Summer 2009 was the 6th year of an REU program in Biology at James Madison University since 2002. This program, hosted by the biology departments at JMU,Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University, brings 12 undergraduate students to the Shenandoah Valley for 10 weeks of research in molecular biology.
This REU program is intended for students wanting an intensive research experience who are from colleges or universities where there are limited summer research opportunities. Here, students work with a faculty mentor in a laboratory that uses the tools and techniques of molecular biology to address questions at a wide range of levels including genes, cells, tissues, organisms and ecosystems. Our goal is for each student to develop independence as a researcher by conducting his/her own research project, gaining skills in the laboratory, being exposed to the primary literature, participating in scientific presentations, and discussions.
In addition to the research projects, the program includes several workshops, seminars and social programs (including a canoe trip) to help students develop camaraderie with peers and mentors and more deeply appreciate the broad use of molecular biology tools.
1. To provide 12 participating students with research experiences as they work with faculty who are experienced undergraduate research mentors
2. To expose students to ethical issues in science
3. To give students practice in communicating scientific ideas
4. To give students opportunities to observe how biology is becoming more integrated, collaborative, and interdisciplinary
Applicants must have at least one year of college-level chemistry, one year of college-level biology, and minimum overall GPA of 2.75. The NSF REU program can only support citizens and permanent residents of the United States. High school graduates who have not yet enrolled and students who have already received their bachelor's degrees are not eligible. Minority students are especially encouraged to apply.
- $4,500 stipend
- $1,000 to purchase research lab supplies for the summer
- free housing (double occupancy) and a meal allowance ($500)
- reimbursement for some travel expense to and from JMU (up to $300)
- reimbursement for presenting their work at scientific meetings
Application deadline: Late February
Notification of acceptance: Mid-April
On site: Mid May - Late June