Summer Research Programs
Undergraduate students have access to thousands of paid summer opportunities each year. Opportunities in research both at Loyola and beyond are available to students at every level of their education and only require a short application and personal statement to be considered. These programs do not require students to have a project in mind ahead of time and will match students up with mentors who work in the student’s field of interest. Programs generally run for 10 weeks during the summer and grant students refined analytical skills, experience working as a full time researcher and assist students in achieving their graduate educational goals. The lists below provide students with access to the numerous programs offered around the country each summer.
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Pathways to Science is an organization that provides an extremely organized database of over 800 summer research opportunities. All of the listed programs are related to science in some manner, but their website offers detailed search functions to help students identify programs of specific interest to them.
Very extensive, albeit crude, lists composed by the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hundreds of paid summer internship opportunities are listed and opportunities are updated each year to ensure accurate program descriptions and eligibility requirements.
An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
ProfileSummer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
ProfileA free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation at one of a dozen universities.