Undergraduate Research Opportunities outside of UD

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 
• Noblis Internship Program for Undergraduates, currently accepting applications for the 2012 Summer Internship Program. Summer internships are available in the Washington, DC area.
http://www.noblis.org/Careers/SummerInternships/Pages/default.aspx
• The Society of Physics Students has internships for undergraduates. Applications are due February 1.
These are broad-based learning opportunities for undergraduate physics majors.
http://www.spsnational.org/programs/internships/

A further compilation of programs you may find here: http://www.science.gov/internships/undergrad.html

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. 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.

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