Summer 2017 - Research Highlights
Michigan State University: 
On Campus Resources:  
Undergraduate Research  
Creative Activities (URCA)
Research can be found in any field of study at MSU, whether it's in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, social sciences, or the humanities. There are numerous programs offered across campus through academic departments and colleges. Additionally, there are many programs offered off campus, particularly in the summer, that many MSU students can choose to participate in. If you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities, we encourage you to learn about the different experiences and programs that are promoted through the resources on this site, URCA Website

URCA Spring Workshops

Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF):

The annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring in the MSU Union, UURAF brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges.
The 19th Annual UURAF will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017. Registration will open on Monday, January 16, 2017 and close on Sunday, February 19th at 11:59 PM.

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Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a paid summer research experience at one of 13 different universities. Through the program, students gain hands-on experience in one of more than 20 research areas, receive guidance and mentoring from faculty, and participate in professional development events. The summer experience concludes with the Amgen Scholars US Symposium, held in California.The program is open to US citizens and permanent residents. Students must have a 3.2 or higher GPA, and at least three semesters of college experience. For more information visit the Amgen Scholars Website.

Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE):

MSU undergraduate researchers, visiting students participating in MSU summer research programs, and students from select institutions are eligible to present at the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE). This event provides an opportunity for students involved in research and creative activities at Michigan State and select institutions to share their work with their peers, faculty, and external audiences.

Mid-SURE represents a collaborative effort between the Undergraduate Research Office, the Graduate School's Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), the College of Engineering's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (EnSURE), the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, and the MSU Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers (REPID).
Mid-SURE 2016 will be held on Wednesday, July 27  from 1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Huntington Club, which is located on the 4th floor of Spartan Stadium.

National Science Foundation:

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Students (REU)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
The University of California Berkeley
2017 National Science Foundation Summer Research Expereience
Due January 30, 2017  
This program is designed to expose participating students to core Molecular, Cell, Developmental, Evolutionary, and Ecosystem Biology. The ~30 participating faculty provide a broad range of research options in these areas. They also share a strong commitment to working with undergraduates and promoting diversity in the biosciences community at Berkeley. university.

The University of Virginia
Curry School of Education
2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Due February 1, 2017 
The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a 10-week internship that provides undergraduates from underrepresented groups with valuable research and professional development experience under the guidance of UVA Faculty conducting education research. This internship program is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to pursue graduate study and consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. Interns will work on research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. They will also participate in developmental workshops and meetings, and present at a research conference.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Psychological Research Experience Program
Due February 15, 2017 The Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP) provides intensive mentoring and experience in scientific research and professional development   to undergraduates from historically underrepresented populations - those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those from low-income backgrounds, those with disabilities, and first-generation college students - who have expressed and demonstrated an interest in a career in scientific psychology.

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Marquette University
2017 Summer Enrichment Program in Behavioral Health
Due between the dates of March 1, 2017
The Psychology Department at Marquette is currently looking to recruit undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate school in psychology to be part of a 6-week Summer Enrichment Program in Behavioral Health that will help prepare traditionally underrepresented or disadvantaged students for graduate school.

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURP)
The Graduate College at the OU Health Sciences Center hosts four summer undergraduate research programs aimed at preparing and encouraging undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research or health related sciences. Studies show that undergraduate research programs are beneficial to the success of applying to and completion of a graduate degree program. Our programs introduce outstanding undergraduate students to the rigorous academic preparation required to achieve these goals, through participation in intensive, hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of OUHSC biomedical faculty mentors.

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Michigan State University
College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Research Program in Biomedical Sciences
Due February 1, 2017 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is sponsoring a summer research program at Michigan State University for undergraduate students. The goal of this program is to provide hands-on research exposure and graduate or professional school preparation opportunities for individuals who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research.

New York University
2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Due between the dates of February 15 - March 15, 2017 
The Center for Neural Science hosts a summer research experience program for undergraduates with an interest in neuroscience. This program is designed to foster entry into a neuroscience research-centered career. Students apply for positions in a 10-week summer program during which they actively participate in research projects in the laboratories of New York University science faculty.

National Institutes of Health
2017 Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)
Due March 1, 2017 Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.  
West Virginia University
2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship
Due February 13, 2017 
For nine weeks in the summer, we offer internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduate students. Our research opportunities incorporate molecular- to systems-level analyses of nervous system function. Projects are offered in sensory, cognitive, and behavioral neuroscience; in neural injury and neuro-degeneration; and in neuropsychiatric diseases. Interns are expected to devote their time to a well-defined research project under the supervision of one of our faculty members.

The Rockefeller University
2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)
Due February 1, 2017 
The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research. SURF students work with leading scientists in a broad range of areas including biochemistry; structural biology and chemistry; molecular, cell and developmental biology; immunology; virology and microbiology; neuroscience; physics, and mathematical biology.

Boston University
2017 Psychology Research & Practice Track
Due between the dates of January 15 - April 17, 2017 
The Summer Study Internship Program offers you a unique and rewarding summer. While gaining professional work experience and completing relevant academic coursework, you'll be able to enjoy Boston in the summer with fellow interns from across the country.

Harvard University - Forest
2017 Summer Research Program
Due February 3, 2017 
The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an oppotunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, wildlife dynamics, and species diversity. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, landscape modeling, and data provenance.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
2017 Organizational Science Summer Diversity Institute
Due February 3, 2017 

The Organizational Science Summer Institute, a component of the interdisciplinary Organizational Science Ph.D. Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is currently seeking qualified applicants.

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The University of Michigan - Rackham Graduate School
2017 Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Due January 15, 2017
The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are underrepresented in their field of study. This program provides students with the opportunity to conduct an intensive graduate level research project with faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan. This 8-week program culminates in a research symposium where each participant presents their research project. Throughout the program, all participants will engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars.

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University of Maryland
2017 Summer Research Initiative to Increase Diversity
Due February 10, 2017 Established in 1999, the Summer Research Initiative (SRI) is part of the College's longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral and economic sciences.
University of California Los Angeles
2017 Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
Due March 31, 2017 
The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more abut the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.)

Florida International University 
2017 Summer Treatment Program
The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University announces internship positions for the 2017 Summer Treatment Program. The Summer Treatment Program (STP) provides services to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children's individual behavioral and learning difficulties.

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