Undergraduate Summer Research
Students from Brandeis and other universities who participated in our Division of Science Summer Program present posters on their research.

2019 National Science Foundation REU Programs in
Biological and Physical Sciences
at Brandeis University

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Brandeis University seeks qualified applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Biological and Physical Sciences for a 10-week period beginning June 3, 2019 through August 9, 2019. Each program includes housing costs, a meal allowance and a stipend (MRSEC program: $5000; Cell and Molecular Visualization program: $5500). Participants in both programs must be US citizens or permanent residents and should have at least rising sophomore (MRSEC) or rising junior (Cell and Molecular Visualization) standing at an accredited undergraduate college or university. We especially welcome applications from students of under-represented groups in science, or who come from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds (for example, first-generation college students), or who come from academic institutions with limited resources for research, or who are students with disabilities (ie. a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities).

Selected students will be matched with a faculty researcher, from over 70 in the biological and physical sciences, who will mentor the student through an independent research project. Students will participate in weekly lunch seminars, which will include faculty research presentations, ethics discussions and professional development activities such as panel discussion with students and postdoctoral fellows from the Greater Boston area concerning careers in medicine, biotechnology and research. Students will develop a written synopsis of their summer work, with feedback and editing, and they will participate in a capstone symposium including poster presentations. 

Brandeis will be offering two REU programs in 2019:

  1. REU in Cell & Molecular Visualization
  2. REU in Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)

Before beginning the online application process, please be prepared to answer the following two essay questions:

  1. Please describe your previous research experience. Be sure to include institution name, lab/PI name and dates for each experience (optional).
  2. Please describe your academic and research goals. Be sure to include how participation in this program would help you achieve these goals.

In addition to completing the online form, each of the following must be uploaded to your application to complete your application:

  1. A digital, unofficial complete transcript, including fall semester grades of the current year.
  2. Recommendation letters from two faculty members.

ALL of the above and the application must be RECEIVED by 11:59 PM EST, February 1, 2019 (MRSEC and Cell & Molecular Visualization REU's). Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Please plan accordingly.

For more information:

  • Biology program information is available; faculty research interests are also available.

  • Physics program information is available; faculty research interests are available.

  • If you have any problems with the application form; questions about the application process or want confirmation that your application is complete; please email us at SummerResearch@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-4873.

  • For questions about the MRSEC program, please contact Anique Olivier-Mason (contact).

  • For questions about the Cell & Molecular Visualization program, please contact Laura Woolf (email) or by telephone at 781-736-4873.

Non-Brandeis Summer Research Opportunities



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