Research Opportunities

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MoLSAMP Opportunities


Summer 2022 Research Program at Mizzou. Scholars from Alliance institutions are eligible to participate in this summer research experience at the University of Missouri – Columbia and will receive a $4,000 stipend, free room and board in an MU residence hall, travel support to Columbia if needed, and one hour of research credit. A 3.0 GPA is required, and the program is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Research areas include (but are not limited to) engineering sciences, chemistry, physiology & neurobiology, plant sciences, physics & astronomy, math & statistics, geology, computer science & informatics, immunology, animal sciences, ecology & natural resources, bioengineering, biochemistry, cell & molecular biology, and genetics.

The priority deadline for applying to this program is Februay 20th, 2022. Students must complete the application form and provide an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2021 grades); at least one letter of recommendation (two preferred); a resume; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience; a statement of research interests; and a letter of endorsement from your MoLSAMP site director. If completed online, most documents will be submitted with the online application. For application packets sent via e-mail, the application form and other documents may be sent to Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail. Questions can be directed to the MU Office of Undergraduate Research via e-mail or phone, 573-882-5979.

Applications received after February 20th will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

National Opportunities

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Various research opportunities all over the country at host institutions.  Visit the website and search by your area of interest and/or destination state.  Deadlines are site specific.

Marshall University Summer Research Internship for Undergraduate Minority Students. Biomedical Sciences research opportunity at Marshall University. Application Deadline for Summer 2022 is March 1, 2022

American Mathematical Society. List of summer REUs that focus on mathematics and computer science. Various research opportunities all over the country at host institutions. Deadlines are site specific.

University of Missouri Undergraduate Research Programs. Main page that includes list of SURE/REU opportunities.  Be sure to check out the list of opportunities that are for non-MU students. Deadlines are site specific.

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF).  The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For over 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit deadline January 31, 2022.

U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is at Application deadline January 12, 2022.

American Chemical Society International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU). Up to 17 students from the United States will be chosen to participate in a 10-12-week chemistry research exchange program in Germany, Italy, Singapore or the United Kingdom.  Students will receive a $4,000 stipend, airfare and housing compensation, an orientation session in Washington DC, a trip to the 2018 ACS National Meeting, language training and more.  Students must have one semester or summer of research experience outside of a classroom and be a rising junior or senior.  Application deadline: Funding for program is pending.

HHMI Janelia Undergraduate Scholar Program at the Janelia Farm Research Campus  Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers a 10-week summer research program.  Located in Ashburn, VA.  All living expenses paid plus a $5,000 research stipend and travel support.  Variety of research topics.  Application deadline January 11, 2022.

Kansas State University SUROP (Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program). Offers a 9-week summer research program  located in Manhattan, KS.  Provides a $4,500 stipend for the summer, room and board at K-State, and a $300 travel allowance.  Various research topics.  A description of other research programs at K-State can be found here.  We are not accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program in summer 2022

The WAVE Fellows Program at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided. Application deadline: Applications for 2023 will be open in November

Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance. Applicants must contact a mentor prior to submitting an application. Application deadline: Applications for 2023 will open in November. (Information about other Amgen Scholars programs around the country can be found at

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Research Programs  Ten-week programs for U.S. citizens or permanent residents in a variety of fields including math, chemistry, physics and biology.  Competitive stipends, room, board, and travel are provided.  Preference given to students from underrepresented groups, those planning to pursue graduate school and students from schools where research programs are limited.  Priority application deadline:  February 1, 2022,  Final application deadline March 1, 2022.

Chemistry REU at Stony Brook University  ExCELS:  Exploring the Chemistry of Energy Applications, Living Systems and Supramolecular Assemblies.  A 10-week program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are undergraduates majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field, and a GPA > 3.2/4.0.  REU students will participate in research projects, cluster meetings, a weekly Professional Development Seminar, a field trip to Brookhaven National Laboratory and research seminars given by graduate students and faculty mentors. Students will receive a stipend of $500 per week and partial support for travel, room, and board during the program.  Application deadline varies by program

University of Iowa Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute Summer Research Experience Program. The program will provide approximately eight undergraduate students with research experience in cutting edge topics related to environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nantechnology. REU participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors from the departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, and Pharmacy. Housing and a $4500 stipend provided.  Application deadline is February 11, 2022.

