— Research Experience for Undergraduate Opportunities —

To have a competitive application for graduate programs (especially PhD programs), it is almost necessary to have research experience outside of Belmont. Therefore, I highly recommend you apply to a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, of which there are countless across the country. Not only does this give you a fantastic real-world experience in a lab that is studying cutting-edge topics, it also gives the amazing opportunity to travel somewhere else in the country for a paid experience. Just one note that to be the most competitive for one of the programs, it is best to have a strong GPA and gain research experience at Belmont, likely through SURFS. Therefore, be sure to begin the process of getting research experience as early as possible.

Check out the following websites and the table below for resources.

NSF Searchable Site: >100 REU programs

University of TennesseeSummer Research ScholarsMemphis, TN
BYUREU, ChemistryProvo, UT
VanderbiltVSSANashville, TN
St. JudePediatric Oncology Education ProgramMemphis, TN
University of PennsylvaniaCenter for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)Philadelphia, PA
Washington UniversityCenter for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)St. Louis, MO
University of ColoradoCancer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)Aurora, CO
Johns Hopkins UniversityJHU BioREUBaltimore, MD
Marshal UniversitySummer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)Huntington, WV
University of UtahSummer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)Salt Lake City, UT
Michigan State UniversityPlant Genomics @ MSU REUEast Lansing, MI
Cincinnati Children’s HospitalSummer Undergraduate Research FellowshipCincinnati, OH
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesSummer Undergraduate Research FellowshipLittle Rock, AR
San Jose State University or SUNY-Stony BrookNuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School Program (not an REU, but an excellent opportunity!)San Jose, CA or Stony Brook, NY
Cornell College of Agriculture and Life SciencesSummer Research Scholars ProgramGeneva, NY
Mayo Clinic of Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)Rochester, MN
Purdue UniversityNSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programWest Lafayette, IN
Purdue UniversitySummer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) (geared toward under-represented populations)Champaign, IL
Georgia Southern & University of LorraineCollaborativE Multidisciplinary Investigations Through Undergraduate Research Experiences (CEMITURE)Statesboro, GA & Épinal, France
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