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Participation in these programs gives a student a specific framework for their research experience. Interested undergraduate students may also directly contact faculty members with whom they would like to work.

Interested undergraduates may approach research opportunities in a variety of ways. Students who are or wish to be part of certain programs may become involved in research through those programs. A partial list of these programs includes:

On Campus Programs


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (UROP)

The UTA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) facilitates undergraduate participation in faculty-mentored research or creative projects. Funding is awarded to students for a semester while they assume apprenticeship with a faculty mentor’s research group.


LOUIS STOKES ALLIANCES FOR MINORITY PARTICIPATION (LSAMP)

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with particular emphasis in support of groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Apply Now!

UTA UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROGRAM

Students hired for this program engage in an exciting faculty-mentored undergraduate research experience.  They hands-on experience working in their field of study under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  This part-time employment opportunity will allow students to develop valuable skills that will directly enhance their education and benefit them in your career planning.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SHOWCASE WEEK

Undergraduate Research Showcase Week is designed to promote undergraduate research opportunity, encourage students to engage in undergraduate research.   The week includes seminars, panel discussions, and workshops as well as a research poster display of research and creative projects of undergraduates who recently participated in intensive summer research. The Showcase serves as a resource for undergraduates not yet engaged in research and creative pursuits to learn more about how fellow students have developed their intellectual interests, current projects, and faculty connections.

THE ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE BY STUDENTS (ACES)

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium is a university-wide event that showcases the best of our students' research and creativity. Monetary awards are given in both graduate and undergraduate categories.

For more information visit the ACES website or e-mail aces@uta.edu.

MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It helps to prepare undergraduates from first-generation/low-income or underrepresented backgrounds to pursue graduate study leading to the PhD. It is open to all disciplines but especially encourages STEM majors to participate. A summer undergraduate research internship for rising seniors (with a $3,000 stipend and scholarship for 3 credit hours of independent study related to the project) is a key component of the program.

Further information on eligibility and how to enroll may be obtained by visiting the McNair website or by contacting their office at 817-272-3715, or mcnair@uta.edu.


HONORS COLLEGE RESEARCH

Each summer, the Honors College selects eligible Honors College students for Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) various disciplines. The students may contribute to ongoing faculty research under the direction of a full-time faculty member at UT Arlington or submit his or her own independent research proposal for approval and mentoring by a full-time faculty member. The URA is designed to provide students with paid hands-on research experience that will provide a foundation for their senior project and for advanced study.  Students participating in the 11-week summer program receive a $3,000 stipend. 


I ENGAGE MENTORING PROGRAM

The IM Program will provide doctoral and doctoral-bound students who have completed 30 hours of graduate study an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience by serving as a research mentor to a UT Arlington undergraduate. The program is open to all junior-senior level undergraduate students but minority and underrepresented and first generation undergraduates are particularly encouraged to participate. Graduate students will receive a $400 stipend during the term in which they participate in the project. Undergraduates will receive a scholarship for 3 semester credit hours of independent study in the term in which they participate in the project.

ACS DIVISION OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY SURF PROGRAM

Carry out Summer Research, right here at UTA by applying for this competitive and prestigious fellowship.


Off-Campus Programs

Collin College Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference

Showcase your research (papers, reports, experiments, panels, posters, performances, etc.) to colleagues and fellow students in a professional, yet low-key environment with the opportunity to win awards or scholarship. 

REU Experience for Undergraduates 2017 (Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing)

The Cullen College of Engineering (CCoE) at the University of Houston will host a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the summer of 2017. The program is designed to inspire bright and motivated undergraduates to pursue graduate education and careers in science and engineering research.

National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Database

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Two due dates are listed for REU Site proposals each year. The May deadline applies only to REU Site proposals that require access to Antarctica, which must be submitted to the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). The fall deadline (fourth Wednesday in August) applies to all other REU Site proposals.


Summer Fellowships-Weapons and Materials Research

The Weapons and Materials Research Directorate of the US Army Research Laboratory has an opportunity for undergraduate, and graduate students who are currently enrolled in an accredited Bachelor's, Masters or Doctoral degree program to perform research onsite at WMRD facilities during the summer of 2017.

BOTANY 2017 Annual National Conference

The BOTANY 2017 annual national conference encompasses the diverse scope of botanical study, including areas such as systematics, ecology, evolution, conservation, physiology, genetics, development, paleobotany, and economic botany. Funded by the National Science Foundation and Botanical Society of America, the goal of the PLANTS program is to encourage the participation of undergraduates, especially from underrepresented groups, and increase the diversity of future professionals interested in the plant sciences. 

Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability (LAKES)

Sudents who participate in LAKES will train under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, mathematics, geology, or communications.

Psychology Research and Practice

This research opportunity will allow you to explore topics such as childhood development, neurodevelopment, cognition, and aging.

Interdisciplinary REU in the Structure and Funcgtion of Proteins

The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10 week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology.  

Chemistry REU Program

This program provides initial research experiences for 10-12 students in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. 

CCT REU: Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Computational Sciences

This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project is a 10-week program that allows students to work collaboratively on a wide variety of computational science projects.

Summer Research Program in Biophysics

This 11-week scholarship program hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, introduces underrepresented students to the field of biophysics. Students who are US citizens or U.S. Permanent residents and who have a strong quantitative background in basic or applied sciences are encouraged to apply.

National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Database

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.

Two due dates are listed for REU Site proposals each year. The May deadline applies only to REU Site proposals that require access to Antarctica, which must be submitted to the Division of Polar Programs (PLR) in the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). The fall deadline (fourth Wednesday in August) applies to all other REU Site proposals.


Pathways to Science Database

Since 2003, IBP has connected underrepresented students with STEM funding and research opportunities, and has provided faculty and administrators with tools and resources to help promote the positive factors that keep underrepresented students on the STEM pathway into successful STEM careers.


Zintellect Climb Higher Database

Through this site, you will be able to access information for hundreds of opportunities and the corresponding applications offered through ORAU.

Applicants complete a general profile with common questions among all programs. Once the profile is complete, applicants may apply to specific opportunities available in the system by answering a few questions specific to a particular program.

Applicants are able to customize their references, resumes, and responses based on each opportunity to which they apply.


Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Are you looking for an internship opportunity with a research or technical focus? If you are an undergraduate student at a college or university, with an interest in STEM, ORNL may be the place for you!

All of the programs on this page are limited to students who have been accepted to, or are currently attending, an institution of higher education in the United States. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment.


American Mathematical Society Research Experiences (Various Institutions)

The table contains links to REU programs active during the summer season. Applicants should note that most application deadlines fall in February - March. Program directors: this list will be updated regularly. Here is an article by Frank Morgan on what makes a good REU proposal.


Most of the REU programs on this page handle their applications through the AMS service MathPrograms.org.


Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research Listings

The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program helps connect undergraduate students with professors seeking assistance with real research projects. The MSR program consists of a database that enables professors to post details about their research opportunities, and permits undergraduates to search effectively for opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and qualifications.


ORAU UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS

These internships are open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of DHS mission-relevant research areas and graduate students interested in the specific field of Nuclear and Radiological Threat


UTSW SURF

UTSW SURF Program is an intensive 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship with areas of focus in Biological Chemistry and many areas of Biology.