Summer Research Opportunities

Below explore information about nationally competitive summer research opportunities, and funding applications that are open to undergraduate students.

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

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.

The Amgen Scholars Program will return for the Summer 2022! Program dates and other details will be available in November 2021.

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

Application Deadline: February 1, 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.

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 2022.

Vise the NIH SIP Website for program details.

Applications for Summer 2022 will open in mid-November 2021

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. Some positions for Summer 2022 have deadlines in November 2021.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). REU's are typically held during the summer, and have varying application deadlines based on the site. To find out more information, and explore the numerous opportunities across the country, review the REU Sites and Programs website.


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 for Summer 2022 will open on November 1, 2021.

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.

SHPEP is for freshman and sophomore students. The deadline to apply for Summer 2022 is February 5, 2022. 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, 2022

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 for Summer 2022 have not yet opened. 

Wadsworth Center, Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Wadsworth Center has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer program nearly continuously for over 25 years. The program has trained more than 300 students. Information about the Summer 2022 application is not yet available. For more information visit the Wadsworth Center website