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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: Jessica Ware
(212) 769-5638
Secondary: Cheryl Hayashi
(212) 769-5073
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
Binghamton University
REU Site: Microbial Biofilm Development, Resistance, & Community Structure
Department of Biological Sciences
Binghamton, New York
Primary: Caitlin Light
(607) 777-5526
Secondary: Karin Sauer
(607) 777-3157
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, Biofilms, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Molecular Biology
REU Site: Microbial Biofilm Development, Resistance, & Community StructureAbstract 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
School of Integrative Plant Sciences
Ithaca, New York
Primary: Georg Jander
(607) 254-1365
Secondary: Margaret Frank
(607) 255-1734
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, plants, genetics, genomics, biochemistry, ecology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, agriculture, pathogens, insects
Comments: Program Coordinator: Delanie Sickler,
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
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: Hugo Sanabria
(864) 656-1749
Secondary: Delphine Dean
(864) 656-2611
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biophysics, bioengineering, physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, mathematical biology
Comments: For additional information, please reach out to the program administrator, Celesté Hackett at or 864-656-3418
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
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: 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
Dover, Delaware
Primary: Hakeem Lawal
(302) 857-6507
Secondary: Erin Perchiniak
(856) 745-5498
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, neurobiology, molecular biology, bioengineering, microbiology, climate biology, computational biology
Comments: Coordinator: Laurieann Phalen
REU Site: Inclusive and collaborative approach to cellular and molecular biology for undergraduate researchers at Delaware State UniversityAbstract 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
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
Miami, Florida
Primary: Todd Crowl
(305) 348-1666
Secondary: Rita Teutonico
(305) 348-2719
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, ecosystem, ecology, water quality, environment, Everglades, coral reef, aquatic chemistry, coastal, biogoechemistry, CREST, LTER
REU Site: Understanding Coastal Ecosystems – From the Everglades to the Coral ReefsAbstract of Award
Georgia Southern University
REU Site: Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Coastal Plain Science
Institute for Coastal Plain Science
Statesboro, Georgia
Primary: Jose C. Colon-Gaud
(912) 478-0053
Secondary: Daniel F. Gleason
(912) 478-5957
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, Bioscience, Coastal Plain Science, Geology and Geography, Ecology, Evolution, Physiology, Genetics, Systematics, Microbiology, Parasitology, Environmental Science
REU Site: Interdisciplinary Research Experiences in Coastal Plain ScienceAbstract of Award
Petersham, Massachusetts
Primary: Audrey Barker-Plotkin
(978) 756-6168
Secondary: Benton Taylor
(617) 384-6411
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences; ecology; forest; climate change
Comments: Program coordinator is Benjamin Goulet-Scott, +1-(978) 756-6148;
REU Site: Summer Research Program in Ecology at the Harvard ForestAbstract of Award
Harvard University
REU Site: Evolution, Ecology, Environment
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Primary: Elena Kramer
(617) 496-3460
Secondary: Sheila Thomas
(617) 495-5315
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, evolution, ecology, genetics, physiology, genomics, botany, zoology
REU Site: Evolution, Ecology, EnvironmentAbstract of Award
Toppenish, Washington
Primary: Bob Kao
(509) 865-8681
Secondary: Kazu Sonoda
(509) 865-8584
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences; molecular cell biology; plant development and function; animal development and function
REU Site: A Transformative Approach for Engaging First-Generation Underrepresented Minorities in a Research ExperienceAbstract of Award
Indiana University
REU Site: Animal Behavior in Context
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior
Bloomington, Indiana
Primary: Laura Hurley
(812) 856-1991
Secondary: Cara Wellman
(812) 855-4922
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, behavior, neuroscience, ecology. endocrinology, genomics
Comments: Coordinator: Linda Summers/812.855.9663
REU Site: Animal Behavior in ContextAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Ethics and Values Studies
Seattle, Washington
Primary: Jen Eklund
(206) 732-2123
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biology, systems biology, computational biology, bioinformatics, genomics, multi-omics, data science
REU Site: Research Opportunities in Systems BiologyAbstract of Award
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Primary: Corey Cleland
(434) 284-0543
Secondary: Bisi Velayudhan
(540) 568-4565
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences; biology; data science; data analytics; lab; field; computational; community college; junior college; sophomore
"REU Site: Biological Data Science for Community College Students:Abstract of Award
Johns Hopkins University
REU Site: Imaging and Molecular Approaches to Biological Problems
Department of Biology
Baltimore, Maryland
Primary: Vincent Hilser
(410) 516-6072
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, biophysics, cellular biology, developmental biology, molecular biology
Comments: Program Administrator-Alecia Flynn
REU Site: Imaging and Molecular Approaches to Biological ProblemsAbstract of Award
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