Summer Research Opportunities

Resources by Field
 Science & Mathematics
 Social Sciences

Multi-Disciplinary Research Programs

  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) with BTAA: The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at Northwestern University: Eight-week research opportunity in which students are paired with Northwestern faculty.  Opportunities in the humanities are available, but most research positions are in the sciences.
  • UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Designed for upper-division undergraduate students who plan to pursue an academic career; students can pursue almost any area of research at SPUR in collaboration with a UCLA faculty mentor.

Science & Mathematics

Highlighted Resource: Research Experience for Undergraduates 

Research Experience for Undergraduates is a program of the National Science Foundation offering students a chance to work in paid summer research positions throughout the US - includes engineering, computer science, economics, life, physical, mathematical and social sciences.

  • Center for Neural Science For 10 weeks, students research with NYU neuroscience faculty. Students are involved in all stages of research and are matched based on their interests.
  • Computer Science Research at Princeton Participants in the Princeton Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) program draft a proposal and find a Princeton faculty member to work with over the summer.
  • ORISE Science Research Internships: The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators
  • Research Institute in Experimental Psychology An eight week research opportunity at the University of South Carolina. Students spend 35 hours a week in an active labratory and attend a two-hour weekly practicum on research methods.
  • Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Paid internships in science and engineering at Department of Energy facilities.
  • NIH Summer Biomedical Research Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
  • NIST SURF National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation invite undergraduate students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Swarthmore Pre-Med Office Maintains a list of health-related summer research opportunities across the country.
  • Center for Disease Control Internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health.
  • Internships in Scientific Research  and Medicine Catalog of internships in scientific research and medicine offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.
  • Summer Internships in Biology A list compiled by the Biology Department at Columbia University.  Includes biomedical laboratory, ecology and environmental studies and marine biology research opportunities and minority-specific programs.

Social Sciences

  • Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program An opportunity for college sophomores and juniors to engage in primary-source research in New York City.
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Students learn how to use statistics through data from the ICPSR, the world's largest archive of digital social science data. Recommended for history, psychology, anthropology/sociology, economics, political science and public policy majors. Stipend and housing provided.
  • MIDAS Project Psychiatry Internship Rhode Island Hospital's Department of Psychology sponsors a clinical-research internship in the summer. Students observe evaluations of psychiatric patients, attend weekly diagnostic case conferences, and enter data into research databases.