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Many summer programs, especially those in the sciences, have application deadlines in February.

Research Opportunities

Application Assistance International Opportunities
NIST/ SURF For International Students
STEM Opportunities Federal Opportunities
Social Sciences and Humanities For Graduating Seniors
Health-Related Programs Summer Research Opportunities Spreadsheet Excel icon

The Research Opportunities Spreadsheet offers a long list of internships for a variety of departments with deadlines that range from August to April. The list can be sorted by program host, deadline, whether there’s opportunities for freshman or international students, and program title. The list is constantly being updated with new opportunities and updated deadlines as they become available.

Note to International Students:
Many, but not all, paid research programs are restricted to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Read program requirements closely. International students may approach individual faculty members at UMBC or elsewhere about laboratory work that does not involve a federal program.

Enroll in a zero-credit PRAC through the Career Center and  have your research experience documented on your transcript!

Employers and graduate admissions offices like to see practica recorded on your transcript because it indicates that your internship, co-op or research position was a significant learning experience, approved and vetted by the University.

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Application Assistance

Steps to summer research
How to write a personal statement for research

Help with your personal statement or resume for research
Asking for a letter of recommendation for a research program

Use this to track your Summer Applications:
Summer Research Application Spreadsheet Excel icon

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NIST/SURF

SURF-NIST

SURF – Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

A program offered through NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in both Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO.

Great paid opportunity for students in physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors. UMBC undergraduate students who are interested in applying for the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program should review the Application Checklist.

Contact Janet McGlynn for any updated information about the NIST program. mcglynn@umbc.edu | (410) 455-5754

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Gaithersburg, MD
SURF/NIST Application

Application Open!

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Boulder, CO
SURF/NIST Application

Application Open!

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SURF Fellowship Form

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STEM Opportunities

American Chemical Society
American Chemical Society – Education program

American Mathematical Association
Undergraduates Summer Programs

Amgen Scholars
Amgen Scholars – Summer Research

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
Summer Research Opportunities Program
Includes summer programs at 13 institutions. Strictly limited to students planning to attend graduate school.

Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W)
Undergraduate Research
Focused on women in Computer Science and Engineering.

Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance
Includes social science research opportunities

Maryland Sea Grant Education
Sea Grant Fellowship Program
Offers thirteen students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay during a 12-week period. The program is especially designed for students majoring in such fields as biology, chemistry, ecology, physics, engineering, mathematics and marine and environmental science.

National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

Pathways to Science
Pathways to Science
Searchable data base of more than 400 summer opportunities
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Rural Health Research Institute
Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience (DESRE)

Toroidal Snark
Summer Opportunities for Mathematics Students

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
NSF Science Student Internship Program

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Social Sciences and Humanities

These links may also include opportunities for students in the sciences and engineering

Case Western Reserve University
Research Opportunities

Leadership Alliance
The Leadership Alliance
Includes social science research opportunities

Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Research Experience for Undergraduates in Collaborative Data Visualization Applications

UC Irvine Off-Campus Opportunities
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

University of Maryland, College Park, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Summer Research Initiative

Women’s Studies Online Resources
Student Resources

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Health-Related Programs

Association of American Medical Colleges
Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Summer Opportunities

Harvard Integrated Life Sciences
Summer Internships at Harvard for Science Undergraduates

National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Aging

Rochester Institute of Technology
Co-op / Internship Opportunities

Rural Health Research Institute
Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience (DESRE)

Syracuse University
Summer Programs in the Health Profession
A state-by-state listing on summer opportunities focused on various health professions.

Washington University in St. Louis
Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program

Wayne State University
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Accepts graduating seniors)

UMBC Pre-Med and Pre-Dental Advising
Pre-med and Pre-Dental Advising

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International Opportunities

CERN in Geneva, Switzerland
The University of Michigan REU at CERN
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland for Physics, engineering, and computer science students.

Small StarEURO Scholars
European Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Small Comment Icon“This is an excellent program. EURO Scholars involves serious students in serious research in very interesting places.”
— Dr. Brian Souders, UMBC Study Abroad Office

DAAD
Opportunities in Germany
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

Institute of Science and Technology – Austria
ISTernship

Math in Moscow
A mathematics program in English for undergraduate and graduate students

Pasteur Foundation
Undergraduate Internships

The School for Field Studies
Study Abroad

Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Undergraduate Grants
Funding of up to Up to a $7,500 one semester / academic term to study or conduct research related to biomedical engineering

The Zurich Biology Undergraduate Summer School
International Biology Undergraduate Summer School
Taught in English. Participation is open to all students during their Bachelor (BA or BSc) studies. The program will cover travel expenses and housing costs of international participants.

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Programs Open to International Students

American Physiological Society
The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship program

Small StarEURO Scholars (Limited)
European Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Small Comment Icon“This is an excellent program. EURO Scholars involves serious students in serious research in very interesting places.”
— Dr. Brian Souders, UMBC Study Abroad Office

DAAD
Opportunities in Germany
RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)

Institute of Science and Technology – Austria
ISTernship

MD Anderson Cancer Center
CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Program

NASA
Applied Sciences Program

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The Intramural Research Program (IRP), Recruitment & Training Program for Under-represented Populations

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Summer Internship Program

The University of Texas
CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Experience
Summer Research Program

The Zurich Biology Undergraduate Summer School
International Biology Undergraduate Summer School
Taught in English. Participation is open to all students during their Bachelor (BA or BSc) studies. The program will cover travel expenses and housing costs of international participants.

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Federal Opportunities

Department of Homeland Security
Education Program Summer research and year-round scholarships

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
FBI Honors Internship Program

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Office of Education
NASA Education Directory
Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) education programs
Goddard Space Flight Center’s Summer Undergraduate Internships

National Cancer Institute – Frederick Cancer Research Training Award Program (NCI)
Student Internship Programs
Summer fellowship program at the National Cancer Institute for all majors.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Fellowships, Internships, and Training

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Summer Research Training Program

National Institutes of Health Summer Opportunities (NIH)
Summer Internship Programs

National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research
Student Opportunities

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Student Opportunities

National Security Agency (NSA)
Student Opportunities

Office of Naval Research
Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)
Students must be at least Sophomores.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Internship Programs

Science.gov
Undergraduate Internships

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
Internship Programs
With Department of Energy.

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
****Research Participation Program
Research opportunities at Aberdeen Proving Ground for students majoring in biological sciences, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, physical sciences, or related scientific disciplines.

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Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

Association of American Medical Colleges
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs

McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University
Extensive Study Program Application
A year-long program designed for recent graduates offering the opportunity for research experience and more mentoring prior to entering a graduate program.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Summer Opportunities ( *See pages 52-62)

Massachusetts General Hospital Clinic
Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

Mayo Clinic
Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Graduate Studies

MIT Department of Biology
Undergraduate Summer Research Internships
B3 (B-cubed) — Biology & Biotechnology Bridge Program

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Training Programs

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Postbaccalaureate Research Training Programs

National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Opportunities
Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (POSTBAC IRTA/CRTA)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

NIST/SURF
Research Fellowships

Rural Health Research Institute
Disparities Elimination Summer Research Experience (DESRE)

University of Michigan School of Medicine
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

University of Virginia
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

Wayne State University
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Accepts graduating seniors)

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