Updated 17 January 2019

Cornell AgriTech Summer Research Scholars Program

Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, New York offers a Summer Research Scholars Program in 2020 where undergraduate students will participate in exciting research projects in one of three disciplines including:

The student interns have the opportunity to work with faculty, their graduate students, postdocs, and staff on research projects that can be laboratory or field-based.

Important 2020 dates:

  • Application deadline: February 2, 2020
  • Letter of Reference deadline: February 9, 2020 
  • Program starts on May 27, 2020 (May 26 for travel) and runs through July 24, 2020 (July 25 for travel).

Link to flyers in both English and Spanish: Cornell Summer Scholars Flyer 2020-Eng-Esp

University of Iowa Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The University of Iowa is offering ten NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities during the summer of 2020. Research projects span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, evo-devo, and paleontology. REU students work on one project, but through interactions with their cohort ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science. As part of the program, students: receive training in research best practices, participate in career workshops, create a digital exhibit based on their research for the University of Iowa Natural History Museum, and make formal research presentations based on their work. Free
housing, a meal allowance, a $6000 stipend, and a travel allowance will be provided to all participants. Students from underrepresented minority groups and/or who have limited research opportunities at their home institution are especially encouraged to apply.

The REU program website and application form can be found here:

If you have questions, contact Andrew Forbes (andrew-forbes@uiowa.edu)
or Maurine Neiman (maurine-neiman@uiowa.edu).

NYSCF Summer Internship Program

Each year, approximately twenty diverse, high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students are selected to work in New York City as part of the NYSCF Summer Internship Program, or NYSCF University, a ten week unique summer enrichment internship program that provides students a rare glimpse into the fast-paced world of stem cell research, insight into life at an entrepreneurial nonprofit research institute, exposure to career opportunities in science, and connections to valuable professional and peer networks.

Participants have the opportunity to gain direct experience with stem cells and science through joining one of three program tracks:

  • Laboratory interns conduct project-based research in the NYSCF Research Institute under the guidance of a NYSCF scientist. Interns receive projects that align with their disease area interests.
  • Engineering interns work closely with our hardware and software engineers on projects to optimize the NYSCF Global Stem Cell Array, our automated system of robots that produce induced pluripotent stem cell lines.
  • Programs interns can join one of the teams at the office headquarters, which range from business development to communications and government relations, to external affairs, among others. This is an administrative position.

The 2020 program will run from June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020.

Applications are due February 17, 2020 at 5:00pm Eastern.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program through the University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment

The University of Maine Initiative for One Health and the Environment is excited to announce an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2020. This fully paid summer program will focus on Accelerating New Environmental Workskills (REU ANEW). From June 1 to August
8, 2020, we will invite 10 motivated undergraduate students to join faculty and graduate students to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health.

REU ANEW students will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty research mentors, as well as Broader Impacts mentors who are working in the field to apply. One Health research to real world problems. Through the program, students will develop critical research and thinking skills that are directly
relevant to future career success, and build lasting professional relationships with their undergraduate peers, graduate students, and faculty and broader impacts mentors. All REU participants will receive a
generous stipend and living expenses, including partial travel expenses and housing at the University of Maine in Orono.

This year, several faculty mentors have projects of potential interest to students studying evolutionary biology, including research into the genetic basis for disease in wild and domestic animals, host-pathogen co-evolution, and adaptation to other environmental stressors.

For more information about these projects and several others, and to apply, visit https://nsfa.umaine.edu/one-health/REU.

Students should apply by January 31 for full consideration.  Direct any questions you have about the program or the application process to anne.lichtenwalner@maine.edu.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to announce our 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program is now accepting applications!  The SURF program provides full-time research opportunities at the University of Michigan for 30 talented undergraduate students interested in cardiovascular research and medicine.  The program starts Tuesday, May 26, 2020 and lasts 10 weeks, ending the first week of August.

Each fellow will be matched to a laboratory led by a FCVC faculty member and participate in nationally recognized research in areas such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.

We ask that you please forward this information to excellent undergraduate students interested in research, especially those that might be interested in pursuing biomedical research as a part of their long-term career plans.  This a highly competitive program drawing students from across the country.  To access the application, click here, or visit our website at https://tinyurl.com/fcvcsurf

The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.

For questions, please visit https://tinyurl.com/fcvcsurf, or email FCVC-SURF@med.umich.edu.

Gulf of Maine and the World Ocean Research Experience for Undergraduates at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

A 10 week Immersion in Direct Research from May 26- July 31, 2020

NSF-REU program at Bigelow Laboratory invites undergraduates in their sophomore year or later to apply. Students will each be paired with a scientist mentor to conduct hands-on independent research projects. Successful applicants will receive a modest stipend of $600/wk for 10 weeks, a food and housing allowance, and support for travel and supplies during the session.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a center for global ocean research. Our focus ranges from microbial oceanography to large-scale processes that drive interactions between ocean ecosystems and the global environment. Research includes the marine microbial food web, ocean biochemistry, optical oceanography, remote sensing, sensory biology, climate change, and fisheries oceanography.

