Summer Research Opportunities

Below explore information about nationally competitive summer research opportunities. Applications for these opportunities typically open in November and close in early February.

Be mindful of any posted deadlines as the University at Albany cannot offer any exceptions to these external program deadlines.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has several clinical and research undergraduate summer programs that provide an enhanced scientific and professional preparation for students aspiring toward a career in medicine or biomedical sciences. The below programs provide discipline-specific training and opportunities for smaller-scale connections within the overall community. 

Students interested in any of the above must apply online and may apply to up to five (5) programs. Be aware of any specific eligibility requirements before applying.

Applications due February 28, 2023.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The Stack Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET) – is proud to offer Upstate New York students a unique opportunity to participate in the 2023 NIIMBL eXperience. This student-focused program provides real-world insight into biopharmaceutical industry careers through hands-on learning and mentoring by industry professionals

Undergraduate freshmen and sophomores with a STEM-based major are encouraged to enroll in this 7-day program to be hosted at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. The program offers an excellent opportunity to learn how operations of large biomanufacturers, cutting-edge technologies of small companies, innovative academic research, and the federal government bring life-saving treatments to patients. 

This program seeks to expand diversity in the biomanufacturing workforce through enrollment of African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino(a), and Native American students from regional institutions.

Applications are due by February 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program is hosted at thirteen premier educational institutions within the United States. Each host institution has its own application process. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States is required, and you can apply to participate at as many host institutions as you are interested in.
Students must apply to the host campus directly. For more information on the host campuses and to learn more about eligibility requirements, visit the Amgen Scholars US Program website.

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Binghamton University REU in Microbial Biofilm Development, Resistance, & Community Structure

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at Binghamton University is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was developed to offer undergraduates an actively-mentored, collaborative research experience on microbial biofilms that promotes professional skill development and research readiness. Learn more about this opportunity on the Binghamton Website

Application opens on January 1, 2023 and closes on February 11, 2023

The Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students

The DSRTP Program provides an independent summer research experience at NIH laboratories to undergraduate students from groups under-represented in biomedical science or disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in research careers. Apply to DSRTP

Applications are due February 1, 2023

Data-Enabled Industrial Mathematics

Summer REU hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in authentic research projects in data-enabled industrial mathematics. Industrial mathematics is a relatively recent discipline concerned primarily with transforming technical, organizational, and data-enabled problems posed by business, industry, or government into mathematical problems.

Applications are due March 1, 2023

Florida Atlantic University REU Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE)

Closely related to the Internet of Things, smart systems represent an emerging class of distributed systems that provide real-time awareness of conditions, trends, and patterns to support improved decision-making, and often, automation. The on-campus research will focus on I-SENSE's three main program areas: Infrastructure Systems, Marine and Environment and Health and Behavior.


  • This paid, nine-week program focuses on training, mentoring, research and an overall experience for students that prepares them for graduate studies or careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) disciplines.
  • Participants will typically work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with one hour for lunch.
  • Undergraduate researchers are paid $600 along with a $120 per week meal allowance.
  • Participants will be housed in apartment-style dormitories on FAU's Boca Raton, just three miles from the beach.

Applications are due March 10, 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the FAU I-SENSE website

Harvard School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology Summer Program

The Epidemiology Department is proud to offer a summer program for undergraduates from underrepresented groups to gain exposure to the field of public health through coursework, lectures, and research projects. Learn more about the Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Applications will open in mid-December 2022.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Training and education are mainstays of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s mission. As early as 1927, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.— who, along with his father, founded the hospital that became Memorial Sloan Kettering — established the first fellowship programs to train doctors, scientists, and nurses. Our commitment to training the next generation of cancer scientists remains strong as ever, and we offer several exciting summer opportunities for high school and college students interested in biomedical sciences. Deadlines to apply are typically due in February. The links provided will take you directly to the Overview page of each opportunity.

University of Missouri Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Coordinated by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosts 50+ students from institutions across the nation. Interns in the program participate in educational and social activities and numerous outings planned by the interns themselves creating a vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming summer community. Under the guidance of an MU faculty mentor, students work on their own projects in collaboration with graduate students, lab technicians, and post-doctoral researchers and will showcase their results at a poster Forum on July 27th.

