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)

Deadline: March 27, 2019

Biomedical Engineering REU at University of Nebraska

Univesity of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. Deadine: March 1, 2019.

OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion Equity Research Internship (biomedical research)

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative (at OSU)

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Land-Lake Environmental Challenges

University of Toledo, OH. Deadline: March 22, 2019


Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates

At various locations across US, based out of Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Deadline: January 25, 2019.

Stanford's Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program

Stanford University, Palo Alto Ca. Deadline: January 25, 2019.

Urban Water Innovation Network Undergraduate Research Program

Fort Collins, CO. Deadline, January 25, 2019.

Engineering for Bouncing Back: Building Resilient Communities Undergraduate Research Program (at OSU)

Deadline: March 31, 2019



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Deadline: February 22, 2019.

Portland State University's Microscopy and Microanalysis REU

Portland State University, Portland, OR.  Deadline March 4, 2019

Spatial Models and Electoral Districting

UW Tacoma/University of Puget Sound. Deadline: March 15, 2019


Robotics in the Real World REU (at OSU)

Deadline: February 8, 2019

Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program

Carnegie Mellon University,Pittsburgh, PA. Deadline: January 15, 2019.

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

National Cancer Institute Systems Biology and Physical Sciences Summer Research Program

Various locations. Deadline: February 15, 2019