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.

ORISE Scholarship Competition

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a problem-based challenge for undergraduate students. Students will develop an infographic to communicate levels of autonomous driving and sensor packages. Winners will receive $5000, $3000, or $1000 scholarships. Submissions are due December 6.

DAAD RISE Program - Science and Engineering Research in Germany

This program provides funding for undergraduate students in the U.S. to participate in science and engineering research in Germany. Sophomores and juniors studying biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, earth sciences, or physics are eligible. Applications due December 15.

LIbrary of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

This is a 10-week paid summer fellowship for students interested in learning more about the work done at the Library of Congress. Junior Fellows work May 26 through July 31. Applications are due December 20.

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 January 6 (for spring), February 28 (for summer), and September 15 (for fall).

DOE Scholars Program

The U.S. Department of Energy offers this opportunity to learn about DOE operations and do research in energy sources, clean energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, artificial intelligence, climate change, vehicles, nuclear energy, cybersecurity, environmental sciences, and emergency response. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Fellows receive $600 per week stipend and travel allowance for ten weeks of full-time work during the summer. Applications are due January 8.

Biochemical Markers Summer Fellowship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) offers these research opportunities for undergraduate students during summer 2020 (May 21- July 31). Applicants should be majoring in chemistry or biochemistry, and must be U.S. citizens. Participants earn approximately $2900 per month. Applications are due January 10.

INSPIRE U2 - Statistical Analysis Summer Research

Female undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are currently in their first-year of college in any discipline are encouraged to apply for this 10-week summer research experience. The program seeks to increase students' knowledge of statistical analysis methods. Participants receive a stipend, room and board, and travel funding. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are due January 15.

Pathways to Computing Internship

This is a 10-week summer program providing undergraduate students with research projects in computer science and mathematics. Students will work under the direction of research staff on projects including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer. Participants receive $600/week stipend. Applications are due January 15.

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research at University of Utah

Projects are available in education, engineering, health, medicine, and social & behavioral science. Projects last for 10 weeks during the summer; dates for 2020 are May 20 - July 30. Applicants should have eligibility to work in the U.S. Participants receive a $5000 stipend, on-campus housing, and travel reimbursement. Applications are due January 26.

Great Lakes Research Experience

Research will take place for 10 weeks at Central Michigan University Biological Station on Beaver Island. Participants receive a $5750 stipend, housing, and meals during the program. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or a closely-related discipline. Applications are due January 31.

PIKSI: Philosophy in an Inclusive Key

Undergraduate students are invited to learn more about philosophy with this summer program, hosted at either State College, Pennsylvania, or Boston, Massachusetts. Participants receive a stipent, room and board, and travel funding. Applications are due January 31. 

Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute

Participants will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists on solving problems of national and scientific interest, engage in educational and professional development opportunities, explore career opportunities at national laboratories, and interact with and present their research to ORNL's scientists. These are full-time, paid positions between June 1 and August 7. Applications are due January 31.

Weather, Climate, and Society Summer Research

Hosted by the University of South Florida, this research experience for undergraduates lasts 9 weeks during the summer. Participants receive $500 per week stipend and housing. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due February 1.

Perrigo Undergraduate Summer Fellowship

The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute offers this hands-on fellowship in research to undergraduate students who attend a college or university in Michigan. Students work on a mentored project for 10 weeks (June 1 - August 7) and engage in science communication and other professional development activities. Fellows receive a $4000 stipend and $1800 in housing support. Applications are due February 1.

Center for Engineering MechanoBiology

This research experience for undergraduates is a 10-week summer program taking place at either the University of Pennsylvania or Washington University in St. Louis. Projects are interdisciplinary and provide opportunities to develop research skills in physical sciences, biological sciences, or engineering. The 2020 program runs May 26 - July31. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Participants receive a stipend, housing, travel funding, and social activities. Applications are due February 1.

Pediatric Oncology Education Program St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The POE Program provides a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Participants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents, must have GPA at least 3.40 in math and science courses. The program lasts for 10 or 11 weeks during the summer of 2020. Undergraduates will receive a stipend of $400/week. Housing is provided at no cost. Applications due February 1, 2020, but early applications are recommended.