Accepted students live in on-campus air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan paid by the program. Many programs provide one credit hour of research, travel to and from Columbia, and stipends range from $3,400 – $5,400.

Opportunities include:

Applications for the above are due by February 19, 2023 unless otherwise noted

National Institute of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Summer programs at the NIH provides students with an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment to biomedical research including behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematical modeling, computational biology, and biostatistics. It is the hope that all summer internships will be held in-person for summer 2023.

Vise the NIH SIP Website for program details.

Applications for Summer 2023 will open on November 15, 2022

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

ORISE administers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States. Opportunities are available during the summer, fall, and spring.  Learn more about ORISE and check the Current Openings listing. 

Deadline: January 23, 2023

RNA Institute Undergraduate Summer Fellowship 

The RNA Institute offers competitive summer fellowships for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research with one of our Institute faculty with either a bioinformatics training program, at the bench research, or a combination of the two. Students could be eligible to receive a stipend ($15/hr) and are expected to pursue research/training for at least 20 hours/week for 9 weeks of the summer. At the end of the summer, students present their research to their peers and members of the Institute.  Learn more about the Summer Fellowship

Applications now open & are due by April 14

Southern Methodist University

Use data science to solve the most important economic and environmental problems facing urban neighborhoods today. Gain research and coding experience with faculty mentorship. 

Selected participants will receive a $4,800 stipend and free on-campus housing.

Applications are due February 17. 2023. Learn more about this opportunity with SMU

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and its goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental MedicineSchool of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health. Together, they represent the broad spectrum of public health practice. SPHSP was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Minority Health, and Health Equity (OMHHE), under the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS)
SPHSP is for rising juniors and seniors. The deadline to apply is typically the end of January. For more information regarding the program, visit the SPHSP site.

Applications due January 31, 2023

Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

The Summer Health Professions Education Program is for freshmen and sophomore students only.

Applications are due February 5, 2023. For more information regarding the program, visit the SHPEP website

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
The deadline to apply is typically in early February. For more information, visit the STEP-UP website

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2023

Stony Brook University

Part of the State University of New York, Stony Brook offers several summer research programs. Application deadlines vary.

  • Chemistry REU: Spectroscopy, Biological Chemistry and Synthesis: provides student-centered research experiences for undergraduates in a 10-week program over the summer. The Site covers three fundamental research areas Spectroscopy, Biological Chemistry and Synthesis with wide-reaching applications in climate change, energy sources, biomolecular recognition, and human health that will benefit society.
    • Applications are due February 9, 2023
  • Data + Computing = Discovery: The Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University is offering a 9-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for rising sophomore, junior, or senior college undergraduates.
    • Applications are due January 30, 2023
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy: REU students will work with faculty and researchers in one of the following ways:
    • Experimental Track: These students would be involved either in direct hands on laboratory work in one of the labs in the department, potentially with some work also performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory, or, alternatively, analysis of data from some of the large scale experiments in which our department participates.
    • Computational Track: These students would carry out computational simulations, primarily in topics related to Astrophysics and Condensed Matter Physics. Students with programming experience will be desired for this track.
    • Theoretical Track: These students would carry out more traditional theory projects, in association with our leading theorists at Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. A strong mathematical background would be required for students taking this track.
    • Applications are due February 1, 2023
  • Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & the Environment: is an opportunity for qualified, academically talented and motivated undergraduates interested in eventually pursuing their doctoral degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline at Stony Brook University. The program gives students an intensive research experience with leading researchers in the field.
    • Applications are due January 27, 2023

University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP)

The University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP) offers enriching and valuable research experiences to qualified, underrepresented undergraduate students.  UASRP participants work under the direction and guidance of faculty members and researchers during an intensive, eight-week, residential program during UAlbany’s Summer Session. Students spends the summer working on a specific research assignment, while receiving hands-on training in academic research and scholarly writing. They also attend seminars, workshops, events and field trips. Participants will be asked to present their research at the University of Buffalo Annual McNair Summer Research Conference and at select conferences during the academic year.  All students receive a stipend and a certificate of completion. Those who choose to live on campus also receive room, board and access to UAlbany facilities.  To learn more visit the UASRP website

Applications are due January 31, 2023


University of Florida

The world of undergraduate research stretches way beyond the boundaries of UF’s campus, and at the Center for Undergraduate Research we are dedicated to helping you find research experiences that will enrich your studies and jump start your career.

Opportunity deadlines vary. Be sure to review the deadlines and information for any and all summer experiences you are interested in.

  • Chemistry International Research Experience: The International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 11-12 week program based in France. Participants will spend most of their time working with graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, staff, and other undergraduates on a well-developed research project under the mentorship of an experienced faculty member sponsored by the University of Florida and is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • College of Medicine: Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Our SURF Program is designed to give students a research experience that focuses on Pharmacology & Therapeutics and includes both drug discovery and biological therapies. It is an immersive, 10-week program (5/30/23 to 8/4/23) with mentored independent research, course work, and enrichment activities. It is designed to attract students from the state of Florida as well as from across the country.
  • Experimental and Computational Methods for Materials Discovery: Participants in the program will conduct research and take part in group activities including seminars on cutting-edge areas of materials physics; workshops focusing on graduate programs, career opportunities in the physical sciences and engineering, and scientific communications skills; and field trips to laboratories on and off campus. You can get a better idea of these activities from the links above. For the Summer 2023 program the anticipated stipend is $6,000. There is an allowance for travel to/from Gainesville, FL, and also housing is provided. Weekends during the program will be left open for participants to explore the abundant attractions of North and Central Florida.

Upstate Medical University


The State University of New York Upstate Medical University, College of Graduate Studies is offering fellowships for its 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The aim of the SURF program is to expose undergraduate students to biomedical research. In an intensive ten-week summer program, undergraduates with appropriate faculty help will formulate their own proposal, carry out research under the supervision of one of our faculty, write a research paper and have the opportunity to see their work published. In the process, students will attend research seminars, present and participate in a student journal club, present their work, and participate in discussions on alternative careers in research and how to apply to graduate school. Students are given ample opportunities to interact directly with many of our faculty and graduate students.

Each fellow will be provided a $3,500 stipend for the period plus housing.

Applicants to the program should be undergraduate students in good academic standing, who will be between their junior and senior years during the summer of 2023, and are majors in chemistry, biology, or a related field. Applicants must have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in biomedical research.

Applications are due February 28, 2023

Van Andel Institute - 2023 Summer Internship Program - Undergraduate Student Research

The Summer Internship Programs are designed to provide undergraduate college students opportunities to be mentored by professionals in their chosen research field, to become familiar with the use of state-of-the-art scientific equipment and technology, and to learn valuable interpersonal and presentation skills. The goal of these programs is to expose undergraduate college students to exciting advances in biomedical sciences that will help define their career paths.  

For the 2023 Summer Internship Programs, interns will have the opportunity to work in the areas of cell biology, epigenetics, metabolism and nutritional programming, neurodegenerative science and structural biology. For more information on Van Andel Institute (VAI) laboratories, by department, please visit the Van Andel Institute website.

There are two program start dates for this program:

  • Session 1: Monday May 8, 2023-Friday July 14, 2023
  • Session 2: Monday, June 5, 2023-Friday, August 11, 2023

Applications for this research internship are due on February 1, 2023. Learn more about the internship through Van Andel Institute

Wadsworth Center, Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health is the most comprehensive state public health laboratory in the United States and is unique in its commitment to both basic and applied biomedical and environmental research. The Center has offered REU opportunities for over 30 years with a collaborative environment that allows for a particularly rich and rewarding research experience. Learn more about the Wadsworth Summer REU 

Applications for the Summer 2023 program are due February 28, 2023

West Virgina University REU in Chemistry

REU Sites are funded by the National Science Foundation. REU Sites provide summer research experiences to undergraduates interested in graduate school and research within their discipline or a related discipline. Selected students complete research at West Virginia University (WVU) for 10 weeks during the summer under the direction of a WVU faculty research mentor and a graduate or post-doctoral mentor. Learn more through WVU. 

Application currently OPEN. Priority Deadline is January 20, 2023. Application closes on March 3, 2023