MIT Lincoln Laboratory applies advanced technology to problems critical to national security. Behind the Laboratory’s solutions are researchers with excellent technical abilities and imagination working in cross-disciplinary collaborations to develop systems from the initial concept stage, through simulation and analysis, to design and prototyping, and finally to real-world demonstrations. Majors:  Electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, aeronautics/astronautics, materials science, molecular biology, biochemistry, and related fields.

National Science Foundation
REU Sites Links to NSF REU’s by major

Biological Sciences
Computer Science & Engineering
Materials Research

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
NNIN will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program from June through August, hiring approximately 85 interns to work at the fourteen NNIN sites. We are looking for engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology. Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply, along with students with no previous research experience.

The chosen undergraduates taking part in the ten-week NNIN REU program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, opto-electronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the NNIN research facilities. Interns work with faculty and graduate students on projects using the unique resources offered at their award site.

Deadline: Funding has been renewed but website is not yet up to date. Check back periodically for details.

For Pre Med and Pre Dental Students:

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
is a FREE full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive an personalized medical and dental school preparation. full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.
The program is looking for freshman and sophomore students with a minimum gpa of 2.5. Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent resident visas.

Each SMDEP site makes their admissions decisions on a “first come, first serve basis.” Please apply sooner rather than later to increase your change of being selected.

Johns Hopkins University
The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. Sophomores and above with a minimum GPA of 3.5

Deadline: See web site for dates.

Department of Energy

DOE CCI Program
Community College Internship Program Overview
The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Applications Due: See website for dates

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, with support from the National Science Foundation, is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the broad area of nonlinear dynamics. Students from a variety of universities and backgrounds typically work in teams of two or three for 10 weeks during the summer and are supervised jointly by faculty members and graduate students. The program begins June 6 and ends August 12, 2016. Preferred Minimum GPA is 3.30

Deadline: Check Website

Princeton University
The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) are sponsoring research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to Materials Science. Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics are chosen each year to complement the research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials. Freshman are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Check Website

Summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

The FREEDM Systems Center  Summer REU program offers a research opportunity to domestic undergraduates from universities outside of the Center who are majoring in electrical and computer engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science engineering, computer science and related fields. The undergraduate student will spend 10 weeks during the summer of 2014 conducting research at one of the Center’s five partnering universities, experiencing different aspects of university research, and presenting their work at symposia.   This program is open to U.S Citizens and permanent residents only. Women and members of under-represented minority population are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Application to be posted soon

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) sponsors more than 50 research programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities in 24 states and some outside the United States. So whether you are seeking a summer internship, a scholarship to help fund your academic progress, or a longer-term research position to provide hands-on laboratory experience, ORISE has a program for you.

Pathways to Science Search REU Programs from all over the country
Includes information about scholarships as well

Are you a Math Major? The American Mathematical Society has tons of REU’s for students.
Check out their website to see
Deadline: varies by program site. Most deadlines are in March-Feb

Cornell University

The National Science Foundation NSF has renewed Cornell’s grant for a Research Experience for Undergraduates program in the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE), which encompasses the Laboratory for Elementary-Particle Physics (LEPP), the High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), and the Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) project.
Under this program, approximately ten science and engineering students from around the country will be invited to participate in research at the Laboratory. In addition there are several other REU programs on campus with whom we share housing and programs

Deadline: Check Website

Rochester Institute of Technology
The NSF REU Program Imaging in the Physical Sciences is a new program that builds on the strength of the research and educational programs in the interdisciplinary Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, extending a rich history of undergraduate research experiences with RIT students to students from beyond RIT’s walls. Our program introduces young scientists to research in a highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented setting, preparing the students for the type of goal-oriented research they are likely to encounter in real-world environments. RIT is now the third largest undergraduate private technical university in the United States.
Deadline: Check website for Dates.  Freshman can apply!

University of Michigan

Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10 week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology. The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Check website

Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering
VINSE brings ten students each summer to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering.  This summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.

Deadline: February 15, 2016

California Institute of Technology NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – a MUST See for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers. Some International Students may apply as well!


NASA One Stop Shop Initiative is where you can find REU’s for all things NASA.

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program Materials Science and Engineering Center is a 10-week program for undergraduates.

Deadline: See web site for dates

The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Deadline: Check Website

University of Washington

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates program will be held during the summer (June – August).  This 10-week program on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus will provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with researchers and to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communication skills, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the undergraduate scientist with a solid foundation for graduate study.

Deadline: February 15, 2016

UC Riverside

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site is geared towards providing opportunities to students interested in the cellular and molecular biology of plants and their pathogens.  The program is especially interested in exposing students from two- and four-year colleges with limited research infrastructure to the excitement and career options that studies of plant and plant pathogen biology offers, but students from all colleges are welcome to apply.  The program is sponsored by the UC-Riverside Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) which, in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) and other college departments, includes many faculty that study plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes), other microbes, and allied fields.

Deadline: February 24, 2016


University of Notre Dame
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2016 pending funding.  The focal point of the proposed projects is Integrative Cell and Molecular Biology. Underrepresented minority students, disabled students, and students from small colleges without graduate biology programs are encouraged to apply.

Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors majoring in biological sciences, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply.

Are a student currently in your sophomore or junior year at a U.S. college or university?
Have a grade point average of at least 3.0?  Are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.?
International students who are attending a U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 1

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)
All majors accepted, however, students must have successfully completed courses in biology and chemistry.

Deadline: March 1 (application will open in Mid-November)

The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics; and mathematical biology.

Deadline: February 1, 2016

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

Deadline: March 31, 2016

UC Davis
The Department of Physics has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates site since 2004. During the 10-week program students live on campus while working alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects. Students get a view of physics very different from typical coursework.

Deadline:Check website

UC San Diego

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and masters students. STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UCSD research project and experience the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top rated research institution.

Deadline: February 19, 2016

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Offers a wide variety of summer internship opportunities in various disciplines, including chemistry and material science, computer science, criticality safety, engineering, and physics.


Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (Possible for International students to apply, see website)
Numerous opportunities including projects in Materials Science, Computational Science, Security, Bioengineering, and more:

Deadline: See Website

Carnegie Mellon

The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks and begins June and runs until August.

Deadline: see website

Louisiana State University
Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences
This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a ten week program where students work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.
The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at Louisiana State University (LSU) provides an ideal setting for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring gravitational waves, complex emergent phenomena in material science, or computational music, the participants work on cutting edge research in Computational Sciences.

March 1, 2016

The Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Application (LA-SiGMA) is a 7-member alliance of universities throughout Louisiana. Members of LA-SiGMA provide six different sites and numerous projects for the REU student to become familiar with interdisciplinary research. With research groups exploring molecular interactions to model hydrophobic solubility, parallel finite elements on unstructured meshes using PETSc and Sieve, simulations of hydrogen storage materials, etc., the participants work on cutting edge research in material sciences and computational tools. Minimum 2.75 GPA.

Deadline:Early March

Department of Homeland Security

The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in DHS-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country. Participants receive a stipend plus transportation expenses to/from their internship location. Recommended GPA is 3.30

Deadline: check website

Cornell University

The Cornell Center for Materials Research is offering an REU.  Students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on interdisciplinary materials research projects involving chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering disciplines.

Check web site.

University of Michigan

The Summer C-PHOM REU Program will run from June to August. The program provides undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents with an opportunity to conduct tens weeks of summer research with faculty and students in the fields of nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics.  Opportunities are available in experiment, theory, and computation.  Applicants are required to send transcripts and 2 letters of recommendation. Student must be a rising junior or senior (graduating with a bachelors between December 2016 and May 2018

Deadline: see website


The Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, or ACCESS, provides summer internships to highly qualified students with disabilities. Students work for 10 weeks during the summer with a NASA mentor in either a lab or office environment. Summer jobs are related to the participant’s interests and abilities. ACCESS participants are full-time students, both graduate and undergraduate, from accredited four-year educational institutions. They must have an academic background in engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics with a B average in their major. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: See website

University of Pittsburgh

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) is an undergraduate research program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Students undertake a year-long experience that includes two summer institutes held at the University of Pittsburgh and a year-long team research project. Students are immersed in special-topics workshops, professional development seminars, research projects, and network-building opportunities.

Deadline: Rolling admissions, apply early. All majors accepted.

Boston University

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at Boston University is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduate students, especially those from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences: African-American, Hispanic, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian/Polynesian. The SURF Program is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF-REU; NE-AGEP), the Department of Defense (ASSURE), and Boston University. The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences, technology, or engineering.

Deadline: check website

Cornell University

Cornell University LSAMP-REU is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest through weekly luncheons. Must have a 3.0 or higher gpa.

Undergraduate students, interested in gaining a deeper understanding in an engineering-related field, have the opportunity to conduct and present research over a ten-week duration under the auspices of a Cornell Engineering faculty research mentor. Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. CU LSAMP-R was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Deadline: Check Website

Cornell Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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