Opportunities at Outside Institutions

Opportunities at Outside Institutions

Many opportunities are available for fellowships and jobs for both sophomores and juniors from outside institutions and from other universities; a few programs also invite applications from first-year students (rising sophomores). In addition to the opportunities listed here, the Career Services Office maintains a list of summer opportunities available in specific locations. Some summer research opportunities have deadlines as early as December; investigating these opportunities in mid- to late-fall will give students maximum flexibility in applying to programs that are suited to their interests and needs.

Course work is also available in the summer and may lead to a really good job the next summer. (If you take a course in marine biology one summer you may be hired as an instructor the next year!)

Summer Research Elsewhere

As noted above, Swarthmore has some funds to support students working off-campus. In addition, there are dozens of other colleges, universities, and government and private institutions that provide paid research opportunities. A small subset of these is listed below - a Google search for [summer research biology] returns a number of appropriate hits - further narrowing down your search by geographic area or sub discipline within biology can help you focus on programs that are the best match for you.

A number of students have found positions by directly emailing faculty working in areas of interest. For the best results, write a short email describing your own interests and how they specifically intersect with the person you are emailing. While it is great to attach a CV/resume to the document, try to include in your short email your relevant coursework so that the person can get some sense about you quickly. Point out that all of your science courses have had laboratories - this is not the case at most institutions. Swarthmore students generally have more lab experience as first- and second-year students as many students graduating from other institutions.

[Please note: a few programs have deadlines in December, while many others have deadlines in January and February]

NIH & NSF | Scientific Societies | For Underrepresented Students
Compiled Listings From Other Institutions | Individual Programs listed by State

 

NIH & NSF

Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI) Program
To provide students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education experiences at mulitple locations.

Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems -NSF Science and Technology Center
A collaborative effort involving teams from Georgia Tech, MIT, and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign as well as at a number of other minority-serving institutions.

Evo-Devo-Eco-Network (EDEN)
An NSF research coordination network for undergraduate internships. The deadline is March 1st of each year.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Internship Program in Biomedical Research
An opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
The NIH offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science. Stipend includes scholarship for yearly tuition + summer stipend.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The NSF has listings of many programs ranging from astrobiology, climate change and landscape ecology to molecular biology, genomics, and biomechanics. Includes field (terrestrial and marine) and lab research, mostly domestic programs but also a few foreign opportunities.

Scientific Societies and Other Sources for Jobs

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
(fish, amphibians, reptiles)

American Society of Mammalogists

Amgen Scholars Program

Animal Behavior Society

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Comprehensive listings for mainly biomedical opportunities.

Center for North American Herpetology
The study of reptiles and amphibians.

Ecological Society of America (ESA)

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
list of neuroscience internship opportunities

Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA)

Society for Conservation Biology

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Society for Marine Mammalogy

Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS)
SIBS is offered at three sites: Boston University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Further details are given at the individual websites listed on the flyer.

Texas A & M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board
also includes post-graduate jobs 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship Program
Locations include CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NJ, NM, OH, SC, TN, VA, & WA 


For Underrepresented Students

Caltech Undergrad Research Fellowships (MURF)
$6,000 stipend plus housing and travel 

Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Minority & Underrepresented Students

The National Eye Institute (NEI)
Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
Competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science. Stipend includes scholarship for yearly tuition + summer stipend.

UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship For African Americans in biomedical research Stipend: Scholarship for yearly tuition + summer stipend.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship is geared to women and under-represented minorities in math, science, engineering, and technology majors. Designed to promote career paths in Fossil Energy to ensure clean, affordable energy utilization.

Compiled Listings From Other Institutions

Carleton

Columbia

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

Grinnell

Individual Programs Listed by State/Country

 Note: Check each institution for application deadline. Most are due in February.

ALABAMA

Auburn University: NSF-REU on Biosensors.
This multi-discipnary, multi-departmental REU program is open to all undergraduates enrolled in Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering.

ARIZONA

Minority Health Disparities Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Hispanic, Native American, and African American undergraduates between their junior and senior years in majors leading to biomedical careers in specific research projects on minority health issues, e.g., diabetes, cancer, AIDs, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other diseases that affect minorities disproportionately.
Stipend: Yes

CALIFORNIA

California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)
Stipend: Yes

Amgen Scholars Program at Caltech
Caltech recently received a $1M grant for the Amgen scholars program. 
$5,500 award, round-trip air transportation, plus a generous housing and food allowance.  

Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowship (MURF) at Caltech
For underrepresented minorities in science and engineering research
Stipend: Yes ($6,000)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at Caltech
Stipend: Yes

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
Stipend: Mostly volunteer

NASA sponsored Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) at the University of California Irvine and the NASA Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA
Airborne research, hands on experience with airborne instrumentation, flight experience on a research data flight.

Pepperdine University: SURB summer undergrad research in biology

Stanford University
Stipend: Yes

University of California San Diego
Stipend: Yes

UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
Stipend: Yes

USC Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations
Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) focusing on microbes found in aquatic environments 

COLORADO

The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2)
A collaboration among the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Minority Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (UC Denver)
Stipend: Yes

University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART)

CONNECTICUT

Yale University School of Medicine
Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program (BioSTEP)
Stipend: Yes

Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Stipend: Yes

DELAWARE

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship
Early (January) deadline! 

GEORGIA

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN)
Atlanta-based

Emory University
Stipend: Yes

IOWA

Iowa State University, Laurence H. Baker Center for Bioinformatics and Biological Statistics
Computational and Systems Biology Summer Institute.

University of Iowa, Summer Microbiology Undergraduate Research
9-weeks.

University of Iowa, SUMR Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program. Sponsored by the Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program, offers exposure to the career of physician-scientist for students interested in future combined MDPhD training. A wide variety of research areas.

ILLINOIS

Northwestern University Summer REU.
9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) 

LOUISIANA

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge)
Stipend: Yes

MAINE

Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program
Stipend: Yes

MARYLAND

Maryland Sea Grant's Summer Research Experiences
For undergraduates in estuarine science, Spend a summer by the Chesapeake Bay

University of Maryland Baltimore County Biomedical research experiences for U.S. citizens and permanent resident undergraduates, particularly those underrepresented in these areas.

MASSACHUSETTS

BROAD Institute of MIT and Harvard designed for non-graduating underrepresented minority undergraduate students with an interest in genomics and biomedical research

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Boston University
For all students, especially underrepresented minorities
Stipend: Yes

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology

Harvard Summer Undergraduate Program in Immunology
Stipend: Yes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT summer research program in the Biological and biomedical sciences (MSRP Biology)
Stipend: Yes

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Stipend: Yes

MICHIGAN

Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS)
Ecology, evolutionary biology, and sustainable agriculture 

University of Michigan College of Pharmacy
This is a newly funded NSF REU Program
Stipend: $4,500 plus travel & meal allowance

 

MISSOURI

University of Missouri-Columbia. Research projects in the areas of biology, biochemistry, radiochemistry, and plant genomics are typically available for the summer program.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Internships in Plant Biology Research.

Stowers Institute Scholars Program, Kansas City MO. 8-week program.

Washington University (St. Louis) The Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP)
Stipend: Yes

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Redox Biology Center
Research areas include molecular medicine, environmental biochemistry, and plant biochemistry.

University of Nebraska- Lincoln Summer Research Program

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Research in the RISE program spans the biomedical, physical and behavioral sciences, math, and engineering. 8- or 10-week experiences.
Rolling admission begins at the end of January and is highly competitive.

Rutgers
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Students compare the biogeographical differences between microbial communities in Finland, NJ and China with respect to their ability to metabolize brominated flame retardants.  

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology

NEW YORK

Research Program for Undergraduates (RPU) in Biotechnology at Columbia University
Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT), a National Science Foundation program
Stipend: $4,000

Ecology Research for Undergraduates at Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Program
10-week program.
Stipend: Yes

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences biomedical sciences

New York University School of Medicine (Sackler Institute) (New York, NY)
biochemistry, bio-informatics, biomedical imaging, cellular and molecular biology, clinical investigation, computational biology, developmental genetics, forensic pathology, immunology, microbiology, molecular oncology, neuroscience and physiology, parasitology, pharmacology, structural biology and virology. Stipend: Yes

Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Includes 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.
Stipend: Yes

Wadsworth Center, New York State Dept. of Health in Albany
10-week program in molecular and cellular biosciences.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Summer undergraduate research 9-week program (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, bioengineering or chemical engineering, etc.).

