Loyola University Chicago


Center for Experiential Learning

Summer Research Programs


Undergraduate students have access to thousands of paid summer opportunities each year. Opportunities in research both at Loyola and beyond are available to students at every level of their education and only require a short application and personal statement to be considered. These programs do not require students to have a project in mind ahead of time and will match students up with mentors who work in the student’s field of interest. Programs generally run for 10 weeks during the summer and grant students refined analytical skills, experience working as a full time researcher and assist students in achieving their graduate educational goals. The lists below provide students with access to the numerous programs offered around the country each summer.


Click here for strategies to find the right summer program for you.

Click here for application strategies to give you the best chance to obtain a summer position.

Click here for a checklist of items you should prepare before you apply, and for a rubric to help you write and revise your personal statement.

For two sample personal statements written in application for summer research programs, click here and here.

To see examples of current essay prompts for summer research programs click here

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    Pathways to Science

    Pathways to Science is an organization that provides an extremely organized database of over 800 summer research opportunities. All of the listed programs are related to science in some manner, but their website offers detailed search functions to help students identify programs of specific interest to them.
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    Rochester Institute of Technology Comprehensive Lists

    Very extensive, albeit crude, lists composed by the Rochester Institute of Technology. Hundreds of paid summer internship opportunities are listed and opportunities are updated each year to ensure accurate program descriptions and eligibility requirements.
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    National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    An REU site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
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    We recommend signing up for a PIVOT account, so that you can save searches and have them run automatically each week, saving you time and effort. You’ll get regular e-mails with announcements about research opportunities that fit the criteria you’re looking for.
  • The Leadership Alliance

    An organization committed to providing opportunities for students in undergraduate internships, mentoring, graduate support and fellowships. The alliance offers a single application for 21 different undergraduate research programs and allows students to present their research at The Leadership Alliance National Symposium each year.
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

    The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to students conducting research at the undergraduate level. They host two national research conferences a year and compile a list of summer programs which sent students to present. Approximately 70 programs are listed with both REU and non-REU programs being represented.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges: Summer Research Program List

    As a national association, the AAMC offers a range of services that those interested in medical school should check out. For those particularly interested in research, the AAMC also has a webpage that includes over 60 independent summer research programs related to medicine and more. Click "more" for that webpage. Some of the links to individual programs on that page have expired, but many still work, and for those that don't, you can still do a Google search to find an updated page. You may also want to check out the AAMC website overall for other potential resources.
  • Amgen Scholars Programs

    Sponsored by the Amgen Foundation, an international biotechnology company, these programs are offered at 10 of the most prestigious institutions in America and provide students with paid top tier research opportunities, housing, room, board and even travel to present at the Amgen Foundation in California.
  • WebGURU

    The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) is an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates navigate the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience. WebGURU includes lists of research opportunities and funding. From their homepage, just click "Program Listings" and then "Research Listings." WebGURU also offers lists of journals where you can publish your work, guides to help you with your research, present at conferences, and apply for grad school, discussion boards, and much more. This is a great place to get started.
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    National Institutes of Health: Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

    Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
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    Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

    A free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation at one of a dozen universities.