Summer & Academic Year Programs in STEM for High School Students

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute

In this three week program students will receive a three week introduction to computer science. Students will explore areas of computer science and software engineering.

Residential Programs run July through August in California, Florida, Illinois, New York,.  Commuter Programs will take place in July in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, & New York.

Criteria for CSSI:
Applicants must be High school seniors intending to enroll in a four year program in the United States or Canada in Fall 2020

Students should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area.
Students must be available to participate in the entire program.  
Deadline to Apply: February 28th at 11:59 pm PST

Google’s Computer Science Summer institute
HBCU Program

Google’s CSSI-HBCU is a three-week residential program that takes place in North Carolina and Alabama.  In this three week program students will receive a three-week introduction to computer science exploring areas of computer science and software engineering.Criteria for CSSI-HBCU.

Applicants must be High school seniors intending to enroll in an HBCU in Fall 2020.  Students should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area.

Deadline to Apply: February 28 at 11:59 pm PST

Google’s Computer science summer institute

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute has two different types of programs. If you live near one of the partner camps students will commute to the program daily.  If you do not live close enough to commute then you will be considered for the residential program.

Programs will take place in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Washington State.Google is committed to  diversity in the technology industry.

Students that are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to Apply: February 28 at 11:59 pm PST

SMASH Academy – National program

SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country.  During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.

They are coached by instructors of color that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be. SMASH takes place at over 8 universities throughout the United States including the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Morehouse College,

Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2020


Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, ca

The SES program is designed to motivate young people to pursue science and engineering majors in college so they can ultimately participate in the scientific and technical work force. It provides participants with a chance to explore the many possibilities of engineering as a career while living in University residence halls staffed by program counselors. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, attend special workshops and complete their own engineering projects. Participants experience the outside-of-class aspects of Santa Clara University through afternoon and evening recreational activities. Feel free to browse a recent SES schedule to take a look at the variety of program activities offered (schedule is subject to change).

During their stay on campus, students attend introductory level workshops spanning several disciplines of engineering that are facilitated by our engineering faculty. Topics will include: Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Participants attend all core workshops for a broad exposure to the various disciplines and careers within the field of engineering. SES workshops will be held in the School of Engineering, the focal point for engineering education at Santa Clara University.

High school Students who will have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July 1, 2020 are invited to apply.

Deadline to Apply: March 18th 


National Student Leadership Conference

The National Student Leadership Conference hosts 30 programs focused on areas such as Business, Government & Law, STEM, Leadership and Arts.  Programs take place at over 14 top tier university campuses such as Yale, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, and Rice

Program Dates:  Varies by Location Site
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students
Grades: 6th through 12th Grade

Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2020 11:59 PM CST

Envision Career & Leadership

Since 1985, Envision’s immersive career exploration and leadership development programs have inspired more than 800,000 students. Located at top college campuses across the country, Envision programs are taught by subject matter experts and built on modern, 21st-century learning principles. From performing a surgery using virtual reality, to conducting a mock trial in an actual courtroom, to learning how to create a grassroots organization to affect positive change, Envision programs provide practical, hands-on learning experiences that students call “amazing” and parents call “transformational.”

Programs are available for middle schoolers and high schoolers and range from Medicine, Engineering, STEM, and Mock Trial. Programs are offered nationally at top tier universities such as UCLA, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, and St. John’s University just to name a few.

For students applying for scholarships for the 2020 summer the deadline is February 26, 2020


Barnard college

Barnard College offers several pre-college programs focusing on STEM, fashion and art history, public service, policy making and writing. The institutes are two weeks and four weeks in duration and take place on the Barnard campus.

Who should apply?
Female identifying students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school in Fall 2020. Students must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of their summer program. 
Financial Aid is available to students who demonstrate need.

Financial Aid is available to students who demonstrate need.

Boston College

PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists

PROMYS is a program for pre-college students from across the United States and international students.  By the first day of the program students must be 14 year old and have completed at least the 9th grade .  Students can attend during the summer between high school and college. Students who are already attending a university are not eligible, although they may be eligible to apply for a counselor position.

