The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The Center of Excellence in STEM Education

Summer External Research Programs

The following programs provide an enriching opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research, to meet fellow students in their areas, and to learn more about graduate programs. Summer programs typically run for 6-8 weeks and provide stipends (like a paid internship) and pay for travel and lodging expenses. Many of the following programs have deadlines in early February or early March. Therefore, please study the programs and apply early. Application packets typically consist of the application, an essay, a transcript of grades, a resume, and 2-3 letters of recommendation. We highly encourage you to apply to at least three programs!

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For further information visit the corresponding websites. Sort the listing by clicking on any of the titles and click on the program names to visit their website. To obtain further information on the programs or to seek advice, please speak with your UTRGV STEM Faculty Mentor who can provide guidance.

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External Programs by Major

Program Major Participants Deadline
The Boston University Summer Institute For Biostatistics Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, or Health Sciences Undergraduate Applications open in December
Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS) Science Undergraduate February 1
Amgen Scholars STEM Amgen Scholars Flyer Undergraduate February 1
2018 i3 Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Students Information Sciences Undergraduate February 16
PRiME 2017: Purdue Research in Mathematics Experience Mathematics/Science Undergraduate February 10
Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Research Experience Program
Medical PA Students
College Juniors
Junior UG students with interest in biomedical research with emphasis on cancer research UG & Grad January 1
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Science/Engineering Undergraduate May 31
2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Science/Engineering
See REU Flyer
Undergraduate February 6
Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program Science Undergraduate March 1
Short Term Educational Program (STEP) towards Digestive & Metabolic Physiology STEM STEP Digestive Flyer Undergraduate February 3
Purdue University Indianapolis REU Program in Mathematics Mathematics Undergraduate February 1
Research Experience for Undergraduates - The University of Texas at Dallas Mathematical Science Undergraduate See Flyer
RUSIS 2017 Mathematics/Science Undergraduate April 1st
APL Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) Internship Program
See profile
Engineering and science
See Booklet
Ug & Grad
See ATLAS flyer
December 31
National Security Agency Cryptologic Access Summer Intern Program (CAP) Computer Science/Mathematics Undergraduate October 15
2017 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Mathematics/Science REU Flyer Undergraduate February 1
Office of Science Graduate Student Research(SCGSR) Science Graduate November 30
Community College Internship Science/Engineering UG&Grad closed check back october
2017 E3S REU Program Dates Engineering/Physical science Undergraduate closed check back october
National Security Agency Director's Summer Program (DSP) Mathematics Graduate October/November
Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) Computer Science Graduate See Website
Potsdam-Clarkson REU Mathematics UG & Grad February 15
Summer 2017 Research Experience and Mentoring in Data-Driven Discovery See Website Undergraduate February 24
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in The University of Maine and University of Concepción, Chile See Website Undergraduate February 15
Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students Mathematics Undergraduate See Website
DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program Science UG & Grad December 20
Physiology At The Interface (STEP) Science Undergraduate February 3
Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions Science UG & Grad December 20
Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) Science UG & Grad November 18
DOE Scholars Program STEM UG & Grad December 15
Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program Science PhD Graduate Students November 21
HACU National Internship Program Any See Website Ongoing
Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) Math Graduate October 15
Wolfram Science Summer School
Applicant must pay all expenses
Science UG & Grad May 15
Wolfram Innovation Summer School
Applicant must pay all expenses
Science UG & Grad May 15
CHOPS (CHemistry OPportunitieS) Chemistry Graduate May 26/td>
2017 Undergraduate Internship with the South Central Climate Science Center Science Undergraduate March 17
USA Jobs "Working for America" Any See Website See Website
Dept of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program
Scholars Program Flyer
STEM / Business / Health UG & Grad Check in fall
Dept of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program for Veterans
Scholars Program for Veterans Flyer
STEM / Business / Health UG & Grad Check in fall
Cornell University 2015 SoNIC Summer Research Workshop Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, & Physics Undergraduate March 3
Transforming Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data
Big Data Flyer
Math, Statistics, CS Undergraduate March 1
