The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, offers undergraduate students opportunities for independent research project in molecular biosciences:
• Gene expression analyses
• Chromatin structure/function
• Protein characterization and manipulation
• Cell molecular architecture
• Tumor virus molecular biology
• Molecular mechanisms of ion channels and neurotransmitter release
• Protein folding, structure and function
• Molecular neurobiology
• Developmental mechanisms
• Detection of food-borne pathogens
• Plant molecular biology and metabolism
• Cardiovascular physiology and development
• DNA repair and telomeres in cancer and aging
• Prions in neurodegenerative diseases
This program involves students in exciting and interesting projects at the very edge of current knowledge in these areas. Students will learn to formulate and test hypotheses, how to problem-solve and troubleshoot, and how to use state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation including analytical ultracentrifugation and X-ray crystallography.
Each student is assigned to a specific faculty member’s research laboratory, where the student works closely with the faculty mentor, post-doctoral associates and graduate students. For a list of Mentors and Projects Available Click Here. In addition to research, students have weekly meetings at which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities.
Participants in the 10-week program are provided $5,250 stipends, housing in nearby apartments, and $1,800 for food. In addition, they receive up to $800 for documented travel expenses (direct route from either home or school to begin the program, and by direct route to home or school at the end of the program). The costs of some optional planned recreational activities (e.g., whitewater rafting) are borne by the student.
Students who will graduate at the end of the Spring 2018 term are not eligible for this program. Participants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions (NSF requirement).
While there are no set course requirements, our REU Program is oriented towards students who have completed at least some college level biology and general chemistry.
Students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science (women, under-represented ethnic and racial minorities, and those with physical challenges) are especially encouraged to apply. Also, students from smaller undergraduate institutions with limited opportunities for research are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Applying to the REU Summer Research Program
1) To apply, please click the link and submit the online application form http://cns.natsci.colostate.edu/reu/
2) Please upload an unofficial transcript as a pdf through the online application form.
3) Ask two references (preferably Chemistry and/or Biology professors who know you well) to complete the program’s special online Recommendation form. An email with a special link will be sent to them after you have submitted the online application.
ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE RECEIVED IN OUR OFFICE BY FEB 1, 2018
If you have questions or difficulties submitting your application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at 970-491-5602.
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