undergrad research

Additional Research Opportunities

On-Campus and Off-Campus (U.S. and International) Research Opportunities 

Cornell Office of Undergraduate Research Listing: 

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates

On-Campus Research Experiences for Undergrads (REUs) 

Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell's Lab of Ornithology

The Bioacoustics Research Program's (BRP) mission is to collect and interpret sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats. We conduct a broad range of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine bioacoustic research, often at large geographic scales. Many of our projects are applied, featuring a strong focus on the conservation of endangered species. More recently we have engaged in soundscape ecology research and the development of acoustic metrics to assess biodiversity and ecosystem health. We are also researching new ways to collect and analyze acoustic data sets using autonomous mobile systems and algorithm development. Undergraduates interested in research can find additional information at: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/undergraduate-students/

Summer Research Opportunities in ECE for Freshmen

The Cornell School of Electrical and Computer Engineering announces the Cornell ECE Early Career Research Scholars Program. This program is designed for students between their freshmen and sophomore years in the College of Engineering who intend to major in ECE. Students will apply together with a faculty mentor. The application process and deadlines are the same as the Engineering Learning Initiatives' program: Student Grant Program. Contact Professor Farhan Rana with questions.

Engineering/Field Biology Collaborative Research

A summer internship is available this summer for a qualified student to join the TABER tag team of biologists and engineers who work with very small (<1g) solar-powered tags to track small birds through their annual cycles of movement. We have two projects we will be pursuing--one is the refinement of a digital turnstile system that uses a system of base-station receivers across migratory concentration points to interrogate passing tags on migratory birds for the data they are storing in their on-board memories. The second project will be to refine a direction-finding receiver that uses the phase difference between the radio signals arriving at coupled antennas to estimate the direction of the incoming signal. Both these projects use the Raspberry Pi in conjunction with custom-built receiver dongles, and we are keen to involve students interested in working with embedded systems in projects that have real-world application to the study of wild animals. If interested send an e-mail to Prof. David Winkler and Jim Moore and include a current resume with the names and phone numbers of at least three references.

Off-Campus Summer Research Experiences for Undergrads (REUs) 

Cornell Tech Summer Research Experience

The Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering have joined together to connect up to ten undergraduate students on the Ithaca campus with opportunities for summer research experiences at Cornell Tech. Students will work with Cornell Tech faculty and postdocs, or partner organizations/companies associated with the campus, over a 10-week summer program. See the Cornell Tech Summer Research Experience page for more details. 


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Undergraduate Student Research Program offers undergraduates across the United States mentored internship experience at NASA Centers and research support facilities. Please visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/stu-intern-current-opps.html for additional information and application.

National Institutes of Health

NIH is offering training programs in the biomedical sciences for undergraduates. Please go to: www.training.nih.gov/programs for information and application.


For information about REU opportunities on campuses across the country, go to: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/

Research Experience for Undergraduates at UC Irvine: Research Focus: Internet of Things (IoT)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019. This program is 8 weeks of hands-on research guided by faculty mentors and graduate students. Also included are guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips. Program provides a $4K stipend plus room and board, with travel allowance up to $600. Internet of Things (IoT) Research Domains: Computer Architecture and Design, Cyber-physical Systems, Embedded Systems, Human Computer Interaction, Transportation Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Hydrologic System Modeling, Multimedia Computing Networks and Distributed Systems, and Intelligent Structure. Online application: http://sites.uci.edu/iotsity/applynow/. Contact Information: Dr. Sharnnia Artis, oai@uci.edu

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research offers the Andrew Kohut Fellowship Program in Public Opinion & Survey Research. This fellowship is open to both graduate and undergraduate Cornell students. Information for the 2019 Fellowship will be released in November, 2018. The fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend for the summer, allowing the recipients to engage in their own original public opinion-focused research project using data from the Roper Center archives. More information is available, and interested students may direct any questions to the Associate Director, Brett Powell

U.S. Army Research Laboratory Research Associateship Program (RAP)

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) offers the Journeyman Fellowship Program and additional summer student experiences for undergraduates, graduates students and recent postgraduates at the bachelor’s and master’s level to engage in research initiatives of their own choice, that are compatible with the interests of the government and will potentially contribute to the general effort of the ARL. Scientists and engineers at ARL help shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs. Applications are open for Summer Student experiences, with first round deadline of November 25, 2018, and second round deadline of February 17, 2019.

USAISR Summer Internships

The US Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) is seeking applications for summer internship appointments for undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities to conduct research at the USAISR. Application details available on website.  U.S. Citizenship is required.

The intent of the undergraduate student internship is to provide an opportunity for students interested in science, engineering or medical career fields to participate in research directed at improving the care of injured military service members and society at large. This mentored research experience will expose interns to ongoing efforts in integrated science, technology and engineering solutions at the nation’s premier military trauma research institute. Prerequisites: All interns must have completed at least their First Year class requirements for a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.5 of higher (out of a maximum of 4.0; if other scale is used, provide qualitative interpretation and/or equivalency to 4.0 scale). A science or engineering program of study is preferred, and prior research experience will be considered. 

Technion International’s Summer Program in Entrepreneurship and Internship

Technion offers engineering students a tuition free chance to come to Technion for the summer program, May – August (including a research internship). The program consists of a 10-week unpaid academic research internship followed by a 4-week study period. The program also includes social activities and trips. More details are on the Technion website. Deadline to apply for an internship or classes is April 1, 2019. For program specific questions, please contact the summer programs coordinator at: Summer@int.technion.ac.il. For credit transfer questions, please contact Engineering Advising at adv_engineering@cornell.edu.


Cornell students are expected to do on-campus research internships rather than off campus industry internships due to public transportation travel restrictions. Also please note that Cornell does not award degree credit for internships. Any transfer credit for academic course work should be pre-approved using a transfer credit form available here: Registrar Forms for Undergrads and M.Eng.