There are many benefits to participating in research during your undergraduate career. Participating in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) can help:

  • Enrich your education by broadening your perspective on your major field and increasing your understanding in specific areas
  • Diversify your resume and show employers that you have a wide range of skills
  • Develop experience for future education and employment
  • Provide references for future jobs and graduate school

In addition to professional and educational benefits, you'll spend ten weeks of summer working with faculty research mentors on real-world projects at a university or research facility like NASA. You will also receive a stipend - usually $5,000 to $6,000 - with optional travel and housing assistance.

The application process for summer research programs starts toward the end of winter quarter. Please review our list of resources to help you find one that's a good fit.

Research opportunities are not just limited to summer. Oregon State University has numerous options for undergraduates, and it is just a matter of actively pursuing them. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Reach out to professors who teach classes that interest you (Protip: Review their website and read a few recent papers before contacting them)
  • Network with teaching assistants and colleagues who are currently working in a research lab
  • Check departmental websites, as well as their weekly newsletter, for opportunities

Below is a list of REU opportunities sorted by major:

CBEE: -- The CBEE keeps a list of all CBEE related REU’s, Please refer to that page.

CBEE Johnson Internship (at OSU)


Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates

At various locations across US, based out of Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  Deadline: Febuary 10th, 2017

Stanford's Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program

Stanford University, Palo Alto Ca.  Deadline: January 24th 2017



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Deadline: February 24th 2017

Portland State University's Microscopy and Microanalysis REU

Portland State University, Portland, OR.  Deadline March 6th, 2017

2017 Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT)

Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburg, PA.  Deadline Febuary 28th


Robotics in the Real World REU (at OSU)

Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM)

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.  Deadline Febuary 1, 2017

Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program

Carnegie Mellon University,Pittsburgh, PA. Deadline: January 31st, 2017

The Cleveland State University Rehabilitation Engineering REU

Cleveland State Univeristy, Cleveland OH.  Deadline: March 15th


Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program 

Various locations across US.  Deadline: January 25th, 2017