Biology Research Opportunities and Internships
(primarily Summer '08)
Many universities, research institutions and corporations offer research opportunities for undergraduate students during the summer, and some during the academic year as well. These are excellent opportunities for gaining research experience. For many of these research positions, you can earn academic credit.
Websites for Federal Programs:
NASA - USRP
NASA and the USRP (Undergraduate Student Research Program) have teamed up to offer undergraduate student internships at NASA centers across the US under the supervision of technical mentors. This prestigious program seeks rising sophomore, junior and senior students in the disciplines of engineering, math, computer science and life/physical sciences. Students may apply for a 10-week summer session, and 15-week spring or fall sessions. NASA-USRP provides students with hands-on, real-life research experiences that challenge, inspire and bring practical application to complement the students' academic education. Stipends are $6,000 for the summer session and $9,000 for the fall and spring, plus a round-trip travel allowance. Application deadlines are:
Spring - October 22, 2007
Summer - January 31, 2008
Fall - February 29, 2008
Visit http://education.nasa.gov/usrp for more details
US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic summer internships (STEM)
DHS is offering 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities for undergrads majoring in the above disciplines. Students receive a $500/week stipend and a travel reimbursement. Application deadline is December 14, 2007.
Complete info at www.orau.gov/dhsinternships
National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
For a complete list of NSF REU sites, visit the following web page:
For a search of REU sites within the biological sciences, visit:
Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants.
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program
Summer programs at the NIH provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Awards cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. Stipends are provided.
To search for NIH Institutes and Centers that offer research opportunities for students, visit the following web page:
For more information about the NIH SIP program and to apply, visit the following web page:
Other good websites that provide links to student research and internship opportunities:
University of California-Irvine
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, All Disciplines
Rochester Institute of Technology
Biology & Biotechnology Internship Programs