2024 summer nsf fellowship

The Program:

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame will sponsor a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program from May 20 - July 26, 2024 . The focal point of the proposed projects is Integrative Cell and Molecular Biology.

Program Activities:

The program consists of 10 weeks of full-time research, weekly seminars, regular group meetings in their research labs, and special workshops on topics like career choices in the sciences, ethics, and scientific communication. Participants also have the opportunity to join a large undergraduate summer research community with hundreds of summer students across the Notre Dame campus and participate in various social and professional events. Lastly, participants will give a formal presentation at the end of the summer at the REU Summer Symposium and write a research paper/proposal at the end of the summer.


The award consists of a $6,000 stipend and includes $1000 lab supplies, free housing on campus, $1400 fund for meals, and travel expenses up to $500.


Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors majoring in biological sciences, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply. Underrepresented minority students, disabled students, and students from small colleges without graduate biology programs are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials:

Application portal is https://etap.nsf.gov/award/1915/opportunity/3631

Application window 11/01/2023-02/01/2024

Applications should include:

  1. Personal statement stating your career goals, research interests and strengths
  2. CV or Resume
  3. Transcript
  4. Two recommendation letters, with at least one from a college science professor


Preference will be given to students whose primary interest is a career in biological research, and who will pursue a masters or Ph.D. Notification of award will occur in late March or early April.