Locate Research Opportunities


Sonoma State and Local Opportunities

  • The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded, t is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
  • SSU LSAMP is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.
  • Research at the Fairfield Osborn Preserve includes independent studies conducted by researchers and Preserve-coordinated efforts that target management needs. These studies have investigated diversity of phenomena including disease, invasive species, cultural surveys, and plant physiology.
  • SYRCE, Second Year Research and Creative Experience, is a General Education course designed for second year students in the C2 area of "Literature, Philosophy, & Values." This one-semester course offers students a multi-disciplinary approach to a common topic based on an idea/theme. Throughout the semester, students attend a series of lectures delivered by faculty members from all Arts & Humanities disciplines.


Off Campus Opportunities

Opprotunities to conduct research can be found both within California and nationwide. For questions specific to a program please make sure you contact that institution or the contact on their website.

Summer Research Opportunities:

Summer Research opportunity programs offer upper division undergraduate students with academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects over the summer. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.).
While programs vary, over the summer each student participant will be working with a faculty mentor with special expertise and interests matched, as closely as possible, to the student’s research interests and career goals. Students will either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest. Seminars and/or workshops are also part of the summer research opportunity program curriculum – applying for graduate school,  career opportunities, GRE test preparation, cultural and educational activities.

NSF-funded Summer Research Programs by Discipline

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):

Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences International Science and Engineering
Biological Sciences Material Research
Chemistry Mathematical Sciences
Computer Science and Information Science Engineering Ocean Sciences
Cyberinfrastructure Physics
Earth Science Polar Programs
Engineering Astronomical Sciences


Non-STEM disciplines -

Department of Defense (DOD)

Education and Human Resources

Ethics and Values Studies

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences


State level

University of California Undergraduate Research Programs are quality undergraduate research experience that strongly enhance your competitiveness for graduate school. Increases your likelihood of admission by seeking research opportunities outside your campus. These opportunities are throughout the UC system: UC Summer Research Opportunities

California Academy of Sciences, the Academy internships offer college students hands-on experience in our labs and collections while working alongside Academy scientists. The projects students begin or contribute to at the Academy are often valuable stepping stones toward careers in the natural sciences.

At the Center for the Study of Language and Information, interns will work closely with a faculty, postdoc, or grad student mentor on an original cognitive science research project. They will gain experience developing the project, collecting data, and analyzing the results. In addition to their individual projects, interns will attend weekly mentorship meetings and seminars with such topics as reading a scientific paper, introduction to data analysis, statistics and visualization, and presentation skills. The program will culminate with each intern presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience.

National level

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates -The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

The Leadership Alliance - The Alliance seeks to create a core of outstanding leaders and role models for coming generations by providing excellent educational opportunities through its activities and initiatives. These programs include undergraduate internships and mentoring; graduate support and fellowships; faculty development opportunities, and research exchanges.

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) - Headquartered in the Midwest, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) is a consortium of the Big Ten member universities plus the University of Chicago. The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Amgen Scholars Program - Amgen Scholars is hosted at 10 premier institutions within the United States. Each host institution has its own application process. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the United States is required, and you can apply to participate at as many host institutions as you are interested in.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency that provides support to advance and disseminate knowledge in all of the disciplines of the humanities: history, literature, linguistics, archaeology, jurisprudence and the history, criticism and theory of the arts.

Breakthrough Collaborative - Breakthrough offers one of the greatest opportunities in the country for you to assume leadership and to practice creativity, adaptability, and problem-solving. Breakthrough will train you for two weeks in a research-based, data-driven common model of instruction for effective lesson planning, instructional strategies, and classroom management.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program - This highly competitive program strengthens the connections between scientists and journalists by placing advanced undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. The AAAS Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today's headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to non-specialists. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA) Program - Promotes the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.

Summer Internships for undergraduates, Columbia University - Internship programs in biology