Programs for undergrads

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 June 15 to August 14, 2015. 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 on August 14, 2015 when all interns will share their research at the Interns’ Symposium. For more information about the 2015 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 20th. 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.