Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

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Funded by the National Science Foundation

The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) offers paid summer research opportunities in the areas of renal and muscle physiology; developmental neurobiology, synaptic plasticity and neural circuits; and other areas in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology. Interested students, especially underrepresented minorities, veterans, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities from institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible (i.e., students who have completed their sophomore or junior year.) Our primary goal is to give students from primarily non-Ph.D. granting institutions opportunities to experience a stimulating research environment. Students can expect to acquire skills and knowledge to help them enter graduate research programs.

Participants will spend 10 weeks with UConn faculty and graduate students, participating in graduate level research projects on physiological systems in animals ranging from invertebrates and marine fish to birds and mammals. REU students will be part of a campus multidisciplinary REU community consisting of several programs in the physical sciences and engineering as well as physiology and neurobiology. The research program will be accompanied by seminars and a social program. Each student prepares a scientific poster of their research for presentation at an on campus REU symposium. The program lasts for 10 weeks, from Tuesday morning, May 31, through Friday August 5. Students must be available for the entire 10 week period.

All students receive a stipend, a meal allowance and housing (with other REU participants) in our modern, air-conditioned University Dormitories. Limited funds to assist with travel expenses to and from UConn are available if requested at the time of application. University recreational facilities will be available for participant use.

UConn is located midway between New York City (2.5 hours) and Boston (2 hours) in scenic eastern Connecticut.