Numerous opportunities exist for undergraduates to gain research experience each summer at various universities throughout the United States or even in other countries. These programs generally provide students a stipend and some living expenses for the summer. Many of these programs target minorities and women. Many of these undergraduate research programs target students who are interested in pursuing graduate careers (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.), while others provide clinical training for students interested in a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. Some helpful links are provided below. These links are provided for your convenience and do not represent an endorsement by the University of Georgia.

Sites with multiple programs

The American Society for Microbiology offers fellowships for undergraduates who wish to, and have demonstrated the ability to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D.) in microbiology.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Lists REU sites that are supported by the NSF throughout the country. Students must contact the individual sites for application information and materials (NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants).  Applications are generally due early February to mid March. Go to: Search for an REU site (  There you will find REU site programs listed accordingly discipline and can find information about specific REU sites.

Swarthmore College Health Sciences Office lists a wide variety of sites for undergraduate programs in basic and clinical research.

Rochester Institute of Technology provides an extensive list of pre-medical internships throughout the country.

Individual sites

Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Health System offers a 10-week internship in molecular microbiology, immunology, or virology.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine offers a summer internship in molecular virology and microbiology.

The Sackler Institute at New York University Langone Medical Center offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. degrees and a career in research.


Additional Resources for Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines

The Institute for Broadening Participation provides current information on funding opportunities for education and career training opportunities for students in STEM disciplines, including:

    650+ Paid summer research experiences for undergraduates
    300+ Graduate fellowships, mentoring and professional development opportunities
    250+ Post-doctoral opportunities

Students can sign up to receive timely information about funding, research and professional development opportunities and upcoming deadlines by filling out an on-line form.  Students can also access insights and advice from peers in the field in our Webinar Archives on topics such as Funding Your Graduate Education