Summer Research in Biochemistry at Texas A&M – Apply by Feb. 1st!

Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry

May 30 – August 2, 2017

The Program: Students can participate in a 10-week summer research program under the direction of the Biochemistry and Biophysics faculty. Topics of research include:

  • structural biology
  • molecular genetics
  • genomics
  • enzymology
  • biophysics

Students will have weekly meetings, which allows them to explore research opportunities, discussing research ethics, and learn effective oral and written presentation skills. Financial support will include a stipend of $5250, in addition to living expenses on campus, and some assistance with travel expenses.

Schedule of Events, Summer 2016

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and already taken organic chemistry and biochemistry courses. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.

  • Your application must include:
    • completed application form, including statement of purpose and goals
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • transcript from undergraduate institution

Application deadline is February 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, email Gary Kunkel or Mary Bryk or call our office at 1-800-482-6246.

Penn State Physics & Materials REU and RET

Program Details

Apply here for 2017


The period of the program for the summer of 2017 is from May 30 st to August 4th, inclusive (9 AM May 30- 5 pm Aug 4). It is expected that students will normally be working here at Penn State throughout this time. If these dates conflict with your school’s academic schedule please let us know on your application form. It may be possible to arrange alternative dates in some cases.


Students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for the summer for the NSF funded Interdisciplinary Materials Physics and MRSEC REU Programs. Housing on campus will be paid for for NSF funded students.

Students of Penn State’s Physics Department will receive a salary determined by the department. Currently this salary is $4000. Housing is not included for Penn State Physics Students.


Visiting students will be matched with mentors from Condensed Matter Physics, Interdisciplinary Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering departments, according to their mutual interests. In your application you will have the opportunity to describe your research interests. Examples of previous research can be found on the research page.


We can reimburse out-of-state students for some travel expenses to and from Penn State for visiting students. The University Park campus is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of State College. State College is about a three hour drive or bus ride from Pittsburgh, about four hours from Philadelphia, Washington DC or Baltimore and five hours from New York. Flights into State College are available through Detroit, Philadelphia or Washington Dulles.


The NSF requires that REU participants must be either US citizens or permanent residents (Penn State Physics Students can be of any nationality). During the summer students must be enrolled in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree. The only exception is for students transferring from one university or college to another. High school graduates who have not yet entered a bachelor’s program, and seniors graduating before the summer are not eligible. Most students in the program will probably be college juniors, however applications are also welcomed from sophomores and freshman.

Women, Minorities and the Disabled

An important goal of the REU program is to provide an opportunity to do research to students who are historically underrepresented within scientific research. This especially includes women, members of underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities whose talents will be an important contribution to the nation’s scientific resources for the future. Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the staff at (814) 865-3884 in advance of your participation or visit.

Housing Arrangements

The visiting REU participants will be housed in on-campus university apartments that are a short walk from the department of Physics. Students will be responsible for making their own arrangements for meals – all apartments have kitchens. A number of restaurants are available both on campus and off campus. Convenience and grocery stores are also within easy reach. Please note, you will be responsible for all problems and damages that may occur during your stay. Parking is an option as well and will be an extra charge.

Group Training:

The first full day on campus will be spent on an orientation tour of the physics department, research facilities, libraries, and the campus. This will include recreation and cultural facilities, and other resource centers. You will complete lab safety training, and get your penn state ID activated. You will meet your faculty advisor and the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in your research group.


There are two outreach activities which occur during the suDSCN3114.JPGmmer in which REU students have had the opportunity to participate. One is a trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to learn about how science is conveyed in a museum setting. The other is helping to staff a science booth during Kids Day of the Central Pennsylvania Arts Fest,which happens in downtown State College. Both of these experiences provide an opportunity to learn and practice how science is conveyed to the public.

Professional Development:

The focus of this REU program is on scientific communication and interdisciplinary research. Each week will will have a meeting where we will cover topics of professional development relating to communicating science (be it to the public, to your peers, or to other scientists) and where faculty will describe their current research and other exciting current developments in their field. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.  To foster discussion about science and other topics there will also be networking and teambuilding activities organized to encourage everyone to get to know each other, and  graduate students, postdocs and faculty on an informal leveDSC02277.JPGl. This is one of the best ways to get a feel for what a career in science and engineering is all about.

