Undergraduate Research


A good starting point is the Harvard College Undergraduate Research and Fellowships page. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships administers research programs for Harvard College undergraduates. Check out the website.
Another resource is OCS, the Harvard Office of Career Services. It offers help on preparing a CV or cover letters and gives advice on how to network, interview, etc. Their website is here.
Other Sources that can provide additional information on Scholarships, awards, and other grants:

  • Committee on General Scholarships: more …
  • Office of International Programs: more …
  • Student Employment Office: more …


Students who would like to do some independent study or a reading class please read the pamphlet page. about Math 91r.

The Office of Career Services hosts summer programs to help you begin your summer search. Programs are both Harvard affiliated and public or private sector and include internships, public service, funding, travel, and research (URAF staff will be there to answer your questions!). Check out the website.

Check out the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program
Learn about Harvard’s Amgen 10-week intensive summer research program, one of ten
Amgen U.S. programs that support research in biotechnology.
The Harvard program includes faculty projects in FAS science departments, SEAS,
the Wyss Institute for Biologically-inspired Engineering, and the School of
Medicine, open to rising juniors and seniors in biotechnology-related fields.

The Program for research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) is a 10-week program for Harvard undergraduates who wish to work closely with Harvard Business School faculty on research projects.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 12:00-1: 20 PM – Fall Undergraduate Research Spotlight. Come and meet Harvard undergraduate peers who will showcase their research projects and share their experiences conducting research at Harvard and abroad, followed by reception and deserts. Event program and list of presentations can be found here: here (pizza and desserts while supplies last). Free for Harvard students. Cabot Library 1st floor Discovery Bar.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 12:00-1: 00 PM – Undergraduate Science Research Workshop. Workshop facilitators Dr. Margaret A. Lynch, (Assoc. Director of Science #Education) and Dr. Anna Babakhanyan, (Undergraduate Research Advisor) will help Harvard students learn about science research landscape at Harvard. You will learn about what kind of research (basic science vs. clinical, various research areas) is available at Harvard, where you can conduct research, the types of undergraduate research appointments, how to find a lab that fits, interviewing and more. In addition, the workshop will provide strategies for students to prepare for the Annual HUROS Fair, see below. No registration is required for this event (pizza while supplies last). Free for all Harvard students. Cabot Library first floor Discover Bar. More.

Outside Programs

Caltech always announces two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Examples: WAVE Student-Faculty Programs The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. And then there is the AMGEN Scholars program. See the website for more details.

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the East and West coasts, as well as internationally in Hong Kong. Website

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) keeps up to date a list of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities, make sure to check it out, along with the article on what makes a good proposal that they link to AMS page.

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Join us at this information session to find out more about the program. MMUF exists to counter the under-representation of minority groups on college and university faculties nationwide through activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the Ph.D. in the humanities and core sciences.

You may be familiar with the Amgen Scholars Program, a summer research program in science and biotechnology. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a participant in the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program for a ninth year. UROP is MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The mission of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is to provide students with a strong science research experience that may be pivotal in their undergraduate career, cultivate a passion for science, encourage the pursuit of graduate studies in the sciences, and stimulate interest in research and scientific careers. MIT is delighted to invite undergraduate students from other colleges and universities to join our research enterprise. We value the knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm these young scholars will bring to our campus and appreciate this opportunity to build a relationship with your faculty and campus.

The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either the US or foreign location. By using the web page, search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information are listed for each site.

Here is a link with more information about summer programs for undergraduates at NSA: NSA The most math-related one is DSP, but those students who are more interested in computer science could also look at, say, CES SP. They are all paid with benefits and housing is covered. Note that application deadlines are pretty early (usually mid-October). The application process will involve usually a few interviews and a trip down to DC.

US citizens and permanent residents who are planning to enter graduate school in the fall of 2019 are eligible (as are those in the first two years of such a graduate program, or who are returning to graduate school after being out for two or more years). The program solicitation contains full details. Information about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is here. The GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program provides up to three years of graduate education support, including an annual, 000 stipend. Applications for Mathematical Sciences topics are due October 26, 2018.

summer research listings from pathways to science.

Applications are now being accepted for Perimeter Institute’s Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program. The program consists of two parts:

  1. Fully-Funded Two Week Summer School (May 27 to June 7, 2019) Students are immersed in Perimeter’s dynamic research environment — attending courses on cutting-edge topics in physics, learning new techniques to solve interesting problems, working on group research projects, and potentially even publishing their work. All meals, accommodation, and transportation provided
  2. Paid Research Internship (May 1 to August 30, 2019, negotiable) Students will work on projects alongside Perimeter researchers. Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and events at the Perimeter Institute. Applicants can apply for the two-week summer school or for both the summer school and the research internship. Summer school and internship positions will be awarded by February 28, 2019. Selected interns will be contacted with the research projects topics. All research interns must complete the two-week summer school.

Apply online at perimeterinstitute.ca/undergrad

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes is hiring Residential Counselors for the summer to work with the following courses:

  • Cryptography (grades 9-10)
  • Knot Theory (grades 10-11)
  • Logic and Problem Solving (grades 8-9)
  • Number Theory (grades 9-11)
  • Excursions in Probability (grades 8-9)
  • Discrete Mathematics (grades 9-10)
  • The Mathematics of Symmetry (grades 10-11)
  • Mathematical Puzzles and Games (grades 8-9)

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes offers three-week sessions for academically talented high school students during June and July. Interested candidates can learn more about our positions and apply by visiting our employment website.

We are now accepting applications for the University of Nebraska’s 2019 Summer Research Program, and we’d like to encourage your students to apply. Details.