Research, internships, and other student opportunities

This is a working list of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU's) and other opportunities for students which are advertised within the Department and come from a variety of sources (listed in no particular order). 

The W&L Physics and Engineering Department welcomes the listing of these kinds of opportunities, including developing outlets and experiences for our students.  If you have a program, project, idea or research that would either enrich an undergraduate student's experience or which could provide a real-world experience to our students, please contact us directly.

  • NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) REU Sites in Physics

  • NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) REU Sites in Engineering

  • INSTITUTE FOR BROADENING PARTICIPATION PATHWAYS TO SCIENCE Summer Research Opportunities
    Search for summer research programs in STEM by institution, discipline, and/or by geographic region.

  • COMMONWEALTH STEM INDUSTRY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (CSIIP)

    The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners, in collaboration with numerous Virginia colleges and universities, are offering the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). CSIIP is a FREE student resource for finding paid spring, summer, and fall internships. Undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines complete a single application package that will be reviewed by a multitude of companies offering internships throughout Virginia.  Students may search for internships statewide or by region and can also express interest in specific internships posted by companies.

    There is no deadline, but apply as early as possible for maximum opportunity.

    Application: www.CSIIP.org
    Questions?  Contact VSGC at csiip@spacegrant.org or (757) 766-5210

  • YALE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON INTERFACE STRUCTURES AND PHENOMENA (CRISP) REU
    June 4 - July 27, 2018

    During the course of this eight-week summer research program, REU Fellows conduct research under the advisement of a university faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellows and graduate students within the research group. The REU experience is based on a very successful collaborative team-based model developed as one of CRISP's signature programs (MIMER). Specifically, a team of researchers with various academic backgrounds are brought together to research a topic of common interest. These teams make use of shared research/teaching facilities at both Yale and SCSU. These collaborative research groups encourage synergy and foster the formation of mentoring relationships among team members who are recruited broadly with an emphasis on underrepresented populations.

         -     $4000 stipend for the 10 weeks (includes $1000 for food)
         -     University housing provided

    Application deadline: February 1, 2018 (applications accepted as early as Nov. 1)

     Application through The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP):  http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/programs/summer-research

     CRISP Supplementary Application: https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dbevQOecjVYruDz

  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY MATERIALS RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER (MRSEC) SUMMER REU
    June 18 - August 17, 2018

    The Northwestern University Materials Research Science & Engineering Center offers a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program over a 9-week period each summer.

    The NU-Materials Research Science and Engineering Center is an interdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structures.  Over 30 faculty from 7 different departments are involved.  REU students will have the opportunity to contribute to a research project led by a center faculty member and will participate in interdisciplinary research group meetings, expanding their science and engineering experience into a range of fields.  Students with an interest in nanomaterials and majoring in a science or engineering field are encouraged to apply.  Each student will be assigned to a graduate student or post-doctoral associate mentor who will work closely with them.

         -     $4500 stipend
         -     Travel allowance
         -     On-campus housing provided

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2018
    Application:  http://application.mrsec.northwestern.edu/?p=u
    Questions?  Email mrc-reu@northwestern.edu or call 847-467-0470.
  • PHYSICS REU SUMMER 2018 - UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, SEATTLE
    June 18 - August 24, 2018

    The main goal of this program is to provide an exciting and nurturing research experience for students, one that will encourage them to pursue careers as research scientists. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor, and is often supported by interested postdocs and advanced graduate students. Students participate in a 10-week research program, including in most cases a machine shop course. Students meet weekly to discuss their research progress with the program directors and to attend a lecture series on research opportunities in physics.

         -     $5000 stipend for 10 weeks
         -     Campus housing and meal service
         -     Travel supplement ($500 max)

    Application deadline:  February 28, 2018
    Application:  https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/611
    Questions?  Email uwreu@phys.washington.edu

  • SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (SURE) at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC)
    June 11 - August 3, 2018
    Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty - over 20 projects/labs to choose from.

         -     $4500 stipend
         -     University housing provided
         -     Travel to and from Los Angeles

    Application deadline:  January 31, 2017
    Application:  https://gapp.usc.edu/SURE-2017-Application
    Q
    questions?  Call 1-877-740-1336

  • MARIA MITCHELL OBSERVATORY NSF-REU PROGRAM in Nantucket, Massachusetts

    Discover the joy of doing astronomical research surrounded by the natural beauty of Nantucket Island.  The program offers paid, 10-week-long research experiences for six undergraduate students every summer.  Student projects range from studies of extra-solar planets and observations of variable stars, to studies of galaxy formation and evolution, and encompass a mix of both observational and theoretical based projects. 

       -     Stipends are $1800 monthly
       -     Travel allowance to/from Nantucket
       -     Student housing provided

    Application deadline:  February 1, 2018
    Application:  https://apply.mariamitchell.org/application.php
    Qquestions?  Email Dr. Regina Jorgenson at rjorgenson@mariamitchell.org

  • UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY REU
    May - August, 2018

    Ten-week program open to current juniors and seniors majoring in physics or astronomy. Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in the following fields:

      • Astrophysics & Observational Astronomy
      • Astrophysics: Relativity & Cosmology
      • Biophysics
      • Cosmic Rays
      • Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
      • Particle Physics
      • Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Open to current juniors and seniors majoring in physics or astronomy.
Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend and university housing is provided. Travel costs are covered to Salt Lake City.

Application deadline:  January 31, 2018

Application: https://www.formpl.us/form/6449739769839616
Questions?  Contact reu@physics.utah.edu

  • AMGEN-UROP SCHOLARS PROGRAM at MIT
    June - August 2018

    Students admitted to this program (known as "Amgen Scholars") will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.

         -      $4,500 paid hourly for nine 40-hour weeks
         -     Housing provided in a residence hall
         -     $800 food allowance provided

    Application deadline: February 1, 2018
    Application: https://u2ap.scripts.mit.edu/amgenscholars/
    Questions? Call (617) 253-7306 or email mit-amgenscholars@mit.edu

  • DAAD RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (RISE) in Germany

    RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, and closely related fields. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for three months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English - fluency in German is not required.

    Application deadline:  December 15, 2017  Application: https://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/find-an-internship/application-portal/

  • NASA, THE GODDARD CENTER FOR ASTROBIOLOGY (GCA) in Greenbelt, MD
    May 29 - August 3, 2018

    The Undergraduate Research Associates in Astrobiology (URAA) Program is a 10-week residential program for undergraduate students interested in working with scientists whose research adds to the current body of astrobiology knowledge. Each Research Associate will participate in a specific research program, working directly with one of our Team scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center.  Research Associates are provided with a dedicated computer and workspace for the duration of the program.

         -     $5,500 stipend for ten weeks
         -     Housing is paid for by the GCA and is provided by the University of Maryland Resident Life
         -     A modest travel allowance is also provided

    Application deadline:  January 26, 2018
    Application:https://astrobiology.gsfc.nasa.gov/APPLICATION_URAA_2018.pdf Questions?  Call 301-286-0120 or email Corinne Eby at Corinne.M.Eby@nasa.gov.

-     Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (AMO)
-     Condensed Matter (CM) or Soft Matter Physics
-     Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
-     Physics Education Research

Participants receive a $5,450 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus room & board. Travel to Manhattan, KS is provided (up to $750)

Application deadline:  February 14, 2018
Application: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4h5OoKjJ35MiWh

  • VANDERBILT INSTITUTE OF NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (VINSE) REU
    May 27 - August 3, 2018

    Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding.  Participants work on projects offered by more than 40 faculty participants from Vanderbilt's School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and School of Medicine.

     -     $5,000 stipend
     -     $500 travel allowance
     -     Room and board included

Application deadline:  February 15, 2018
Application:  Coming Soon

  • MATERIALS PHYSICS REU at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
    June 4 - August 10, 2018

    10-week summer research program designed to engage students in a focused research project in materials physics, working closely with a faculty mentor and other researchers.  Projects include experimental, computational, and theoretical work in nanoscale physics, soft matter, device physics, biophysics, and cold-atom systems. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor, as well as post-doctoral and graduate-student researchers, on a project specifically designed for undergraduates.

    Each participant will receive a $5000 stipend, housing in an on-campus residence hall, and up to $500 in reimbursements for travel expenses.