This year we have 15-20 positions available for the REU program.  Students are individually paired with mentor in labs containing post-docs, graduate students and technicians.  Projects are designed to provide guided individual research opportunities where students experience the successes and setbacks of a real science project.  At the end of the program, many of the students are funded to present their data at a national science meeting.

Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applications from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged.

Additional REU program information and application materials are available at www.bigelow.org/education/REU.

Contact David Fields at reu@bigelow.org or call (207) 315-2567 for more information.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

This program offers undergraduate students opportunities to:

☆ Carry out a research project in biology
☆ Work closely with a faculty mentor & research group
☆ Develop laboratory skills
☆ Explore career pathways in science
☆ Exchange ideas with students and faculty at weekly workshops
☆ Participate in fields trips, including a retreat at Nantucket Field Station

Program Dates: June 8 to Aug 14, 2020

Location: The UMass Boston campus is south of downtown on a peninsula extending into scenic Boston Harbor.

Stipend: Participants receive a stipend of $6,000, plus a housing and food allowance of $3,300. (Travel costs are also subsidized.)

Who is eligible?

• US citizens and permanent residents.
• Undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 semester of biology.

Research Topics: Biodiversity Genomics, Cell Signaling, Developmental Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Gene Regulation, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Biology, Population Biology, Meiosis Regulation, Marine Biology

How to Apply: For more information and to apply, go to www.reu.umb.edu

Or contact: Claudia Heske, Program Manager, 617-287-6649   claudia.heske@umb.edu

Deadline: Completed applications are due Feb 3, 2020

Underrepresented minorities & students from primarily undergraduate institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

MDI Biological Laboratories Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020
Program dates: May 31 – August 8, 2020
MDI Biological Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine

The MDI Biological Laboratory’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the Laboratory’s focus area, comparative regenerative biology, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. For 10 weeks, each REU student will conduct independent research under the mentorship of a research scientist while having access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and core facilities and support staff.

  • Open to US citizen undergraduates anywhere in the United States and U.S. Territories who do not have prior undergraduate degrees and are eligible for fellowships.
  • Students from underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
  • Competitive applicants should have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Students must be aiming for careers in research.
  • Students enrolled in non-research-intensive colleges, universities, and community colleges are highly encouraged to apply.
  • All REU Fellows will carry out their research onsite at the MDI Biological Laboratory.
  • All REU fellows participate in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and ethics training.
  • REU Fellows receive some travel assistance, housing, meal plans, and stipends.

View our brochure hereLearn More and Apply Today!

Summer Scholars Program at the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research (Kansas City, MO).

Each student participating in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program works on an independent research project under the direction of a principal investigator. The program offers Stowers Scholars the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic for a full-time eight-week period. Topics include chromatin and regulation of gene expression; chromosome structure and cell division; computational biology, modeling and technology; developmental genetics and cell biology; developmental neuroscience; and stem cells and regeneration.

Scholars have opportunities to interact and collaborate with other members of their laboratory and the Stowers community as a whole. In this way, Scholars experience not only the intellectual but also the collaborative spirit of research. In addition, Scholars have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest techniques in laboratories and supporting core centers, which are equipped with the most advanced technology.


The Stowers Summer Scholars Program requires an eight-week commitment during the summer. Stowers Scholars spend the majority of their time in the laboratory. There they work on a research project while receiving guidance and supervision from the laboratory head or a senior member of the lab. All Scholars are required to attend weekly scientific seminars on an array of research topics. Other activities include a weekly lunch where Scholars can share ideas and discuss individual projects and experiments. At the completion of the program, Scholars present their work in an All-Institute poster session.

Along with the scientific/research aspect of our program, all-Scholar social events are planned for the summer of 2019, including visits to Worlds of Fun/ Oceans of Fun, a Royals baseball game, Escape room team building, and tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Movie nights and social meetings are also planned.


To be considered for the program, candidates should have completed one year of undergraduate studies with at least a 3.0 GPA (for international applicants, see our FAQs section). They should be enrolled in or just graduated from a degree-granting program in biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, chemistry, physics, computing, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Applicants who are currently enrolled in an MD or PhD program or will begin an MD or PhD program in Fall 2019 are not eligible. Previous Scholars are eligible. All Scholars must be 18 years of age or older prior to their start date.

Allowances and Amenities

Each Stowers Scholar receives a $4,000 stipend for the 8-week program and, if requested, is provided accommodations near campus. Round-trip travel between Kansas City and school is provided at the beginning and end of the program. (For those no longer in school, round trip will be from permanent residence.) The Stowers Institute assists International Scholars with their visa application.

