Summer REUs and Internships

Research Opportunities and Internships for Physics Majors

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.


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

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

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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 program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs. 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.

Application Deadline: January 12, 2018

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During the summer of 2018, CNF and PARADIM will sponsor Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (please find restrictions and eligibility requirements online).

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at CNF and PARADIM. Interns then work with faculty and graduate students on projects, using the unique resources offered. A convocation is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published and distributed to the interns and sites, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and many others.

Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and reasonable travel expenses. Full participation in the ten-week program, convocation and final reporting is mandatory.

A complete application includes: the online application (profile, research preferences, registration of recommenders, etc.), relevant college coursework in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering, a personal essay and resume, and two Letters of Recommendation. The online application deadline is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

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