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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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Keck Geology Consortium Gateway Program
The Keck Geology Gateway Program is a five-week research experience for current first year and sophomore students with interest in the sciences. The goal of the program is to broaden participation in the earth sciences through authentic field and laboratory research experiences and exploration of the discipline at the intersections with socially relevant issues. Participants will receive a stipend in addition to housing, food, and travel allowance. Participants need not have a declared a major in earth science, but must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

To put forth the most competitive application, interested students are encouraged to meet with Keck Program Director Karl Wirth (

Application deadline is 15 February 2017.

Univ. of Georgia Undergraduate Biology Research Experience (UBER)
The Undergraduate Biology Education Research (UBER) REU Site is a nine-week, NSF-funded program to involve undergraduates in designing and conducting research on undergraduate biology teaching and learning with mentorship from faculty from the University of Georgia Division of Biological Sciences and College of Education. The goals of the program are to develop undergraduates’ knowledge and skills in biology education research, encourage undergraduates to pursue doctoral study of biology teaching and learning, expand the diversity of the talent pool in biology education research, and contribute to the development of theory and knowledge about biology education in ways that can inform undergraduate biology instruction.

University of Chicago Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
With the assistance of a generous NSF grant, the University of Chicago runs a summer immersion experience during which undergraduates conduct independent research under the mentorship of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, while also learning how to communicate about science with one another. The program offers a generous stipend, lodging, travel to/from Chicago, and a food assistance stipend.

Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE) 
Are you interested in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry and climate change? This undergraduate summer research program will prepare you for graduate school, will take you on exciting field trips and attend symposiums. Second and third year undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Women and students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.    

Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech
Aquatic Chemical Ecology (ACE) at Georgia Tech is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. ACE at Georgia Tech gives you the opportunity to perform exciting research with our faculty in the schools of Biological Sciences, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

North Dakota State University Dept. of Coatings and Polymeric Materials
Summer research appointments are available for chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering and related fields, between their junior and senior years, who intend to pursue graduate studies and have an interest in polymers and coatings science.  The NDSU Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is widely recognized as one of the top educational and research departments in its field.  The department offers projects in the following research areas: Synthesis of Bio-Based Polymers, Synthesis of High Performance Polymers, Coatings and Corrosion Protection/Weathering Durability, Polymers/Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications, and Nanomaterials Engineering.

Medical College of Wisconsin Undergraduate Research
Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) hosts roughly 25-30 participants each summer from across the country who gain valuable research experience, refine critical thinking skills, build upon academic and professional networks and are introduced to various disciplines of science. Participation in SPUR is intended for students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university who intend to pursue scientific-based graduate studies. This opportunity is also available for international students.

UW-Stout LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates
The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology. Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program. This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects. These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place.

University of Central Florida’s Community GIS and Citizen Science REU
We are looking forward to hosting a group of at least 8 outstanding undergraduate students from across the country in summer 2017 in Belize and in Orlando, Florida. We emphasize engaged, community-based research while also preparing students for future academic and non-academic careers in GIS, geospatial technologies, geography, sociology, geosciences, education, community development, public health, and land use planning. The research training program is the first of its kind for U.S. undergraduates given its explicit international focus on community geography/GIS and participatory methodologies. Student mastery of geospatial STEM research skills will be accomplished largely through students creating an open and freely available geospatial data infrastructure to address social and environmental disparities related to marine debris and flooding/disaster management in Belize. This objective will include the creation of an online, interactive geospatial data and mapping portal through ArcGIS Online.

The Center For Selective C-H Functionalization
The NSF-funded Center for Selective C-H Functionalization is offering a paid 10-week chemistry summer research experience for summer 2017. The CCHF Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program (CSURP) is for undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised summer research. 

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.

NASA Student Airborne Research Program
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates who will be rising seniors in summer 2017 to apply for participation in the 9th annual NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2017).  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 C-23 Sherpa and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases. They will also use data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2 image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected.

University of Nebraska Summer Research Program
The Nebraska Summer Research Program is a consortium of NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and other summer research opportunities programs (SROP). 

The unique feature of the Nebraska Summer Research Program is the partnership between the REU and SROP programs and the Office of Graduate Studies. Students benefit in having a community of scholars in which to learn and to share research with.

This intensive summer research experience provides mentoring and research experiences while allowing scholars to preview graduate school life. Students with a strong interest in graduate programs are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those from populations traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

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.

RiSE at Rutgers University
RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) is a nationally acclaimed 10 week summer research program for outstanding undergraduates. Scholars participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social/ behavioral sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors. A comprehensive professional development component, including GRE preparation, complements the research. 

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.

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.

Research opportunities with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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 2017 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. 

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).

Baylor College of Medicine G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education and Training Program)
The HGSC-G/GREAT (Genetics/Genomics Research Education And Training Program) provides funding for undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, electrical or mechanical engineering, or computer science. Summer research opportunities are available each summer for students who are interested in learning about genomic research and graduate school preparation. Students will conduct research projects in biomedical/genetic laboratories, bioinformatics, or robotics.

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.

Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District Internships
The Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District has recently opened up two internship positions for 2017: Conservation Outreach Internship and Water Resources Internship. Both positions will provide the intern with great hands-on training and experience that can be applied toward a future job.

American Museum of Natural History Undergraduate Fellowships
The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers paid summer internships for qualified undergraduate students to conduct research projects with AMNH scientists in either evolutionary biology or physical sciences. Students receive a generous stipend and living and transportation expenses; housing is provided at nearby Columbia University. In addition to hands-on research, students participate in a series of weekly meetings at which they discuss their research, present informal progress reports, and engage in discussions and seminars regarding scientific research, graduate school, and research career opportunities. At the conclusion, they deliver oral presentations of their work and prepare publication quality research papers.

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.