Students at Marquette


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. Our summer program allows students to choose projects from a range of disciplines including: cell, molecular, and developmental biology; genetics; evolutionary biology; structural biology; microbiology; neurobiology; and physiology.


Applications are now being accepted for Summer 2018, and are due by January 31, 2018.


The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce our Interdisciplinary Summer Research Program in Biology starting June 4 and ending August 8, 2018. 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 summer students to develop close and supportive relationships with their faculty mentors.

Participants conduct independent research projects in faculty laboratories in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, structural biology, neurobiology or invertebrate/vertebrate physiology. 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. Participating faculty mentors 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 dinner discussions/presentations. Workshops on research ethics, and graduate school admission will be offered. At the end of the summer, students will present the results of their research at both a university-wide poster session and symposium. A variety of social activities will be interwoven throughout the summer including frequent ice cream socials, a picnic by Lake Michigan, and a Brewers game. 


Participation in the Summer Research Program is a full-time obligation: students may not enroll in classes or hold outside employment during the program.





Applicants 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 2018 are not eligible.


We run one Summer Research Program that is divided into two separate programs at the administrative level:




This program is restricted to students who plan to attend graduate school and pursue research careers. Members of under-represented minority groups and students from colleges with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply. Marquette students are not eligible for this program. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Students participating in this program will be housed in furnished Campus Town apartments with full kitchen facilities. Each student will receive a $5500 stipend plus food allowance for the 10-week program, and funds are available to cover travel costs to and from Milwaukee. 



This program is open to Marquette University students.  Students participating in this program will receive a stipend.



For more information about the Summer Research Program, contact:


Application Questions: Program Questions:

Ms. Deborah Weaver

Department of Biological Sciences

Wehr Life Sciences Building

Marquette University

PO Box 1881

Milwaukee, WI 53201

Dr. Allison Abbott

Department of Biological Sciences

Summer Research Program Director

(414) 288-4422


Biological Sciences Department

Marquette University, Wehr Life Sciences
(Directions/campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7355