Summer Research Opportunities in Physics

Summer Research Opportunities

This page is a jumping-off point to find summer research opportunities. There are links to specific summer research programs, as well as advice on how to put together a successful application for these programs.

This is a great task to work on over the winter break. The links include research opportunities at other universities, at national labs, and span physics, astronomy, biophysics, applied physics, and engineering. Be sure to pay attention to the application deadlines and to give professors who you'd like to ask for letters of recommendation ample advance notice. Feel free to contact Liz McCormack or Mark Matlin to discuss any of these opportunities. And check out the summer research blog to see what our students have done in the past!

The "Intl." column indicates whether a program appears to offer funding to international students: "Y" means it does, "N" means it does not, "?" means the policy is not known. Programs funded by the National Science Foundation generally do not offer funding to international students.

Tips on "getting in"
Tips on writing a cover letter (and sample letters)
Sample internship cover letter
General advice on writing a successful application (focus on NIH, but generally applicable)
Funding Opportunities from Bryn MawrIntl.
Science Horizons Off-Campus Research Fellowships and Summer Research in the SciencesY
Dean's Summer FundingY
Alumnae Regional ScholarsY
Off-Campus ProgramsIntl.
American Physical Society Undergraduate Research Resources?
APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate WomenY
NSF REUsN
Astronomy-related REU's (via the American Astronomical Society)?
National Lab REUs?
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Undergraduate Research?
Lawrence Livermore National Lab?
Fermi National Lab Internships for Physics MajorsY
Sandia National Laboratory?
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory SULI Program?
Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs?
Ames Laboratory SULI Program?
NIST SURF ProgramN
Caltech SURF ProgramY
MIT Summer Research ProgramY
MIT Lincoln Lab Summer Research Program N
STScI Space Astronomy Summer ProgramY
MSU Solar Physics/Astronomy & Space Physics REUY
Laser Interferometric Gravitational Observatory (LIGO)Y
Biomedical Sciences at Medical College of WisconsinY
Carnegie Mellon University & University of Pittsburgh LearnLabY
UCSD Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (research opportunities but not funding for international students)Y
Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE), GermanyY
CERN Summer InternshipsY
University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)Y
College of Wooster REU program?