The JHU BioREU is a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site funded by the National Science Foundation. The 10-week summer program is designed to provide an intensive, mentored research experience for undergraduates, especially those attending institutions with limited research opportunities. The focus of the REU program is visualization of macromolecules in biological research.
Many of the projects pursued by REU participants employ imaging and structural techniques to study important biological systems and phenomena.
Faculty mentors are drawn from the CMDB program faculty.
Participants will be mentored by the principal investigator of the lab in which they are placed. A postdoctoral fellow or graduate student in that lab will provide daily supervision and guidance in the research. To provide a greater sense of community and another resource, participants will also interact with graduate student mentors from other labs. Many of these students are drawn from the student group MInDS (Mentoring to Inspire Diversity in Science).
Participants will be provided with a stipend and university housing during the program. Funds to assist participants in traveling to and from the program are also available.
While research is the core of the program, participants also engage in activities designed to improve essential skills. Students prepare and deliver talks and a poster describing their research projects. They present their posters in a university-wide poster session that is the capstone event of the program.
Some of the activities take students off campus. For example, to learn first-hand of the responsibilities of scientists, students travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with senators and congressional representatives to describe their work and the importance of REU and similar programs.
The JHU BioREU program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled at a two- or four-year college or university. We especially encourage rising sophomores, students at community colleges or other institutions that have limited research opportunities, and “non-traditional” students (e.g., first-generation college attendees, veterans, older students) to apply.
Dates for Summer 2016 program:
May 22–July 29 (10 weeks)
Application link (available January 1, 2016)
Application deadline: February 1, 2016
- 2 letters of recommendation
Program Coordinator: D’Arcy Placilla, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Administrator: Joan Miller, email@example.com
Program Director: Prof. Joel Schildbach, firstname.lastname@example.org