Research and Graduate Studies

Student Opportunities

The Office of Science /Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) programwith all required application materials, including recommendations, due by 5:00 PM ET on May 30, 2014.

The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, where selected students participate as interns appointed at participating host labs. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation, and access to the online application is available on the WDTS webpage and the SULI webpage.

Inquiries or questions can be made using through the SULI contact page.

The SULI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE laboratories. The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

The deadlines for the application submission for the 2014 award year have passed. Check back later for 2015 award year deadlines.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

More than a dozen federal agencies rely on the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to help recruit and train the future workforce of scientists and engineers. Through ORISE-administered internship, scholarship, fellowship, and research appointment programs, these agencies are creating a pipeline of potential employees for the science workforce. Visit their searchable online catalog to find details and applications on science education programs that support participants pursuing degrees and conducting research at national laboratories and federal research facilities nationwide.

Institute for Broadening Participation: Pathways To Science

Pathways to Science supports pathways to STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

For Undergraduates:
Over 400 programs - Undergraduate REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities

For those considering graduate school:
Opportunities at over 150 colleges and universities


Professional Development and Support: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

National Research Council of the National Academies - Research Associateship Programs

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The programs provide opportunities for Graduate, Ph.D., Sc.D. or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities.

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary goals of EAPSI are to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Full Proposal Annual Deadline: November 13, 2014; 2nd Thursday in November, annually thereafter

For further information, view the EAPSI Program Solicitation.

Diversity Summer Programs

Graduate Horizons is a competitive graduate school admission workshop for Native American college students and college graduates.

INROADS offers career-related professional paid internships.

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Internship Program

Carleton College 
Liberal Arts Experience


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

In January 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will invite high school and undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2015 Summer Research Program. Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical, social, clinical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research. Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, and literature reviews. Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses. Applications for the 2015 summer research program will be available in January 2015.

Questions regarding the 2015 NIDA Summer Research Program can be directed to, Julie Huffman at Huffmanj@mail.nih.gov.