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Additional Research Opportunities

On-Campus and Off-Campus (U.S. and International) Research Opportunities 

Off-Campus Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REUs) 


For information about REU opportunities on campuses across the country, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

National Institutes of Health

NIH is offering training programs in the biomedical sciences for undergraduates. Please go to: www.training.nih.gov/programs for information and application.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Undergraduate Student Research Program offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experience at NASA Centers and research support facilities. Please visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/index.html for additional information and application.

Cornell Tech Summer Research now funded through ELI grant program

Engineering undergraduates may apply through ELI’s undergraduate research grant program to engage in research with faculty members at the Cornell Tech campus. Students may explore faculty members and research areas at the Cornell Tech Summer Research page. The application system will be open during March for Summer 2021 opportunities.

Summer Research Opportunities Database 

Database of summer research opportunities in the U.S. maintained by Cornell's Office of Undergraduate Biology.

Undergraduate Jobs & Funding page maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Visit this webpage to learn more about finding research opportunities and where to look for undergraduate research jobs: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/students/student-life/undergraduate-jobs-funding/

Pathways to Science 

PathwaysToScience.org is an overview site and resource for finding both paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. 

ORNL Virtual Summer Research in Computing 

Application information: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/ORNL-USO-PCIP-2021 Application Deadline: March 30, 2021. This is a virtual undergraduate research opportunity at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for this summer. The program provides students with learning opportunities in computer science, computational science, and mathematics. Students will be mentored by ORNL research and technical staff and will be able to make contributions to projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. In addition, students will gain valuable skills needed for a successful career in computing fields. Selected interns will have access to ORNL’s leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world’s 2nd most powerful supercomputer.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. All applicants must be enrolled (full-time) as a student in the Fall 2021 semester. This application requires one letter of recommendation. Please choose someone that will speak directly to your computational skills and potentials and ability to remain driven in a remote-work environment.

Department of Energy Programs

Department of Energy programs outlined below. ORNL is one of the hosting national laboratories and students can apply through these programs for placements with us at ORNL year-round.  All appointments for current application cycles will be virtual.  

Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Program at New York Tech

Application Deadline: March 5, 2021. Apply here: https://www.nyit.edu/engineering/reu. The program is recruiting ten undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty on methods of securing mobile devices and wireless networks using both software and hardware approaches for 10 weeks during the summer (June 1 - August 6, 2021) at the New York Institute of Technology NYC campus, located in the heart of New York City near Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park.

Participating students will get $6,000 stipend, $600 travel allowance, $3,000 housing (estimated) and $24/day (estimated) food allowance PLUS research experiences, grad school preparation, networking/mentoring opportunities, and visits to state-of-the-art labs, security centers, and corporations.

Research Experience for Undergraduates at UC Irvine: Research Focus: Internet of Things (IoT)

Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021. This program is 8 weeks of hands-on research guided by faculty mentors and graduate students. Also included are guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips. Internet of Things (IoT) Research Domains: Computer Architecture and Design, Cyber-physical Systems, Embedded Systems, Human Computer Interaction, Transportation Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Hydrologic System Modeling, Multimedia Computing Networks and Distributed Systems, and Intelligent Structure. Online application: http://sites.uci.edu/iotsity/applynow/. Contact Information: Dr. Sharnnia Artis, oai@uci.edu

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research offers the Andrew Kohut Fellowship Program in Public Opinion & Survey Research. This fellowship is open to both graduate and undergraduate Cornell students. The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend for the summer, allowing the recipients to engage in their own original public opinion-focused research project using data from the Roper Center archives. More information is available and found on the Roper Center website.

U.S. Army Research Laboratory Research Associateship Program (RAP)

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) offers the Journeyman Fellowship Program and additional summer student experiences for undergraduates, graduates students and recent postgraduates at the bachelor’s and master’s level to engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs. Applications are open for Summer Student experiences.

ORISE Research Participation Programs: U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense seeks individuals from the academic community to participate in DoD research projects. Application details available on website. 

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) depends on science, technology, and innovative engineering to carry out their mission of deterring war and protecting the security of the United States.  o ensure the robust supply of scientists and engineers to meet the DoD’s future science and technology needs, the ORISE program places individuals from the academic community (students, recent graduates, and faculty) in DoD research projects. The ORISE Research Participation Programs accept applications from students, recent graduates, and faculty researchers year round. Research appointments can vary from three months to one year and may be renewed for additional appointment terms. 

Technion International’s Summer Program in Entrepreneurship and Internship

Technion offers engineering students a tuition free chance to come to Technion for the summer program, May – August (including a research internship). The program consists of a 10-week unpaid academic research internship followed by a 4-week study period. The program also includes social activities and trips. More details are on the Technion website. For program specific questions, please contact the summer programs coordinator at: Summer@int.technion.ac.il. For credit transfer questions, please contact Engineering Advising at adv_engineering@cornell.edu.

On-Campus Research Experiences for Undergrads (REUs) 

Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

The Bioacoustics Research Program's (BRP) mission is to collect and interpret sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. We conduct a broad range of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine bioacoustic research, often at large geographic scales. Many of our projects are applied, featuring a strong focus on the conservation of endangered species. More recently we have engaged in soundscape ecology research and the development of acoustic metrics to assess biodiversity and ecosystem health. We are also researching new ways to collect and analyze acoustic data sets using autonomous mobile systems and algorithm development. Undergraduates interested in research can find additional information at: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/undergraduate-students/

Summer Research Opportunities in ECE for Freshmen

The Cornell School of Electrical and Computer Engineering announces the Cornell ECE Early Career Research Scholars Program. This program is designed for students between their freshmen and sophomore years in the College of Engineering who intend to major in ECE. Students will apply together with a faculty mentor. The application process and deadlines are the same as the Engineering Learning Initiatives' program: Student Grant Program. Contact Professor Farhan Rana with questions.

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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates