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Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science is portal website supporting pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on connecting traditionally underrepresented groups with STEM programs and resources, including funding and mentoring opportunities. Use this website to search for programs in STEM, including undergraduate summer research opportunities.


STEMUndergrads.science.gov is a newer portal to help undergraduate students search for Federally-sponsored opportunities in STEM fields.  You can filter by type of opportunity, including Fellowships, Scholarships, Courses or Summer Schools, Internships (research and non-research), and more. Since these programs are federally sponsored, expect that they will mostly require U.S. Citizenship.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs) explore areas of mathematics that are not typically taught in a classroom setting while also refining their communication skills. Along with earning upper division credit, gaining resume worthy experience, and the opportunity to have faculty mentors write strong letters of recommendation, URAs that elect to attend graduate school are better prepared for graduate-level research.


UArizona Research Opportunities

The University of Arizona Undergraduate Research & Inquiry Collaborative provides a database of UA Researchers looking to add undergraduate students to their research projects. (NOTE: It is up to faculty to keep the list updated)


Other research positions, events, and opportunities can be found on Handshake

Summer Programs Outside UArizona

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Many university departments and government labs run summer research programs for undergraduate students, often under the acronym REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates). Since availability changes each year, it is best to learn about current offerings through the following listings:

Application deadlines are frequently flexible; therefore, if you are interested in applying for a program for which the deadline has passed, contact the program anyway. It is possible that they still have openings and would consider your application.

Dr. Velez compiles a brief list of REU programs each year that may have fewer prerequisites than most, or that may be open to specific populations (future teachers, international students, etc.) The list for Summer '24 should be published sometime in January.

Other Opportunities


The Southwestern Undergraduate Mathematics Research Conference brings together students and faculty from throughout the southwest for a weekend of mathematics.  SUnMaRC is designed to provide opportunities for students to attend and/or present mathematics research in a supportive and fun atmosphere.  In addition to student talks, there are invited speakers from a variety of areas including academia, industry and government.

External Programs

Research opportunities are not limited to the university. Programs like the NASA space grant, UBRP, UROC, and so many more provide research options for students. Be sure to look into these entities and all others you may associate with math, you never know!


Handshake is your one stop shop for all things undergraduate job/research experience. Be sure to create an account and always be checking in for opportunities that suit your studies!


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