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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
University of Chicago
REU Site in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago
Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
Chicago, Illinois
Primary: Aaron Turkewitz
(773) 702-4374
Secondary: Lucia B Rothman-Denes
(773) 702-1083
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, genetics, development, cells and viruses, host-pathogen interactions, computer modeling, microscopy, epigenetics, cancer, circadian clocks, secretion
Comments: coordinator: Catherine Will
University of ChicagoAbstract of Award
University of Cincinnati
New REU Site: Sensory Ecology: An Integrative Approach
Biological Sciences
Cincinnati, Ohio
Primary: George Uetz
(513) 556-9752
Research Topics/Keywords: Behavior, population biology, field research, neurobiology, ethology, genetics
Comments: Charmaine Mitchell, program coordinator, 513-556-9750
University of CincinnatiAbstract of Award
University of Colorado Boulder
REU Site: Achieving heightened goals- Undergraduates Research in Ecology at the Mountain Research Station
Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Mountain Research Station
Boulder, Colorado
Primary: William Bowman
Secondary: Michael Breed
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology, ecology, evolution, behavior
University of Colorado BoulderAbstract of Award
Storrs, Connecticut
Primary: 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 (
University of ConnecticutAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
University of Connecticut
REU Site: Research Experiences in Physiology and Neurobiology at UCONN
Physiology and Neurobiology
Storrs, Connecticut
Primary: Xinnian Chen
(860) 486-6169
Secondary: Larry Renfro
(860) 486-4119
Research Topics/Keywords: biosciences,physiology,developmental neurobiology,renal physiology,respiratory physiology,synaptic plasticity,neural circuits,molecular and cell biology,bioinformatics, omputational biology
University of ConnecticutAbstract of Award
University of Florida
REU Site: Marine Biodiversity: lessons from molecules, development and behavior
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
Saint Augustine, Florida
Primary: Elaine Seaver
(904) 461-4030
Secondary: Joseph Ryan
(904) 461-4046
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, evolution, marine biology, neurobiology, embryology, genomics, coastal ecology, biomechanics, locomotion, molecular biology, biogeochemistry
Comments: Coordinator: Brenda Cannaliato (
University of FloridaAbstract of Award
University of Georgia
REU Site: Research in Prokaryotic Biology
Athens, Georgia
Primary: Vincent Starai
Secondary: Diana Downs
Research Topics/Keywords: microbiology, bacteriology, microbial ecology, bacterial symbiosis, microbial physiology
University of GeorgiaAbstract of Award
University of Georgia
REU Site: Population Biology of Infectious Diseases
Odum School of Ecology
Athens, Georgia
Primary: John Drake
(706) 583-5539
Secondary: Michael Strand
(706) 583-8237
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, infectious disease, mathematics, ecology, modeling, biostatistics, epidemiology, evolutionary biology, vector biology, parasitology
University of GeorgiaAbstract of Award
University of Georgia
REU Site: Radioecology
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Aiken, South Carolina
Primary: J.Vaun McArthur
(803) 725-5317
Secondary: Melissa Pilgrim
(864) 503-5781
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, radioecology, ecotoxicology, ecology, biogeochemistry
Comments: Alternate contact: Margaret Wead,; 803-725-5733
University of GeorgiaAbstract of Award
University of Georgia
REU Site: Undergraduate Biology Education Research Program
Division of Biological Sciences and Mathematics and Science Education Department
Athens, Georgia
Primary: Julie Stanton
(706) 542-2978
Research Topics/Keywords: Biology Education Research
University of GeorgiaAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Biological Sciences
Athens, Georgia
Primary: Jonathan Arnold
Secondary: David Logan
(404) 906-6669
Research Topics/Keywords: gnomics, computational biology, epigenetics, bioinformatics, systems biology
University of GeorgiaAbstract of Award
Honolulu, Hawaii
Primary: Stuart Donachie
(808) 956-5336
Secondary: Stephanie Kraft-Terry
(808) 956-0735
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics
University of HawaiiAbstract of Award
University of Hawaii
REU Site: Environmental Biology for Pacific Islanders
Pacific Biosciences Research Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
Primary: Michael Hadfield
(808) 539-7319
Secondary: Matthew Medeiros
(808) 956-8187
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, environmental biology, ecology and evolution, marine biology, coral- reef biology, animal/plant-microbe interactions
University of HawaiiAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
Hilo, Hawaii
Primary: Rebecca Ostertag
Secondary: Sharon Ziegler
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, ecology, environmental science, conservation, tropical
Comments: Please contact: Sharon Ziegler-Chong 808-933-0759;
University of Hawaii at HiloAbstract of Award
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
REU Site: Phenotypic plasticity research experience for community college students
Institute for Genomic Biology
Urbana, Illinois
Primary: Nathan Schroeder
(217) 244-6128
Secondary: C. Britt Carlson
(217) 353-2132
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, plasticity, genomics, genetics, cell biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignAbstract of Award
Iowa City, Iowa
Primary: David Weiss
(319) 335-7785
Secondary: Linda McCarter
(319) 335-9721
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, microbiology, virology, immunology, bacteria, genetics, biochemistry
University of IowaAbstract of Award
