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.


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, link to summer undergraduate research programs.

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

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

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

University of Wisconsin-Madison, SRP-Bio (Summer Research Program for Undergraduates in Biology):

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) site:

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, nutrition:

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

University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology: "Sensing and Signaling" Research Experience for Undergrads:

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!

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

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory summer REU Program:

Kellogg Biological Station (Michigan State University)

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 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.

Butterfly Internship at Minnesota Zoo

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).