Programs for undergrads

Opportunities with the Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Opportunities

Now accepting applications for TWO 2016 Summer Programs - U.S. citizenship required

Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions  This 10-week program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers.  Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS. 

Benefits Include:

Faculty:  $1,200 stipend per week plus travel expenses

Graduate Students:  $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses

Undergraduate Students:  $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses

Some participants may be eligible for a housing allowance. Faculty are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in follow-on funding at the end of their appointment.

Research experiences are offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Detailed information can be found at

DHS HS-STEM 2016 Summer Internship Program  The Department of Homeland Security sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines.  The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals.

Graduate Students receive a $700 stipend per week plus travel expenses

Undergraduate Students receive a $600 stipend per week plus travel expenses

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and many more.

10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Detailed information about the internships can be found at

More opportunities for UG Research

Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placements: 
Over 800 programs -- NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads 
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Opportunities with NASA

NASA offers hundreds of paid summer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines from engineering and science to technology, business, and finance.

Click here to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application.  The deadline is March 15th! For tips on applying, check out the following video.

BEST Summer internship Program

The Building Excellent Scientist for Tomorrow (BEST) is for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-based areas. The program runs from mid June to mid August 14, 2016. BEST is run by Continuing Education in conjunction with the Center for STEM Education.  Interns research in labs throughout the Peoria area, working with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process. Interns must be able to commit 200-300 hours for the duration of the program and serve as peer mentors to high school interns participating in the BEST or CREST programs. Interns will also receive additional training in scientific methods, research ethics and safety, and related topics in a three-day long orientation at Bradley University. Interns are also strongly encouraged to participate in the various seminars and workshops held throughout the summer for BEST and CREST interns. The program concludes in August when all interns will share their research at the Interns’ Symposium. For more information about the 2016 application cycle, please download and read the following application. If you have questions, contact Dr. Sherri Morris Please download our Research Summary if you need a better idea on the kind of research students performed last year. Priority applications should be turned in by March 18th. After this date, applications will be accepted as space allows.   

Take at look at research performed by 2013 BEST and CREST Interns

STEM Scholars

Bradley offers a comprehensive program designed to expand the enrollment of academically talented but economically challenged students majoring in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, computer informational systems or civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing technology or environmental studies (Bradley University’s STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors). The objective of the program is to increase the number of diverse graduates in these important fields by strongly supporting scholars, both academically and financially throughout their challenging college studies.  No new enrollment is planned for the 2013-2014 school year.

Summer Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Science for All

Bradley’s specific FIDL project, Interdisciplinary Science for All is an initiative focused on developing a component of the University’s general education curriculum that stimulates and empowers students engaged in all disciplines to work collaboratively to research and understand complex issues that have significant STEM content. This component will provide challenging opportunities for all students to learn how to seek, identify and analyze STEM knowledge and principles, and to apply critical, objective thinking, learned through methodologies in the STEM disciplines, to issues as an integral part of problem solving and decision making. Interdisciplinary Science for All is part of a national project sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), and is funded by the Keck Foundation.

STEM Resources for Undergraduate Students: Institute for Broadening Participation Pathways to Science

Are you an undergraduate student looking for more STEM opportunities? The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) works with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA to recruit eligible undergraduate students for research and professional development opportunities. They offer more than 650 paid summer research experiences for undergraduates. Simply fill out an application and they will help find and send you information on programs that are compatible with your interests. IBP also has opportunities available for high school, graduate, and post-doctoral students. For more information and the application, please visit or download the application below.