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National Scholarships and Fellowships

Summer Research Opportunities

As the number one small research institition, SDSU offers many excellent research opportunities for undergraduates. Many students, however, expand their research experiences to include opportunities in other cities, states, and even internationally. These programs are often housed at prestigious academic and governmental institutions, often providing competitive funding packages.

Many opportunities open their applications in November.

Additional opportunities are available by searching online for the terms "research experiences for undergraduates (REU)" or "summer research institute/initiative (SRI)" or "summer research opportunity program (SROP)" or "summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF)" followed by the name of the university where you wish to research. 

Below is a summary of various off-campus research opportunities:


Government Research Internships

International Research Opportunities

The African American Literatures and Cultures Institute 

The University of Texas at San Antonio assists students interested in becoming a professor of African American literary and cultural studies by providing research stipends, mentoring, and academic training.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

Students Eligible: Juniors 

Information regarding eligibility and the application can be accesssed here.

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program 

Summer program for sophomores or juniors who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. in STEM fields. Students have the opportunity to conduct research, learn firsthand from leading scientists in industry and academia, and present their work. 

The following U.S. institutions host Amgen Scholars: Columbia University Barnard, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, University of California San Francisco, and Washington University in St. Louis. 

The following Japanese institutions host Amgen Scholars: Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo.
Depending on the host university, research areas may include Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biopsychology; Biotechnology; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry; Immunology; Medical Pharmacology; Microbiology; Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Molecular Genetics; Molecular Medicine; Molecular Pharmacology; Neurobiology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiological Psychology; Physiological Science; Statistics; and Toxicology. 

Note that the terminology used to define these research areas may vary across universities. Please see each university's summer research program website for more information. 

Deadline for all universities: February 1, 2017 

Students Eligible: Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors 

Applications and additional information is available here.  

Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP 

(Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors)
The Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities such as the :
  • University of Chicago, 
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 
  • Indiana University, 
  • University of Iowa, 
  • University of Maryland, 
  • University of Michigan, 
  • Michigan State University, 
  • University of Minnesota, 
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 
  • Northwestern University, 
  • Ohio State University, 
  • Pennsylvania State University, 
  • Purdue University, 
  • Rutgers University, 
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Program Opportunities Include:
  • Weekly campus-based educational enrichment activities 
  • Campus workshops about the graduate application process and research fields
  • Informal social gatherings with students and faculty
  • Symposium or poster session held on your campus.

Deadline to apply is February 10, 2018
. Find more information 

Leadership Alliance

This program introduces undergraduate students to academic careers (Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.) in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences through summer research experiences at the following institutions: 

Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Howard University, Hunter College, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado Boulder, Univesity of Maryland (Baltimore County), University of Miami, University of Pennsylvia, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, Weill Cornell Programs, and Yale University. 

The program provides students with a mentor, academic research training, and preparation for graduate school applications. Students also present their work at the national symposium.  

Deadline is February 1, 2018.

Students Eligible:  Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors

Application will be available on November 1, 2017 here

Mellon Undergraduate Curator Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curator Fellowship Program provides specialized training in the curator field for students across the U.S. from diverse backgrounds. The fellowship seeks to make an impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. 

The program takes place at five partnering institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. 


For more information, click here  

Deadline to apply is TBD

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP)

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is committed to increasing diversity, gaining research experience, and pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Students design and conduct research projects, interact with faculty mentors, and receive GRE-preparatory courses during the summer program. MURAP invites applications for a paid summer research internship for undergraduate students (rising juniors or rising seniors at the end of this academic year). 

The program will be held from May 21 - July 27, 2017 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The MURAP program seeks to prepare talented and motivated students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, or those with a proven commitment to diversity, for graduate study and academic careers in fields in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts. The program provides students with a rigorous research experience under the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor.

Each student participant will receive: Stipend; Campus Housing; Meal Allowance; Writing, communication skills, and professional development workshops; GRE prep course (and all necessary materials; Paid domestic travel expenses

The application deadline is TBD.  To access an application and for additional information about MURAP please click here.

