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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 plan to support about 10 students in our REU in Summer 2023. Our application deadline will be February 15, 2023. 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. 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 icon_REU 2022 Schedule of Events.pdf
  • At the end of the summer students present their findings in a campus-wide poster session.
  • Program lasts for 10 weeks (May 22-July 28, 2023).
  • Participants receive a $6,250 stipend plus a $1,000 supplement for food and other living expenses.
  • On-campus housing is provided at no cost to the participants.
  • Travel costs are paid by the program.

Eligibility

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). DACA students are not eligible.
  • 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, military veterans, 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.

How to apply

Our application deadline is February 15, 2023.

Click here to apply to our REU: https://www.nsfetap.org/award/503/opportunity/502. In addition to the application, we require the following documents, which will be uploaded at the application portal:

  • Your personal statement. Your personal statement should address the following questions:
    • What are your career goals and research interests?
    • How will participating in our summer research program further your ambitions?
    • Is there anything else we should know about you?
  • Your transcript. An official transcript is not necessary.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommenders should address the applicant’s intellectual abilities, level of motivation, ability to work with others, and career interests (e.g., research, teaching, medical school, etc.).