Summer Research for Stanford Undergrads

Opportunities for research at Stanford:

Stanford undergrads are eligible for summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) funding through the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE). Programs are ten weeks long and stipends are between $5000 and $7000. Many require participation in weekly activities. Deadlines are in mid February to early March.

The SEC has made a list (see below) of some of the programs offered by various energy-related departments (it’s not exhaustive, but it is a good starting point for your REU search). The application process for each department is unique, and more information is available at the program websites, which are listed below. Interested students should also look into opportunities through the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Outside Stanford:

Other universities also host summer REU students. The National Science Foundation funds a large number of programs at universities all across the country. You can use their REU search website to look for programs all over the US. Many of these programs pay a small stipend and hold weekly activities, such as a summer colloquium series.

NASA research centers offer several summer internships in energy-related programs. Learn more and apply at

Many government agencies such as NASA, DOE, and various National Labs advertise internships on However, make sure you check the agency’s website for even more opportunities.


Stanford REU Programs in Energy:

Department Deadline Special Requirements Eligibility Deliverables
Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (EEES) 5 pm, February 26, 2016 Work with an EEES faculty member to develop a project proposal and fill out application Undergrads. Priority goes to EEES freshmen and sophomores EARTH100, participate in SURPS and an additional research symposium
Civil and Environmental Engineering 5 pm, February 19, 2016 Contact a CEE faculty member and submit application materials Undergrad working with a CEE-affiliated faculty member 3-page research summary, oral preentation, and program evaluation
Materials Science Friday, March 4, 2016 Non-graduating undergrads Poster presentation
Electrical Engineering February 15, 2016 Select up to 8 preferences among available projects and submit application materials Electrical engineering undergrads Final report and poster presentation
Chemical Engineering Monday, March 7, 2016 Research proposal, letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcript Current undergrads Unspecified
Economics 4pm, February 11, 2016 Application materials Juniors and advanced sophomores, preference to econ majors, cannot apply for both econ and public policy Weekly reports and final report

Did you participate in a summer research program that we didn’t list? Let us know so we can add it to our list!