STEM Research Programs

STEM faculty and staff at HCC are committed to your success. We recognize that for STEM students, undergraduate research and on-campus jobs are some of the ways to gain experience before graduation and kick start a career. We will post the research and job fair announcements as they become available to us.
For job fairs, keep your resume ready!
For most local, state or national undergraduate research programs, there is usually a firm deadline to apply....anywhere from December to February for the following summer!
It is your responsibility to complete the entire application fully these positions, meet the deadlines and follow through the paperwork.
You never know when an internship or on-campus job turns into a full-time job!

STEM Research Programs at HCC

UST-HCC STEM Undergraduate Research Program

The Department of Education awarded Houston Community College and University of St. Thomas a five-year $5.9 million grant (2011-2016) to encourage Hispanic and other low-income transfer students to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The goal was to upgrade science labs throughout HCC and encourage students to get professional research experience and develop presentation skills.
Students performed research at UST and HCC campuses.

This program has ended as of September 30, 2016.

For more information on the program, contact:

Program Director:

Dr. Juan Carlos Reina
Undergraduate STEM Research Coordinator:

Dr. Jyoti Wagle
Equipment Upgrade Coordinator:

Dr. Yiyan Bai

STEM Research Programs in Houston

2017 Rice Bioscience & Bioengineering Summer Research Internship

Welcome to the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University!

A Research Experience for Undergraduates in Multi-Scale Biomolecular Networks

Internships to participate in a ten week research-immersion program at Rice University

Duration: May 31 to August 4, 2017

Stipend: $5250 + up to $500 travel support

Online Application Deadline: Feb 17th, 2017

A link to the application can be found at:

The goal of this program is to provide community college students first-hand experience with cutting-edge research that can form a foundation for predicting biological functions in a range of departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical Engineering). The possible research projects will draw from a range of approaches (classical biochemical and genetic to non-trivial theoretical models that require computation) to studies of naturally-occurring genetic networks, artificial genetic and metabolic networks, and biomolecular structure, function, and evolution. Students will participate full-time in research and workshops that focus on responsible conduct in research, professional communication, career opportunities, and the graduate school application process. Students are also provided a creative opportunity to develop innovative biotechnological ideas and a capstone research poster symposium.

If you have any questions about the summer program or application process, please contact Dr. Joff Silberg ( at Rice University.

2017 Rice University NSF Nanotechnology Summer Research Program

The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) offers a 10-week internship specifically designed to give community college students hands-on research experience in nanotechnology, one of the most exciting areas of scientific research.

Informational Session & Open House
Monday, January 30th, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Must register on by Sunday, January 29th.

Students will receive a stipend of $6,000 over 10 weeks of summer work.

Program Dates: June 5 - August 11, 2017
Work Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Rice University Campus

For application, requirements of the program and research area, go to:

Application deadline is February 17, 2017

Space is limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.
Accepted applicants will receive notifications via email by March 17, 2017.

In addition to completing this application, please have (2) letters of recommendation sent to
Your application is not complete until the letters are received.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Carolina Avendano
Director of Programs and Operations, R-STEM
713-348-8210 |
Selena Zermeno
Program Coordinator

2017 Science Research Program with Rice and UH

Frontiers in Science - Summer Internship Program (May - August 2017) with Rice University and University of Houston.
this program is only for students attending University of Houston and Houston Community College.
Students will get extensive hands-on training in a multitude of physical and biological research methods within a research group at RU or UH.
Interns will receive $4,000 for the summer program, and are expected to perform at least 300 hours of research. Each inter's particular working schedule will be determined by the faculty mentor. Please be aware the stipend is taxable as regular income.

For more information, visit

To apply, email a single PDF formatted file containing the following items and send to and include "2017 REU Application" in the email subject line:

  • Current resume;
  • Course list of ALL Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), Computer Science, Technology, and Mathematics courses completed to-date (do not include grades);
  • Statement of Research interest (minimum of one page), that describes and explains your current academic and professional aspirations (you may refer to participating faculty listed in the website listed above)

Complete application before March 1, 2017.
Initial review will begin in March and interview invitations will be sent out by March 14.

For additional information, contact Dr. Margaret Cheung, U Houston, (, 713-743-8358.

Visit for more information.


2017 BioXFEL Summer Internship for Undergraduates

Rice University is part of an exciting, multi-university collaboration to develop and sustain a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center called BioXFEL (Biology with X-ray Free Electron Lasers).
"BioXFEL is a consortium established in 2013 of eight U.S. research universities that addresses fundamental questions in biology at the molecular level.
Using a recently-invented pulsed hard X-ray laser, our researchers can capture biological molecules in atomic detail, view their functional motions by taking brief snapshots, and observe interactions in their native environment.
This opens up a new world to biology, to science, and to human health."
This summer internship program that provides research training for 10 weeks.

For more information, please visit the website:

Duration of The Program: 5/31/17 - 8/4/17
REU Online Application 
Deadline: February 17, 2017.

STEM Research National Programs

The U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Research Fellowship Program (MLEF)

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer.
For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).
The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. 
Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. 
For more information, visit


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Applications in the past have closed in December for the following summer

Summer Industrial Internships in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Summer Industrial Internships in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

The Society for Chemical Industry is pleased to offer the SCI Scholars Program, which is designed to introduce upper level (sophomore/junior), exceptional chemistry and chemical engineering students to carriers in chemical industry.
Selected students will become SCI Scholars and participate in one of many 10-week industrial internships during the summer.
SCI Scholars will be selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation.

For more information, click here.


  • Current sophomore or junior
  • Chemistry or chemical engineering major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident


  • Industrial experience
  • Generous award - the stipend is in $6,000-10,000 range for a 10-week internship
  • Certificate and $1000 travel award to participate in a scientific meeting
  • SCI Scholars will nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition and $1000 award

Applications in the past have closed in December for the following summer

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/faculty staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting Department of Energy (DOE) mission.

Selected students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

The Community College Internship (CCI) Program

The Community College Internship (CCI) Program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs. Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs.

Selected students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) for Faculty & Students

The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas. In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member.

Selected faculty and students receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.
The Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration between May and August timeframe.

For more information and application, click here.

Applications in the past have closed in January for the following summer

Texas A&M Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for Community College Students

No update is currently available at this time for year 2016.

2015 Research Experience in Physics & Astronomy for Community College Students

Application deadline: March 31, 2015

Eight community college students will be selected to participate in this National Science Foundation-sponsored 10-week REU program from June 7 through August 14, 2015.  Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Participants will:

  • Collaborate on a research project with faculty mentors, graduate students and other REU students
  • Develop in-demand communication skills by giving research presentations and writing scientific papers
  • Receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing on campus and travel support to and from Commerce, Texas
  • Participate in field trips to Texas businesses, research institutions and the McDonald Observatory in west Texas
  • Remotely access state-of-the-art telescopes, including the SARA (Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy) 0.9-m telescope located at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona, the SARA 0.6-m telescope located in Chile and several smaller telescopes at the Texas A&M University-Commerce observatory

Research Opportunities

  • Observational Astronomy and Computational Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Astrophysics and Nuclear Theory
  • Advanced Electronics and Optics
  • Materials Science and Surface Physics
  • Physics Education Research
  • Computer Simulations of Nuclear Reactions
  • Mathematical Physics

To Apply

  1. the application form here:  STEM 2015 REU Program Application
  2. transcripts from your community college
  3. two letters of recommendation
  4. an essay of 3-5 pages describing yourself, your research interest and career goals

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experience Aboard Ships

An opportunity for students to do oceanography out on the ocean! No cost!


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Student Experiences Aboard Ships!

STEMSEAS aims to provide ship-based, 6-10 day exploratory experiences for undergraduates from diverse backgrounds aboard NSF-funded research vessels. Students will sail with experienced faculty mentors and engage in geoscience and oceanography activities (while also having fun)!

All expenses will be paid by the program- there is no cost to participants.

The tentative 2016 schedule is as follows:

May 10-18: Sail on the Oceanus from San Diego, CA to Honolulu, HI.
July 15-20: Sail on the Endeavor from Morehead City, NC, to Gulfport, MS.
August 16-24: Sail on the Sikuliaq from Seattle, WA to Nome, AK.

Application Process:

The STEMSEAS 2016 applicationis now available. To be eligible, you must be 18 or over and enrolled in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. The application includes:

DEADLINE to apply is 19 February 2016
Notifications will be made approximately one month later.

For questions, please contact:
Sharon Cooper: