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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.

The 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. 

Levels: Community college student
Minimum: 3.0 GPA in science, engineering, & math courses
Citizenship Requirements:  US Citizens, Permanent Residents and Undocumented students are eligible. Due to funding restrictions, international students utilizing F-1 of J-1 visas are not eligible for this program.

Enrolled at a California community college; Completed 2 Calculus courses & 3 Science or Engineering courses  by June 20221. Plan to return to a California community college in Fall 2022.
Deadline to Apply January 30, 2022


iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)

The i3 admissions process is competitive, however, students are evaluated for qualities beyond GPA. We seek students who have shown academic promise, including those who have demonstrated improvement over their college careers.Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. The information sciences are interdisciplinary and connect with many other fields of study. Past i3 Scholars have majored in information science, computer science, psychology, sociology, public policy, communication, business, economics, public health, history, English, and engineering, among others.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or DACA Recipients
Deadline: February 17, 2022


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 to Apply: Application will open on December 1, 2020
Deadline for University Students, March 1, 2021
Deadline for Community College Students: March 15, 2021



 Computational Mathematics for Data Science Summer 2022

“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

ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Application 

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fund promising undergraduate students so they can conduct research in plant biology during the early part of their college careers. SURF recipients must present their research at ASPB’s annual Plant Biology meeting in the year following the fellowship award.

Students must secure a mentor 
Faculty Mentors – Students must secure a mentor before submitting an application. The proposed research project must be pursued in the mentor’s laboratory. Mentors must be a member of ASPB, have an ongoing research program of high scientific merit, and demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate education and research. Mentors are expected to attend Plant Biology 2022 in Portland, OR with their SURF student.

Deadline to Apply: March 28, 2021


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


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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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research. Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists. Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment. 
The 2021 URP Program will be held Monday, June 7–Saturday, August 7, 2021

Levels: Current Sophomores & Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: Students of any country are eligible to apply.
Minimum GPA: Not specified 
(However, Successful applicants generally have GPAs around 3.5 or higher in their science and math courses
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2021


The NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in the UC Davis Physics Department will continue in summer 2021. During the 10-week program students work alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects, providing a view of physics very different from typical coursework.  Please note: Applicants must have completed at least one year of calculus-based physics

Levels: Freshmen. Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: All students are invited to apply regardless of Citizenship Status
Deadline to Apply: February 14, 2022

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) seeks to promote the value of graduate education; to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; and to prepare and recruit the best and brightest for graduate education at MIT

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens, permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen with DACA, or international student with appropriate visa and work authorizations
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Deadline: January 10, 2021

University of Minnesota Lando NSF/REU

The Summer Lando/NSF REU is for outstanding national and international undergraduate students. It is designed to encourage students in the chemical sciences to learn more about research in chemistry, and provide them with the opportunity to work in a lab under the direction of a faculty member. We offer a variety of professional and social events for participants throughout the summer.

Applications accepted from students in their sophomore or junior years of undergraduate study in chemistry or closely related fields. This is an international competition. The Lando/NSF REU is open to all students outside the University of Minnesota.

Levels; Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: None all undergraduates may apply
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 4, 2022


The OHSU Equity Research Program offers an exciting opportunity for diverse undergraduate college students to spend eight weeks working on research projects alongside faculty, scientists and graduate students. The program has a variety of tracks including Public Health, Medicine, and Biomedical Sciences, or Nursing in a clinical or community setting. 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA eligible students
Deadline to Apply: Program dates TBD


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

Levels: Freshman and Sophomores
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Citizenship Requirements: an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services OR a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident
Deadline:  February 5, 2021  

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a summer research program that provides undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois with an opportunity to explore careers in research. The program at Illinois provides students with an experience that will help strengthen their knowledge, skills, and understanding of graduate school.

Since 1986, Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Illinois has brought talented undergraduate students from across the US and its territories, such as Puerto Rico, to our campus as an introduction to graduate study, research, and the admission process

Levels: Juniors and non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or DACA
MInimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: 2021 Dates TBD


Students selected for summer research at UC San Francisco spend up to ten weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events, creating a cohesive and supportive community. At the end of the program, students give presentations of their research and get valuable feedback from students, postdocs, and faculty at UCSF.

Levels: Sophomores & above
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents. Applicants with DACA or AB540 status may also be eligible 
Deadline: Check website


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

University of Michigan

Entering its 34th year, the University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study.

Levels: Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens,  Permanent Residents or non-US Citizens with DACA
Deadline to Apply: 2022 Dates TBD

University of Michigan

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan is a two-year experiential learning national summer program for undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. Each scholar spends two consecutive summers at the University of Michigan performing environmental research (year 1) and participating in an internship (year 2) relating to the environmental field.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizen, Permanent Resident or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA/DREAMers)
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Deadline to Apply: 2022 Dates TBD

New York University

New York University’s Department of Biology and Center for Genomics and Systems Biology offer a summer program for undergraduates with career interests in biological research.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens/Permanent Resident students and students with DACA
Deadline:  2022 Dates TBD


The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz exposes early-career college students to the field of environmental conservation through field research, leadership and professional training. This is a two summer program that begins with and eight-week, paid, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research

The program is looking for 20 passionate, creative undergraduate students from any major, currently in their freshman or sophomore years or with at least two more years of college left

Levels: Freshmen & Sophomores
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents, and Dreamers 
Deadline: February 1 2022


UC Irvine’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops. The program, which is designed for students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. or M.F.A. degree and enter academic careers, provides the tools needed to facilitate application, admission, and enrollment to graduate school. The SURF program is open to virtually all academic fields at UC Irvine.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and Master’s Students
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, AB540 eligible
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: Summer 2021 Application will open November 2021


Stanford’s Science Technology and Reconstructive Surgery (STARS) Program is a 7-week program 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: TBD


The Stanford Summer Research Program is an umbrella program that hosts students who are funded through various sources, including the Amgen Scholars Program, the Stanford Genetics Department, and the Stanford Medicine Dean’s Office.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and non Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA Eligible.
Minimum GPA: 3.0 to 3.2 depending on funding source
Deadline to Apply: 2022 Dates TBD

University of Utah

The purpose of SPUR is to provide undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. The program provides opportunities to gain research experience in a variety disciplines.

Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, Dreamers and DACA students
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2021

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. 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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