Funded by the National Science Foundation
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Training Site:
Undergraduate Summer Research in Molecular Biophysics
June 6 – August 5, 2016
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.
The program is open to students who have completed one or two years of study with majors 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. 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. Application deadline is January 31, 2016.
All applications and inquiries are handled through our website. Please direct all inquiries to the program administrative assistant, 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. Students in the molecular biophysics program are integrated with summer students in their respective departments to share additional educational and social activities.
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.).
The program provides a stipend of $500 weekly plus food allowance. Limited funds are available on a need basis for travel to and from Princeton. Housing on campus is provided, whenever possible in quarters with shared cooking facilities. Students have access to the University’s considerable library and computing resources, and eligible to use the campus gymnasium facilities.
Students who complete a summer in the program are eligible to apply for research abroad in the following summer, and may continue to pursue their research at their home institutions upon return to U.S.
Kuri T. Chacko
Program Administrative Assistant
Department of Chemistry
Princeton, NJ 08544