The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Database includes a list of primarily off-campus summer research opportunities available for undergraduate students.

Please note - This is not an exhaustive list of all summer opportunities. Though we actively manage and update this database, there are likely many opportunities, both on-campus and external, that our office has missed.

This database is maintained by the Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research. If you have any corrections, suggestions, or would like to add an opportunity to our database, please email

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Research Opportunity Research Area Opportunity Timing Deadline Date
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

In this comprehensive internship, you’ll be mentored by a leading science expert who will guide you in a specific research area to gain maximum exposure to one of the many science and technology areas that underpin the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) diverse missions.

Science & Technology Fall, Spring, Summer 10/4/23
Research Internships in Science and Engineering

Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. Host universities, universities of applied sciences (UAS) and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors or researchers (only UAS), and German language is not required and the working language will be in English.

Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Summer 11/30/23
AGA-Aman Armaan Ahmed Family Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

These fellowships support undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research to perform 10 weeks of research related to digestive diseases under the mentorship of top investigators in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology.

Medicine & Health Summer 2/1/24
University of Arizona Summer Research Institute (SRI)

The Summer Research Institute (SRI) offers you an outstanding opportunity to learn how to conduct research, enjoy your summer, and prepare for graduate studies at The University of Arizona.

Education, Humanities & Arts, Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer 2/1/24
WHOI Summer Student Fellowship

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship provides research opportunities in oceanography, marine biology, and related disciplines. It is a prestigious program where undergraduate students can engage in hands-on research experiences and work alongside leading scientists at the renowned institution.

Natural Sciences, Science & Technology Summer 2/5/24
Summer Research at UCLA’s School of Nursing

This program offers junior year nursing undergraduates with the opportunity to work on an ongoing research project or design a new project, with guidance from UCLA’s School of Nursing faculty mentors. Students will receive a stipend, on-campus housing, GRE test preparation, formal and informal discussion on career options and other activities.

Medicine & Health Summer 3/26/24
African American Family (AAFam) Stress and Resiliency Lab

The African American Family Stress and Resiliency Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants interested in understanding the connections between race-related stress, mental health, and social support within African American families. Students will have the opportunity to gain experience with multiple research-related activities including, but not limited to, literature reviews, participant recruitment, data management, data analysis, and writing.

Medicine & Health, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer 4/1/24
Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets

This opportunity is for undergraduate poets to be guided by established poet mentors. Students will attend writing workshops, lectures, discussions, and present readings of their own works.

Humanities & Arts Summer
Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) Internship Program @ The National Center for Supercomputing Applications

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture.

Education, Humanities & Arts, Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated April
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Boston University (SURF at BU)

SURF offers rising juniors/seniors a full-time sciences & technologies research position in a BU lab. Students will conduct research related to Biology and the control of gene expression for biological outcomes, participate in enrichment activities, and present findings at the BU Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated April
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship

ThinkSwiss is a scholarship program managed by the Science Office at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. The program is funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Education, Humanities & Arts, Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter Anticipated December
Magazine Internship Program

The Magazine Internship Program by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) offers undergraduate students a prestigious opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the magazine industry. Participants are placed in leading magazines and media organizations, working closely with seasoned professionals. This immersive program allows interns to develop skills in editorial content creation, research, writing, and digital media. By participating, interns enhance their portfolios, build professional networks, and gain insight into the magazine industry.

Humanities & Arts, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated December
Improving Access to Research and Training (IMPACT) Program

The IMPACT program provides an 8-week mentored research experience for 10-12 bright undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in health sciences interested in future careers in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, and sleep disorders research.

Medicine & Health Summer Anticipated December
Injury Prevention Center Summer Internships

The internships are designed for students interested in injury prevention research or practice experiences. They offer important opportunities to gain mentored research and practice-based experience in a CDC-funded multidisciplinary injury prevention center. Interns could work with a mentor from the University of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, or other organizations on ongoing injury prevention research or practice projects.