    Application deadline:  February 15, 2018
    Online application:  https://physics.georgetown.edu/reu

  • PHYSICS AND ASTONOMY REU at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, New Jersey
    May 29 - August 2, 2018

    The focus of the REU program, as its name suggests, is research. Each participant will work on a different cutting-edge research project with a faculty mentor and the other members of his/her research group. Projects will be drawn from up to four different areas:
    • astronomy
    •  nuclear and high energy physics,
    •  condensed matter physics
    •  physics education.

    Participants will present the results of their projects at an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the summer, and as appropriate will be encouraged to continue to work on their projects beyond the end of the summer, and to present their results at a relevant professional conference within eight months of the end of the program.

    Each REU program participant will receive support in the form of:
    - $5000 stipend
    - free on-campus housing
    - payment of all of the costs of travel to and from Rutgers, and
    - payment of part or all of the costs of attending a relevant professional conference.

    At any point after the end of the summer, participants who apply to and are admitted to Rutgers will be eligible for support from a SUPER Grad (Summer Pipeline to Excellence at Rutgers Graduate) Fellowship in their first year of graduate school.

    Application deadline:  February 9, 2018
    Application:  http://reu.physics.rutgers.edu/entry.html
  • SPACE ASTRONOMY SUMMER PROGRAM at the SPACE TESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE (STScI)
    June 18 - August 17, 2018

    Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) brings about a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for a Space Astronomy Summer Program (SASP), a 10-week program located on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. STScI is the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope. The SAS Program runs from mid-June to mid-August, and is designed for upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in space-based astronomy, engineering, and public outreach. Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, preparing data for public releases. The program affords students the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, the Hubble, and James Webb Space Telescopes.

    - $650 weekly stipend
    - travel subsidy provided- round trip to Baltimore, Md and housing assistance provided

    Application deadline:  January 31, 2018
    Online Application:  https://stsci.slideroom.com/#/login/program/39787
    Questions:  saspinfo@stsci.edu

  • UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME REU
    Dates to be determined-2018

    University of Notre Dame's 10-week REU Program provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics, including Astronomy, Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy, Nuclear Physics, and Physics Education.

    - $5100 stipend
    - on-campus housing
    - travel allowance

    Application deadline: February 16, 2018
    Online application: https://gradconnect.nd.edu/apply/
    Questions:  Contact Prof. Umesh Garg at umesh.garg.1@nd.edu
Mid May - August 2018

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students is a 13-week, summer research internship in science & engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering students from universities nationwide. This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in science & engineering research among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, and encourages such students to pursue future graduate study. To be eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Up to 12 students will be selected to participate annually.

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Academic credit-bearing program through Rice University Summer School. 3 credits of engineering research projects (ELEC 490).
- Application fee and tuition paid for by program. Travel paid for to and from Rice University and to and from Japan departing from Houston. Hotel lodging paid for by program and Research Internship Housing provided. Partial Meal/Living Costs Stipend while abroad. Loan of Japanese cell phone while in Japan. You must have or obtain Passport. 
Application deadline:  January 16, 2018
Application:  https://riceuniversity.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cHIWv4xgFtbqeEt

Summer I: May 16 - June 23, 2018 Summer II: June 28 - August 4, 2018

John Cabot University will be offering Engineering and Mathematics courses for STEM majors during our Summer I and II five-week sessions. This allows students to take the pressure off their semester coursework, transfer the credits back to their home university, and stay on track for graduation - while spending the summer in Rome, Italy, a city renowned for its remarkable feats of engineering such as the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the aqueducts.

Summer I: Engineering Fundamentals and Mathematics Courses:

ENGR 210 Engineering Fundamentals: Statics
ENGR 213 Engineering Fundamentals: Thermodynamics
ENGR 220 Engineering Fundamentals: Fluid Mechanics
MA 495 Differential Equations
MA 198 Calculus
MA 208 Statistics I
MA 209 Statistics II
MA 197 Pre-Calculus

Summer II: Engineering Fundamentals Courses:
ENGR 211 Engineering Fundamentals: Mechanics of Materials
ENGR 213 Engineering Fundamentals: Thermodynamics        

John Cabot University Summer Engineering Scholarships of $500 per session are available for engineering majors (please check with your study abroad office or contact us regarding eligibility). 

