Undergraduate summer research experience program

TENTATIVE DATES for 2019 program:  May 28 – August 2, 2019


2018 Program

Program Dates: May 29 – August 3, 2018
Application Deadline: The application deadline for Summer 2018 is closed.

CEMB seeks motivated undergraduate students for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2018.  Students participate in 10-week, on-campus programs in Philadelphia or St. Louis, working in research groups at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis.  Students are matched to projects within a research group based upon their interests, educational background, and previous research experience.

Many projects are interdisciplinary and provide opportunities to develop research skills in the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and engineering. Students develop practical research skills: collaborating, designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating results. Other aspects of the program complement the lab experience and are oriented toward professional development and career skills: seminars, journal clubs, and professional and career workshops, including training in ethics, innovation, and technology transfer.

Research Areas

  • molecular biology
  • cell and tissue mechanics in plants and animals
  • bioengineering
  • biochemistry and biophysics
  • computational biology
  • biomedical devices
  • nanoscale science and engineering

Program Details

Dates: May 29 – August 3, 2018 (10-weeks)


  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

The program offers:

  • A competitive stipend
  • Summer housing
  • Travel assistance (if eligible)
  • Social activities (Cardinals/Phillies baseball, outings in the city, cook-outs on campus)

Application deadline:  February 16, 2018

Application submission: Submit via the online application here.

In order to complete this application, you will need to upload the following documents as PDF files as part of this online application process:

  1. A one-page resume
    (file name format: Lastname_Firstname_RESUME.pdf)
  2. Transcripts
    (file name format: Lastname_Firstname_TRANSCRIPT.pdf)
  3. A one-page statement of research interest
    (file name format: Lastname_Firstname_STATEMENT.pdf)

You will also need to provide the names of two references.  Please ask your references to send their letters (PDF files) to: cemb@seas.upenn.edu.

Please contact James McGonigle at Penn, jmcgon@seas.upenn.edu, for any questions.