Research Experiences for 2YC Students Outside of the 2YC

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Formal research programs can provide a great opportunity for 2YC students to improve their understanding of science process and learn what it is to be a geoscientist. Increasingly there is recognition that freshman and sophomores benefit from early exposure to authentic research (CITE). Some REU programs are specifically developed for 2YCs students whereas others are encouraged to offer places to 2YC students.

Finding an REU Program

There are several established groups that sponsor REU programs and provide online information about the opportunities currently available. These sources will be a good place to start looking for an REU that is appropriate for students to participate in.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The NSF REU program supports research participation by undergraduate students across the geosciences and in other STEM disciplines. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Several REU sites are specifically intended for 2YCs students, and NSF encourages all REU sites to consider 2YC students for participation.

The full set of currently funded REUs can be searched via the NSF REU Website:
Information for students interested in applying for an REU is also available:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA provides information about fellowship and internship opportunities for undergraduate students interested in coastal, marine, and environmental management or research:


The Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships page of the NASA website provides information on the current opportunities that are available for students to explore the space and planetary sciences.

Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

The IBP website lists summer research programs for undergraduates in ocean sciences:
Just narrow the Usergroup/Level of Study (#2) to Undergraduate Students.

Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy lists a number of Student Programs and Insternships available via their website.

United States Geologic Survey (USGS)

The USGS lists several ways that undergraduate and graduate students can get involved in scientific research on their Student and Career Opportunities page.