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Summer is a great time for undergraduate research.  It provides the opportunity to engage in research at locations away from campus such as hospitals, parks, museums, government laboratories, or companies.  These can be full time, immersive research experiences or internships in which combine research with a professional learning experience in industry or non-profit corporations.

Planning for Summer Research
Summer research programs are competitive, requiring you to plan ahead to submit an effective application.  Additionally, many deadlines for application are in December or January.  You should therefore begin searching for opportunities in the fall semester.  Honors and Undergraduate Research and the Career Center jointly present workshops on Finding Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
, where students who have participated in summer programs provide advice on how to apply.  A surprising number of students find their internships through Google searches and word of mouth, so be sure to ask faculty and fellow students about opportunities they are aware of.  The Career Center also maintains an extensive list of summer opportunities and provides assistance in applying.  You will need at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member; be sure to ask early in the semester to give faculty a chance to get to know you well enough to write a good letter.  
 

General Opportunities and Programs

Ongoing Admissions

Deadline: Varies

An internship is  major-related work expereince with a learning component.  These are most often found in private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.  The Texas A&M Career Center maintains an extensive list of internship opportunities and provides tools for online searching. To begin, go to HireAggies.com.  Internships can be found in the “Find Jobs” section. Register with the Career Center, fill out your profile and search for internships in the jobs tab. If you are interested in an international experience, work abroad opportunities are on the left menu.

More Information: HireAggies.com
Deadline: Varies

The Council on Undergraduate Research's "Research Opportunities Page" lists multiple opportunities across the country.

More Information: www.cur.org/resources/students/research_opportunities/

The Maryland office of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians including high school, undergradute, graduate, and doctoral students as well as faculty. 

Read more about ORAU and search opportunities on their website www.orau.org

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline: April 1, 2017
Program Dates: June 4 - June 10, 2017

This program is designed to provide a week-long didactic and hands-on learning experience addressing the science and engineering related to the multidisciplinary field of Regenerative Medicine. The program targets undergraduates who will have completed their 3rd year of study. However, exceptional candidates who will have completed their 1st or 2nd year of undergraduate study will also be considered. Students do not have to have a science or engineering background in order to apply.

This year's tuition has been reduced to $500, which will cover all accommodations, meals, coursework, laboratory experiences, social activities, and networking/career development events. Scholarship/internship opportunities are available but will be limited. Those interested in internship opportunities are encouraged to inquire and apply early. 

To Apply for the program and for the scholarship, please visit the following website: http://www.mirm.pitt.edu/professional-development/summer-school/

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.  NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.  Students who are interested in applying for an NSF-REU should use the NSF-REU website to examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Students may also search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. For more programs and information visit, http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2018
Program Dates: May 29 - August 3, 2018


The goal of this year’s program, Ecohydrology of Tropical Montane Forests – Diversity in Science, Interdisciplinary Breadth, and Global Awareness, is to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to develop essential skills in designing, executing and disseminating original research that quantifies the hydrologic and biogeochemical fluxes in the watershed of a tropical montane cloud forest.

Students spend the first two weeks on the campus of Texas A&M University followed by 5 weeks at the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Research and Education near San Isidro in central Costa Rica, and then return to Texas for the last 3 weeks on campus. Stipends provide financial support for the extent of the program.

For more information: http://costaricareu.tamu.edu/reu-information/

To Apply: https://tamu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcZlhp3nVWp1Tb7
 

Internships and Jobs

Application Deadline: January 2, 2018
Program Dates: June 4 - August10, 2018


The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large. This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute. Selected candidates will be compensated $2,750.00 per month, based upon full-time participation.

Potential research areas include: Extremity Trauma & Regenerative Medicine, Acute Maxillofacial Trauma Research, Clinical Studies in Combat Trauma & Burns, Multi-Organ Systems Therapy, Coagulation & Blood Research, Damage Control Resuscitiation Research, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care Research.


To be eligible to apply, you must be at least a sophomore with an overall GPA of 3.5 or above and a US citizen.  A science or engineering program of study is preferred, and prior research experience will be considered. 

For more information and to apply: https://www.pcrecruiter.net/pcrbin/reg5.exe?b=XZ65QFHMRM6QNF7YBBDYTXD6YUGTICVUZB4GA5LVM3XTNT7XC4BDO2TSWMLQ7NJ2BKAPBZZDY65SZLUBLRVBIWFM464463CCQIRDW%3d%3d%3d&rid
Application Deadline: January 16, 2018
Program Dates: May 10 - August 10, 2018


This is a 13-week, summer research internship in science & engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore students nationwide. The program seeks to cultivate an interest in science & engineering research and future graduate study among young undergraduate students. Nakatani RIES is geared towards the needs of young undergraduates who are new to scientific research and study of Japanese language and culture; no prior research or language experience is required.

