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Summer Research Programs

Summer is a great opportunity to participate in a research program. Known by various names such as REUs or SROPs, summer research programs typically include the following:

  • Close work with faculty and other undergraduate researchers
  • Time Bound – usually around 10 weeks
  • Defined Research Problem – each program focuses on a research problem or topic area that will be explored for the
  • Stipend – amount varies depending on the project and its funding source
  • Assistance with housing and travel

Summer research programs require applications with deadlines ranging from December through April. If you are interested in a summer program, we encourage you to explore your options early.

Individual Summer Programs

In addition to the databases above, there are several individual programs that have been shared with OUR. The list below is not inclusive of all summer programs, so we encourage you to search for additional programs that may not be listed here. We have also communicated opportunities in our weekly emails.

If you work for an institution or organization that offers a summer research opportunity and would like to have it listed on this page, please email our office at

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 experience 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