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Student Research at Aquinas College

Research Opportunities

Programs & Experiences

Looking for a summer undergraduate research experience? The peak period for notices of this type of program is between December and March.


REU at West Virginia University

WVU offers three different summer research programs for undergraduate students in the fields of Chemistry, Robotics, and Psychology. Each program is 10 weeks long. Participants receive a stipend, housing, travel expenses, and meals. Priority date for applications is Jan. 21; application period closes March 4.

Repperger Summer Research Institute

This 10-week summer program provides research opportunities for undergraduate students at Air Force facilities, under the supervision of an Air Force scientist. Research in all STEM areas is available. Participants earn a stipend. Applications due January 24.

High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Internships

The U.S. Department of Energy offers 10-week summer internships to students studying a field related to high performance computing. Interns perform research and gain valuable career skills. A stipend of $700/week, travel reimbursement, housing allowance, and other benefits are included. Applications due January 25.

DOE Energy Storage Summer Internships

The Department of Energy offers these 10-week, hands-on, practical internships at U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research related to battery design and/or manufacturing processes to improve energy storage technology under the supervision of a scientist mentor. A stipend of $700/week, housing and training allowances, and travel expenses are provided. Applications due January 25.

DOE Robotics Summer Internships

The Department of Energy offers these 10-week, hands-on, practical internships at U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research related to robotics under the supervision of a scientist mentor. A stipend of $700/week, housing and training allowances, and travel expenses are provided. Applications due January 25.

Samuel & Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The University of Michigan hosts this 10-week program for undergraduates interested in cardiovascular research. Participants receive $15/hour for full-time work and benefit from seminars, social events, and a research symposium. Applications due Jan. 30.

Department of Homeland Security HS-POWER Program

Hands on opportunities for undergraduate students to experience federal facilities and other homeland security focused partners for 10 weeks during the summer. Participants will visit both Washington, DC and Ottawa, Canada. A stipend of $600/week will be paid, travel expenses and housing are provided. Applications due January 31.

RISE at Rutgers

This program is for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Scholars contribute to research in biological, physical, and social/behavioral sciences under the guidance of faculty mentors. Scholars receive a stipend, free on-campus housing, travel funding, and GRE preparation program. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is filled but students are strongly recommended to submit materials by February 1.

Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School Program

Curious and highly motivated undergraduate students are invited to apply for this 6-week summer course in nuclear or radiochemistry in either California or New York. Participants earn chemistry credits and a stipend of $4,000. Applications due Feb. 1.

Center for Engineering Microbiology Summer Program

Undergraduates Exploring Boundaries is a 10-week summer research program at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis beginning May 31. Applications due Feb. 1.

NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology Center offers 10-week research opportunities to undergraduates for the summer of 2022. Participants receive a stipend, on-campus housing, training and mentoring, and opportunities for scientific communication. Applications are due February 9.

Polymer Science and Engineering

The University of Akron School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers this 9-week summer opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research on polymers. Participants receive a stipend and housing on campus. Applications due Feb. 11.

Michigan State University Green Chemistry REU

This 10-week summer program focuses on sustainable chemistry and chemical process. Participants receive a $6000 stipend, on-campus housing, meal plan, and travel assistance, in addition to hands-on research training and experience under the guidance of MSU professionals. Applications due February 15.

Chemistry REU at University of North Texas

This 10-week summer program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to explore chemistry research. Participants receive a stipend $5,000 and housing. Applications due Feb. 15.

Maryland Sea Grant REU

Maryland Sea Grant offers fifteen students the opportunity to conduct marine research on the Chesapeake Bay. During the 12-week program, each student works with a mentor on an individual research project. It’s a special opportunity to develop your research skills and interests by working with top science mentors studying America’s largest estuary. Each fellow receives $7,200 stipend, free housing at the research site, and round trip travel expenses. Applications due Feb. 15.

DOE Omni Technology Alliance Internship

The U.S. Department of Energy offers 10-week summer internships for undergraduate students in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and related fields. Interns receive hands-on experience at a DOE facility and earn a $750/week stipend. Housing allowances and travel reimbursement are among the other benefits. Applications due February 17.

Molecules Meet Materials REU

This program is held at the University of South Dakota. Participants will work on a molecular surface-based research project for 10 weeks during summer 2022. A stipend of $6000, living expenses, and travel assistance is provided. Applications due March 1.

Nebraska Summer Research Programs

The University of Nebraska offers summer research opportunities to undergraduate students interested in a wide range of disciplines including: bioenergy, lasers and optics, virology, freedom stories lab, plant-microbe interactions, chemistry, health equity, nanotechnology, and sustainability. Participants receive a stipend, on-campus housing, meal plan, professional mentoring, travel assistance, seminars and workshops. Applications are due March 1, with priority deadline February 1.

