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Engineering Research & Funding

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Summer Undergraduate Research Program

This program targets research oriented students interested primarily in lab sciences. 50 internships are offered each year.  Students spend 10 weeks during the summer working with a mentor in a laboratory on a topic that they are interested in.  Housing is provided at no additional cost and students receive a $3000 stipend and $500 travel reimbursement.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS is offering a $65,000 grants to a faculty researcher in the sciences or engineering who is looking to work with undergraduates on an established research project.

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE)

AFPE provides numerous scholarships to faculty to identify promising undergraduates who are interested in a professional degree in pharmacy. 11 scholarships for $5000 each are available each year.

American Physical Society (APS)

APS offers several salaried research positions to female and minority undergraduates for 10 week long study periods across the U.S..  Students work closely with a mentor at their assigned lab. Targets students in engineering and science.

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics – Aspet

Aspet provides several SURF awards to institutions to provide undergraduates with summer research experience in pharmacology. Undergraduate travel awards are also available.  Amounts vary.

Sigma Xi – Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR)

This program targets students in all areas of science and engineering and provides grants of up to $1000 for student research. Grants of up to $5000 may be awarded for students researching astronomy.  Sigma Xi is member based a scientific research society designed to promote educational excellence.  Membership is not required for undergraduate applicants.


Summer Research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
The eight-week summer research experience at the Mag Lab at Florida State offers unique opportunities to explore science at the extremes of magnetic field, pressure, and temperature.


California Institute of Technology’s (SURF)
Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity.


Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities. The summer programs at the various laboratories will run from late May to mid-August, fall programs run from August through December and spring programs from January through May. The exact start date will depend on the laboratory and will be given to participants who have been accepted at that specific laboratory. Students are required to participate for the full term of the program.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Scholarships

The DHS provides a two year scholarship to students interested in homeland security science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  Students receive $1000/month for nine months during the academic year and $5000 over the summer.  Students will complete a 10 week summer internship and are required to work fulltime for one year at a DHS-approved venue.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Environmental Education (EE)

Each year the EPA sponsors several summer fellowships to students interested in environmental science.  These fellowships are located in Washington DC and last up to 10 weeks.  Students receive a stipend based upon their level of education and duration of their assignment.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Windows to Regulatory Research

The FDA provides several summer internships to students who are interested in biomedical regulatory-based research.  Students will be given a stipend between $4500 and $6000 and will participate for 10 weeks.


Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

HHMI provides grants to universities and professors to be used for the funding of undergraduate research in the sciences.  Grants vary in amount and are intended to promote student research alongside faculty at their college or university.

NASA – Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)

NASA provides 10-15 week internships to students in engineering, mathematics, computer science, and/or the life sciences at 12 NASA research centers across the US.  Students receive a $6000-$9000 stipend plus compensation for travel costs.


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST offers and undergraduate research fellowship during the summer months to students in biochemistry, biological sciences, physical sciences, and statistics.  Students receive a $4500 stipend for the summer (11 weeks).

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship provides students interested in oceanic and atmospheric science with an academic assistance award of up to $8000 for full-time study during the academic year and a 10 week paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

National Science Foundation (NSF) – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF REU provides research opportunities at OSU for students interested in Oceanic Sciences. Up to 20 students participate in a summer internship program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR.


ORISE is a branch of the Department of Energy that is designed to provide students and faculty with information regarding science related research and funding opportunities.  Their website provides students with a fantastic search engine to locate undergraduate research opportunities throughout federally funded agencies and foundations.


The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) Program
The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS)
program is a cooperative research initiative geared toward students working in physics and nuclear engineering applications. Through one- to three-year summer internships, NESLS offers engineering students and faculty on-the-job educational and research opportunities at a multidisciplinary national laboratory.

UNCF Merck Science Initiative

UNCF Merck Science Initiative provides 15 undergraduate scholarships to African American students with outstanding academic standing.  Each fellow will receive up to $35000, which includes up to $25000 to be applied towards room and board.  Fellows will be assigned a mentor by Merck and will participate in two summer internships. Applicants must be a student in the life sciences or physics.

U.S. Department of Energy – Lab Internships

DOE is providing several summer internship opportunities to undergraduates in science and engineering related fields. The internships are 10 to 16 week paid positions and primarily take place in a lab setting.