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Research Opportunities

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

Where to apply

Application Assistance

NIST / SURF

STEM Opportunities

Social Sciences and Humanities

Health-Related Programs

International Opportunities

For International Students

Federal Opportunities

For Graduating Seniors

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

Use this to track your Summer Applications:

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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 Dr. April Householder for updated information about the NIST program: aprilh@umbc.edu
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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

Big Ten Academic Alliance
Resources for Students

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 Research Experience
Offers students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. 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
When using this site, scroll down each page to see content.

Toroidal Snark
Summer Opportunities for Mathematics Students

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network
Talent Development and Innovation and Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship

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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

Atlantis Healthcare Fellowships
Fellowship Tracks

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 Summer Internship Program

Rochester Institute of Technology
Co-op / Internship Opportunities

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

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Undergraduate Grant
Open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.

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

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) programs

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

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

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 Research Lab
Coatings/Corrosion Research

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Opportunities for Graduating Seniors

Association of American Medical Colleges
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Graduate Programs
Maryland Sea Grant Graduate Fellowships
Graduate Fellowships

Massachusetts General Hospital Clinic
Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP)

Mayo Clinic
Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

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.

Medical University of South Carolina
College of Graduate Studies

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

University of Michigan School of Medicine
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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

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