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.



    Search for summer research programs in STEM by institution, discipline, and/or by geographic region.


    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.

    Questions?  Contact VSGC at or (757) 766-5210

  • YALE UNIVERSITY SURF Program (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
     June and July (Dates TBD)

    During the course of this eight-week summer research program, the experience is meant to familiarize students with the kind of work they can expect to do in graduate school, provide them with insight into the many steps involved in building a career based on Ph.D. level training, as well as foster a sense of confidence regarding their own abilities and potential. Students are immersed in an academic, professional setting involving a working relationship with a faculty mentor, a post-doctoral associate, and/or an advanced graduate student, a program of individual research, and participation in a series of program workshops and panel discussions. The focus of the program is primarily on research and on the methods of professional research. Students in the natural sciences learn advanced laboratory methods and conduct Ph.D. level research in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.  Emphasis is also placed on the presentation of research findings to colleagues. All students develop a proposal, give a final presentation to their peers, submit a written final paper, and attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium to present their research at the meeting.

         -     $3000 stipend for the 8 weeks upon successful participation in, and completion of, the program.
         -     $1,000 food allowance at start of program; University housing provided; Transportation made through SURF Program Office.

    Application deadline: February 1, 2019 (applications accepted as early as Nov. 1)


June 17 - August 16, 2019

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, 2019
Application: Questions?  Email or call 847-467-0470.

Summer 2019

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program is an internship program aimed at providing upper-level high school, undergraduate, and graduate students with opportunities to pursue research interests and develop professional skills, with ultimate intention of increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce and maximizing the success of our nation's defense. AFRL Scholars Program is only open to U.S. Citizens.

- $509.60 stipend per week