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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

CEMB seeks motivated undergraduate students for its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program for summer 2021. 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 on 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 Dates: June 1 – August 6, 2021

Locations*: (a common application allows you to apply to either site or BOTH sites)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

*COVID Note: While we are hopeful that we will be able to offer an in-person program for Summer 2021, we must follow regulations set by the universities and state and federal governments. If an in-person program is not feasible, we will shift to a remote or hybrid experience.

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)

  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Rising junior or senior in an undergraduate degree program
  • Enrolled in a science or engineering degree program
  • Historically underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2021

Application submission: You must apply through this link--

In order to complete this application, you will need to upload the following documents as PDF files as part of this online application process:
  • A one-page resume
  • Transcripts
  • A one-page statement of research interest