Conservation Science at Zoo Miami

Undergraduate students will conduct research in conservation science for 10 weeks during the summer. Participants receive $600 per week stipend, housing, food allowance, and travel funding. Applications are due February 2.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Summer Student Fellowship

Undergraduate students interested in ocean science and engineering will participate in mentored research projects. Students who will finish their junior year before the program starts are eligible; students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. International students are also eligible. Participants receive $650 per week stipend, housing, and travel allowance. Applications due February 5.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute 2020 Grants and Fellowships

PCCI is located near Hastings, Michigan. A variety of research grants and fellowships for undergraduate students are offered for summer 2020 including Environmental Research Grants (up to $13000; pre-application due November 20, 2019), the Steeby Land Management Fellowship ($4500), the Gordon Art Fellowship ($8000), and the Nature in Words Fellowship ($8000). All applications are due February 6, 2020.

Summer Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University

This National Science Foundation-funded REU site provides students with a 10-week chemistry research experience during the summer. The 2020 dates are May 17-July 24. First-year, sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduates studying chemistry or biochemistry who are also U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply. Participants earn $500/week stipend, training, housing, and meals as well as some financial support for travel to the site. Applications are due February 7.

Bioarchaeology of Bronze Age Social Systems Summer Research

The Center for Archaeological Studies at the University of South Alabama invites undergraduate students to apply for this 8-week summer research experience. Students will look at how pathways to social complexity are embodied in ancient human skeletal remains and reflected in burial traditions. Travel, housing, field trips, and some meals are provided. Students also receive at $500/week stipend. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are due February 12.

Research Experience in Alpine Meteorology (REALM)

This program, hosted at the University of Utah, will provide students with research experience in understanding the influence of alpine terrain on weather and climate processes. Participants receive $600 per week for 10 weeks, housing, and travel funding. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due February 14.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Organic Chemistry

This fellowship provides funding for outstanding undergraduate students to pursue organic chemistry research at their home institution during the summer. Students with junior class status are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should be members of the American Chemical Society and Division of Organic Chemistry. Applications are due February 14.

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 $1000 to $8000 for a ten-week program. International, as well as domestic, students are eligible for these internship positions. Applications are due November 15 (for winter/spring), February 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 $1000 per month to work at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. Applications are due June 27 (fall), November 1 (spring), and February 15 (summer).

Alcohol Research Training Summer School

Hosted by the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, this program involves research into the etiology and course of alcoholism and related disorders. Participants receive training, a stipend, housing and meals, as well as 1 hour of academic credit from the University of Missouri. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are due February 16.

Cell Manufacturing Technologies Program

This 10-week summer research program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to do hands-on research at one of the CMaT sites: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, and University of Wisconsin Madison. Participants also receive a $5000 stipend, housing, meal allowances, mentoring, professional skills training, and social activities. Applications due February 16.

Zoetis Summer Internships

Zoetis, located in Kalamazoo, offers summer internships for undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines. Most internships accept applications through February, with the program taking place May through August each year. The intern works 40 hours per week for 10-13 weeks and receives competitive pay.

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.

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 (fall), November 5 (spring), or March 8 (summer).

Texas Historical Commission

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

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 to December), spring (January to May), or summer (May to 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, in early January for summer term, and in early October for the spring term.

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 October 1 (spring), February 1 (summer), or June 1 (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 February 15 for summer, June 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring appointments.

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 through December), Spring term (January through April), and summer term (May through 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, October 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 February 15 for summer projects (May-August), November 15 for winter/spring (January-April), and June 1 for fall (September-December). 

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.

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 2020 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 $1500 for the student and $1000 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.

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.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

NCUR2020 will be hosted at Montana State University March 26-28, 2020. This national conference is open to undergraduate student researchers from every discipline. Abstracts are due December 6.

Wilson College Humanities Conference "Bold Women"

This conference, held February 29, 2020, will be hosted at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Undergraduate students must submit a letter of support from a current faculty member at their institution along with their conference abstract. Abstracts are due January 15, 2020.

Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

This symposium allows undergraduate researchers in the humanities from all over the country to present their work in the professional style most common in their fields. The event will take place April 3-4, 2020, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Abstract submissions are due January 24.

2020 Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences

The 10th annual Mid-SURE will be held at Michigan State University July 22, 2020. Undergraduates participating in summer research programs at regional institutions are eligible to present. Over 15 disciplinary categories are available. There is no cost to participants. Registration opens June 1 and will close June 22.

Fine Focus

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

Undergraduate Journal of Service-Learning and 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.

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 October 15 and March 15 annually.

Physics & Astronomy: Up to $500 is available for support students presenting at professional meetings. Due dates are September 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 $1000 are awarded to students from any area of science and engineering, up to $5000 for astronomy research, and $2500 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 October 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 ($1200 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.