Research Experiences

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Research Experiences

For science majors, research experiences provide rewarding, hands-on opportunities to meaningfully engage in laboratory and field settings.

What are the benefits of undergraduate research?

  • Enhances student learning through mentoring relationships with faculty
  • A fun way to increases career preparation
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving and intellectual independence
  • Develops an understanding of research methodology
  • For summer REUs you have the opportunity to travel to new places and meet new people (and many include a stipend and housing)

Research Opportunities for FSC Students:

  • Many science internships will have a substantial research component. Review the internship opportunities on the internship and volunteering page for more information.
  • Multiple FSC courses have a research component. See your faculty advisor for more information. 
  • Faculty members may be interested in partnering with an undergraduate student to complete an independent research project. Over summer, many faculty also host student researchers as part of a Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant. Consider speaking with your faculty advisor or another member of the FSC Faculty regarding research opportunities.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are formal research opportunities, generally offered by research institutions, and typically taking place over summer. 


FSC students have the option of earning credit for their research experiences. However, some students will not seek academic credit and simply want to participate solely for the benefit of the opportunity. Either way, you can find important information and forms to help you navigate the internship process.

REU Guide 
REU Notification (for-credit and non-credit)
REU Agreement (only required for students seeking academic credit for their REU)

Employer Evaluation of Student 

Questions? Contact the Career and Internship Coordinator,

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

What are REUs?

REU stands for Research Experience for Undergraduates. An undergraduate research experience is defined as an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline (Council for Undergraduate Research). Most REU experiences take place over the summer months with applications due in late fall/early spring, prior to the experience.

How to find REUs?

There are an abundance of science and pre-health research opportunities going on throughout the year, but the most popular time to complete an REU is during summer, although you will need to verify before applying to each individual program. Below are helpful websites for students to find REU opportunities. You should also review the following handout: How to Find and Prepare for an REU.

You will need to set aside adequate time to research programs and find the opportunities that are right for you. You will also want to start your search early (think 6 months in advance), plan to apply to multiple programs, and give yourself time to complete applications. You may need to submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation with each application- another reason to plan ahead! Consider creating a way to compile the programs you are interested in, including relevant application information. One such template available for students to use is here: REU & Internship Tracking Sheet.

Websites to find REU opportunities:

National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Search Engine
Can search based on discipline, keywords, and/or state.

Pathways to Science STEM REU Search Engine

Browse by institution, start date, state, and/or discipline.

Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences Lists
Extensive list of opportunities, based on discipline, updated weekly.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Opportunities
ORISE sponsors more than 50 research programs at national laboratories.

The Leadership Alliance: Summer Research- Early Identification Program
Listing of 20 summer internship sites that provide training & mentoring.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI): Department of Energy
Opportunities to conduct research at one of 17 DOE laboratory/facilities.

Discipline Specific:

Featured REU

University of North Texas REU program
Application Deadline: March 1st
Stipend: $5,000 plus housing
Possible Research Areas: Analytical Chemistry * Inorganic Chemistry * Organic Chemistry * Physical Chemistry *Computational Chemistry * Materials Chemistry * Ligand Design * Kinetics * Catalysis * Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry * Non-electrolytic Solutions * Biochemistry * Layered Inorganic Materials * Metal Electrodeposition * Surface Chemistry * Organic Electrochemistry * Diamond-like Carbon Films * Organic Synthesis * Metal/Ceramic Nanocomposites * Optical Sensors * Gas-Phase Chemistry * Conducting Polymers * Fluorescence/Phosphorescence * Spectroscopy * Atmospheric Chemistry * Environmental Chemistry

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