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Undergraduate Research Center

Director: Janice McDonald
Phone: 607-777-4324
Office: UU 260C
Assistant to the Director:
Ashley Serbonich
Phone: 607-777-4342
Office: UU 260A



Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers, Scholars and Artists

2013 Summer Scholars 

Ilana Ben-Ezra
History and political science
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Casteen, mentor

Joshua Chorman
English and cinema
Associate Professor Ariana Gerstein, mentor

Chunhui Dai
Electrical engineering
Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, mentor

Sarah Davis
Integrative neuroscience
Professor Ralph Garruto, mentor

Matthew Epstein
Assistant Professor Gretchen Mahler, mentor

Raymond Futia
Cell and molecular biology
Assistant Professor Heather Fiumera, mentor

Joy Hallmark
Integrative neuroscience
Associate Professor Christopher Bishop, mentor

Jin Woo Lee
Mechanical engineering
Assistant Professor Peter Huang, mentor

Mallory Mecca
Sociology and economics
Associate Professor Kelvin Santiago-Valles, mentor

Mike Miller
Associate Professor Elisa Camiscioli, mentor

Patrick Schechter
Cinema and psychology
Assistant Professor Tomonari Nishikawa, mentor

Joel Thomas
Cell and molecular biology and philosophy
Associate Professor Anne B. Clark, mentor

2013 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research 

Anthony Frachioni
Associate Professor Bruce White, mentor

William Marsiglia
Professor Christof Grewer, mentor

Council on Undergraduate Research
Posters on the Hill Presenters 

Jacqueline Odgis

Kathleen Francis Clancy

Abigail H MacFadden

Professor Koji Lum, mentor



Research in lab.

Resources from External Sources:

Science, Mathematics & Engineering


Guides to or Lists of Opportunities

Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science
Searchable database of STEM opportunities.

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
A list of opportunities for students interested in biology, biomedical research, and medical school.  Compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Programs
Compiled by the American Mathematical Society.

Howard Hughes Medical Institutes for Summer Research
HHMI-funded experiences for students at universities across the country.

Summer research programs and internships.

Specific Opportunities


Amgen Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology
Program provides undergraduates an opportunity for research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions, plus some in Europe (see website for list). Plus interaction with faculty mentors, including some of the nation's top academic scientists. Applicants must intend to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D., and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Stipend, plus other financial support.

DAAD Summer Research Internships in Science & Engineering 
Deadline: must register in early December
RISE is a summer internship for undergraduates (apply in sophomore or junior year) in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering to work with
research groups at universities and research institutions across Germany for 2 to 3 months. The working language is English. Stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance.

Department of Energy Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Department of Homeland Security Summer STEM Internship
A 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. Students who demonstrate long-term goals aligned with the DHS mission have the opportunity to conduct research relevant to the DHS mission at various federal research facilities.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy)
This is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). Participants have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. Participants receive a stipend and transportation expenses. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age; a citizen of the United States; be currently enrolled in the sophomore year or higher; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Microsoft Summer Internships
These are 12 week summer internships for college students interested in Software and Hardware, Finance, Human Resources, IT/Operations, Marketing and Sales. Stipend, travel expenses, help with housing costs. They are looking for interns with an interest in technology and a desire to solve problems.

NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science & Technology (MUST) Project 

The Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology Project, or MUST, endeavors to develop undergraduate skill sets and expertise critical to the global science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce and mission of NASA. In addition to a renewable scholarship, MUST participants receive a NASA summer internship, mentoring, and professional development training. The project focuses on groups traditionally under-served and under-represented in the STEM workforce.

National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)
Summer research opportunities in all fields of the sciences (including some social sciences), mathematics, and engineering. Each site, based at a university, consists of about 10 students who work in the research program of the host university. Stipends and in most cases housing and travel funds. Complete list of locations on website, start checking late fall/early spring semester. Students apply to the university hosting the REU, not to NSF.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program – Department of the Navy
NREIP provides competitive research internships to undergraduate sophomores, juniors & seniors, and graduate students. Participating students typically spend ten weeks during the summer doing research at DoN laboratories. To participate, a student must be enrolled at an accredited 4 year US college or university and have completed their freshman year before beginning the internship.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Summer Fellowships
PDF's Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students - from advanced undergraduates to graduate and medical students - in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects.

Space Telescope Science Institute
Each summer, the program brings highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for a Space Astronomy Summer Program.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
A gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. Goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. The program helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and plan to pursue a PhD in graduate school. Ph.D.

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship
Research scholarships for both undergraduates and graduate students to conduct research at a public Swiss university or research institute. Provide a monthly stipend (approximately $1,000 US) for a period of 2 to 3 months. The scholarship is open to outstanding students in all fields with an interest in conducting research in Switzerland.

Biomedical Sciences

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program
The UCRTP is a 12-week summer research program designed for outstanding minority and underrepresented undergraduate students who are contemplating a career in biomedical-related sciences.

Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (Health P.A.S.S.)
Health P.A.S.S. is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors from populations underrepresented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. The program provides participants with perspectives on what it is like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. DMU covers all costs for participants, including housing, meals, and transportation

Mayo Clinic - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Summer research opportunity for sophomores and juniors at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Minnesota. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) provides a 10-week research experience working on a wide range of biomedical research questions. Sophomores and juniors planning a career in biomedical research as a PhD or MD/PhD are encouraged to apply. A stipend is provided to cover the cost of travel, housing and meals.

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
Summer programs at NIH provide an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with leading scientists in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Most of the laboratories are located in Maryland. Open to undergraduates at any level. Stipends are adjusted yearly, check the website for current information.


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
The program focuses on giving opportunities in science and technology to undergraduate college students currently enrolled in four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Internships are offered to students majoring in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science.

NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

The Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP) is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college. This ten-week program will allow rising senior biomedical engineering students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories.

University of Utah's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center: Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program
Research opportunities in Materials Science and Engineering:  Plasmonic Metamaterials and Organic Spintronics.
The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents obtaining an undergraduate degree Spring 2014 or after. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

Whitaker International Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship for Undergraduate Biomedical Engineers and Bioengineers
Scholarship provides funding to undergraduate biomedical engineers and bioengineers for a semester or one academic year to pursue coursework in their field in an international setting. Scholarship amounts range from $7,500 for one semester or academic term, to $10,000 for one academic year.
The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Applicants must be Sophomores (2nd year), Juniors (3rd year), or Seniors (4th or 5th year), with at least one semester remaining, in an undergraduate BME (or related major) degree program with good academic standing.

Environmental Research/Education

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
SERC's Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education.

Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health – Summer Program in Quantitative Science (Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Public Health Research
The Summer Program is a relatively intensive 4-week program, during which qualified participants receive an interesting and enjoyable introduction to biostatistics, epidemiology and public health research. This program is designed to expose undergraduates to the use of quantitative methods for biological, environmental and medical research.

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Last Updated: 7/16/14