Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The University of New Orleans in conjunction with the University of Louisiana system is proud to announce its membership in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the 2017/18 Academic Year.

The  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

What is Undergraduate Research?

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.



Upcoming programs and deadlines (Note: some programs are external to CUR):

IACMI – The Composites Institute 2018 Internship Program: Application deadline is Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) is currently seeking graduate and undergraduate students interested in participating in a 10-week summer program at one of IACMI’s partner sites.  IACMI, which accelerates the adoption of advanced composites to create energy savings and new manufacturing jobs, has an interest in developing the skills of strong technical undergraduates who might one day support the workforce in both talent and leadership. Interested applicants have the opportunity to apply for internships specializing in various composite and materials research in five technology areas at one of IACMI’s partner locations.  In addition to being involved in a variety of IACMI partner activities, during the course of their internship, participants will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment and interact with scientists and engineers who are at the top of their fields. Engaging in hands-on learning that is more project-based than traditional academic coursework is a critical way to learn and refine skills. 


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH): Arctic Public Programming Internships: Deadline for Applications: January 5, 2018

Free this spring or summer? Intern at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and join a team of passionate ocean educators and scientists to design and host public programs that expand the themes of the museum’s Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend temporary exhibit to different audiences including adults, families, and teens.

Interns will work on programs such as live feeds to research vessels, Scientist is In programs, a teen climate Earth Optimism event, and film screenings. They will help with program evaluation and visitor observations, help improve volunteer-facilitated carts, conduct science content research, conduct scientist interviews, facilitate programs, and assist with program implementation and marketing.

Undergraduate students with a background and interest in science (course work, field work, other) and an interest in science communication and/or teaching are encouraged to apply. The time commitment is 40 hours a week.

To maximize the project learning outcomes, applicants should have the following qualifications:

Ability to cooperate as part of a collective team, while also working independently to reach team goals.
Self-starter with passion and the ability to plan, organize and establish priorities to meet goals and achieve results according to a timeline with set deadlines.
Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel.
Able to speak and effectively communicate information to a group.

TIME COMMITMENT: 40 hours per week

STIPEND: $4,900 per internship

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Interns will learn techniques for how to use objects to engage visitors and methods for engaging visitors in interactive dialogue; effective strategies for communicating about climate change; how to plan and implement science education programs and events; how to use visitor and volunteer feedback to meet visitor needs; how to work with a range of collaborators such as educators, volunteers, and scientists; and gain knowledge about narwhal, the Arctic, how science works, and climate change.

TIME FRAME: There are two internships available:

Spring 2018 – Three months from approximately April 2018 to June 2018

Summer 2018 – Three months from approximately June 2018 thru August 2018

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and a cover letter explaining your interests, qualifications, and what you hope to get out of such an internship to Jennifer Collins at by Friday 1/5/18. 


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program: Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Deadline for Applications: January 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET


2018 Computers and Writing Conference at George Mason University (May 24-27, 2018) Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 19, 2018

Conference host: George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, VA
Contact email:  


2018 Summer ORISE Fellowship Opportunity at CDC: The application deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST

​A summer fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) within the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the Chamblee Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.  DLS provides laboratory support that improves the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental, tobacco-related, nutritional, newborn, selected chronic and selected infectious diseases. DLS also works to improve the rapid and accurate detection of chemical threat agents, radiologic threat agents, and selected toxins.  Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, the selected participant will use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to address topics relevant to public health.  This will allow the participant to gain hands-on experience in applied analytical chemistry and enhance their knowledge of its applications to public health.  If you have questions, send an email to  Please include reference code CDC-NCEH-2018-0013 in your email.


University of New Orleans:  2018 Summer Research Opportunities in Lyon France: Deadline to Apply: January 26, 2018

Exciting research positions for undergraduates are available in catalysis and photocatalysis in Lyon, France.  Funded by a NSF (National Science Foundation) grant awarded to UNO's, Dr. Matthew Tarr. 


The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is now accepting applications for its summer 2018 REU program in "Translational Ecology". Application deadline: January 28, 2018 11:59 PM

This NSF-funded program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise, fosters reflection and builds self-confidence and skills. To complement their mentored research, students have many chances to interact, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and field trips around the theme of translational ecology.

Dates: May 21 to August 10, 2018 (12 weeks)

Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Underrepresented minorities and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend: $6,600 stipend, plus a $900 food allowance and free on-campus housing.

Other support:  Assistance is available for travel to and from the program as well. 

 Research projects for the summer of 2018 are:

  • Eavesdropping Behavior and Social Information Use in Songbirds
  • The Scavenger Community in a Temperate Northeastern Forest
  • Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Forest Soils
  • Ecosystem Regulation of Mosquitoes and Disease Risk
  • Hudson River Habitats in a Changing World
  • Lakes in a Changing Global Environment
  • Ecological Change in the Sky Lakes on the Shawangunk Ridge
  • Using a Whole-Lake Experiment to Understand how Environmental Change Alters Lake  Food Web Productivity (University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center)
  • Understanding the Coupled Natural-Human Dynamics of Recreational Fisheries in Northern Wisconsin (University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center). 
  • Responses of Communities to Global Change



2018 Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program: Application deadline: January 29, 2018, at 8:00 AM EST

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000.

Research experiences are offered at: Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL) ● Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) ● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) ● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) ● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Las Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) ● Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) ● Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more. 

U.S. citizenship required 



The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) is now accepting applications for its third Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2018!  Application deadline: January 29, 2018 11:59 PM

Students will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas at institutions in urban areas across the nation. Students with different research interests in urban water sustainability - social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – are invited to apply.

To complement their mentored research, students interact in person and/or virtually, give and receive feedback and support, and participate in a rich assortment of enrichment activities, workshops and seminars in transdisciplinary research and urban water sustainability.

Dates: May 30 to August 1, 2018 (9 weeks)

Eligibility:  Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors. Must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions.

Support: $4,500 stipend, room and board on-campus or in nearby housing, travel assistance.

The program starts and ends at Colorado State University in Fort Collins CO.

 Projects for 2018:

  • Variation in Vegetation's Influence on Urban Climate. (University of California Riverside, Oregon State University, University of Arizona)
  • Observing the Urban Environment: Measuring Thermal and Radiative Impacts of Trees. (Arizona State Univ.)
  • Natural Solutions for Urban Watershed Sustainability. (Brooklyn College of the City University of New York).
  • Cross-City Stormwater Management Comparison. (Colorado State Univ.)
  • Assessing the Benefits of Emerging Technologies for Stormwater Management. (Colorado State Univ.)
  • Examining Environmental Decision Making in South Florida. (Florida International University)
  • Plant diversity patterns in bioswales of Portland, Oregon. (Oregon State University)
  • System-of-Systems Analysis of Water Infrastructure Resilience under Climate Change Impacts. (Texas A&M).
  • Evaluating Options for Management of Urban Flood Hazards. (University of Maryland Baltimore County


LSUS 3rd  Annual Student Scholar Forum: March 2, 2018; Deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2018

Both Graduate and Undergraduate Students from Universities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas are invited to join LSU Shreveport students in presenting research and/or creative work in: Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences.  Oral or poster presentations will be accepted. 



Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship: Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission.  This scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

 Eligibility Requirements:

  • US Citizen
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Full-time second year student at an accredited four-year undergraduate program or third year student at a five-year undergraduate program
  • Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.


University of Louisiana Lafayette:  National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2018

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently taking applications for undergraduates to participate in a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site located in Lafayette, LA.

ULL is seeking highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in a life changing research experience. Students accepted to this competitive program will have the opportunity to spend 8 weeks (June 4-July 27, 2018) in the heart of Cajun Country in Lafayette, Louisiana, working with leading researchers in interdisciplinary fields related to coastal and watershed science. REU investigations will fundamentally expand our understanding of watershed and estuarine resources and processes in an urban- and agriculturally-influenced watershed. Southern Louisiana encompasses a rich network of watersheds connected to the Mississippi (the largest Delta in the US) and the Atchafalaya Basin (the largest swamp in the US).

Students will gain the education, networking opportunities, and mentorship to prepare them for further academic pursuits in graduate school  and future careers in science. For eight (8) amazing weeks during summer 2018, REU students will be housed on campus at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. T

UL Lafayette is seeking diverse students from universities and colleges nationwide. Students from underrepresented groups, first generation students, and students without undergraduate research opportunities at their home universities or colleges are highly encouraged to apply.

Selected students will receive monetary compensation, food allowances, travel support, research support, and on-campus housing.


LSU Discover Day: April 10, 2018; Deadline to submit applications: February 25, 2018

LSU Discover, an undergraduate research program at Louisiana State University, will host its 5th annual LSU Discover Day, an undergraduate research & creativity symposium, on April 10, 2018.  Undergraduate students from any discipline are invited to apply to present their research, scholarly, or creative works.  There are no application costs and up to 5 visiting students will be offered $200 in travel reimbursements.  Discover Day is comprised of four events: poster session, juried art show, visual display, and oral presentations.


American Geophysical Union: Virtual Poster Showcase: Deadline for Spring 2018: March 4, 2018

If you are doing research in the realm of geosciences, environmental sciences, ocean sciences or other closely related fields, the American Geophysical Union has created the Virtual Poster Showcase as a way for students to share their research without having to travel to a conference.

This showcase began in 2015 and it has grown substantially over the last three years. In 2017 there were about 200 students participating from all over the world. The students submit abstracts for a nominal fee of $35. Once their abstract is accepted, they upload their poster as a PDF and a short video (using a smart phone) about their science.  Following that is a peer review phase followed by an expert judge phase. Every students receives a certificate of participation, instructions on how to cite their abstract, and inclusion of their abstract into GeoRef (the geoscience database from the American Geosciences Institute).  CUR and other societies have been the founding partners for this project that is open to any geoscience and allied field student who wants to share their research.


Weather, Climate, and Society Research Experience for Undergraduates: University of South Florida (USF)


This Weather, Climate, and Society (WCS) REU will be hosted by the University of South Florida (USF). This is an exciting interdisciplinary program that will focus on rising sophomores pairing each participant in a team with other WCS REU students and with research mentors in the physical and social sciences. The teams will conduct research on one of a range of topics from the social and physical factors which affect hurricane evacuation decision-making, to assessing the social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities of coastal regions to sea level rise, and developing strategies to adapt and mitigate sea level rise impacts.
In addition to an intensive 9-week mentored research experience, the program provides experiential learning, professional development workshops, remote seminars that offer interaction with national and international scientists, trainings in social and physical research techniques and interdisciplinary perspectives on social and physical aspects ,and impacts of severe weather and climate related disasters.
Students are paid a $500/week stipend along with free housing, food stipend, travel allowance to/from Tampa, FL, and a travel allowance to present their research at a national conference.