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Where to start

A good starting point is the Harvard College Undergraduate Research and Fellowships page. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships administers research programs for Harvard College undergraduates. Check out the website.
An other resource is OCS, the Harvard Office of Career Services. It offers help on preparing a CV or cover letters and gives advise on how to network, interview etc. Their website is here.
Other Sources that can provide additional information on Scholarships, awards and other grants:


Independent Study in Mathematics

Students who would like to do some independent study or a reading class please read the pamphlet page> about Math 91r.


The Office of Career Services hosts summer programs to help you begin your summer search. Programs are both Harvard affiliated and public or private sector and include internships, public service, funding, travel, and research (URAF staff will be there to answer your questions!). Check out the website.

Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program in Biotechnology

Check out the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program Learn about Harvard's Amgen 10-week intensive summer research program, one of ten Amgen U.S. programs that support research in biotechnology. The Harvard program includes faculty projects in FAS science departments, SEAS, the Wyss Institute for Biologically-inspired Engineering, and the School of Medicine, open to rising juniors and seniors in biotechnology-related fields.

PRIMO program

The Program for research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) is a 10-week program for Harvard undergraduates who wish to work closely with Harvard Business School faculty on research projects.

Outside Programs


Here is a link with more information about summer programs for undergraduates at NSA: NSA The most math-related one is DSP, but those students who are more interested in computer science could also look at, say, CES SP. They are all paid with benefits and housing is covered. Note that application deadlines are pretty early (usually mid-October). The application process will involve usually a few interviews and a trip down to DC.

Stanford Resident counselors

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes is hiring Residential Counselors for the summer to work with the following courses: Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institutes offers three-week sessions for academically talented high school students during June and July. Interested candidates can learn more about our positions and apply by visiting our employment website.

Mellon Mays opportunities awareness

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF) selects ten students in their sophomore year to join a tightly-knit research community during junior and senior years to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a faculty mentor. Join us at this information session to find out more about the program. MMUF exists to counter the under representation of minority groups on college and university faculties nationwide through activities designed to encourage the pursuit of the Ph.D. in the humanities and core sciences.

Math REU list from AMS

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) keeps up to date a list of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities, make sure to check it out, along with the article on what makes a good proposal that they link to: this AMS page.

More REU's, not only math

The National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 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. By using the web page, search for an REU Site, you may examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. Also, you may search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

MIT Amgen and UROP

You may be familiar with the Amgen Scholars Program, a summer research program in science and biotechnology. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a participant in the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program for a ninth year. UROP is MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The mission of the Amgen-UROP Scholars Program is to provide students with a strong science research experience that may be pivotal in their undergraduate career, cultivate a passion for science, encourage the pursuit of graduate studies in the sciences, and stimulate interest in research and scientific careers. MIT is delighted to invite undergraduate students from other colleges and universities to join our research enterprise. We value the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm these young scholars will bring to our campus and appreciate this opportunity to build a relationship with your faculty and campus.


Caltech always announces two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Examples:
WAVE Student Faculty Programs The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. And then there is the AMGEN Scholars program. See the website for more details.