Research experiences outside of the academic year can be more difficult to find, but provide valuable experience and can help you connect with researchers and students at other institutions. There are a number of summer programs that you can apply for. In addition to this list, contact your career services office and department to determine if there are other opportunities of interest to you.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REUs) in many fields at a large number of universities around the country. REUs are very well-known and also pay for your travel to and from the research location, in addition to paying a stipend. You can search for available REUs here. REUs happen over the summer and application deadlines are usually in the winter and early spring.
- The Big Ten Academic Alliance offers the Summer Research Opportunity (SROP) program, which allows you to submit one application for consideration at the universities in the Big Ten. This program is designed to increase the number of students in underrepresented groups who are prepared to attend graduate school. Applications are due in the winter/early spring for programs the following summer.
- The American Society of Plant Biologists funds a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program that provides stipend and research supply funding for the summer. You must identify a mentor willing to work with you and propose a research project in the application.
- You can search for other summer research opportunities through Pathways to Science here.
- In addition, you can consider applying for internships in industry as an undergraduate. See information about internships under Step 3.2 (Preparing for a non-academic career) in the graduate school section.