Summer REUs and Internships

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

Research Opportunities


Students!  Do you know what you're doing next summer?  Want to do some research?  Check out this list of 584 different paid summer research programs for undergraduates:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Graduate Division of Biomedical Sciences  

The graduate programs at Einstein offer training in basic and translational sciences in areas such as Aging, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Diabetes, Epigenomics, Neuroscience, RNA Science, Stem Cells, and many more.

All graduate students receive an annual stipend and full tuition remission for all the years of their training.

We are actively seeking applicants to the following programs:

PhD in the Biomedical Sciences
Application deadline: December 15, 2016  

MD/PhD- Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Application deadline: December 1, 2016  

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Application deadline: February 1, 2017   


UCLA Physics and Astronomy Program

Program participants gain direct experience by working in ongoing experimental or theoretical research programs in plasma and beam physics, solid state physics, biophysics, astrophysics, and high-energy physics.

All students attend weekly seminars on current research in physics in addition to machine shop and Physics GRE workshops. The experience culminates with the writing of a report and presentation of findings at a closing Symposium.

The educational part of the program will be include social events with participants in other campus research programs, a camping trip, and exploration of the Southern California area. To find out more about the UCLA Physics & Astronomy Department, visit the department homepage. More information

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017 


Caltech - WAVE Fellows and AMGEN Scholars, Summer Research

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 or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. More information

Application Deadline: January 10, 2017

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. More information

Application Deadline February 15, 2017 


Coe College - Chemistry and Physics REU

A variety of exciting research projects and the biographical sketches of participating faculty are described in Mentors and Projects. All students interested in the research experience at Coe College are encouraged to apply. An additional goal of our program is to provide a research experience for students from institutions where opportunities are limited, first-generation college students, and students from other under-represented groups. More information

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017 


University of Colorado Boulder - REU in Solar and Space Physics

The University of Colorado invites undergraduates to apply for a summer Research Experience for highly motivated students interested in solar and space physics. Students will work on research projects spanning the field of solar and space physics: from instrument hardware to data analysis to computational modeling. More information 

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017


The Department of Astronomy of Cornell University is pleased to announce its 2017 Research Experiences for Undergraduates 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 activities including lectures, roundtables and workshops. Students interested in computer science and engineering are also encouraged to apply.

For each participant, a stipend of $5,000 will be provided for the ten week session, plus up to $1,500 for housing and meals. The program will also provide reasonable support for travel to a professional meeting to present scientific results. Program dates are June 1 to August 9 (but participation may be adjusted for conflict with academic schedules). Undergraduate students who will graduate after January 2018 and who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate academic training by June 2017. 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  Monday, February 6, 2017.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity employer.

NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program at the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) in Nantucket, MA. 

Our award winning program, the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, is currently soliciting applications for summer 2017. 

The program offers paid, 10-week-long research experiences for six undergraduate students every summer.  Student projects range from studies of extra-solar planets and observations of variable stars, to studies of galaxy formation and evolution, and encompass a mix of both observational and theoretical based projects. 

As part of the program, the MMA provides free student housing, a student stipend, and paid travel to and from Nantucket.  In addition, all students are encouraged to present their research at the annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in January 2018, also sponsored by the MMA.

Please note, the application deadline is February 1, 2017.   Contact for any questions or for more information:

University of Maryland: TREND 2017

The University of Maryland's IREAP (Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics), with support from the NSF (National Science Foundation), offers exciting research opportunities for undergraduate students in the area of nonlinear dynamics. Students from a variety of universities and backgrounds work for 10 weeks during the summer under the supervision of faculty from physics, mathematics, and engineering. More information

Application Deadline: February 17, 2017 


University of Minnesota - Program in Physics and Astrophysics

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a 10-week summer outreach program that provides a working research environment for undergraduate students. Participants engage in research with faculty and staff of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Fields of research include: Biophysics, Elementary Particle Physics, Cosmology and Astrophysics, Physics Education, Condensed Matter Physics, and Space Physics. More information

Application Deadline: January 30th, 2017 


Northwestern University - Materials Research Center

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, polymers, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, molecular electronics and biomaterials.  While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 19 to August 18, 2017; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend, a travel allowance, and on-campus housing is provided. More information 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 


Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: Graduate Study in Astrophysics

Questions? Visit and email us! Ten faculty members doing forefront theoretical and observational (X­ray through radio) research on topics that include cosmology, dark matter, dark energy, galaxy evolution, galaxy dynamics, supernovae, gravitational lensing, and time­domain astronomy. Membership in the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) consortia.