OHIO

Ohio State University (and other universities)
Mathmatical Biosciences Institute (MBI) Undergraduate Summer Research Program 

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

OREGON

Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. Summer REU.

PENNSYLVANIA

Summer Undergraduate Internships in Clinical and Translational Sciences
[SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SWARTHMORE STUDENTS-we are almost guaranteed to have one or more students accepted in the program]
Internships provide mentored experiences in clinical and translational sciences to students from Bryn Mawr College, Franklin & Marshall College, Haverford College, Lincoln University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania and will be carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Wistar Institute, or The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Stipend: Yes

The Hepatitis B Foundation Doylestown, PA
Stipend: Yes

Monell Science Apprenticeship Program
for college undergrads and high school students in the Philadelphia area only

Molecular Biology Summer Research Program at the University of Pennsylvania
basic laboratory research related to gene therapy of cystic fibrosis, other genetic diseases, and cancer.

Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA)

Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Underrepresented Students (SURPUS)
For underrepresented minorities in biomedical sciences
Stipend: Yes

Thomas Jefferson University Summer Undergraduate Research Program
For students who have completed their junior year
Stipend: Yes

Wistar Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
Stipend: Yes

University of Pittsburgh Dept. of Pharmacology

University of Pittsburgh
Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence
Computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases 

University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Summer Undergraduate Minority Reseaerch Program (SUMR)
Paid summer internships in health services research

TENNESSEE

Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis
Funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute, for students who wish to pursue a career in cancer research.

Vanderbilt Minority Summer Research Program
Stipend: Yes

University of Tennessee 
Department of Microbiology REU 

TEXAS

Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) Between 80 and 90 positions are available each summer.
 Early (January) deadline!

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi: SURF program, Anthropogenic Impact on the Environment.

Rice University Cellular Engineering
Stipend: Yes

Rice University Bionanotechnology
Stipend: Yes

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Stipend: Yes

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF)
and
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF

Utah

University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
HHMI funded, February deadline

VERMONT

UVM Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowships

VIRGINIA

Janelia Farm (Ashburn, VA)
HHMI funded

Computationally-Driven Experimental Biology in Engineered Tissues
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech  

Microbiology in the Post Genome Era
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech  

Modeling and Simulation in systems biology (MSSB)
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech 

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
Center for the Study of Biological Complexity
The research experience extends over two summers, with an individually
designed experience at the home school during the intervening
academic year.

VBI Undergraduate Scholars Program
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech
Bioinformatics and other fields of research
Note from the swat bio department chair: A couple of our students have been in this program in the past and I think that has been tremendous for them.

Virginia Tech Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) 

WASHINGTON

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)
Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Human Biology, Public Health Sciences or Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute
Stipend: Yes

University of Washington
Amgen Scholars Program in biomedical science
Applications due Feb. 1st 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Carnegie Institution for Science
Stipend: Yes

American Society for Microbiology, Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
For underrepresented minorities
Stipend: Yes

Smithsonian Research Training Program
museum-based in-residence program for about 20 undergraduates in Washington, DC.

WEST VIRGINIA

WVU Center for Neuroscience
Summer Undergraduate Research Internships (SURI)

WISCONSIN

Marquette University Summer Research Program in Biology
Stipend: Yes

Marquette University Undergraduate Research in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Stipend: Yes

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP).
Bioenergy, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Computational Biology & Biostatistics, Environmental Biology, Neurobiology, Plant Breeding & Genetics, or Virology.

WYOMING

University of Wyoming Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology

Programs Abroad

COSTA RICA

Organization for Tropical Studies (Costa Rica)
Stipend: Yes, plus travel to and from Costa Rica plus room and board.

DOMINICA

Natural History of West Indian Herpetofauna (Avila Univ (MO)/Dominica)
Stipend: Yes, plus travel costs to and from Dominica

FRANCE

Pasteur Foundation in Paris for U.S. citizens
Stipend: Yes

GERMANY

German Academic Exchange Service
Research Internships in Science and Engineering

GHANA

The University of Florida UF-UCC Research Experience
for Undergraduates at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana