Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in
Biophysics at the University of Michigan (REU)

Program Dates: June 1 - August 7, 2020

The University of Michigan Biophysics Department Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) in Biophysics provides selected undergraduate students** from around the United States an opportunity to conduct ten weeks of summer research with some of the country's leading biophysicists in a range of experimental biophysics fields. The program is conducted in concert with the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation.  REU students have the opportunity to participate in a biophysics laboratory utilizing various techniques, such as x-ray crystallography and NMR.  

The Biophysics Program at the University of Michigan is one of very few standalone biophysics programs in the US and has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research.  Since Biophysics is extremely intellectually diverse, our aim is not only to provide research experience in a subfield of the discipline, but to also provide an overview of state-of-the-art research in the field, and the experimental and theoretical/computational methods and techniques that are commonly used. 

Students will be assigned to the labs that match their interest and are run by experienced innovative scientific researchers. Students will participate in hands-on exploration of biophysical methods and techniques which will introduce them to various modern experimental and computational research techniques.

Upon completion of the program, students will have gained exciting research experience and will have acquired a biophysical toolkit making them more successful and competitive in the scientific and academic environment.  This core experience will be augmented by weekly research seminars and workshops, plus opportunities for social interactions, which will often be coordinated with other summer undergraduate research programs to broaden our students' integration into our scientific and professional communities.

In order to apply for the Biophysics REU Program, applicants are required to complete the online application, as well as submit official copies of transcripts (from all school/s attended) and 2 letters of recommendation.  

Applications for summer 2020 will open in November, 2019.  For full consideration, applications should be received by February 7, 2020.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and students with outstanding applications may be admitted earlier. By agreement among Biophysics REU sites directors, students who are offered REU positions will have at least until March 1, 2020 to decide whether to accept or decline first round offers. Sites may tender offers to students at any time before this, but students will not be required to decide before this common date.

**Please note: Our funding only allows for us to fund US citizens. Support can be granted to permanent residents with the proper documentation. Students from University of Michigan are not eligible.

Students who are selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • A stipend of $5,000.
  • Travel reimbursement up to $500 for travel to and from Ann Arbor.
  • Housing near campus.
  • Access to the University library system
  • Access to world-class research facilities.
  • One-on-one instruction from internationally recognized faculty.

REU projects are available in many different biophysical areas.  Please click here and here for a list of specific faculty interests.  You may assume that every faculty member is interested in hosting an REU student.  Active REU research areas in Biophysics at Michigan include:

  • Complex Biosystems
  • Computational/Modeling
  • Enzymology
  • Membrane Biophysics
  • Neurobiophysics
  • Single Molecule Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Structural Biology

Apply to the 2020 Biophysics REU Program

Previous students have stated:

"Personally, the REU management and the people in my lab made me feel right at home and like a valued member of their community. I've done a couple of internships and this has been my best experience, I can't thank you enough for it!" - Indra Gonzalez-Ojeda, 2018

"This REU program was overall superb! I think just by integrating us in labs allowed us to get a super comprehensive view of what graduate research looks like and talking with the graduate students in my lab also helped me figure out what a typical grad school experience might entail at UM." - Esther Lee, 2018

"Overall, it was a great program, and I learned much about the research on going on in Biophysics and how I could use my previous knowledge to work on new and exciting problems." - Katie Kruk, 2014


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