Research Opportunities

Section I - All STEM Majors

Pathways to Science Database

Many organizations fund research opportunities for undergraduate students. The programs usually consist of a group of ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are given stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. The Pathways to Science Undergraduate Database provides information on over 800 paid research opportunities for multiple STEM disciplines.

NSF -  National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of 10 or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where she/he works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.  Application deadline varies by program.

National Science Foundation Science and Technology Centers Internships

The National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (STCs) offer summer internships at each of the 17 centers, located at prestigious universities around the United States. These summer internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a "graduate school" setting in the following fields:

  • biological sciences
  • computer and information sciences
  • engineering
  • geosciences
  • mathematical and physical sciences

Minority and Underrepresented Students Summer Research Database

The co-op/internship positions listed at this website specifically focus on providing opportunities for minority students and students from underrepresented groups in the sciences and medicine. Application deadline varies by program.

SROP - Summer Research Opportunities Program

Sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, SROP is a program to expose talented undergraduates to professional and educational opportunities in the academy. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers by enhancing their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.


The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. INROADS seeks high performing African American, Hispanic, and Native American Indian students for internship opportunities with some of the nation's largest companies.

Project L/EARN

A Graduate Education Preparation Program - The goal of Project L/EARN is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in the fields of health, mental health, and health policy research, thereby expanding the breadth of health research to include a broader range of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic issues, concerns and perspectives.

Washington Internships in Engineering

Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering has become one of the premier Washington internship programs. Its goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of and can contribute to the important intersections of technology and public policy.

TAMU Job Board - Texas Wildlife and Fisheries

Browse Internships:  The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the largest of its kind in the U.S. with 400 faculty members, including winners of prestigious awards like the Nobel, Wolf and World Food Prizes. It provides students with hands-on involvement in developing solutions to today's issues like bioenergy, environmental sustainability, international food security, and youth development.

Section II - Summer Research & Internships Programs for Students Interested in the Health Professions (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Biomedical Sciences)

Summer Enrichment and Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Extensive listings from the American Association of Medical Colleges for aspiring dental and medical students.

University of Washington - Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT)

MIRT is a national program designed to encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral science research careers. The program provides support for undergraduate and graduate students to do research work overseas. MIRT is funded by The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) of the National Institutes of Health. The University of Washington MIRT Program has been developed in collaboration with Western Washington University and Dillard University. The program builds on established UW linkages with academic institutions throughout the developing world, including in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Thailand, Republic of Georgia, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Students spend 8-12 weeks (beginning mid-June) at the foreign research site.

NIDDK Short-term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s STEP-UP Program is designed to provide short-term research education for high school and/or undergraduate students from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds to expose them to research within the mission area of NIDDK. The program exposes students to research in areas of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, and hematologic diseases. The program provides support for 8 - 10 consecutive weeks of basic or clinical research education and training during the summer provided by experienced faculty currently active in research related to the mission of NIDDK.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

In 1988, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP) to increase the number of highly qualified medical school applicants from minority groups that were underrepresented in medicine—primarily African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians. MMEP supported six medical schools in offering a free, six-week medical school preparatory program. The Association of American Medical Colleges assumed the role of National Program Office for MMEP in 1993.

Over the years, MMEP's intensive academic preparation program expanded to 11 campuses. In addition, the program broadened its initial focus on specific minority groups to include students who were from rural areas, economically disadvantaged, and came from groups that have historically received substandard health care regardless of their racial or ethnic background.

In 2003, the program changed its name to the Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP), reflecting the inclusion of students representing a wide range of economic, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) builds on the lessons learned from those earlier programs. It expanded to include pre-dental students who face challenges similar to those of pre-medical students, and it focuses on students in the first two years of their college education because the experience of previous programs indicates that this is when students derive the most benefit.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine- Summer Research Fellowship Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers 50 college students each summer an exceptional opportunity to conduct original research in a laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions. The program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in science who are considering a research career.

Department of Health and Human Services - NHLBI Biomedical Research Training Program (for undergraduates and post-bac students) - Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Groups

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established a Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) that offers opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students and post baccalaureate individuals to receive training in fundamental biomedical sciences and clinical research disciplines. The purpose of BRTPUG is to provide research training opportunities to individuals from health disparities groups that are underrepresented in health-related research. Nationally, these groups include but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Individuals with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds are also underrepresented in health-related research. The Program supports students that will pursue basic science, clinical, biomedical or behavioral health research careers including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the etiology and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. Increasing diversity in the future research workforce may contribute ultimately to the elimination of health disparities in cardiovascular, lung, and blood diseases in the U.S.

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center CURE Program

The CURE program introduces high school and college students from underrepresented populations to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at local cancer research institutions. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences — particularly cancer research — giving practical meaning to academic course work. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the DF/HCC research mission. By participating in a program at DF/HCC — an NCI comprehensive cancer center with more than 1000 researchers across seven major Harvard institutions — students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer. Each year, a number of promising students are selected for this unique opportunity to expand and extend their interest in basic, clinical, or population science cancer research or nursing.

Summer Internship Opportunities in Biomedical Research and for Pre-Med Studies Students

Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences

Section III - Mathematics Summer Research and Internship Opportunities

The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) maintains a list of internship and research opportunities for undergraduates.

Park City Mathematics Institute Summer Program, run by the Institute for Advanced Study, conducts a themed program every summer which includes an introductory and advanced undergraduate summer school. Additionally, they list future programs.

George Washington University hosts a Summer Program for Women in Mathematics for women who are completing their third year.

The National Security Agency has a variety of internships each summer.

Section IV - Computer Science Research and Internship Opportunities

The Caltech SURF: Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL.

The Purdue University SURF: The SURF program provides students across all engineering, science and technology disciplines with an intensive research experience, allowing them to work closely with graduate students and professors in their respective schools.The National Institutes of Standards and Technolgy (NIST) has a SURF program.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a number of summer research programs for undergraduates.

The Department of Energy's SULI Program takes students from a variety of fields, including computer science, to participate in research at a Department of Energy research facility.

The NREIP Program offers research opportunities at Department of Navy research laboratory.

IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA has a summer research program for under-represented minority students.

The Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California has summer internships for students interested in natural language processing.

Section V - International Study Abroad and REUs

How to go

IIE Passport (International Institute of Education and Education Dynamics) - Your Study Abroad Connection

SIT Study Abroad

Texas State University Study Abroad Office


RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering - Germany)

The Boren Awards Program for International Study - special programs for STEM majors

Help getting there

University of Houston Office of International Studies and Programs

University of Houston students have the opportunity to apply for financial aid for study abroad.

SIT Study Abroad Scholarships

SIT Study Abroad provides undergraduates academically-rich, semester, summer and academic year programs with opportunities for field research and International Honors Program comparative study.

University of Houston Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research

The Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research are committed to assisting students in finding and applying for major scholarships as well as searching for other enrichment opportunities such as external research programs, volunteer or service projects, internships, and summer programs.