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Rice University Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Interested in research training in biosciences and bioengineering at Rice University? This 10-week summer program provides a creative opportunity for students to develop innovative biotechnological ideas; leadership, mentorship and social retreats; special seminars and career development workshops; stipend and travel support; on-campus housing; a research poster symposium; and an ethics and responsible conduct of research discussion seminar. Find out more information and application dates and requirements here.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Stand out as a student by doing research as a scientist! The National Science Foundation funds a number of research program across the country in a multitude of disciplines. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Click on the link below to search for a program that interests you. Please note, students must apply to the specific institution. There are no limits regarding the number of institutions you can apply to.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates locations (students must apply directly to the institution)


National Institute of Health

Stand out as a student by doing research as a biomedical scientist! The purpose of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP) is to increase the number of community college students who participate in the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). The long-term goal is to increase the number of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities and consider careers in the biomedical sciences. In addition to performing full-time research in a laboratory or on a project at the NIH, CCSEP interns will meet each week as a group to participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic and professional skills in preparation for careers in health care and in social, behavioral, and biomedical research. Click on the link below to find out more.

National Institute of Health Community College Summer Enrichment Program

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The CURE Program, a partnership of the University of Iowa, San Jacinto College, Howard University, Northeastern Illinois University, and California State University Los Angeles, is designed to provide an outstanding atmosphere to train undergraduate students in cancer research. The program is 8 weeks long for up to two consecutive summers, beginning the first Monday of June and ending the last Friday of July. Selected students will conduct cutting-edge cancer research with one of the 25 participating University of Iowa researchers over the summer. The program will cover the cost of travel to the university, living and food arrangements will be made, and an additional stipend will be paid. To apply to this life-changing program, contact Professor Christopher Wild ( and complete a CURE Program application (including letters of recommendation, personal statement, and selection of top-three mentors of interest by referring to the CURE Program description). The program has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and is designed for underrepresented students in the field of cancer research (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, disabled, or first generation in college). If you have any questions, please contact Professor Christopher Wild (

2018 Summer Costa Rica Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

This 10-week summer program will run from May 29-Aug. 3, 2018 and includes five weeks at the Texas A&M University Soltis Center for Education and Research in Costa Rica and five weeks on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. 

Applications are now open and can be obtained by visiting

Undergraduates students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be 18 years of age or older on March 1, 2018 and currently enrolled in a major in the Earth or environmental sciences, engineering or a related fields. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, expect to graduate no earlier than December 2018, and be eligible to have a passport that is valid for six months past the REU summer. 

Accepted students will receive a $500 per week stipend for all 10 weeks and will have all travel and accommodation expenses covered. The program does not cover meals while in Texas or all off-campus expenses in Costa Rica, such as zip lining, adventure tours, white water rafting, etc …

For more information, please visit View photos of previous Costa Rica REU programs at For inquiries and questions, contact