Summer REUs and Internships

Below are links to research opportunities and internships for physics majors.

Research Opportunities

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine's Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Program offers a week summer program designed to increase the number of underrepresented groups in medical physics by creating new opportunities, outreach, and mentoring geared towards diversity recruitment of undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. Junior and senior physics majors are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 9, 2016.

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 7, 2016.  For more information, visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry. 

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. 

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.  Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2016.

For more information, please visit

Opportunity DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program Organization U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Program DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program Reference Code DHS-HSSTEM-2016  How To Apply:

A complete application consists of:

  • All required fields in both the profile and application form, including essays on research and career goals
  • Transcripts for all postsecondary institutions attended during the last two years and proof of enrollment during the Fall 2015
  • Minimum of two references received by the deadline for references to complete online recommendations (see Key Dates)

For detailed application requirements, please visit

For a tutorial on how to build a successful DHS HS-STEM application, please read

If you have questions, send an email message to  Please include the program name (DHS HS-STEM) in the subject of your email.

Application deadline:  12/16/2015 11:59 PM Eastern Time Zone

Academic Levels: Graduate Students, Undergraduates

Description:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.  Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.  For detailed program information, please visit


  • United States (U.S.) citizenship as of the application deadline
  • At least 18 years of age by May 1, 2016
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale as of Spring/Summer 2015
  • Pursuing long-term career goals aligned with the DHS mission and objectives
  • Full-time enrollment as a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student

 For complete program eligibility conditions, please visit

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's degree , Bachelor's degree , Master's degree , or Doctoral degree
  • Overall GPA: 3.30
  • Discipline(s):
    • Physics (All)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (All)
    • Earth and Geosciences (All)
    • Engineering (All)
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (All)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
    • Other Physical Sciences (All)
    • Computer Sciences (All)
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
    • Business
    • Business Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • MIS or Business Statistics
    • Project Management
    • Communications and Graphics Design (All)
    • Nanotechnology (All)
    • Other
    • Public Affairs
  • Veteran Status: None

NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program here at Kansas State University. 

Our department will host our program entitled Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning for 10 weeks this summer.  We invite your students who have completed a course in modern physics to apply.

Student participants will be involved with a variety of research projects at the leading edge of world-class research.  For example, students will study the attosecond physics of electrons in matter; nanoparticle formation; quantum and coherent control of laser-cooled atoms; nonlinear fiber optics; neutrino oscillations; atomic and molecular dynamics, using ultrafast lasers; and how students learn physics.  They will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Kansas Light Source ultrafast high intensity laser.  All students will be full participants in active research groups, and will be mentored by faculty who are recognized both for their research and their teaching abilities.  For example, our atomic physics program is highly rated, and two of our faculty members have been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as National Professor of the Year.

Students selected to participate will receive a $5,200 stipend, partial travel expenses, and room and board, for a value of over $8,500.  They will live on campus with students in this and other REU programs and will have access to all the usual facilities at Kansas State: libraries, recreation centers, and so on. Online applications are available at  An unofficial transcript and letter of reference are also required.  We will begin reviewing applications on February 1 and will continue until all places are filled.

If you or your students have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at (785)532-1612 or e-mail

The College of Wooster REU program offers an opportunity for undergraduates to conduct academic research. The application is available now.

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at Florida International University (FIU) invites undergraduate students to apply its REU Site 2016 Summer program: "Security of Smart Things: From Small Devices to Large Infrastructures. "The program will run from June 1, 2016 to August 1, 2016 at FIU Campus in Miami, FL. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, non-graduating seniors) to engage in hands-on research activity under the supervision of a faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellow in the ECE Department throughout the summer. Detailed information about the REU projects are available at:

Department of Astronomy,Cornell University 2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Department of Astronomy of Cornell University is pleased to announce its summer undergraduate research program. Students will work on individual research projects with Cornell faculty and research staff on a wide range of topics in planetary science, astronomical instrumentation, astrophysics, general relativity and cosmology. In addition to conducting individual research projects, students will also participate in a series of group activities including lectures, roundtables and workshops. Students interested in computer science and engineering are also encouraged to apply. The Research Assistantships, which include a stipend of $7,000 and relocation funds up to $1,000, are for a flexible ten-week period in the summer. First-, second-, or third-year undergraduates who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate academic training by June 2015. Eight Research Assistantships will be available. To view the research projects and to apply, please visit: <>

