Opportunities for Undergraduates

There are a number of undergraduate research, internship, and scholarship opportunities shared with the department. This page will be updated whenever new opportunities arise.
Check often for updates. New postings are also sent to the undergraduate concentrator listserv.


Colorado School of Mines: NSE Program Class of 2016. The Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) program at The Colorado School of Mines is seeking outstanding applicants for it fall class of 2016.  Founded in 2007, the program has quickly risen to a place of national prominence. Our faculty are leading efforts in the development of advanced reactors, spent fuel reprocessing, next generation materials, radiation detection for nuclear interdiction, and the development of storage systems for the safe disposal of radiological products.  We are particularly interested in applicants with a strong background in physics, chemistry, applied math, nuclear, electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering. For additional information please visit our website at http://nuclear.mines.edu or email us at nuclear-info@mines.edu.  

Amgen Scholars Program. The Amgen Scholars Program continues to offer undergraduates the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at top institutions on cutting-edge scientific research. In addition to ten renowned U.S.host institutions, we are excited to announce that U.S. students may now apply to be Amgen Scholars at leading institutions in Japan: Kyoto University, and The University of Tokyo. Learn more information, see a list of participating institutions, and apply. Application deadline: Varies, see site.

DOE Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Graduate Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering. This program is designed to meet the needs of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for appropriately trained personnel in research and development in areas pertinent to Nuclear Nonproliferation and International Safeguards (NNIS).  Increasing costs for graduate education and a high demand for nuclear-related scientists and engineers with a bachelor’s degree have had a negative impact on the number of well-qualified students seeking advanced degrees in nuclear technologies and sciences.  This problem has been particularly acute in programs in nuclear materials, engineering, nuclear science and engineering, radiochemistry and health physics, which has resulted in the closure of several programs and declining graduate school enrollments over the past two decades. This fellowship seeks to build collaboration between the leading nuclear technology programs and the schools studying the policy aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. The primary emphasis of this fellowship is to produce doctoral graduates who are familiar with both the technical and policy aspects of nonproliferation and international safeguards. Read more and apply. Application deadline: February 1, 2016. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program. The scholarship includes support for two years of undergraduate study and a paid summer internship at a NOAA facility across the country. Read more and apply. Application deadline: January 29, 2016.

AstraZeneca Innovative Medicines and Early Development Graduate Programme - Recruitment Intake for the Class of 2016. The IMED Graduate programme is a global initiative designed to provide high-calibre science graduates with a two-year placement in the company, with the potential for long-term career development. The programme was launched in 2013 and we have now successfully recruited and on boarded 75 graduates on the programme across IMED and who are directly contributing to our science and projects across our core R&D Sites in the UK/US and Sweden. The programme is very much focused on breath of experience and our graduates are encouraged to undertake broad scientific placements that will provide them with the solid foundations to be great scientists for the future. Each graduate will be required to complete 3 eight months rotations as part of the programme. Graduates are also provided with a mentor for the duration of the programme whose aim is to provide the career support and guidance to ensure that they are being developed to their full potential.  Read more and apply. Application deadline: January 29, 2016. Contact Robert Lusi '15 with any questions.

University of North Texas Chemistry Dept NSF-REU. The Chemistry Department, at the University of North Texas, invites applications for our Summer 2016 NSF-REU Program.  The ten-week program will begin on June 6, and participants will be given a $5,000 stipend, plus housing.  Funds are available to help defray travel costs to and from the REU site, which is located at the northern outskirts of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Read more and apply. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.

SCI Scholars. Applications are now being accepted for SCI Scholars, a summer internship program supported by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)In this prestigious program, over 20 chemistry and chemical engineering majors will be selected for 10-week Summer 2016 internships. Winners will receive:

  • $6,000-$10,000+ stipend, depending on the internship
  • Additional benefits for some internships
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting
  • Opportunity to nominate an inspiring high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials. 

Read more and apply. Application deadline: December 15, 2015.

updated 11/24/2015