Program Dates:  Check website
Program Cost: $5,000
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 14 years and upDeadline to Apply: March 15th


Curie Academy @ Cornell University


Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on rising juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about it in an interactive atmosphere. This summer come to Cornell University and explore the many possibilities awaiting you in engineering.

The program seeks to engage female rising juniors and seniors with GPA’s of 3.0 and above.The cost of the program is $1450 which includes room, board, and research supplies.

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available.

2020 Program Dates: July 12-18, 2020
Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2020


Mathcamp 2020 will take place at Champlain College in Burlington, VT  from July 5 to August 9, 2020

Program Cost: The base cost for Mathcamp 2020 was $4,500 USD. After financial aid, the final camp fee will be between $0 and $4,500, determined on a case-by-case basis depending on individual family circumstances. This camp fee includes tuition, room, board, all extracurricular activities, and local transportation to and from Portland International Airport (PDX).

Mathcamp is free for US and Canadian families with household incomes under $65,000 (with typical assets), and need-based financial aid is widely available for middle-income families as well as international students, including full scholarships.

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 13 years to 18 years
Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2020


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Scholarships for High School Seniors, Grads, and Undergrads

COVID-19 has caused many unexpected financial hardships for many students and their families. Many campuses have emergency needs funds for students. Here is an updated listing of scholarships for students pursuing STEM related careers. We will continue to update this page as new scholarships emerge.

Asian American Architects & Engineers Foundation Scholarship

You must be full-time student working towards a degree or interested in one of the following professions:

  • Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design
  • Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering
  • Construction or Construction Management

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a measurable level of involvement and/or service to the Asian/Pacific Islander community.
Applicants must be attending a U.S. school/college/university. International students are welcome!

Deadline: May 29, 2020

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Scholarship

The Marion B. Sewer Distinguished Scholarship for Undergraduates offers financial support to students who demonstrate an interest in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology and enhance the diversity of science. Students whose social, educational or economic background adds to the diversity of the biomedical workforce or who show commitment to enhancing academic success of underrepresented students are eligible.

The scholarship provides up to $2000 toward tuition costs for one academic year. Up to five scholarships will be awarded in each round of applications.

Levels: Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or students with DACA status.
 Deadline to Apply: June 1st

Quip Diversity Scholarship for students pursuing careers in STEM

Ideal candidates are part of a group that has been historically underrepresented in STEM (including but not limited to Women, Black, LatinX, Native American, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+, and/or people with disabilities)

Levels: enrolled as an undergraduate, masters, or PhD student in the U.S. or Canada, graduating in 2020 or later. 
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated interest or declaration of studying computer science or a related field.
Deadline to Apply: June 10th

California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) is pleased to invite all qualified California residents to apply for a scholarship. This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.

Levels: Full-time students (undergraduates & graduates).
High School seniors with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Deadline to Apply: June 1st

 California Legislative Black Caucus Policy Institute (CLBCPI) Scholarship Program

Named after the first African American Legislator in California, Frederick Roberts, the California Legislative Black Caucus Policy Institute (CLBCPI) Scholarship Program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expense

Levels: Full-time undergraduates
High School seniors with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Deadline to Apply: May 29th

Panda Cares Scholarship Program

The Panda Cares Scholars Program is a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted students. The Panda Cares Scholars Program will award a three-year renewable scholarship for up to $15,500 (up to $3,500 sophomore year, up to $5,000 junior year and $7,000 senior year) to highly capable future leaders for America who demonstrate academic achievement, strong leadership skills and a commitment to community service. 

Levels: Current frosh who will be sophomores beginning in fall.
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Students must have completed a minimum of 20 hours of community service and reside in one of the following states.
Permanent address in one of states listed below:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.

Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2020

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Since 1977, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has focused on promoting American Indians in STEM. AISES has 6 open scholarships.

The Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program gives undergraduates and graduate students includes financial support ($5,000 for undergraduate students and $10,000 for graduate students), mentorship, paid internship opportunities and possible employment with Intel.

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Program awards undergraduates $1,000 and graduates $2,000.

Studying Agriculture? The Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans (AASONA) Scholarship supports students pursuing agriculture related STEM degrees

Pursuing a major related to casino gaming? The VGT an Aristocrat Company Scholarships with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a field related to casino gaming (software development, technology, supply chain, etc.). 
The AISES Chevron Scholarships are awarded to American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America who are students in higher education

Are you an Undergraduate or Graduate student in geology mapping, geology mapping, geological field based analysis, or geophysical fieldwork and research? The AISES ExxonMobil Geosciences Summer Fieldwork Scholarship provides awards to  students pursuing these areas $3,000

Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020

Society of hispanic professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has many scholarships for high school graduating seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. 
Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2020

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Scholarships to Attend the Grace Hopper Celebration

The Anita Borg foundation’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place September 29th to October 2nd in Orlando, Florida. Last year’s conference sold out almost immediately! Due to such a high demand you are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship sooner rather than later. The Anita Borg Foundation has three travel scholarship programs now available that you can apply for:

1) Grace Hopper Scholarships for Students and Faculty.
Levels:  full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college, university, or high school at the time of applying. Must be 18 years of age. 

Ideal candidates will be pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, math, physics, or management information systems.

College Faculty are also eligible to apply for travel scholarships

2) The Grace Hopper Women of Color Complimentary Registration Initiative is designed to support women of color who are interested in attending the conference.  Applicants can be students, faculty, jobseekers, and other key stakeholders that a desire to continue working in tech. 

3) GHC Boot Camp Scholar
This scholarship is designed to support individuals who have participated in a coding boot camp or other accelerated coding program. 

Deadline to Apply: March 4th

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Common Myths about Summer Research Programs

Now is the time when summer research programs are frantically sending out flyers and email reminders advertising their programs.  You might even see deadline extended which is code for “we didn’t get enough applicants” something which happens all too often. But why? If there are so many great paid opportunities why don’t more students apply to summer research programs  Part of the reason is because there is a lot of misleading information that discourages students from applying. Let’s debunk some of these common myths:

1) It’s very unlikely that you’ll get a publication during a summer REU or make any substantial discovery in only ten weeks.  Don’t tell that to Wolf Cukier, a seventeen year old high school student who discovered a new planet after only three days at a NASA Internship at Goddard Space Flight Center   What Cukier thought was a solar eclipse turned out to be a planet. 

What will you discover this summer?

I have seen REU students become co-authors on papers as a result of the research that they conducted during a summer REU stint.  A lot of it depends on the field and the research area. The fact of the matter is that some areas publish more often than others. It may sound impossible but believe me, it isn’t.  Also, even if you don’t submit to a scientific journal you can present your research at a conference. The key is to work with your faculty and graduate mentors who will be excited to support you in these types of endeavors.

2) Programs are only looking for students with previous research experience.
WRONG!  Did you know that many programs are looking for students with no prior research experience?  In fact, some programs specifically want students who haven’t had research experience or students who come from schools with limited research opportunities such as community colleges.

3) If you don’t have at least a 3.5 it’s not even worth applying.
Wrong!  Programs like the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) which is housed at many Ivy League schools and CalTech’s LIGO program accept students with 2.5 GPA’s.  In addition, you may notice that a lot of programs do not even list a minimum GPA. Programs that intentionally do not list a minimum GPA are generally looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  I’ve seen 3.0 students get selected over 3.9 students because they have glowing letters of recommendation and are passionate about the subject matter. 

Programs that intentionally do not list a minimum GPA are generally looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

4) If you’re not a US Citizen you’ll never get an REU.
Wrong again!  Part of the reason I started REU Finder is because I wanted an easy way for international students and undocumented students to find opportunities. Your citizenship status should not have any bearing on whether or not you can become a researcher.  Often the citizenship requirement is tied to the funding source. Schools like Stanford have dedicated funding to support students who do not qualify for NSF funded research programs.

5) It’s better to do summer research on your home campus and not jump around to other schools.  Negative.  To be honest, if you’re thinking about applying to graduate school you want to cast your net as wide as possible.  Maybe you’ve been doing research at your home institution during the semester and then you find an opportunity on another campus that seems interesting.  Why not explore this option? Just make sure you let your PI know ahead of time. They will likely encourage this and you can continue your research when you return in the fall.  

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REU’s at the University of Rochester

Ranked # 29 in the US News & World Report’s Best Colleges, the University of Rochester or “The U of R” is a small school with BIG Research contributions specifically in optics,. The university hosts four REU Programs.  Students who are accepted into their REU programs will benefit from a ten week experience working with faculty and graduate mentors, graduate school preparation seminars, GRE preparation classes and participate in community building activities to take advantage of the cultural activities that can be found in the city of Rochester.

1. Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds

“How can a computer learn to read an ancient musical score? What can methods from signal processing and natural language analysis tell us about the history of popular music? Can a computer system teach a person to better use prosody (the musical pattern of speech) in order to become a more effective public speaker?”

This REU combines machine learning, audio engineering, music theory, and cognitive science. Students will work in teams of two will be mentored by two or more faculty members drawn from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Science, the program in Digital Media Studies, and the Eastman School of Music.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors 
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
GPA: Not Specified
Students must have completed two computer science courses or have equivalent programming experience by the start of the program.
Deadline to Apply: February 9, 2020

Where is Rochester?
Rochester is three hour drive to Toronto and a one hour plane ride to New York City

2. Advancing Human Health, From Nano to Network

“ Human health research at the University of Rochester (UR) covers a wide range of engineering and science disciplines and a breadth of topics including accessibility, drug delivery and the development of therapeutic and novel medical devices. Students who are interested in understanding human health as a continuum of interrelated complex systems and questions will excel in this REU program”

Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2020
Students will need to apply via a two-step process:

Step 1.  Apply for the NSF Common Application, be sure to select “Human Health REU at University of Rochester” in the Site Selection section of the application to apply for this REU

Step 2. Apply to the supplemental application for this REU

Fun Fact: Rochester is sometimes known as the Flower City due to the number of seed companies in the state.

3. Nano-, Bio-, and Quantum Photonics at University of Rochester

“This program will engage participating students in the frontiers of photonics research in nanoscience, bioscience and quantum science while at the same time providing them with experiences to recognize the excellent career opportunities, both academic and industry based, available in photonics.”

Students should be majoring in engineering or other physical sciences

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

Fun Fact:  The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is the largest university-based US Department of Energy program in the United States

4. Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester hosts a 10 week REU that brings students to work with faculty on research on projects such as experimental condensed matter physics, astronomy and cosmology, theoretical quantum optics, experimental plasma physics, experimental optics, and computational neuroscience.

Previous participations have undergraduate research assistants have been published in scientific journals and have presented at national conferences. 

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
In addition to the online application students should have two letters of recommendation and transcripts sent to the program contact.

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International Summer REU’s

Trying to decide between traveling abroad this summer or doing an REU? Why not do both? Here is a listing of programs around the world that are looking for students like you. Whether this is your first REU or your fourth REU, a summer research experience in another country will truly fill not only your resume but your spirit as well. Bonus: many of these programs listed do not require previous research experience.

Optics in the City of Light 
The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offer 8 undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science.
Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (GM-CUOS), University Paris-Saclay, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and l’Institut d’ Optique Graduate School. Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project. Students will spend one week at the University of Michigan and two months in Paris.

Levels: Juniors who will be entering their senior year in fall 2020.
Citizenship Requirements:  US Citizens or green card holders. 
Applicants must have a passport
Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2020

Fun Fact: Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve holds more tree species than the entire continent of North America.

ACS International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program in Singapore

The ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) and ACS International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs are bilateral exchanges that allow talented young chemical and materials scientists to spend a summer conducting research in another country.

Students spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier chemical and materials science research projects under the guidance of faculty members and graduate student mentors to sharpen scientific skills, develop collaborations with scientists abroad, and experience the life and culture of a foreign country. 

The Program is limited to U.S. undergraduate students enrolled at a U.S. institution.
Deadline to Apply: January, 6 2020

Do you want to spend your summer doing research in Switzerland?

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). It is managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Citizenship Requirements: All enrolled students at accredited U.S. or Canadian universities are eligible, but ability to participate will depend on obtaining a visa, if necessary
Deadline to Apply: January 16, 2020

Fun Fact:  Canada is considered one of the world’s most educated countries.
Over 50% of residents of Canadian residents have college degrees

University of Waterloo- Canada

The University of Waterloo has two opportunities. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) USEQIP is a two-week program, running May 25-June 5, 2020, on the theoretical and experimental study of quantum information aimed primarily at students one year away from completing their undergraduate studies. The lectures and experiments are geared toward students in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, though all interested students are invited to apply.The program has space for 25 students. Accommodations and meals are covered, and bursaries are available for travel expenses.

For those looking for a longer summer research experience apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community.
Both USEQIP and URA applications are due January 6, 2020. References are due January 13, 2020

Fun Fact: Kyoto University is one of the top universities in Japan.

Amgen Scholars – Japan 

The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020


One of the key objectives of the program is to provide current undergraduate students who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research training and experiences are provided by faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, which anchors the Life Sciences Program in biology and biomedical science at the National University of Singapore. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020


The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN CBS laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course.  This year’s theme is “How brains make decisions: Cognitive, Emotive and Societal Factors.”

Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN CBS researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN CBS.

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020

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Short-Term Opportunities for Recent College Grads

Graduating in Fall not Spring? Thinking of taking a gap year? Still not sure what you want to do?  Check out a few opportunities to keep exploring after you graduate.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

“The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines.


Disney has a ton of programs for recent college graduates from Business majors to Engineers or as they are called in the Disney universe Imagineers. Not mad about the Mouse? Remember Disney isn’t just pixie dust and castles, Disney is also the parent company to ESPN, ABC, LucasFilms, and Marvel. They have rotation programs across the globe in some of the world’s most sought after locations.

Here are just a few opportunities: 
Recent Computer Science Graduate
MBA Student or recent MBA Graduate

For a more comprehensive list

NIH Post Baccalaureate Programs

Are you this close to graduating but you want to strengthen your graduate school applications? Why not think about doing a post bacc? Post Bacc’s are great for students who have recently graduated and want to gain additional laboratory and/or research skills.

For instance, the University of Alabama at Birmington’s post bacc program offers a 1-2 year training opportunity for students seeking graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral science

For a complete list of NIH Post-Bacc programs check out:


Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you.

Office of Personnel Management

“The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.”

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You just applied to Graduate School? Now what?

You just hit submit after all of those months of preparing for Graduate School; Securing letters of recommendation, taking your GRE’s once (or twice) finally feeling confident on your personal statements which are sheer perfection especially after having more rewrites than a New York Times piece on foreign policy.  Now it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for the decisions to come in.  Well, not exactly.  Applying for graduate school is just the beginning.  Here are some tips to maximize the waiting game after hitting that submit button:

1) Answer your phone.  Most of us ignore phone numbers that we don’t recognize. You may think, “if it’s important they’ll text me.” Maybe the last time you answered a number you didn’t recognize it was a telemarketer or a scammer trying to get steal your identity.  But think about it, you’ve just sent a lot of schools applications so the likelihood of getting a phone call from your future PI (Principal Investigator) is high.  If not your PI then one of their graduate students so the next time the phone rings pick it up. 

Some Master’s and PhD programs won’t admit without a phone call (or Skype Interview)

2) Read journal articles.  Now that you’re convinced that you need to answer your phone be sure to keep up to date on research.  There’s nothing worse that talking to a prospective student who forgot which research area they’ve applied to or even worse who they’ve applied to work with.  Create an excel spreadsheet listing which school, which lab, which faculty, and what research you’ve expressed interest in. Brush up on articles so that when you get the calls the information will be fresh in your mind.

3) Don’t be afraid to share new information.  You just hit submit and not even a day later you find out that you received a fellowship or your publication has just been accepted.  Have no fear, it’s okay to contact the department directly and ask that this information be added to your file.  However, before you do so make sure it’s something substantial and if in doubt ask a mentor or faculty member from your home institution.

4) Remind your recommenders.  You’ve secured letters of recommendation so don’t forget to give a heartfelt thank you to your recommenders aka a reminder.  Sometimes that thank you is actually a nudge reminding them.  Faculty get busy so bumping this to the top of their email is a great reminder and if you’re still in the process of securing letters make sure to tell them whether you are applying for Masters or PhD and what the actual due dates are.

5) Start looking for housing. I know this one may sound bizarre and possibly premature but if you’re going to be relocating you need to know what your housing options are. Avoid sticker shock by researching university housing or nearby housing options now.

