Undergraduate Research & Internship Opportunities

Shapiro Research Lab Opportunity for Sophomores DUE March 11, 2021

We are seeking talented students interested in joining our Undergraduate Research Team in theoretical astrophysics and general relativity. The research will focus on forefront problems requiring supercomputer calculations and visualization for solution. Topics of current interest include the inspiral and merger of binaries containing black holes, neutron stars and/or white dwarfs, the generation of gravitational waves detectable by LIGO/VIRGO and LISA, gamma-ray burst sources, and black hole formation by stellar collapse.  Students will work collaboratively in a closely supervised team.  It is expected that the research will continue into the following academic year and beyond. 

Students wishing to learn more about the program are encouraged to attend an Orientation Meeting by Zoom on Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:30 PM CT

Interested students should email Brandy Shier (bshier@illinois.edu) for a zoom invitation to the meeting. Candidates must then submit an application consisting of a resume’ containing a description of education and any background, skills (especially computing), and/or experiences that might be useful for participation in this program, a statement of interest and an unofficial UIUC transcript showing all courses and grades (including  courses currently enrolled in).  The application instructions and web site will be given at the meeting.  Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Research Opportunity at Harvard in the Yelin Group

My name is Rodrigo Araiza Bravo, a UIUC physics alumni (19’). I am currently a PhD student at Harvard University in the group of Susanne Yelin working on quantum information theory and quantum simulation. I am reaching out to you because the Yelin group is currently looking at mentoring one undergraduate student over the summer. While Harvard physics doesn’t have a formal REU program at the moment, funding will come from Harvard’s Center for Ultracold Atoms. Applications will be valued based on overlap between topics in our group and student’s interest. We are looking for students, preferably but not necessarily URM and women+ in physics, interested in topics related to theoretical quantum optics, many-body physics, and quantum machine learning. I invite students to look at Susanne’s google scholar for a list of recent publications to get a flavor for our work, however know that some of our current directions are not yet reported but very exciting!  

On my side, I would be willing to mentor a student interested in simulating many-body quantum physics to realize machine learning computations. My target audience would be students with knowledge in basic quantum mechanics, linear algebra, and coding in Python. Some knowledge of machine learning or neuroscience is welcomed but not necessary. Students interested in this opportunity should contact me, Rodrigo Araiza Bravo (oaraizabravo@g.harvard.edu or Professor Yelin at syelin@physics.harvard.edu . 

Gammie Research Lab Opportunity

We work on a broad range of topics in theoretical and computational astrophysics, including black hole astrophysics, the Event Horizon Telescope, the formation of the Moon, turbulence, and numerical techniques.

There are no prerequisites to join the group.  We are looking for a variety of students, some with computational expertise, some with deep backgrounds in physics, some with the ability to write clearly, and some who bring only a surplus of enthusiasm.

If you are interested, please complete and submit the survey.  You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV (= resume) and a copy of your transcript (an unofficial transcript or DARS report will do).  If you have other questions you are welcome to contact Prof. Gammie directly via email to gammie@illinois.edu.

University of Notre Dame Physics REU Program - DUE February 22, 2021

The REU program gives you valuable research experience, to help you decide if physics research is right for you. You will work closely with faculty and graduate students on a variety of current research projects and benefit from a number of activities organized to enrich your experience. These include weekly seminars, a course on computer programming, a GRE preparation course, ethics workshops, a workshop on applying to graduate schools, field trips to nearby national laboratories, and the REU Symposium where you will present the results of your research. You will also maintain a logbook and write a project report. In addition, a variety of recreational and social activities are organized to make your stay with us “fun”.University of Notre Dame’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, which celebrated 30 years in 2016, provides opportunities for undergraduate physics majors to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of physics. Basically, this means that if you are a rising junior or senior, you can come to Notre Dame and work on a research project for ten weeks. Students are granted a stipend (currently, $5,500), university housing, and assistance with travel.

The program is funded by the U. S. National Science Foundation and is available only to physics majors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International students are considered only if clear evidence is provided for financial support from other sources. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Nexus Fellowship at the D.E. Shaw Group - DUE February 28, 2021

We’re happy to announce our spring 2021 Nexus fellowship for rising juniors. Applications are open until Sunday, February 28, and students can learn more on our fellowship program website.

As you may know, we’re a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in investment capital. The fellowships are unique educational programs that give participating students insight into our firm and industry. During these three-day virtual programs, fellows will participate in a content-driven curriculum of interactive seminars led by notable speakers and the firm’s own analysts. They’ll also spend time with senior leaders of the firm, discuss career paths in finance with recent hires and long-tenured employees, and develop relationships with students from schools around the country. We provide a $1,500 stipend.

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars - DUE February 28, 2021

Awards are given to support women undergraduates seeking to study or teach science, mathematics, and/or engineering via the research pathway to graduate studies. Eight (8) women in science (i.e., physics and chemistry), math, computer science, and engineering fields will be selected for the 2021 – 2022 cohort. Up to $12000 will be awarded to selected scholars: $5000 for the fall and spring semesters (at least 10 hours/week doing research) and $7000 for 10 weeks in the summer (35 hours/week doing research). 

