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.

Google CS Research Mentorship Program

Google’s CSRMP matches students from historically marginalized groups with peers and a Google mentor to support their pursuit of computing research pathways.

Students are matched into a pod with a Google mentor and small group of peers who are at a similar academic stage, and interested in the same research area. Pods structure discussion and identify opportunities around one of the following topics, shared by each student and supported by the mentor through group and one-on-one meetings:

  1. Introduction to research pathways
  2. Defining a research problem
  3. Applying to graduate school
  4. Navigating the publication process
  5. Applying to a postdoc/academia/industry position

Eligibility:
Levels: Undergraduates or Graduate students.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Majors: Computer Science or related fields.
Students must be attending a school in the United States or Canada.
Deadline to Apply: July 28, 2021
Apply

Code 2040 Fellows

This nine-week fellowship is an intensive summer program created for Black and Latinx college-level computer science students from around the country. Students will intern at top tech companies, participate in a series of racial equity advocacy work and community building.

As a Code2040 Fellow, you’ll spend your summer in an intensive career accelerator for 9 weeks between June and August. You’ll intern at a top-tech company and participate in a series of learning experiences designed to equip you with the tools and resources you need to navigate the tech industry and build an exciting career. You’ll engage in racial equity advocacy work in a much more intimate cohort. You’ll be equipped with knowledge on what’s happening in the industry, what systems need to change, and what your role is as a racial equity advocate. You’ll build community with other Black and/or Latinx technologists, receive support from mentors and managers, while redefining the future and face of tech and ensuring other technologists like you have the opportunity to succeed in the innovation economy.

What you can expect from the Fellows Program:

  • A 9-week program from June to August
  • An internship at a top-tech company
  • Racial equity advocacy work
  • Student learning experiences: You’ll be equipped with the tools and resources you need to navigate the tech industry and thrive in your career
  • Build community with other Black and/or Latinx technologists
  • Support from mentors and managers

    Deadline to Apply: July 18, 2021
    Apply

Stanford University

Stanford Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers a 10-week summer research fellows program (June 21 to Aug 27) that provides community college students with an opportunity to explore careers in research. Students gain an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills and understanding of research methodologies as well as graduate school.

Students work on a research project under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty member and graduate student or post-doctoral mentor. In addition to research, students will participate in bi-weekly research seminars, professional development workshops, and a variety of social activities. Students will be required to present their research results at their research group meeting, a final research symposium in August 2021. The goal of Aeronautics and Astronautics Community Research Experience (AACRE) Fellows Program is to provide a unique summer experience that encourages students to pursue graduate studies in engineering.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines.
  • Must be a current enrolled community college student during the summer of 2021 (i.e. graduation date in Dec. 2021 or later)
  • Be legally eligible for employment in the USA

Students from underrepresented groups, including women, persons with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Apply

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

“he Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at Florida International University (FIU) provides research experience to undergraduate students during a 10 week summer program. Surf the wave with ASSET Research! The research projects during the summer program will be centered around the theme of Advanced Secured Sensor Enabling Technologies (ASSET). Students will improve the understanding of the nature of research practice and scientific reasoning and learn the process of conducting research and hands-on knowledge of applied and basic research.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: May 10, 2021
Apply

Georgia State University 

REU in Immersive Media Computing 

An eight-week experience in which students work with faculty advisors, industry advisors, graduate student mentors, and other undergraduate students to complete a research project under the guidance of faculty and industry advisors. Undergraduate students in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or other related fields, especially underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.

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

  • Early Application Date: March 15, 2021
  • Final Application Deadline: April 26, 202

Apply

US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FALL INTERNSHIPS

The US Department of Energy’s Community College Internship Program provides paid research opportunities at any of their 17 labs.
The applicant must be currently enrolled at an accredited community colleges or two year college and also have completed at least one semester at the time of applying.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Status: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: May 27, 2021
Apply

Clarkson University

Located in Potsdam New York Clarkson University’s ASET REU Program leverages the location of Clarkson’s New York State campuses (in Potsdam, Beacon, and the Capital District) in and along two of the United States’ most iconic, and environmentally and historically rich aquatic basins—the Great Lakes and the Hudson River and Estuary.

