Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Aerial of the UMass Boston campus shows the setting for this biology research experience for undergraduates

Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

This program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to:

  • Carry out independent research project in biology
  • Work closely with a faculty advisor and research group
  • Develop laboratory skills
  • Explore issues of science ethics
  • Exchange ideas with students and faculty at weekly seminars
  • Participate in field trips in and around Boston Harbor
  • Take field trip to Nantucket Field Station

Program Dates:
June 1 to August 7, 2015

The campus is south of downtown on a peninsula extending into scenic Boston Harbor.

Participants receive a stipend of $5,000 for the 10-week period, plus a room and board allowance of $2,600. Students can also apply for reimbursement for travel expenses.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must be enrolling in college for the fall of 2015. Students who will graduate by June 2015 are not eligible to apply. Applicants should have completed at least one semester of college-level biology. 

Research Topics: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Bacterial cell cycle and symbiosis
Signal transduction
Control of gene regulation
Marine microbial and ecosystem ecology
Salt marsh ecosystem function
Growth control in plants
Evolution in the deep sea
Control of cellular organization
Genome organization and molecular evolution
Intercellular interactions
Molecular microbial ecology
Developmental genetics in Zebrafish

Biodiversity and ecoinformatics

Cell signaling in Drosophila

For more information and application site, click here.

Or Contact:

Anshika Hansen-Verma, REU Program Assistant
Dept. of Biology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Telephone: 617.287.6600

Under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.

*Please note that both official and unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the application. You may submit either.*