Texas A&M: Astronomical Research and Instrumentation

During the 10-week summer period, students will conduct astronomical research or complete an instrumentation project with Texas A&M faculty and research staff, participate in weekly seminars and group discussions, and attend an observing trip to McDonald Observatory. Possible fields of study in astronomical research include black holes supernovae, cosmology, the high redshift Universe, Dark Energy, the cosmic distance scale, the Milky Way galaxy, and extrasolar planets. Students may also work in the Munnerlyn astronomical Instrumentation lab and participate in designing and building astronomical instrumentation to support these fields of research for projects in which Texas A&M University is an institutional member: Giant Magellan Telescope, Hobby Eberly Telescope, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and Dark Energy Survey. More information

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 


Texas A&M: Nuclear Science REU Program

The Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute, in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, serves as a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site during the summer of each year. This REU site focuses on research in nuclear science. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with internationally renowned scientists at a major university-based nuclear facility. Undergraduates will gain research experience by carrying out specific projects under the direct supervision of Physics/Chemistry faculty at the Cyclotron Institute. Weekly discussions on forefront areas of Nuclear Science will by led by Institute faculty. Students will have the opportunity to share their work via an oral presentation and a poster session. More information

Application Deadline: February 3, 2017


Utah Materials Research Science & Engineering Center - Plasmonics & Organic Spintronics

Each year, MRSEC funds exemplary undergraduates to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics. Students with an interest and background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates for the MRSEC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. The 2017 application is open (below) until February 12 at 12AM. Letters and transcripts should be postmarked or emailed by February 12. 

Selected participants receive:

  • $5000 stipend
  • Student housing on the University of Utah campus
  • Up to $600 toward travel expenses to and from Salt Lake City, UT
  • Research experience to prepare you academically and professionally in science and engineering
  • Research presentation skills, technical training and professional development opportunities

More information 

Application Deadline: February 12, 2017 


Applications are now being accepted for The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Our program is Research in Optics (RiO) and we are now accepting applications for this summer with a deadline of February 28, 2017.

Our college is internationally recognized for its innovative research programs. Our research covers a broad set of technologies and techniques for using the properties and applications of light, touching virtually every field of science and industry. Our faculty are innovative and decorated — and constantly expanding the boundaries of optics knowledge. Apply to become part of the experience with the RiO program!

During the 10-week summer program, a maximum of 10 students will engage in world-class optical sciences research and will learn of the versatile application of optics.

Participants will also:

  • Learn valuable public speaking skills
  • Give a presentation on their work
  • Showcase their research at a poster session
  • Complete a GRE prep course
  • Take the GRE exam

REU students will be offered a stipend in addition to lodging. This program is geared towards students in the STEM fields and open to rising juniors and seniors or second year community college students. The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer; under-represented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information or to apply go to:


Vanderbilt University - REU in Nanoscience and Engineering

The Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) brings ten students each summer to campus to work closely with VINSE faculty on research projects in cutting edge areas of nanoscale science and engineering.  This summer program is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program.  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. Weekly lunchtime meetings are held for all faculty and students that cover topics ranging from ethics and the responsible conduct of research to demystifying graduate school and the GRE examination. Each student works directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and has access to the VINSE laboratories, which are shared facilities available to all authorized users. Furthermore, the Vanderbilt campus is just one mile from downtown Nashville, which is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan mid-sized cities in the United States. More information 

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017 


Volpe Pathways

The Volpe Center is recruiting talented and diverse individuals to fill internship positions in a variety of fields.  The summer 2017 Internships are open on from November 1, 2016 to November 20, 2016 (or until the applicant limit is reached).  Jobs are expected to start in May 2017.


University of Washington - REUs

The main goal of this program is to provide an exciting and nurturing research experience for students, one that will encourage them to pursue careers as research scientists. Each student is paired with a faculty advisor, and is often supported by interested postdocs and advanced graduate students. Students participate in a 10-week research program, including in most cases a machine shop course. Students meet weekly to discuss their research progress with the program directors and to attend a lecture series on research opportunities in physics. More information 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2017 


Yale CRISP REU program 

The goal of the CRISP REU program is to offer high-quality, state-of-the-art research experiences, enrichment activities and professional development events to undergraduates. Current research topics range from thin film growth and characterization to friction and manipulation at the atomic level with projects involving computation, simulation, fabrication, characterization and image processing. Materials systems included semiconductors, dielectrics, optical materials and bio-materials. Application Information

Program Dates: June 5 – July 31, 2017

Application: Starting November 1, candidates must apply directly to the Yale SURF program through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program. Students must also complete the CRISP Supplementary Application to indicate interest. The entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), must be received by February 01, 2017

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017