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research boasts a beautiful campus, a cafeteria, gym facilities, and an espresso bar. Amongst other things, Kansas City is well known for its barbecue, an expansive farmer’s market, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, which are within walking distance from the Institute. Summer festivals include a Shakespeare in the Park, First Fridays (art galleries downtown are open to the public), Memorial Day symphony concert, and more.

Program Dates

The program requires a full-time eight-week commitment from June 8 – July 31, 2020. (Accommodations in dates may be made to accommodate academic calendars.)

Application Notification

All applicants will be contacted by e-mail whether or not they are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis from February through April 15, 2010.

Free application open until February 3, 2020! https://www.stowers.org/gradschool/scholars

Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program at Cornell University

The Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) is accepting applications for the NSF-funded Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program (bit.ly/REU-CIHMID).  Applications are due February 1, 2020.

The Microbial Friends & Foes Program will take place from June 8 to August 14, 2020.  The program will provide training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts.  Students will learn about broad diversity of microbe-eukaryote interactions through conducting independent research projects, participation in weekly research group meetings, seminars presented by CIHMID faculty, Microbial Friends & Foes Synthesis Panels, CIHMID Summer Symposium, and Microbial Friends & Foes Poster Session. Emphasis will be placed on appreciation of the scientific method and developing effective strategies for conducting research as well as on the synthesis of concepts important to interspecific interactions across diverse systems.  In addition, workshops in electronic database literacy, science citation software, research ethics, science communication, and planning for graduate study will be offered to the Microbial Friends & Foes program participants. Students will receive a stipend of $6000, travel subsidy, meal allowance and on-campus housing.  Applicants will be asked to identify 3 laboratories of interest, and will be selected in a two-step review process by the program organizers and potential mentors. More information can be found at bit.ly/REU-CIHMID.


*All undergraduate students interested in understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts.

*Members of minorities underrepresented in science, undergraduates from small colleges, and first-generation college students.

*Applicants must be United Stated citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old.


Shoals Marine Lab

This is a summer field opportunities for Colby students at Shoals Marine Lab.

Shoals Marine Lab (SML) is a summer institute and field station jointly run by Cornell and the University of New Hampshire on Appledore Island, Maine, offering summer courses and internships for undergraduates (https://www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/). Here are 3 things to know about SML:

  1. SML offers a diversity credit courses each summer that provide field-based experiences you can’t find on campus. SML’s summer schedule is available now and pre-registration is open! View courses here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/courses/undergrad
  2. SML offers scholarships and student staff positions to offset the cost of tuition. Students enrolling in two or more courses also receive Multi-course Scholarships up to $3,000! View financial support and scholarship info here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/financial-support-scholarshipsMerit scholarship applications are due March 1!
  3. Research Apprenticeships and Research Internships at SML immerse students in the lab and field, with mentorship from faculty in SML’s research community. View research opportunities here: www.shoalsmarinelaboratory.org/student-research-internshipsInternship applications are also due March 1!

To learn more, click here.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, also known as DDCSP.

More than ever, organizations and government agencies that work to conserve land, water and wildlife need to attract and employ individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are largely absent in today’s conservation workforce. Launched by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2013, DDCSP responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.

In this highly selective multi-year undergraduate research program, students will:

  • Experience extraordinary places such as the Grand Canyon, the Cascade Mountains, the California coast, the Everglades and the Great Lakes
  • Conduct research with and be mentored by leading academics in the conservation field
  • Build valuable research and leadership skills
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of land, water and wildlife conservation issues and challenges
  • Be exposed to exciting career options in the conservation field
  • Meet leading conservation thinkers and professionals of color
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the value of diversity
  • Form lifelong bonds with peers from across the country
  • Become a part of a growing lifetime network of Scholars

Whether you already have a passion for nature, or are driven to increase the diversity of students and professionals in the conservation field, we hope you will learn more and consider applying to be a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar.

DDCSP is administered by five universities:  Northern Arizona University, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Florida, University of Michigan and University of Washington. With the exception of the program administered by the University of Florida, all DDCSP sites recruit students nationwide to participate in DDCSP.  The University of Florida partners with Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Arizona and University of Idaho to serve students recruited from those five institutions.

We encourage potential applicants to take a look at all five programs, as offerings and activity locations differ across DDCSP sites. For more information about the offerings at each DDCSP site, and to apply, please click on the links below. If you have questions, please contact the designated representatives listed on each university’s DDCSP webpage. Thanks again for your interest in DDCSP!

Link to DDCSP site with links to the five programs

Kennebec Land Trust (forest succession)

Contact information is:

Theresa Kerchner
Executive Director

Kennebec Land Trust
331 Main Street
PO Box 261
Winthrop, ME 04364
O. 207.377.2848
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Maine Natural Areas (Field Ecology)

Questions may be directed to Kristen Puryear, 207-287-8043kristen.puryear@maine.gov

Website: link

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates in the Biological Sciences

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may 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.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.