Sam Houston State University REU Mathematics Education Undergraduate February 26
UC Merced Undergraduate Research in Applied Mathematics Mathematics Undergraduate March 15
REU in Computational Mathematics at Brown University Mathematics Undergraduate March 1
Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) Medicine; Biomedicine; Scientific Research Undergraduate January 13
Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) Medicine; Biomedicine; Scientific Research Undergraduate January 20
Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research Medicine; Biomedicine; Scientific Research Graduate February 12
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) Medicine; Biomedicine; Scientific Research Undergraduate February 1
University of Minnesota: Materials Research Science and Engineering REU
Contact Dr. Arturo Fuentes, Mechanical Engineering, UTRGV
Engineering Undergraduate February 15
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Flyer 1
Flyer 2
Any Post Graduate February 15
University of New Mexico – Summer Math Camp Mathematics Undergraduate April 3
Lawrence Hall of Science Camps Science Freshmen Rolling Basis
iSEED, SUNY at Buffalo, NY STEM, public health, nursing, pharmacy Undergraduate February 1
Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Marine Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology Undergraduate February 21
XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment Scholars Program Computer Science Undergraduate, Graduate March 15
Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Sensors and Applications Electrical Eng. Undergraduate April 15
Michigan State University: Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Engineering, Computer Science Undergraduate See website
USDA SIP Any See Website Rolling Basis
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program Video Science See Website October 1
Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science Science See Website February 15
Texas A&M University – Department of Engineering: REU Smart Energy and Smart Systems Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering Undergraduate February 1
REU Chemistry Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 10
REU Mathematics Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 3
REU Pharmacy Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate March 10
REU Physics Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 10
REU Information Technology – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 20
REU BioPhysics Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 24
University of Notre Dame Physics Majors Summer Research Positions Physics Undergraduate February 20
Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) Science Undergraduate Oct 31
Introduction to Cancer Research Careers BIO & CHEM Undergraduate November 16
Iowa State: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences Internship Science Undergraduate See Website
Iowa State: Biological Materials & Processes Research Biology Undergraduate February 15
Iowa State: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Science Undergraduate October 7
Iowa State: NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physics Undergraduate See Website
Iowa State: Mechanical Engineering – Microscale Sensing Actuation and Imaging Engineering Undergraduate March 15
St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Education Program Medical Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate February 1
American Mathematical Society Research Experience Mathematics Undergraduate See Website
University of Wisconsin-Madison - College of Engineering: Summer REU Program Engineering Undergraduate See Website
REU Astrophysics – University of Wisconsin-Madison Astronomy, Physics Undergraduate February 15
REU Microbiology Biology Undergraduate See website
PREP: Psychology Research Experience Program – University of Wisconsin-Madison Science, Psychology Undergraduate February 15
Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program Biology Undergraduate February 15
Amgen Scholars Program at UC-Berkeley Science, Biotechnology Undergraduate February 1
Mathematics and Computing Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Iowa State Univ Mathematics Undergraduate February 20
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) at ASU Mathematics, Biology Undergraduate January 31
University of Washington: Mathematics REU Summer Research on Inverse Problems Mathematics Undergraduate April 1
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute – Berkeley, California
Mathematics Undergraduate March 1
Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics Mathematics Undergraduate January 31
Columbia University IGERT on Optical Techniques for Actuation, Sensing, and Imaging of Biological Systems (BioIGERT) Science, Biotechnology Undergraduate See Website
North Carolina State University Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics Mathematics, Statistics Undergraduate March 6
Summer Institutes for Training in Biostatistics – National Institutes of Health Mathematics, Clinical Sciences Undergraduate See Website
Texas State University: REU in Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems Computer Science Undergraduate March 1
University of Texas at Dallas: REU in Software Safety Computer Science Undergraduate March 15
Indiana University: Summer Research Opportunities in Computing Computer Science Undergraduate February 3
Summer Research Experiences at NIMBioS Math, Biology and Related Fields Undergraduate February 15

External Programs for Any STEM Major

Program Major Participants Deadline
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Fall Pathways Internship STEM Undergrad & Grad See NASA Flyer March 1
IBM Research Internship Opportunities STEM See Website See Website
GSFC Pathway Internships STEM See Flyer See Flyer
McNair Scholars Research Program STEM See Website January 15
The MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) STEM See Website February 1
Google Summer of Code STEM Undergraduate & Graduate See Website
Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation STEM See Website December 1
NASA Pathway Program STEM See Website See Website
NCTR Summer Student Research Participation Program 2013 STEM See Website February 19
Michigan State Univ. BEACON REU STEM Undergraduate See Website
Purdue University SROP STEM See Website March 1
Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) at Texas A&M University STEM Undergraduate February 8
REU in Nanotechnology (SURE) STEM Undergraduate February 29
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) STEM Undergraduate & Graduate February 1
Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP) STEM Undergraduate October 15
U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internships STEM Undergraduate See Website
Director's Summer Program (DSP) STEM Undergraduate October 15
Installation & Logistics (I&L) Intern Program STEM Undergraduate November 15
Semester Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST) STEM Undergraduate March 15
Strategic Communications Internship Program (SSCIP) STEM Undergraduate October 31
Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA) STEM Undergraduate November 15
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at ORNL STEM Undergraduate January 13
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) STEM Undergraduate February 14
NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships at Johnson Space Center STEM Undergraduate See Website
Iowa State: Sustainable Production & Processing Systems STEM Undergraduate March 15
CIA Clandestine Service Career STEM Undergraduate and Graduate See Website
NSA Careers STEM Undergraduate See Website
Nano REU STEM Undergraduate February 15
Chemistry & Chemical and Biological Engineering REU STEM Undergraduate February 15
The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy REU STEM Undergraduate February 15
Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health STEM Undergraduate February 1
NSF East Asia Summer Institutes U.S. Graduate Students STEM Undergraduate November 25
NASA Internships - Student Opportunities and Information STEM Undergraduate March 1
Mickey Leland Internship Program STEM Undergraduate December 30
Dept of Energy Scholars Program STEM Undergraduate December 15
Mathematics Research Experience for Undergrads and Teachers (SDSU) STEM Undergraduate March 4
Nebraska Summer Research Program STEM Undergraduate February 1
RISE at Rutgers/UMDNG- Research In Science and Engineering STEM Undergraduate See Website
Research in Industrial Projects for Students (IPAM-UCLA) STEM Undergraduate February
Dept of Energy Scholars Program STEM Undergraduate December 15
Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at NCSU STEM Undergraduate See Website
Summer Program at the Univ of Minnesota Duluth STEM Undergraduate February 12
SERP STEM Undergraduate February 10
iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) STEM Undergraduate February 17
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) STEM Graduate February 1
The Nebraska Summer Research Program STEM Graduate March 1
The Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Internship Program at the UT Austin Institute for Computational Engineering and Science STEM Undergraduate February 1
Department of Astronomy of Cornell University 2015 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Click here for flyer. STEM Undergraduates & Graduates February 8
Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) STEM STEM Undergrads and Graduate Students January 9
Naval Research Laboratory HBCU/MI Undergraduate Internship Program STEM STEM Undergrads and Graduate Students October 23
Department of Defense Internships Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers STEM Undergraduate See Website
NASA Paid Summer Internships STEM Undergraduate March 1
MBI REU STEM Undergraduate January 27
University of Texas Louis Stokes Alliance for Participation (LSAMP) STEM Undergraduate February 15
National Security Agency Internships STEM Undergraduate See Website

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs

Program Major Participants Deadline
Description of an REU program STEM See Website May 26
List of REU programs in various fields in Education, Engineering, Life Sciences, and Mathematical Sciences STEM See Website See Website
Summer REUs in Applied Mathematics/Pure Math/Math Education/Math Biology/Statistics STEM See Website See Website

Internships at National Labs/Government Labs

Program Major Participants Deadline
Brookhaven National Laboratory STEM See Website April 30
DHS (Homeland Security) Fellowship STEM See Website See Website
DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory STEM See Website January 2015
NAFEO/Ames Research Academy STEM See Website See Website
NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program STEM See Website See Website
Oak Ridge National Laboratory STEM See Website See Website
Sandia National Laboratory STEM See Website See Website
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) STEM See Website October 7
Blue Waters Student Internship Program STEM See Website February 1
Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology STEM See Website See Website
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program Technology Undergraduate April
Dept of Energy Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program STEM Undergraduate See Website
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Internship Program STEM Undergraduate March 7 by 11:59pm