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Summer Undergraduate Research
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Summer Undergraduate Research

Whether it’s participating in an Eberly program on campus, or conducting research with a national foundation, you’ll find many options to help you gain experience, fulfill your potential, and move toward your goals. We recommend exploring summer opportunities at least one semester in advance. It may take some searching to find the perfect program for you.  

Not only does summer research boost your résumé, but you can also earn money, expand your network, and have a fulfilling, educational experience. Some options even provide meal, housing, and travel allowances.

Paid opportunities at Penn State

The Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant Program supports undergraduate students in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

 Learn more about this grant program

At Penn State’s Student Engagement Network, you can explore stories, grants, internships, and other resources to aid in your search for a summer program.

Check out the network

The National Science Foundation provides a valuable catalog of research experiences for undergraduates at various universities.

 Explore REUs

Begin your search

Explore various education and career training opportunities in STEM through Pathways to Science.

Browse the many listings of summer undergraduate research programs from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Additional resources

The American Heart Association Founders Affiliate offers an undergraduate student summer fellowship program.

The American Association for Cancer Research provides many opportunities on various subjects.

The American Chemical Society compiles a valuable resource for browsing various internship, co-op, REU, and job opportunities.

A simple search at USAJobs can yield quite a few summer program options.

Indeed is another great site with many listings to choose from.

Penn State Undergraduate Research is a central resource for undergraduate research opportunities available across Penn State.