Off-Campus Research Opportunities

A summer research experience can catapult your understanding to new heights, as you work alongside a researcher or as part of a research team, either at Bates or off campus.  The list below offers some links to off-campus research opportunities.  There are many out there, so searching the Web for “summer undergraduate research” will yield many interesting options.

Opportunities Available at Other Institutions

This is just a sampling of what is available out there!  Search on the web for “summer undergraduate research opportunities.” Most sites are updated for summer 2019. If you check a site that’s not updated, check again in a few weeks!

Association of American Medical Colleges: A clearinghouse site for undergraduate research in health fields across the US.

Maine INBRE Summer Research Fellowship Program: A mentored hands-on biomedical research experience at one of the participating INBRE network institutions in Maine. 

Maine Medical Center Research Institute Summer Student Research Program (SSRP): Research in biomedical sciences at MMCRI labs in Scarborough, Maine, and other MMC locations.

NSF REU (National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates): A large database of NSF-funded summer research opportunities in the US and abroad, searchable by discipline and state. Mostly in the sciences.

NIST SURF (National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships): Opportunities in STEM research at research campuses in Gaithersburg, MD, and Boulder, CO.  US citizens or permanent residents only.

NOAA Hollings Scholarship Program: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers major research scholarships in the life sciences and physical sciences and prepares students for careers at NOAA.

Journal of Young Investigators: Good list of a variety of summer-research opportunities in sciences.

Opportunities for Students from Underrepresented Groups

There is a concerted effort among research universities to attract students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the professoriate to pursue graduate school so they can join the ranks of future faculty. Many research universities provide summer research opportunities for students from other colleges and universities who represent diverse perspectives.  Here is a partial list if the types of programs that are out there:

American Bar Association: Montgomery Summer Research Diversity Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Undergraduate Students, designed to interest undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences or law.

Big Ten Academic Alliance: Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is a clearinghouse for research programs at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities  for students from underrepresented groups interested in grad school.

Boston University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program: BU’s NSF REU offers 10-12 positions each summer in the sciences. Students from underrepresented groups especially encouraged to apply.

CalTech WAVE Fellows Program: Research in Caltech STEM fields for students from underrepresented groups, first-generation to college, women, and financially disadvantaged students. DEADLINE IS JANUARY 10, 2017!

Columbia University GSAS – Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program: Intro to grad-school-level research in humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.

C3 Undergraduate Fellowships: Research opportunities for students from underrepresented groups or who are first-generation to college at the Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and UC/Berkeley. The focus of this funding is on the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and math. See Kerry O’Brien in the Dean of the Faculty’s Office ( FMI on C3.

IBP Pathways to Science:  The Institute for Broadening Participation offers a clearing house on summer research programs, designed to encourage students from underrepresented groups to participate in research.  The focus is on STEM fields, but there is also information on research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business.

Leadership Alliance: Clearinghouse for research opportunities at 32 research universities in all disciplines (though STEM only at some institutions)

MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP): Research opportunities in 35 graduate programs in 5 MIT schools: architecture & planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science

NYU School of Medicine Sackler Institute: Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for rising juniors and seniors interested in MD, MD-PhD, or PhD and a career in biomedical research.

Northwestern University:  Summer Research Opportunity Program: 8-week fellowships in all disciplines

Penn State Emerging Scholars Summer Mentoring Program: a short program (June 23-28, 2019) for rising juniors and seniors with and interest in doctoral study in history of dual-degree programs in history and African American Studies.

Princeton University: Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology: Research in molecular biology and the intersection of biology and computer science, chemistry, and physics

Purdue University: Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP): Research in all disciplines, focused on encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to undertake graduate study

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute: Research at the New York Public Library in African American Studies, Africana Studies, and African Diasporan Studies for students planning to pursue humanities Ph.Ds. Current juniors only. DEADLINE IS FEB 15!

Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER): Research for 10 weeks at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico.

Stanford University Summer Research Early Identification Program: Designed to encourage students from groups underrepresented in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to consider research careers. Check website for various programs for non-Stanford students.

University of Louisville (KY): Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP): Research for UL students and for students from underrepresented groups from other colleges, in fields where graduate degrees are offered at UL.

University of Maryland College Park:  Summer Research Initiative (SRI): Research in behavioral, social, and economic sciences.

University of Michigan:  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP): research for students from underrepresented groups who are interested in grad school, especially at U of M.

University of Texas at Austin: Summer Research Scholars Program: A variety of programs at UT; check website for non-UT student eligibility

University of Texas at San Antonio: The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute program for students interested in Ph.D. programs in African American lit and culture.

University of Washington Pharmacological Science Summer Diversity Program (PSSDP): Research opportunities for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, cellular pharmacology, molecular pharmacology, and biophysical virology.

Yale University: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship: For students from underrepresented groups considering graduate study in all disciplines