Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funds for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) at a variety of research institutions. These research opportunities are usually for 10-12 weeks during the summer and available to qualifying sophomores and juniors. The REU includes a stipend for the summer research, and usually housing and travel allowances. A wide variety of research projects are available both in the US and other countries. Application deadlines vary, but are usually between December and February. The REUs are wonderful opportunities to gain exposure to cutting edge research at large research institutions.
The NSF web site provides a list of availableREUs, but they are arranged by institution. Each institution usually has several (10 or more) available research projects. To find the project areas available, you will have to click on each institution on theREU web site. This will also give you the qualifications expected of succussful applicants.
Research opportunities for undergraduates are sometimes listed under SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences). Some of these are funded by NSF and some are funded by other sources. Use the internet to search for SURE programs at various institutions.