REU Programs for Community College Students

Community College students should apply to programs that are looking for freshmen and sophomores. The programs listed below have specifically advertised that they are looking for community college students.

SACNAS Community College Day
September 18th

Sacnas’ Community College Day is a virtual mini-conference day for interested students to explore degrees and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), as well as build a national network to support transferring to a 4-year institution, research opportunities, financial support, and more.
Registration is FREE

US Department of Energy

Community College Institute Program
The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of
16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

For Spring 2021 the deadline is October 7, 2020

Community College Aerospace Scholars

“NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) builds a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging two-year degree seeking students in authentic learning experiences. NCAS is a blended-learning experience comprised of a five week online course and a unique NASA experience. Students get a closer look at NASA’s unique missions, diverse workforce, and world-class facilities and learn how to develop their talents, interests, and passion to become future STEM professionals. NCAS offers the online course twice a year with NASA experiences happening throughout the year.”

Levels:  Current Community College Students
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline to Apply:November 18, 2020


Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduates (TTE REU), a competitive merit-based program, seeks to inspire California community college students through research at UC Berkeley so that they will ultimately transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree in science and engineering. The TTE REU program is a residential program providing nine-weeks of hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of UC Berkeley professors. This program is jointly funded by an NSF Site award and the Center for E3S. 

This program is limited to students attending a community college that plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering.

GPA: 3.25+ GPA in science, engineering, & math courses
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S citizen, national, or permanent residents 

Enrolled at a California community college; Completed 2 Calculus courses by June 2020; Completed 3 Science or Engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component  Plan to return to a California community college in Fall 2021
The Application for the 2021 Program will be available in October 2021.


Are you a current community college student interested in applying to UCLA Samueli Engineering?  Are you interested in learning more about engineering research? Want to get a paid position over the summer that will help your engineering preparation?  Consider applying to one of our UCLA Samueli Engineering summer research programs. These paid 8 week summer academic research programs are recruiting current community college students who are interested in applying to UCLA Samueli Engineering.  Dates for 2021 TBD

UCLA is recruiting for 3 programs for cc students:

1) Functional NanoMaterials REU Site

2) Wireless Health Institute Summer Scholars Program,

3) Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TAMNS)

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Warm-Water Aquatic Ecology

“This REU Site is a novel, collaborative effort involving Auburn University faculty mentors specializing in diverse but complementary disciplines, including community ecology, fisheries management, aquaculture, evolution, limnology, molecular biology,  microbiology, invasive species, fish behavior, outreach, physiology, parasitology, and conservation. Together these disciplines provide the education basis for undergraduate students to learn about techniques and tools to study aquatic communities, specifically warm-water systems such as reservoirs, farm ponds, streams, and brackish estuaries.  The primary objectives of this project include exposing participants to different scientific hypotheses, research techniques, and ecological habitats and conditions in an engaging, interdisciplinary atmosphere that fosters a strong interest in aquatic sciences by the next generation of water experts. ”  

Levels:  Freshman, Sophomores, Junior, and Seniors graduating no earlier than September 2021. 
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents

Although not financially supported by the REU Site, they are also open to including a few strongly motivated and self-funded international students in our REU Site research and professional development activities.  

This program strongly encourages applications for those  traditionally under-represented groups in biology (i.e., African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, students with disabilities, first generation college students, and U.S. veterans) as well as students from institutions with limited research opportunities (e.g., community colleges) or students in financial need to apply.  
Deadline to Apply : 2021 Dates TBD 

Boston University, Florida International University, University of Michigan 

NSF Engineering Research Center in Cellular Metamaterials

CELL-MET offers research opportunities for students outside of our three main institutions (FIU, BU, and UM) through summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) opportunities. Participants work at all three institutions during the summer for up to 10 weeks of independent research related to the ERC.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and community college students
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Deadline to Apply: Rolling Admissions

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


The University of California at San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for community college students, undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and masters students. STARS offers student participants a rigorous research opportunity with esteemed UC San Diego faculty, informative transfer and graduate school preparation workshops, and educational, cultural, and social activities in sunny San Diego.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified

Citizenship Requirements: AB 540 or DACA students are eligible or US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Deadline: 2021 Dates TBD

University of Washington

Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Research Experience for Veterans

 Participants in the REV program will work in research laboratories at the interface of biology and engineering. For 10 weeks, participants work in a laboratory and are mentored by a graduate student, a post-doctoral trainee, and a professor. Participants work with teams on projects with defined goals and also attend lectures and seminars on relevant topics. REV participants also take part in a poster session and a research symposium at the end of the summer.

Levels: All Levels but must be US Veteran
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD

University of Washington

The Doris Duke Conservation Program at the University of Washington is an eight-week, two-summer experience immersing students in conservation practice. Community College applicants should be transferring to a four year school in Fall 2020

Levels: Freshmen & Sophomores
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents, Dreamers and DACA students are encouraged to apply
Deadline:  2021 Dates TBD