Nakatani RIES serves as a catalyst for the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and cultural skills necessary to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future. The program includes:

  • 2-day Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University
  • 3-week Language & Cultural Orientation in Japan
    • 45 hours of intensive Japanese language study
    • Introduction to Science & Engineering Research Seminars
    • Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture Seminars
  • 9-week Research Internship at a Japanese university or research institution
  • 3-day Mid-Program Meeting in July
  • 3-day Re-Entry Program and Final Poster Presentation at Rice University
  • All participants will receive 3-research credits from Rice University for the summer program
For more information: http://nakatani-ries.rice.edu/u-s-fellows/about-u-s-program/

To Apply: http://nakatani-ries.rice.edu/u-s-fellows/u-s-fellows-application-timeline/
Application Deadline: January 19, 2018
Program Dates: June 5 - August 10, 2018


The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) Summer Research Experience is a paid internship designed to provide research experience and mentoring for undergraduate, graduate and health profession students interested in cancer prevention research. Under the guidance of a matched faculty mentor, summer trainees will collaborate full-time on an independent research project and receive additional mentoring by a research staff of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and laboratory technicians.  

This research experience will be supported by a curriculum of educational and career development activities. Through these activities, students will learn about current and innovative topics in cancer prevention at seminars, explore the possibility of a career in science, and get to know other MD Anderson summer students with similar interests.

For more information and to apply: https://www.mdanderson.org/education-training/degrees-programs/summer-research-programs/cprtp-summer-research-experience.html
Application Deadline: January 21, 2018
Program Dates: June 4 – August 10, 2018
 
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is currently accepting applications for its 2018 AFRL Repperger Research Internship Program. This civilian research opportunity is a 10-week summer program intended for MS/PhD candidates pursuing degrees in STEM. Each year the laboratory will appointment a couple exceptional undergraduate students into the program. See the project catalog for 36 posted opportunities. Please apply to no more than 3 Repperger opportunities and only apply to opportunities in your applicable educational background.

Questions? Contact recruiter@orau.org
 
To Apply: http://www.orau.org/maryland/repperger.html
Application Deadline: January 30, 2018
Program Dates: May 29 - August 3, 2018


The Undergraduate Internship Program offers students the opportunity to participate in current research conducted through the Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) program. Undergraduates will be matched with a research team working on the transdisciplinary BREE research program. In spring, research teams will meet together at a Symposium to share their discoveries through an oral or poster presentation of their research. Students will do full-time, authentic research for 10 weeks in one of the following areas:
  • Lake and Stream Ecology
  • Climatology
  • Water Chemistry & Microbiology
  • Soil Nutrients
  • Land Use Management
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Computer Programming

For more information and to apply: http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/111

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018 (NOTE: Apply early! Positions may be filled on a rolling basis.)
Program Dates: May 27 - July 28 or August 4 (final dates to be determined)


Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2018 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research.  Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.  This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply.
 
Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:
  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics
  • Behavioral projects in Marketing or Management require knowledge of SPSS and prior experience in a psychology laboratory
  • Quantitative projects in Accounting, Decision, Risk, & Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, and Marketing require strong programming skills:
    • STATA required for projects in Finance, Economics, and Management
    • Matlab, R or Python required for projects in Marketing or DRO
    • SAS or STATA required for projects in Accounting
    • Experience in Python or C/C++ is a plus
The internship program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year. Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
For more information and to apply: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs/doctoral-program/research/summer-research-internship


Conferences, Symposia, and Events

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 17, 2017 (Go to https://members.cur.org/members_online/submissions/substart.asp?action=welcome&cid=198)

Early Bird Registration Deadline: April 24, 2017

Final Registration Deadline: May 31, 2017 (Go to http://members.cur.org/members_online/registration/register.asp?mt=URPD17&af=CUR)

This 1½ day conference is aimed at faculty and academic professionals interested in the improvement, management, and promotion of undergraduate research and creative activities.  Faculty, undergraduate research program directors, and administrators will share ideas, strategies, and best practices around six themes.
Session Themes
  • Assessment: Strategies for evaluating undergraduate research projects, using data to improve the experience or providing feedback for funding support.
  • Diversity in Research: Effective strategies for promoting diversity-serving undergraduate research, undergraduate research that informs diversity issues, collaborations that have brought in diverging perspectives to undergraduate research.
  • High Impact Learning Strategies: Methods, approaches, courses and practices that have proven very effective in achieving learning outcomes that incorporate undergraduate research. This can include the retooling of existing courses, applied research in courses and imbedded research projects within courses.
  • Internationalization: Incorporating an international element to undergraduate research, including research-based travel, media-assisted collaboration, data exchange or the mechanics of organizing an international undergraduate research component.
  • Undergraduate Research Administration and Budgeting - Nuts and Bolts: Approaches that have proven effective in managing and organizing undergraduate research and/or in funding the means by which the research can be undertaken.  Budgeting innovations, successful central strategies, institutional support etc. are all applicable.
  • Undergraduate Research Collaborations : Examples of effective partnerships with undergraduate researchers, pairing strategies, team projects, the ethics of collaboration in undergraduate research.
Conference Date: June 27 to June 29, 2017
 



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