Our summer program was initiated in 1993 with a five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. More recently the department has administered the NSF- REU program (2002-2004 and 2009-2011) as well as internally funded programs. The program allows students to choose projects from a range of disciplines including: cell, molecular, and developmental biology; microbiology; neurobiology; and physiology. Find out more about potential research projects under Summer Research Mentors.
This program is restricted to students who plan to attend graduate school and pursue research careers. Preference will be given to students who are members of minorities underrepresented in the sciences and to students from colleges or universities with limited research opportunities in the Biological Sciences. Qualified MU students may apply.
This program is open to students from all universities and colleges.
Students should have completed their sophomore or junior year by the start of the program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Minimum course requirements are the completion of a full year of college biology, and general chemistry with laboratories. One semester of calculus, organic chemistry and additional advanced work in biology are preferred, but not required. Students who graduate before December, 2014, are not eligible. Students may not enroll in classes or hold outside employment during the term of the internship.
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Ms. Deborah Weaver
Department of Biological Sciences
Wehr Life Sciences Building
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Dr. Edward Blumenthal
Department of Biological Sciences
Summer Research Program Director
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce our NSF sponsored summer research program in Cell and Molecular Biology starting June 2 and ending August 6, 2014. This program is restricted to students who are interested in attending graduate school and pursuing research careers. Students who are members of minorities currently underrepresented in the sciences and students from colleges or universities with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
The Department of Biological Sciences has a productive faculty actively engaged in both research and teaching. The low student to faculty ratio and the value Marquette places on teaching allows REU students to develop close and supportive relationships with their faculty mentors.
Students in the program will choose from projects focused on cellular and molecular questions in a variety of experimental organisms including bacteria, yeast, worms, flies, rats, mice, and Chlamydomonas. Students will work under the direct supervision of a faculty research mentor. Through “hands-on” experience students will develop a realistic view of scientific research, its pace, its demands, and the thrill of discovery. Faculty mentors for the 2014 program can be found under Summer Research Mentors. Projects and abstracts of recent summer program participants can be viewed under Student Research.
Essential written and verbal communication skills will be developed through weekly journal clubs, laboratory group meetings, and brown bag lunches. Workshops on research ethics, graduate school admission, and career options will be offered. At the end of the summer, students will present the results of their research at both a department-wide poster session and symposium. A variety of social activities will be interwoven throughout the summer including frequent ice cream socials.
Students participating in this program will be housed in furnished Campus Town apartments with full kitchen facilities. Each student will receive a $5000 stipend plus food allowance for the 10-week program. Students are expected to work at least 40 hours per week on their research projects, hence students will not be allowed to enroll in classes or hold outside employment during the program.
REU students will be encouraged to present their work at a national meeting during the following academic year. Travel funds from the NSF are available for this purpose.
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce its 2014 Summer Research Program. (June 2 - August 6) This program is open to students from all universities and colleges.
Participants conduct independent research projects in faculty laboratories in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neurobiology or invertebrate/vertebrate physiology. See Summer Research Mentors for detailed descriptions of faculty interest. See Student Research for examples of projects from previous summers.
The program pairs each student with a faculty mentor who will supervise the student projects. Students are involved daily in their selected research. At the end of the summer students present the results of their research at both a department-wide poster session and symposium. In addition, students attend weekly journal clubs, a workshop on ethical issues in research, as well as sessions on post-graduate education. The program provides informal social and recreational events. Students will receive a stipend of $3750 for the 2014 summer program.
*This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DBI-1156569. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.