Use these databases if you seek research experience in the U.S., beyond the scope of the University, perhaps testing out your interest in study at a particular academic medical institution. If you find a program is no longer available or an organization no longer exists, or have any questions, please just let us know.
Databases of Opportunities
Princeton Office of Undergraduate Research
This office helps students get started with research, find research programs, and apply for funding. They maintain a database of summer research programs.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
The AAMC Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) maintains a list of undergraduate research opportunities for students interested in biomedical research and specific MD-PhD summer research opportunities for those considering careers as physician scientists.
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
The organization for health professions advisors provides links to summer opportunities for the benefit of student advisees - includes traditional med opportunities in addition to many in other health professions.
National Science Foundation Research for Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
The NSF maintains a searchable database of funded undergraduate research experiences.
Connecting Undergraduate Students with Research Opportunities (CIRRUS)
CIRRUS connects undergraduate students with research opportunities and provides a forum for those institutions sponsoring undergraduate research to announce their program to undergraduate students. The research areas supported by CIRRUS are based on the common Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) focus areas. CIRRUS welcomes notices about undergraduate research sites from the US and those located internationally as well. CIRRUS contains other information and links pertinent to undergraduate research.
Young Student Investigators Research Journal summer opportunities links - includes citizenship eligibility info
Lists Maintained by Other Colleges
If there is a geographic location where you are likely to live over the summer, try to search for colleges and universities in that area that have prehealth advising offices, and check their websites for regional opportunities.
Here are a few that maintain more exhaustive lists:
- Brandeis University's Office of Health Professions Advising has a list of links to summer programs, with many centered in the Boston and NYC areas.
- Columbia University Summer Internships in Biology
- The University of Rochester indicates when their summer co-op opportunity links and pre-med opportunity links were most recently updated.