Undergraduate Research Opportunities

REU-Nuclear physics, Condensed matter physics, and Astronomy

University of Kentucky Department of Physics and Astronomy
Monday, May 20 – Friday, July 26, 2024
The program focuses around 8 individual mentored research projects in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, and astronomy, related through the central theme of symmetry, tailored for accessibility to 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates.
Undergraduate participants will receive a $7,000 stipend, round-trip travel expenses to Lexington, KY, and be provided with free on-campus housing including a meal allowance. Selected students will be funded to travel to a regional or national conference to give a presentation on their research results.
We welcome students from two-year colleges, liberal arts colleges and undergraduate institutions with limited research opportunities, to apply.  We encourage applications from under-represented groups in physics, such as women and ethnic minorities.
The application deadline is Feb 15.  We will continue to accept applications until all positions have been filled. 
Details:  https://pa.as.uky.edu/reu.
Please direct any questions to: reu-pa@uky.edu

REU-- Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices

University of Kentucky
Monday, May 20 – Friday, July 26, 2024
A multidisciplinary undergraduate summer REU program spanning Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences and focusing on the novel design and development of materials that interact with biological systems and promote a desired response.

 Participants receive a $6000 stipend, housing, and up to $300 in relocation expenses.
Application Deadline: February 16, 2024
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
For more information and application, check out our website:

Thomas More University Biology Field StationThomas More U Biology Field station student researchers on a boat on the Ohio River

The Thomas More University Biology Field Station, home of the Center for Ohio River Research & Education, is offering up to 10 summer research internships in the fields of aquatic biology, climate change science, conservation, ecology, environmental science, and fisheries.  Projects include animal husbandry, bioassessments, ecotoxicology, propagation of threatened species, and water quality studies, among others.  An AmeriCorps position in Environmental Education is also available.
Interns will assist in our long-standing research programs, develop small-scale projects on their own, and serve as mentors for our K-12 STEM outreach programs.  Positions begin on June 01, conclude on August 4, and include a $3500 stipend, plus on-site housing.  
For further information and to apply, please visit: Internship Application.

NASA Internships Summer 2024

Internships for majors in engineering, science, business, communications and more
Apply early!!! Rolling deadline: February 2, 2024 for Summer 2024 NASA Internships
NASA internships are highly competitive and Kentucky students are frequently selected. Each year, KY Space Grant Consortium (KYSGC) supports multiple students for NASA internships at NASA Centers across the country. NASA internships provide students with one-of-a-kind learning experiences that expand their professional network and become a distinguished component of their academic preparation.

Students with questions about NASA internships can contact NASA KY at nasa@uky.edu

NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) summer internship at Nagoya University, Japan

Six undergraduate and one graduate student will do research and development on the Neutron Optics Parity and Time Reversal EXperiment (NOPTREX), which will investigate the matter/antimatter asymmetry of the Universe. Recruitment, selection and training are carried out by the collaborating institutions: University of Kentucky, Indiana University, Ohio University, Berea College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Centre College, and Hendrix College. Participants will receive extensive individualized training during the academic year as they develop specialized hardware for the experiment to prepare them for specific tasks during their research in Japan the following summer. Participants will learn collaborative skills as they share their progress with each other and their Japanese mentors in weekly collaboration video conference meetings during the academic year. They will receive additional scientific and cultural awareness training during two in-person collaboration meetings before travel to Japan.

The application deadline for Summer 2024 is Nov 15, 2023.  For more information and to apply, please visit https://pa.as.uky.edu/ires

2023 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sites in Kentucky

The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides PAID opportunities for undergraduates interested in all disciplines of science research. Applications for these summer programs are typically due early in the calendar year. Here are some REU hosts in Kentucky-

This is not an exhaustive list! Search for more REU opportunities at the bottom of this page.Deadline: Feb 15, 2023
Contact; Ana Sanchez Galiano, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, (502) 852-1568 ana.sanchez@louisville.edu

University of Kentucky
Engaging Student Teachers in STEM Education Research

Contact: Molly Fisher,  molly.fisher@uky.edu

University of Kentucky
A Multidisciplinary Research Experience in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices
Contact: Kimberly Anderson, (859) 257-1864, kimberly.anderson@uky.edu

KY INBRE ( Kentucky IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence ) Summer Undergraduate Research Program

KY INBRE funds up to 20 undergraduate students annually to participate in biomedical research under the supervision of faculty mentors who are actively engaged in biomedical research at the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky.
Important Information
Application deadline: February 12, 2024, 11:59 pm ET
Program dates: May 20 to July 26
The KY INBRE Summer Program is conducted on both the UofL and UK campuses as an in-person experience. If any changes occur, the updated information will be posted at the INBRE website
Details & Application

University of Kentucky
Research in Symmetries
Deadline: Feb 15
Dates: May 22 to July 28, 2023

Contact: Dr. Christopher Crawford, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, (859) 421-9612, reu-pa@uky.edu 

Eastern Kentucky University
Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia

Deadline: Feb 17, 2023
Dates: May 29 - July 28
Contact:  David Brown, Department of Biological Sciences, (859) 622-2283, bioreu@eku.edu

NIH Summer Internship Programs

SIP is for college, graduate school, and professional (e.g., medical, dental, pharmacy, etc.) school students.
Deadline: March 1, 2023
Information session January 10. 
Details, Eligibility and Application

Find more NSF-funded REU programs, in (almost) all 50 states, and a few US Territories, here: