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Two biology departments at the University of Kansas, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular Biosciences, are planning a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program during the Summer of 2019. We invite biology, mathematics, and computer science majors interested in applying their skills to biology problems to apply to our program. The minimum requirement is one semester of college level biology or mathematics at a two- or four-year school. Students from our previous program have been very successful in graduate school and in obtaining science-related positions in the public sector. Join us on Facebook to learn more about our previous program.

NOTE:  Our ability to implement the program in Summer 2019 is contingent on continued funding from the NSF.  Prospective students are encouraged to apply to our program.  This site will be updated with any change in plans.


As part of the REU program, you will receive training in research and personal development.  In addition, you will receive a stipend, housing and meals.  Travel to and from Lawrence to attend the program will also be covered, up to a specified amount.  You will also receive one research course credit hour from the University of Kansas.

Selection Criteria

You must be enrolled in a community college, college or university and have good academic standing.  Students graduating before December in the year of the program are not eligible.  Students must also be United States citizens or permanent residents.  Previous research experience is not required.

Selection of students will be determined by

  • Genuine interest in at least one of the potential research projects
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to develop research skills and techniques
  • Successful completion of college-level courses relevant to research.  For biology majors this will be basic biology and chemistry courses appropriate for the level completed (first year, sophomore, junior). For mathematics majors,  this will be mathematics and science courses appropriate to level completed and a desire to apply mathematics skills to biological problems.  Biology courses are not required for mathematics students.
  • An academic record with consistent progress
  • An ability to write clearly
  • Motivation and enthusiasm for scientific research
  • An ability to participate for the duration of the program, May 20–July 26, 2018


Review of completed applications will begin February 15, 2019 and will continue until all spaces are filled. In addition to the online application, which includes an essay, you should send transcripts (unofficial are fine) and request one letter of recommendation from a professor familiar with your academic performance. Read more here

Additional information

For more information about the program, contact the REU Program at eebreu@ku.edu.

The University of Kansas, the Biology Departments and Environs

A major public research university, the University of Kansas (KU) has a long and distinguished tradition of supporting undergraduate research.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with other REU programs on campus as well as KU undergraduates performing research through the support of the Center for Undergraduate Research.

The faculty of the Department of Molecular Biosciences (MB) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) includes distinguished scientists whose research falls into several major themes: Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Development, Evolutionary Mechanisms, Ecology and Global Change Biology and Biodiversity, and Macroevolution.  Our faculty are dedicated to undergraduate research.  Faculty in the department may hold joint appointments with the Kansas Biological Survey or the KU Biodiversity Institute, thereby expanding the opportunities for interactions through this program.

KU is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Hailed as one of the top 10 college towns in the US, Lawrence boasts a thriving downtown with an active music scene. Situated about 45 miles from Kansas City, KU is within the transition zone between the Eastern Deciduous Forest and Tallgrass Prairie biome. Available outdoor activity sites include Clinton Lake State Park at the edge of town and other state parks within an hour drive. At KU itself are several museums on a campus that is bustling throughout the summer.

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