Christopher W. Reaves, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Research and Student Innovation
Itâs not too early for your Georgia Tech student to be thinking about plans 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 studentâs 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 state. Other programs are sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NASA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Energy, the Mayo Clinic, the Department of Defense, among others. Additionally, programs are 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 programs also sponsor professional development seminars and workshops in addition to planned social events or outings. (Also, many programs label their summer research as an âinternship,â so donât forget to include those opportunities in your search).
Most programs have deadlines in early to late February, some as early as mid-January. Many use rolling admission, so 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.