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NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program

National Science FoundationNSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Program

Exciting projects will address diverse topics in Microbiology. Please join our program and enjoy the first-rate UGA research and recreational facilities. Participants will each receive a $5175 stipend in addition to a $500 food allowance for the summer.  Housing and most travel costs will also be covered. Students will stay in air-conditioned dorms on campus.

The application deadline is Friday, February 25th, 2022.

UGA REU Summer 2019 Participants
UGA REU Summer 2019 Participants

The Microbiology Department of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA (UGA) will provide an intensive, 9 week hands-on laboratory research program for 10 undergraduates for Summer 2022.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of Georgia, our REU Program in Molecular and Synthetic Microbiology will run from Monday, May 23, 2022, to Friday, July 22, 2022 (travel home on Saturday, July 23, 2022). Selected participants will conduct independent research projects in cutting-edge laboratories, with strong mentorship from UGA research faculty and graduate students. Additionally, participants may access the extensive and renowned recreational facilities on our campus. Undergraduates from institutions with limited research opportunities in fields related to Microbiology, minorities, and deaf/hard-of-hearing students are strongly encouraged to apply.

REU participants will conduct independent projects with supervision. A wide variety of research topics will address the diverse functions of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and other microbes. State-of-the-art techniques will be used in interdisciplinary approaches that combine knowledge from the fields of Genetics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, and Ecology.

Participants will be able to take advantage of the excellent research and recreational facilities at UGA.

View a typical REU calendar.

Click here to apply!  The application deadline is Friday, February 25th, 2022.  Along with your application, please send your transcripts (remove any sensitive information) and two Letters of Recommendation to: 

Your referee should use the following naming format: APPLICANT LAST NAME_REU_REFEREE LAST NAME.

The NSF requires that participants must be:

1.  undergraduates (cannot have graduated with a Bachelors degree before the program begins)

2.  citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.




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