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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
Muskegon, Michigan
Primary: James McNair
Secondary: Kevin Strychar
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, aquatic microbial ecology, carbon biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, lake/stream metabolism, algal ecology, physiological/genetic determinants of animal behavior, crayfish behavior, ecologica
Grand Valley State UniversityAbstract of Award
Petersham, Massachusetts
Primary: Aaron Ellison
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, ecology, environmental, conservation, NEON
Comments: For general information and questions about the program, please email
Harvard UniversityAbstract of Award
Toppenish, Washington
Primary: Kazuhiro Sonoda
(509) 865-8584
Research Topics/Keywords: Microbiology, plant pathology, plant evolution, DNA barcoding, molecular ecology, fisheries biology
Comments: Coordinator/contact Nina Barcenas.
Heritage UniversityAbstract of Award
Arcata, California
Primary: Matthew Johnson
(707) 826-3218
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, natural resources, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, ecology, conservation, water
Humboldt State UniversityAbstract of Award
Bloomington, Indiana
Primary: Laura Hurley
Secondary: CISAB
(812) 855-9663
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, animal behavior, psychology, anthropology, genetics, neuroscience
Comments: Point of contact: CISAB (812) 855-9663
Indiana UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, Ethics and Values Studies
Millbrook, New York
Primary: Alan Berkowitz
(845) 677-7600
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, ecology, environmental, conservation, plant, soils
Comments: Please send inquiries to:
Institute of Ecosystem StudiesAbstract of Award
Bar Harbor, Maine
Primary: Robert Braun
(207) 288-6841
Research Topics/Keywords: Functional Genomics
Comments: Contact Lisa John, Training Coordinator, (207) 288-6924,
Jackson LaboratoryAbstract of Award
Johns Hopkins University
REU Site: Program in Nanotechnology for Biology and Bioengineering
Institute for NanoBioTechnology
Baltimore, Maryland
Primary: Denis Wirtz
(410) 516-8094
Secondary: Hai-Quan Mao
(410) 516-8792
Research Topics/Keywords: nanobiotechnology, biotechnology, nanoparticles, nanotechnology, biology, biophysics, bioengineering, engineering, chemical engineering
Comments: Contact: Camille Bryant, (410) 516-6572
Johns Hopkins UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry, Engineering
Johns Hopkins University
REU Site: A Cyberlinked Program in Computational Biomolecular Structure & Design
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Baltimore, Maryland
Primary: Jeffrey Gray
(410) 516-5313
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, bioscience, computational biology, biophysics, bioengineering, protein engineering, protein design, structure prediction, structural biology, molecular simulation, biomolecular engineering
Comments: Coordinator: Camille Mathis,, (410) 516-6572
Johns Hopkins UniversityAbstract of Award
Johns Hopkins University
REU Site: Imaging and Molecular Approaches to Biological Problems
Department of Biology
Baltimore, Maryland
Primary: Joel Schildbach
(410) 516-0176
Secondary: Michael McCaffery
(410) 516-3321
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, biochemistry, microscopy
Comments: Coordinator: Joan Miller,, (410) 516-5502
Johns Hopkins UniversityAbstract of Award
Kansas State University
REU Site: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Changing Environments: Integrating from Genomes to Biomes
Biology, Konza Praire Research Station, Ecological Genomics Institute
Manhattan, Kansas
Primary: Theodore Morgan
(785) 532-6126
Secondary: Jesse Nippert
(785) 532-0114
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genomics, Changing Environments, Grassland
Comments: Program email is
Kansas State UniversityAbstract of Award
Gambier, Ohio
Primary: Hewlet McFarlane
(740) 427-5375
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, neuroscience, behavior, brain
Kenyon CollegeAbstract of Award
Kettering University
REU Site: Utilizing Plants for Innovative Research (UPIR) - Cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers
Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering & Applied Biology
Flint, Michigan
Primary: Lihua Wang
(810) 762-7917
Secondary: James Cohen
(810) 249-4383
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, plants, interdisciplinary, molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental studies, phylogenetics, chemistry, computational biology, material science, engineering
Kettering UniversityAbstract of Award
New Orleans, Louisiana
Primary: Fern Tsien
(504) 568-2080
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, genetics, biochemistry, neurosciences, microbiology
Comments: Tara Rodrigue, Coordinator email:
Louisiana State UniversityAbstract of Award
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Primary: Allen Mensinger
(218) 726-7259
Secondary: Robert Malchow
(312) 413-1552
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, neuroscience, physiology, animal behavior
Comments: please send inquires to
Marine Biological LaboratoryAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Primary: Allison Abbott
(414) 288-4422
Secondary: Edward Blumenthal
(414) 288-6270
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences
Comments: Point of Contact for this Program is Deborah Weaver, program secretary,
Marquette UniversityAbstract of Award
Oxford, Ohio
Primary: Christopher A Makaroff
(513) 529-1659
Secondary: Carole Dabney-Smith
(513) 529-8091
Research Topics/Keywords: Chemistry
Miami University (Ohio)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Biological Sciences
Miami University
REU Site: Ecology in Human-Dominated Landscapes
Department of Zoology
Oxford, Ohio
Primary: David Berg
(513) 785-3246
Secondary: Ann Rypstra
(513) 785-3238
Research Topics/Keywords: Landscapes, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, conservation, diversity, behavior
Comments: For specific questions or comments please email: ecoreu@muohio. edu.