Projects fit within the Great Lakes and Hudson River and Estuary ASET REU theme, are organized into three foci of Aquatic Natural Sciences; Aquatic Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Aquatic Resource Engineering, and are available to participate in for the upcoming summer.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2021
Apply

Gaiam Yoga

University of Louisiana – Lafayette

During a 10-week summer program, participating students will be paired with faculty mentors and engaged in hands-on research projects and various educational activities in the area of infrastructure materials. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non- graduating seniors.
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Deadline to Apply: March 26, 2021
Apply

GEORGIA TECH

The Research Experience for Student Veterans in Advanced Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship (REVAMP) program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer site. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) hosts the program to train undergraduate students in the fundamental principles of:

  • Advanced manufacturing science and technology
  • The transition of basic discoveries in manufacturing science into innovative commercial products and processes.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and non-graduating seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens and Permanent Residents,
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2021
Apply

Arizona State University

This program is seeking innovative, sustainability-minded, engineering and science undergraduates to participate in a paid summer program. This program will immerse participants in technical research and expose them to the graduate school experience, specifically within the scope of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics to develop sustainable biologically-controlled and biologically-inspired solutions in hazard mitigation, environmental protection and restoration, infrastructure construction, and subsurface exploration and excavation.

Levels: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating Seniors.
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: April 5, 2021
Apply

UC Davis

“The UC Davis ChemEnergy REU aims to provide diverse undergraduate students with a unique 10-week research experience tackling state-of-the-art research problems in energy, materials, catalysis, and biotechnology.”

Levels: Sophomores and Juniors.
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: Priority Deadline March 16, 2021, Regular Deadline March 23, 2021
Apply

EMORY UNIVERSITY

 Computational Mathematics for Data Science Summer 2021

“Subject to the approval of funding, the REU Site Computational Methods for Data Science within the Department of Mathematics at Emory University has several funded opportunities for undergraduate summer research. The site will be held in conjunction with the Emory Research Experience for Teachers that provides additional funding for in-service high school teachers.”

The site’s core activity is a six-week on-site research and training that will be hosted at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This activity is preceded by a three-week virtual pre-REU/RET phase that focuses on team building, on-demand teaching of advanced mathematical concepts, and finalizing the design of the research projects. During the on-campus phase, the teams will work on their research project and receive mentorship from faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. The pre-REU/RET phase will start on May 24 and the on-campus phase will begin on June 14.

This program particularly encourage women, students from underrepresented groups, first-generation college students, and institutions where research programs in STEM are limited to apply.

Levels: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship requirements. Students must be enrolled at a US Institution.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021
Apply

 XSEDE EMPOWER ( Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research )An XSEDE-wide effort is underway to expand the community by recruiting and enabling a diverse group of students who have the skills — or are interested in acquiring the skills — to participate in the work of XSEDE. The name of this effort is XSEDE EMPOWER ( Expert Mentoring Producing Opportunities for Work, Education, and Research ). We invite the whole community to recruit and mentor undergraduate students to engage in a variety of activities, such as computational and/or data analytics research and education in all fields of study, networking, system maintenance and support, visualization, and more.

Levels: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Minimum GPA: No Minimum GPA
Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship requirements but students must be able to work as independent contractors in the US.
Deadline to Apply: February 26, 2021
Apply

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY 

Preparing RF Engineers for Communication, Imaging and Sensing (PRECISE)
Radio frequency (RF) technologies in microwave, millimeter-wave and terahertz frequency bands has ubiquitous presence in modern electronics. Wireless communication has enabled game-changing technology through LTE and 5G campaign, which is ultimately responsible for modern internet, big-data and cloud computing boom. Smart electronics, Internet of Things (IoT), wearable technology, all critically rely on continuous innovations in this area.