Copenhagen PhD Fellowships in Experimental Quantum Simulators DUE February 28, 2021

We seek outstanding candidates for two PhD positions to work on experimental condensed matter quantum-simulation platforms at the Center for Quantum Devices, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The projects are part of a new research program on solid-state quantum simulators. Further information can be found here, at the Center for Quantum Devices. Applicants should hold a master’s degree or a US undergraduate degree in Physics, Applied Physics, Nanoscience or related fields with relevant experimental experience, ideally including published research. The projects focus on the experimental development and operation of solid-state quantum devices for applications in quantum simulation. Research may involve materials development, semiconductor growth by molecular beam epitaxy, electron microscopy, nanofabrication, high-frequency measurements in cryofree dilution refrigerators, advanced signal generation and detection, data analysis, interaction with theoretical physicists, and scientific writing. 

Engineering Undergraduate Research Positions (from Grainger Digest)

Open position: HCESC Undergraduate Hourly Researcher
Space Science and Engineering Center Summer Internship - Apply by March 1!
Beckman Undergraduate Research Fellowships & Awards Applications Due March 9!

Summer Undergraduate Research & Internship Experience in Acoustics - DUE March 5, 2021

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is proud to announce the Summer Undergraduate Research & Internship Experience in Acoustics (SURIEA) program, a new opportunity for undergraduate students of color to participate in acoustics research. SURIEA is a 12-week paid summer undergraduate research program for Black/African American, American Indian, Pueblos y Grupos Indígenas, Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino/a students interested in the area of acoustics. The goal of the program is to train, mentor, and prepare students for graduate studies and careers in acoustics. Training sites will include both research and industry laboratories. In addition, students will receive support to attend the two upcoming ASA meetings, one of which is the June virtual meeting, Acoustics in Focus.

The overview of the program and application can be found on the SURIEA website. Review of applications will begin on March 5, 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

Call for Applications: Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Researchers - DUE March 31, 2021

With the generosity of corporate and private foundations, The Grainger College of Engineering’s Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) program is pleased to announce that applications for the following funding opportunities opens on January 15, 2021. For inquiries about the opportunities below, please email isurprogram@illinois.edu

DaRin Butz Foundation Research Scholars - DUE March 31, 2021

$5000 awards are given to women undergraduates in computer science, physics, and select engineering disciplines to do 10 weeks of research on campus in summer (30-35 hours/week). Four (4) undergraduate scholars will be selected for summer 2021. 

ISUR Scholars - DUE March 31, 2021

A minimum of $1000 per year is awarded to Grainger Engineering undergraduate students doing research in the fall and spring semesters. Funding is available for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who commit to two semesters of conducting research. Women, first-generation students, and students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply for the 2021-2022 cohort. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

German Academic Exchange Program

Other Helpful Links

Departmental Undergrad Research Readiness Portal (URRP)

NSF Physics REU Programs

NSF Engineering REU Programs

Pathways To Science

Celia Elliott's Resources for Technical Writers and Students

Advice on Crafting Personal Statements

Advice for Letters of Recommendation

Past Archived Opportunities

Midwest Regional Terminal DUE January 30th

This is a $25,000 coding competition for talented undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students studying at the top schools in the Midwest region. Taking place between March 8-15, the competition will be virtual and teams will be able to work remotely on their submissions for a week on their own schedules.  APPLY HERE

When: Monday, March 8th - March 15th

Where: Virtual Competition 

Prizes: $25,000 + Exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel

Round 2 Application Deadline: January 30th, 2021 11:59 PM ET 

Admissions are made on a rolling basis, so I encourage you to sign up now!  Terminal is a novel games-based AI challenge, where players code strategies to automate gameplay, battling team vs team for prize money and job opportunities. Check out this brief clip to see Terminal in action! Please direct any questions to nickia@corelation-one.com. Good luck and we hope to see you compete!


Call for Presenters: Spring Engineering Research Fair - DUE February 15, 2021

The Grainger College of Engineering is hosting the Spring Engineering Research Fair on February 24 and 25, 2021. It will be a virtual event with live sessions on February 25, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. The fair is an opportunity 1) to expose students to various science and engineering research, 2) connect them with the research community, and 3) for researchers (undergrads, grad, postdoc) to present their work.

We are looking for representatives from research labs/groups/centers to present their research and/or talk about research opportunities. Sign up to present at the research fair using this link: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/377048204

For inquiries, please email Tasha Mamaril, nmamaril@illinois.edu

University of Chicago Physics & MRSEC REU Program - DUE February 15, 2021

The University of Chicago Materials Research Center (MRSEC) and the Department of Physics offers qualified undergraduate students unique opportunities to experience forefront research. Up to 20 internships will be awarded to students interested in physics or interdisciplinary materials science (chemistry, biology, computer science, math, physics & engineering related to materials). The ten-week program runs from June 15 through August 21, 2015, and carries a stipend of $5,000. We also provide up to $500 travel expense reimbursement and free on-campus housing if permitted.

APS/IBM Research Internships for Undergrads - DUE February 15, 2021

Looking for a paid summer internship to enhance your STEM education? Interested in working at a world-class research facility? APS and IBM co-sponsor two undergraduate research internship programs for women and underrepresented minorities.
The goals of these programs are to encourage women and underrepresented minority undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. They are also enticing to students because:

  • Both internship programs feature salaried positions at IBM Research locations that are typically 10 weeks long.
  • These internships provide an opportunity for interns to work closely with an IBM mentor.
  • You will have the opportunity to travel to either San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY for these positions.

The undergraduate women internships are located at any of the locations, and the research internships for underrepresented minorities are located in San Jose, CA. While the Austin lab focuses on research for software and systems, the other programs have a full range of research opportunities.

Applications and letters of recommendation are due by February 15, 2021. Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.