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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
All programs have different deadlines and requirements, but all require letters of recommendation--start early!!
Programs come and go and change their deadlines, dates and formats—you should investigate yourself to ensure accuracy. Entries in this list date back to 2005, and not all info is updated regularly.
This list includes research internships that are Biology and Biomedical Science related as well as specifically BME.
Contact Dennis Barbour for/with additional info:
see for a complete list of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU programs) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)see for a list of all Research and Training Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Research Institution RequirementsResearch AreasDuration, DatesBenefitsDeadlineWebsite/Contact
Amgen Scholars Program U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents; undergraduates
enrolled in accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., Puerto Rico
and other U.S. territories; sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters
college experience), juniors and non-graduating seniors (who are returning in
the fall to continue their undergraduate experience).G.P.A. of 3.2 or above; and
serious interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.
Increase learning and networking opportunities for students committed to pursuing either a professional or academic research career in biological sciences or bioengineering.
Amgen-UROP Scholars Program at MITUS citizen or permanent resident; undergrad enrolled in accredited 4 year univeristy in US, Puerto Rico or US territories; Sophomore with 3 semesters of college experience, juniors or non-graduating seniors;US applicants cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above and interest in pursuing PhDBiological Engineering,Biology,Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Center for Environmental Health Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Clinical Research Center, Health Sciences & Technoligy, Mechanical Engineering (bioeng/biotech only), Picower Institute for Learning & memoryJune 12- Aug 10, 201740 hours per week for nine weeks earn $4,320, at hourly wage of $12.55/hr; $800 meal allowance; on-campus housing provided, travel to and from MIT for beginning and end of program covered for visiting students.1/Feb/
Biomedical Engineering SURE at Saint Louis Universityundergraduates interested in biomedical engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents of the USsee websitesee websitestipend of $400/week is provided and students are responsible for their housing arrangements and costs, food and transportation while enrolled in the program12/1/16
CINT (Center for Innovation in Neuroscience & Technology) - WUSM Applicant must be a third or fourth year full time student in the School Business or Engineering.Engineers will learn to communicate with people from medical backgrounds to more effectively envision,
articulate, and implement ideas to improve the practice of neurosurgery.
TBD - May - August$4000 salary24/Feb/2017
Connectionists: summer undergrad program in computational neuroscience - Carnegie Mellon University and the University of PittsburghAll participants must be United States citizens or permanent residents, must be enrolled at a 4-year accredited institution, and must be in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application.TBD 2017TBD 2017
Engineering World Health Organization-
The Summer Institute
undergraduate engineering, physics and chemistry studentshands on repair and design
experience while simultaneously helping disadvantaged hospitals and patients in a developing
see websitesee website22/Jan/2017
Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI), Humjibre, Western Region, Ghana
dedicated professionals and students to volunteer, see website for detailsmission is to promote education and improve health through principles of sustainable development and community empowerment.
Community Health Evaluation: June 8 – June 24 OR June 26 – July 17; Girls’ Empowerment: July 19 - August 4see websiteSee website
Harvard University NSF REU/RET Site Materials for Bioengineering Research Internships Dedicated to
Gateway Experiences (BRIDGE)
undergraduates including freshman and sophomore students, are
especially encouraged to apply
provides undergraduates with hands-on experiences
in research at the interface of biology and materials science and engineering, along with a program
that includes faculty seminars, professional development workshops, and community activities. Undergraduates from chemistry, physics, biology, applied math, and engineering.