Completed applications AND supporting materials must be received by February 8, 2016

Apply TODAY for the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – Summer 2016 selections are in progress

Learn more about the program and ORNL and apply at  Application is always open and selections may be made year-round; apply TODAY for best chance of summer 2016 selection.  Opportunities for qualified students and alumni to participate in hands-on research and technical internships in a real-world setting with award-winning scientists. AS/AA, BS/BA, MS, and PhD students, Recent AS/AA and BS/BA Graduates are eligible – all majors.

  • Stipend based on academic status
  • Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
  • Full-time and part-time appointments
  • Professional development activities
  • Minimum GPA  - 2.5/4.0
  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) only

Visit or contact ORNL Education Programs at for more information!

The Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is offering launched a new 10-week summer internship program for undergraduates interested in learning more about advanced composites technologies to aid in the creation of low-cost and energy-efficient manufacturing. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

The Mayo Graduate School Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program offers a world-class opportunity for undergraduates to conduct a summer research project for 10 weeks while developing technical skills, networking, and enjoying special weekly seminars about current research. The SURF application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Northwestern University Materials Research REU:  The NU-MRSEC offers a 9-week summer research experience for undergraduates located near the city of Chicago. Students are paired with leading researchers in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics, and biomaterials. Participants are paid a $4,500 stipend and travel expenses and housing are provided.  Program dates: June 20 - August 19, 2016.  Applications Due: February 15, 2016.  Apply online at

The New York Institute for Business and Finance offers 30 scholarships for our Summer Programs 2016. 

The Summer Programs consist of three weeks of high level classes held in New York City. Mornings are dedicated to high level classes and visits of institutions are organized for the afternoons. Meetings and conferences with professionals give students the opportunity to discover the Wall Street professional world and to build their network. Fridays and evenings are free, to let students enjoy vibrant New York City.  Start the application process here:


The Santa Fe Institute's Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) program offers an opportunity for physics majors to conduct research with an emphasis on understanding and using mathematical modeling in complex systems. The application deadline is January 4, 2016.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program available to physics majors. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. The application deadline is December 16, 2015.

The University of Michigan's Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterial (C-PHOM) is offering an opportunity for undergraduates to conduct 10 weeks of summer research with faculty and students in the fields of nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and nanophysics. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 1, 2016

The University of Minnesota's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is a 10-week summer outreach program that provides a working research environment for undergraduate students. Over the course of the program, participants engage in research under the supervision of faculty and staff of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Junior and senior physics majors are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2016.

The U. of Mississippi Physics and Astronomy Department is seeking applicants for a position in an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in summer 2016. The undergraduate student researcher would work in Prof. Katherine Dooley's experimental gravitational-wave physics group. Dooley's group is developing new technologies for future upgrades to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. The REU student will contribute to these efforts, with a focus on improving the application of squeezed light. This project will require the student to learn or build upon their skills in laser optics, controls, electronics, measurement techniques, and data analysis (in Matlab or python).

The position is officially a part of the U. of Mississippi Physical Chemistry REU. Physics majors will be given preference for this particular project, though an interest in Chemistry would be helpful as the student will be expected to participate fully in the Physical Chemistry REU activities. Students with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated are eligible. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.

The U. of Mississippi is located in the historic town of Oxford, in the wooded hills of north Mississippi. Oxford has a small college-town atmosphere with a lively performing arts, food and literary scene.

Applications are due by Feb. 22, 2016. Please visit for more information and to apply. Questions may be directed to Dr. Katherine Dooley at

The University of Rochester's Physics and Astronomy Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to undertake supervised research projects in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The application deadline is February 15, 2016.

Yale University's Center for Research on Interface Structures (CRISP)'s REU fellowship program provides students with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials research over the summer. Junior and senior physics majors are eligible to apply. The application deadline is February 1, 2016.