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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

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: March 14, 2018
Program Dates: June 4 – June 28, 2018

This program consists of a 2-week online orientation followed by an intensive 4-week summer program at Syracuse University involving coursework, mentored student-faculty interaction, the development of a research project, and a poster for presentation by the end of the month. Students (with their mentors) are expected to present research findings in Fall or Spring at a professional conference, i.e. Eastern Psychology Association.

Students will receive a $3,000 stipend and housing at Syracuse University. Out-of-state participants are also eligible for some assistance in travel costs to and from Syracuse.

For more information: http://traumaresearch.syr.edu/

To apply: http://traumaresearch.syr.edu/sample-page/program-details/
Application Deadline: March 29, 2018
Program Dates: June 4 – August 13, 2018

REU at LU is a 10-week research and academic experience hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Department of Mathematics at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. This REU site offers sophomores, juniors, and seniors from accredited U.S. colleges or universities the opportunity to be engaged in all stages of the big data analysis cycle by conducting research in the fields of big data analytics, data dimension reduction, matrix factorization & graph theory. REU at LU is designed to spark and sustain a new excitement about undergraduate research through mathematics and statistics disciplines.

Student researchers will complete a presentation, a final research report, and a research survey by the end of the summer and will be provided a stipend of $500 per week, free housing, and a meal plan.

For more information and to apply: https://www.lamar.edu/undergraduate-research/research-and-funding/stat-reu/apply-for-reu.html
Application Deadline: April 7, 2018
Program Dates: May 30 – August 3, 2018

Student researchers participating in the Mechanisms of Evolution REU hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will conduct hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution, and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium.

Students will receive a $5,750 stipend ($575 per week), travel subsidy, and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory. Questions can be directed to moereu@unlv.edu.

For more information and to apply: https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu/#https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu/  

Internships and Jobs

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

Disclaimer: The undergraduate research opportunities listed on this page is for informational purposes only. Inclusion in the listing does not gaurantee an endorsement or funding by LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research. Please note that the accuracy or timeliness of the undergraduate research opportunity listings cannot be assured by LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research.

FACULTY: Please contact us at ugr@tamu.edu if you would like your program listed on this page.