Academics: Research Programs

External Summer Research Opportunities

It's time to prepare for summer opportunities. We want to provide students with the opportunity to venture beyond the gates and gain valuable paid research experiences. Take a look at what is available and explore the opportunities.

Participate in Research on the Cutting-edge of Nanoscale Science

What: Research Experience for Undergraduates
at the Nano/Bio Interface Center

When: June 2 – August 8, 2014 (10 weeks, full-time)
Applications are being accepted until February 28.

Focus: Nanoscale research opportunities across a range of disciplines like materials science, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, bioengineering, physiology, chemical engineering and electrical engineering.

Location: NBIC, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Eligibility: Enrolled undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Penn seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds.

Stipend: $5000

Apply: Application and details are available at

Deadline:  5 p.m., February 28, 2014

Contact: Kristin Field at, or 215-746-2488

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The Nano-Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania capitalizes on the university’s internationally recognized strengths in design of molecular function and quantification of individual molecules. NBIC has led interdisciplinary research around the themes of biomolecular optoelectronic function and molecular motions. This 10-week program is designed to give undergraduate students the opportunity to work with scientists at the forefront of nanoscale research.

Mini Robotics -  National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Looking for a research challenge? The University of Maryland’s Maryland Robotics Center, with support from the National Science Foundation, is offering exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the area of miniature robotics.

These small robots, with overall sizes between 1 mm and 100 mm, have the potential to significantly enable or enhance capabilities in manufacturing, medicine, reconnaissance, exploration, food safety, and search and rescue. Because of their size, miniature robotics offer a truly interdisciplinary systems research challenge that encompasses mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, and computer science—among other topics.

Program Features:

  • 10-week research experience: June 2 to August 8, 2014
  • Placement in a robotics lab with faculty and graduate student mentors
  • Weekly research and development seminars
  • Field trips to national labs doing work in miniature robotics
  • All students receive a $5,000 stipend, and non-local students will also receive housing and a travel allowance

How to Apply

Complete the application, available online at

Application Deadline: February 23, 2014

Students from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply. Applicant MUST be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

For More Information:

Visit the program website at for additional details, sample project descriptions, application materials, and more.

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Email your questions to REU-ROBOTICS@UMD.EDU

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in the University of Maine and University of Concepción, Chile

During the Summer of 2014, the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute offers for the third year an opportunity for 10 highly qualified undergraduate students to participate in research for a 10 week period, June 2 – Aug. 8, 2014.

This research experience is funded by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities and students with disabilities are strongly urged to apply to the program.

Award Includes:

  • $5000 Stipend + On Campus Housing Provided
  • Two of the 10 Students to Perform their Research in Chile
  • Week Long Research Experience & Exchange in Chile for all Students
  • Opportunity to Perform Research on Pressing Global Issues Relating to Sustainable Product Development and Biofuel Generation from Woody Biomass
  • Research Opportunities
  • Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis
  • Feedstock Extraction/ Modification
  • Process Control and Sensing
  • Nanomaterials Production and Utilization
  • New Product Development
  • Nanotechnology Risk Assessment


Forest Operaions • Resource Economics • Bioproducts • Bioenergy • Biology • Chemistry • Chemical Engineering • Bioengineering •Material Science • Nanotechnology


  • Current undergraduate in sophomore or junior year
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Must have a valid passport


  • Fundamental and Applied Forest Bioproducts Research
  • Access to State-of-the-Art Research Equipment and Facilities
  • Technical Writing and Oral Presentation Opportunities
  • Ethics Workshop
  • A Series of Evening and Recreational Activities
  • Field Trips

Contact Information

Dr. David Neivandt
5737 Jenness Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5737
Tel: 207-581-2288
Fax: 207-581-2323


MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 

We are soliciting applications for visiting students to engage in research as part of the summer 2014 Amgen-UROP Scholars Program. While spending a summer in Boston and gaining research experience, students will be paid a stipend, room, board and transportation to and from Boston will also be covered by their appointment.

All students will live on-campus in one of our undergraduate residences. This community of young scholars will share in the excitement of research by participating in a faculty-led seminar series, workshops, a poster session and a mid-summer symposium at UCLA (travel, room and board are covered).

MIT is delighted to invite undergraduate students from other colleges and universities to join our research enterprise. We value the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm these young scholars will bring to our campus and appreciate this opportunity to build a relationship with your faculty and campus.

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