The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science & Technology Centers (STCs) are at the forefront of cutting-edge research through partnerships among academic institutions, national laboratories, industrial organizations and/or other public/private entities. The NSF -STC Summer Scholars Internship Program "Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a cutting-edge field. There are currently 17 STCs nationally. Each Center has a specific research focus and you are encouraged to visit each of the Center’s websites to discover the uniqueness of their research goals and how your skills, experiences and interests align with their work. Undergraduate and graduate students come to the National Science Foundation for a ten week summer experience to work in an office that aligns with the students' academic interests. NSF currently offers limited summer internships through the following organizations: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) internship program has provided paid internships to thousands of students since 1992. HACU's mission is to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise. The Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM) internship program is designed to enhance the students' ability to: apply their knowledge to a summer internship assignment; increase their understanding of the educational needs of minorities; and instill a sense of responsibility for helping minority students from low-income families through participation in campus projects at their home institutions during the academic year. The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program offers students of sovereign American Indian and Alaska Native nations the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington, DC. Participating students gain professional experience at work, take for-credit courses at American University focusing on Native American public policy concerns, and enjoy engaging social and cultural extra-curricular activities. As an STC Undergraduate Scholar, your summer research experience will last eight to ten weeks. While varied between sites, your award will generally cover cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events. Although your research will be conducted at one of the STCs, you will be a part of a unique national scientific community consisting of undergraduates, faculty, and graduate students.