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.

Pew Research Center Summer Internships

The summer internship is a paid opportunity beginning June 1 and ending on or before August 21, 2020, in Washington, DC. Undergraduate students in their junior or senior years are eligible. Interns may work on a variety of projects with one of many research teams including: Science and Society, International Survey Research Methods, Data Labs, Social and Demographic Trends, International Religion, Global Attitutes.

Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh

Five positions for summer 2020 are available to female and/or underrepresented minorities. Participants will work on a mentored research project for 10 weeks starting May 26, and will receive a stipend ($3860) and free campus housing during the program. Applicants should be planning to graduate in 2021. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

Summer Internships at the Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization located in Washington, D.C., that conducts research to solve local, national, and global problems. Internships in a variety of fields are available. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university. International students are eligible to apply. Applications are due February 28.

Physics Summer Research at College of Wooster

This 10-week experience involves undergraduate students in research projects focusing on various areas including astrophysics, quantum optics, granular materials, and chemistry. Participants also attend a variety of professional development workshops and social activities. Participants receive a $6500 stipend and travel reimbursement. Applications due February 28.

ASPIRE Summer Engineering Research at University of Pittsburgh

The Human Engineering Research Laboratories at University of Pittsburgh work to improve mobility and function of people with disabilities through advanced engineering in clinical research and medical rehabilitation. This summer research program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about and contribute to assistive technologies. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Participants receive $4750 stipend and housing in addition to training, mentorship, and social activities. Applications due February 28.

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).

Keck Graduate Institute SURE Program for Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Undergraduates are offered an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research in molecular/cellular biology, drug discovery, bioengineering, computational biology, and related fields for 10 weeks during the summer. Students will also work on bioentrepreneurship projects. Applications due March 1.

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.

Mechanisms of Evolution

Projects in this summer research experience at the University of Nevada Las Vegas will focus on biological processes that drive heritable change. Undergraduate students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, microbiology, science education, and mathematics are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Participants will receive a stipend ($5750), free on-campus housing, meals, and a travel allowance. Applications are due March 1.

Coatings and Polymeric Materials Research at North Dakota State University

This ten week summer research program is for undergraduate students between their junior and senior years who are majoring in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, or a related field. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Participants receive $4000 stipend and up to $1000 housing support. Applications are due March 1.

Department of Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research

The HS-POWER program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research for 10 weeks at federal research facilities and establish connections with Homeland Security professionals. Students majoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are especially encouraged to apply. Participants receive $600 per week stipend, travel reimbursement, and a housing allowance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications due March 2.

Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Storage Internship

This is a 10-week, hands-on, practical internship at U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research related to chemistry, battery design, and manufacturing processes for improved energy storage. Undergraduates receive $600 per week stipend, housing allowance, and travel reimbursement. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications due March 3.

Mathematics Research at Virginia Commonwealth University

This six-week program focuses on graph theory and computational mathematics. Undergraduate students wll receive hands-on experience with computational research and improve problem-solving, communication, and computer programming skills. Participants also receive a stipend ($3600), on-campus housing, and travel funding. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due March 6.

Summer Chemistry Research at University of North Texas

Undergraduate students will experience interdisciplinary research and collaborate between experimental and computational groups while participating in this program. Participants will receive a stipend ($5000), free on-campus housing, and travel assistance. A meal plan at low cost is also available. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, at least 18 years old. Applications due March 6.

Pfizer 2020 Summer Student Worker Program

Paid summer internships in laboratory and non-lab environments. Students will work closely with a supervisor on business-related projects while developing fundamental skills. Applications due March 6.

Environmental Health Sciences at University of Tennessee Knoxville

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for this 10-week summer research experience. Students will do hands-on research in state-of-the-art labs, investigating environmental health sciences from microbiology to animal science to biomedical, environmental, and biomolecular engineering. Applications are due March 10.

ASPIRE at Human  Engineering Research Labs

 The ASPIRE program is designed to increase participation in rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology while fostering understanding of the problems faced by people with disabilities. Research projects address issues of mobility, communication, sensing, and cognition. Participants receive a stipend ($4750) for ten weeks of summer work, free on-campus housing at the University of Pittsburgh, professional development and social activities. Applicants should be undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications due March 15.

Research and Design Experience for Undergraduates with Spinal Cord Injuries

This program is open to undergraduates who have spinal cord injuries. The program provides opportunities and mentors for students to train for a career in rehabilitation engineering. Participants receive a stipend ($5000) for ten weeks of research, on-campus housing at the University of Pittsburgh, professional development and social activities. Applications due March 15.

INSPIRE U2 at Spelman College

Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates (INSPIRE U2) is a program for female undergraduate students to learn more about statistical methods and how to apply them to research questions across the sciences. The program is 8 weeks long. Applicants must be currently in their first or second year of undergraduate study and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All disciplines are welcome. Applications due March 15.

Notre Dame Summer Research Opportunities Program

Programs in many academic departments are offered during the summer months. Participants work on mentored research projects for 10 weeks and present results at a community symposium at the end of the program. Participants receive stipends, housing, transportation, professional development tools and information, and opportunities to explore graduate school at the University of Notre Dame. Applications due March 15.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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 $13000; pre-application due November), the Steeby Land Management Fellowship ($4500), the Gordon Art Fellowship ($8000), and the Nature in Words Fellowship ($8000). 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 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 (UGResearch@aquinas.edu). 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.

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning & Community-Based Research

Publishes new, interesting research by undergraduates in all academic disciplines. Submissions are due August 15 for the fall edition, January 15 for the spring edition.

World Class Day 3

World Class Day is a free, online conference on March 16 that highlights research by students worldwide. The conference is hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. Participants introduce their research via live video link to an international audience. Each presenter has five minutes. The conference is designed for sharing research across disciplines and across cultures. Abstracts are due by February 15.

24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Conference takes place June 16-18 in Seattle, WA. This year's theme is "Systems-Inspired Design." Features three days of technical sessions and networking opportunities. Registration opens February 18. Abstracts due February 17.

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.