Undergraduate Research Program
Many national laboratories, observatories and government organizations provide opportunities for undergraduate research. Usually, they take place during a ten week period in summer. They normally pay a stipend, and often provide assistance with travel and housing. The National Science Foundation 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. Many are located at universities. To take part in a undergraduate research program of any kind YOU MUST APPLY. Different programs have different application deadlines, but as a rule deadlines range from the middle of December to mid February. The following is a small selection of major programs:
• NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/
• NASA, February 1: http://usrp.usra.edu/ or https://intern.nasa.gov/solar/web/public/main/
• U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Jan 10: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/
• Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jan 5: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducationprograms
• National Optical Observatories (NOAO), Jan 30: http://www.noao.edu/reu.html
• National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Feb 1: https://science.nrao.edu/opportunities/student-programs/summerstudents
• Goddard Center for Astrobiology (GCA): http://astrobiology.gsfc.nasa.gov/education.html • Goddard Space Flight Center: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/education/internships.html
• National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Feb 15: http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/
• Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), Jan 10 : http://www.bnl.gov/education/program.asp?q=116
• Office of Naval Research (ONR), Jan 6: http://www.onr.navy.mil/Education-Outreach/undergraduate-graduate/NREIP-...
• The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Feb 1: http://www.aapm.org/education/SUFP/
• APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women, Feb 1: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm
A further compilation of programs you may find here: http://www.science.gov/internships/undergrad.html
The University of Delaware believes that exceptionally capable and well-motivated students should be given a chance, while they are still beginners, to see and have a part in what is happening at the frontiers of knowledge and creative work today.
Why get involved in undergraduate research?
The URP helps to foster faculty-student collaboration at the university. Students have the opportunity to share in a professional researcher's work, to learn how he or she formulates a significant question, evolves a procedure to investigate it, obtains research funding and other resources, gathers and examines evidence, follows hunches, detects loopholes, and evaluates and shares results with the scientific, scholarly, or artistic community.
By participating in research, students have the chance to learn how their chosen field of study is currently progressing, or even about how related fields of study are influencing that progress. Research is also a large part of continuing education, so if students are thinking about applying to graduate school, having already participated in research is a great first step, not to mention a resume booster!
Who can participate?
The Undergraduate Research Program is open to all interested undergraduates. Undergraduate researchers are typically sophomores, juniors and seniors, although some first-year students become involved as well. Some students are looking to further explore a field or specialty on which they want to focus their courses and careers; others are already making their own original contributions to their chosen fields.
What programs do we offer?
The Undergraduate Research Office offers a wide variety of research opportunities for UD students. The particular program that students decide to participate in depends on their year in school, research interests, what time of year they want to begin doing research, and how much time they want to spend on their research. There are opportunities available for every undergraduate, from the first-year student who wants to simply begin volunteering, to the highly-motivated senior who wants to pursue research in order to complete a thesis. There are even research opportunities outside of the university, both across the US and abroad.
Below is a listing of pages (also found under the Research Opportunities menu on our homepage), which delve further into our different programs. The programs are divided mostly depending on when and where you hope to participate in research:
- Summer research
- Other UD research opportunities (academic year research and UD programs outside URP office)
- Senior Thesis Program
- Other US research opportunities
- International research opportunities
See also UD Undergraduate Research Program.