Undergraduate Summer Research

As one of the top research universities in the United States, Case Western Reserve University highly values student research which provides opportunities for active learning, practical experience, and training. Below is a list of summer research opportunities for undergraduate students offered by the University, School of Medicine or in the Cleveland area:

  • Academic Careers in Engineering and Science for Minority Students: A 10-week, biomedical research program for minority undergraduate students in science and engineering.
  • Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR): The goal of the Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research program is to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage of their careers. The CanSUR Program supports 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August) each summer and provides a $4,000 stipend. Undergraduates will be accepted from colleges and universities from across the country to work with one of 82 Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers.
  • Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program (NHLBI): A 10-week program designed to engage 12 under-represented or disadvantaged undergraduates and 8 first year medical students in state of the art biomedical research in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological, and sleep disorder research.
  • MetroHealth Chester Scholars Program: A 10-week program in clinical or laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center that includes observation of surgery and hospital rounds. Open to 15 students who have completed their second year of undergraduate studies in the sciences, and who is either an Ohio resident or attends an Ohio university.
  • Summer on the Cuyahoga Internships (SOTC): SOTC offers paid internships in a variety of fields including finance, technology, marketing, IT, human resources and entrepreneurialism. About 60 students from Case Western Reserve University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Denison University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Smith College, University of Chicago and Yale University participate in SOTC, and the program also includes free housing at CSU, an immersion program into the civic, cultural and social opportunities in Greater Cleveland, and connections to CWRU alumni hosts.  Employers post positions on the SOTC website from Nov - March, and interviews and offers/acceptances occur according to each employer's schedule.
  • Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology: A 10-week, hands-on research program in molecular pharmacology offered through Case Western Reserve University's Department of Pharmacology, and funded, in part, by the American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics-sponsored Summer Program in Undergraduate Research. Open to those completing their sophomore or junior year, who have strong academic records and have completed at least one laboratory course prior to application.
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute: Various opportunities for juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience in laboratory techniques and to explore careers in biomedical research.
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine: A seven-week program including state-of-the-art lectures, cutting-edge bench research, and opportunities to write scientific research articles for publication in medical journals. The focus of this internship is on human infertility and reproductive medicine research with world-renowned scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine. Open to medical or undergraduate students interested in a medical career.
  • The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internships Program: Since 1999, the Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program that provides undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates an opportunity to work for 11 weeks in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
  • The NASA Glenn Research Center Research Internships: The Lewis' Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio consists of internships for High School Students, College Students, and Secondary School Teachers.
  • Wharton Summer Student Research Program: A paid, 10-week opportunity for rising junior and senior undergraduate students majoring in nutrition at CWRU to participate in research projects under the direction of faculty members in the Department of Nutrition and nutrition researchers in the greater Cleveland area. Participating students receive a stipend and are expected to devote 32-40 hours per week to their projects for the full 10-weeks.