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Dean’s Undergraduate Fellowship

The Dean's Undergraduate Fellowship is a 10-week paid summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the College of Science and Health. Fellows selected for the program are placed in Chicago-area sites to participate in research projects over the summer of 2022. Internship applications will be available on Handshake by February 2022.  Students can apply for multiple sites. For questions or help with your application, contact the Office of Advising and Student Services.

The application deadline for all 2022 sites is Monday, March 28, 2022. 

The Dean's Undergraduate Fellowship is funded exclusively by your generous donations. Please consider supporting the Dean's Undergraduate Fellowship by clicking here.

  • Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source
  • Chicago Department of Public Health, Healthy Chicago Survey 
  • Field Museum, Lichenography
  • Field Museum, Botanical Collections
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, ZooMonitor Program
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, Urban Wildlife Institute
  • Lincoln Park Zoo, Urban Wildlife and Public Health
  • Peptide Synthesis Core, Northwestern University 
  • Rush University Medical Center, Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center


DePaul/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Summer Research Program

The DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) is a paid summer biomedical sciences research program for undergraduates on the Rosalind Franklin campus in North Chicago. Students are matched with a faculty member at RFUMS and conduct research in areas such as virology, microbiology, physiology, and neuroscience. For questions or help with your application, contact the Office of Advising and Student Services. The application will be avaialble on Handshake by November 2021

The deadline is Friday, January 14, 2022. 


Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP)

The Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program (URAP) provides financial support to undergraduate students to actively engage in scientific research through assisting and collaborating with faculty members in their research. This program is University-wide but implemented by the College of Health and Science. Funding is quarterly, for 75 hours per quarter, and there are 2 application cycles per year (winter/spring, and summer/fall). Please note, both student and faculty application submissions are required. To find more information on this program, deadlines, instructions, and applications, click here.


Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP)

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) of the College of Science and Health grants financial awards to undergraduate students for summer research projects undertaken in collaboration with a faculty member. Students develop a proposal, work closely with a faculty mentor, present at the annual Natural Science, Mathematics and Technology Showcase in November and submit for publication in DePaul Discoveries, the college's undergraduate research journal. Competitive stipends are awarded, and students are expected to work approximately 150 hours over the course o​f the summer. Please note, a faculty mentor letter of recommendation is also required. For USRP instructions, student application, and online faculty mentor letter of support submission, click here.


McNair Scholars ​Program​​​

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected undergraduate students from low-income and/or first-generation college families, or who are members of underrepresented groups, for future doctoral study and faculty careers. It is a challenging program that provides opportunities for undergraduate research and faculty mentoring along with intensive advising and assistance with the graduate school admission process.


Arnold Mitc​hem Fellows Program​​

The Arnold Mitchem Fellows program, named after Arnold L. Mitchem, PhD, is a DePaul University program designed to prepare sophomore status undergraduates from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education who possess excellent academic records and a commitment to complete a graduate degree for doctoral study and entrance to academic careers. Aligned with the McNair Scholars Program and connected to pre-college partnership and pathway programs for Chicago schools managed by the Center for Access and Attainment, Mitchem Fellows serves students beginning in the sophomore year.


Research in the Psychology Department

Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students at DePaul are active in psychological research. To learn more about how to find research opportunities within psychology and the psychology department at DePaul, please visit their Departmental Website.



Located within DePaul’s Career Center, Handshake is DePaul’s online hub for job and internship listings, career fair and event registration, mentor connections and more. Many external research jobs and internships are located in Handshake. Login to Handshake with your Campus Connect username and password.



Links to External Research Opportunities

While not a comprehensive list, below are a few links to external research opportunities for undergraduate students. We invite you to set up an advising appointment with our Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research so we can assist you with navigating the process of finding and applying for research experiences.

Animal Care Research

Biomedical Research

Chemistry Research

Environmental, Agricultural, and Oceanic Research

Mathmematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, and Finance Research

Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Research

Public Health Research

Psychology and Human Services Research