There are two large programs that sponsor undergraduate research:
- Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Science and Technology (NIST)
NSF through the REU program sponsors summer research programs at many universities. These are competitive programs and an excellent way to check out if you are interested in graduate school. You may obtain more information about the REU program from the NSF website. Undergraduate students sponsored with NSF funds must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions.
NIST sponsors an undergraduate research program (SURF) that brings students to their Gaithersburg, MD location (near Washington D.C.) or Boulder, Colorado location to do research with government scientists. For more information see the NIST SURF website.