Research Opportunities

The Research Pathway offers students numerous ways to get involved in groundbreaking research as an undergraduate. Michigan Tech offers paid, volunteer, and for-credit opportunities across all colleges and majors—all of which can count toward your Honors requirements.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The SURF Program provides funding for undergraduate students interested in conducting a research project under the guidance of a Michigan Tech faculty mentor during the summer semester.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory Challenge Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program, an innovative new program designed to give undergraduates an early start on the scientific process and solving real world science problems. The program is a 10-week summer internship that awards winning candidates a competitive weekly stipend, furnished housing, and travel assistance to and from ORNL. Participants will be able to conduct hands-on research under the direction of a scientist or engineer at ORNL. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate junior or senior in good standing at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Participants are selected based on their ability to derive a solution to a research Challenge Question. The two challenges are “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets Challenge” and “The ORNL Distributed Energy Research Challenge.” For an in-depth technical description of each Challenge project, and to learn how to apply, visit the ORNL Challenge Program website.


Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program

The URAP provides undergraduate students with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Through this commuter program students will develop skills in Army critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. The student application window is open from January through February.


College Qualified Leaders Program

The CQL program matches practicing DoD scientists with talented college students creating a direct mentor-student relationship, providing participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM. There is no deadline to apply. Applications may be submitted throughout the year.


Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a program dedicated to equipping undergraduate students with the appropriate funding and mentorship to pursue research of topics from various fields, mainly focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).


Superior Ideas

Superior Ideas helps bring university research and public service projects to life. Through Superior Ideas, researchers spread the word of their projects—and gain funding along the way. Fund your research internship using this innovative crowd-sourcing tool.


Michigan Space Grant Consortium

An Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program offering $100,000 of support (in the form of research and public service fellowships) to students in aerospace, space science, Earth system science, and other related science, engineering, or mathematics fields. View our flyer for important internal information and deadlines for 2015-16.

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