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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
North Carolina State University
REU Site: Tropical ecology and evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico
Department of Applied Ecology
Raleigh, North Carolina
Primary: Alonso Ramirez
(787) 515-5100
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, ecology, tropical ecology, evolution
Comments: Program email:
REU Site: Tropical ecology and evolution at El Verde Field Station, Puerto RicoAbstract 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
REU Site: Teamwork in Biology Inquiry: From Molecules to OrganismsAbstract of Award
Flagstaff, Arizona
Primary: Liza Holeski
(928) 523-0701
Secondary: Ted Martinez
(928) 523-3383
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, biology, environmental science, ecology, plant science
REU Site: Ecology, Genetics, and Adaptation on the Colorado PlateauAbstract of Award
Evanston, Illinois
Primary: Danielle Tullman-Ercek
(847) 491-7043
Secondary: Gabriel Rocklin
(312) 503-4226
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, synthetic biology, bioengineering, microbiology, biochemistry, metabolic engineering, applied mathematics
Comments: Contact for information
REU Site: Synthetic Biology at Northwestern: From Molecules to Society (SynBREU2.0)Abstract of Award
Cofunded: Engineering
Columbus, Ohio
Primary: Jane Jackman
(614) 247-8097
Secondary: Susan Cole
(614) 292-3276
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology
Comments: For program information, please email
REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Molecular Biology at The Ohio State UniversityAbstract of Award
Champaign, Illinois
Primary: CBritt Carlson
(217) 353-2132
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, plasticity, genomics, genetics, cell biology
Comments: The primary institution of this project is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
REU Site: Phenotypic plasticity research experience for community college studentsAbstract of Award
Malibu, California
Primary: Jay Brewster
(310) 506-4321
Secondary: Courtney Davis
(310) 506-4582
Research Topics/Keywords: ecology, cell biology, molecular biology, botany, genetics, cellular stress
REU Site: Biological Adaptations to Stress -- Molecular, Cellular, EcologicalAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
Princeton University
REU Site: Princeton Neuroscience Institute Summer Internship Program
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton, New Jersey
Primary: Jonathan Cohen
(609) 258-2696
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, neuroscience, psychology, molecular biology, cognitive science
Comments: Program Director: Ed Clayton (
REU Site: Princeton Neuroscience Institute Summer Internship ProgramAbstract of Award
Princeton University
REU Site: Molecular Biophysics
Molecular Biology
Princeton, New Jersey
Primary: Jannette Carey
(609) 258-1631
Research Topics/Keywords: Molecular Biology, international, Czech Republic, biophysics
Comments: Contact: Derrick Rose,
REU Site: Molecular BiophysicsAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry, International Science and Engineering
Princeton University, New Jersey
Primary: Bridgett vonHoldt
(609) 258-7021
Secondary: Jannette Carey
(609) 258-1631
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, mathematics, incarceration
REU Site: Computational Biology Research, Gateway to STEMAbstract of Award
West Lafayette, Indiana
Primary: James Forney
(765) 494-1632
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biochemistry, biotechnology, protein function, molecular biology, genetics, epigenetics, plant science
Comments: coordinator: Jennifer Wilson (
REU Site: Genetic and Biochemical Analysis of ProteinsAbstract of Award
West Lafayette, Indiana
Primary: Chao Cai
(765) 494-8684
Secondary: Natalia Dudareva
(765) 494-1325
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, plant biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, plant physiology, bioinformatics, plant metabolism, chemical ecology, evolution, developmental biology
REU Site: Purdue Undergraduate Research Experiences for Plant Biology and Data Science (PURE-PD)Abstract of Award
Houston, Texas
Primary: Natasha Kirienko
(713) 348-2581
Secondary: Joff Silberg
(713) 348-3849
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosiences, genetics, structural biology, cellular biology, synthetic biology
Comments: Administrative coordinator: Pedro Muniz (
REU Site: Multi-Scale Biomolecular Networks (BioNetworks)Abstract of Award
Crested Butte, Colorado
Primary: Ian Billick
(970) 349-7231
Secondary: Jennifer Reithel
(970) 349-1288
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, ecology, evolutionary biology
Comments: For questions about the program, contact Dr. Jennifer Reithel,
REU Site: Research Training in Place-Based Field ResearchAbstract of Award
Sam Houston State University
REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Genome Science and Computational Biology
Biological Sciences
Huntsville, Texas
Primary: Madhusudan Choudhary
(936) 294-4850
Secondary: Hyuk Cho
(936) 294-1535
Research Topics/Keywords: Biological Sciences, Genomics, Microbiome, Chemistry, Evolutionary Biology, Computational Biology
REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Genome Science and Computational BiologyAbstract of Award
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Primary: Lance Lee
(605) 312-6410
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics
Comments: Program Coordinator: Tamara Ledeboer,, 605-312-6590
REU Site: Cellular and Molecular Biology at Sanford ResearchAbstract of Award
San Francisco, California
Primary: Sarah Cohen
(415) 338-3750
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, environmental sciences
Comments: For any question, email
