Summer is an ideal time to pursue an undergraduate research experience, as students may not be taking classes and can devote more time to research. Summer research opportunities are available at MSU as well as off campus. The opportunities listed below are mostly off campus opportunities. Carefully review each positing and note deadlines that often fall in late January through early March prior to the summer.


Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences Summer Research Program (BRUSH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and MSU sponsor the BRUSH Summer Research Program for undergraduate students interested in the biomedical sciences and research-related careers.

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Department of Homeland Security Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related STEM disciplines.

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program responds to this need by increasing the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.

ORISE Fellows through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a Department of Energy facility managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers (REPID)

Summer research opportunity for MSU undergraduate, graduate, or medical health professional students from under-represented, minority, and disadvantaged groups.. Application deadline is October 15th.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS)

Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The SROP program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. This research program can provide up to full funding for a summer experience.

The American Society for Engineering Education

List of Opportunities through the American Society for Engineering Education

The Association of American Medical Colleges

List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges