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Open to US citizens only
Deadline: 02/01/2024

General Information

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), a National Science Foundation supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), will offer up to twenty Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. Students spend 10 weeks working on individual research projects with associated faculty. Each will work under the supervision of a faculty member on a current materials research project in chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biophysics, materials science or engineering. The program will not only provide an authentic laboratory research experience but also workshops focused on professional development in broader scientific and career skills.

The ten-week program will carry a stipend of $6,000 (those with school schedules that interfere should still apply and note their situation in the comments section of the application). Students requiring housing accommodations will be housed in university dormitories, which is covered by the program. Travel assistance is also provided. Note, this is based on available funding and university guidelines. (If you have questions regarding travel assistance or a financial hardship, contact the Program Directors to discuss).


Applications will become available in November and the deadline will be on February 1st. Results will be announced no later than April 1st.

Eligibility Guidelines

Students should have completed their junior year by the beginning of the program, although consideration will be given to exceptionally well-qualified sophomores and freshmen (NOTE: seniors graduating after the conclusion of the program are eligible to apply). 

Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We aim to broaden participation and so encourage students with diverse experiences & perspectives to apply.

Application Details

Candidates should apply online. Submission will require that a CV/Resume and transcript (PDF) are uploaded. Also, two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant’s current college, are required as well to be uploaded separately as described in the application.


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School




Contact Information

Ashley Wallace, Assistant Director, Education & Outreach