Summer Research Opportunities

The programs listed below are open to students from all universities and colleges. Mizzou students should review and identify ones in which they are interested.

Conducting research during the summer somewhere other than Mizzou is a great way to broaden your research experiences! These are opportunities to work at a campus you might want to consider for graduate school or explore a research area that isn’t well-developed at Mizzou (example: marine biology).

Applications for many summer programs are due between mid-December and mid-February, so start looking early. It is a good idea to prepare application materials over the winter break.

If you applying for a summer research opportunity, or are accepted, at another institution over the summer, let the Office of Undergraduate Research know and find out how we may be of any assistance.

Increase your chances of being selected for an off-campus summer program! Staff in the Office of Fellowships and Advanced Studies are available to review students’ application materials for summer research programs. Reach out if you want support on an external summer research program application!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds many Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in a range of academic disciplines at sites across the country. Search in two ways:

The Institute for Broadening Participation’s Pathways to Science project maintains a searchable database of programs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Northwestern University assembles a directory of summer research programs each year.

Additionally, look at this site is for STEM undergrads, but has some information that you may find helpful. Caution! Beware of clicking on suspicious links and confirm the validity of opportunities.

Some specialized databases may also be useful: