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Why do research away from Ohio State?

As a major research institution and one of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State has many excellent opportunities for its undergraduate researchers. Many students, however, expand their search for research opportunities to include programs in other cities, states, and even countries. These programs are often housed at prestigious academic and governmental institutions, and often have generous funding packages.

The US federal government allocates research funds through its constituent departments and institutions. A portion of these funds goes to support the research training of undergraduate students, and many of the best research opportunities are sponsored by federal funds. For a listing of research opportunities directly sponsored by federal institutions, please visit our Government Research page.

For a listing of research opportunities outside of the United States, see our International Research Opportunities page.

 

Other useful listings and searches

These websites also offer listings and search functions for undergraduate research opportunities, including opportunities not noted on our website.

The Amgen Scholars Program
Links to sites at 10 U.S. host universities with Amgen Scholars Programs providing intensive summer research opportunities in science and biotechnology.
Deadline varies depending on programs. See flyer for more details.

Cleveland Clinic Research Opportunities

GREAT Group Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Links to multiple summer research opportunities in biomedical sciences.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
This link is the gateway to many of the education and research experiences offered through ORISE and ORAU, the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Organization for Biological Field Stations (OBFS)
OBFS includes about 200 member stations from North America, as well as about 100 individuals who are associated with field stations. The website allows you to search courses at specific stations.

Pathways to Science REU Search
The Institute for Broadening Participation hosts this search engine, which allows students to search for summer over 400 Research Experiences by institution, by discipline, and/or by region.

Pathways to Science IGERT Search
Another IBP search engine. IGERTs are Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships, and although they are primarily intended for graduate students, many accept undergraduate students into their programs.

The Euroscholars Program
EuroScholars is a unique study abroad program for advanced students whereby students can conduct research at a high caliber institution while taking a language and culture class. An OIA approved study abroad program.

The National Science Foundation
The NSF maintains an extensive, searchable database of funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Students may search by state and/or subject area. Students who are U.S. citizens from any university are eligible to apply for these REU programs.

NSF Engineering REU Handout

 

List of Research Opportunities and Deadlines

The funding sources below are divided into quarters by application due date, so that you can more easily find upcoming deadlines. These funds are generally recurring: current deadlines are listed in red, while past deadlines that are listed in black. Past deadlines will be updated as new information becomes available; they remain on the website so that students can be aware of sources that may become available again.

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Autumn

Department of State Internships
Only some of these positions involve research.
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Summer deadline: October 1, 2014

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS)- As of Fall 2014, Langley internships will be through the agency-wide NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) program.
Deadline: October 12, 2014

Pasteur Foundation: Paul W. Zuccaire Undergraduate Internships in Paris, France
Deadline: The next application deadline will be announced in fall 2015.

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship Program
The Department of Defense offers scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate students in many science and engineering fields.
Deadline: Application is tentatively scheduled to reopen in August 2014

NEW! Department of Energy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Deadline for Fall internship: June 12, 2014

 


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Winter

AAAS Mass Media and Science & Engineering Fellows Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science is a 10-week summer program which places undergraduate and post-graduate science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide.
Deadline: January 15, 2015

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Deadline: Application for 2015 SURP will open November 2014.

Alcohol Research Training Summer School (ARTSS)
ARTSS is designed to provide an intensive introduction to alcohol research for undergraduates interested in pursuing careers in the field.
Deadline: Will not be offered in 2014

American Mathematical Society
The AMS has links to many REUs across the country for students in mathematics. Deadlines: Varies

Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training Program
Deadline: January 10, 2014

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN)
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Atlanta, Ga.
Deadline: January (tentative); if funding is found the application will open in early November 2014

Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Deadline: Varies

California Institute of Technology's SURF
Deadline: February 22, 2014

Cary Institute REU: Translational Ecology for Undergraduates
Deadline: February 5, 2014

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping- University of New Hampshire SURF program
CCOM's SURF program is designed to create research experience for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing graduate work. SURF is aimed primarily at students who are working toward a degree in science, engineering or math and are completing their junior year.
Deadline: March 1, 2014

Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS)
Deadline: Please check back in November 2014 for more information.

Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS)
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Summer Research Fellowship
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Summer Undergrad Research Program in Long Island, NY
Deadline: January 15, 2014

New listing--Consortium Research Fellows Program with the Department of Defense
Deadline: Varies

Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)
Deadline: Next request for proposal is expected to be in January 2015

Department of Commerce Internships
Only some of these positions involve research.
Deadlines: Varies

New listing--Department of Energy Office of International Climate Change and Technology Fellowship Program
Deadline: January 15, 2014

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
Click here to download more information from a recent webinar discussing the various types of research conducted at DOE Science Labs across the country, and the opportunities for undergraduates to get involved!
Fall 2014 Deadline: May 30, 2014
Spring 2014 Deadline: October 1, 2013
Summer 2014 Deadline: January 10, 2014

Department of Energy Scholars Program
Deadline: Please check back in October 2014 for the next opportunity to apply.

Department of Homeland Security STEM Summer Research Internships
Deadline: January 6, 2014

Department of Homeland Security Scholarship Program
Deadline
: No longer accepting applications for 2014

Drexel University College of Medicine- SURF program
Our summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF) is our summer research experience for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate training in teh biomedical sciences.
Deadline: February 28, 2014

New listing--Emory University Center for Science Education Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
Deadline: Applications for SURE 2015 will open in October 2014.

Engineering Biological Machines REU
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Environmental Health Research Experience Program at the University of Washington, Seattle
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Florida Mental Health Institute Summer Research Institute
Deadline: March 7, 2014

"Hands-on Minds-on" NSF-funded interdisciplinary REU at Virginia Tech
"Hands-on Minds-on": Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Societal Violence Summer Program.
Deadline: January 27, 2014

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology in Boston, MA
Deadline: February 7, 2014

Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Summer Institute in Boston, MA
Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics deadline: January 31, 2014
Biomedical Optics deadline: January 17, 2014

New listing--ICPSR Summer Internship in Social Research at University of Michigan
Deadline: January 31, 2014.

New listing--Institute for Strategic Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED) Summer Program at University at Buffalo
Deadline: The application period for Summer 2015 will begin in late October.

New listing--Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program
Deadline: February 2, 2015

Janelia Farm Summer Undergraduate Scholars (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
Deadline: January 15, 2014

John Hopkins Bio Research Experience for Undergraduates
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Kellogg Biological Station
The Kellogg Station offers many programs in the biological sciences.
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Kirtlandia Society Research Internships at Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Lafayette College- Department of Mathematics' Summer REU Program
Deadline: February 28, 2014

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS)- As of Fall 2014, Langley internships will be through the agency-wide NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) program.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Internship Opportunities
The Lawrence Laboratory offers many internships year-round
Deadline: Varies

LIU-Post Summer Internship Program
Deadline: March 1, 2013

New listing--Louisiana State University HHMI Summer Research Program

Loyola Medical School Microbiology and Immunology Summer Research Program
Deadline: February 15, 2014

Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Deadline: Application for summer 2015 will be available in September 2014.

New listing--Medical University of South Carolina Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Summer Internship
Deadline: The 2015 internship program will likely open for applications in November 2014.

NASA One Stop Shop Initiative (OSSI) for Internship, Fellowship, and Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: March 1, 2014

National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) Summer Student Research Program
Deadline: March 7, 2014

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Deadline: The 2015 application will become available in mid-November.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Gaithersburg, Md.
Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of NIST's research, students are encouraged to look through the different websites to discover alot of interesting project areas.
Deadline: February 14, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Boulder, Colo.
Deadline: February 14, 2014 at 5pm

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2014

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2014

National Radio Astronomy Observatory Summer Research Assistantships
Deadline: February 1, 2014

New listing--NEON Internship Program in Science and Engineering
Deadline: February 15, 2014 (Note new deadline)

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) REU
Deadline: February 17, 2014

Northern Illinois University REU: Operation ETank
Deadline: Check back next February to see what opportunities REU at NIU will have the following summer.

NYU Langone Medical Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) Program
Summer deadline: February 28, 2014

Oklahoma State University REU Site: Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior
Deadline: March 21, 2014

Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
Deadline: February 1, 2014

Research in Industrial Projects for Students in Los Angeles and in Hong Kong
at The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Deadline: February 12, 2014

Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites undergraduate students from the US and Canada in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and Engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany.
Deadline: January 31, 2014

School of Life Sciences Summer Research Program, Lausanne, Switzerland
Deadline: January 31, 2014

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.
Deadline: January 10, 2014

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History Research Experience
Deadline: January 29, 2014

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of Natural History Internships
Only some of these positions involve research.
Deadline: Check individual programs for deadlines.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship
Winter Deadline: November 15, 2014

SUPERS@Penn--Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists
Deadline: Applications for 2015 will reopen on October 1, 2014.

Texas A&M: Cyclotron Institute REU
This REU site focuses on research in nuclear and particle science. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with internationally renowned scientists at a major university-based nuclear facility
Deadline: February 4, 2014

Tufts Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: February 15, 2014

University of California—San Francisco Summer Research Opportunities
Deadline: February 1, 2014

University of Central Florida--various REUs offered
Deadline: Varies

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Biomedical Research SURF Programs
Check out Visitation Day 2014 and tour research labs and talk with current students! Register here.

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine ROSE Summer Research Internship
Deadline: February 3, 2014

University of Cincinnati- REU in Sensory Ecology
This program focuses on research at the intersection of neurobiology, behavior, ecology and evolution, and is directed at understanding how animals sense and respond to their environment at functional and evolutionary levels.
Deadline: March 15, 2014

University of Floridavarious REUs offered
Deadline: Varies

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Deadline: February 15, 2014

University of Missouri Summer Research Programs in:

  • Cell & Molecular Biology Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Biochemistry Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Home and Consumer Networking Technologies Deadline: Funding Pending
  • Miller Summer Program in Animal Sciences Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Summer Research Internship in Medical Sciences Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • Physics: Materials and Modeling REU Deadline: March 1, 2014

    University of Missouri: Summer REU in Neuroscience
    Deadline: February 15, 2014

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas: REU in Environmental Microbiology
    Deadline: February 14, 2014

    University of North Carolina: Carolina Summer Fellowship Program in Pharmacology
    Deadline: March 31, 2014

    University of Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in the Life Sciences
    Deadline: No hard deadline; Decisions are made in February.

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Summer REU in Sensing and Signaling
    Deadline: February 28, 2014

    University of Texas Medical Branch Biomedical Research Program
    Deadline: February 1, 2014

    University of Utah Materials Research Science and Engineering Center REU
    Deadline: Apply for the 2015 summer program beginning September 15, 2014.

    University of Virginia Blandy Experimental Farm REU
    Deadline: March 1, 2014

    New listing--University of Virginia School of Medicine Summer Research Internship Program
    Deadline: February 21, 2014

    University of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program
    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). This hands-on research program is designed primarily to give students from other colleges and universities a chance to experience the richness of research at University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Deadline: February 15, 2014

    Vanderbilt University Nanoscience and Engineering REU
    Deadline: February 15, 2014

    Weizmann Institute of Science
    Deadline: December 31, 2013

    West Virginia University REU: Biological Responses to the Environment from Genes to the Ecosystem
    Review of submitted applications will begin: February 14, 2014

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship Program
    Deadline: February 15, 2014

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Swashzone Processes Student Fellowships
    Deadline: not offered in 2014

     


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    Spring / Summer

    Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) REU
    Summer Deadline: March 28, 2014

    Foreign Policy Research Institute
    Fall Deadline: August 31
    Spring Deadline: December 31
    Summer Deadline: April 1

    North American Anthropology Internship
    Summer Deadline: not being offered in the summer of 2014

    Northeastern University Chemistry and Chemical Biology REU with focus on Catalysis
    Summer Deadline: March 28, 2014

    Ongoing

    Alden Dow Creative Minds in Residence Fellowship
    Deadline: Continuously offered during the academic year

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Scientific programs focus on materials, neutron sciences, energy, high performance computing, systems biology and national security. Applications accepted year-round, but for best results apply by:
    Summer Internships:  February 1
    Fall Internships:  June 1
    Spring Internships:  October 1

    The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program
    Multiple internships available year-round.
    Summer Internship Deadline (May-August): February 1
    Autumn Internship Deadline (September-December):June 1
    Winter/Spring Internship Deadline (January-April): November 15

    The Student Conservation Association Internships
    Only some of these positions involve research.
    Deadline: ongoing


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