NC State Summer Research

Why should you apply for summer research at NC State University?

NC State’s Summer Research Programs offer hands-on research experiences that:
  • Introduce students to all aspects of research (planning experiments, managing time, writing up results, and presenting work)
  • Familiarize participants with the ethical issues of research
  • Enable students to work on projects that can eventually become their senior thesis
  • Support students as they determine if they are truly interested in pursuing a graduate degree that involves research
  • Assist students in deciding what field of research they would like to pursue
  • Help students meet individuals attending other universities, making contacts that can last a lifetime
  • Introduce students to mentors that can make a big difference in their future academic development
  • Make students more desirable candidates to graduate school search committees
  • Prepare students to be more competitive for national scholarships and fellowships
  • Provide students an insider’s view of NC State if interested in graduate work

Summer research participants are housed in the same locations on NC State’s campus, which makes it easy to share experiences and make new friends with common interests and goals. In addition, summer research participants engage in several joint activities such as:

  • Welcoming Reception
  • Safety Training (campus and basic lab)
  • Social events
  • Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium
  • Seminars
    • How to Make Effective Research Poster Presentations
    • Diversity in Research
    • Financing Graduate Education
    • NSF GRFP Panel
    • Research Ethics

Are you enrolled in a summer research program at NC State?

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ASSIST – College of Engineering

BeeMore – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CARTA-BRAIN Collaborative Neurotechnologies REU – College of Engineering / Computer Science

CARTA-SAS Beehive Analytics REU – College of Engineering / Computer Science

Center for Environmental Farming Systems Agroecology Scholars Program in Research and Extension (ASPIRE) – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program – College of Natural Resources

DRUMS – Directed Research for Undergraduates in Math and Statistics – College of Sciences

Engineering Biology @ NCSU (NSF REM) – College of Engineering

Food Science Summer Scholars – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

FREEDM Summer REU Program – College of Engineering

Integrated Computational and Experimental REU (ICE) – College of Sciences

Kelman Scholars – College of Sciences

NSF Biotechnology Sequencing based Undergraduate Research Experience (BIT SURE) – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Pigs, Poultry, the Planet and Data Driven Problem Solving (P4) – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

RISE CCEE – College of Engineering

RISE – ISE – College of Engineering

Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network REU – RTNN (Tentative)– College of Engineering

Socially Relevant Computing and Analytics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (SRCA REU) – College of Engineering

Summer Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (SIRI) – College of Veterinary Medicine

Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Political Science – College of Humanities and Social Sciences

TECS 2021 Summer Research Experience – Wilson College of Textiles

TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program – Division of Academic and Student Affairs

Typically, summer research programs have application deadlines in February and early March for the upcoming summer. Be sure to check with the specific program for deadline dates. For more information, use the contact information listed on each program’s website.

*This is not a comprehensive list of all summer programs on NC State University. Check departmental websites to find other programs.