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.

WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech
The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. Caltech is committed to promoting diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, and educationally and financially disadvantaged students. 

REU Program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Opportunities are available in all areas of chemistry: analytical, chemical biology, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical. We particularly encourage students who do not have prior research experience or who are members of groups under-represented in the chemical sciences to apply. A Macalester alum, Professor Kami Hull, is on the REU committee at UIC.

REU Program at University of Rochester
A summer program of full-time scientific research, supporting discussion groups, research meetings, as well as social activities. Research problems are available across the broad landscape of contemporary chemistry research.

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.

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.

NASA Airborne Science Program 
The purpose of the Student Airborne Research Program is to provide students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric solar radiation and gases.

Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program
Summer 2016 will be the first year that the Urban Water Innovation Network offers an Undergraduate Research Program (URP). Ten students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Where possible, pairs of students, one in the social sciences and one in the natural sciences / engineering will be placed with a team of mentors in each of the six study regions of the Network: Front Range of Colorado, Mid-Atlantic, Tucson-Phoenix Sun corridor, South Florida, California, Pacific Northwest Cascadia.

The Stream Habitat Program will be filling up to 4 fish habitat student intern positions. The primary responsibility will be to assist in the collection of biological and physical data on streams, predominately warm water streams. Duties include fish identification, collection of voucher specimens, and use of wading rods with current meters, electrofishing equipment, purse seine, boats, GPS, and outboard motors. 

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.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
The 2016 Summer Research Program for College Juniors will provide science and engineering undergraduates from colleges around the country with opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research in a rapidly growing and technologically important diverse field of engineered interfaces. During this eight week program held on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's downtown Brooklyn campus, students will be exposed to cross-disciplinary research–with the focus on real-world challenges–emphasizing timely and efficient transfer of innovations from the bench through engineering to applications, devices and technologies.

International Research in Chemistry and Materials Science
U.S. chemical and materials science students may apply for a summer research opportunity in Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom through the ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) program.

RISE Program: Research in Germany
RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. 

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.

Boyce Thompson Institute
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in Ithaca, NY offer positions to outstanding students interested in Plant Genome Research, Bioinformatics and Bioenergy Education. 

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.

Great Lakes Summer Research Program
Central Michigan University's Great Lakes Summer Research for Undergraduates program will focus on chemical, physical and biological aspects of the Lake Michigan nearshore shunt and its influence on nearshore-offshore coupling.  

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.

PINEMAP Undergraduate Fellowship
Selected undergraduate students will be provided the opportunity to work during a summer internship with a researcher in one of the following disciplines, or aims: ecophysiology and silviculture, modeling, genetics, economics and policy, education, and extension.  Fellows will be integrated into their mentor’s research program and participate in data collection and hypothesis testing at a host university. 

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.