Biology, Chemistry, Physics

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U of Michigan
Pete Goldberg'11 is a graduate student in the Chemistry PhD program at the University of Michigan. Pete encourages Mac students to apply to the REU program at U Michigan. He said that his department is looking forward to connecting with some Macalester students for summer research.

U of California at San Francisco
Christina Fitzsimmons is enrolled in the Chemical Biology PhD program at UCSF.  Christina said that  there are many great summer research opportunities at UCSF.  She is happy to answer questions.

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Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Professor Paul Overvoorde states that the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a great place to do research. Talk to Professor Overvoorde if you are interested in applying. The Center is located in St. Louis, MO and is offering 10-15 paid internships to undergraduate students majoring in Life Sciences. The internship stipend is $4,950 for eleven weeks and students will be given limited travel reimbursements and food allowances. Non-local participants will stay in fully furnished apartments located near the Danforth Center.

University of WI-Madison
The Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences to participate in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP). As part of the program, students do full-time research for 10 weeks with a faculty member in one of eight disciplinary areas:

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics
  • Bioenergy
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Computational Biology & Biostatistics
  • Ecology, Plants, and Environmental Systems
  • Molecular & Environmental Toxicology
  • Neurobiology
  • Virology

The program provides a $5000 stipend, full support for travel, housing and a partial food allowance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and have at least a 3.0 GPA.

SURF program at UT Southwestern
SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Approximately 65 fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests. Fellowships are available in Biological Chemistry, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemistry, Developmental Biolog. Genetics,Immunology, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Pharmacology. The program accepts international students.

Research in Molecular and Quantitative Biology at Princeton
Princeton University has a summer research program in Molecular and Quantitative Biology.

Monmouth University School of Science Program
The Monmouth University School of Science-SRP is a 12-week research experience for students to work on collaborative research projects under the supervision of School of Science faculty and staff

Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars Program is a partnership of the Amgen Foundation the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and nine other universities and three universities in Europe. Each of the Program's participating host universities will select approximately twenty-five participants from both their own student body as well as from other accredited four-year colleges and universities to participate in a summer research program.  Each host university has its own application, but all require an official transcript with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Students can apply to as many host universities as they wish.  The application deadline is in early February.

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)
America International Group (AIG), American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) developed a summer internship program to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.

SCI Scholars receive $6,000-$9,000 for a ten-week internship.

  • Students will be awarded a certificate and an additional $1000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting.
  • Scholars nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.

Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis  is a National Science Foundation Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation. Students will engage in fundamental research aimed at developing new processes for production of clean, efficient fuels and use of renewable resource for fuels and useful chemicals. Participants in the 10-week program will receive a $5000 stipend while conducting collaborative research in catalysis at any one of the CENTC host labs located across the US and in Canada.

Genomics Research at Michigan State University
Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous plant functional and computational genomics projects at Michigan State University.

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology-IDASH
Integrating Data for Analysis, Anonymization and SHaring (iDASH) is the newest National Center for Biomedical Computing (NCBC), which was funded in 2010 under the NIH.

Bioinformatics and Bioengineering
Virginia Commonwealth University has a bioinformatics and bioengineering summer institute that is funded by NSF and NIH. The experience extends over two summers.

The laboratories of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network are conducting a joint REU program during the 2015 summer.  Opportunities exist in all parts of the country across a broad range of science and technology.  

Ohio  Mathematical Biosciences
The Mathematical Bioscience Institute at OSU has a summer program in mathematical biology for undergraduates.  The program consists of two parts: (a) two weeks of introductory lectures plus short projects and a computer lab, and (b) a summer long research experience (6 weeks) devoted to projects in the interface of mathematics, statistics, and biological sciences.

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
This program is administered by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). Students are assigned specific river research projects, conduct field experimentation, and gain invaluable experience using data

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is a nationwide force of high school and college-age volunteers who are committed to protecting and preserving the environment. There are summer opportunities that pay a subsistence allowance. Housing and travel costs may be provided.

Wildlife-Related Positions
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M has a listing of research positions, most of the positions listed are field based, not lab based.

APS and IBM Research Positions for Women
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY).

Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
The Research Training Program at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History provides collections-based, hypothesis-testing research projects for students interested in learning more about natural history research in the biological, geological and anthropological sciences. The program is conducted in-residence at the Museum.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute has summer research positions for undergraduates
Students will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. The 10-week program includes a $5,000.00 stipend plus $1000.00 U.S. travel stipend.

Biology Website
If you are a biology student, make sure you check out the biology website page that lists summer opportunities for biology majors.