Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research programs provide an opportunity to learn outside of the classroom, and take part in innovative research that benefits humanity. These opportunities can be local or as far as Amsterdam. Being a contributor of renowned researchers labs can give you skills and knowledge that can spark your interest to one day conduct research of your own. If you have any opportunities you would like to share, please send an email to Kristy Kambanis at Listed below are a few summer opportunities:

Student Research Participation (SRP) program at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)

Apply by March 1, 2020

The Student Research Participation (SRP) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research internships.

A student will spend the first week of his/her Argonne experience with an Argonne staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance to implement the research plan. Subsequently, the student will be required to give a poster presentation at the end of their appointment.

During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on-site housing. Dormitory type lodging is available on-site at no direct cost to the student. Students choosing to live in the on-site student housing are required to have a valid major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express only) when checking in. This will be used for the security deposit. In addition, your card will also be charged the first week of each month for the prior month’s charges. You will be reimbursed in your pay check.

Upcoming Deadlines
  • Summer 2020 internships application deadline is March 1, 2020.
  • Fall 2020 internships application deadline is June 30, 2020.
  • Spring 2021 internships applications deadline is November 30, 2020.

Laney Graduate School's Summer Opportunity for Academic Research program

Apply by January 29, 2020
The LGS-SOAR Program (May 26 – July 31), is a 10-week residential summer program where research fellows conduct full-time research and are mentored by their Faculty Mentor and teams of postdocs, research technicians, librarians, graduate students, and other undergraduates. SOAR scholars receive a housing award for residence on the Emory campus and a stipend to support their full-time attention to research training and professional development.
The program is unique in that all scholars will be from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds in graduate education. If your applying scholar is financially sponsored by another funding mechanism or program please contact me so we can ensure all documentations are collected to ensure a smooth financial transition.
The program is geared to introduce talented, potential Laney Graduate School Scholars to a vast skillset that includes:
  • Communicating research to a variety of audiences
  • Problem solving
  • Interpreting results
  • Participating in novel research
  • Navigating difficult ethical situations
  • Network building
  • Presenting their work (Symposium Style Capstone Experience)
Applicants must be on track to graduate between December 2020 and June 2023 and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

A complete application will include items such as a transcript, statement of purpose, application form, letter of support and more. For more information, visit our website. Questions about applications?

We have a PDF document with instructions

Chemistry Research Opportunities for Community College Students

Apply By February 3rd, 2020

This new REU site is specifically designed for community college students interested in a chemistry-related career. Participants will work on cutting-edge research opportunities in the chemical sciences for 10 weeks in Summer 2020.


  • $5,000 stipend for the 10 week REU
  • Housing allowance (on-campus or off-campus (local students))
  • Travel support (contact the program director for details)


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a community college student
  • Must have completed science majors’ general chemistry lecture and lab by Spring 2019
  • Preferred GPA 3.0
  • Students from all disciplines or majors will be considered


  • Perform full time research with the mentor for 10 weeks
  • Attend weekly research meeting and other events
  • Write a research report at the end of the program

Program Time

  • 10 weeks, from May 26 to July 31, 2020

QEM/NSF Talent Development and Innovation and Sciences (TDIS)

Priority Deadlines February 21, 2020
Final Deadline: March 4, 2020

The ten-week, Washington, DC-based summer internship opportunity (May 26 – July 31, 2020) is made possible through a grant to the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The internship will provide round-trip airfare, assistance with ground and local transportation costs, shared summer housing in Washington, DC and a $4,000 (undergraduate) and $5,000 ( graduate) taxable stipend, payable in three installments during the summer.

During the internship, students will have an opportunity to be mentored by program officers at NSF that are involved in making science policy and in implementing national programs focused on STEM. The experience is designed to increase the students’ understanding of how science policy is made as well as to further develop their potential for becoming leaders and proponents of increased participation in  STEM by  students from underrepresented minority groups.

Summer Research Opportunities Program for Undergraduates at UIC (Chicago)

The application deadline is February 7, 2020. There is no application fee.

Students receive an award of up to $4,000 to work with talented faculty at a Research I institution with state-of-the-art facilities. That experience includes instruction in research development which prepares students for the demands of graduate study. They also learn how to apply for admissions and financial support for graduate school. In addition, SROP students are offered opportunities to present their research projects twice during the summer calendar. Traditionally, sophomores and juniors from historically underrepresented ethnic minority groups who have a 3.75 (on a 5.0 scale) or 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher grade point average are invited to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens of permanent residents.

In addition to working one-on-one with a faculty member, scholars participate in the following programmatic components:

Campus-based educational enrichment activities designed to broaden the students’ view of graduate education and research;
Workshops that inform students about graduate admissions procedures, financial aid opportunities, and test-taking skills. Students also participate in training regarding the graduate application process.
Seminars conducted by faculty and graduate students that expose students to a wide range of fields of study and research instruction.
Informal social gatherings that provide a relaxed setting for students and faculty to exchange ideas and share experiences;
The Illinois Summer Research Symposium conference where scholars have the opportunity to introduce their research and meet with other students who are interested in academic careers. Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
University of Illinois at Chicago sponsored final symposium for the formal presentation of scholars’ research projects.
Please note: Due to the 30-40 hour per week obligation to research activities, students who participate in SROP should view this program as a “full-time” experience. Holding additional internships, outside employment, or taking courses of any kind during SROP is strictly prohibited.

Program Dates & Application
The SROP is an eight week program that begins May 28th, 2020 and concludes July 31st, 2020.

Application Link:

Illinois LSAMP Argonne Internship

Students funded by the IL LSAMP program are eligible to apply for a 10-week research experience for Summer 2020. A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre and post-survey, an oral or poster presentation, a 1500 – 3000-word research report, and a one-page peer review. In addition to their research activities, participants are provided tours of the facilities and attend a series of seminars in current topics in science and engineering as well as career development. An overview of research areas can be found in the Student Research Catalog. Interested students are strongly encouraged to explore Argonne’s main website along with the Student Research Catalog to gain insight into the areas of research happening at Argonne as they look to align their career interests.

Application Deadline – March 15, 2020 5:00PM.

Application Requirements

·         Must be an Illinois LSAMP funded student.

·         Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution that is an IL LSAMP partner institution and have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying.

·         Submit two references.

·         Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

·         18 years or older at the time the internship begins.

·         U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying.

·         Pass a screening drug test.

·         Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

Funding for this opportunity will be provided by Chicago State University, the Lead institution in the IL LSAMP program.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rob Schuch at

Share the Wealth

If you have completed previous internships or have information that you would like to share with your peers or mentees, please add that information here at this time. Please include the program name, the application due date, the application link, and any other necessary information.