Illinois Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chemistry with support from NSF and the 3M Foundation.  They are particularly looking for students who have not previously conducted research, who are members of underrepresented groups (including women) or who are first-generation college attendees. Scholarship includes a $5000 stipend for a 10-week program, housing in Urbana, IL, round trip travel cost (up to $800) and a $800 living allowance.  Application deadline not posted

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech. Ten-week program including $5,000 stipend, travel allowance, and housing.  Projects available in analytical, biological, inorganic, physical, polymer and interdisciplinary chemistry.  Students also participate in professional development seminars, site visits to scientific companies/government labs and social activities with fellow students and other REU groups on campus. Application deadline not posted for 2022.

Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine. This eight-week session (June 1 – August 1) offers an introduction into the world of nephrology for the undergraduate who is considering a career in science or medicine.  The program is research-based but also includes a curriculum addressing basic science and clinical fundamentals in the field at four Harvard-affiliated hospitals.  Students must be US citizens or permanent residents.  Includes a $1,000 stipend and housing.  Application Deadline not yet posted. (2022 deadline was January 15, 2022.)

TECBio (Training and Experimentation in Computational Biology). 10-week summer program sponsored by the NSF that focuses on computational biology. Provides a $5,250 stuipend, housing, and travel. Application Deadline is February 28, 2022.

Wadsworth Center: New York State Department of Health.  Albany, NY.  Research focuses on molecular and cell biology. Provides a $5,250 stipend, food allowance, and travel.  Application Deadline not yet posted (2018 deadline was February 24, 2022.)

Mayo Clinic. Offers a 10-week summer research program and is located in Rochester, MN.  Provides a $6,000 stipend for the summer.  Various research topics in the area of biomedical sciences and you can even create and conduct your own project.  Deadline February 1, 2022.

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience offers an 11-week summer research program and is located in St. Augustine, FL.  Provides a competitive stipend, housing, and assistance with travel.  Variety of research topics.  Deadline: The Whitney Lab is not running an REU program in 2022. Information about a possible program in summer 2023 will likely be available in February 2023

REU in Mathematics at California State University offers an 8-week summer program (June 24th-August 16th) in San Bernardino, CA.  Provides a $4,000 stipend, housing, and an allowance for meals.  Research concentrates on Geometry and Knot Theory.  Application deadline February 7, 2022

REU in Physics at Lehigh University offers a 10-week summer program (May 29-August 4, 2018) in Bethlehem, PA for physics and engineering majors in their sophomore and junior years.  Provides a stipend of $5,800 and housing.  Research topics include astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience, high energy nuclear/particle physics, materials science, photonics, physics education, plasma physics, and statistical physics.  Deadline March 4, 2022.

REU at Johns Hopkins University in Nanotechnology for Biology and Engineering Offers 10-week summer research program in Baltimore, MD.  Provides a competitive stipend, housing, and travel allowance.  Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Baylor University CASPER (Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research) REU program offers a 10-week summer research program in Waco, TX.  Provides a $5,000 stipend, $1,000 housing allowance, and $400 travel allowance.  Variety of research topics in the areas of astrophysics and physics.  Deadline: Unknown

Texas A&M University Department of Chemistry REU Summer Research Program offers a 10-week summer research program located in College Station, TX.  A stipend of $5,000, free housing, travel allowance, and $500 for meals. Program is targeted at advanced chemistry students. Variety of chemistry research topics available.  Application deadline not posted yet

The Danforth Center Summer Internships in Plant Biology Program. This 11-week program provides its applicants vast research opportunities including Abiotic Stress, Biofortification, Cell Biology, Cellular Signaling, and many more.  The program provides a stipend, travel expenses, food expenses, and living arrangements. The Danforth Center is located in St. Louis, MO. They particularly look for freshman and sophomore students. Provides a $6,500 stipend and travel and food stipends. Deadline February 1, 2019.

Monsanto Student Opportunities. Monsanto provides its applicants vast research opportunities. The program provides a stipend and travel expenses but each individual research opportunities have different requirements and rewards. Under “How to apply”, click on the “Internship, Co-op, and Trainee Roles” link to search for opportunities.  Rolling deadlines.

CERNER Internship Program. CERNER offers a 12-week internship for students in the summer before their senior year, which provides its applicants research opportunities including, Software Engineering, System Engineering, Business Consulting, and Delivery Consulting.  Competitive salary and housing options included. This internship is located in Kansas City.  Deadline not specified.

Stowers Summer Scholars Program.  The Stowers Institute of Medicine offers a program that provides its applicants vast research opportunities including, stem cell and growth research, neuroscience research, Cell Biology, and many more. The program provides its applicants with a $4,000 stipend, travel expenses, and housing options. Stowers Institute is located in Kansas City, Mo. Deadline February 1, 2019.

Winthrop University Bridging Applied and Theoretical Mathematics program. A nine-week research experience in mathematical biology. Participants will begin research with the full-time support of a faculty research mentor, and transition to graduate style mathematics research. The program includes a professional development seminar, a mathematical colloquium, and opportunities to engage with multi-disciplinary groups of students participating in research experiences on campus. Participants will receive a $4,500 stipend, on campus housing and a modest food allotment. Support is available for travel to and from Winthrop and to attend the Joint Mathematics Meetings to present research. Deadline not yet posted.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences: Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Research Experience. A ten-week summer program studying marine biology and ocean science. Participants get a competitive stipend, food and housing allowance, and support for travel and supplies. Deadline not yet posted.

University of Delaware Marine Science Summer Program. This REU program awards ten science, engineering, and mathematics undergraduates summer internships to conduct guided research in marine science. The 10-week marine science internship program takes place at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment in the resort community of Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. This modern campus is located on the shores of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Henlopen State Park. Provides a $5,600 stipend, free housing, and travel assistance. Deadline not yet posted. (2018 deadline was February 9, 2018.)

Missouri Botanical Gardens. Offer both paid and unpaid internships in a variety of areas. Deadlines are site specific

MDNR (Missouri Department of Natural Resources) Summer Professional Development Program. The Summer Professional Development Program is designed to provide college students or recent graduates with real-life experience working alongside the Department’s engineers, scientists, natural resource managers and other professionals. There are paid and unpaid opportunities. Most majors will be considered with special consideration given to: Agriculture, Architecture, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Interpretation, Landscaping, Museum Studies, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Tourism, Accounting, Business Administration and Human Resources. Deadline March 15, 2019.

American Chemical Society’s Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer Schools. The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two INTENSIVE six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. The Schools are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Eastern Site, Long Island, NY) and San Jose State University (Western Site, San Jose, CA). Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy.  Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus. Participants review a $4,000 stipend, free tuition and fees, transportation, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Deadline February 1, 2019.

University of Rochester Department of Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates: Research problems are available across the broad landscape of contemporary chemical research: structure, mechanism, dynamics, synthesis, spectroscopy and theory; inorganic, organic, organometallic, physical, biological, polymer, nuclear and environmental chemistry. Underrepresented minority students and women are especially encouraged to apply.  Not Available in 2019 due to lack of funding.

Doisy Undergraduate Scholar Summer Research Program in the Department of Biochemistry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The 10-week program is meant to promote the research opportunities to undergraduate students interested in pursuing Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. training in areas relevant to Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology. Provides a $6,200 stipend.  Deadline not yet posted.

Plant Genomics at Michigan State University. Laboratory and computational opportunities in the field of plant genomics in this 10-week program. Participants receive a $5,250 stipend, housing and meals, and some travel help. Deadline is February 11, 2019.

REU in Ecology and Environmental Studies at Miami University. This experience includes field-based and laboratory research, field trips, and a workshop featuring the Myaamia Tribe of Oklahoma. Participants receive funding for research, $5,000 stipend, room and board at Miami U (in Oxford, OH) for 10 weeks, and paid travel to Miami U. Deadline is January 31, 2019.

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Fellowship program. This 10-week program supports undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Participants receive a $4,000 stipend. Deadline: January 31, 2019.

Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA) Shark and Ray Research Project Summer research program in Clearwater, FL. Spend 6-8 hours a day on a research vessel studying marine biology. No experience needed and students of all levels can apply. Course credit is available, but participants must pay for tuition, housing, and most transportation. Deadline not yet posted.

Opportunities through Truman

Truman’s Office of Student Research. Find out about research programs sponsored by Truman including the TruScholars program and GIASR (Grands-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research).  They also have a great list of on-campus and off-campus research opportunities.

A. T. Still University Clinical Researcher Development Program. Summer and academic year research programs available for students interested in medical research. Deadline for summer program is February 1, 2019 (for Summer 2019). Academic year program deadline is May 1, 2019 (for Fall 2019).