Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities

All of the following are research-intensive programs that begin the Tuesday after Memorial Day and last for 10-weeks. Each program has its own application and review process. Each program offers a stipend. Once accepted into one of the programs, in addition to their one-on-one mentored research project, all students participate in a collective weekly educational program.

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) directed by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, provides University of Louisville students, who would like to know more about graduate-level education, with a 10-week research experience in a department that offers graduate degrees. These fellowships will also be available to under-served/under-represented student populations from regional colleges and universities. Mentors will provide students with individualized research projects, and the program will provide group seminars on topics related to research and graduate education. Students should be, preferably, in their sophomore or junior year of study.  http://louisville.edu/research/students/srop/details.html

National Institutes of Health – KBRIN Program

The University of Louisville has received an award from the National Center for Research Resources, NIH for the development of a Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network in Kentucky. This award provides funds enabling 20 undergraduate students to gain summer research experience in biomedical research at either the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky (10 students per campus). Emphasis will be in the areas of gene-based research and/or bioinformatics. Research-active faculty will mentor students. The research experience is directed, in particular, at students who are considering a career in research (i.e. students planning to pursue an advanced degree in biological or biomedical research). While undergraduate students at all levels will be considered, priority will be given to students entering the sophomore or junior years of study. Undergraduate students from KY colleges and universities are given preference.

Minority and Disadvantaged Undergraduate Summer Program in Cardiovascular Research

This research program exposes minority undergraduate students to cardiovascular research at the University of Louisville. A NIH Short-Term Training Grant from the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute supports the program. Students are recruited primarily from Kentucky universities and colleges, however minority students attending schools outside of Kentucky are also encouraged to apply. At least eight minority summer research fellowships will be awarded each year.

University of Louisville NCI Cancer Education Program

The long-term objective of the University of Louisville NCI Cancer Education Program is to recruit, educate and motivate outstanding undergraduate and professional students to pursue further training and future careers in cancer research. Further information and the application form are available at http://louisville.edu/medschool/pharmacology/university-of-louisville-nci-cancer-education.html .

Victoria J. & Dennis L. Molfese Summer Neuroscience Research Award

Provides summer research opportunities at UofL for up to two African-American undergraduate students to participate in a 10 week summer research project under the supervision of faculty mentors who are actively engaged in neuroscience research.  More Information

Interdisciplinary Micro/Nano Manufacturing Program Addressing Challenges Today (IMPACT) (NSF)

The goal of IMPACT is to recruit and train next-generation students into the interdisciplinary field of advanced micro/nano-manufacturing through exciting hands-on research projects which demonstrate how this remarkable miniaturization technology can be used to create new devices and systems capable of "impacting" the grand challenges of today in energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, security and the environment. For more information see the Research Experiences for Undergraduates web site.


Questions about any of the programs not answered at the web site, please contact Dr. Pamela W. Feldhoff, Ph.D.