Miami UniversityAbstract of Award
Michigan State University
REU Site: Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics in a Changing World
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
Hickory Corners, Michigan
Primary: Katherine Gross
(269) 671-2341
Secondary: Danielle Zoellner
(269) 671-2171
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences; ecology; evolutionary biology; agricultural ecosystems; theoretical ecology; landscape ecology; microbial ecology; community ecology; climate change
Michigan State UniversityAbstract of Award
Michigan State University
REU Site: Plant Genomics at Michigan State University
Horticulture / Plant Biology / Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
East Lansing, Michigan
Primary: Cornelius Barry
(517) 884-6959
Secondary: Robert Last
(517) 432-3278
Research Topics/Keywords: plant genomics, molecular genetics, biochemistry, chemistry, computational biology
Comments: Point of contact: Krystle Wiegert-Rininger, 517-884-6961,
Michigan State UniversityAbstract of Award
Mississippi State University
REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Computational Biology at Mississippi State University
Computer Science and Engineering
Mississippi State, Mississippi
Primary: Andy Perkins
(662) 325-0004
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, computational biology, genomics
Mississippi State UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Computer and Information Science and Engineering
St. Louis, Missouri
Primary: Wendy Applequist
(314) 577-0267
Secondary: Peter Hoch
(314) 577-5175
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, botany, ecology, conservation, taxonomy, systematics, genetics, evolution, ethnobotany, restoration, pollination, morphology, biodiversity
Comments: Contact Wendy Applequist
Missouri Botanical GardenAbstract of Award
Salisbury Cove, Maine
Primary: Paulyn Cartwright
(785) 864-4432
Secondary: Robert Morris
(508) 286-3953
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, comparative approaches, regeneration, genomics, genetics, cell biology, environmental biology
Comments: Primary contact - Jane Disney,, (207) 288-9880 ext. 125
Mount Desert Island Biological LaboratoryAbstract of Award
New York University
REU Site in Neural Science
Center for Neural Science
New York, New York
Primary: Chiye Aoki
Secondary: Administrator of Student Affairs
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, neuroscience, psychology
New York UniversityAbstract of Award
Raleigh, North Carolina
Primary: Sabrina Robertson
(919) 513-0330
Secondary: Carlos Goller
(919) 513-4135
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, sequencing, bioinformatics, microbiology, virology, neuroscience, epigenetics
North Carolina State UniversityAbstract of Award
North Carolina State University
REU Site: Integrative Molecular Plant Systems
Plant and Microbial Biology
Raleigh, North Carolina
Primary: Susan Carson
(919) 515-3803
Secondary: Amy Grunden
(919) 513-4295
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, plant biology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, biofuels, sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, systems biology, bioinformatics, plant pathology
Comments: Imara Perera, Assistant Director,
North Carolina State UniversityAbstract of Award
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Wendy Smith
(617) 373-2600
Secondary: Rebeca Rosengaus
(617) 373-7032
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, interdisciplinary, development, regeneration, damage response, immunity
Northeastern UniversityAbstract of Award
Flagstaff, Arizona
Primary: Amy Whipple
(928) 523-8727
Secondary: Ted Martinez
(928) 523-3383
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, environmental science, chemistry, geology, forestry, environmental engineering
Comments: For program detail, please contact to Dr.Ted Martinez, (928) 523-3383,
Northern Arizona UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Northwestern University
REU Site: Synthetic Biology (SynBREU)
Center for Synthetic Biology
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Danielle Tullman-Ercek
(847) 491-7043
Secondary: Michael Jewett
(847) 467-5007
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, synthetic biology, biotechnology, engineering biology, bioengineering, systems biology, metabolic engineering, engineering
Northwestern UniversityAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Engineering
Ohio State University
REU Site: Next Generation Evolutionary Biology
Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Columbus, Ohio
Primary: Marymegan Daly
(614) 247-8412
Secondary: Bryan Cartsens
(614) 292-6587
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, evolution, DNA, bioinformatics
Ohio State UniversityAbstract of Award
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