Research and Graduate Studies

Student Opportunities

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.

Oak Ridge Association of Universities (ORAU)

ORAU administers research internships, scholarships, and fellowships for undergraduate students, graduate students, recent graduates, and postdoctoral fellows. Many programs are through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Explore the ORAU website for detailed information, current opportunities, and deadlines.

National Institute on Drug Abuse Summer Research Program

Deadline: February 15, 2015

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Program encourages students from groups underrepresented in the sciences (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander), to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research.  Through this program, high school and undergraduate students are introduced to the field of substance abuse and addiction research by participating in an 8 week research internship with NIDA’s most distinguished scientists at universities across the United States.  Internship may include laboratory experiments, data collection and analysis, formal courses, participating in scientific meetings, patient interviews, manuscript preparation, library research, and literature reviews.  In addition, it is expected that each intern will deliver a formal presentation on his/her research project at the end of the internship.

Questions regarding the 2015 NIDA Summer Research Program can be directed to, Julie Huffman at

US Department of Agriculture Undergraduate and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships

Deadline: February 18, 2015 (Letter of Intent, encouraged); May 6, 2015 (Application)

The USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative provides fellowships to outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students in the food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences. Undergraduate and graduate applications must not exceed $79,000 total for up to two years. The grant will provide up to $12,000 per year for tuition, among other expenses. Students must be citizens, national, or permanent residents of the U.S. The full RFP is available online.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at UT Knoxville

Deadline: February 27, 2015

Program runs May 24 to 1 August 1, 2015.

The Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology at UT-Knoxville will once again offer a special REU program for undergraduates interested in hands-on scientific research experience. The broad focus is on Sensing and Signaling in Biological Systems. The team of REU faculty represent multiple modern scientific disciplines including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and computational biology.

We especially encourage rising sophomores and rising junior undergraduate science majors to apply. Underrepresented minorities, women, and first generation college students are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.

CSU Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experience for Undergraduates

Deadline: March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. PST

The Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science REU is now accepting applications for our summer 2015 program. This program targets students in their Sophomore and Junior year. The 10-week program is a great opportunity for students to gain research experience at world class Ocean Science research institutions.

Students can conduct research in Monterey Bay in the following areas: Marine Biology and Ecology, Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, and Marine Geology.

Students can work with mentors at CSU Monterey Bay and partner institutions, including:
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing Marine Labs
Naval Postgraduate School

Students will be provided with a $5,000 stipend in addition to travel, room and board. REU students will also receive post REU support to attend conferences and in applying to graduate programs. Our 10-week summer program will run from June 8th to August 14th. Additional program details

Contact if you have any questions.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Internship Program

Deadline: March 6 and June 5, 2015

The new internship initiative described in the GRIP Dear Colleague Letter14-084 expands opportunities for NSF Graduate Fellows to enhance their professional development by engaging in mission related research experiences with partner agencies across the federal government.  GRIP is open only to NSF Graduate Fellows, recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Deadline: March 15 and October 15 annually

Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for research funding through Sigma Xi's Grants-in-Aid of Research program. The deadline is October 15. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Student Travel Grant Program

Deadline: March 16, 2015

The CSUPERB Student Travel Grant Program supports CSU student travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology-related data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship program

Deadline: March 31, 2015

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is accepting applications from students majoring in aeronautics related fields. Undergraduates with at least two years of study remaining are eligible to receive up to $15,000/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Graduate student awards include up to $11,000 in tuition offset, $35,000 stipend/year for two years and a summer internship with a $10,000 stipend. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NASA Minority University Research Education Project

Deadline: March 31, 2015

NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, scholarship program. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines attending a Minority Serving Institutions, MSI. This opportunity is open to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA STEM workforce. 

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corp (I-Corps)

Deadline: April 15, 2015

CSU student and faculty researchers who have biological sciences-based product, service or process ideas are eligible for $2500 microgrants.  Site team ideas or projects can originate from student work, student or faculty research (funded or unfunded), or campus projects. 

The Fall 2015 Student Teams program is now open. Student teams start with a biotechnology research-based idea, interview potential customers and partners, and apply creative thought to find a problem-solution fit based on their idea. Teams attend webinars to learn about the customer discovery process, business model canvas concepts, business communications, legal and biotechnology regulatory issues. Webinars are taught by experienced life science entrepreneurs, industry professionals and faculty associated with the CSU I-Corps Biological Sciences Site.

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

Deadline: Second Thursday in November, annually

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.

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)
Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars Award

The deadline for 2015 opportunities has passed. Watch for new information in Fall 2015.

CSUPERB partners with the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women's Health Research to fund promising undergraduate student research projects in topics related to women's health. Together the Howell Foundation and CSUPERB recognize that research experience is critical to engaging, retaining and graduating students interested in careers in women's health.

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The 2015 deadline has passed.

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides 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. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internships

The  deadline for 2015 internships has passed.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and more.

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team for Minority Serving Institutions

The deadline for 2015 opportunities has passed.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS.

Faculty receives a $1,200 weekly stipend.

Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Climate, Environment and Energy Efficiency – EPSA Fellowship Program

The deadline for 2015 opportunities has passed.

For BS, MS or PhD Graduates and recent Alumni (within the last 5 years) in Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Economics or related degrees.

Opportunity in Washington, DC for a full-time, one-year or more commitment, starting in September or October 2014 to conduct climate/environmental research.

Applicant must be interested in a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment focused on energy and climate policy. Prefer expertise in one or more major energy sector (e.g. electricity, oil, gas) with training/experience in climate science, climate impacts or other environmental areas. Strong quantitative analytical, research and communication skills are required. Experience with modeling and managing data outputs from models preferred.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens - no exceptions.

Annual stipends are dependent on academic level, skills and experience. Additional allowances for travel to site, medical insurance or housing may be provided. 

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The deadline for 2015 opportunities has passed.

Please note: The SCGSR Program is open to current Ph.D. students, and as such is applicable to CSUN students planning to pursue a Ph.D. at another institution.

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 100 awards in 2014, for project periods beginning anytime between January and September 2015.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found on the SCGSR webpage.

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at .

Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA Careers: Doctoral Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2015

The USDA’s goal of providing this scholarship is to address the underrepresentation of Hispanics/Latinos in professional careers in the food, agricultural, and natural resource system as well as the government, and to attain post graduate degrees in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences. Additional information on the program and application materials are available on CSU-San Bernardino's Water Resources Institute webpage.

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

The deadline for Summer 2015 opportunities has passed.

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.

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)

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