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

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 physicists in a range of experimental physics 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.  We may be able to offer a Summer REU Program at the University of Michigan in 2018, but unfortunately we will not know until early 2018. Please keep checking back for updated information.

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.

The research experience has been constructed to have two components:

  1. Students will be assigned to the labs that match their interest and are run by experienced researchers to participate in innovative scientific exploration.
  2. Students will participate in hands-on exploration of biophysical methods and techniques (HEBMAT), 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 1 letter of recommendation.  Applications will be accepted starting December, 2017.  For full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, February 24, 2018.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and students with outstanding applications may be admitted earlier.

**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 Biohysics at Michigan include:

  • Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
  • Complex Biosystems
  • Computational/Modeling
  • Enzymology
  • Membrane Biophysics
  • Neurobiophysics
  • Single Molecule Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy

Previous students have stated:

"I was very pleased with my overall experience here at the University of Michigan.  The experiences that I have undergone greatly exceeded my highest expectations.  I can only hope that future students have the same type of outcome from this excellent program." - Tim Stead, 2014

"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

"You guys did a wonderful job." - Nigel Michki, 2014


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