College of Science

Field Courses in Environmental Sciences: 2014

While pursuing a degree at Cal Poly, students are encouraged to participate in research as the junior colleagues of faculty here on campus and around the country. Participation in science research provides practical skills and knowledge that will jump-start your career after graduation or as a graduate student. Students working in a research laboratory gain a deeper understanding in a scientific area and valuable hands-on experience. Conducting undergraduate research is a unique opportunity to learn from faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other undergraduate students who share similar career interests and goals. Simply put, being involved in science research greatly enhances your degree. It provides a unique experience and makes you competitive for graduate school or high-end science careers. Following a number of paid research experiences available for this summer. Deadlines are rapidly approaching, check it out!
  • STEM Programs Search: IBP's database includes 1922 programs in a variety of disciplines and education levels. Browse programs or narrow your search to find opportunities in your disciple.
  • Geology Majors: Undergraduate Summer Internships in Geological Sciences and Other Opportunities. Check it out! This sites lists many Summer Internships
  • The Wright State University STREAMS (Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research) program can help put you on the road to a career in biomedical sciences research. STREAMS participants receive a stipend of $4,000, plus travel expenses and free housing in a university apartment. See More on the STREAMS PDF....
  • 2014 Nebraska Summer Research Program housed on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers students an excellent opportunity to hone research skills and to experience life as a graduate student. Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are especially encouraged to apply.Apply online at Applications are due Feb 17th, 2014.
  • The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. For graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Organization for Tropical Studies: Semester and summer programsin Costa Rica and South Africa. Scholarships are available, apply early!
  • 2013 Summer Research for Undergraduates (REU). Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) at University of California, Berkeley. 
  • Harvard Forest offers an exciting program for up to 35 undergraduate students from institutions across the country to collaborate with scientists conducting ecological research for 11 weeks during the summer.
  • The CAMPARE program provides paid summer research opportunities in astronomy, planetary science, and astrobiology, at four world-class research institutions: the University of Arizona Steward Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, in Pasadena, California. Program participants receive a $5000 stipend; in addition, travel and housing expenses are included. Download Brochure. To apply and for more information go to: Any questions can be directed to Professor Alex Rudolph, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cal Poly Pomona, the director of the program, at Application deadline is February 1, 2013 !!!
  • Student Internships with the Environmental Protection Agency:
  • The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC's professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.
  • The Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Montana sponsors a summer educational research experience for outstanding college undergraduates. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is part of a national program to attract and train undergraduates to research careers in the environmental health sciences.
  • For the past 26 years, the Cary Institute's (Milbrook, New York) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program has provided 8-12 students each summer with an opportunity to conduct quality research in ecology at a world-class institute. Our alumni have gone on to wonderful careers in academic ecology as professors or research scientists, in environmental management or consulting, in ecology education, or in many other fields. 2013 Program Dates: May 28 - August 16, 2013
  • Summer Internships in Environmental Science: List of interships from the Hughes Science Pipeline Project: