MU Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The University of Missouri is is home to more than 33,000 students and 2,000 faculty. We are in the middle of a state that’s in the middle of the country seeking the farthest reaches of what is possible. Our diverse and thriving campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Columbia serving all walks of life. The perfect blend of small town and flourishing city, Columbia is consistently rated among the top places to live in the nation. This is where opposite ideas attract, grand challenges are explored every day, and where rigorous study meets the real world.
Eight summer programs are under the umbrella of the Office of Undergraduate Research (see list below.)

All programs affiliated with the Office of Undergraduate Research run May 31 – July 30th, with travel days on May 31st and July 30th (9 weeks). Students live in on-campus air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan paid by the program. Many programs provide one credit hour of research, travel to and from Columbia, and stipends range from $3,400 – $5,000.

Coordinated by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research, the Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosts 50+ students from institutions across the nation. Interns in the program participate in educational and social activities and numerous outings planned by the interns themselves creating a vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming summer community. Under the guidance of an MU faculty mentor, students work on their own projects in collaboration with graduate students, lab technicians, and post-doctoral researchers and will showcase their results at a poster Forum on July 28th.

EligibilitySummer 2016 Interns

Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June 2022. Students should be pursuing a major in fields related to the program for which they are applying. Students graduating before December 2022 are not eligible. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. See information on individual programs for additional requirements.

Most programs are for visiting students only. Students currently in enrolled at Mizzou are generally not eligible. Check program details for more information.

Educational Programming

As part of the program, students participate in seminars designed to provide information about research, career preparation and options, and scientific ethics. Weekly small group seminars provide opportunities for students to focus on a topic and engage in discussion with peers and faculty.  Social activities also provide opportunities for participants to get to know each other. A mandatory orientation session will be held June 1st, 2022.

MU & Columbia Communities

The MU Office of Undergraduate Research, and therefore the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, is committed to fostering an inclusive community of researchers, free from discrimination and harassment as defined in MU’s Student Standard of Conduct and Human Resources policy. As visiting students on the MU campus, participants in the Summer Research Internship Program join current MU students, faculty, and staff in holding the following values as the foundation of our identity as a community: Excellence, Respect, Responsibility, and Discovery. Upon this, we strive to build a comprehensive, engaging learning experience for all persons involved in this program.

We encourage students with disabilities to apply for this summer opportunity. We will engage in the process of determining and securing accommodations with all students selected for the program.

Impact of COVD-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Missouri and Boone County Department of Public Health have established guidelines and protocols designed to minimize risks from the disease. More details about these plans can be found at the following websites:

Students who participate in this program will be expected to follow all university and county public health guidelines. These guidelines are subject to change, but currently include wearing face coverings whenever indoors on campus, maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance from others, and checking oneself for COVID symptoms on a daily basis (e.g., temperature checks). In the event that we are not able to offer the program due to campus and/or county restrictions, we will notify applicants as soon as possible.

Summer 2022 Program Applications will open in November 2021

2022 Program Information & Applications

(Visiting Students Only – Application Deadlines Feb. 20th, 2022 unless otherwise noted.)

Alcohol Research
  Cell & Molecular Biology
Materials Science & Engineering
Medical Sciences (Application Deadline: February 11th, 2022)
Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – MoLSAMP – Limited to Alliance Members
Missouri School of Journalism Summer Fellowship – (Application Deadline: March 7, 2022)
   Translational Biomedicine

Research Programs for MU Students:

View a full list of MU programs here.


Research Programs for Mizzou and Visiting Students:

   Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Summer Research Program
Summer Research Internship in Animal Sciences


Other 2022 Summer Programs

Computational Neuroscience – Applications due March 1, 2022
Consumer Networking Technologies – Applications due March 1, 2022