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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Microbiology

Goals of the Program

REU Group

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Microbiology at The University of Iowa seeks to foster the careers of the next generation of microbiologists. We do this by providing an intensive 10-week research experience for bright and ambitious undergraduates who are considering a PhD in microbiology or an allied discipline. We will offer our REU for about 8 students in Summer 2022. Our application deadline is February 22, 2022. We hope that this experience will encourage students to pursue a career in basic science and give them the skills they need to succeed in that career path. The focus of the program is a hands-on research project conducted under the guidance of faculty and graduate student mentors. A range of research projects will be available, including basic mechanisms of bacterial and viral gene expression, virus structure and assembly, biofilm formation, microbial development, and prokaryotic cell biology. Students will also attend lectures to broaden their understanding of microbiology and educate them about graduate school and career options. 

Overview of the Program

  • Participants conduct full-time, hands-on research in microbiology, microbial genetics, or molecular biology.
  • A list of recent summer REU projects can be found here.
  • A list of potential faculty mentors can be found here. Clicking on the names will take you to descriptions of the faculty members' research interests.
  • Enrichment activities include weekly seminars and workshops on graduate school and career opportunities. PDF iconREU 2021 Schedule of Events
  • At the end of the summer students present their findings in a campus-wide poster session.
  • Program lasts for 10 weeks (May 23-July 29, 2022).
  • Participants receive a $6,000 stipend plus a $630 supplement for incidental expenses.
  • On-campus housing is provided at no cost to the participants.
  • Travel costs are paid by the program.


NFS logoThe program is intended for undergraduates who:

  • Will be returning to their home institution for at least one semester of undergraduate study before graduation.
  • Are interested in pursuing graduate school and a career in biological research.
  • Are United States citizens or permanent residents (hold a green card).
  • Have limited access to research opportunities at their home institution.
  • Prior research experience is NOT a requirement.

This program seeks to improve diversity in the biological sciences. Disabled students, minority students, students whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree, and economically-disadvantaged students are especially encouraged to apply.

Questions? Try our FAQ. You can also send an email to us at undergrad-micro-info@uiowa.edu or call us at 319-335-7807.

Please check back in December 2022 for application information for Summer 2023.