National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a gorup of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. An REU site may be at either a US or foreign location. 


Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants.  

REU sites are available for the following disciplines: 
Astronomical Sciences, 
Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, 
Biological Sciences,
Computer and Information Science and Engineering,
Department of Defense,
Earth Sciences,
Education and Human Resources,
Ethics and Values Studies,
International Science and Engineering,
Materials Research,
Mathematical Sciences,
Ocean Sciences,
Polar Programs,
Small Business Innovation Research,
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Deadlines vary depending on location. 

Students Eligible: Varies
Applications and additional information is available here.  

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Students conduct research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students are required to participate in weekly workshops, meetings, and GRE prep. The program is available at:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (for juniors) - Deadline is Feb. 10, 2017

University of Maryland (current sophomores or juniors) - Deadline is Feb. 10, 2017

Michigan State University (current sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors) - Deadline is Feb. 1, 2017

The University of Michigan (current sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors)- Deadline is Jan. 15, 2017

University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Deadline is Feb. 1, 2017

Northwestern University (current sophomore or junior) - Deadline is Feb. 10, 2017

Purdue University  (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors)

Rutgers University (RISE program) (current sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors) - Rolling admission

Many other universities also offer SROPs in various departments. You may want to search online for "SROP (and the name of the institution where you want to research)"

Deadlines are typically in mid January or early to mid February. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 

The SURF at various institutions allows undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on their research projects and present their work.  

Cal-Tech - Deadline to apply is Feb. 22, 2017

Purdue University  - Deadline to apply is March 9, 2017

UC Irvine - Deadline to apply is Feb. 8, 2017

University of Florida - Deadline to apply is February 28, 2017

University of California Summer Research Opportunities

A listing of summer research programs at UCs is available by clicking here

Many programs have late January/early February 2017 deadlines.  

Additional Summer Research Opportunities 

Some universities also have REU databases posted on their website. Click on some of the links below for more information. 

American Mathematical Society Listing of research opportunities - various

Arizona State University Summer Program in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology - January 31, 2017 

Pathway to Science (includes NON STEM) Listing of research opportunities - various 

CalTech Summer REU WAVE fellows - Deadline is Jan. 10, 2017


Cornell University Summer Research Programs - various 

Duke University Undergraduate Research - varies 

Georgia Tech Undergraduate Research - varies

Kansas State University Summer Undergraduate Research  - Deadline is Feb. 1, 2017

(Opportunities in the following fields: anatomy & physiology; art; biology, biology & biochemistry & molecular biophysics; chemisty; computer science; english; engineering; family studies and human services; horticulture, forestry, and recreation services; human ecology; psychological sciences)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Research Program - varies


Oregon Health & Science University Summer Internship - Deadline is March 1, 2017

Organization for Tropical Studies - Summer Research Program in Costa Rica - Deadline is January 31, 2018

Texas A&M Summer REU - varies


UCLA Summer Program for Undergraduate Research - Deadline is March 31, 2017

University of Rochester Listing of research opportunities - varies

University of Southern California Summer REU - Deadline is Feb. 7, 2017

Valparaiso University Summer REU in Mathematics  - Deadline is Feb. 27, 2017

Virginia Tech Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), Undergraduate Summer Research Internship (SRI)- Deadline is Feb. 28, 2017

National Scholarships and Fellowships

Division of Undergraduate Studies
Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-1623
Phone: call_skype_logo.png(619) 594-2871
Fax: (619) 594-7934

For Weber Honors College students:

Dr. Martha Enciso
Associate Director
Phone: (619) 594-3834

Office:  Admin 201-D 

Summer Research Opportunities - Medical Field

The opportunities available if you click here are for students intersted in various areas in the field of Medicine. Some examples include opportunities for biomeidcal engineers, students interested in neuroscience, and public health. Summer research opportunities are available at institutions all across the U.S.