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 June 1 – July 31, with travel days on June 1st and July 31st (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 30th.

EligibilitySummer 2016 Interns

Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June 2021. Students should be pursuing a major in fields related to the program for which they are applying. Students graduating before December 2021 are not eligible. Students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. See information on individual programs for additional requirements.

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 2, 2021.

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.


2021 Program Information & Applications

(Visiting Students Only)

Alcohol Research (Application Deadline: TBD)
Animal Sciences  (Application Deadline: TBD)
Materials Science & Engineering (Application Deadline: TBD)
Cell & Molecular Biology (Application Deadline: TBD)
Medical Sciences (Application Deadline: TBD)
Missouri Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation – MoLSAMP (Application Deadline: TBD) Limited to Alliance Members
Missouri School of Journalism Summer Fellowship   (Application Deadline: TBD)

Research Programs for MU Students:

View a full list of MU programs here.


Other 2021 Summer Programs

Computational Neuroscience
Consumer Networking Technologies (Early Application Deadline: TBD; Regular Application Deadline: TBD)