The office of Undergraduate Research Programs offers a number of grants each year to support student-designed research projects. Semester-long research projects are supported by a competitive Collaborative Inquiry Grant, while summer projects can be proposed for funding by a Young Scholars Grant.
Another option for students interested in research during the summer, is to apply for an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduate) program. These programs are offered at schools across the country to provide intensive research experiences for interested undergraduates. For more information, check out this link: