Summer Research at Brown

Each summer more than 700 students collaborate with scientists at Brown and its affiliated hospitals, or at other research sites, on a vast array of science-related projects and activities. The Science Center  provides a portal to such research opportunities. Advisors and programs at the Science Center help students define their interests, learn how to connect to a research mentor, and identify funding sources for science-related research. 

Various departments and offices at Brown sponsor undergraduate reseearch. Please see the short list below for opportunities organized and sponsored by Brown.  

Brown Databases and Listings

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Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) Summer research opportunities away from Brown.  Leadership Alliance
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) Explanation of UTRAs; links to other DOC funded and sponsored opportunities. Office of the Dean of the College

Brown's largest, centralized undergraduate research program is the Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Assistantship (UTRA). Each year, more than 200 Brown students are awarded UTRA grants to collaborate with a professor on a research or course development project. UTRAs are available for student research assistants, for students working with faculty to create or restructure a course, and for international projects.

Learning about research interests of Brown faculty is one of the best ways to learn about the range of science research opportunities at Brown. The Office of the Vice President for Research maintains a searchable online directory of all Brown faculty that describes their research.

To learn about undergraduate research opportunities in the biological sciences, click here. The Computer Science Industrial Partners Program provides opportunities for students to engage in research that helps transfer state-of-the-art technologies beyond the campus.

Brown's Center for Advanced Materials Research provides a wealth of information for students interested in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and biomedical sciences. MRSEC provides a list of faculty involved with the Center and information about student-faculty outreach programs to area schools.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers summer research opportunities. To learn more, go to