Summer Research Opportunities

ORSP maintains information on summer research opportunities for undergraduates. CLICK HERE for a current listing, organized by discipline. Several sites allow customized searches and some have common applications. See links below for three recommended sites. Click on the tabs at the bottom of the page for descriptions of highlighted programs that may be of particular interest for Kean undergraduates.


The Big Ten Academic Alliance Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) offers a common application to programs at Big Ten universities including Rutgers, the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State, and Ohio State. If you are an enrolled undergraduate student with an interest in pursuing a Ph.D., have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, are a citizen or permanent resident, and have completed at least two semesters, you can apply to a variety of summer research opportunities using a single online application. All expenses paid plus a stipend. Housing and transportation included.

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The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) aims to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They maintain a large, searchable database of summer research programs for undergraduates.

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The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. In addition to science, disciplines supported by NSF include Psychology, Sociology, Political Science and Economics.

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  • CS and Math Fellowships
  • All Areas
  • Business Internship
  • Humanities
  • Princeton PSURE Program


Deadline: January 4, 2017

Program Description:  This program is of special interest to you if you’re from computer science (CS), pure and applied mathematics, and physics, and we also welcome applicants from chemistry, quantitative biology, and social science. We aim to build your capacity for computational and mathematical modeling, and train you within a group who will support each other in building a wide range of skills. The program will mostly be one-on-one work with your SFI faculty or postdoctoral mentor working on an individual research project that will be crafted by you and your mentor. The first two weeks of the program we will spend some time doing tutorials to catch us all up to speed on some technical and practical skills. During the tutorials we will learn multiple programming languages, go over key mathematical concepts, and even more importantly learn the practical skills of what it takes to be a scientist, like how to give a talk, write a science research paper, write a grant proposal, and apply to graduate school.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program (part- or full-time) leading to a bachelor’s degree. Strong mathematical skills and experience with a programming language are favorably considered. Students from all backgrounds in the physical, natural, and social sciences are invited to participate. Applicants are welcome from any country. International students will need to be sponsored on an F-1 visa by their home institution. Women and minority students are encouraged to apply.

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Deadlines: Registration opens November 1, 2016. Applications are due February 1, 2017

Program Description: With one application, you can apply for a research experience at three of the 20 summer research sites, including the PSURE (Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program at Princeton University, the Summer Research Program for Undergraduates at Columbia University, and the LAMI Summer Research Program at NYU among many others. Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. SR-EIP is a gateway to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks to support all participants along their chosen career path. SR-EIP is a rigorous research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs.

Eligibility: Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories. All applicants must:

  •  Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • ·Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.
  • ·Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  •  Be a US citizen or have permanent resident status at the time of application.

The Leadership Alliance programs encourage diversity to further its goal of preparing young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and are not exclusionary on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Note: The SR-EIP is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology or the allied health professions.

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DeadlineMarch 1, 2017

Columbia Business School Summer Research Internship 2017

Program Description: Columbia Business School’s highly-selective program provides summer interns with the opportunity to work on a research project with CBS’ leading faculty and researchers in finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics. The program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research.  Several of the top interns have gone on to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science, and Data Sciences.  Many been selected to join CBS full-time as a full-time Research Associate. Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas:  finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics.

Eligibility: The internship program is designed for undergraduate students in their sophomore or junior year and first year Masters students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all backgrounds, including business, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences are encouraged to apply. Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and/or econometrics
  • Strong programming skills are required for most projects
  • Familiarity with statistical and computational software packages (such as Matlab, R, STATA), scripting languages such as Python, or general programming languages
  • Behavioral projects require knowledge of SPSS and may require knowledge of a scripting language such Python

The program runs from May 29, 2017 – August 4, 2017 (final dates to be determined).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

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Deadline: February 1, 2017

2017 Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) Summer Research Program at the NYU Center for the Humanities

Program Description: This program, which runs from June 4- August 5 for 2017, prepares outstanding undergraduates for doctoral study in the humanities. Taking advantage of NYU’s position as a world-class interdisciplinary research university, the NYU Center for the Humanities will host promising undergraduate students who will conduct research under the supervision of NYU faculty mentors in their fields of study within the humanities. Students will create original research projects with faculty support. Faculty mentorship is a significant part of this program, and exposing students to our high caliber faculty is an integral part of their growth as future scholars. The hallmark of the program is the completion of your research project, connecting with your faculty mentor and other scholars and students, and preparing for the Leadership Alliance National Symposium presentation.  At this presentation, which will take place at the end of July, you will present your research project to the Leadership Alliance community, including other summer participants, graduate student alumni, coordinators and mentors.

Eligibility: This initiative specifically supports students interested in the humanities and art disciplines, including but not limited to history, art history, music, philosophy, cultural studies, literary and language studies, religious studies, drama and performance studies, cinema studies, and gender studies.

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Deadline: February 1, 2017

Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE)

Program Description:   PSURE is open to all qualified applicants with particular focus on undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Underrepresented undergraduates who are from public institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Each student accepted for PSURE will work with a Princeton faculty member, either as a research assistant in a laboratory project (sciences and engineering) or as an advisee in editing and writing research papers appropriate to the field (humanities and social sciences).

Research projects and advising are offered under individual faculty sponsorship and will require a full-time commitment on the part of the student (normally 40 hours per week). Students in the humanities and social sciences might assist a faculty member engaged in a particular research, editing, bibliographical or course-preparation project. Alternatively, and by mutual arrangement, the student may work on a research paper with the faculty member. Students in the sciences and engineering normally work in a laboratory group on an aspect of the faculty member’s current research.

Princeton is a member of The Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning dedicated to increasing diversity in doctoral programs and on college and university faculties.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to apply for the PSURE program, a student must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • be currently enrolled full-time as a sophomore or junior in good academic standing at their home institution; and
  • hold a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better in their major field or discipline.

In addition, the program seeks and will give preference in admission to students who:

  • are enrolled at non-research intensive institutions (such as liberal arts colleges) or at public institutions where there are limited opportunities for undergraduate research;
  • have not participated in a prior summer research experience at a major research institution; or
  • are first generation college students or from a low-income background.
  • Members of U.S. minority groups underrepresented in doctoral research programs are especially encouraged to apply.

Because this program aims to increase the pool of talented undergraduates who we hope will become part of Princeton’s own Ph.D. applicant pool, we will not consider applications from those whose primary post-baccalaureate goal is to earn a professional degree (e.g., law, medicine, business, education, dentistry, etc.); or who are currently college freshman or who are seniors intending to graduate at any time during the academic year.

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