REU Site: Research in Environmental Studies and Evolutionary Developmental BiologyAbstract of Award
Mystic, Connecticut
Primary: Tracy Romano
(860) 572-5955
Secondary: Michael Finiguerra
(860) 405-9082
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, marine biology, marine science, animal physiology, ecology, animal behavior, immunology, cell biology
Comments: Contact: Michael Finiguerra (
REU Site Mystic Aquarium: Collaborative Research: Plankton to Whales: Consequences of Global Change within Marine EcosystemsAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
Simmons University
REU Site: A multisite REU in Synthetic Biology
Chemistry and Biology
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield
(617) 521-2731
Secondary: Mariam Ismail
(617) 521-2775
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, Synthetic Biology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology
REU Site: A multisite REU in Synthetic BiologyAbstract of Award
Edgewater, Maryland
Primary: Alison Cawood
(443) 482-2271
Secondary: John Parker
(443) 482-2221
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, ecosystems, ecology, marine, terrestrial, population, community, landscape, climate change, environmental science
Comments: Mr. Daniel Gustafson, 443-482-2217,
Title: REU Site: Global Change Ecology at the Smithsonian Environmental Research CenterAbstract of Award
Brookings, South Dakota
Primary: Gonzalez-Hernandez, Jose
(605) 688-6907
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, agronomy, botany, ecology, life sciences, microbiology, molecular biology, plant breeding, plant sciences,
REU Site: Interdisciplinary undergraduate research in the plant sciences - From genomes to phenomesAbstract of Award
State University of New York at Albany / Research Foundation of SUNY
REU site: Summer Research at the University at Albany's RNA Institute
The RNA Institute
Albany, New York
Primary: J. Andrew Berglund
(518) 437-4448
Secondary: Shanise Kent
(518) 442-3899
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, RNA, biology, chemistry, nanobiosciences, diagnostic, nanostructures
REU site: Summer Research at the University at Albany's RNA InstituteAbstract of Award
Tarleton State University
REU Site: Restoring working cattle ranches for sustainable land and water resources
Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Geosciences, Sociology, and Wildlife, Sus
Stephenville, Texas
Primary: Victoria Chraibi
(254) 968-9326
Secondary: Barbara Bellows
(254) 968-9000
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, community ecology, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, environmental policy, hydrogeology, landscape management, limnology, plant ecology
REU Site: Restoring working cattle ranches for sustainable land and water resourcesAbstract of Award
Texas A&M University
REU Site: Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
College Station, Texas
Primary: Mary Bryk
(979) 862-2294
Secondary: Gary Kunkel
(979) 845-6257
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, developmental biology, gene expression, genomics, enzymology, membrane structure, microbiology, molecular biology, phage biology, proteomics
Comments: coordinators are the PI and co-PI
REU Site: Summer Undergraduate Research Program in BiochemistryAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
Bar Harbor, Maine
Primary: Charles Wray
(207) 288-6237
Secondary: Laura Muller
(207) 288-6000
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology
REU Site: Funtional Genomics Research for UndergraduatesAbstract of Award
Lisle, Illinois
Primary: Charles Cannon
(630) 725-2071
Secondary: Christine Rollinson
(630) 719-2422
Research Topics/Keywords: Biosciences, botany, trees, ecology, evolution, genetics, arboriculture, soils, roots, biodiversity
REU site at the Morton Arboretum: Integrated tree science in the AnthropoceneAbstract of Award
The Scripps Research Institute
REU Site: Scripps’ Structure and Function Summer Institute (SFSI)
Office of Graduate Studies
La Jolla, California
Primary: Dawn Eastmond
(858) 784-2872
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, chemistry, structural biology, biochemistry, biology
REU Site: Scripps’ Structure and Function Summer Institute (SFSI)Abstract of Award
The University of Kansas
REU Site: The Stressed Life of Cells
Molecular Biosciences
Lawrence, Kansas
Primary: Lisa Timmons
(785) 864-7363
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, cell biology, microbiology, genetics, developmental biology, virology, computational biology, biochemistry
Comments: John Connolly
REU Site: The Stressed Life of CellsAbstract of Award
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
REU Site: Research experiences for Deaf Students in Systems Biology and Molecular Signaling- How Cells and Organisms make Decisions
Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology
Knoxville, Tennessee
Primary: Dan Roberts
(865) 974-4070
Secondary: David Smith
(865) 329-7530
Research Topics/Keywords: Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, Genomics,Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Synthetic Biology, Computational Modeling
REU Site: Research experiences for Deaf Students in Systems Biology and Molecular Signaling- How Cells and Organisms make DecisionsAbstract of Award
The University of Texas at Austin
REU SITE: Summer Undergraduate Program for Experiential Research (SUPER) in Molecular Biosciences.
The Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology
Alan Lloyd, Texas
Primary: Alan Lloyd
(512) 471-3530
Secondary: Antonio Gonzalez
(512) 471-6424
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences, molecular, biology, cell, development, gene, DNA, RNA
Comments: Coordinator: Justine Mecchio (512)471-0934
REU SITE: Summer Undergraduate Program for Experiential Research (SUPER) in Molecular Biosciences.Abstract of Award
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