Department of Biology

Summer Research Opportunities and Internships

The NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a fellowship designed to expose students to academic research and prepare them for careers in the sciences.  Students can apply to over one hundred REU programs at colleges and universities across the United States as well as internationally.  A list of research programs and participating universities can be found at (

If you are a rising sophomore or junior looking to gain hands-on research experience, travel to a new part of the country, and get paid a healthy stipend while doing it, you should consider applying to the NSF-REU program.  Undergraduate research experience is looked on favorably in many graduate and professional schools, and the REU program provides an excellent means to get that experience.  Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States to apply.  Applications are sent directly to participating universities, and each university requires slightly different information.

For rising seniors that are interested in applying to graduate school, NSF also offers the graduate research fellowship (GRP), which provides research support for three years of post-graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering, as well as a healthy stipend.  Undergraduates that are awarded GRP fellowships are very successful in joining top research groups in graduate programs across the country.

For more information about these and other undergraduate research opportunities in the sciences, as well as tips for applying and how to get the most out of the program, come to an information session on October 8th, 2013 in HONR106 from 4:00-5:00 pm, hosted by Dr. R. Drew Sieg.



Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

American Society for Microbiology

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation

Baylor College of Medicine

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Boston University

California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences - Biological Illustrations

Carnegie Mellon University

Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies 
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Visiting Professorships for Young International Scientists
Visiting Professorships for Senior International Scientists

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cornell University-Summer Research Scholars Program

Cornell University - Summer Internship

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy
Danforth (Donald) Plant Science Center

Dartmouth College 

Disney Agricultural Sciences
EPA-Greater Research Opportunities program

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Research Participation

Field Museum (Chicago)

Georgia Tech - Aquatic Chemical Ecology

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory

Harvard Medical School

Hunter College, City University of New York

Hutchinson (Fred) Cancer Research Center

Indiana University

Infectious Disease (1 year fellowship)

International Crane Foundation 

Iowa State University
Jackson Laboratory

Johns Hopkins Visualization of Macromolecules

Johns Hopkins Nanotechnology

Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Lehigh Physics

Louisiana State Life Science

Marquette University

Material Research Science (Chicago)

Mayo Clinic

Memphis Teaching Fellows 

Michigan State  University
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory

Mountain Lake Biological Station

Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Science Foundation

Naval Research Program

Northern Arizona University

Northwestern Nanotechnology

Notre Dame Biological Sciences

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Occidental College (Los Angeles)

Oregon State Marine Science

Pasteur Foundation

Pennsylvania BioMedcial

Pepperdine University

Purdue University

Rockefeller University - physical or life science

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Sackler Medical Science Research Program (NewYork)

Santa Fe Complex Systems Biology

Sloan Kettering

Smithsonian Institution

South Carolina Space Consortium

St. Jude Research Hospital

SUNY Medical University 

Tennessee State University-
 Ambrosia Beetle Behavior and Chemical Ecology
 Fire Ant Behavior and Chemical Ecology
 Spotted Wing Drosophila Behavior and Chemical Ecology

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

University of Alabama at Birmingham  
University of Florida Marine Bioscience

University of Iowa

University of Kentucky

University of Michigan Pre-Health Professional 
University of Nebraska

University of North Carolina

University of Notre Dame

University of Oregon

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rochester Medical Center

University of South Alabama - protein structure and function

University of Texas Medical Center

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

University of Virginia-Mountain Lake Biological Station

University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Geological Survey

Vanderbilt Molecular and Cellular Biology Summer Program

Vanderbilt Dept. of Pharmacology - SURF

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

Venter (J. Craig) Institute

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Walt Disney World

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Wellborn Ecology (NH)

Whitney Laboratory