REU Summer Research

REU Program

Empowering undergraduate students through hands-on research experiences in the life sciences.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Site in Biochemistry

For nearly two decades we have welcomed exceptional undergraduate students into our laboratories. In our 10-week program, you will engage in hands-on research, gain confidence in your scientific skillset, and learn to effectively communicate your work. You will also participate in professional development activities and network with BCBP faculty, staff, and current students.

The Summer 2021 NSF REU Site in Biochemistry program will run from May 31 – August 5, 2021.

Competitive Compensation

You are awarded an all-expenses-paid research experience including:

  • A competitive $6000 stipend
  • Housing
  • Stipends to defray the cost of food ($1750)
  • Transportation to and from College Station
  • Coverage of all instructional costs

Benefits of the Program

  • Work alongside leaders in the fields of biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics
  • Interact with faculty and mentors across the university
  • Cover a curriculum on critical perspectives on research and the ethics of science
  • Receive guidance on academic and industrial career paths
  • Join a vast network of BCBP faculty, students, and alumni

Program Overview

Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU students participate in a 10-week summer research program under the direction of BCBP faculty. Research projects span several disciplines including bioinformatics, biofuels, biophysics, agricultural technologies, cell biology, genomics, RNA biology, structural biology, and telomere biology. To learn more about potential research projects explore our faculty research interests pages. In addition to a research project, students will attend weekly seminars on professional development opportunities, science ethics, and effective oral and written communication.



How to Apply

Complete our online application to apply to our program!

Application deadline for summer 2021: February 1, 2021.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Mary Bryk. | 1-800-482-6246.

REU Alumni

I wanted more experience working in a research lab before applying to graduate school. My undergrad institution was a small liberal arts college, which meant I didn’t have access to graduate-level research. Even though I had completed an REU program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017, I knew doing another REU would strengthen my graduate school applications and help me learn about more research areas. I worked in Dr. Kaplan’s lab in 2018 and he knew I wanted to go to graduate school, so he treated me like a grad student and gave me a project that no one else in the lab was working on. This was challenging but helped me become independent and resourceful. The REU program helped me receive good scientific training. And during the REU I worked in a yeast lab, which I now do as a graduate student here in Dr. Polymenis’ lab.

Staci Hammer, REU Alumni

Past Participants