Undergraduate Research Opportunities

STEM Research Programs

STEM faculty and staff at HCC are committed to your success. We recognize that for STEM students, undergraduate research and on-campus jobs are some of the ways to gain experience before graduation and kick start a career. At this site we will post the research and job fair announcements as they become available to us.

For most local, state or national undergraduate research programs, there is a firm deadline to apply....usually from December to February for the following summer!
It is your responsibility to complete the entire application, meet the deadlines and follow through the paperwork. You never know when an internship or on-campus job turns into a full-time job! Keep your resume ready!

STEM Internships and Research Opportunities in Houston

Rice University 2020 Nanotechnology Summer Research Program for Community College Students

Nano REU is a 10-week internship for community college students to work in Rice University nanotechnology research laboratories. Participants gain hands-on research experience in nanotechnology, one of the most exciting areas of scientific research.

Participants work on independent research projects to be presented at the Smalley-Curl Institute (SCI) Summer Research Colloquium at the end of the summer.

Community college students of all majors that are enrolled in Greater Houston Area schools are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to STEM majors.*

Participants are matched to a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher mentor who can help guide their research.

Possible research areas that students can become involved in include:

  • Synthesis and characterization of new nanomaterials including gold nanoshells, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, and nanosilver;
  • The application of nanomaterials in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases;
  • The application of nanomaterials for environmental cleanup and the implications of nanomaterials on the environment;
  • The use of nanomaterials to improve the efficiency of alternative energies; and
  • The development of nanotechnology-enabled water treatment technologies.

Students will receive a stipend of $6,000 over 10 weeks of summer work and opportunity for poster presentation at the SCI Summer Research Colloquium.

Program Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020
Work Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Rice University Campus

For an application, requirements of the program and research area, go to: 
https://rstem.rice.edu/nano-reu

The application deadline is March 18, 2020
Students will be informed by April 17, 2020

Space is limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program. 

In addition to completing this application, you will need (2) letters of recommendation.

REU Open House: Join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 6–8 p.m. on Rice’s campus for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Open House. This is an opportunity to come and learn about our REU programs. To attend, you must RSVP by February 7, 2020. Click here to RSVP.

For more information, please contact
Carrie Obenland Owens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Outreach & Research
Rice Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
6100 Main St., MS 7836, Houston, TX 77005-1827

713-348-5648

 

Rice University 2020 Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Summer Research Program for Community College Students

A joint effort by Rice University, Arizona State University (ASU), the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and Yale University, the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is the first national center to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. The aim is to enable access to suitable water almost anywhere in the world by developing high performance, easy-to-deploy systems for drinking water and industrial wastewater treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology.

In collaboration with NEWT, the Rice Office of STEM Engagement offers NEWT REU, a 10-week program with a focus on nanotechnology-enabled water treatment for community college students. It includes a 10-week internship in a NEWT research laboratory to give hands-on research experience.

Participants work on independent research projects to be presented at a conference at the end of the summer. Community college students of all majors that are enrolled in Houston, TX; El Paso, TX; or Tempe/Phoenix, AZ schools are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to STEM majors.*

Participants are matched to a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher mentor who can help guide their research.

The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) offers a 10-week internship specifically designed to give community college students hands-on research experience in water treatment research, one of the most exciting areas of scientific research.

Students will receive a stipend of $6,000 over 10 weeks of summer work, opportunity for poster presentation at the SCI Summer Research Colloquium, and travel support to present at the Colloquium in Houston, TX (UTEP & ASU interns only)

Program Dates: June 1 - August 7, 20202019
Work Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Rice University Campus

For an application, requirements of the program and research area, go to:
https://rstem.rice.edu/newt-reu

Application deadline is March 18, 2020
Students will be informed by April 17, 2020

Space is limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

In addition to completing this application, you will need (2) letters of recommendation.

REU Open House: Join us on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6–8 p.m. on Rice’s campus for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Open House. This is an opportunity come and learn about our REU programs. To attend, you must RSVP by February 7, 2020. Click here to RSVP.

For more information, please contact:

Jorge Loyo, Ph.D.
NEWT Associate Director of University Education
713-348-8116 | jorge.loyo@rice.edu

 

Rice University 2020 BioXFEL Summer Internship for Undergraduates

Rice University is part of an exciting, multi-university collaboration to develop and sustain a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center called BioXFEL (Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers)
"BioXFEL is a consortium established in 2013 of eight U.S. research universities that address fundamental questions in biology at the molecular level. 
Using a recently-invented pulsed hard X-ray laser, our researchers can capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by taking brief snapshots, and observe interactions in their native environment. 
This opens up a new world to biology, to science, and to human health." 
This summer internship program provides research training for 10 weeks.