PRECISE REU site provides research experience to undergraduate students through summer research projects mentored by faculty participants at FIU. The program also includes research seminars given by faculty and researchers and engineers from our industrial partners as well as professional development activities to help students acquire critical soft skills and to help in graduate school applications. You will find that here at FIU we appreciate those with the perseverance to succeed. They hope to see you as part of their team soon.

Women, members of under-represented minority populations, and students from institutions that do not have strong STEM research programs are encouraged to apply.

This REU site is supported by the Department of Defense in partnership with the NSF REU program.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 21, 2021
Apply

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.

Deadlines:
Deadline to Apply for Summer 2021: January 12, 2021
Apply

NASA
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
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY

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 & 3 Science or Engineering courses  by June 12 2021. Plan to return to a California community college in Fall 2021.
Deadline to Apply January 31, 2021
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 AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 

“The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Systematics and
Evolutionary Biology is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been in
place for over 25 years. The program brings approximately eight students to the
American Museum of Natural History in New York City each summer for a ten-week
experience working with our curators, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows. Research
projects span diverse fields of comparative biology including paleontology, genomics,
population biology, conservation biology and phylogenetics and taxonomy. Students
have access to the Museum’s immense natural history collections as well as state-of-theart equipment for advanced imaging (CT scanner, SEM, TEM) and genomics (Sanger
and pyrosequencing platforms). “

Levels: Sophomores & Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2021
Apply

American Physiological Society

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), formerly UGSRF, allow students to participate in hands-on research in the laboratory of an established researcher and APS member for 10 weeks. Students must have had less than nine months of prior laboratory experience.

Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • network with other APS Fellows interested in and conducting biomedical or basic research;
  • explore the nature of research and the scientific process;
  • investigate physiology career options, what it takes to find career success;
  • learn about scientific writing and draft a meeting abstract, learn about common ethical issues in figure and text preparation; and
  • pose their career questions to members of the APS

    Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship requirements
    Minimum GPA: 3.0
    Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2021
    Apply

Auburn University

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) funded Collaborative Approaches among Scientists and Engineers (CASE) Research Experience is a 10-week research program for undergraduates located at Auburn University. Field and laboratory research projects are available for students majoring in STEM disciplines including chemistry, biology, physics, and all branches of engineering.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 26, 2021
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO

The Environmental Engineering Solutions for Pollution Prevention (EESPP) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University at Buffalo (UB) is a 10-week summer program. EESPP-REU builds upon the past ERIE-REU program by promoting air and water pollution projects that are relevant to not only Western New York, but across the globe. 

Projects focus on laboratory and/or field experimentation in three themed areas:

  1. Pollutant Identification and Measurement
  2. Pollutant Source Control 
  3. Environmental Remediation

Participants are paired with a faculty research mentor to conduct transformative air and/or water pollution research. Weekly group meetings of the REU cohort foster student-to-student communication via workshops and networking opportunities. A Research Symposium, as well as support for post-REU conference presentations and publications, provides students opportunities to hone their communication skills.

Students from under-represented minority groups and non-research focused institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior research experience required.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 5, 2021
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO

The Frontier Technologies in Biometrics and Authentication REU offers participants the opportunity to develop highly sought-after skills in biometrics and authentication, which have become a core part of cybersecurity course curriculum.

In this 10-week REU program, undergraduate students will work with a group of experienced faculty members and industrial mentors, and conduct cutting-edge research in biometrics and authentication. Participants will complete a short-term intensive research training experience, which will prepare them for a research path in the field of cybersecurity, as well as benefit their graduate applications and job opportunities.

Applicants should have basic programming skills (e.g., Matlab, C/C++/C#, Python or Java)

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021
Apply

Cal State Los Angeles

Cal State LA’s Bridges to the Future Program is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health ( NIH) to develop the pool of talented minority students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets community college students. This program is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences ( a division of the NIH) and is a collaboration among four schools: East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College, and California State University Los Angeles.

Applicants must be good academic standing who desire a career in the biomedical sciences and are a member of an underrepresented group including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, or Pacific Islanders.

