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Summer Research Opportunities


Genomics and Geology Undergraduate Research Experience (GGURE)

GGURE is an undergraduate research internship program at the University of Southern California that offers students the opportunity of participating in a research group and conducting research with a faculty mentor.

- Paid positions in summer and academic year
- Emphasis in STEM fields preferred (including life science, earth and marine science, computational science, and engineering)
- Underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply!!

To apply, contact:

Dr. Leticia Sanchez, C-DEBI Diversity Director


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Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements:

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C-DEBI Summer Course for Undergraduates

Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM)

In partnership with the National Science Foundation, C-DEBI offers a course in microbiology and microbial ecology. Taught by Drs. John Heidelberg and Eric Webb, this field-based, hands-on course will be: 

- Offered at the University of Southern California
- Four weeks in length in the Summer of 2014
- Week 1 USC with lectures and labs
- Week 2 spent in the Eastern Sierra Mountains
- Weeks 3 and 4 at Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island

So come and get your "feet wet" in microbial ecology and learn what bacteria are, how they work, and what they do. Explore DNA, genetics and genomics and their potential function in the environment. Figure out how microbes are used - not just for wine and cheese.

Course expenses, travel, room and board are paid for by C-DEBI.  


Important Dates:

Applications for this GEM course are now closed.

For more information please visit their website at C-DEBI

Chemistry Department

Snapshots of Chemistry: Visualization at the Molecular Level

Spend 8 weeks of your summer carrying out research in residence in our Chemistry Department. We use the term "Snapshots of Chemistry" to emphasize our focus on gaining insights on key chemical features of molecular processes via visual images. Research projects will cover a broad range of topics, spanning from femtosecond time-resolved observations of transient events to synthesis of novel drugs, development of nanostructures and catalysis in energy research, biochemical and structural investigations of proteins and nucleic acids, and theoretical investigations using advanced algorithm and state-of-the-art computer graphics and multimedia capabilities

In our summer program, you will work one-on-one in a lab with a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor. We will have weekly seminars on scientific topics as well as graduate school applications and scientific ethics. Included will also be tours of local research facility such as the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and other social activities. The summer will end with a poster session, where you will display your summer research and discuss it with Chemistry faculty and graduate students.


Important Dates
Applications are now closed.

Click here for application/eligibility requirements

Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE)

CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, non-residential, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Students will gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to research, students will participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students will present their results to an audience of peers and mentors.


Important dates:
Applications are now closed.

For information on eligibility please visit C-DEBI

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability

This NSF-funded program will support highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research that focuses on Coastal Ocean Systems and Sustainability at the Wrigley Marine Science Center (WMSC) on Catalina Island, CA.  

Students will get hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies, introductory lectures and seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, as well as opportunities to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems.  Other benefits include: $500/week stipend, housing at the WMSC, reimbursement for travel from host institution (up to $500), and transportation between the WMSC and the mainland. 


Important Dates:
Applications are now closed. 

For more information visit /wrigley/reu/ and review the 2014 WIES REU Brochure

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REU Outside of USC

1. Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech (ACE)

Aquatic Chemical Ecology (ACE) at Georgia Tech is a summer research program supported by the National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. ACE at Georgia Tech gives you the opportunity to perform exciting research with our faculty in the schools of Biology, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. You'll participate in research with one or more of our faculty, learn about careers in science and engineering, and see how scientists blend knowledge and skills from physics, chemistry and biology to investigate some of the most challenging problems in environmental sciences. We encourage applications from undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., especially attending universities other than Georgia Tech. The following three areas comprise the research activities covered by faculty in the Aquatic Chemical Ecology program: 

Area 1. Biological and geochemical transformations of chemicals in aquatic ecosystems.

Area 2. Sensory biology and ecology of aquatic chemical communication.

Area 3. Ecological roles and consequences of chemicals in aquatic environments.

The Online Application Deadline is February 15th, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern. The application process requires you to complete the following:

+ An Application Form 
+ An Essay of Interest 
+ Two (2) Recommendation Letters 

What: REU Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech 
When: 10 weeks 
Stipend: $5000 
Room: Provided 
Deadline: Applications are now closed.
Contact: Benita Black: 

2. Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)

The Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CDC), are pleased to announce a program that encourages and supports undergraduate student research. The goal of this initiative is to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science, computer engineering, and allied disciplines. The program, called Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU), is designed to provide positive research experiences for teams of undergraduates who will work during the academic year and, in some cases, the following summer at their home institutions (provided they haven't graduated before the summer).

Applications are now closed.

For eligibility/application/sample proposals visit the CRA-W webpage.

3. SURFO: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Oceanography

University of Rhode Island

Applications are now closed.

4. Visit the National Science Foundation and the IBP Pathways to Science sites to see a variety of REU programs offered at universities across the nation!