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Science Research & Funding

 

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.

 

Intership and Fellowship Opportunities in Science

The federal government maintains a list of programs for undergraduates in science with a variety of research departments, including the Department of Energy and US Geological Survey.


American Society for Microbiology (ASM) – Undergrad Teaching Fellowship

ASM provides undergraduate students in the sciences who are interested in a career as an elementary or high school science teacher with the opportunity to partake in a summer fellowship.  The fellowship is designed to give students the chance to create a project that provides instruction in a scientific discipline at a local school.  Students will need to have a faculty mentor from OSU and will be awarded up to $2000 for the fellowship.

 

American Cancer Society – Joseph S. Silber Student Summer Fellowship

This fellowship is targeted at pre-med students who are interested in the field of cancer research.  The fellowship last 8-10 weeks and students are provided with a $2000 stipend for their work. Students will be primarily conducting lab research in/near Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

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 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.

  

 

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.

 

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.

 

Nonalcience Foundation (NSF) – 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

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.

 

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.

 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Long Island, NY
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places in the world where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Approximately 25 students from around the world will be accepted to the 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects, specifically in areas of: Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecular Structure, Bioinformatics.

 

Evolving Earth – Student Grant Program

This program is targeted at undergraduates in the earth sciences.  Ten grants are given each year in the amount of $3000 per grant.  Students must submit a grant proposal and have a sponsoring faculty member from OSU who will be listed as the Principal Investigator.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

ThinkSwiss – Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss offers 15 scholarships for undergraduates interested in a variety of areas from life sciences to public policy. Students work in Switzerland at a public Swiss University for 2-3 months and receive a stipend for living expenses.


DAAD – Undergraduate RISE Scholarship and Internship

This scholarship provides students with the opportunity to work with doctoral students in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and physics in Germany.

 

Pasteur Foundation

The Pasteur Foundation offers several scholarships to students to complete summer laboratory internships in Paris.  Each internship lasts 10 weeks and pays roughly $400 per week for a maximum of $4000 total.  A $300 travel stipend is also available.

 

Baylor College of Medicine Biomedical Research Training Program (SMART)
 The Summer Medical and Research Training Program is for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research. We encourage Ph.D.-oriented candidates to apply. Up to 100 students are recruited for the SMART Program from across the nation. The program offers: Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas; Daily seminars designed for undergraduates; Free SMART GRE prep workshops; Career development activities; Housing at Rice University dorms.

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Summer ORISE Fellowship
The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the CDC are designed to provide a flow of scientists and engineers into the CDC to participate in current research and development activities and studies, and related technical projects.  In addition, the program will link the CDC's technologies with the capabilities of the academic community.


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Summer Research Fellowship
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is intended to provide clinical and basic science research opportunities for undergraduate students in the laboratories of Pediatric faculty in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide students with an excellent research foundation for making career choices in the biomedical sciences.

 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Long Island, NY
The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places in the world where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community. Approximately 25 students from around the world will be accepted to the 10-week summer program to work with senior Laboratory staff members on independent research projects, specifically in areas of: Cancer Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Macromolecular Structure, Bioinformatics.

 

Genome Sciences and Policy Summer Fellowship
Engage in research through the 10 week Summer Fellowship program within the interdisciplinary Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy (IGSP). Gain an appreciation of major questions in genome sciences and policy currently under investigation within the IGSP through faculty-mentored research projects as well as additional scheduled activities including: weekly lunch-lectures with faculty, science career dinners, IGSP seminars, student research discussions, planned social activities, and the end of summer research presentations.

 

GREAT Group Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges provides links to numerous summer research opportunities in the biomedical sciences.

 

Hooked on Photonics at The Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (MDITR)
The Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR) is part of a major National Science Foundation funded initiative that focuses on the science of photonics and its applications in materials science and information technology. CMDITR is located at three universities: University of Washington, University of Arizona, Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

IGERT Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Links to numerous opportunities in math, science, technology and engineering

 

Janelia Farm Summer Undergraduate Scholars (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
This program gives undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks during the summer doing research as an intern in the lab of a mentor at Janelia Farm. The scholars are encouraged to attend weekly seminars and other events at Janelia. At the end of the session, each scholar will present their work at a symposium.


Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  Each Summer, the Maryland Sea Grant Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program offers fourteen 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, environmental science, engineering, physics, marine science and mathematics.


Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Summer Internship
With state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that includes research vessels, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to explore the deep ocean, MBARI offers teachers and students unique opportunities to be involved in advanced research and development projects. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and educators.


Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates 
Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU-Sites) program is sponsored by the
National Science Foundation (NSF) (DBI 0453380) and brings undergraduate students from around the country together for an exciting ten-week summer program of guided, but independent, original research in field biology.

 

National Institutes of Health – Undergrad Scholarships

NIH offers numerous scholarships of up to $20000 per academic year to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Students who receive scholarships are required to complete a 10-week summer laboratory experience and work for NIH for one full year after graduation.

 

NIH Supplements for Summer Undergraduate Research

NIH is now providing supplemental funding to institutions with active NIH grants to be used for the purpose of hiring undergraduate researchers to assist with faculty projects over the summer term.

 

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 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).

 

University of Texas Medical Branch Biomedical Research Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is designed to provide stimulating hands-on research experience for undergraduate students considering graduate education in biomedical sciences.

 

University of Virginia School of Medicine Summer Research Internship Program
 The University of Virginia School of Medicine offers summer research internship opportunities to qualified college undergraduates considering a career in biomedical research. The program targets, but is not limited to, racially and ethnically diverse students in their junior and senior years. Interns receive $4,412.50 toward summer expenses. In addition, housing and travel to and from Charlottesville are provided.


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Swashzone Processes Student Fellowships
The aim of these 6-month-long fellowships is to introduce undergraduate students to nearshore field research and to scientific studies by conducting research projects with Dr. Britt Raubenheimer. Students will gain skills in formulating hypotheses, conducting background research, collecting field observations, writing scientific computer programs, analyzing time series, and defending their conclusions. The 6-month period allows time for students to read the literature, to learn the computer analysis and programming techniques that will be necessary to conduct the data analysis, to develop a detailed research plan, to assist in a field experiment, and to analyze the data.