Biology Scholarship, Research and Internship Opportunities

The Biology Department at Pacific encourages learning through discovery in both the laboratory and classroom. The undergraduate biology major is among the most popular at Pacific University and prepares students to pursue a variety of careers in research, medicine, health professions, conservation and teaching. Biology majors at Pacific University learn about biology by working side-by side with faculty doing biology.

Current Scholarships Available

Please contact Pacific University's faculty representation, Kevin Johnson, to apply.

Current Research Available

Current Internships Available

Students will have opportunities to use what they learn in the real world through internships with local companies such as Intel. Internships aren’t required but are a great way to strengthen skills and build a strong resume.

NASA's Summer Internships The deadline is March 1, 2014.

Desert Springs Monitoring Internship through SCA, open now:

Exotic Plant Monitoring Internship through SCA, open now:

Center for Disease Control There is a wide variety of summer internship programs and other training and employment opportunities for students and recent postgraduates. A complete program matrix is available. For additional information call 888.CDC.HIRE.


Current Fellowships Available

The Department of Energy Computatonal Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF).  This program provides up to four years of financial support for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that utilize high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering.

The Yale CRISP REU program will once again be funding REU fellowships (residential and non-residential) at Yale University in New Haven, CT for the summer of 2014.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.

The application information can be found at:

Here are the links to our informational flyers if you wish to print and post it for your students:

Residential REU program | 2014 Flyer

Non-Residential REU program | 2014 Flyer


Off Campus Summer Research Opportunity in the Natural Sciences

The following is a listing of off-campus summer undergraduate research opportunities, typically for the summer between your junior and senior year.  These are usually paid positions (a general stipend ranging from $2000- $5000) and typically run 8-10 weeks in length.  Room, board, and travel expenses are variable.  They are opportunities to work in a research lab at state universities, private universities, government labs, and private corporation laboratories.  Opportunities exist across the country and are a great way to get valuable research experience, both to list on your curriculum vita and to help you determine if you are interested in a career in research.

This list shows programs available nationwide.  Contact Biology Department faculty members if you are interested in one or more. These opportunities are competitive and have application deadlines ranging from late November to February and early March.

Oregon Health & Science University Summer Equity Research Program

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) for Internship, Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

The deadline is March 1, 2014.

The Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. KBS will be funding 8-10 REUs on projects related to Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture. For more information or to apply please visit:

University of Wisconsin - Madison.  The Institute for Biology Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites junior and senior undergraduate students interested in research careers in the biological sciences to participate in the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP).  Apply November 15, 2013 - February 15, 2014.

Amgen Scholars Program, celebrates scientific inquiry by providing undergraduates with faculty-mentored summer research opportunities in science and engineering fields.

Boise State University is now accepting applications for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Raptor Research.  The REU Site in Raptor Research (REU-RR) is funded by the National Science Foundation and Boise State University.  REU-RR is a 10-week summer research program located at Bosie State University, Boise, Idaho.

The Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School offers a Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program. This program is offered for currently-enrolled undergraduates who are considering careers in biological or biomedical research sciences, who have already had at least one summer (or equivalent term-time) and research laboratory, and who have taken at least one upper-level course that includes molecular biology. Housing will be provided in the dorms along with a stipend and health insurance if needed. Please contact Kathy Samms for more information.

Postbaccalaureate IRTA Community Intramural Research Training Award Fellowship
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs
Duke University's Fellowships & Research Opportunities for Biology
Syracuse University's Compilation of Summer Programs for Research and Enrichment

National Institutes of Health - Join research labs with a minimum of eight weeks at the federal government's primary research center. The goal of the program is to expose students to selected areas of research and engagement in the summer lecture series. Also, the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program funds tuition in exchange for the summer research programs for outstanding students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program (REU)
REUS are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, sponsored by Mayo Graduate School, is a great way to build your skills as a young scientist or test your inclinations toward research.

The UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE) allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor.

The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences of New York University's School of Medicine offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) for qualified sophomores and juniors who are interested in pursuing research careers as PhD or MD/PhD candidates.

A summer research program for undergraduate students is established at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (University of Washington affiliation).

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Rochester

The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine provides a wide variety of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research. Participants in this program work in an active research laboratory under the guidance of a faculty member.

The Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at UNC-Chapel Hill provides talented undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out an independent research project under the guidance of UNC faculty mentors.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watson School of Biological Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is designed to provide stimulating hands-on research experience for undergraduate students considering graduate education in biomedical sciences.

The SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research.

Welcome to the National Cancer Institute's Integrative Cancer Biology Program Summer cancer research opportunities for sophomore and junior level college students!

The Rockefeller University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to conduct laboratory research.

Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
This ten-week research program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine offers college students an exceptional opportunity to carry out original research in a laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions.

UCI's unique Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program offers undergraduate diversity students with outstanding academic potential an opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects.

The biology faculty at Pepperdine University conducts a summer research program geared specifically to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science or biotechnology.

Undergraduate summer research in Loyola's Department of Microbiology & Immunology
is designed to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for students interested in biomedical research.

Rice-Houston AGEP has an exciting summer undergraduate research program that is specifically designed to give hands-on research experience to undergraduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.

An internationally recognized center for mammalian genetic research, The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit institution. Here, outstanding students conduct interdisciplinary biomedical research as apprentices in the laboratories of staff scientists.