Summer Research Internship Program

Join an undergraduate community of 90+ students with access to more than 40 professional and developmental workshops, made possible by 1,000+ researchers at MU working to promote discovery for animal and human health, food, physical sciences, and the environment.
Most application deadlines are February 15, 2017.

About the program:Summer 2016 Interns

  • 9 weeks (May 30 – July 29, 2017)
  • Stipends starting from $3,600
Some programs provide:
  • On-campus housing
  • Meal plan
  • Transportation to and from Columbia, MO for the program

Professional Development and Social Activities:


  • Weekly workshops and seminars
  • Small group seminars of the students’ choosing
  • Intern & Mentor BBQ, trivia night, team-building challenges, and other social activities
  • Graduate Program Expo
  • Poster Forum to present research at the conclusion of the program

Sample of past weekly seminars:

  • Dr. Tim Evans, Veterinary Pathobiology –  “Describing Your Research in 1 Minute: The Elevator Statement”
  • Dr. Richard Sherwood, Pathology & Anatomical Sciences – “Adventures with the Missing ‘Link'”
  • Dr. Angela Speck, Physics & Astronomy – “The Eclipse of the Century”
  • Dr. Brick Johnstone, Health Psychology – “Neuroscience of Religious Experience: Merging the Sciences and Humanities”
  • Dr. Lori Eggert (Biology), Dr. Kevin Middleton (Pathology & Anatomy) & Dr. Mark Hannink (Biochemistry) – “Faculty Panel – Post-Graduate Planning”
  • Dr. Denis McCarthy, Psychological Sciences – “What Happens When You Drink and Why You Should Care”
  • Dr. Charles Nilon, Fisheries & Wildlife – “Birds, People, and Environmental Justice”
  • Dr. Gavin Conant, Animal Sciences –  “Comparative genomics as a time machine:  Reconstructing evolution after a genome duplication”

View the 2016 Summer Yearbook

Summer Research Areas for Non-MU students:forum

Summer Research Areas for MU Students:

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