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Internships, Research Opportunities, etc., for Undergraduates
UT Physics Summer Fellowships

The physics department offers financial support for students in the form of fellowships and part-time employment. The program is designed to give outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience in physics research. Students learn research procedures and techniques while exchanging ideas and experiences with other program participants, graduate students, and physics faculty. Each research fellow spends 10 weeks working on a full-time research project supervised by a physics faculty member.

UT Office of Undergraduate Research

Resources for undergraduates including information sessions on how to get started in research, conferences and events, highlights and features, and information on Pursuit, the university's undergraduate research journal.

UT Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF) works with students interested in applying for nationally competitive awards, which fund everything from summer programs abroad for foreign language study to STEM research internships and international post-graduate study, such as the Fulbright. ONSF mentors students through nationally competitive scholarship application processes—providing support in identifying relevant opportunities, guiding students through applications, and facilitating campus nomination/endorsement procedures when relevant.

UT Research Foundation

The UTRF internship program is a hands-on opportunity to explore new innovations being developed at UT and to understand the transition from research to a commercial product. Our interns work closely with UTRF’s licensing staff to provide support for innovation assessments while obtaining valuable experience in preparation for careers that merge science with business development, entrepreneurship, and law.

Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP)

The goal of the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) program is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of underrepresented students (Hispanic, African-American, American-Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander) in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by at least 100% at the end of the five-year period.

Pathways to Science

Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities and scholarships, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.

National Science Foundation: Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its 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.

Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. See the Key Dates page for application deadlines.

Department of Energy Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency's mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Research programs through the Department of Energy and opportunities at nearby ORNL, including the ORNL Challenge Program.

ORISE: The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

ORISE administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members.

Society of Physics Students Internships

Through the SPS summer internship program, physics undergraduates are placed in organizations that utilize their knowledge, experience and energy to advance meaningful assignments relevant to the organization and the advancement of physics more generally. Participating organizations assign one or more mentors from their senior staff to guide each intern’s work and overall experience. The SPS national office administers the program, hosts joint orientation and concluding sessions, and holds many group activities throughout the summer. For more information, see SPS Internship Program Details.

Society of Physics Students Jobs Site

Post your resume, apply for jobs, and get job alerts. You can also search for summer research and internship opportunities.

APS Women in Physics: Opportunities for Undergraduates
  • Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) are three-day regional conferences held for undergraduate physics majors, typically with a November deadline for registration.
  • APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women. The paid internships are typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations.
Graduate Resources for Women in STEM

Information on fellowships and professional organizations for women in STEM disciplines.

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