There will not be a
2021 NSF Summer REU Program

The Program:

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame will not sponsor a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2021. 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, a research proposal process, a weekly seminar program, regular group meetings in their research labs, special workshops on career choices in the sciences, integrative research, ethics, and scientific communication. Lastly, participants will give a formal presentation at the end of the summer in the REU Summer Symposium.


The award consists of a $5,500 stipend and includes lab supplies, housing on campus, meals, and travel 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 materials must be emailed or postmarked by February 1, 2019 and can be found here. Applications should include:
  1. A cover letter stating your career goals, research interests and strengths
  2. A completed application form
  3. (Please Note: there will not be a summer 2021 Program)
  4. A non-official transcript
  5. 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.

Email application materials to:
Paper copies of official transcripts or application materials can also be mailed to the address below.

Michelle A. Whaley, Ph.D.
REU Program Director
University of Notre Dame
Department of Biological Sciences
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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