undergrad research

Additional Research Opportunities

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

Off-Campus Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REUs) 

NSF

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. 

NASA

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. 

Engineering International Experience Grant

The Engineering International Experience Grant offers summer support for Cornell Engineering undergraduates who have secured an international research experience that complements their academic experience and/or enhances their career goals. 

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. These faculty at Cornell Tech have potential projects available for Summer 2022 and interested students should contact them directly:

Cornell Tech Summer 2022 Programming Project 

Researchers at Cornell Tech are designing robots that communicate with their human teammates using augmented reality (AR) devices. We are looking for a student to support our research efforts by programming robots to perform simple tasks with users and communicating with their human teammates to improve teamwork. We are looking for students with experience programming in Unity/C# (preferred), AR/VR devices (preferred), Robot Operating System (ROS) with C++ or Python (preferred), or mobile applications (Swift/ARKit). Students will engage in an 8-week mentored project which involves programming robots, prototyping AR visualizations, designing and evaluating interactions between users and robots with AR devices. Additionally, students will be coached, mentored, and have the opportunity publish the findings in a research article.

With interest, contact: Angelique Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, amt298@cornell.edu

Summer Research Opportunities Database 

Database of Summer Research Opportunities in the U.S. maintained by Cornell's Office of Undergraduate Biology.

Summer Research Opportunity - Soundscape Study

Opportunity for summer student research assistants to work on an ecoacoustics project aimed at characterizing the complexity of soundscapes in streams and adjacent terrestrial habitats that vary in land use. Positions based around Ithaca, NY with some planned travel to the Hudson Valley, NY. Full time positions (40 hours per week) for pay (or credit, if preferred). The research positions involve a combination of field and lab work, spending part time outside making sound recordings, and part time in the lab analyzing the structure of recordings and assisting in the development of a library of underwater and riparian sounds. Faculty mentors: Dr. Alex Flecker (https://fleckerlab.weebly.com/ ), Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; and Dr. Aaron Rice (https://www.birds.cornell.edu/ccb/aaron-rice/ ), Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. 

To apply, please contact Dr. Alex Flecker (asf3@cornell.edu) and include: 1) a description of your interests, 2) course and research experience, 3) a resume with the names and contact information of two references, and 4) whether you have a driver’s license and are able to drive. 

See more information on the Soundscape Student Research Opportunity.

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

Visit the Lab of Ornithology webpage to learn more about finding research opportunities and where to look for undergraduate research jobs

Pathways to Science 

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

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Department of Energy Programs

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Application deadlines vary by program and a listing of opportunities and internships can be found on the ORNL website.

Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Positions through Hubbard Brook Research Foundation

Application Deadline: February 25, 2022. The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation has openings for the summer of 2022 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in Woodstock, NH.  Research topics include: environmental controls on soil carbon cycling, ash tree environmental condition assessment using tree-ring analysis, drought-tolerance of trees, and insect biodiversity. More details about REU Positions through Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (PDF)

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

The program recruits 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 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. If of interest, contact program for information on 2022 opportunities.

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

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022. 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. 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 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.

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.

Cornell Office of Undergraduate Research

Summer research opportunity programs are designed to introduce undergraduates to leading scholars at the nation’s top research institutions. Participating undergraduates are engaged in graduate level research with faculty guidance over an eight- to- ten-week period in the summer. Funding is often provided. Applications are typically due in early January.