Experimental Linguistics in the Caribbean

This is a 7-week summer program in experimental linguistics with training to conduct research in diverse socio-cultural, geographic and linguistic environments. Students will work at Malloy College in New York and the University of the Antilles in Guadaloupe. Travel, accommodations, meals, and a stipend are provided to participants. Applications due March 31.

Zoetis Internships

This large global veterinary healthcare company has internships available for the summer of 2022 at its Kalamazoo location and elsewhere. Competitive pay. Due dates vary.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) with U.S. Department of Energy

This program encourages undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Selected students work at one of the 17 participating national laboratories around the United States, performing research under the guidance of staff scientists and engineers. Appointments are for 10 weeks in fall (August-December), spring (January-May), or summer (May-August). Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and will receive $500/week stipend, housing and travel support. Applications are due late May for the fall term, January for summer term and in early October for the spring term.

Texas Historical Commission

Various unpaid internships are available each year to provide undergraduate students experience in historic preservation careers. Applications are due May 1 (for summer), Sept. 1 (for fall), and Jan. 1 (for spring).

Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Program at ORNL

Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for spring, summer, or fall opportunities in nuclear engineering research. No citizenship requirement. Participants earn a weekly stipend and housing allowance. Applications are due Jan. 6 (for spring), Feb. 28 (for summer), and Sept. 15 (for fall).

Geoscience Policy Internship

Outstanding geoscience or geo-related engineering students with a strong interest in federal science policy are invited to apply for this semester- or summer-length internship with the American Geosciences Institute. Fall term (September-December), Spring term (January-April), and summer term (May-August) positions are available. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Interns are paid a stipend. Applications are due April 15 (for fall), Oct. 15 (for spring), and March 1 (for summer).

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Research internships are available in a variety of fields related to environmental issues. Participants receive $550/week. Applications are due Feb. 15 for summer projects (May-August), Nov. 15 for winter/spring (January-April), and June 1 for fall (September-December).

Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The HERE program provides research opportunities for undergraduate students at various academic levels. Participate in cutting-edge projects, collaborate with prestigious international experts, develop solutions to pressing national problems. Those selected will also receive $500/week stipend and a housing allowance. Applications are accepted year-round, but apply by Oct. 1 (for spring), Feb. 1 (for summer), or June 1 (for fall) for the best chance of a suitable placement in your preferred term. You must be 18 years or older, have medical insurance and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Professional Internship Program at NETL

This program of the National Energy Technology Laboratory is designed to introduce students to the challenges of conducting energy research. Participants interact with assigned mentors who guide their research activities. Applications are always accepted; for best results apply by Feb. 15 (for summer), June 1 (for fall), and Oct. 1 (for spring) appointments.

National Museum of the American Indian Internships

Students interested in museum professions and related fields are invited to apply. Interns complete projects using the museum resources with professional staff. Stipends range from $1,000-8,000 for a 10-week program. International, as well as domestic, students are eligible for these internship positions. Applications are due Nov. 15 (for winter/spring), Feb. 15 (for summer), and June 15 (for fall).

Cato Institute Internships

Undergraduates studying policy, communications or law are invited to apply for an internship during fall semester, spring semester or summer. Interns are paid a stipend of $1,000 per month to work at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Applications are due June 27 (for fall), Nov. 1 (for spring), and Feb. 15 (for summer).

NASA Internships

Undergraduate students interested in NASA-related research topics should apply for these internships, held at various NASA sites. Interns are assigned to a career professional mentor while working for 16 weeks (10 weeks in summer) on tasks that contribute to operations or missions. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens with at least 3.0 GPA. Interns receive a stipend. Applications are due July 1 (for fall), Nov. 5 (for spring), or March 8 (for summer).

Oak Ridge Environmental Management Science Education and Internship Program

Offers undergraduate students and recent graduates opportunities to receive specialized training and practical experience on the safe cleanup of environmental projects. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Institute for Women's Policy Research Internship Program

The IWPR, located in Washington, D.C., offers this internship program to train undergraduates in fundamentals of the non-profit sector and grow in policy research skills. Internships are available in Research or Accounting and Operations areas. These are paid internships with flexible time commitments, although they typically last one semester. International students and college students of all levels are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Grants and Fellowships

PCCI is located near Hastings, Michigan. A variety of research grants and fellowships for undergraduate students are offered during the summer including Environmental Research Grants (up to $13,000; pre-application due November), the Steeby Land Management Fellowship ($4,500), the Gordon Art Fellowship ($8,000), and the Nature in Words Fellowship ($8,000). All applications are due late January or early February.