Medicine & Health Anticipated December
How are Flood Basalts Fed? A Textural Investigation of the Chief Joseph Dike Swarm

The goal of this project is to understand the general nature of thick feeder dikes at the Chief Joseph Dike Swarm (CJDS), including emplacement, growth mechanisms, and structural influences that contribute to flow volumes and how often these flow events occur.

Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated December
Mapping and Assessing the Seismic Hazard of the Guanacaste Tectonic Sliver, Costa Rica

In this IRES site project, student participants will collect geologic data via state-of-the-art GNSS stations, and magnetometers. Students will use this data coupled with InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) methods to assess ground deformation with the goal of identifying a new tectonic boundary and velocity a vector for a tectonic block that we have named the Guanacaste Tectonic Sliver (GTS). This will allow for a better assessment of regional seismic hazards in this region of the country. Student-authored poster publications that will be presented at scientific conferences are the expected research outcome for participating students.

Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated December
Brain Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (BRI-SURE)

The UCLA Brain Research Institute (BRI) sponsors a summer undergraduate research experience (BRI-SURE) which solicits applications from students from universities and colleges across the nation. BRI-SURE Pathway is an 8-week, intensive summer research- training program for exceptional students interested in pursuing research careers in Neuroscience or Physiology. The program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. graduate programs.

Medicine & Health Summer Anticipated December
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Insititute (CHCI)

CIP provides Latino undergraduates of all majors with paid placement in congressional offices for a period of 10 weeks. Interns will learn how the legislative system works, respond to constituent inquiries, write policy briefs, gain work experience, and participate in community service.

Social Sciences & Behavior Fall, Spring, Summer Anticipated December 2023
Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP) - UW Madison

PREP provides experience in scientific research to undergraduates from historically underrepresented populations who have an interest in a career in scientific psychology. The program features mentored laboratory research (approximately 30 hours/week), intensive “bootcamps” on technical skills (e.g., R and Python programming), and faculty presentations.

Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated February
Advancing Army Modernization Priorities – Undergraduate Program

The Advancing Army Modernization Priorities – Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP) is a summer research program that provides an immersive, experiential environment for undergraduates to collaborate with energetic materials experts on projects that range in focus from synthesis to machine learning to additive manufacturing.

Science & Technology Summer Anticipated February
University of Maryland Summer Research Initiative (SRI)

SRI offers rising juniors/seniors from underrepresented groups with an 8-week intensive experience to develop research skills and learn about doctoral training in social, behavioral & economic sciences. Students will receive lab experience, attend workshops, and enhance their knowledge of the graduate application process.

Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated February
Dartmouth's Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE)

Dartmouth's Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE) provides summer research experience to undergraduates. Focusing on academic research, networking, and mentoring, ASURE prepares students for future graduate research training.

Medicine & Health, Natural Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences & Behavior Summer Anticipated February
The Pocono Lake Ecological Observatory Network (PLEON) Research Internships

PLEON offers students working toward a degree in natural sciences, aquatic ecology, conservation, and management an opportunity to conduct aquatic fieldwork in Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. Interns will gain experience in lake ecology and water quality sampling methodology, quantitative laboratory analysis, and science communication and networking.

Natural Sciences Summer Anticipated February
VR-REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Immersive 3D Visualization

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in immersive visualization and virtual/augmented/mixed reality (VR/AR/MR) will involve 10 students per summer directly in multidisciplinary research projects. Participants will be provided training in immersive 3D visualization tools and technologies.

Humanities & Arts, Science & Technology Summer Anticipated February

The SURF Program provides research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. SURF gives students an opportunity to: Gain substantive career experience related to your academic interests, acquire lifelong leadership, management, and analytical skills, learn about a career in public service, build professional relationships, contacts, and networks, and observe the daily operations and working environment of a premier federal laboratory for 11 weeks.

Science & Technology Summer Anticipated February
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