Participation in the program includes the following opportunities:

  • General and site-specific lab safety training
  • Scientific journal club
  • Weekly lunch seminars with faculty presentations on various research topics
  • Ethics training
  • Field trip to the brain lab at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Scientific oral and poster presentation practice

For more information, please visit the website: https://ibb.rice.edu/bioxfel-internship

Duration of The Program: June 1 through August 7, 2020

Application deadline: February 7, 2020

 

 

Rice University 2020 Summer Cardiovascular Research Internship Program (SCRIP)

The Summer Cardiovascular Research Internship Program (SCRIP) Seeks Undergraduate Student Applicants

Rice offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to perform cutting-edge cardiovascular research ranging from fundamental science and translational medicine to community health. The American Heart Association (AHA) sponsors the SCRIP. This program is administered by the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) at Rice University.

The SCRIP will recruit undergraduates from the greater Houston area to perform research for 10 weeks in the departments of Bioengineering, Biosciences, Chemical, and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Computational, and Applied Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics. The interns chosen will interact with faculty sponsors and their research groups to solve significant problems of relevance to heart disease and stroke patients.

Mentors will be available in:

  1. vasculogenesis in developmental biology 
  2. basic science of cardiovascular cells, tissues, & organs 
  3. computational cardiovascular modeling 
  4. translational cardiovascular science 
  5. cardiovascular health in the community.

Students will receive a stipend of $4,000 over 10 weeks of summer work.

Program Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020
Work Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Rice University Campus

For an application, requirements of the program and research area, go to: 
https://ibb.rice.edu/research/group/undergraduate-programs/aha-scrip

The application deadline is February 21, 2020

Space is limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program. 

In addition to completing this application, you will need (2) letters of recommendation.

For more information, please contact
SCRIP Program Director
K. Jane Grande-Allen, PhD
Department Chair, Bioengineering
Isabel C. Cameron Professor of
Bioengineering
Rice University
grande@rice.edu

 

Rice University 2020 Bioscience & Bioengineering Summer Research Internship

Welcome to the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University!

A Research Experience for Undergraduates in Multi-Scale Biomolecular Networks


Internships to participate in a ten-week research-immersion program at Rice University

Duration: June 1 through August 2020

Application deadline: February 7, 2020

Stipend, Details and Online Application Deadline: 

https://ibb.rice.edu/nsf-reu-bionetworks

The goal of this program is to provide community college students first-hand experience with cutting-edge research that can form a foundation for predicting biological functions in a range of departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering). The possible research projects will draw from a range of approaches (classical biochemical and genetic to non-trivial theoretical models that require computation) to studies of naturally-occurring genetic networks, artificial genetic and metabolic networks, and biomolecular structure, function, and evolution. Students will participate full-time in research and workshops that focus on responsible conduct in research, professional communication, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. Students are also provided a creative opportunity to develop innovative biotechnological ideas and a capstone research poster symposium.

If you have any questions about the summer program or application process, please contact Dr. Joff Silberg (joff@rice.edu) at Rice University.

 

STEM National Internships and Research Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Research Fellowship Program (MLEF)

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.
For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).
The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. 
Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. 
For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Applications in the past have closed in December for the following summer

 

Summer Industrial Internships in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Summer Industrial Internships in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

The Society for Chemical Industry is pleased to offer the SCI Scholars Program, which is designed to introduce upper level (sophomore/junior), exceptional chemistry and chemical engineering students to carriers in chemical industry.
Selected students will become SCI Scholars and participate in one of many 10-week industrial internships during the summer.
SCI Scholars will be selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation.

For more information, click here.

Requirements:

  • Current sophomore or junior
  • Chemistry or chemical engineering major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Benefits:

  • Industrial experience
  • Generous award - the stipend is in $6,000-10,000 range for a 10-week internship
  • Certificate and $1000 travel award to participate in a scientific meeting
  • SCI Scholars will nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition and $1000 award

Applications in the past have closed in December for the following summer

 

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/faculty staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting Department of Energy (DOE) mission.

Selected students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

 

The Community College Internship (CCI) Program

The Community College Internship (CCI) Program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs. Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs.

Selected students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

 

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) for Faculty & Students

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas. In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member.

Selected faculty and students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

 

Texas A&M Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for Community College Students

No update is currently available at this time for year 2016.

