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Summer Research Links

Here are just a few of the many off-campus summer research opportunities available:

  • The U.S. Dept. of Energy runs a program of Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships that places students in paid internships at any of several Department of Energy facilities, including Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington.
  • Students interested in interning at NASA can visit the SOLAR launchpad to apply to several summer research opportunities with one application.
  • The University of Texas Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biomedical sciences. 

  • The National Institutes of Health have a Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research. In this program, students receive hands-on experience while working with some of the leading scientists in the research laboratories at the NIH. In addition to the main campus in Bethesda, Maryland, training opportunities are available at other off-campus facilities in Frederick and Baltimore, Maryland; Hamilton, Montana; Phoenix, Arizona; and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

  • To bridge the gap between research scientists and public educators, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, affiliated with Cornell University, has initiatied outreach programs that specifically address topics emerging from studies in plant genomics. The programs have several goals, including introducing undergraduate students to laboratory and field research in plant science through summer internships.

  • The Organization for Tropical Studies, a program run by Duke University, sponsors summer research opportunities in Costa Rica.

  • The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

  • Amy Replogle '05 participated in the Ohio State Plant Pathology summer research program and recommends it to students interested in plant research. Her research was Characterization of Bacillus in the Soybean Rhizosphere.

  • Mayo Clinic offers 60-70 students the opportunity to work in their internationally-recognized research program through its Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURF). Current sophomores or juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible.

  • The Garden Club of America offers several summer research scholarships for undergraduates, including the GCA Awards for Summer Environmental Studies and the GCA Summer Scholarship in Field Botany.

  • California Institute of Technology's Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowships provide the opportunity for a small number of talented underrepresented minority students to spend 8-10 weeks doing research at Caltech or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Juniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who are contemplating pursuing a Ph.D. are eligible.

  • African-American juniors who want to pursue biomedical science careers and have a GPA of at least 3.3 can apply for the UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship. Each recipient receives a scholarship for their senior year plus two summer research internship stipends.

  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle offers a summer research program for students between their junior and seniors years. Students spend a 10-12 week period as part of a research team after selecting an area of interest.

  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a 10-12 week paid Summer Student Fellowship Program to students with at least a tentative interest in oceanography and/or marine policy. Students who have completed their junior or senior year may apply, and Minority Fellowships are also available.

  • The Union of Concerned Scientists has 6-month long internships available for students who are interested in public policy. Currently, interns work on the Clean Energy Program and the Scientific Integrity Program.

  • The School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland offers summer research opportunities for undergrads, including research in biomedical engineering, pharmacology, and pediatric disorders. This site also lists other research opportunities in Cleveland.
  • The Harvard Forest Research Program in Ecology has an 11-week summer program that includes a generous stipend, housing, meal plan, and assistance with travel costs.
  • And more quick listings:

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Scholarships, Fellowships & Postgrad Opportunities

  • The National Science Foundation offers Graduate Research Fellowships for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study, and students can apply during their senior year of college. The foundation offers about 900 awards each year that provide three years of graduate school support. Application deadline is early November.

  • As a means of increasing the number of US citizens trained in disciplines of science and engineering of military importance, the Department of Defense awards fellowships for study and research leading to a doctoral degree in various fields, including biosciences. Recipients receive a stipend in addition to full tuition.

  • The Garden Club of America offers several scholarships and fellowships for graduate students pursuing careers in horticulture, landscape architecture, botany, and related fields.

  • The Chicago Botanic Garden sponsors many (75-100 in 2012) paid Conservation and Land Management Internships each year.  These 5-month internships for graduates involve working with government and non-profit organizations in the western states, focusing on botany, wildlife, or a combination of the two.  They paid about $11,900 in 2012.  Anna Moeller, a 2012 graduate, did an internship with the BLM in Oregon after graduation and highly recommends the program.
  • The Milotte Scholarship Fund provides up to $4000 for post high school education to students who are Washington residents and who are profoundly interested by nature, have been careful observers of it, and have successfully expressed their observations in ways that engage the everyday person.

  • The National Institutes of Health has three postbaccalaureate programs for students who want to work for a year or two before continuing their education in graduate or professional school, as well as scholarship and summer internship programs for current students.

General Interest

  • Slater Museum of Natural History at University of Puget Sound
  • Human genome resources
    This site is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The Genes & Disease page will be of particular interest to biology students.

  • Beautiful Birds
    Photos of the Hill Ornithology Collection at Cornell University, which is devoted primarily to North American art before 1900. Recommended for everyone interested in birds or wildlife art.

  • Botanical Society of America
    Approximately 800 images are available in 14 collections such as Lichens, Plant Anatomy, and Plant Morphology.

  • Major biomes of the world
    From Radford University, this site exposes undergraduates to biomes, regional ecological groupings of plants, soils, animals, and climate on a global scale.

  • EPA and bird conservation
    Provides an overview of bird conservation, including descriptions of the major North American bird conservation initiatives, EPA's own programs to further bird conservation, actions that citizens can take to conserve birds, and other background information.

  • Marine Biology
    This site is a community of scientists and conservation advocates dedicated to inspiring education, research, and a sea ethic.

  • Inner Life of a Cell
    An amazing animation set to music of how a cell works, created by XVIVO for Harvard biology students.
    See a version with narration explaining the cell processes >>