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) 

BUCKEYE REU at Ohio State 

Ohio State is accepting applications for their newly funded BUCKEYE REU program in biomechanics and mechanobiology.  Applications are due Friday, March 22 at 11:59 pm EST (deadline extended).  They are seeking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors.  For further information, and to apply – go to the website: https://bmereu.engineering.osu.edu/.  Program dates: May 21 – July 27, 2019.

  • 10-weeks of hands on research experience with faculty
  • Mentoring by faculty and graduate students
  • Clinical research and facility tours, weekly journal clubs, and workshops
  • Social and networking opportunities
  • $5,000 stipend
  • Travel allowance (up to $1,000)
  • On-campus housing

Summer Research Internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering:

1. Our ten-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), which begins on the first Monday in June, is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences. Applicants must have research experience. See link for additional details on program opportunities. 

Students who are accepted into the program will be offered a stipend of $6,000 and housing. Housing accommodations are available in proximity to the school for the duration of the summer program. All students deliver research presentations at a poster session at the end of the program, and four exceptional students will be named Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholars at the end of the program. The deadline is February 1, 2019. 

2. Computational Biology Summer Program: A 10-week research experience on the NYC campuses of Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Applications are invited from computer science & applied math undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in pursuing research at the interface of computer science and biomedicine for a summer research experience. Applicants must have computer science experience and fluency. CBSP is sponsored by the Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Computational Biology & Medicine Program and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The 10-week program begins on June 3 and ends on August 9, 2019. Students can complete and submit an online application at: sam.mskcc.org. Deadline for receipt of applications: February 1, 2019.

Aptagen Research Opportunity 

Aptagen, LLC is a biotechnology company offering aptamer (synthetic antibody) products and services as research reagents, diagnostic and biomarker discovery tools, as well as for use in drug discovery and targeted delivery for therapeutics, and bioindustrial applications. Aptamers are an emerging technology that is poised to become the next evolution in diagnostics and drug discovery. Aptagen is located in Jacobus, PA, a suburb of York, and a forty minute drive from Johns Hopkins University and Hershey Medical Center.

Aptagen is seeking qualified students or college graduates who are highly motivated and seek internship training and experience in biotechnology. Cornell students should apply through Handshake - campus interviews will be held February 14, 2019. Applications are accepted year around. Interns learn a variety of techniques, how to troubleshoot experiments, properly maintain a detailed laboratory notebook, exercise laboratory math skills, and develop critical thinking skills. Laboratory experiments may be classified as mostly molecular biologically based, but chemistry may be an optional part of your biotech experience. Techniques may include real-time PCR, electrophoresis, variety of assays, DNA/RNA synthesis, cloning, cell culture, surgical dissection, histology, fluorescence microscopy, etc. 

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.