While students can get involved in summer undergraduate research on an individual basis, such as by taking independent study hours with a professor, there are also established programs that can provide you with a rich research experience.
For KU students in the natural and social sciences: the best starting place for a search for a summer research program is the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Students participating in these programs travel to a university to live and research for the summer, receiving a stipend and often room and board. To find out more about the NSF REU and search for REU summer programs hosted by universities across the country, visit the REU program student information page.
For KU students in the arts and humanities: there are some summer research programs in your disciplines, though they are not always as well funded as those through the NSF. Your best bet is simply to conduct an internet search for "summer research humanities" to find out what programs are available. Contact staff at the Center for Undergraduate Research if you need assistance in finding an opportunity.
For non-KU students: KU hosts six different summer REU programs, which are only open to non-KU students. Visit our REU website for more information.