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Summer Research Programs for College Students

Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The Office of Undergraduate Education is offering a limited number of Summer Undergraduate Research Projects to provide funding for Rensselaer undergraduates who are conducting research with a faculty adviser during the summer months. This program offers students the opportunity to become immersed in a research topic full-time for a ten-week period and receive a stipend of $3,500. Application packets are available in the Dean's Offices or from the Office of Undergraduate Education in Walker Lab, room 4010 and may also be obtained online at SURP web link.
Visit the Office of Undergaduate Education Web site for the deadline as no late proposals will be accepted. All applicants and their faculty advisers will receive an email with the results of the evaluations.
For additional information visit Office of Undergraduate Education home page.

Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) Partnership Program

The PUI program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate scientists and engineers to conduct research at Rensselaer and / or our Partner Institutions during the summer. Students receive housing and a competitive stipend during this ten week program. In some cases students come back for a second summer. The foundation of PUI is a set of strong research collaborations between faculty at Rensselaer, Morehouse, Mount Holyoke, Spelman, Smith, and Williams. We hope to include University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez this coming summer as well. Through this foundation progress is made in various research projects that build on each other year after year. The PUI program is part of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for Directed Assembly of Nanostructures. Student participation is by invitation only Visit Website.

Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software (RCOS) - Open World - On-Campus Summer Opportunities

The Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software has opportunities for undergraduate students (all majors welcome) to spend the summer at RPI in a team environment developing source software. Projects include Accessibility Software Development, Civil Societies, Educational Software Development, Electronic Voting, Open Hardware, Open Software Development for mobile platforms and campus-wide information systems. Additional information and details on the focus of the Center is available by visiting: RCOS Website . A number of stipends are available to students interested in pursuing these opportunities in the summer. Please contact the following professors for additional information: Dr. David Goldschmidt (518)-276-2819, or Prof. Moorthy (518) 276-6911,

Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy – Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU)

For additional information and details contact, Program Director Prof. Gwo-Ching Wang, 1C25 Science Center, (518) 276-8387, or visit REU Link

Last modified: December 10, 2012