A great way to apply and extend what you have been learning in the classroom and the laboratory is to join an active research lab over the summer. Amherst College and many institutions across the country (and beyond) offer summer undergraduate research programs that typically last about 10 weeks. Descriptions of some of these programs and the applications can be found at the links provided below. 

2016 Summer Research Opportunities to be available soon (11-11-15)

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For International Students seeking summer research opportunities in the United States: Due to visa restrictions, international students interested in off-campus summer research opportunities must ensure that they are properly authorized to engage in such activities. If the summer internship includes any kind of compensation (salary, stipend, scholarship/grant, room and board, transportation, etc.) from a source other than Amherst College, the student must apply to the U. S. Government for "optional practical training" permission. International students should consult the Dean of Students Office to discuss their plans and initiate the authorization process. Students are encouraged to do so as early as possible, even before a specific internship has been secured, as authorization process for obtaining permission for off-campus summer internships can take several months.

Amherst College Summer Science Research

Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF): for first/second year students.
The Gregory S. Call Summer Research Program (SRP) for second/third year students: 20156 applications due April 1.

Five College Summer Science Research

Programs with Many Opportunities in Biology

Programs Emphasizing Ecology / Evolution / Plants / Animals

Programs Emphasizing Molecular Biology/Medicine

Programs Emphasizing Neuroscience

Biology Education

Sites with Lists of Many Programs

International Research


Last Updated:
18 March 2015 TLR