Off-Campus Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Internships involve placement of a UMF student in a community work setting.  Similar to apprenticeships for trade and vocational schools, internships can be thought of as a system to provide on-the-job training for professional careers.Internships may, at the discretion of faculty members and departments, carry academic credit.  Internships may also include financial compensation – they may be unpaid, paid, partially paid, or supported through awards or stipends.

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.  An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Hundreds of opportunities are available in a wide variety of subject areas, including, for example:  Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Earth Sciences; Ocean Sciences; Mathematics; Education and Human Resources; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and, Ethics and Values studies.

By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.

Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

For more information about the program, visit:


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University of Maine at Farmington
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