Research Experience for Undergraduates

Summer 2023:  The Stressed Life of Cells




Our University of Kansas REU program in Lawrence, Kansas is an intensive 10-week summer research experience for curious and motivated undergraduates. Consider our program if you would like to apply your knowledge in a laboratory research setting and work toward a career that involves solving biological problems. Our program receives funding from the National Science Foundation to cover the expenses of student participants, including housing, room and board, and travel.



  • Reading all your applications (as fast as we can) and waiting for your recommendation letters!


  • 1 MARCH 2023 WED

  • Thank you for your interest in our program! Your application is a vote for science!


  • May 22 -- July 28, 2023



  • Mentored research in faculty laboratories of program participants in the Departments of Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Computational Biology
  • Professional development activities include group tutorials, guest speakers, computational workshops, communication skills workshops, and career development workshops.
  • Room and board provided for you through University Housing
  • Stipend $6000
  • Travel allowance
  • No application fee

As part of our 10 week program, you will:

  • Gain scientific skills
  • Work closely with faculty and grad student mentors
  • Develop hypotheses and participate in cutting-edge research
  • Acquire mentoring in career progression
  • Hone your presentation skills
  • Make new friends in multiple REU programs at the University of Kansas
  • Explore local attractions

In general, participation in any REU program requires the following:

  • Students should be present and fully engaged for the duration of the program
  • Students should abide by the KU and REU program codes of conduct
  • Students should immediately communicate any concerns that would affect your ability to fully participate in the program
  • Students should not be enrolled in additional classes, online or in-person
  • Participants are expected to remain in communication with the KU REU program for at least three years after completion of the program in order to provide updates regarding degree and career progression
  • Participants should provide proof of health insurance

Who should apply?

  • Students motivated and interested in biological research
  • Students from small colleges and community colleges
  • Students from groups underrepresented in the sciences

What is required in order to be admitted?

  • Completion of one college course in biology and a course in chemistry
  • United States citizenship or permanent residency (required by NSF guidelines)
  • (Previous research experience is not required)

Before applying, you will need to gather or produce the following:

  • A current college transcript
  • Personal demographic information
  • A statement of purpose (described in the body of the website)
  • The name and email address of a faculty member from your current institution who can provide a Letter of Recommendation on your behalf
  • Applications due:  March 1,, 2023
  • Pre-program documents due:  May 1, 2023
  • Move-in:  May 21, 2023 (tentative)
  • Program start date:  May 22, 2023
  • Program end date:  July 28, 2023
  • Move-out:  July 29, 2023 (tentative)