Summer Physics Undergraduate Research

Students who do research often are more interested in their courses, as they have seen first hand how the effects they study in the classroom exist in the laboratory.  We strongly encourage all Canisius physics students to become involved in research while they are an undergraduate.

Many summer research programs and internships have application deadlines in January and February. Therefore, it is a good idea to take some time in December to choose which programs you might be interested in and note the application deadlines so that you don't miss an interesting opportunity. Many of the programs require transcripts or letters of recommendation; these should be requested 2-3 weeks in advance of the deadline.

Check the relevant web pages for details and contact information. Many programs require that students be in their Sophomore or Junior year when they apply. Some positions require US citizenship. Check each program for detailed requirements.  Summer research programs typically provide a stipend of $5000 or more for a ten-week program if room/board are not covered by the program, and less if housing is provided.  Often travel expenses are also covered for opportunities that are out of town.

There are many opportunities to do research as a physics undergraduate.  We will hold an information session in early January to discuss research options open to undergraduates.

General Resources

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU):    This is one of the largest undergraduate research programs in the country. There are NSF REU programs in many fields of research in science and engineering, at a large number of universities.

NY State Government Internship Database (called New New York Leaders)

U.S. Federal government internships and fellowships in science (Lists 80+ websites) 

Compilation of summer research opportunities by Pathways to Science (Institute for Broadening Participation)

Try out this search tool for physics and astronomy undergraduates

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Nanotechnology Summer Internships 

Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience

Amgen Scholars Program

American Mathematical Society

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)


Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (DOE SULI)

NASA Undergraduate Research Program 

NASA student programs 

Systems Teaching Institute (STI) at the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at NASA Ames Research Center

Internship for Physics Majors (IPM at Fermilab)    

Fermilab Summer Internships in Science and Technology

Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) in Baltimore (operates the Hubble Space Telescope)

National Undergraduate Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program (Site descriptions

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport                  

Oak Ridge National Laboratory:  Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis(NESLS)            

U.S. Dept. of Energy: Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists

US Dept of Commerce Internship

Lee Tang Undergrad Research Fellowship in Accelerator Science and Engineering (Fermilab & Argonne)

Department of Homeland Security                           

U.S. Dept of Energy Scholars Program 

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Standards & Technology

Office of Naval Research 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

US Army Corps of Engineers 

NY State Department of Transportation

NY Department of Environmental Conservation


Rochester Institute of Technology

CalTech MURF Undergrad Research Fellowships 

CalTech Amgen Scholars Program

Nebraska-Summer Research Program

Summer Research at UC Berkeley

MIT Lincoln Lab (Department of Defense)

University of Notre Dame, Physics 

Rutgers University, Physics 

University of Michigan

LearnLab Summer Research Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh

Summer Research Internships in Energy Efficient Electronics (UC Berkeley, MIT and Stanford) 

Summer Internships and Summer Schools

Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School: University of Missouri, Columbia. 

Summer Internship at Galileo (science camp)

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Greenpeace internships

Renewable energy internships

Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program



DOE-INFN and NSF-INFN summer student exchange program (in Italy): This program tends to have a late application process, after many students have accepted another position.

REU Summer Program at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico


Advanced Refractory Technologies 

AMETEK (formerly Reichert Technologies) 

American Axle and Manufacturing

American Precision Industries

AVOX Systems (formerly Scott Aviation)

BMP America


Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems


Du Pont

Ferguson Electric Construction

Fisher Price

Ford Motor

General Electric

General Dynamics

General Motors

HP (Hewlett-Packard)

IMA Life North America

Goodyear Dunlop Tires

IBM Research


Life Technologies

Lockheed Martin


Motorola Solutions

National Fuel Gas

National Grid 

Northrop Grumman

Occidental Chemical

Olin Chemicals


Prestolite Electric

Pratt and Whitney

P&G (Proctor and Gamble)

San Francisco Airport 

Taylor Devices

Westinghouse Nuclear 

Wilson Greatbatch Ltd.