Levels:  Freshmen or Sophomore community college students
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Apply

Cal State San Marcos

Fulltime students attending Palomar College or Mira Costa College can apply to Cal State San Marcos’ Bridges to the Baccalaureate program. This program is designed to provide a seamless transition for community college students majoring in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics. Students must be attending the partner colleges full-ti,me and be a member of a group underrepresented in the sciences (African American, Native American, Hispanic, Filipino, Pacific Islander)

Levels:  Freshmen or Sophomore community college students
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Apply

CALTECH Wave Fellows

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in STEM and intent on pursuing a Ph.D., to conduct a 10-week summer research project under the mentorship of Caltech faculty. Research opportunities in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geology, environmental science, sustainability, astronomy, physics, nanotechnology, quantum sciences, humanities, social science, and more!

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens, Permanent Residents, or have DACA status.
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Deadline to Apply: January 9, 2021
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CalTech Ligo Program

Undergraduates in physics, astronomy and engineering are invited to apply to Caltech’s LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. The program takes place at Caltech or one of the LIGO observatory sites, funded in part through the National Science Foundation.  Undergraduate students from all institutions (both U.S. and foreign) are invited to apply to the program.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: All students are eligible to apply.  
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2021
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CALTECH SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM

CSURP is a program for undergraduate students who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering and are interested in conducting supervised summer research. CSURP Students are placed at research institutions across the United States. The CCHF includes 22 research groups based at 15 different locations. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in synthetic organic chemistry.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 8, 2021
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science offers first-in-class research opportunities that lead to undergraduates who are well-informed about engineering career opportunities in both academic and corporate settings.  UCLA Samueli offers elite undergraduate engineering students a valuable academic research experience.  Our program is designed for students who are interested in understanding the impact of engineering research and learning more about the graduate school experience.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an umbrella organization that administers and scaffolds summer undergraduate research opportunities within UCLA Engineering.  We currently coordinate several programs, including the:

Interactive Systems (REU Site)
Functional Nanomaterials (REU Site)

Selected scholars will be paired with a UCLA Engineering faculty based on project needs, skills, and interest.  Interns will be invited to work on a project that contributes to the momentum of their assigned lab.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA : Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 30, 2021
Apply

AUBURN UNIVERSITY

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 
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BOSTON UNIVERSITY 

The theme of BU’s REU site is: “Basic Research in the Chemical Sciences Addressing Biological
Problems”, one of the most important interdisciplinary scientific fields today. Advances in this area have implications for the life sciences, medicinal discoveries, discovery of new smart materials, all ultimately impacting quality of life. Our program is a total research immersion in the biophysical, chemical, and biochemical fields. Students from four-year colleges and two-year community colleges are eligible. Our research environment prepares students for graduate programs as well as for research internships and careers in research

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents, DACA also eligible

Deadline for Community College Students: March 15, 2021

Apply

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
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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
Apply

City College of New York

The Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign (B3) research experience for undergraduates (REU) is a National Science Foundation supported summer program at the City College of New York (CCNY). 

​10 students are embedded into faculty research labs in the Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biology, and Physics in the Science Division, the Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the Grove School of Engineering, and the CUNY School of Medicine.  Experiences at the laboratory bench or in front of a computer are supplemented with activities to promote interactions between students, peers, senior colleagues, faculty mentors, and to expose students to science in / out of the laboratory.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizen or Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021
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Cornell

Through this one-on-one partnership, participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. The
Cornell University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Research Experience for Undergraduates
 was developed to aid in the retention of traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2021
Apply

Cornell University

CORNELL PARADIM The PARADIM REU Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in the growth, structural/electrical characterization, or use of first-principles theory relevant to thin films of transition metal oxides or chalcogenides currently being researched as next generation electronic materials within PARADIM. These projects include improving the techniques available within PARADIM to grow and characterize materials. Students selected will work on an independent research project using the advanced resources available in PARADIM facility labs and the facilities of the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR).

