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Off-Campus Opportunities

Summer fellowships and internships are amazing opportunities. Many offer stipends (~$4000 for 8 weeks!) and often cover housing, meals, and travel expenses. Below are some excellent opportunities both in and out of Tennessee that OUR has gathered. Investigate all the possibilities, then contact OUR to talk about which might be right for you – we’d love to help you find a good fit!

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Student Research Programs at Oak Ridge National Lab

Click here for a link to the Science Undergraduate Library Internship

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system and has many fellowships, research experiences for undergraduates, and interniships for students interested in research.  Scientific programs focus of materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.  Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience! 

Tennessee Valley Authority

This internship with TVA places students among the various branches of the Tennessee Valley Association and Austin Peay has a close working relationship with the Cumberland city location. One benefit to working with TVA is a competitive salary, depending upon GPA and class standing. Majors from all disciplines will be considered. Interning with TVA is a great way to get hands on experience with a well-known company.

  • Deadlines will be determined by application term >> Learn More

Engineering Research Center at University of Tennessee Knoxville (CURENT)

Students will work on research topics related to the interconnected electric power grid. These projects will investigate power systems, power electronics and drives, alternative energy sources, energy storage, control and communication, power transmission, power market structures, as well as the social impact of energy policy. Awardees will receive a $4,000 stipend for 8-10 weeks of research and campus housing at no cost.

  • Review for Summer REU begins March 22, 2013>>Learn More about the Summer REU
  • Learn More about the Academic Year REU

Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)

Program Dates: May 27-August 2, 2013

This REU allows students to work on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering. Participation in the program provides students with a true interdisciplinary research experience in an environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, and all engineers collaboratively solve problems and create new scientific understanding. Participants receive a $5000 stipend, room and board, plus travel assistance.Students from underrepresented groups and institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.


Program Dates vary by institution

Tennessee Solar Conversion using Outreach, Research and Education (TN-SCORE) is an alternative energy research grant involving nine universities across Tennessee. The TN-SCORE research areas are: 1) Advanced Solar Conversion and Innovation, 2) Components and Devices for Energy Storage and Conversion, and 3) Nanostructures for Enhancing Energy Efficiency. This year, the host universities include Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The award includes stipend, housing, and a travel stipend for the TN-SCORE annual conference (benefits may vary by institution).

Department of Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Specific dates TBA

This Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers a variety of projects for curious and highly motivated undergraduate students with strong interest in chemistry research. All students who will still be enrolled as an undergraduate the semester after participation in SURP are eligible to apply. If selected, these students will receive travel allowance, free housing, and competitive stipend to complete a 10-week research experience with faculty members and graduate students inside the Department.

  • Details for this program available soon>> Learn More


Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL)-Spring Mini-Session

University of Southern Mississippi

Program Dates: Spring Mini-Session (January 2-12, 2013)

The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is offering courses in Coastal Ornithology and Environmental Photography in a spring mini-session The mini-session is a great opportunity for students to gain knowledge in marine and coastal sciences during an intensive field and laboratory oriented learning atmosphere. Courses are offered for 3 hours of academic credit. Tuition and fees apply.

Chemistry and Biochemistry REU

Miami University-Oxford, Ohio

Program dates: June 3rd- August 9th, 2013

This REU is for students interested in a variety of research areas in the chemical sciences. Each participant will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing, and travel, research, and conference funding. 

  • First priority is given to applications received before February 15, 2013. Applications received after March 15, 2013 will not be considered>>Learn More

Summer Undergraduate Research in Chemisty and Biochemistry

Georgia Tech

Program Dates: May 20- July 26, 2013

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are invited to apply for a ten-week research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation and 3M Corporation. Projects are available in analytical, biological, inorganic,organic, physical, and polymer chemistry. Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $4,500, a travel allowance, and housing. Early submission is encouraged.