June 8 - August 15stipend of $5000 and a $350 travel allowance, as well as on campus housing at no additional charge15/Feb/2016
Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, summer REU programUS citizens or permanent residents interested in graduate school in bioengineering or life sciencescellular function, biomedical engineering, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries9 weeks in summerstipend of $500 per week (up to $4500), support for dormitory housing, meals and up to $500 to cover travel costsTBD 2016
Johns Hopkins University-REU
Institute for NanoBioTechnology
undergraduate students from colleges and universities in US participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. May 31 - August 4stipend + paid housing + allowance for travel1/Feb/2017
Lehigh University REU program Undergraduate physics and engineering majors currently in their sophomore or junior yearsee websiteMay 30 - August 5$580 per week for a 10 week program in one of a variety of current research areas at Lehigh, free housing7/Mar/2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology REUParticipants must be either permanent residents or US citizens. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program as a junior with a major in biology, chemistry, or engineering, and have at least some experience with biology. In addition, only applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or greater will be considered (out of 4.00 scale).participate in research happening in Dept of Biomedical EngineeringTBD in 2016$4800 stipend will be provided to all participants, as well as housing and a $1000 food allowance. Some travel expenses will be allowed for those not from the Cambridge areaTBD in 2016
Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Programcurrently in your sophomore or junior year at a U.S. college or university,
grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale,) seriously considering a biomedical research career as a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
hands-on experience with "real-world" research projects at a major medical centerMay 30 - August 4 $5,000 for 10 weeks. From this stipend, students are responsible for their own travel, housing and meals. Student housing is available starting at around $650 a month.1/Feb/2017
Mote Marine Laboratory (MML)U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories,currently enrolled in a degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to a baccalaureate degree,cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale)Biomedical, invertabrae zoology, Benthic Ecology, Aquaculture, marine mammal researchMay 20 - July 29$5,000 stipend over the 10-week period; Free housing in a local dormitory; Financial support for travel expenses between Mote and their home institution2/15/2017
National Institute of Health Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)rising senior biomedical engineering students in a Biomedical Engineering or Bioengineering degree programparticipate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, MarylandJune 5 - August 11The BESIP summer stipend includes a base stipend plus a supplement to cover the high cost of living in the Bethesda area. The total stipend adds up to approximately $6,600 for 10 weeks. Housing costs are paid by the intern from this stipend.9/Feb/2017
Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) research oppportunity at a Navy LaboratoryUS Citizen, Dual citizen (accepted only at Naval Research Laboratories; Any eligible student (i.e. sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student) who is enrolled at a 4 year U.S. college or universitysee website11/30/2016
NINN REU, participating NINN research facilitiesUS citizen or permanent US resident,not eligible if participated in NNUN or NNIN REU before,undergrad enrolled in a degree program, 18 years old or oldernanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bioengineering,chemistry, electronics,materials science,optics,optoelectronics,physics and life sciences10 weeks, June 6 - August 11$4000 stipend,housing and all reasonable travel expenses,full participation in site program, network convocation and final reporting is mandatory2/15/2017
Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison, NNIN REU Program Assistant, 250 Duffield Hall,CNF, Ithaca, NY 14853-2700,
Northwestern University REU, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)U.S. citizens or permanent residents that are rising juniors and seniorsinterdisciplinary program focused on multi-functional nanoscale material structuresJune 19 - August 18stipend of $4,500, plus on-campus housing and a travel allowance15/Feb/2017
NSF REU Opportunity: Imaging in the Physical Sciences at
Qualified students will have completed the first year of a physical science, engineering, mathematics, or computer science program.Imaging in the Physical Sciences program introduces young scientists to research in a highly interdisciplinary, team-oriented setting, preparing the students for the type of goal-oriented research they are likely to encounter in real-world environmentsMay 28 - August 5Stipends will be provided at a rate of $500/week for 10 weeks; Housing in the Residence Halls is covered in full under the REU program at no cost to participants; Students must cover meal costs, but low cost, flexible meal plans are available on campus; Each participating student will be provided with round-trip travel support to attend the program at RIT at a rate of $600/student each year.10/Feb/
NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Interdisciplinary Materials Research at Southern Illinois University at Carbondaleprogram is particularly interested in attracting candidates (preferably in their first, second, or third years of college) from groups traditionally under-represented in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering; as always, all applications are welcomeChemistry, Physics, or Engineering to perform materials research (broadly defined)—with emphases in nanoscience/nanotechnology, energy research, smart materials, biomaterials, materials characterization, friction/tribology, and materials fabrication among other subjectsMay 31- July 29stipend of approximately $4500, $1,000 research expenditure allowance, free college housing, and a travel allowance to facilitate transportation from the student’s home institution or to conferences (up to $700)2/26/2016
NSF-funded Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Triangle MRSEC)REU at Duke or NC StateBe US citizens or permanent residents• Have health insurance• Be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior yearTriangle MRSEC is in the programmed self-assembly of soft matter, with two distinct research concentrations (IRGs)May 28 - August 4Stipend Includes: 11 weeks housing on Duke's or North Carolina State University's campus,$5000 stipend and reasonable Travel Costs1/Mar/
Pathways to Science - lists of programs & institutions
PRIDE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St Louis, School of MedicineEligible applicants are junior-level faculty or scientists from minority groups that are under-represented in the biomedical or health sciences, and are United States Citizens or Permanent Residents.Research interests should be compatible with those of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the prevention of treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) disorders genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, cardiovascular disease, and other heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.July 6 - 26all-expense-paid programemail: PRIDE-GE@wubios.wustl.edu
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Assistive Technology University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellondevelopment and evaluation of new technologies and procedures to improve mobility and quality of life for those with disabilities and older adultsMay 29-July 29, 2016stipend, travel allowance, and a housing allowance, Accessible housing opportunities are available on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. On-campus housing is available at no cost to non-local participants15/Feb/2016
REU - Program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics at The Johns Hopkins UniversityUndergraduate; U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent ResidentThe projects will be designed to match each student’s interest and to maximize the potential for making a contribution during the session. Some students may contribute to research on medical image registration and fusion or image enhancement and segmentation. Other students will help to develop new robotic devices to help support surgeons in the operating room.May 29 - August 4Stipend for 10 weeks- $5000
Housing – Provided
REU - The CatLab at Vanderbiltundergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree program and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United StatesThis REU is especially appropriate for students interested in applying to graduate programs in psychology, vision science, cognitive science, or neuroscience. 10 Weeks $5000 summer stipend, $500 per week for ten weeks; an additional $150 per week helps offsets the cost of housing and meals; a $250 travel allowance is also providedunknown
REU Program at Worcester Polytechnic InstituteundergraduateIntegrated Bioengineering Research, EducationUNKNOWNReceive a $5,000 stipend PLUS free housing.
Funds for travel to/from Worcester. Additional funds for conference travel are also available on a limited basis, and usually cover all registration fees, shared hotel, and travel to/from the BMES Annual Meeting. Although the WPI REU program does not offer a meal plan, lunch or breakfast is provided for professional development workshops and seminars as well.
RISE undergrads, top research institutions and universities in Germanysummer internship program for undergraduates from United States, Canada and the UK fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology , earth sciences (geology)see websitemonthly scholarship of 650 Euros for full month. The amount will be calculated on a daily basis if you will stay less than 22 days a month. DAAD provides health insurance, accident and personal liability insurance.1/15/2017
RWTH AACGEB University, Undergraduate Research Opportunities ProgramU.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have a grade point average of at least 3.2project lists available in diverse research fields available on websiteMay 15 - July 22scholarships available, see web site30/Jan/2017
SIUC NSF-REU Program in Interdisciplinary Materials Researchstudents must be U.S. citizens or permanent residentsChemistry, Physics and Engineering with emphases in nanoscience/nanotechnology, energy research, smart materials, materials characterization, materials fabrication among othersMay 31-July 29$4500 stipend; The students will also be provided space in a 2-person room in University Housing paid for by the University. (The interns are expected to pay for their own meals.) Students are also provided with a travel allowance of $750.0026/Feb/2016