University of Kansas
REU Site: Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Lawrence, Kansas
Primary: Jennifer Gleason
(785) 864-5858
Secondary: Deborah Smith
(785) 864-4340
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, evolution, ecology, systematics, mathematical models, bioinformatics, computational biology, theory
Comments: REU Administrative Assistant: Ms Dorothy Johanning, email:
University of KansasAbstract of Award
University of Kentucky
REU Site: Summer Program in the Biochemical Sciences
Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Lexington, Kentucky
Primary: Trevor Creamer
Secondary: Rebecca Dutch
Research Topics/Keywords: biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, structural biology, biophysics
University of KentuckyAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD), Chemistry
Princess Anne, Maryland
Primary: Paulinus Chigbu
(410) 621-3034
Secondary: Margaret Sexton
(410) 621-1049
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, marine and Estuarine Science, fish ecology, zooplankton ecology, geochemistry, ecotoxicology, molecular biology, crustacea biology; benthic macroinvertebrates; physical oceanography; microbio
Comments: Although the program accepts undergraduates at all levels, preference is given to freshmen and sophomores, and to students from institutions with limited research programs in marine and estuarine scie
University of Maryland Eastern ShoreAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Ocean Sciences
Boston, Massachusetts
Primary: Rachel Skvirsky
(617) 287-6617
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, evolution, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, ecology, developmental biology
Comments: Contact: Claudia Heske. 617-287-6649
University of Massachusetts-BostonAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Biological Sciences
No. Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Primary: Nancy O'Connor
(508) 999-8217
Secondary: Tara Rajaniemi
(508) 999-8223
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, Marine biology, fisheries, oceanography, ecology, physiology, microbiology, developmental biology, genetics
University of Massachusetts DartmouthAbstract of Award
260 miles north of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary: Dr. David Karowe
(269) 387-5630
Research Topics/Keywords: Ecology & Atmospheric Sciences: Global Change, Botany, Zoology, Biogeochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Meteorology
Comments: Interdisciplinary program focused on the ecological and atmospheric causes and consequences of global change
University of MichiganAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences
University of Michigan
REU Site: Interdisciplinary REU in the Structure and Function of Proteins
College of Pharmacy - Dept. of Medicinal Chemistry
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Primary: Cherie Dotson
(734) 615-6562
Secondary: Ronald Woodard
(734) 764-7366
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology
Comments: same as PI
University of MichiganAbstract of Award
University of Missouri
REU Site: Summer Research Projects in Neuroscience
College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering
Columbia, Missouri
Primary: Satish Nair
(573) 882-2964
Secondary: David Schulz
(573) 882-4067
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, neuroscience, computational methods
University of MissouriAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Department of Defense (DoD)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
REU Site: Training in Redox Biology
Lincoln, Nebraska
Primary: Donald Becker
Secondary: Julie Stone
Research Topics/Keywords: Redox biology, biochemistry, oxidative stress, redox signaling and regulation, enzymes, protein structure, molecular biology
Comments: Hannah Kahler/Administrative Assistant/
University of Nebraska - LincolnAbstract of Award
Cofunded: Chemistry
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
REU Site: Bioenergy Systems
School of Biological Sciences
Lincoln, Nebraska
Primary: Paul Blum
(402) 472-2769
Secondary: Heriberto Cerutti
(402) 472-0247
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, plant science
University of Nebraska-LincolnAbstract of Award
University of Nevada Las Vegas
REU Site: Mechanism of Evolution
School of Life Sciences
Las Vegas, Nevada
Primary: Kurt Regner
702-895 1071
Secondary: Eduardo Robleto
702-895 2496
Research Topics/Keywords: Biological Sciences, microbiology, physiology, biogeography, cell biology
Comments: Kurt Regner/Eduardo Robleto
University of Nevada Las VegasAbstract of Award
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Primary: Scott Collins
(505) 277-6303
Secondary: Amaris Swann
(505) 277-4186
Research Topics/Keywords: biology, biosciences, aridland ecology, biodiversity, ecohydrology, plants, birds, arthropods, climate variability
University of New MexicoAbstract of Award
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
REU Site in Molecular Bioscience
Office of Graduate Education
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Primary: Stephen Rogers
(919) 843-7342
Secondary: Gwen Sancar
(919) 966-2077
Research Topics/Keywords: Genetics, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Structural Biology
Comments: Coordinator: Sausyty Hermrick Contact:
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillAbstract of Award
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
REU Site:Biology and Biotechnology Undergraduate Research Experience (BITURE)
Biological Sciences
Charlotte, North Carolina
Primary: Christine Richardson
(704) 687-8683
Secondary: Sharon Bullock
(704) 687-8536
Research Topics/Keywords: biotechnology,genomics, phylogenetics, transgenic animals, transgenic plants, nanoparticles, biofuels, environmental toxicology
University of North Carolina at CharlotteAbstract of Award
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