

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for internship opportunities available at AFRL sites across the United States. AFRL Scholars Program internships are competitive awards that provide AFRL-related involvement for students to gain degree-relevant, real-world experience while contributing to the operation of an AFRL site and supporting the advancement of DoD missions. Internship opportunities are primarily in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Selected interns are paid a competitive stipend award amount based on their academic level at the beginning of the internship opportunity.

Application deadlines vary for programs at the various locations:

  • Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque (Application deadline Jan 15, 2019)
  • Eglin Air Force Base in Florida (Application deadline Dec 17, 2018)
  • AFRL Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site (Application deadline Jan 15, 2019)

Stipend level is based on academic level semester immediately preceding internship dates.

Point of Contact:
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program
USRA Education Programs Office

For further information visit: http://afrlscholars.usra.edu/

Amgen Scholars

Every year, the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research at many of the nation’s premier educational institutions.

CASPER Summer Intern Program

Baylor's CASPER program in astrophysics and space science theory is one of the extraordinary REU experiences available for consideration.

Eko Tracks

Eko Tracks proudly offers quality study abroad programs, internships and volunteer opportunities for people who are looking for an educational and practical experience. As Africa experts, they ensure that the tours and wildlife safaris are inspiring and enlightening while experiencing spectacular wildlife and landscapes, adventure activities and cultural diversity. Study abroad programs are available for college credit in veterinary field study and wildlife conservation. Internships are available in marine biology, carnivore conservation, wildlife population, park management and other related fields. Volunteer opportunities are also available at a Wildlife Sanctuary in Nambia and as showdows/assistants to Wildlife Veterinarians. For further details and application information, visit the Eko Tracks website or email info@ekotracks.com.


For NASA supported internships, fellowships, and scholarships.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

The National Science Foundation offers undergraduates extensive opportunities in a wide-range of disciplines. Consider applying for a research internship in ethics, in chemistry, in biology, in engineering, in mathematics, ocean sciences, physics or any of many other scientific fields.

Other Internship Opportunities

An extensive list of resources for specialized internship opportunities in a variety of fields.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science connects students to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This online resource advertises over 800 programs and paid summer 2015 undergraduate research opportunities.
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Summer Research Opportunities at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX

For the 26th consecutive year, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give 100 undergraduate students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty.

Areas of Research: modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, development, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, stem cell and pharmacology are represented.

The SURF program also offers four additional sub-programs, each with unique opportunities within biomedical sciences and across disciplines.

1. SURF-Stem Cell: This highly successful SURF subprogram is specifically focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine. For more information about this program specifically, click here.

2. Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program: This program, initially funded by a NIGMS training grant and now funded internally, will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. QP-SURF students would carry out their 10-week research project in a biomedical engineering, biophysics, computational biology, or quantitative/analytical chemistry laboratory. To visit the program website and access the online application, click here.

3. QP-SURF-Chemistry: This program highlights opportunities for undergraduates interested in research at the interface between chemistry and biomedical research. For more information about this program, click here.

4. Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program: This program is funded by a National Institute of health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIHIDDKD) training grant and will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of natural sciences. The goal of SURISKD is to give students an intensive summer research training experience for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in kidney-related research. SURISKD Fellows spend 10-weeks pursuing individual research projects that range from embryonic development and physiology to kidney cancer and imaging in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. To visit the program website and access the online application, click here.

All five summer programs include topic specific weekly science seminars, optional courses in genetics and cancer, a leadership course, social events, and a scientific poster session at the conclusion of the program. Participants will be selected based on their essays, letters of recommendation, course work, and experience. Students will receive a stipend for the 10-week program. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses.

The application deadline for all 5 programs is February 9, 2018.

For additional questions, contact: Nancy E. Street, PhD at Nancy.street@utsouthwestern.edu.

Texas Space Grant Consortium

The Texas Space Grant Consortium is a group of 36 institutions which include universities, industrial organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies within Texas that are joined to ensure that the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans. In a broader context, the National Space Grant Program, consisting of 52 Space Grant Consortia nationwide, cooperate to achieve this goal for all Americans. Baylor is a founding member of this consortium and works actively with TexSpace/CASPER.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors 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. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

For questions email: dhsed@orau.org

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium partners with science, education, and NASA programs to provide many exciting summer opportunities.