UAMS Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Program dates and deadlines vary by program

UAMS offers summer undergraduate research programs in the following areas:

BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH OR BIOINFORMATICS: Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Summer Research Fellowship>>Learn More

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)>>Learn More.

PEDIATRICS:  Arkansas Children's Hospital Summer Science Program (information specific to 2013 unavailable as yet)>>Learn More

PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)>>Learn More

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology

This 10-week summer research program in environmental microbiology allows students to collaborate with faculty mentors to develop and carry out hypothesis-based projects on microorganisms from diverse habitats. Students may also choose to explore the mechanisms of magnetotaxis, sporulation, microbial adaptation to stressful and non-host environments, or the dynamics between primary producers and consumers. Students from groups underrepresented in science and from institutions with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply. The award includes stipend, housing, and travel.

In conjuction with the UNLV REU program, students may apply for the  Tengchong hot springs project sponsored by the NSF Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program. All students participate in a one-week intensive culture and language preparatory course at UNLV prior to traveling to China. This opportunity is normally only open to researchers in PIRE labs.

ACS Nuclear & Radiochemistry Undergraduate Summer Schools

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA and Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Long Island, NY

Program Dates: June 17 -July 26, 2013

The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two intensive six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. Fellowships include a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School location, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Student candidates should be undergraduates, with an interest in nuclear science, who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study and have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of calculus.

Summer Enrichment Program - International Affairs

Howard University, Washington D.C.

Program Dates: mid-June through end of July 2013

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.The Rangel Summer Program is open to students with any major, as long as they have an interest in international affairs. The Program covers the cost of tuition, room, board, and air or train travel from home/school. It also provides a stipend of $3,500 (budget permitting).

The Geological Society of America - GeoCorps America

Various Locations

This program offers paid short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Positions are open to geologists of all levels and those whose primary study is outside geosciences. GeoCorps project areas include geology, hydrology, paleontology, mapping and GIS, minerals, soils, glaciology, geo-hazards, karst, education, interpretation, and more.>>Learn More

  • Deadline for Spring/Summer positions is February 1st.
  • Deadline for Fall/Winter positions is July 1


Various Locations

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) STEP-UP (The Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons)provides hands-on summer research experience for Undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases. 

Biological Basis of Human and Animal Behavior

Oklahoma State University

Program Dates: June1-July 27, 2013

The goal of this program is to provide 12 undergraduate students with an in-depth, hands-on research experience focused on the biological basis of animal  and human behavior. Students will be trained in the application of the scientific method to develop hypotheses, design and conduct research studies involving either animal or human subjects.  Students will also be trained in the responsible conduct of research. Applications from students from underrepresented groups, including first generation college students and students from rural areas, are especially welcome. Housing and a food stipend are included. Additional stipends are available for travel and conference presentation.

Summer Research Program-STEM

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Program Dates: 10-week program: June 3 - August 7, 2013. 8-week program: June 3 - July 26

2013 programs include: Applied Mathematics; Bioenergy Systems; Biomedical Engineering; Chemistry; Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Nanomaterials and Nanoscience; Optics and Laser Physics; Redox Biology; and Virology.

  • Priority review begins February1. All applications due by February 15>>Learn More

Chemistry NFS-REU

University of North Texas

Program Dates: June 3–August 9, 2013

The Chemistry Department at the University of North Texas invites applications for their Summer 2013 NSF-REU Program. Students who will begin their junior or senior year of undergraduate studies in 2012-2013 are eligible to apply. Outstanding students entering their sophomore year will be considered, though preference will be given to juniors and seniors with similar qualifications.Participants will be given a $5,000 stipend and housing.  Funds are also available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located at the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Department of Homeland Security

Various Locations and Program Dates

The goal of this program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM issues and to promote long-term relationships between student researchers, DHS, and federal research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. This 10-week program for undergraduate students includes a $5,ooo stipend and travel expenses.