Finally, at the end of the summer we will have a joint research symposium where you will give a short presentation on your project and a poster about your research to an audience of the other students who were engaged in summer reserach, your graduate mentors and your faculty advisors.

Summer  Information

The Summer Schedule and Google Calendar

Useful Summer Links

Texas A&M Mathematics REU – Apply by Feb. 15th!

Research Experience for Undergraduates 2017


The Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M will host an eight-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from May 30 to July 21 in the summer of 2017. We will have programs in Algebraic Methods in Computational Biology, Algorithmic Algebraic Geometry, and Number Theory. We will have up to 5 student participants for each program. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Support for the program has been provided by the National Science Foundation.

Summer 2017 Programs

•  Algebraic Methods in Computational Biology
•  Mathematics of Topological Quantum Computation
•  Number Theory

Program Expectations

  • The REU is a full-time summer position. Students are expected to work on mathematics and research approximately 40 hours every week.
  • Students will give bi-weekly short presentations (5-10 minutes) on what they learn and their research results during the program.
  • Students will write a report on their research. This will be approximately 10-15 pages long.
  • Students will make individual final 20 minute mini-symposium presentations on their research projects during the last week of the program.
  • Students will learn LaTeX for writing mathematical articles, reports, and making presentations.
  • Students may learn to use and program a computer algebra system such as MATLAB, Sage, or Mathematica.


Applicants should be highly motivated and successful undergraduates who are comfortable with calculus, basic matrix manipulations and elementary linear algebra. Students in the mathematical modeling in biology program should have some background in differential equations. Students interested in pursuing statistical modeling should also have had an introductory statistics course. No special prior experience with mathematical software or computers is required. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must not have received their bachelors degree before the start of the summer program.

Stipend and Support

Participating students will be provided free on-campus housing, along with an anticipated stipend of $4000 for the 8 week program plus subsidized travel to and from College Station.

Contact Information

Organizers: Riad MasriJulia PlavnikJ. Maurice RojasAnne J. ShiuMatt Young

REUMASS Amherst: Computer Research in Data Science – Apply by Jan. 27th!



Starting in Summer 2015, the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will offer a new 10-week data science summer research program for undergraduates. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research projects in multiple areas relevant to data science including applications (computational social science, computational ecology and sustainability, mobile health, etc.), data analytics (machine learning, NLP, etc.), and computational infrastructure for data science (databases, parallel and distributed systems, cloud computing, etc.).

Students will work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member and graduate student mentor. Students will present the final results of their work at an open poster session during the final week of the program and, where appropriate, at their home institutions and/or scholarly venues such as conferences.




REUMass will start with a one-week intensive data science boot camp for all participants. The program will also include weekly group lunches with a short presentation from a current CS graduate student and a technical presentation or talk relevant to data science research. The program also includes a field trip to nearby Computer Science research centers like Google Cambridge and the Microsoft NERD Lab.


Accepted participants must diligently work towards completing a research project during the duration of the program. To guide you with your research, we ask our students to submit a topic of their summer research, approved by their mentors by the end of their 2nd/3rd week. This is followed by a 10-min presentation of their research progress at the end of 6th week. Finally, students will participate in a poster session showcasing their research in the last week of the program.


Students participating in the program will have the opportunity to work on a research project related to one or more of the areas listed below. During the application process, students can select up to three areas of interest to help route their applications to faculty members with related interests. Students may also describe on their research interests in more detail, along with any related background or prior experience, in their statement of interest.

  • Applications: Computational Ecology and Sustainability
  • Applications: Computational Neuroscience
  • Applications: Computational Social Science
  • Applications: Health and Medicine
  • Analytics: Graphics and Visualization
  • Analytics: Information Retrieval and Search
  • Analytics: Machine Learning
  • Analytics: Natural Language Processing
  • Analytics: Theory
  • Infrastructure: Cloud Computing
  • Infrastructure: Databases
  • Infrastructure: Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • Infrastructure: Programming Languages


NSF requires that all student participants be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. No exceptions can be made. Undergraduates who have taken computer science courses and will be entering their junior or senior year in Sept. 2017 are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage students with community college experience, either those in the process of transferring from a community college to a 4-year institution or those who are already at a 4-year institution but were previously enrolled at a community college.


Students are required to complete a two-step online application consisting of a Google forms questionnaire and the submission of additional materials including a current transcript and a 1-2 page statement of interest in the program. Students must also supply names and email addresses for two references who will provide recommendation letters (preferably faculty members at the student’s home institution — or another University — who know the student well). All application materials (including letters) must be submitted by Friday, January 27, 2017. The submission of new applications is currently open.


  • Application deadline: 11:59pm PST, Friday, January 27, 2017
  • Extended deadline for reference letters: 11:59pm PST, Wednesday, February 3 2017
  • Notification of acceptance beginsFriday, February 17, 2017
  • Move in dates: June 3-4, 2017
  • Program start date: June 5, 2017
  • Program end date: Aug 11, 2017
  • Move out dates:  Aug 12, 2017



Mailing Address:
REUMass Program
College of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Massachusetts
140 Governors Dr.
Amherst MA 01003

MASS REU – Apply by Feb. 10th!

Multi-physics of Active Systems and Structures (MASS)

NSF REU Summer Program



The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in mechanical engineering and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs, including the development of micro air vehicles, multi-modal robots, active flow control, aeroacoustics, sensors and actuators, smart materials, energy harvesting and storage, etc.. The multidisciplinary nature of these projects will engage students in cross-cutting technologies by inspiring the integration and synthesis of ideas and facilitating a better understanding of engineering design at the system level.

The proposed program will recruit undergraduate students in engineering for an educational enhancement program that will involve them directly in advanced research activities within the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (CoE), Tallahassee, Florida. The unified theme of MASS will mesh well with our signature research endeavors such as the Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP) and the Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Research Center, which will provide an excellent setting for this program. The strategic alignment of this REU site with our burgeoning research programs and a state of the art facility will provide an abundance of intellectual/human resources as well as the research and administrative infrastructure needed to carry out the mission of effectively integrating education and research.

The overarching goal of the project is to motivate more US students to pursue advanced engineering degrees or enter research-oriented careers. We will establish a strong and lasting relationship with neighboring educational communities to ensure an effective pipeline to recruit more qualified US students, especially under-represented minorities, into graduate programs.

Dates Importance
February 10 Application deadline. Applications must be postmarked by this date. Late application will be considered if there is space available.
March 3 Acceptance notifications sent
June 5 to August 11 REU Summer Research Program for 10 weeks.
August 10 REU Summer Research Program Open House and design competition.

REU -Nanotechnology for Biology & Engineering – APply by Feb. 1st!

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanotech meet.


  • hands-on graduate level laboratory research experience
  • guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors
  • paid stipend + paid housing +  travel allowance


Who should apply

  • undergraduate students from all institutions who have at least completed their freshman year and will not be graduating before the start of the program.
  • students with a GPA of 3.5 or better (infrequent exceptions made)
  • under-represented students in science and engineering are encouraged to apply.
  • only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply.
  • Johns Hopkins University students are NOT eligible.

Application Materials

Submit the following in the Apply Yourself application.
  • two letters of recommendation
  • resume
  • official or unofficial transcript
  • personal statement

More information

For more information contact Camille Mathis at or by phone at (410) 516-6572

Biosphere 2 REU – Apply by Mar. 1st!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

REU Summer Program Information

The Biosphere 2 REU provides 10 undergraduates an opportunity to conduct guided research in environmental and Earth systems science at a leading and unique research institution. Students will receive stipends of $5,000 for the 10-week research internship, housing on the Biosphere 2 campus, $500 to cover travel costs to and from Tucson, AZ and a food allowance. For 2017, the program runs from June 5 to August 11. Students will be selected from across the country to participate in the program. They will conduct research inside Biosphere 2, in labs on the University of Arizona campus, and in the desert and mountain ecosystems of southern Arizona. Project descriptions are available HERE.

