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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
Montgomery, Alabama
Primary: Komal Vig
(334) 604-8189
Secondary: Shree Singh
(334) 604-9160
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, Biosciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics
REU Site: Research & Training in Multidisciplinary field of Regenerative Sciences for UndergraduatesAbstract of Award
New York, New York
Primary: Cheryl Hayashi
(212) 769-5073
Secondary: John Flynn
(212) 769-5806
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, phylogeny, systematics, evolution, conservation, paleontology, neontology, museum, invertebrate, vertebrate, genomics, morphology
Comments: Additional contact: Maria Rios
REU SITE: Systematics, Evolution and Conservation 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
Binghamton, New York
Primary: Caitlin Light
(607) 777-5523
Secondary: Karin Sauer
(607) 777-3157
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, Biofilms, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology
REU Site: Early Collaborative Research Experience in Microbial Biofilm Development, Resistance, & Community StructureAbstract 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
Borough of Manhattan Community College , The City University of New York
REU Site: Advancing Undergraduate Research Among Minorities in Plant Biology Enrolled in an Urban Community College
Science Department
New York, New York
Primary: Adolfina Koroch
(212) 220-8000
Secondary: Alexander Gosslau
(212) 220-8000
Research Topics/Keywords: natural extracts, biological activity, antioxidants, gene regulation, oxidative stress, bioscience
REU Site: Advancing Undergraduate Research Among Minorities in Plant Biology Enrolled in an Urban Community CollegeAbstract of Award
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Gary Benson
(617) 358-2965
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, mathematical sciences
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) 353-5444
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, molecular biology, gene expression, transcriptional control
Comments: program email:
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; Agriculture/Plant Biology/ Biological Sciences/ Food security Subfields: genetic, physiological, and ecological mechanisms, biochemistry, cell biology,
REU: Training Globally Engaged Undergraduates in Food Security Research at Egerton University in Kenya: A focus on Emerging/Unforgotten Tropical Food Crops, the key to Feeding the Future.Abstract 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
Brown University
REU Site: Biology of animal movement and performance
Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology
Providence, Rhode Island
Primary: Matthew Fuxjager
(401) 863-2215
Secondary: Bingham-Hickman
(401) 863-7993
Research Topics/Keywords: animals, humans, ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, neurobiology, biosciences
Comments: Samantha Andersen; email:; phone: 401-863-7994
REU Site: Biology of animal movement and performanceAbstract 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: The Plasticity of Cells, Organisms, and Communities
Biological Sciences
San Marcos, California
Primary: Betsy Read
(760) 750-4129
Secondary: Carlos Luna Lopez
(760) 750-8245
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, molecular biology, genomics, cell biology, physiology, cellular plasticity, organismal plasticity, community plasticity, adaptation
REU Site: The Plasticity of Cells, Organisms, and CommunitiesAbstract 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: Rebecca Barak
(847) 835-8397
Secondary: Jeremie Fant
(847) 835-5969
Research Topics/Keywords:  biosciences; biodiversity; bioinformatics; botany; climate change; conservation; ecology; evolution; fungi; genetics; genomics; life sciences; paleobotany; plant biology; soil
Comments: coordinator: Hilary Noble -
REU Site: Plant Biology and Conservation Research Experiences for Undergraduates – From Genes to EcosystemsAbstract of Award
City College of New York (CCNY)
REU Site: Interdisciplinary Training for Research and Outreach in Climate Science (IT-ROCS)
Biology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Science Education
New York, New York
Primary: Ana Carnaval
(212) 650-5099
Secondary: Yael Wyner
(212) 650-5869
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, climate science, environmental sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, STEM outreach, biosciences
Comments: Contact for student applicants: Christine Banks Calderon; 212 650 8011;
REU Site: Interdisciplinary Training for Research and Outreach in Climate Science (IT-ROCS)Abstract 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
Clarkson University
The ASET-REU program at Clarckson University
Department of Biology, Department of Engineering
Potsdam, New York
Primary: Dr. Alan D. Christian
Research Topics/Keywords: Aquatic Science, Aquatic resource engineering, Watershed ecology, Nitrate Reduction in Wastewater,Great Lake water quality, St. Lawrence River
The ASET-REU program at Clarckson UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Biological Sciences
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 Summer Undergraduate Program
Watson School of Biological Sciences
Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Primary: Christopher Hammell
(516) 367-5207
Secondary: Monn Monn Myat
(516) 367-6890
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences: computational biology, bioinformatics, genomics, neuroscience
Comments: Program coordinater: Kimberly Creteur,,
REU Site: CSHL NSF-REU Bioinformatics and Computational Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate ProgramAbstract 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: Aaron Sholders
(970) 491-7916
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: Christine Kirk, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Email:
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: Kelly (Jun) Liu
(607) 255-8942
Secondary: Chris Fromme
(607) 255-1016
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, molecular, biology, genetics, cell biology, cell signaling, genomics, developmental biology, biochemistry
Comments: Please contact if you have any questions
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: biosciences, climate adaptation, environmental science, resilience, sustainability, urban ecology
Comments: Program contact:
REU Site: Brooklyn Urban Ecology and Environment Program (BUEE)Abstract of Award
St. Louis, Missouri
Primary: Tessa Burch-Smith
(314) 587-1083
Secondary: Sona Pandey
(314) 587-1471
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biochemistry, bioinformatics, data science, genomics, plant biology, plant science, plants, climate change, environment, imaging, microscopy, plant-microbe interactions
Comments: Program Coordinator: Judy Mitchell
REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Plant Science at the Donald Danforth Plant Science CenterAbstract of Award
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Primary: Sarah Woodley
(412) 396-6320
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, interdisciplinary research, molecular biology, neuroscience, microbiomes, biochemistry, evolutionary biology.
Comments: Sarah Woodley, Program Coordinator (412-396-6320,
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: Kelly Watson
(859) 622-1419
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, ecology, climate change, Appalachia, restoration, conservation
REU Site: Disturbance Ecology in Central AppalachiaAbstract of Award
Tallahassee, Florida
Primary: Ramesh Katam
(850) 561-2750
Secondary: Virginia Gottschalk
(850) 561-2750
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences: Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics
Comments: Ramesh Katam at
REU Site: Undergraduate Research Experience in Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, and Data ScienceAbstract of Award
Florida Atlantic University
REU Site: proposed Summer Integrated Neuroscience Experience (SINE) in Jupiter
Department of Biological Sciences
Jupiter, Florida
Primary: Rodney Murphey
(561) 297-0384
Secondary: Bethany Stanhope
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, neuroscience, neurobiology, behavior, physiologic, genetics, plasticity
REU Site: proposed Summer Integrated Neuroscience Experience (SINE) in JupiterAbstract of Award
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