Research Experiences for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities are offered every summer in the United States and abroad. REU typically focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research. Some long-running REU subjects include physics, chemistry, geology, biology, psychology, and computer science. Each program typically incorporates 10 undergraduates conducting research at a host university.
The U.S. Department of Energy undergraduate opportunities include the DOE Scholars Program and Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program as well as targeted Laboratory placements. The Scholars Program introduces students to the DOE mission and operations in areas such as energy systems and scientific discovery. The MLEF Program emphasizes career development of women and minorities in STEM majors, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) support students to work on research or technical projects with a mentor, with salary and a range of options for length of appointment.
Students pursuing degrees in STEM fields of study can apply for the Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) Program of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which provides full-time summer salary, tuition and fees, stipend and employment upon graduation.
Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research on your campus for assistance with applying for these programs.