Interdisciplinary REU Program in the Structure and Function of Proteins

Opportunity Description:

The University of Michigan Interdisciplinary REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in the Structure and Function of Proteins is designed to provide undergraduate students with a 10-week research experience in the areas of biochemistry, biophysics, cheminformatics, computational chemistry, enzymology, marine biology, molecular biology and plant biology.  The research projects featured in this program all involve studies of the structure and function of proteins.   

REU Faculty Mentors represent the departments of Biochemistry; Chemistry; Medicinal Chemistry; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Pathology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Participant benefits:

  • $6000 stipend
  • Free campus housing
  • $900 meal allowance 
  • $500 allowance for round-trip travel to program site
  • Scientific communication workshops
  • Graduate school preparation workshops and more...

Program dates: May 25 - August 5, 2022

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Requirements for all applicants:

  • In accordance with NSF guidelines, applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a graduate degree (MS or PhD) in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) discipline and not a professional degree (MD, PharmD, DDS, etc.).
  • Applicants who are planning to receive a Bachelor's degree before the end of the program are ineligible. 
  • Participants are prohibited from taking courses or working while participating in the program.
  • Participants must be available to begin the program on the start date.
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus) students are NOT eligible. 

Preference will be given to:

  • Students majoring in biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, computer science, engineering (chemical/biomedical), mathematics or a related discipline. 
  • Students with limited research experience.
  • Students from institutions with limited resources for research (4 year colleges, liberal arts institutions, Master’s colleges/Universities, community colleges, etc.).

Applications are encouraged from students from groups that are historically underrepresented in graduate education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, including first-generation college students, non-traditional students and US military veterans.

Application Process: 

Carefully read the information on this page before beginning the online application.  Please note that phone interviews will be conducted with top candidates before an offer of admission is made.

Application deadline: March 1, 2022

Application Deadline: 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
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