CAP (Computational Astronomy and Physics) REU Program 

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Program Dates: May 27-August 3, 2013

This program offers a full-time summer research experience including joint computing seminars and social activities, plus an individual project working in a UNC research group. Weekly computational methods seminars cover topics such as mathematical modeling; Fourier methods/wavelets; visualization; Monte Carlo simulation; high-performance parallel programming; real-time instrument control; python scripting; and analysis with Mathematica. Individual student research projects span a wide range of astronomy and physics subfields, with opportunities from beginner to advanced levels in computing.

Summer Research Internships in Hyperspectral Remote Sensing

The GeoTREE Center at the University of Northern Iowa

Program Dates: May 20-July 12, 2013

The Interdisciplinary Research Experience in Hyperspectral Imaging (IDREHSI) program is the National Science Foundation's REU site that focuses on introducing young scientists to a highly interdisciplinary research environment with a unifying theme of fundamental and applied research in hyperspectral imaging. Hyperspectral imaging (HI) is widely used in various disciplines such as Earth Science; Environmental Science; Biology; Forestry; Physics; Chemistry; Computer Science; Geographic Information Science (GISc); and more. Awards include a stipend of $4,000, housing, meals, and lab supplies.

Other Opportunities:

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Multiple Institutions/Locations

This REU Opportunity is for students from ALL DISCIPLINES and is designed to offer research experience and help prepare students for graduate study. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have a strong interest in pursuing a PhD. Low-income, under-represented minority, and first-generation college students will be given priority. Sophomores and juniors are eligible. Senior students must have at least one semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the summer research experience to be eligible. Program dates, stipends and other benefits vary by program.

View the list of participating institutions HERE

View the program information and  application guidelines HERE

UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative

Science Scolarships and Fellowships

The UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative is an innovative approach that creates opportunities in the biological, chemical, and engineering sciences for African American students throughout the country. >>Learn More

Student Veterans of America (SVA) STEM Scholarship

The STEM Scholarship will be awarded to one (1) veteran for $10,000 per academic year to incentivize students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees  to achieve academic excellence.>>Learn More

Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), invites applications for the Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for undergraduate environmentally-related study. This fellowship provides up to $20,700 per year of academic support and $8,600 for internship support for a combined total of up to $50,000 over the life of the fellowship and is intended to help defray costs associated with environmentally-oriented study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Other Resources:

 Nothing listed seem right for you? Check out these Master-Lists of undergraduate opportunities or contact OUR for more personalized help. 

Master List of Research Opportunities

Maintained by University of California-Irvine

UC-Irvine’s Undergraduate Research Office has an amazing site summarizing off-campus research opportunities available at other universities, national labs, research institutes, and corporations.

Various deadlines and locations>> Learn More

Opportunities for students with majors in: 

  • Arts, Humanities, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science,  Applied Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral sciences, as well as many others. No matter what your major, this is the place to start looking for off campus research opportunities.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Master List

This is a site regularly updated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with listings of available REU’s and internships across the nation. Each opportunity has detailed information about dates, deadlines, and stipends.

  • Expected deadlines for multiple locations January to March 2013>> Learn More

Opportunities are available in the following subjects: 

Astronomical Sciences, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Cyberinfrastructure, Department of Defense (DoD), Earth Sciences, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Ethics and Values Studies, International Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Physics, Polar Programs, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


Check out these opportunities for graduates interested in pursuing higher degrees.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Graduate College at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign maintains a Fellowship Opportunities database. This database contains over 800 graduate student funding opportunities as well as grant-writing workshops and proposal advising services.>>Learn More

2013 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities for those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State. The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people with any undergraduate degree who are interested in careers of international service.  Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2013, have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. 

UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative

Science Scolarships and Fellowships

The UNCF - MERCK Science Initiative is an innovative approach that creates opportunities in the biological, chemical, and engineering sciences for African American students throughout the country. >>Learn More

Need more ideas or assistance with your application? Contact OUR ( to arrange a personal consultation - we would be happy to help!  Please include the following in your email: Name, Major, Status (Sophomore, Junior, etc), and Research Interests