URA-Fermilab: Undergraduate Women in STEM

Program Summary

The URA-Fermilab Undergraduate Women in STEM engages women science and engineering undergraduate students from under-represented groups(American Indian/Alaska Native, African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) to conduct research at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in fulfillment of its mission.

The S&T portfolio of Fermilab covers the research areas of Particle Physics, Accelerators and Detectors, Applied Physics and Superconducting Technology, Computational Science/Artificial Intelligence, and Emerging Technologies, in support of the following projects: LBNF/DUNE US, PIP-II, HL-LHC AUP & CMS, Mu2e, Superconducting Quantum Materials and Systems (SQMS).

Interns will spend 10 weeks at Fermilab working under the direct leadership, guidance, and supervision of Fermilab scientists, engineers, computing professionals, technicians, and staff across all laboratory directorates performing hands-on research. In addition, the cohort will meet with mentors and advisors to grow their professional networks, take part in engaging and inclusive intellectual discussions, directly benefit from the laboratory resources and participate in professional development and social engagement activities.


  • Women science and engineering majors from underrepresented groups
    • American Indian/Native
    • African American/Black
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Academic Disciplines
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Material Science
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
  • Enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at a U.S. or its territories
  • Junior and seniors not graduating prior to December 2023
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident


Before you apply, please have all your requirements ready. Once you submit the application you will no longer have access and will not be able to upload any missing requirements.

The application materials required:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose (300 words max): Describe your experience, skills, personal and professional goals, and intellectual curiosity that you will bring to Fermilab and make you an outstanding intern
  • One Letter of Recommendation from a professor, faculty, or academic/research advisor. The recommendation letter should address the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in a STEM internship, as indicated by demonstrated by academic and intellectual merit, research/technical if applicable, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. The recommendation letter must be received by April 12, 2023, at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time

(Once you submit your application you will receive an email request to provide reference contact information. Once you provide the info we will email a link to your reference to upload the letter of recommendation)


  • Attendance at Undergraduate Lecture Series
  • Presentation Abstract (150 words)
  • Oral Presentation
  • Poster Presentation
  • Written Research Project Report

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes a diverse and inclusive environment based on mutual respect is essential to our mission. Fermilab is committed to recruiting and developing the most hardworking people and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, country of birth, geography/postal code, disability, martial status, parental or gestational status, or other non-merit factor.

Key Dates & Details

Application Period: March 6- April 12, 2023

Program Duration: 10 weeks, Between June and August 2023

Acceptance Date: May 1, 2023

Salary: Stipend based on 40 hours/week, 10 weeks total, at $23/hour

Housing: Off-campus housing provided at $65/night

Transportation: Up to $1,000 provided in reimbursement for allowable inbound/outbound travel expenses



Fermilab is the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research located on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago. Fermilab performs scientific research in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

Fermilab is composed of engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative professionals who are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. About 1,800 employees work together towards advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years building world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. Fermilab collects and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world.