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Summer Research: Engineering and Physics


  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internship Program that will support students during summer 2011.  This program provides 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities for undergraduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.  Students receive a $500/week stipend and travel reimbursement. The deadline for submitting an application is 5 January 2011.
  • The SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation) Defense Scholarship/Fellowship Program is supported by the Department of Defense. Scholarship awardees receive a stipend, tuition and fees, paid summer internships, and career opportunities after graduation.
  • The University of California at Irvine has several undergraduate summer research programs in engineering. Check out the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) home page for a list of programs and deadlines.
  • The University of Idaho Physics Department has an REU program funded by the NSF. There are quite a few projects available, some on the interface of biology and chemistry. Students receive a $5000 stipend plus housing and travel allowance. The program lasts for 9 weeks (6 June through 5 August). Deadline is 1 March.
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has REU programs in the following fields: Applied Mathematics, Bioenergy Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Nanomaterials and Nanoscience, Optics and Laser Physics, Redox Biology and Biochemistry and Virology. Deadline is 1 February.
  • The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ has a summer REU program.
  • The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) are sponsoring research opportunities for undergraduates in disciplines related to Materials Science during the summer of 2007. Potential projects span a broad range of topics under the guidance of faculty from the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topics are chosen each year to complement the research of faculty associated with the Princeton Center for Complex Materials.
  • Princeton University's Center for Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE) has an REU program that runs from early June to mid-August. Students conduct research at one of the six MIRTHE universities: CCNY, Rice, Princeton, UMBC, Texas A&M and Johns Hopkins. The MIRTHE program is focused on providing students with the opportunity to carry out research at the forefront of mid-IR spectroscopy and engineering. Deadline is 1 March.
  • Cornell University has an REU program through the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. Students will undertake hands-on nanofabrication research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, and physics.
  • The Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy at Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) has an REU program in physics. Deadline is mid-February.
  • The Department of Physics at Lehigh University has an REU program for undergraduate physics majors. Deadline is 7 March.
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography (SURFO) Program at the University of Rhode Island is a 10-week summer program designed for students majoring in science, math and engineering who have just completed their junior year. Projects are available in the areas of oceanography, geophysics, atmospheric chemistry, meteorology and ocean engineering.
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