What is Summer Research About?

A summer research program is an opportunity for undergraduates to get paid to work on a research project for the summer with a researcher. In many cases, participants also take various workshops or seminars related to the research and/or future opportunities such as graduate school. Sometimes these summer research programs have alternative titles such as summer internship or REU - Research Opportunity for Undergraduates. 

Why Should I Consider Participating in a Summer Research Opportunity?

  1. There are a number of reasons to undertake research projects in the summer
  2. As an opportunity to get involved with types of research you may not have here at California State University, East Bay
  3. To get a chance to see how a national laboratory or observatory runs
  4. To make contacts at other universities, laboratories, observatories (these may come in handy later if you go on to graduate school)
  5. To get a different perspective on the kind of research that exists in your field of interest
  6. To spend a summer somewhere really interesting


Check out these upcoming summer research opportunities! They are listed in chronological order of application deadline and include both paid and unpaid opportunities. CSUEB Biology majors, please note, you may be able to earn credit toward your degree for a research opportunity in which you participate. To find out more, please contact a major faculty or staff advisor.


Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (REU) Opportunity at H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest

  • Deadline: Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2023 but applications will be considered until the position is filled.
  • Program Dates: Jun 5-Aug 11, 2023
  • Location: H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest, approximately one hour east of Eugene, Oregon
  • Key Info: Seeking 2 summer students to contribute a National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research (NSF LTER) project addressing how forest species interactions amplify or reduce responses to microclimatic variation. The students will help to implement a large-scale field experiment involving seedlings of canopy tree species, mosses, and fungi along a 1,000 m elevational gradient in the Western Cascade Mountains of Oregon. Students will additionally develop independent research related to the performance and physiology of transplanted seedlings and mosses, and will have an opportunity to present results of their summer research. The full-time positions are for 10 weeks (40 hours/week), roughly from June-August 2022. Students will be provided with a stipend of $5,5000 and apartment-style, shared-room housing at the HJ Andrews. There are funds to defray the cost of traveling to the HJ Andrews. Please note that the REU program is considered an educational program rather than employment; therefore, Oregon State University does not provide Worker's Compensation insurance coverage nor medical insurance on your behalf. You are responsible for your own health insurance coverage.
    Applicants should have a valid drivers license, the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances (5+ mi) over uneven, mountainous terrain, and be comfortable spending long days on their feet in the field. The position will involve working in inclement weather. Being a team player is necessary for group work/living situation. Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is also necessary. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduation date no sooner than fall 2023 (no graduating seniors). All applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply.​
  • To Apply:  Email with the subject "REU application"          with the following information. Please send: 1) a cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three professional references.

Nasa DEVELOP National Program Participant

  • Deadline: Apply by Friday, February 24th
  • Program Dates: Jun 5-Aug 11, 2023
  • Key Info: You will conduct a literature review on the scope, methodologies and types of NASA remote-sensing data applicable to your project. You will also partner with organizations seeking enhanced decision-making tools. To help provide these tools, you will use GIS and remote-sensing data to conduct application projects. By project’s end, your team will create a presentation, technical report, and creative communications deliverables. The program aims to build the skills needed to explain project results to a variety of audiences. DEVELOP also offers personal development activities like personality typing, team building and networking with scientists and partner organizations.
  • For More Info: Visit here
  • To Apply: Visit here