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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 2019 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 17 – August 30, 2019

Participants must be available for 9 of the 11 weeks of the program


The deadline for the receipt of applications is January 25, 2019

The deadline for the receipt of recommendation letters is February 1, 2019


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. 


How to Apply

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

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Contact Us

Please contact us with any question about the program at

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 
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Co-director, Center for Synthetic Biology

Email Michael Jewett

Phone: 847-467-5007

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