Summer is an ideal time to pursue an undergraduate research experience, as students may not be taking classes and can devote more time to research. Summer research opportunities are available at MSU as well as off campus. The opportunities listed below are mostly off campus opportunities. Carefully review each positing and note deadlines that often fall in late January through early March prior to the summer.
Each summer, the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and its research groups offer 10-week internships for up to 12 undergraduate students.
ACRES is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in computational and data science coordinated by MSU’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, in partnership with the iCER. Applications are due mid-February
This summer program introduces undergraduate students to research in pharmacology, toxicology, drug development, and environmental health. Applications are due in mid-February.
The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and MSU sponsor the BRUSH Summer Research Program for undergraduate students interested in the biomedical sciences and research-related careers.
Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in areas such as: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.
This summer research opportunity at MSU is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on "Green Chemistry". It is a 10-week program with a stipend and travel assistance. Applications are accepted from mid-November to mid-March.
This internship and work abroad opportunity allow students and professionals to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country.
The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related STEM disciplines.
These competitive fellowships ($5,000) are awarded on the merits of students’ research proposals, academic records, faculty recommendations and their passion for laboratory science.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.
EnSURE is an "internship in graduate school" and provides participants with an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors in one of eight Engineering departments.
Chaired by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with MSU as a major partner, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates (INSPIRE U2)
Set at Spelman College, INSPIRE U2 provides a learning pathway that will set underrepresented female students on a track towards advanced degrees and careers in statistical fields.
The Ringling is dedicated to sharing its resources and experience with future museum and non-profit organization professionals interested in a career in the museum field.
This collaborative project is building a database of all 350,000 lakes in the continental US that is the basis for studying how lakes respond to changes in climate and land use across broad scales.
The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library.
The goal of the program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB.
Michigan - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) Summer Undergraduate Research Academy (SURA)
This summer program is hosted in collaboration with several other summer programs at MSU and helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are full.
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.
For individuals interested in furthering their experience in the Earth sciences and remote sensing, including currently enrolled students, recent graduates, early career professionals, and transitioning career professionals.
NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators.
The NIDA Summer Research Internship Program supports all students with a focus on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse research.
This website helps you examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a Department of Energy facility managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
This Institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students from under-represented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy.
Summer research opportunity for MSU undergraduate, graduate, or medical health professional students from under-represented, minority, and disadvantaged groups.. Application deadline is October 15th.
This Central Michigan University Great Lakes Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the College of Science and Engineering, supports the training of 8 students for 10 weeks during the summer.
Zoo Miami, the Zoo Miami Foundation, and Florida International University (FIU) will offer a Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation beginning in Summer 2020.
The Immigration and Border Community – REU, is a unique opportunity to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities.
The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.
The Plant Genomics @ MSU REU Program provides high quality research and training experiences for undergraduates interested in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, bioinformatics, and computational sciences.
The Research Experience in ALpine Meteorology (REALM) will rely on the natural scientific laboratory, provided by the nearby Wasatch Mountains and adjacent urban areas.
This Weather, Climate, and Society (WCS) REU will be hosted by the University of South Florida (USF).
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.
Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.
The SROP program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. This research program can provide up to full funding for a summer experience.
The Lyman Briggs College at MSU will be hosting a summer REU funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency on mathematics, probability and statistics.
List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges
The APUE and EA Research Study Abroad Program Scholarship provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited education abroad programs that have an undergraduate research component.
The mission of the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is to increase our understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and their linkages to society.
WiSE is the Washington Intern Study Experience of a lifetime. The WISH Team works with students one-on-one to find them the internship that meets their goals.
Project topics span the vast spectrum of research in ocean sciences and engineering conducted in WHOI’s science departments and the Woods Hole Field Station of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU provides students from underrepresented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research.
The Yale SURF Program brings qualified undergraduates to Yale for eight weeks to explore what a Ph.D. could offer them.