Summer Research Opportunities Abound for Undergraduates
Posted January 16, 2013 | Atlanta, GA
It may still be winter, but it's not too early for students to begin thinking and planning for summer.
Opportunities are available for undergraduate students to spend part of the summer working side-by-side with researchers at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Students are able to gain valuable experience in full-time research with a cohort of students from universities across the country and are able to not only participate in exciting research projects, but experience the research culture at another university.
Undergraduate research helps students learn how to investigate challenging questions and solve open-ended problems that most likely have not been solved before. Such experiences strengthen a student’s resume and lead to the development of unique career experience.
Opportunities are available in programs for all majors. The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsors programs from Alabama to Washington, and other programs are sponsored by organizations such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NASA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Mayo Clinic and the Department of Defense. Programs are also available abroad, either through the NSF or other international organizations or universities. Most domestic programs provide the participating student with a stipend, housing allowance and some travel assistance. Many also sponsor professional development seminars and workshops in addition to planned social events or outings. Because many programs label their summer research as an "internship," don’t forget to include those opportunities in your search.
Most programs have deadlines in early to late February, with some as early as mid-January. Many use rolling admission, so start looking now and apply early and often.
Click here for additional information and links to programs. Information on the page is being updated on a regular basis, so check the website often.