Summer Programs

The included programs may be mostly applicable to bioengineers and biomedical engineers and possibly chemical, however often times electrical engineers may be interested in some of the projects like implantable devices and sensors, etc. A few of the listed programs, like those offered by the Navy, NASA, JPL, or UCSD PRIME, are also suitable for mechanical, computer, and electrical engineers. Please browse through with patience.

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Scholarships and Opportunities

  • The Institution for Broadening Participation‘s mission is to “increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce” Their website will help you find the program or opportunity that is right for you.
  • Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program (LARSS) Spring programDesigned to bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-world experience, LARSS creates opportunities for students to come to NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Virginia to conduct hands-on research and engineering projects under the mentorship of NASA researchers, scientists, and business professionals. Deadline (summer): Feb 1, 2014. For more information:
  • Common Application Scholarships
  • If you are looking to travel and study abroad, be sure to check out the check out the scholarship database put together by the Programs Abroad Office
  • Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) - The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN. The online application is closed for this year. Check back early next school year for applications for Summer 2015.
  • JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) offers several student programs, internships and fellowships at JPL that are offered at all times during the year.
  • Mitchell International (San Diego, CA) has Internship and Regular Full time opportunities for students working towards undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as recent technical and business graduates. Resumes are due February 16. They will be hosting an Internship Open House on Thursday February 20th from 2-5pm
  • Homeland Security Summer Scholars AcademyThe 2014 HSSSA is a 10-week paid summer research experience in a realistic and meaningful environment for undergrads in various disciplines. Applications are due March 21.

University-Specific Summer Programs


  • Engineers for Exploration - The Engineers for Exploration program engages undergraduate students from a broad range of disciplines in cyber-physical systems research motivated by real world challenges in exploration and scientific discovery. The program provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to develop technology that will be deployed across the world; the projects involve scientific research that literally spans across every continent and into the far corners of the globe. The application deadline for this summer is March 14, 2014.
  • The UCSD Department of Bioengineering offers a summer National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program in Regenerative Medicine, Multi-Scale Bioengineering, and Systems Biology. It is a 9-week summer program with a $4000 stipend. Check their website in March 2014 for details about the application for Summer 2014
  • UC LEADS - UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees “program identifies, encourages, and trains undergraduates who have potential for leadership as graduate students and also as future leaders committed to address the educational and economical factors leading to underrepresentation of domestic minorities in STEM fields.” The application deadline for 2014-2016 is now available and due Friday, February 21, 2014. Interviews of selected candidates will be conducted from March 3 – March 7, 2014. Selected scholars will be notified on March 12, 2014.
  • PRIME (Pacific RIM Experiences for Undergraduates) - The Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program is a project-based, hands-on research internship program in a host country along the Pacific Rim. It’s an amazing opportunity that allows you to experience study abroad while also working on a research project. the 2014 PRIME application is due at 4pm on Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • Calit2-Qualcomm Institute Summer Undergraduate Scholarship Program - The UCSD Calit2 Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to perform hands-on research under the guidance of a UCSD faculty adviser over a 10-week period during the summer awarding a $3000 award. Research proposals must fit with the mission of Calit2, directed towards research in telecomminications and information technology, or their impact on new advances in a range of applications important to the economy and quality of life. The application deadline for 2014 is February 18, 2014, 5PM PST.
  • Amgen Scholars - The Amgen Scholars program is a summer undergraduate research program hosted by 10 different universities across the United States. The goal of the Amgen Scholars program is to create opportunities for students who want to explore careers as scientific researchers. The deadline for 2014 is February 3, 2014.
  • Undergraduate Research Scholarships - UCSD offers several summer undergraduate research scholarships for a wide array of research subjects. Each available scholarship has its own requirements for eligible projects and you are encouraged to apply for as many as you would like. The deadline for 2014 has now passed. Check back in mid-November 2014 for the next application cycle.

University of Michigan

  • The College of Engineering and the University of Michigan offers their Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) program to provide non-UM undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in summer research. Participants have the opportunity to conduct 7-8 weeks of full-time summer research with some of the country’s leading faculty in a wide range of engineering disciplines. The program provides opportunities for students to assess their interests and potential in pursuing research at the Ph.D. level in graduate school.  All participants must apply online through the SURE website. The application for 2014 is now closed. Check back  in November 2014 for the 2015 program. 


  • Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program introduces students to research under the guidance of seasoned research mentors at Caltech and JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity. Applications are due February 22, 2014.


  • MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE) collaborates with the Materials Processing Center (MPC) to offer a nine-week summer research internship program. The objective of the program is to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to immerse themselves in exciting materials research as part of a team of graduate students and postdoctoral associates under the leadership of CMSE/MPC faculty. The deadline for 2014 is February 12, 2014.

Johns Hopkins

  • The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers a REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program for undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet. The deadline for 2014 is February 1, 2014.

Northwestern University

  • The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week paid summer Research Experience for undergrads. Click here to learn more. Applications are due February 15.

Rochester Institute of Technology