The REU program at Biosphere 2 is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We share the goals of the NSF to use the REU experience as a way to provide research opportunities for students who might not have such opportunities readily available at their home institutions. The summer program will allow students to gain experience in research firsthand, training and preparation for careers in science, and opportunities to communicate science to diverse audiences. Students will also work with partner organizations at the University of Arizona to connect research findings to applied environmental solutions. Participation in the REU program will help prepare students for graduate studies in science.

How To Apply

To apply to the B2 REU program, select “REU Application Form” from menu above or click HERE. Your application package will consist of (1) an application form that includes contact information, educational background, and optional information on gender and ethnic background; (2) a 2-page maximum narrative statement of educational and career goals, research experiences and interests; and (3) two letters of recommendation from faculty at your home institution. Application materials, including letters of recommendation must be received by March 1st, 2017.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

Students majoring in, or in a curriculum leading to, one of the following fields in environmental or Earth system science will be well suited to participate in the B2 REU: biology, ecology, plant sciences, hydrology, soil science, atmospheric science, geology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, or computer science. Accepted students typically have at least one year of college completed prior to the summer REU program and, following the experience, have at least one year of college left before graduation. Students typically have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for NSF/REU grant support. We encourage applications from students in groups underrepresented in science.


Please contact the program directors, DR. KATERINA DONTSOVA or DR. KEVIN BONINE if you have questions about the program.

Materials Research Science & Engineering REU at Brandeis -Apply by Feb. 1st!


Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Brandeis University was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The research in our center concerns the combination of materials science with biology. We have very strong programs in the physical sciences and the life sciences, which we have combined to study this fascinating area.

Click here to learn more about our REU Program.


Brandeis University was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The research in our center concerns the combination of materials science with biology. We have very strong programs in the physical sciences and the life sciences, which we have combined to study this fascinating area. Here are some examples of our research topics, involving theory, experiments and computer simulations:

  • how long polymer molecules like DNA behave when highly confined to the tiny volume of a cell
  • how “chiral” objects, ones that have a twisted shape, pack together to make interesting structures, like twisted ribbons and spiral shaped filaments
  • how assemblies of self-powered microscopic objects cluster together to make organized structures called “active matter,” that moves under its own power, like a cell crawling over a surface.

We are also “reverse engineering” elements of living cells to see how they are constructed and what elements of their structure are necessary for their function. An example is the cilia on the surfaces of cells in our lungs, which constantly work to sweep pollutants out of our lungs. We want to understand the structure and dynamics of these self-powered oscillating filaments, by observing their internal structure by three-dimensional electron microscopy, by genetic modifications to change their structure, and by mechanical experiments on single cilia, to measure their physical properties.

The summer REU program has a list of mentors and projects in this wide range of research topics, giving students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in a rapidly developing area of interdisciplinary science.

Applications and transcripts are due in early February, and selection of the summer students proceeds with center faculty through April. With direction from a faculty adviser and, in most cases, a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student, the REU student defines and sets up the program necessary to accomplish the 10-week summer project. A final presentation is given by each student at the end-of-summer seminar attended by center faculty, student mentors and fellow REU students.

The REU program includes:

  • a stand-alone, substantive research project, appropriate for a 10-week period for each student
  • $5,000 stipend plus all costs for travel and housing
  • interaction with a faculty member and daily interaction with a graduate student mentor
  • a full day faculty-led workshop on various research topics, ethics in research, and an early career panel
  • emphasis on professional development, including written and oral skills and preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • end-of-summer REU poster session in which students present research results and conclusions
  • social activities and visits to local area attractions

REU in Mathematics at Cal State San Bernardino – Apply by Feb. 17th!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Mathematics at CSUSBWant to have a fantastic summer? What could be more exciting than conducting research in mathematics for eight weeks? And getting paid to do it?! If this sounds like fun read on–it just keeps getting better!

Program Description
The principal goal of the REU in mathematics at CSUSB is to provide promising undergraduate math majors with a meaningful, exciting and challenging experience in mathematical research. During the eight-week residential program students will carry out guided independent and collaborative research. Research problems will come from the fields of Geometry and Knot Theory, and will be chosen in consultation with a faculty mentor. The program culminates with participants writing research papers based on their work, and presenting their results at a poster session as well as a formal seminar.