Projects are scaled to be challenging yet achievable within the program’s  time frame. The program runs early June through mid-August. This introduction to a scientific research career will culminate with a convocation held jointly with the REU students from the Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) where each intern will give a final presentation. Interns also write a two-page report, due on at the end of the program, that will be posted on the PARADIM website

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 10, 2021
Apply

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Undergraduate Research in Educational Data Mining
The primary goal of this inter-disciplinary REU Site program is to expose ten high quality undergraduate students to advanced topics in analytics, data mining, and visualization techniques as applied to data from the education domain. Students will participate in projects with the central theme of improving instructional technology design, enhancing academic curricula and modeling learning experiences. This focus on education-centered analysis will provide the participating undergraduate students a deeper understanding of both general data mining techniques and a broader taste for educational design. This REU Site program will make it a priority to engage and recruit under-represented minorities and women to pursue multi-disciplinary careers that transcend computer science and educational sciences. Careful student-student and student-mentor(s) pairings, as well as opportunities for developing organically- formed partnerships will foster an inclusive academic culture.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizen or Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February  15th, 2021
Apply 

Georgia Southern University 

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) with seven research laboratories (Aerospace, Aerodynamics, Subsonic tunnel and Wind Energy, Advanced Sensing, Intelligent Control, Fundamental Combustion, Ballistic Impacts), at Georgia Southern University will host a three year 10 week summer-term, interdisciplinary REU Site: “Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Materials and Controls of Aerial Vehicles”.  The projects proposed for this REU will challenge students, advance knowledge, and produce valuable scholarship. In addition to their research projects, all REU participants will be mentored to develop their scientific knowledge and skills; research methods, including workplace ethics and technical writing and oral communication.

Special consideration will be given to students from HBCUs and minority-serving institutions (MSI), 2-year and community colleges, and 4-year colleges where research opportunities are limited.  

 Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements:  US Citizens or Green Card Holders currently enrolled at a US Institution.  
Minimum GPA: N/A
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2021
Apply

HARVARD

Civic Digital Fellows are mission-driven software engineers, data scientists, product managers, and designers who spend their summers innovating at the intersection of technology and public service.

Fellows receive a $4,000+ stipend, housing, and travel to and from Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital will be your home for 10 weeks—from the first week of June until mid-August. Also one-on-one mentorship from top technology and civic leaders (e.g. members of the US Digital Service). Due to COVID-19 this could possibly be a virtual experience.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD
Apply

Iowa State University 

Launching Aerospace’s Underrepresented Students into the Next Chapter-Unmanned Aerial Systems  
The goal of this Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is to promote greater participation of underrepresented minority (URM) students in aerospace engineering research on unmanned-aerial systems (UAS). To achieve this goal, the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University offers the REU site, entitled Launching Aerospace’s Underrepresented Students into the Next Chapter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (LAUNCH-UAS). There are four objectives for this site:

1.       Provide students with cutting-edge summer research experience in UAS
2.       Expose students to aerospace research projects and engineers
3.       Develop students’ research and professional skills to prepare them for graduate programs
4.       Provide students with opportunities to build a community of mentors for graduate programs and beyond.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 26, 2021
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MDI BIOLOGICAL LABORATORY

“The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the Laboratory’s focus area, comparative regenerative biology, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. For 10 weeks, each REU student will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a research scientist while having access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, core facilities and support staff. Students will join in MDI Biological Laboratory’s active scientific community, which includes other undergraduate research fellows, visiting scientists, graduate students and post-docs as well as research assistants.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline to Apply: February 12, 2021
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Montana State University

Since 1998, the Montana State University REU program in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has recruited ten students each year for 10 weeks of summer research. The theme of the research in this year’s program is Next Generation Materials and Catalysts. Possible research topics within this theme are diverse and include biocatalysis (enzymes), catalysis for small molecule activation, switchable catalysts, bio- and bio-inspired materials, energy storage and conversion materials, and functional materials that operate under extreme conditions. All interested students are welcome to apply, and we especially encourage applicants from small colleges in the Northwest, Rocky Mountain, and Great Plains regions of the United States. American Indian and Alaska Native students, as well as students from tribal colleges in Montana and elsewhere, are especially invited to apply.

Applicants do not need to have prior research experience but should be interested in a PhD and have a strong interest in chemical, biochemical, or materials research.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 15, 2021
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST)

“The The NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program sponsors  a 11-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. 2-year and 4-year institutions majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, fire research, nanotechnology, information technology, mathematics, biology, manufacturing, statistics, or other STEM discipline. The program provides students with hands-on research experience under the mentorship of a NIST scientist or engineer in Boulder, CO or Gaithersburg, MD.”

 Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 14, 2021
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Northwestern’s Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers a virtual summer research fellowships to majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics to participate in hands-on laboratory or computational research that applies mathematical concepts and methodology to understanding mechanisms in biology.

The majority of projects will use coding languages including MATLAB and Python.
Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: January 25, 2021
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Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

“The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s research experience for undergraduates program, “Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast” (EMBOC) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to participate in ongoing marine science research at the University of Oregon’s marine lab during the summer months.” Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of college-level introductory biology classes.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2021
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PENN STATE

“The Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates Site focused on the Integration of Biology and Materials June 1 – August 6, 2021. This REU program will provide a 10-week collaborative research experience for undergraduate students aimed at advancing the field and applications of biomolecular materials. Projects will span a variety of topics including design of biomaterials, control of living-nonliving interfaces, and development of processes for effective recovery of biomolecules. In addition to the research experience, students will participate in a variety of technical and social activities including seminars and facilities tours. Interactions with other REU sites at Penn State and a focus on collaborative work in teams will provide social, research and personal growth opportunities beyond the research project work.”

Undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related majors are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2021
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Portland State

This NSF-funded Portland State University REU site was established in 2001 under the direction of Dr. Jun Jiao. It has a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary research in the applications of microscopy and microanalysis Students go on to pursue research projects in diverse fields like Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Computer Sciences.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Seniors accepted if they will be attending graduate school in fall 2021 
Citizen US Citizen & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2021
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

“Engage in research this summer on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana campus! SURF matches undergraduates with a faculty member and graduate student mentor who introduce them to the research tools used on the cutting edges of science, engineering, and technology. (Open to Purdue students and undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities”

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Deadline: February 15, 2021
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Rowan University

The NSF REU site at Rowan University will provide research experiences for a diverse group of undergraduate participants from four-year institutions and community colleges. REU participants will conduct novel, cutting-edge research under the direction of faculty mentors from three colleges – the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering, the College of Science and Mathematics, and Rowan’s Cooper School of Medicine – and eight academic departments, with the Department of Biomedical Engineering as the lead. Students will participate as a group in weekly seminars and workshops that provide comprehensive professional development and allow cross-cultivation of the individual research experience.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 10, 2021
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UC SAN DIEGO SUMMER TRAINING ACADEMY FOR RESEARCH SUCCESS (STARS)

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: January 27, 2021
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STANFORD

Stanford’s Science Technology and Reconstructive Surgery (STARS) Program is a 7-week program for high The 7-week STaRS Internship is for high school and undergraduate students considering careers biomedical and biological sciences. Students must be age 16 or older at the time of the program to apply. Students under 18 will require signed parental consent forms to work in a biochemistry laboratory.  For the 2021 program the program may be virtual or in person.
Levels: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, and non Graduating College Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: There are no citizenship restrictions
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 20, 2021
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville

This REU Site hosted at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Engineering Education and Centers is designed to develop and implement a model environment for multidisciplinary collaborative efforts where research and education are tightly integrated around the different facets of sustainable energy and environment research. It features a 10-week interdisciplinary team approach to mentor students on different research projects

 The proposed sustainable energy research consists of three major research areas:
1) Energy Harvesting, 2) Energy Utilization, 3) Energy Policy, Environmental and Social Impacts.

Levels: Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2021
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UC SAN DIEGO DESIGNING FOR SAFETY & SAFETY BY DESIGN

Program Description: The overarching goal of this NSF REU Site is to immerse students in a meaningful and highly interdisciplinary research environment within the structural engineering domain and to teach them that design does not end with construction. Instead, designing for safety embodies: quantifying potential load conditions, damage mechanics, and uncertainties; monitoring for anomalies during operations; processing this information through cyber-modeling via digital surrogates; and translating the information to actionable knowledge for improving current and future system designs. This REU Site will recruit and train 12 diverse U.S. scholars for eight weeks each summer, recruited from across the nation with emphasis on broadening the participation of underrepresented minority, women, and economically-disadvantaged students, to conduct research alongside six professors and their graduate students.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: January 15, 2021
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University of California at Irvine

The Minority Science Programs (MSP) in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) announces the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The objective of the Bridges Program is to advance the careers of students from community colleges interested in pursuing a biomedical research career. Applicants must have completed one semester of transferrable chemistry or biology.
and be a member of an underrepresented minority group (Black African-Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans, Native Americans, and Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands).

Levels: Freshman & Sophomores
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 22, 2021
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University of California at Santa Cruz

“The ACCESS Mini Research Camp is a two-day hands-on program that is designed to introduce community college students to scientific research at UCSC and kindle their interest in participating in a summer research internship.

Selected students will learn about research techniques used in chemistry and/or biology. Participants will observe or work with state of the art laboratory instruments, meet researchers in the biomedical field and experience the academic research environment. The program includes hands-on mini research activities which focus on techniques used in microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry and/or biochemistry.” Students must be a participate in the ACCESS program for students enrolled in the following California community colleges Cabrillo, Gavilan, Hartnell, and Monterey Peninsula College.

Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2020

“The ACCESS Summer Research Institute is an intensive eight-week introduction to research methods and tools with an emphasis on biomedical sciences. Selected student participants work under a UCSC faculty mentor on a project that focuses on current research in an area of interest indicated by the student. Interns work with state-of-the-art laboratory instruments, meet professionals in the biomedical field and experience the academic research environment. ” Students must be a participate in the ACCESS program and is for students enrolled in the following California community colleges Cabrillo, Gavilan, Hartnell, and Monterey Peninsula College.

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2021

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University of Southern California

At the USC Information Sciences Institute the REU site participants will be engaged in research that spans four themes under the umbrella of Human Communication in a Connected World.  These themes are: (1) communication, (2) cybersecurity, (3) information retrieval and (4) information flow.  

​Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
Minimum GPA:  ​not specified 
Deadline to Apply: February 10, 2021
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University of Washington


ENDURE Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education

With funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH)ENDURE Blueprint initiative, the goal of the University of Washington’s ENDURE program is to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs. UW ENDURE combines intensive hands-on research with world-class mentors, a specialized curriculum that focuses on both research basics and professional development, and a supportive peer mentorship program. The program includes both summer and year-round research programs on our Seattle campus. Students will be exposed to a wide range of topics in neuroscience, from molecular biology of the brain to computational neuroscience and neural engineering

This program is open to current Pugent Sound area community college students.
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021
http://depts.washington.edu/endure/

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Center for Neurotechnology REU
The CNT at the University of Washington will sponsor a 10-week (June 15, 2021 to August 20, 2021) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on the Seattle campus during the summer.  This program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with scientists and to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communications, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the undergraduate scientist with a solid foundation for graduate study.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The 2020 Research Experience for Veterans (REV) program was held June 16, 2020 – August 21, 2020.  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
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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
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Wakeforest University School of Medicine

The Biomedical Engineering Department and Center for Biomedical Informatics offer several summer research opportunities focusing on Imaging and Mechanics-based Projects on Accidental Cases of Trauma (IMPACT) and other biomedical engineering and informatics topics.  This 10 week summer research opportunity offers experiential training in an outstanding research environment with a highly talented academic team.  Students selected for our program experience hands-on research training, mentorship and teamwork, professional development activities and scientific dissemination.

Underrepresented students from colleges with limited research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2021
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