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Other Opportunities:

Students should also check out opportunities abroad in the International Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (iSure) program!

Undergraduate research funding is also available through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).

Summer Research Opportunites at Other Institutions

This page lists various research opportunties at Universities other than Penn.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Offering one of the most comprehensive listings, the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsors Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students (REU's).

Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) offers a program search on their Pathways to Science website.

Johns Hopkins University

Research Experience for Undergraduates - Offered by the Institute for Nanobiotechnology, students majoring in the STEM fields participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. Students receive hands-on graduate level laboratory research experience and guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors.

Rosetta Commons - Offered by the Institute for Nanobiotechnology, students majoring in the STEM fields learn the inner details of the Rosetta C++ code and community coding environment. Students spend 8-10 weeks of hands-on research in a molecular modeling and design laboratory, developing new algorithms and discovering new science.

2016 Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics Research Experience for Undergraduates Program at The Johns Hopkins University in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) - The REU program is an intensive ten-week program of laboratory research and instruction. In the program, each REU student receives hands-on laboratory research experience under the guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors. The students may also receive classes on ethics in research and technical communication. The students will have the opportunity to tour a local government laboratory and a private company. The students will be provided housing and a stipend of $5000 for the 10-week period will be paid. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016

Vanderbilt University

Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) focuses on interdisciplinary nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Science, and the School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participate will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community.

Georgia Southern University

Undergraduate Research in Green Engineered New Transportation Technologies (URGENTT), hosted by Allen E. Paulson Research Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Engines at Georgia Southern University - Research topics: Engine Combustion, NVH, Automotive controls, Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles, Aerospace Engines Combustion

University of Mississippi

Chemistry Department Program: The Ole Miss Chemistry Department seeks applicants for an NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2015. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate fully in "Ole Miss Physical Chemistry Summer Research Program" activities and work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.

University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

This REU program allows talented students completing their Sophomore or Junior year the opportunity to spend summer break working alongside USC's world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in engineering and computer science. Participants will gain valuable research experience and receive a stipend for living expenses in Los Angeles. Housing and transportation will also be provided.

Interested students are encouraged to visit our SURE webpage to review available research projects for 2016 and to start an application: http://gapp.usc.edu/sure

Applicants to the Summer Research program should be outstanding undergraduate students in engineering or computer science who are currently of Sophomore or Junior standing and must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens. The deadline to apply for SURE 2016 is February 3, 2016.

Columbia University

The PAS3 led by Columbia University in partnership with City College of New York, Harvard University, Barnard College, and the University of the Virgin Islands, encompasses two Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) studying materials composed of atomically precise low-dimensional building blocks: two-dimensional atomic sheets and zero-dimensional molecular clusters. The joint Materials Research Center program at Columbia University and City College of NY (CCNY) supports outstanding undergraduates as Summer Research Fellows each year.


  • $4,000 stipend, campus housing (worth $2,700) and a modest travel stipend
  • Do hands on research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Receive training in laboratory practices and safety
  • Faculty/Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly research seminar series by Columbia U. and CCNY faculty
  • Exposure to workshops, visits to local industry, recreational activities, and other activities


  • Undergraduates majoring in engineering disciplines, materials science, biology, chemistry, physics and related fields
  • US citizenship or permanent residency is required
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

Why choose Columbia’s Materials Research REU program?

  • Top-notch faculty mentors
  • Excellent materials science research facilities
  • Interaction with other summer program students at Columbia
  • Wonderful location in New York City

Summer 2016 dates: May 31, 2016 – July 29, 2016
Application deadline: February 15, 2016
To apply visit: http://mrsec.columbia.edu/reu

R&D Summer Internship (BD Medical) - Franklin Lakes, NJ


BD is a global medical technology company that isadvancing the world of healthby improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance cellular studies and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures, optimize respiratory care and support the management of diabetes. The company partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD has more than 45,000 associates across 50 countries who work in close collaboration with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve health care safety and expand access to health.For more information on BD, please visitwww.bd.com.

Program Objective/Scope

The summer internship program within the Medication and Procedural Solutions business unit of BD Medical provides the student with an opportunity to partner with peers, senior personnel, and supervisors who will provide informal mentoring and coaching towards successful outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to be exposed to our process of designing and developing medical devices products for different global markets. Selected intern students will work on pre-assigned projects including investigational research and concept development, feasibility studies, product characterization and material testing. Interns may work within cross-functional or interdisciplinary teams and may have multiple internal partners and customers.


REQUIRED: The candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States without limitations and require no sponsorship for visa status now or in the future (e.g. H1-B status) BS and/or PhD student pursuing a degree in  Material Science & Engineering, Polymer Science and closely related fields. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint Ability to work 40 hours per week for the duration of the 10 - 12 week summer internship period.

PREFERRED: CGPA minimum of 3.0 Prior internship/co-op experience BS Degree: Junior and Senior level candidates. PhD Degree: All Levels are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

If interested, send your cover letter and resume to Megumi_Young@bd.com.