Summer Research at Rutgers

Looking to do research at Rutgers? There are many different programs that you can take advantage of as an undergraduate. Below is a list that will help you begin to understand what's out there. Be sure to read the requirements; some programs, while taking place at Rutgers, do not accept Rutgers students.

Aresty Summer Science Program

The Summer Science Research Program is an intensive, full-time, on-campus research experience for Rutgers-New Brunswick rising sophomores only. Students are matched with faculty mentors from a diverse array of scientific disciplines.

Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program, School of Engineering

Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program (GET UP) provides summer undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduate science and engineering students interested in green energy.  GET UP is funded by the National Science Foundation and is designed to bring external students to Rutgers for the summer.

Department of Physics and Astronomy REU

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University hosts an on-campus summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in astronomy, nuclear and high energy physics, and condensed matter physics. Rutgers students are not encouraged to apply.

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science

The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science is a joint project of Rutgers, Princeton, AT&T Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, Telcordia Technologies, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the NEC Research Institute. Applicants should be undergraduates with a major in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a closely related STEM field.

Division of Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Fellowship is open to declared Life Science majors at Rutgers (Biology, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Genetics, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry) pursuing novel, independent undergraduate research under the supervision of any Division of Life Science faculty member.

Project L/EARN

Project L/EARN's summer program is an intensive ten-week internship opportunity for qualified students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first generation college attenders, and those from racial/ethnic minority groups who would like to obtain research skills and "hands-on" experience in health services research under the guidance of a distinguished faculty mentor.

RiSE at Rutgers: Research in Science and Engineering

The RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) program chooses 50 outstanding undergraduates from across the U.S. and its territories to participate in 10 weeks of cutting-edge research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, math, engineering, and exciting interdisciplinary areas under the guidance of a carefully matched faculty mentors. By applying to RiSE, you will automatically be considered for our sister National Science Foundation REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and other partners at Rutgers.

Rutgers University Pipeline-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (RUP-IMSD)

RUP-IMSD provides funded research opportunities and mentoring for RU students who are considering research-related careers in the biological/biomedical sciences. Students selected to participate will receive a stipend while working for 10 weeks during the summer in a Rutgers research lab. Students in their sophomore or junior year are eligible. Following the summer program, academic-year mentoring, financial support for research, and funds to attend a scientific conference are available. RUP-IMSD is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which seeks to increase the number of students from diverse backgrounds in biomedical research careers. We therefore encourage students to apply who are: (1) from groups historically under-represented in the biomedical sciences; (2) individuals with disabilities; or (3) individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

Rutgers Energy Institute Summer Internship

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment.

Summer Research Fellowship Program at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

This program is intended for highly motivated undergraduates interested in a research career in the pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Students are provided with an opportunity to conduct full-time research in areas related to Pharmacology and Toxicology, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Clinical Pharmacy.

Research Internships in Ocean Sciences

Research Internships in Ocean Sciences (RIOS) is a program supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Research Experiences for Undergraduates. RIOS provides paid, 10-week summer internships to participate in a range of projects offered by the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

Rutgers Program in Perceptual Science

The Rutgers Program in Perceptual Science invites applications for their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Perceptual Science and Technology, funded jointly by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.

From Biomaterials to Stem Cells: REU in Cellular Biology

With an intellectual focus in Cellular Bioengineering, this program provides research opportunities that articulate with a range of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary areas, including stem cell engineering, systems and computational biology, cell-active biomaterials, and micro/nanoscale biosystems. The research experience is complemented by weekly exercises aimed at professional development.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) through the New Jersey Medical School is a six-week summer medical and dental school preparatory program that offers eligible students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.