Syracuse Biomaterials Inst. Interactive Biomaterials REU (NSF)UG students majoring in : Engineering, Chemistry, Biology and Physics with interests in Biomaterials Science2D & 3D active cell culture; Control of natural polymers for drug delivery; polymeric hydrogels for tissue engineering...June 5 - August 12, 2016$5800 Stipend; University Housing; $200 SUperCard to use in campus dinning and snack shops2/1/2016
University of Georgia
NSF- Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program
in Nanotechnology and Biomedicine
Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply interdisciplinary research experience at the interface of micro-/nano-technology and biomedicine May 23 - July 29, 2016$5,000 stipend; Travel allowance; Accommodation
University of Massachusetts, College of Engineering
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
undergraduate, US citizensee websiteJune 5 - August 5, 2016stipend of $500 per week (up to $4,500). Participating students also receive support for housing and eligible travel expenses.5/Feb/2016
University of Massachusetts, The Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE)undergraduate, U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate studies in bioengineering or biological sciencesbiomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, including drug production from cell culture, generation of artificial organs for replacement of diseased tissuessee websitea stipend of $500 per week (up to $4,500). Participating students also receive support for dormitory housing, meals, and eligible travel expenses1/Mar/2015
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, summer REUUS citizen or permanent resident, current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degreeapplied mathematics, bioenergy systems, biomedical engineering,chemistry, nanomaterials and nanoscience,optics and laser physics,redox biology and biochemistry,virologyJune 5 - August 9competitive stipend, room and board, travel and transportation on case by case basis2/1/17
UT Austin BME - BME CUReS Cancer Research ExperienceFreshman or Sophomore in good standing; US Citizen; Engineering majorCancer Research in: imaging and image processing; biomaterials, biomolecular engineering and drug delivery; micro/nanofabrication for diagnosis, delivery, and high-throughput screeningJune 1 - August 12$5000 Stipend, Travel reimbursement, housing and meals on campus2/1/
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Winston-Salem, NC
GPA of 3.0 or higher, eligible to work in the U.S. for the 10-week summer program, current enrollment in a degree-granting program in the U.S., have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education by the start of the 2016 program, have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD and or MD, Be at least 18 years of age by first day of programTissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. The program will work with the student to find a project that interests them. May 30 - August 4A competitive stipend is awarded (usually around $3500). Program coordinator will assist with finding housing. 1/16/2017
Washington University BioSURF ProgramTen Weeks during the summerstipend for summer 2016 is $4000
REU at RPI on Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
To participate in the program, students must:

Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Have a desire to participate in research
Be majoring in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, bioengineering, or a related discipline (e.g. biology, chemistry, math, physics or another field of engineering)
Have a 3.3 GPA or greater and have rising junior or senior status with at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) completed toward their degree
Provide application and all required supporting documentation by specified deadlines
Bioengineering and Biomanufacturing10-week period in the summerstipend of $5,000 for participation in the program. Other benefits include on-campus housing (provided by the REU), meal and travel allowances; participation in campus-wide REU activities; and full access to university recreational facilities3/3/2017
University of Utah MRSEC Next-Generation Materials for Plasmonics & Organic Spintronics - Salt Lake City, Utah

Supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no. DMR-1121252 CFDA NO. 47.049
Open to U.S. citizens & permanent residents obtaining an undergraduate degree December 2017 or after.
Women & minority students are especially encouraged to apply.
Students from non-research institutions may be given priority.
Potential majors: physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical), applied math.June 5 - August 4$5000 stipend, travel allowance and campus housing2/12/
University of Virginia - Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, U.S. citizens or permanent resident Students who have completed at least two years of a science, mathematics, or engineering-based curriculum that includes introductory biology, chemistry, and calculus are especially encouraged to apply. Some experience in physics and programming is recommended, but not required. Women, underrepresented minorities, and military veterans are especially encouraged to apply.see websiteJune 4 - August 11• $5000 stipend for 10-week research program
• Reimbursement of travel costs up to $400
• Free on-campus housing and dining plan
• Introductory “boot camp” short course on systems bioengineering modeling basics
• Weekly workshops on ethics and professional development
• Presentation at the Systems Biology Summer Research Symposium
• Opportunity for travel funds to present at the fall BMES conference