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.

Read these articles to learn more about the many benefits summer research programs offer, especially if you wish to attend graduate school!


External Programs by Major

Program Major Participants Deadline
Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Biostatistics, Computational Biology, and Quantitative Public Health Undergraduate / Graduate February 1
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) STEM Undergraduate January 23
Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) Biology, Science, Microbiology Undergraduate February 21
Mathematical Sciences Semesters in Guanajuato, MX  (fall/spring/summer) Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Undergraduate See Website
Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study (one-week workshop) Mathematics Undergraduate, Graduate Mid February
2019 Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Research Program | Catalog of Biomedical Research Internships Biology, Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate January 11
NSF REU - Engineering for Bouncing Back Engineering, Biology, STEM  Undergraduate March 31
Summer Research Experiences at NIMBioS Disease and Health, Evolution, Ecology, Molecular Biology Undergraduate See Website
Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program Marine science, Policy, Management, and Outreach Undergraduate March 1
S.U.P.E.R, the Summer Undergraduate Program for Experiential Research Biology, Chemistry; Life-science research (Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology) Undergraduate March 31
EERE Robotics Summer Internships Robotics, Manufacturing, STEM Undergraduate/ Graduate March 5
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Student Conservation Association (SCA) Biological science, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Science, Biology Undergraduate/ Graduate February 15
Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Internship Program STEM, Engineering, Science Undergraduate January 4
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates in
Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI
STEM, Computer Science, Computer Engineering Undergraduate January 31
Introduction to Doctoral Education At the Stanford Graduate School of Education (IDEAS-GSE) STEM Education Undergraduate March 15
Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Computing, Computer Science, STEM Undergraduate See Website
Arecibo Observatory - Undergraduate Research Experience Radio Astronomy, Atmospheric Science, Engineering, Computer Science Undergraduate February 1
NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) Science, Engineering Undergraduate Mid February
Undergraduate Biology Education Research version 2 (UBERV2) Biology, Education Undergraduate February 11
A National Science Foundation Program in Nanotechnology and Biomedicine at University of Georgia Science, Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biomedicine Undergraduate February 10
Summer@ICERM program at Brown University Science, Engineering, Mathematics Undergraduate February 8
Transforming Analytical Learning in the Era of Big Data at the University of Michigan Biostatistics, Statistics, Public Health Undergraduate March 1
Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at The University of Wisconsin-Madison STEM, Education, Psychology Undergraduate See Website
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) at The University of Wisconsin-Madison Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Biotechnology
Undergraduate February 15
Grand Challenges of Engineering at Duke University Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate January 10
OneUSDA Internship Programs Biological Sciences, Engineering, Architecture Undergraduate / Graduate January 18
Summer Research Programs at the University of Washington Mathematics, Science, Engineering Undergraduate See Website
Research for Undergraduates Summer Institute of Statistics at Oregon State University in Corvallis (RUSIS @OSU) Mathematical Sciences, Statistics Undergraduate April 1
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Combinatorics and Discrete Mathematics Mathematics Undergraduate Mid February
Kidney Undergraduate Research Experience (KURE) Science, Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate January 31
Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) Biomedical Sciences, Medicine Undergraduate February 15
Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Biomedical Sciences, Biology Undergraduate February 15
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) at Arizona State University Mathematics, Statistics, and the Natural and Social Sciences Undergraduate January 31
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Mathematics at Oregon State University Mathematics Undergraduate February 21
Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Mathematics/Science Undergraduate February 1
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Science/Engineering Undergraduate May 31
Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Marine Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology Undergraduate February 21
Maryland Sea Grant's Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Estuarine Science Science See Website February 15
REU Chemistry Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 10
REU Mathematics Program – University of Michigan Science Undergraduate February 3
Introduction to Cancer Research Careers BIO & CHEM Undergraduate November 16
Iowa State: Biological Materials & Processes Research Biology Undergraduate February 15
Iowa State: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Science Undergraduate October 7
St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Education Program Medical Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate February 1
American Mathematical Society Research Experience Mathematics Undergraduate See Website
Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics Mathematics Undergraduate January 31
North Carolina State University Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics Mathematics, Statistics Undergraduate March 6

External Programs for Any STEM Major

Program Major Participants Deadline
IBM Research Internship Opportunities STEM See Website See Website
NASA Pathway Program STEM See Website See Website
NCTR Summer Student Research Participation Program STEM See Website Mid February
Michigan State Univ. BEACON REU STEM Undergraduate See Website
Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) STEM Undergraduate & Graduate Year-Round
NSA Careers STEM Undergraduate See Website
Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health STEM Undergraduate February
NASA Internships - Student Opportunities and Information STEM Undergraduate April
Mickey Leland Internship Program STEM Undergraduate December
Nebraska Summer Research Program STEM Undergraduate Early March
Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics at NCSU STEM Undergraduate Early March
SERP STEM Undergraduate Mid February
MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) STEM Graduate Mid January
Naval Research Laboratory HBCU/MI Undergraduate Internship Program STEM STEM Undergrads and Graduate Students Early November

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
NASA Internships at Johnson Space Center STEM See Website See Website
NASA Internship (Summer) STEM See Website March 16
NASA Internship (Fall) STEM See Website May 31
NASA Internship (Spring) STEM See Website TBA
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

Company Internships

Program Major Participants Deadline
Summer Academy at Microsoft Computer Science, Technology, Computation Undergraduate February 15