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.

Summer 2018 Info (PDF) Summer 2018 Application (Fillable PDF)

About the program:Summer 2016 Interns

  • 9 weeks (May 29 – July 28, 2018)
  • Stipends starting from $3,400
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

2017 Summer Seminars:

  • Dr. Tom Phillips, Biological Sciences – “Introduction to Research Essentials”
  • Dr. Tim Evans, Veterinary Pathobiology –  “Describing Your Research in 1 Minute: The Elevator Statement”
  • Dr. Micael Marlo, English and Linguistics – “Documenting Luyia Together”
  • Dr. Charlotte Phillips, Biochemistry – “Responsible Conduct of Research”
  • Dr. Michele Kennett, Assoc. Vice Chancellor of Research – “The Lab” Interactive Video and Discussion
  • Dr. Casey Holliday, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences – “How Dinosaurs Work and How I Got to Work with Dinosaurs”
  • Dr. Brenda Peculiar, Biochemistry – “Graduate School Admissions”
  • Dr. Ferris Pfeiffer, Bioengineering – “Creativity in Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship”
  • Dr. Lori Eggert, Biology – “The Challenges and Importance of Conserving Biodiversity Outside Traditional Protected Areas”
  • Dr. Victoria Vieira-Potter, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology – TBD
  • Dr. Jonathan Dyer, Pediatric Dermatology – TBD
  • Dr. Denis McCarthy, Psychological Sciences – “What Happens When You Drink (and Why People Study it)”
  • Dr. Angela Speck, Physics & Astronomy – “The Eclipse of the Century”
  • Dr. Gavin King, Physics & Astronomy – “Poking Molecules with Sharp Needles; Biophysical Insight via Force Microscopy”

View the 2017 Summer Yearbook

Summer Research Areas for Non-MU students:forum

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