Research & Employment Opportunities in Chemistry

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Summer Research Opportunities: Science Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program at Amherst

Two programs provide summer research opportunities for Amherst College students:

  1. The 2021 SURF program involves an 8-week commitment and focuses on research in science, statistics, and mathematics fields. 
  2. The SRP program runs for 6-8 weeks and supports students in all areas of academic research.

Both programs are open to non-US citizens/residents. 

SURF Program

The 2021 SURF Program is an 8-week program, running from June 7 - July 30, 2021.

The SURF (Summer Science Undergraduate Research Fellows) Program provides opportunities for Amherst College students to immerse themselves in a hands-on, collaborative science research project for 8 weeks* during the summer. Research fellows work closely with their faculty mentors to design and execute their research project, and all Fellows take part in group educational and social activities. In early fall, Fellows present their findings at Amherst's annual poster session and are then encouraged to present their work at a regional or national conference. Fellows receive on-campus housing and a salary based on minimum wage, so pending hours reported, fellows are paid between $480 - 510 per week. (*In the event that the 2021 must go remote for health and safety due to the nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be modified to 6 weeks. Candidates will be notified in time to decide whether or not they would like to continue in a remote version of the program.)

Summer 2021 SURF Opportunities

Are you a first- or second-year student considering a career in science or as a medical professional? A SURF  research experience may help you determine if this career path is right for you by providing you with valuable research skills, experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation and research techniques, and connections to a vibrant community of research scientists. Find out more about faculty research areas and Amherst's SURF program.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be planning several live & recorded SURF panels with former SURF students and 2021 SURF mentors. Once these panels are scheduled, that will be posted here and in the Daily Mammoth.

Summer fellows have contributed to recent breakthrough discoveries at Amherst: “[Prof.] Hall...said his team’s experimental work arose out of interest from Amherst summer student researchers at a group meeting in 2011...”

Some SURF Fellowships are discipline-specific and include unique components. Learn more about specific funded SURF opportunities and their requirements. 

Students interested in applying to any of the fellowship opportunities below should complete the common SURF application before March 1, 2021. 

 Learn more about the SURF program: The 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

External Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Fred Hutch site (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) offers a pdf list of biomedical research internships offered nationwide.  This site features approximately 260 biomedical research internships... for high school, under-graduate,  post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students. 

Frequently the Chemistry Department receives notices of summer research programs for undergraduates; see these opportunities below.


UCLA Institute for Quantitative & Computational Biosciences Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Research Program is an 8-week full-time immersion program (June 20 - August 12, 2022) for undergraduates interested in learning how to read and analyze genes and genomes. Through this program students will have the opportunity to experience graduate-level coursework, and learn the latest cutting-edge research, tools and methods used by leading scientists to solve real-world problems. The program spans many areas of computational biology: Medical informatics, Bioinformatics, Cancer Genomics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology, and Ecology. Rolling Admissions: First application deadline for early review: January 3, 2022 @ 5:00PM PST; (Final application deadline: March 1, 2022 @ 5:00PM PST) Click here and APPLY TO BIG SUMMER 2022 today!  (To address any questions you may have and provide guidance in filling out the application, we are hosting a series of BIG SUMMER information sessions. Tues Nov 23, 2pm; Mon Nov 29, 2pm; Wed Dec 8th 10am; Tues Dec 14 2pm: all times are Pacific Standard Time. You may register for any of the dates. Registration form:

University of Delaware - Applications are now being accepted for the Summer REU Program in Marine Science at the University of Delaware, an NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Interns will work with faculty in a research-intensive setting on a research topic in chemical, physical, or biological oceanography, marine biology or marine geology. In addition to hands-on research experience, student support includes a $6,500 stipend, campus housing, and travel assistance. The deadline to apply is February 11, 2022. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences, this REU program supports ten undergraduate students to conduct research in marine science. The program will take place at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp campus in the beach community of Lewes, located on the shores of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. More information and the application can be found on our website. You may also be interested to hear directly from former interns, or see one of our field trips on the R/V Daiber on the Delaware Bay. For more information, please contact: Joanna York; Director, UD REU program in Marine Science; 302-831-7040.

Case Western Reserve University - Applications open for Summer 2022: Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR), funded by the National Cancer Institute.  CanSUR aims to provide a strong foundation in cancer biology, followed by a laboratory assignment with one of our Case CCC researchers studying cancer genetics, cancer cell signaling, experimental therapeutics, and cancer prevention and epidemiology research. The goal of the program is to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage of their careers. The CanSUR program will support 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August). Undergraduates will be accepted from colleges and universities from across the country to work with our Case CCC researchers. A stipend of $4,000 for will be provided for the 10-week program. Housing and travels allowances will be available for non-local appointees.  Here is a link to their website and application portal.  Application deadline is January 14, 2022. 


The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Center for Biomedical Informatics at Wake Forest School of Medicine invites current undergraduate students to apply for our Annual Biomedical Engineering and Informatics Summer Research Internship Program. Underrepresented minorities (URM) and students from colleges with limited research opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are highly encouraged to apply. Our summer program will run for 10 weeks (May 29th-August 6, 2022) and offer students opportunities to pursue research related to Imaging- and Mechanics-based projects on Accidental Cases of Trauma (IMPACT) and other biomedical engineering and informatics based topics listed below. 

Exciting research opportunities include the following biomedical engineering and informatics topics:

  • Injury prediction model development
  • Finite element modeling techniques applied to trauma
  • Military, sports, and spaceflight safety
  • Osteoporosis prevention
  • Biomechanical characterization of injury mechanisms
  • Diagnostics and therapies for cancer patients
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Development and use of machine learning based algorithms
  • Medical device testing and prototyping

Students admitted into the program will receive a stipend and on-campus housing for the duration of the 10-week summer program. Program details are provided on our website:
The program is accepting applications until February 15, 2022.  Click on this link to apply:


National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU)  Sponsored by the NSF, these programs typically provide generous stipends and room and board to perform summer research at large research universities. A comprehensive list of programs and application information is found at the link above. Applications are typically due in late January or February. A list of nearby programs are provided below:

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) at Department of Energy National Labs  The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory/facility offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories/facilities offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.