Funded by the National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Training Site:
Undergraduate Summer Research in Molecular Biophysics
June 5 – August 4, 2017
The mission of our training program in molecular biophysics is to enable students of the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences from colleges with limited research opportunities to address important problems in biology. The summer undergraduate program offers cross-disciplinary research experience in leading laboratories that apply the intellectual, experimental, or theoretical tools of those disciplines to biological questions.
The program is open to students who have completed one or two years of study in chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics, and who are in good standing in their home institutions. We do not encourage applications from students majoring in biology, nor students in their third undergraduate year or beyond. Competitive applicants should have a good GPA, especially in the field of their major. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program does not accept students from Princeton University. We welcome applications of students who are from groups that are historically underrepresented in graduate education. Students from community colleges are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline is January 31, 2017.
All applications and inquiries are handled through our website. Please direct all inquiries to the program administrative assistant, Kuri Chacko, not to REU faculty.
Each student accepted into the program serves as research assistant in the laboratory of a Princeton faculty member who serves as mentor and research advisor. See the Faculty page for a list of participating faculty members and their research areas. The program directors in consultation with training faculty match student interests to available projects.
Regular meetings with the faculty mentor and members of the laboratory team provide guidance about experimental design, methods, and progress. Program participants will give several brief, informal oral reports on their work during the course of the summer. By the end of the program, students must also prepare a formal written report on their research and present an oral summary.
Lunch meetings with the program directors, daily during the first week and weekly thereafter, will provide general guidance and explore related topics including scientific ethics, presentation skills, future opportunities including graduate programs and applications, etc.
Many other summer programs are conducted on campus during the summer period, so there is ample opportunity for meeting a wide cross-section of students from Princeton and elsewhere who are working in a broad range of fields.
The program requires full-time commitment of summer students (minimum forty hours per week for nine weeks and no additional commitments to part-time jobs, courses, exam reviews, etc.).
Students who complete a summer in the program successfully are eligible to apply for research abroad in the following summer with support from this program, and may continue to pursue their research at their home institutions upon return to U.S.
The program provides a stipend of $520 weekly plus $100 weekly food allowance for students in the domestic program (not overseas), and travel to and from Princeton from your home or school location. Housing on campus is provided in quarters with shared cooking facilities. Students have free access to the University’s considerable library and computing resources, and are eligible to use the campus gymnasium facilities at cost.
Kuri T. Chacko
Program Administrative Assistant
Department of Chemistry
Princeton, NJ 08544