Open Research Opportunities

Finding a research opportunity that helps you refine your academic and career interests, develop your academic identity, and helps you make decisions about career goals requires effort and persistence.

Click on one of the image categories below to find open research opportunities that are right for you and your goals. Some categories have many opportunities available but they vary by discipline, time of year, and other factors. Check back often!

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Computer Science & Business

Computer Science & Business

How to Apply for Open Research Opportunities

CSUMB undergraduates can apply to the competitive UROC Researcher program to receive funding while they conduct research on these projects. Read on to learn how.

  • STEP 1: Identify which research opportunity appeals to you
  • STEP 2: Send an "email of interest" and Academic Resume describing your interest in the position and why you think you are a good fit to Attach an to this email.
  • STEP 3: Appropriately professional "emails of interest" will be forwarded to the potential mentor.
  • STEP 4: The mentor will contact you directly to talk to you about the research opportunity and, potentially, offer you the position.
  • STEP 5: Collaborate with your mentor to prepare your application to the UROC Researcher program.
  • STEP 4: Submit your UROC Researcher application by the next UROC Researcher application deadline.

More places to search for research opportunities

UROC has highlighted the programs listed below as a starting point to search for summer research opportunities across multiple disciplines. You can begin your search for a research opportunity using these links. All of the listings are non-exhaustive but will help you identify the types of programs available to undergraduates. Start your search early to identify the types of programs that interest you and diligently research program requirements.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate Listing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science, and the social sciences, this site is where students should start to view multiple summer research programs at once.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Summer Research Opportunities Program(SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. Open to all fields of study.

Leadership Alliance

Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors.

Amgen Scholars

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program. The Amgen Foundation has committed $34 million over eight years to this global initiative to make this opportunity possible to more than 2,400students.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

HACU reviews applications for completeness and eligibility. HACU staff matches academic backgrounds to internship descriptions provided by the host organizations. Some intern assignments have included completing and analyzing research, writing speeches, conducting audits, performing land surveys, creating web pages, conducting community health surveys, and developing outreach strategies for under-served populations.

George Washington Carver Research Program

The George Washington Carver ResearchProgram is a recruitment initiative to identify superior graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions for selected undergraduate internship positions.

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE’s mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will earn a competitive edge by familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent, and skills.

2014 Guide to Summer Enrichment

The 2014 Guide to Summer Enrichment is a compilation of over 100 Summer Enrichment and Post-baccalaureate programs offered in Universities, State and Federal Agencies, and other types of public or private institutions across the United States.

The Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Dynamical Neuroscience at UCSB

DYNS utilizes computational methods to understand brain-mind interactions across all levels of architecture, from single neurons to complex networks, with a focus on the roles of these levels in an organism’s behavior.

American Anthropological Association Field School Opportunities

The America Anthropological Association provides a list and description of field schools across many institutions and disciplines.