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Summer Research Beyond UT

While The University of Tampa offers students opportunities to conduct research over the summer (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship- SURF), there are also plenty of summer programs hosted at other universities that may be of interest to UT students. Below is a partial list of summer research programs around the U.S. and the world. (see links below). These are highly competative programs! Applications submitted in the first two weeks of opening have a 3x higher chance of being accepted. Apply early!

Here are some tips (found throughout the internet) to help you land the summer research program of your choice:

  • Make sure your application package is complete. Most institutions require an application, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation. 
  • Sample checklist with timeline for summer research projects.
  • Applying for summer research programs with examples of two good statements and two bad.
  • Potential reasons for non-acceptance into a summer program.

Students accepted into one of these programs are requested to notify the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry by emailing

If you find any broken links, please email

National Science Foundation Programs (NSF):
NSF funds many Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in a range of academic disciplines at sites across the country. Search here for a NSF REU site. New opportunities open all through the year.

Pathways to Science:
The Institute for Broadening Participation's(IBP) Pathways to Science project maintains programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Oak Ridge National Labratory:
STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering or Math research experience with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's prestigious scientists and engineers (various cites) .

National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program (NIH):
NIH provides internships to outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences. This program opens mid-November.

Amgen Scholars U.S. Program:
Amgen provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students throughout the U.S. with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the nation’s premier educational institutions for those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. Currently, thirteen institutions (Berkeley, Caltech, Columbia University Barnard, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, NIH, Stanford, UCLA, UCSF, UT Southwestern Medical, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale) host the summer research programs. Most of these programs open on November 1st.

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program:
The Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanitites to pursue research careers. This application opens on November 1st. Held in multiple institutions in the U.S. 

Big Ten Academic Alliance Summer Research Oppotunities Program (SROP):
The SROP is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance Universities.

UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR):
The UCLA Summer Programs (SPUR) offers upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF):
The SURF Program is open to non-BU students who are rising juniors or rising seniors, and wish to conduct research in the sciences or technology fields. The program consists of 10 weeks of full-time research in a Boston University lab, mentored by a BU faculty member. Applications will run from mid-December until March.