2015 Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for Community College Students

Application deadline: March 31, 2015


Eight community college students will be selected to participate in this National Science Foundation-sponsored 10-week REU program from June 7 through August 14, 2015.  Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Participants will:

  • Collaborate on a research project with faculty mentors, graduate students and other REU students
  • Develop in-demand communication skills by giving research presentations and writing scientific papers
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing on campus and travel support to and from Commerce, Texas
  • Participate in field trips to Texas businesses, research institutions and the McDonald Observatory in west Texas
  • Remotely access state-of-the-art telescopes, including the SARA (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) 0.9-m telescope located at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona, the SARA 0.6-m telescope located in Chile and several smaller telescopes at the Texas A&M University-Commerce observatory

Research Opportunities

  • Observational Astronomy and Computational Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Astrophysics and Nuclear Theory
  • Advanced Electronics and Optics
  • Materials Science and Surface Physics
  • Physics Education Research
  • Computer Simulations of Nuclear Reactions
  • Mathematical Physics

To Apply

  1. the application form here:  STEM 2015 REU Program Application
  2. transcripts from your community college
  3. two letters of recommendation
  4. an essay of 3-5 pages describing yourself, your research interest and career goals

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experience Aboard Ships

An opportunity for students to do oceanography out on the ocean! No cost!

”STEMSEAS”

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships!

STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)!

All expenses will be paid by the program- there is no cost to participants.

The tentative 2016 schedule is as follows:

May 10-18: Sail on the Oceanus from San Diego, CA to Honolulu, HI.
July 15-20: Sail on the Endeavor from Morehead City, NC, to Gulfport, MS.
August 16-24: Sail on the Sikuliaq from Seattle, WA to Nome, AK.

Application Process:

The STEMSEAS 2016 applicationis now available. To be eligible, you must be 18 or over and enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. The application includes:

DEADLINE to apply is 19 February 2016
Notifications will be made approximately one month later.

For questions, please contact:
Sharon Cooper: scooper@ldeo.columbia.edu
Jon Lewis:jclewis@iup.edu

 

Sustainable Horizons Institute Research Program

Sustainable Research Pathways Program: Building Connections Across Diverse Communities with Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences

Research Opportunities For Faculty and Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Imagine yourself visiting Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for a fast-paced workshop where you showcase your research, meet distinguished computing science staff at Berkeley Lab, and explore summer research opportunities for you and/or your students!

Networking and Exploratory Workshop
To facilitate the possible matching of faculty and/or their students with lab research opportunities, selected faculty will be invited to a Dec. 4-5, 2017, workshop at Berkeley Lab. Computing Sciences staff will discuss their research projects and interests and invited faculty will present their work during a poster blitz and poster session. Ample time will be provided for further discussions to explore potential research collaborations and sponsored programs.

This workshop, developed under a partnership between Sustainable Horizons Institute and Berkeley Lab, is designed for faculty from a variety of institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and women’s and community colleges, which support students from underrepresented or under-privileged backgrounds. Faculty learn about opportunities to engage in collaborative, leading-edge research with Berkeley Lab computing scientists. Matched faculty will be invited to apply for summer research opportunities at Berkeley lab. There are opportunities for faculty to participate in faculty/student teams, or to send student interns.

Faculty Benefits
• Travel funding to attend Dec. 4-5, 2017 matching workshop
• Opportunity to meet with Berkeley Lab staff and discuss possible research collaborations.
• Potential to participate in summer research with Computing Sciences staff
• Faculty/student teams
• Students on their own Preference is given to faculty/student teams.

Application requirements and other details can be found at http://shinstitute.org/srp/ and http://cs.lbl.gov/careers/summer-student-program/
Application deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017

Eligibility: Must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. degree-granting, postsecondary, institution of higher education.
Expectations: Selected faculty will attend the workshop on Dec. 4-5, 2017. • Faculty will participate in these workshop activities: • Lab research presentations • Poster Blitz and Poster session • Speed matching meeting session
Research Areas: Review Computing Sciences research areas from the links below and specify your areas of interest in your online application. • Computational Research Division • Scientific Networking Division • National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Workshop Details: 

  • Preparation: To facilitate matching, faculty will be expected to prepare various materials (including an abstract and poster) to showcase their research.
  • Travel: Faculty selected to attend the networking workshop will be notified in October and travel arrangements for the workshop must be completed by November 3, 2017.
  • Selection: Lab scientists review applications and select faculty participants based on their potential for a research collaboration match.

Key Dates: Applications Open: Aug. 17, 2017 • Applications Due: ​ Sept. 29, 2017 • Matching Workshop: Dec. 4-5. 2017 • Research Activities: Summer 2018

More information about the program and research opportunities at Berkeley Lab can be found at
http://shinstitute.org/srp/ and http://cs.lbl.gov/careers/summer-student-program/