Dates: June 26th – August 18, 2017 (8 weeks, pending renewal of support from the NSF)
Please note that you will need to be present for all of those days. Please contact the director in advance if you have an extenuating circumstance or have a question about this.

Department of Mathematics
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Pkwy
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Successful applicants will receive a $4000 stipend, as well as room and an allowance for board.

This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the California State University, San Bernardino. Participants must be continuing their undergraduate education the following Fall, and the NSF requires US citizenship or permanent resident status.

To Apply
Submit the following materials:

  • A completed online application form – Online application form available
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty that can assess your mathematical strengths. These can be emailed to Dr. Dunn.
  • An electronic copy of your college transcripts (unofficial electronic/scanned copies are acceptable). It is preferable that you merge all of your transcripts into one file for upload. You will upload your transcripts after you complete the online application.

Deadline: To receive full consideration, applications should be completed by February 17, 2017. Your application materials can also be sent electronically or via snail mail, although we strongly prefer you use our online application . These materials may also be submitted electronically to Dr. Dunn at, although again we would strongly prefer you fill out our online application.
For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Dr. Dunn at

NSF LSAMP-OTS REU in Costa Rica – Apply by Jan. 31st!

REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for U.S. Underrepresented Minority Students Summer Program in Costa Rica
(African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders)

Las Cruces and La Selva provide LSAMP undergraduate students with research mentoring, cultural experiences, and training in research methodology. The students are coupled with on-campus mentors from their home LSAMP schools to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into the students’ academic careers. LSAMP students can choose between either Las Cruces or La Selva Research Stations for their nine-week research experience. Each station will follow similar pedagogy, program structure, schedules, and mentor training, though each will emphasize those elements unique to their locations. Features of this program include 1) research skills in the field, 2) enhancing communication skills through training in scientific writing and videography, and 3) integration of cultural experiences with research development. Students interact with indigenous and rural communities in Costa Rica to discuss the important environmental and social issues affecting their lives and communities. Because the Las Cruces Research Station is embedded in an area rich with indigenous populations (Brunca and Ngöbe), the Las Cruces Node will focus on interactions with these communities and special field trips on ethnobiology. Conversely, La Selva Research Station has long history of research on environmental topics, such as biodiversity conservation and agroecology. The La Selva Node will offer more opportunities to interact with local farmers and environmental NGOs.

Application Process

The REU application deadline is: January 31st, 2017.

There are five items required to complete an REU application:

  1. REU Student Application Form
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from an On-Campus Mentor
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Member
  4. Official Transcript(s)
  5. Letter certifying your membership to a LSAMP program at your home institution

1. REU Student Application Form (Word document 135 kb) (includes Statement of Purpose)

Click on the application link above and open the MS Word application file. Upon opening the document, please click in the blank areas of each field and insert the appropriate application information. For REU project preferences, please select mentors/projects from the list available under “Downloads” on the right sidebar of this website. OTS has two REU program research sites: La Selva and Las Cruces. Please make sure you select your preference (OTS will take this information into consideration when defining the REU groups).

After you complete the first two pages of the general application, you will need to write the ‘Statement of Purpose’, which is on the third page.

Please save your application using the following format:


For example, if your name is Jane Elizabeth Smith, you should label your application:


After the application has been completed and saved, please send it as an attachment to:

2. Two Letters of Recommendation

Science Faculty Member ( Word document 97 kb)  – Two letters of recommendation are required from two science faculty members who knows you well, are from your major department, and with whom you have taken at least one class within the past two years. You must download this form and send it to each professor who is writing your recommendation. Instructions of how he/she is to submit the form are included within the document.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all universities attended must be sent to OTS for review. Please send them via US Regular Postal Mail to:

OTS REU – Undergraduate Program

Organization for Tropical Studies


7801 NW 37th Street

Doral, FL 33195-6503

These forms will be automatically forwarded to the OTS Costa Rican Office (CRO) in San Jose, Costa Rica and should arrive within 5-7 days.

*** Should you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Kattia Mendez, Undergraduate Program Assistant at the OTS Costa Rican Office, at: .