Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

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About the Program

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. 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.

Program Basics

Participants spend 10 weeks with UConn faculty and graduate students, participating in graduate level research projects on physiological systems in animals ranging from invertebrates to birds and mammals. Students will be part of a campus multidisciplinary REU community consisting of several programs in the physical sciences, engineering, and physiology and neurobiology. The research program will be accompanied by seminars and different social programs. The program will end with a research symposium where students can present a scientific poster covering their research.

Quick Facts

  • This year's summer program will run from May 31st - August 5th
  • All students receive a stipend, a meal allowance and housing (with other REU participants)
  • Limited funds to assist with travel expenses to and from UConn are available if requested at the time of application
  • UConn is located midway between New York City (2.5 hours) and Boston (2 hours) in scenic eastern Connecticut.