Amway Internships

Search the Amway Careers site for internship opportunities available to undergraduates. Opportunities span many different disciplines and are offered year-round.

Aquinas Summer Scholars Grants

The proposal phase for 2022 will open in January. This program provides an opportunity for student-faculty pairs to pursue a collaborative project during the summer break. Projects may come from any academic discipline. The program includes a stipend of $1,500 for the student and $1,000 for the faculty mentor of each team. Requirements include a written report at the end of the summer and presentation of the results of the project during the Student Research Symposium next spring. The application form is available from the Flannery Hall reception desk. Questions may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Jensen ( The Writing Center staff is eager to assist you with your proposal.

Mohler-Thompson Summer Research Grants

Aquinas undergraduate students interested in participating in science or math research during the summer should contact any science or math faculty member to find out what projects are available and how to apply. Selection of students takes place between November and February.

Student Internship Program at Van Andel Research Institute

Summer interns work with closely with a Van Andel scientist for 10 weeks. The program provides training in research methods, procedures and communication skills.

Summer Experiences in the Arts and Humanities

This listing is maintained by CURAH, the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

Listings of all NSF-funded REU sites with contact information.

Plant Science Research Network Research and Funding Opportunities

This organization provides a list of opportunities for students interested in plant science.

Pathways to Science

Searchable database of science summer research opportunities.

Conferences & Publications

These opportunities are especially relevant for undergraduate researchers.

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters

The annual conference will be held virtually on March 11, 2022. Abstracts from all disciplines are invited by January 10.

NCUR 2022

This annual undergraduate research conference will take place in April 2022. Students from all disciplines are invited to submit their work for presentation (due date for abstracts Nov. 19). The conference also features a graduate school fair and networking sessions.

MICU Research and Discovery Day

Lawrence Technological University invites papers, presentations, and posters for this event to be held April 23, 2022, at the Southfield Campus. MICU student presenters will earn awards in a variety of categories and will network with industry professionals and academics. Registration opens January 1.

Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Mid-SURE is an opportunity for students to share their work with peers and faculty. Over 15 disciplinary categories were represented at last year's event. Mid-SURE will take place July 27, 2022 on the campus of Michigan State University. Registration will open in May 2022.

Sigmi Xi Student Research Showcase

Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society invites students to present in the annual science communication competition. The Student Research Conference involves students from all areas of science.

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research

This journal publishes reflective essays, analytical essays, research done in partnership with community organizations, research articles, and other types of work by undergraduate students. All manuscripts go through a review process. Submissions are due Aug. 15 for the fall edition, Jan. 15 for the spring edition.

Fine Focus

Fine Focus is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes undergraduate research in all fields of microbiology. Submissions are due Sept. 30 and March 30.

Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research

This peer-reviewed journal is edited and published by a team of students and faculty at Monmouth College. Manuscripts from students in any discipline are accepted. Additional instructions for authors are available under "Call for Papers" at the linked website.

CUR list of undergraduate research journals

Funding Sources

Aquinas Student Senate Research Fund

The SSRF provides small grants to help Aquinas students conduct research projects and travel to conferences.

CUR Travel Awards

Several divisions of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) offer funding to cover undergraduate student travel to present research at conferences. Aquinas is an institutional member of CUR.

Biology: Up to $250 is available for students presenting original biological research at a regional or national disciplinary meeting. Due dates are September and January.

Health Sciences: Up to $400 is available for students presenting original research related to the health sciences at the annual NCUR conference. Applications are due February.

Psychology: Travel awards ($200) are available from CUR's psychology division to support undergraduate students presenting original research at a regional or national disciplinary meeting. Faculty mentors must nominate students for these awards. Nominations are due Oct. 15 and March 15 annually.

Physics & Astronomy: Up to $500 is available for support students presenting at professional meetings. Due dates are Sept. 15 and April 19.

Social Sciences: Up to $200 will be granted to students presenting at national or regional meetings. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to students from any area of science and engineering, up to $5,000 for astronomy research, and $2,500 for vision related research. Funding can be used for travel expenses to and from a research site or for purchase of laboratory equipment. Membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement. Students from any country are eligible. Learn how to submit the best grant application at the linked site. The two annual deadlines are March 15 and Oct. 1.

ACM-W Scholarships for Attendance at Research Conferences

ACM-W provides funding for women undergraduate students in Computer Science and related disciplines to attend research conferences. The student does not need to be presenting a paper at the conference to receive support. Scholarship applications are reviewed six times a year for up to $600 ($1,200 for intercontinental conferences). Certain ACM special interest group conferences will also provide free registration and a conference mentor.

Council on Undergraduate Research

Register here and graduate schools may invite you to apply for their programs based on your interests and experience.
For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Jensen or Dr. Michael McDaniel.