Student Research Opportunities


Oakland University
  • SUPER.  The Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research provides a unique opportunity for Oakland University undergraduates to conduct independent research projects under the guidance of Eye Research Institute faculty.
  • Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry Undergraduate Research Program. The program is a unique opportunity to conduct independent research projects in biological sciences or chemistry that will expose students to the techniques and processes of research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  • UnCoRe. The Computer Science and Engineering Department invites students to apply to its eighth summer of an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduate students. The students selected to participate will be immersed in a research environment under the mentoring of CSE faculty.
  • AERIM.  The Automotive and Energy Research and Industrial Mentorship program was set up in the Department of Mechanical engineering to provide meaningful, hands-on, paid 10-week summer research experiences to talented and motivated undergraduate engineering students from across the United States.
  • Provost Undergraduate Research Award. $1,500 to support a student research or creative activity project.
  • University Research Committee Student Research Award. Student research grants under the guidance of a full-time Oakland University faculty member.
  • University Research Committee Student Travel Award. Student travel grant awards are intended to be used by students to attend conferences or research briefing sessions or to present papers at conferences.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL).  Oakland's unique Center for Undergraduate Research and Leadership (CURL) supports undergraduate research initiatives, and the key work of those actively developing undergraduate research. CURL promotes leadership and excellence among the Oakland University undergraduate community, and the qualities of creativity, innovation and social and public enterprise.  Based in The Honors College, the Center advances the idea that strong undergraduate research is the future of higher education, the engine powering the success of our colleges and universities and of the public and private sectors. Champions of Research are elected to CURL on a semester basis. These Champions are faculty and undergraduate students who exemplify world class research.


Other Programs
  • Amgen Scholars Program.  An intensive summer research opportunity is science and biotechnology that spans the United States and Europe.
  • NIH Summer Internship Program.  Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
  • Pathways to Science. Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.
  • NSF REU Search. A website maintained by the National Science Foundation that allows a search for Research Experiences for Undergraduate sites.
  • APS Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The American Physiological Society Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program funds up to 24 fellowships during the summer. These fellowships are to support full-time undergraduate students to work in the laboratory of an established investigator. See their page listing other summer research fellowships.
  • Janelia Undergraduate Scholars. HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus seeks a small number of well-prepared, committed and gifted students to join an intense and exciting research environment.
  • Oak Ridge National Labs. Whether you are a recent graduate, a graduate student, an undergraduate, a K-12 student, or a faculty member, ORNL has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.
  • National Cancer Institute. The National Cancer Institute offers a variety of internship programs to students. There are summer positions as well as part-time, year-round internships that provide college undergraduates with the opportunity to work in an NCI research lab.
  • Department of Homeland Security Education Programs. The DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program provides a 10-week summer research experience for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in DHS mission-relevant areas at federal research facilities located across the country.
  • NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. You and your school are invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering.
  • Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. The Quantitative and Physical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) program at the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biomedical research.
  • American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate Undergraduate Student Research Program. The undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic. 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.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Sloan-Kettering. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research experience in cutting-edge biomedical research laboratories. Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with a proven interest in biomedical research are invited to apply.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Undergraduate Research Program. CSHL’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP) provides one of the few places where young people are instructed in the techniques of modern biology while becoming integrated members of a vibrant scientific community.
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE). RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer.
  • Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internship Program. The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduates with the rare opportunity to conduct summer research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France.
  • European Undergraduate Research Opportunities (EURO). EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advance students whereby students conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. It is targeted at highly talented students from the USA and Canada.
  • Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences. The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 6-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. The program also provides useful advice about graduate school and the application process through GRE preparation, meetings with different departments of the Harvard School of Public Health and other schools at Harvard University.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology and Cancer (SURPH@Duke). This eight-week summer research experience focuses on learning how scientific discovery at the bench can be translated to treatment of disease. Students will work with a faculty mentor and carry out an independent research project in Duke’s Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology.
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Molecular & Integrative Physiology. The Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan offers summer fellowship programs to support undergraduate students that are interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences.
  • Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology REU program at University of Tennessee Knoxville.  The BCMB Department at UTK will once again offer a special summer program for undergraduates interested in research.
  • Summer Student Research Program, Food and Drug Administration. Summer research opportunities are available at the National Center for Toxicological Resaerch (NCTR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jefferson, Arkansas.
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Program. The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE), is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors).
  • Johns Hopkins University Summer Internship Program. The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities that have completed one - two or more years of college.
  • University of Michigan SMART Undergraduate Summer Program. The UM-SMART Program provides an opportunity for highly motivated and talented undergraduates to participate in a 10-week research-focused program.  UM-SMART is designed for undergrads who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human diseases.
  • Wayne State University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) provides valuable hands-on research experience to undergraduate students who are interested in exploring their career options in the field of biomedical science. 
  • Michigan State University Undergraduate Student Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is sponsoring a summer research program at Michigan State University for undergraduate students. The goal of this program is to provide hands-on research exposure and graduate or professional school preparation opportunities for individuals who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.