Summer Research Opportunities/Links

Luther biology students regularly participate in a wide variety of off-campus summer research experiences.  Below are links to application information for some of the numerous summer research opportunities our students have participated in.

Additional summer research and internship opportunities may be found in a binder kept on the shelves in the 2nd floor student study lounge (SHL 290).

Links to Popular Off-Campus Summer Research Programs

National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: click “Search for an REU Site” for list of sites, topics, and contact information. 

University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) program: sponsored by the Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program for students interested in combined MD/PhD medical scientist training programs.  

Mayo Clinic Summer Lab Science Program: working in the clinical laboratory environment  alongside Mayo Clinical Scientists

Association of American Medical Colleges: summer undergraduate research programs

University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program: for students interested in genetics, immunology, molecular and cellular biology, or neuroscience

University of Iowa Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Microbiology

University of Minnesota Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (LSSURP): biomedical engineering, ecology & the environment, molecular biology, and neuroscience

University of Iowa Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF): research in biochemistry and related topics (molecular, cellular, developmental, computational and structural biology, model system genetics)

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP), (Summer Research Program for Undergraduates in Biology)

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research

Amgen Scholars Program: providing summer undergraduate research opportunities at major research universities

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve : University of Minnesota’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) summer research internships in plant community ecology

Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science: providing summer research opportunities, mostly in genomics, geentics, cell biology, molecular biology and related areas of plant science.

Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University, summer research opportunities in plant genomics

Hormel Institute, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: S.U.R.E. Student Program, University of Minnesota research center in Austin, MN with opportunities in biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and nutrition

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Summer in in Biomedical Science (SIBS) :Undergraduate Research Program

University of Nebraska-Lincoln summer research program for undergraduates in the natural and health sciences

University of Texas at El Paso Summer Mentoring and Research Training program in Methods in the Neuroscience of Drug-addiction (SMART MIND)

Organization for Tropical Studies: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Tropical Biology in Costa Rica

Iowa Nature Conservancy: Anna Beal Trust summer internships program

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: Land Stewardship Internship program including a "Blufflands Crew" stationed in NE Iowa!

Blufflands Crew - Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Internship based in NE Iowa

Konza Prairie and Kansas State University REU Program: study tallgrass prairie conservation

REU Site in Raptor Research in Idaho

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory: summer REU Program

Kellogg Biological Station (Michigan State University summer REU Program)

Blandy Experimental Farm REU Program, University of Virginia summer REU Program

Texas A&M Wildlife and Fisheries Job Board: most comprehensive posting of internships and permanent jobs in wildlife and fisheries

University of Michigan Biological Station Summer REU Program

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Natural History Research Experiences: in Washington, D.C. 

Chicago Botanic Garden: Conservation and Land Management Internships  

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge: Paid Internship Opportunities 

Conservation and Land Internship Program: places interns in 5 month internships with federal land management agencies

Internships at Minnesota Zoo