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REU Sites: Biological Sciences

APPLICATIONS: Students must contact the individual site or program to apply. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants.

ELIGIBILITY: Individual sites may have additional eligibility requirements (e.g., number of undergraduate years completed). Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. High school graduates who have not yet enrolled, and students who have already received their bachelor's degrees, are not eligible.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Click on the Title of the Site in the "Site Information" column to go to the homepage (if available) for that Site. Sites are ordered alphabetically by host institution. All Sites provide stipends, housing and meals, in addition to travel to and from the Site. This listing will change as new REU Site awards are made. Sites are added or deleted as decisions are made on awards, and the list is updated periodically. Clicking on a highlighted site title should direct you to the web page for more information on that program.

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REU Sites
Site Information Site Location Contact Information Additional Information
Alabama State University
REU Site: Nanobioengineering
Biological Sciences
Montgomery, Alabama
Primary: Komal Vig
(334) 229-5132
Secondary: Shree Singh
(334) 229-4168
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, Biosciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics
REU Site: NanobioengineeringAbstract of Award
American Museum of Natural History
REU SITE: Systematics and Evolutionary Biology for the 21st Century
Richard Gilder Graduate School
New York, New York
Primary: Mark Siddall
Secondary: Susan Perkins
Research Topics/Keywords: evolution, systematics, phylogenetics, taxonomy, genomics, conservation genetics, paleontology, morphology
REU SITE: Systematics and Evolutionary Biology for the 21st CenturyAbstract of Award
Auburn University
REU Site: Warm-water aquatic ecology
Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences
Auburn, Alabama
Primary: Alan Wilson
(334) 246-1120
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, ecology, limnology, fisheries management, evolution, molecular biology, microbiology, invasive species, behavior, statistics, restoration, modeling, hydrology, remote sensing
REU Site: Warm-water aquatic ecologyAbstract of Award
Auburn, Alabama
Primary: Leslie Goertzen
(334) 844-1637
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, bioinformatics, genomics, big data, computational biology
REU Site: Diversifying Undergraduate Participation in Computational BiologyAbstract of Award
Boise State University
REU Site: Raptor Research
Raptor Research Center
Boise, Idaho
Primary: Jim Belthoff
(208) 426-4033
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, ecology, behavior, population biology, community ecology, wildlife management, anthropogenic impacts, parasitology, conservation, predator-prey dynamics.
REU Site: Raptor ResearchAbstract of Award
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Primary: Kenneth Burch
(617) 552-3575
Secondary: Laura Anne Lowery
(617) 552-3540
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, neuroscience, physics, energy, mathematics, chemistry, quantum computation, nanoscience, materials science, optics, microscopy
REU Site: Integrated Science For Society (IS2)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Gary Benson
(617) 358-2965
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, bioinformatics, computational biology
Comments: Coordinator: Caroline Lyman, 617-358-2036,
REU Site: Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience in Analysis and Interpretation of Information-Rich Biological Data Sets (REU-BRITE)Abstract of Award
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Thomas Gilmore
(617) 353-2020
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology; Genes: Environment; Genomics; Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Evolution
Comments: Tina Fresta,, 617-353-2020
REU Site: Control of Gene Expression for Biological EffectAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
Bowie, Maryland
Primary: Anne Osano
(301) 860-3368
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biology, plant science, botany, Agriculture, Food security, genomics, microbiology, indegeniousvegetables, Sorghum, Nitrogen fixation, Rhizobium
REU Site: Global Engagement Research Experience for Undergraduate Students in Food Security: A focus on Indigenous Vegetables and Grain Crops; the "Forgotten Food" Crops of KenyaAbstract of Award
Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University
REU Site: Plant Genome Research
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Georg Jander
(607) 254-1365
Secondary: Margaret Frank
(607) 255-1734
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, plant, genomics, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, maize, tomato, Arabidopsis
Comments: More information can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator, Delanie Sickler, at or 607-252-6566.
REU Site: Plant Genome ResearchAbstract of Award
Waltham, Massachusetts
Primary: Susan Lovett
(781) 736-2497
Secondary: Suzanne Paradis
(781) 736-2121
Research Topics/Keywords: cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience, microscopy
Comments: Coordinator Jessica Maryott, contact at:
REU site: Cell and Molecular Visualization at Brandeis UniversityAbstract of Award
San Francisco, California
Primary: Lauren Esposito
(415) 379-5328
Secondary: Rebecca Johnson
(415) 379-5252
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, systematics, museum, natural history, phylogenetics, entomology, anthropolgy, arachnology, ichthyology, herpetology, botany, ornithology, virology
Comments: Coordinator: Christina Cordova,
REU Site: The Summer Systematics Institute: training the next generation of scientists for the field, the lab, and sharing their science with the worldAbstract of Award
California State University San Marcos
REU Site: Next Generation Sequencing and Beyond: From Beetles to Beer"
Biological Sciences
San Marcos, California
Primary: Betsy Read
(760) 750-4129
Secondary: Arun Sethuraman
(760) 750-8271
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, sequencing
Comments: Directors Betsy Read ( and ArunSethuraman(
REU Site: Next Generation Sequencing and Beyond: From Beetles to Beer"Abstract of Award
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Primary: Deric Learman
(989) 774-4409
Secondary: Kevin Pangle
(989) 774-2577
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, aquatic biology, freshwater biology, ecology, molecular biology, microbiology, fisheries, and environmental sciences
Comments: Jessia Lapp (program coordinator) (989)774-4401,
REU Site: Great Lakes ecosystem research to build foundations for successful STEM futuresAbstract of Award
Glencoe, Illinois
Primary: Norman Wickett
(847) 835-8280
Secondary: Jeremie Fant
(847) 835-5969
Research Topics/Keywords: Ecosystem; Ecology; Evolution; Conservation; Biodiversity; Systematics
"REU Site: Plant Biology and Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates--FromAbstract of Award
City College of New York
REU Site: Research and Training in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign (B3) for Undergraduates
Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
New York, New York
Primary: David Jeruzalmi
(212) 650-6062
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, biodesign
REU Site: Research and Training in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biodesign (B3) for UndergraduatesAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Clemson, South Carolina
Primary: Michael Sears
(864) 506-5174
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, ecology, evolution, computational biology
Comments: For questions/comments please email:
REU site: Undergraduate Research in Biological Sciences: From Genomes to Phenomes--exploring function across scalesAbstract of Award
Clemson, South Carolina
Primary: Joshua Alper
(864) 656-2502
Secondary: Hugo Sanabria
(864) 656-1749
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biophysics, bioengineering, physics, chemistry, biology, materials science
Comments: please contact the program administrator: Celesté Hackett Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator 118 Kinard Laboratory Clemson University Clemson, SC 29631-0978 Phone: 864-656-3418 Email: c
REU Site: Nature's machinery through the prism of physics, biology, chemistry and engineeringAbstract of Award
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
"REU Site: CSHL NSF-REU Bioinformatics and Computational Neuroscience
Watson School of Biological Sciences
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Primary: Jesse Gillis
(516) 422-4041
Secondary: Chris Hammell
(516) 367-5207
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, neuroscience, computational biology, computational neuroscience, quantitative biology, bioinformatics, genomics, systems neuroscience
Comments: Program coordinater: Kimberly Creteur,,
"REU Site: CSHL NSF-REU Bioinformatics and Computational NeuroscienceAbstract of Award
College of Charleston
REU Site: Resilience and Response of Marine Organisms to Environmental Change
Biology, Grice Marine Laboratory
Charleston, South Carolina
Primary: Robert Podolsky
(843) 953-9186
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, marine biology,ocean sciences, environmental change, ecology, evolution, organismal biology, microbial ecology, physiology, toxicology, pollution, biochemistry
Comments: Program contact: Katie Hiott,, 843-953-9200
REU Site: Resilience and Response of Marine Organisms to Environmental ChangeAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
Colorado State University
REU Site: Program in Molecular Biosciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Fort Collins, Colorado
Primary: Thomas Santangelo
(970) 491-3150
Secondary: Paul J Laybourn
(970) 491-5100
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, biophysics, structural biology, neurobiology, nutrition, physiology, developmental biology, genetics, marine biology, bioinformatics
Comments: Program Coordinator: Stasi Brazil-Engleman Email: Phone: (970) 491-5602
REU Site: Program in Molecular BiosciencesAbstract of Award
Cornell University
REU Site: Microbial Friends & Foes
Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Teresa Pawlowska
(607) 254-8726
Secondary: Tory Hendry
(607) 255-1950
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences; host-microbe interactions; ecology; evolution; genomics; molecular biology
Comments: Esther Angert (; Lisa M. Marsh (
REU Site: Microbial Friends & FoesAbstract of Award
Cornell University
REU site: Molecular Biology and Genetics of Cell Signaling
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Volker Vogt
(607) 255-2443
Secondary: Kelly Liu
(607) 254-8942
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, development
Comments: The administrative manager of this program is Anne Dunford, Senior Director, Dept of MBG,
REU site: Molecular Biology and Genetics of Cell SignalingAbstract of Award
Brooklyn, New York
Primary: Tony Wilson
(718) 951-5000
Secondary: Brett Branco
(718) 951-5000
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, urban ecology, environmental science, human-coupled natural systems, aquatic research
Comments: Program contact:
REU Site: Brooklyn Urban Ecology and Environment Program (BUEE)Abstract of Award
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
REU Site: Research Experiences in Plant Science at the Danforth Center
Education Outreach
St. Louis, Missouri
Primary: Sona Pandey
(314) 587-1471
Secondary: Chris Topp
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, bioinformatics, plant biology, genomics
Comments: Program email:
REU Site: Research Experiences in Plant Science at the Danforth CenterAbstract of Award
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Primary: Allyson O'Donnell
(412) 396-4356
Secondary: Sarah Woodley
(412) 396-6320
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, interdisciplinary research, molecular biology, neuroscience, microbiomes, biochemistry, evolutionary biology.
Comments: Phillip Clarke, Program Coordinator (412-396-4172,
REU Site: Interdisciplinary biological sciences research and community engaged learning experiences for undergraduatesAbstract of Award
Eastern Kentucky University
REU Site: Disturbance Ecology in Central Appalachia
Department of Biological Sciences
Richmond, Kentucky
Primary: David Brown
(859) 622-2283
Secondary: Stephen Richter
(859) 622-8688
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, ecology, disturbance, restoration, conservation
REU Site: Disturbance Ecology in Central AppalachiaAbstract of Award
Field Museum of Natural History
REU Site: Evolution of Biodiversity across the Tree of Life
Department of Science and Education
Chicago, Illinois
Primary: Thorsten Lumbsch
(312) 665-7881
Secondary: Corrie Moreau
(312) 665-7746
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, evolution, genomics, genetics, microbes, systematics, phylogenetics, paleontology, morphology, conservation biology
REU Site: Evolution of Biodiversity across the Tree of LifeAbstract of Award
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary: Ramesh Katam
(850) 561-2750
Secondary: Virginia Gottschalk
(850) 561-2750
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Bioinformatics
Comments: Ramesh Katam at
REU Site: Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomics, Proteomics and BioinformaticsAbstract of Award
Miami, Florida
Primary: Rita Teutonico
(305) 345-2719
Secondary: Todd Crowl
(305) 348-3095
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, ecosystem, ecology, water quality, environment, Everglades, coral reef, aquatic chemistry, coastal, biogoechemistry, CREST, LTER
Comments: Brad Schonhoff (, Program Manager
REU Site: Understanding Coastal Ecosystems – From the Everglades to theAbstract of Award
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