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Summer Research Programs

Several established summer programs provide Princeton students, as well as students from other colleges and universities, with the opportunity to obtain hands-on research experience in specific fields. You can search the database below for research program opportunities that match your interests.

Program Name Description Application Deadline
International Student Internship Program

The International Student Internship Program (ISIP) provides opportunities for international undergraduate students from educational institutions outside of the United States to intern with Princeton University faculty, scholars and administrators on campus in the summer. The program is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Operations.

Early March
MIRTHE - Summer REU program

MIRTHE is the National Science Foundation sponsored Engineering Reseach Center for Mid-InfraRed technlogies fo Health and the Environment, headquartered at Princeton University, wih partners City College New York, Johns Hopkins University, Rice Universiy, Texas A & M University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. MIRTHE develops mid-infrared sources and ultra-sensitive sensor sysems for environmental, medical and security applications.

December - February
Molecular Biophysics REU Program

Now in its tenth year, this program offers interdisciplinary research experience in leading laboratories to students majoring in the physical or mathematical science or engineering at colleges with limited research opportunities. The program is open only to non-Princeton students. Each student serves as a research assistant in the laboratory of a Princeton faculty member who serves as a mentor and research adviser. The program directors, in consultation with training faculty, match student interests to available projects.

Physics Department Summer Research Opportunities

Summer research positions are arranged informally, with students approaching individual faculty members. After students have arranged summer employment with a faculty adviser, the Department Representative will award fellowships to selected students in acknowledgement of their initiative and achievements.   Preference is given to physics majors and prospective physics majors. 

PPPL Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program

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. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Princeton Neuroscience Institute Summer Internship Program

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is offering a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants will closely collaborate with students and faculty at the PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist. Summer interns will also participate in group educational activities, including weekly foundational overview lectures from PNI faculty, lab meetings with the researchers with whom they will work, journal club reading groups, plus special forums on topics such as career advice and graduate school application preparation.

Science Writing Internship

The Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research offers an eight-week internship in science writing for the general public. The intern writes news articles, feature articles, web content and other items in the style used by major newspapers and magazines. The intern may also produce podcasts and video segments, and use social media.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry

The Princeton University Department of Chemistry welcomes applications for its second Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Diversity in Chemistry, particularly from students who identify with groups that are underrepresented in chemistry research. Designed to encourage a more diverse community of students and researchers pursuing careers in the chemical sciences, this nine-week summer program provides students with the opportunity to work with distinguished Princeton chemistry faculty. Each student pursues a project in one of the department's sub-disciplines, which include organic, inorganic, materials, chemical biology, spectroscopy/physical chemistry and theoretical chemistry.

February 1
Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology

Each summer, the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics provide intensive laboratory research experiences to a select group of Princeton undergraduates and undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool. Each student joins a world-class research group—headed by a Faculty member and carries out an original research project. Participants are immersed in a culture of close collaboration with other undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, and thereby experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist.

Early February
Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholarships

The Office of International Programs lists a variety of scholarship and fellowships for undergraduates. The awards are for study, research, or internships that take place or begin during a student's undergraduate career. In some cases, postgraduate study is a component of the award.

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