For further information contact studyabroad@johncabot.edu   

Application deadline:  April 1, 2018 (Summer 1 session) and May 1, 2018 (Summer II session)

May 29 - July 31, 2018

Opportunities are available forstudents with interests in Physics orAstronomy to participate in an NSFsponsored REU (Research Experiencefor Undergraduates) at the Universityof Oklahoma. Students will beinvolved with ongoing research,working with faculty and studentsfrom OU, and participating in careerpreparation seminars.

-Stipend of $4500

-Housing and travel provided

Application deadline: February 4, 2018

For more information: reuphy@nhn.ou.edu

Application: https://www.nhn.ou.edu/undergrad-students/reu-applications

July 22 - August 18, 2018

This intense four-week academic summer programme will give ambitous engineering studetns the extraordinary opportunity to experience Cambridge student life in the context of a programme specifically designed for high-achieving students. All students will take an engineering course comprising four modules covering different cutting edge topics in engineering; areas in which Cambridge has a particularly strong reputation, such as nanotechnology, jet engines, and quantum technologies. Students will have a minimum of 45 hours of contact time, and they will receive a grade for the work they complete at Girton.

-Housing on campus provided. Partial meal plan provided

-Access to college facilities

-Fee for program is 3,500 pounds = $4675.72 (US dollars)

-Students responsible for travel, medical insurance

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018

Application: https://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/summer-programmes/engineering-summer-programme/eng-applications

June 18 - August 24, 2018

The main goal of this program is to provide an exciting and nurturing research experience for students, one that will encourage them to pursue careers as research scientists. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor, and is often supported by interested postdocs and advanced graduate students. Students participate in a 10-week research program, including in most cases a machine shop course. Students meet weekly to discuss their research progress with the program directors and to attend a lecture series on research opportunities in physics. 

At the end of the 10-week program students present short talks on their research accomplishments and write summary reports on their projects.

-Housing and meal service provided

-Travel supplement of up to $500

-Stipend of $5,000

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018

Application: http://www.int.washington.edu/REU/2018/apply18.html

Varies- Between May 1 and September 30, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.

- Stipends provided ($493.00 - $690.00 a week)

- Transportation and housing not provided

Application Deadline: January 16, 2018

Application: https://afrlscholars.usra.edu/students/

MAY 21 - JULY 27, 2018

iCER ACRES is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in computational and data science. This REU is coordinated by Michigan State University's Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), in partnership with the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER).

Research projects provided though iCER ACRES focus on the development and enhancement of algorithms, models, and software for applications in multiple research areas that require high-performance computing resources.  Research areas include: computational chemistry, biology, astrophysics, mathematics, big data science, and computational electromagnetics.The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) ASSURE program. The REU site directors are Professors Kenneth M. Merz, Jr. and Brian W. O'Shea.

- Stipend: $5,000

- Housing and Meal Plan Provided

- Travel Allowance

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

Application: https://icer-acres.msu.edu/


May 29 - August 3, 2018

Each summer, the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and its research groups offer 10-week internships for up to 12 undergraduate students. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Michigan State University (MSU).

Over the course of these ten weeks, the undergraduate students will work one-on-one with MSU faculty members in one of these research areas:

  • Accelerator Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Computational Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Theoretical Physics

Every attempt will be made to pair up each student with the professor and project of his/her choice.Undergraduate students, preferably sophomores or juniors, who have completed introductory physics courses and have completed or are taking an advanced physics course, are encouraged to apply. The REU program is only available to U.S. citizens.

- Stipend: $5,000

- Full room and board

- Travel expenses partially reimbursed to a max of $400

Application deadline: February 16, 2018

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesTEX_bRQIpSOcl_-ha374XHt38gHt1_b4fY879XK5BmSq1g/viewform

June 11- August 3, 2018

This REU program allows talented students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC's world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. Participants will gain valuable research experience and receive a stipend for living expenses in Los Angeles. 

  • Sophomore or Junior-year undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens
  • Interest in conducting research and pursuing a PhD program
  • Strong academic background (GPA of 3.5 or higher is recommended) in the fields of engineering, math, or hard science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Application requires transcripts, a resume, statement of purpose and 2 letters of recommendation
  • On the application, you will be asked to select up to 2 research positions for which you would like be considered

- Stipend-$4,500

- University housing provided

- Travel to and from Los Angeles provided

Application Deadline: February 5, 2018

Application: https://viterbigradadmission.usc.edu/sure/