External Research Opportunities

Many opportunities exist for performing undergraduate research outside of VMI. Information on some of these opportunities is provided below. Your academic advisor and the Career Services office are also good sources of information.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program

Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) is a program similar to the NSF REU program, as well as those with DOE and NIST, which provides opportunities for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.  Find out more... 

National Science Foundation

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (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.  Find out more... 

Department of Energy

DOE provides undergraduate research opportunities at several of its National Laboratories through its Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. This program places students in paid internships in science and engineering where the students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 

NIST laboratories and the NSF have joined in a partnership to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists at NIST laboratories in Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering. 

The program takes place for 12 weeks during the summer, and students are paid a stipend to support their living expenses during the program. They are also provided with travel money to get to/from the research site. Program announcements for both sites are provided below.