Undergraduate Research Opportunities

 

Why undergraduate research?

The North Star STEM Alliance encourages all undergraduates to consider participating in undergraduate research. Hands-on research puts theory into practice as you work directly with faculty and graduate students on projects at the cutting-edge of science.

How do I get involved in research?

There are a variety of other ways to find research opportunities.  A place to start is by talking to a faculty member.  They can direct you to information on your campus. Many campuses have Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs (UROP).  Smaller institutions often have faculty engaged in both teaching and research projects. Talk with them about what opportunities exist on campus.

Below you will find a list of many summer undergraduate research experience (REU) opportunities on the UM-Duluth and UM-Twin Cities campuses and the 2016-2017 application deadlines. These opportunities are open to any and all students.

Upcoming opportunities 

Alliance Research Opportunities

MnDRIVE

The program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. We have summer internship opportunities in two general research areas - Brain Conditions (with a focus on NEUROMODULATION research) and Environment (with a focus on BIOREMEDIATION research). 

Deadline: February 13th

 
Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP) - Provides undergraduates an opportunity to develop research and inquiry skills with a faculty mentor on an individual basis or as part of a research team, which may include graduate students, research scientists, technicians and other MSROP students. Note that LSAMP summer research funding to UM Twin Cities Alliance students will be managed through MSROP.  All interested students should apply by the deadline: March 1, 2017
 
 
Oklahoma State University's REU Program - Oklahoma State University, Tulsa is accepting applications from undergraduate college students interested in materials science and engineering to participate in a special nine-week interdisciplinary research program this summer. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program runs from May 31 to July 31. The program is open to undergraduate college students currently enrolled at an accredited institution and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The REU program will engage scholars in research in materials processing, energy storage and energy generation, biomaterials, combustion and aerospace. For more information or to apply visit the application website! Students with a major in engineering or science will be given preference.  Application Deadline:  March 20
 

Opportunities at UM-Duluth

  • Mathematics: Undergraduate research program provides eight sophomores or juniors experieince in mathematical research.  Participants will conduct independent investigations, under the guidance of experienced researchers, on problems in combinatorics, graph theory and number theory.  Deadline for 2017 applications:  February 8

Opportunities at UM-Twin Cities

UMTC Catalog

National Laboratories 

Federally Funded REU Options

NSF has a directory of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) available here (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm).  Students should go to this link and then apply directly to the REU Site, not to NSF.

Over 800 programs (including oceans sciences and engineering) – REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads available through Pathways to Science. Also, resources on graduate school, webinars for community college students transferring to four year institutions, and more. Pathways to Science

2017 Nebraska Summer Research Program offers research opportunities in Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Microbiology, Minority Health Disparities, Nanotechnology, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology, and Virology. Priority Deadline: February 1, 2017. Deadline: March 1, 2017

Institutions currently funded by HHMI are listed on the CURRENT PROGRAMS webpage (http://www.hhmi.org/grants/office/undergrad/).

Summer research at NIH:

Summer research at selected sites funded by the

US Dept. of Energy, Office of Science 

UNCF-MERCK Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award for African American students 

U.S. Department of Energy Scholars Program Deadline: December 15, 2016

NSF EPSCoR Summer Research Internships in Renewable Energy at the University of Iowa

 

Regional Opportunities

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) – the consortium of Big Ten member institutions plus the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Nebraska sponsor undergraduate research experiences for students from around the nation.  Interested students can apply to any of the host institutions with one application.

Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017

Other Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in our summer research internship program.  The program represents a partnership between the Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE) initiative and the North Star STEM Alliance to provide summer research internship experiences to undergraduates. We have summer internship opportunities in two general research areas - Brain Conditions (with a focus on NEUROMODULATION research) and Environment (with a focus on BIOREMEDIATION research).