The Shy Undergraduates Guide to Office Hours

You see “Office Hours” listed on your professors’ syllabi but the thought of actually going into your professor’s office immediately causes anxiety. Maybe you’ve managed to squeak out a question or two in class which was hard enough. But meeting your professors during his or her office hours? Well that’s a new level of scary, especially if you’re on the shyer side.

You may think “Well, let me do well in this class so I don’t have to go to office hours.”  (Wrong!) 

If you’re a shy person then the thought of these types of meetings can be painful. However, here’s the deal: going to office hours is not optional it’s a command performance. You work hard as a college student so don’t cheat yourself out of opportunities simply because you’re shy. So exactly what kind of opportunities can you get out of going to office hours?

1) Strong letters of recommendation. Grades alone will not give you a strong letters of recommendation. Transcripts show the grades but if your professor knows you then they will be able to write you even better letters and office hours are a great way for them to get to know you.

2) Research opportunities. Do you know how many times engineering students tell me how in awe they are of their professors’ work? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this work? Great then go to office hours. Ask them about research opportunities at your campus or others. Professors love talking about their research and you’ll immediately win them over. Important: read journal articles or learn about their research in advance.

3) Insight into your dream career. Maybe you haven’t declared your major yet or maybe your major hasn’t been quite what you thought it would be. For instance, maybe you’re a bioengineering major but you’re dream is to work on medical devices. Maybe you’re majoring in chemistry but you’re also really interested in business. Professors can offer insight that can help you navigate the bridge between your major and your future career.

4) Extra curricular opportunities (student clubs, competition teams, study abroad, student government, the list goes on). Many faculty members are also advisers to campus clubs. I knew of a student who got involved in a campus committee specifically because he went to office hours and his professor was looking for students. I also knew a student who got selected for a study abroad experience specifically because the professor wanted students from other majors to participate.

Professors love to meet students with majors that are less likely
to take their classes because it leads to richer in-class conversations.

So have I convinced you yet? Good. Now here’s how to maximize your visits.

Introduce yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Be clear about why you’re taking this class and what you hope to get out of it intellectually. If it’s a major specific class then you probably think the reason why you’re taking it is obvious but don’t assume that your professor knows what your major is. If it’s a General Education Requirement class you chose that class for a specific reason. Maybe you’re taking a visual art class as a GE and you’re a Civil Engineering major. I’m sure your professor would love to know that you’re expanding your intellectual horizons by taking an art class.

Make sure you know who you’re talking to. Before your visit take time to visit your instructor’s web page and maybe do some research on who they are. I once knew a business professor who was also a boxing judge in China and was on a popular television quiz show. Professors have lives too and knowing about what they do outside of class will make these encounters even less scary. Do some research to find out who they are. Last but not least, remember they were once undergraduates students too. Finally, if you’re dream is to be a college professor let them know!

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REU’s for Social Science Majors

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Texas A & M

Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality

In this REU students will work with TAMU faculty who are investigating patterns, nature, causes, and consequences of social disparities through hands-on participation in research projects supervised by leading faculty researchers examining issues such as

criminology and race
urban ethnography
food security and food justice

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

Yale’s Canine Cognition Center works with volunteer dogs in the New Haven area,


Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition

“The REU program has both scientific and societal benefits integrating research and education. The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply:March 1, 2020

Rice University

Translational Research in Psychological Sciences- Human Factors is an 8-week paid research traineeship at Rice University in Houston that brings together students majoring in psychological and social sciences, neuroscience, behavioral health science, engineering, computer science, math, kinesiology, or biomechanics to work with faculty on on topics in behavioral research that have clear applications to real-world problems.

Levels: Juniors, & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2020

University of Indiana Bloomington

The Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at the University of Indiana Bloomington brings together undergraduates to work with faculty on research projects in animal behavior focusing on neuroscience, cognitive science, fieldwork and behavioral analysis.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

Dordt University & The Ukraine

In this REU students will spend two weeks in the Ukrain and the remaining eight weeks at Dordt University in Sioux City, Iowa. The goal of this REU is to explore current mental health in a developing country focusing on topics such as:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Ukraine
Risk Factors for Distress
Correlates of Subjective Health in Ukraine
Co-morbidity of Smoking and Alcohol

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020