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NSF Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)

Mentored summer research program for undergraduates

Synthetic Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates (SynBREU)

We are looking for eight highly motivated students with an interest in research at the interface of engineering, biology, mathematics, and chemistry to participate in the 2020 summer research program for undergraduates.
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About This Program

This is a ten-week program of mentored, research-intensive activities in the field of synthetic biology including:

Program Duration

The program will take place from June 21 – August 29, 2020

Participants must be available for 9 of the 10 weeks of the program starting June 21

Deadlines

The deadline for the receipt of applications is January 24, 2020

The deadline for the receipt of recommendation letters is January 31, 2020

Funding

This program is supported by the National Science Foundation. Undergraduate participants will receive housing, paid travel expenses, a dinner meal plan plus some lunches, and a $5,750 stipend. 

Eligibility

How to Apply

Complete and submit the required online application. In the application, you will be asked to upload the following documents as PDFs:

Start the online application

FAQ

Q: When will applications open?
A: The application site becomes available in December for each following summer.
 
Q: My major is ____, will I be considered for this if I apply?
A: Yes! We ask about your field of study only to ensure that each cohort includes a diverse set of backgrounds, and no application will be declined simply because of major.
 
Q: I don't have previous research experience. Should I wait to apply until my resume is stronger?
A: No! Apply every year that you are eligible, if it is in line with your interests. We consider candidates with and without research experience and at least half of our cohort will not have research opportunities at their home institution. This does not count against you, and conversely, those with experience are not favored or biased against either. We are looking for diverse backgrounds and training for each summer cohort. 
 
Q: If I am only able to be on campus for 8 weeks, could I still attend?
A: Unfortunately, no, you must be available and living on-campus for at least 9 weeks of Summer 2020, starting June 21st.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any question about the program at synbreu@northwestern.edu.

Program Leadership

Program Director

Danielle Tullman-ErcekDanielle Tullman-Ercek

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Email Danielle Tullman-Ercek

Phone: 847-491-7043 

 

Program Co-Director:

Michael JewettMichael Jewett

Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence 
Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director, Center for Synthetic Biology

Email Michael Jewett

                                            Phone: 847-467-5007

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