Programs for undergrads

Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow: Developing Medical Researchers through Bradley University's Summer Clinical Research Internships for High School Students

High school and former CREST college students who are  participating in the program spend a summer working on a clinically relevant research project under the direction of a mentor. In addition, students participate in enrichment activities that help them develop the skills needed for clinical research, such as introduction to bioethics, protection of human subjects, scientific writing and experimental design.

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Students can sign up for periodic (4-6 emails per year) notifications about deadlines for programs that match their disciplinary interests and level of study:

Search Portable Graduate Fellowships (deadlines opening soon for academic year 2017-2018 funding):

View our webinar archives and resources library pages for tips on finding and applying to programs:

Making the Most of your STEM Graduate Program - free Webinar

1 hour including 3 guest speakers, Q&A and captioning for the hearing impaired

8/3/2016 at 3pm Eastern

Click here to register for the webinar!


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

 Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

 Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

 10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ●  National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

 Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

 U.S. citizenship required

 Application deadline: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST

 How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

 Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at

 For questions please email us at


More opportunities for UG Research

Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements: 
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads 
For Financial Support in Graduate School: 
Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines: 
For tips on applying and associated resources: 
For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences: 
For opportunities specifically in Engineering: 

Opportunities with NASA

NASA offers hundreds of paid summer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines from engineering and science to technology, business, and finance.

Click here to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application.  The deadline is March 15th! For tips on applying, check out the following video.

BEST Summer internship Program

The Building Excellent Scientist for Tomorrow (BEST) is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-based areas. The program runs from mid June to mid August . BEST is run by Continuing Education in conjunction with the Center for STEM Education.  Interns research in labs throughout the Peoria area, working with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process. Interns must be able to commit 200-300 hours for the duration of the program and serve as peer mentors to high school interns participating in the BEST or CREST programs. Interns will also receive additional training in scientific methods, research ethics and safety, and related topics in a three-day long orientation at Bradley University. Interns are also strongly encouraged to participate in the various seminars and workshops held throughout the summer for BEST and CREST interns. The program concludes in August when all interns will share their research at the Interns’ Symposium. For more information about the application cycle, please contact Dr. Sherri Morris Please download our Research Summary if you need a better idea on the kind of research students performed last year.

  • Take at look at research performed by 2013 BEST and CREST Interns

Summer Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Science for All

Bradley’s specific FIDL project, Interdisciplinary Science for All is an initiative focused on developing a component of the University’s general education curriculum that stimulates and empowers students engaged in all disciplines to work collaboratively to research and understand complex issues that have significant STEM content. This component will provide challenging opportunities for all students to learn how to seek, identify and analyze STEM knowledge and principles, and to apply critical, objective thinking, learned through methodologies in the STEM disciplines, to issues as an integral part of problem solving and decision making. Interdisciplinary Science for All is part of a national project sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), and is funded by the Keck Foundation.

STEM Resources for Undergraduate Students: Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science

Are you an undergraduate student looking for more STEM opportunities? The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) works with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA to recruit eligible undergraduate students for research and professional development opportunities. They offer more than 650 paid summer research experiences for undergraduates. Simply fill out an application and they will help find and send you information on programs that are compatible with your interests. IBP also has opportunities available for high school, graduate, and post-doctoral students. For more information and the application, please visit or download the application below.