This National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research program is designed exclusively for community college students who wish to gain hands-on experience with biological and biochemical research, and has a specific focus on data science. The program will support up to 10 community or junior college students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2021, 2022 and 2023. The program will help community college students progress into STEM programs at four-year institutions, in addition to fostering participants' subsequent academic and research success.

The JMU Biology REU will not be available in the summer of 2024.

  • Applicants must have taken community college (including tribal and other 2-year junior colleges) courses and must be attending community college.
  • Underrepresented minority and first-generation college students are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be willing to commit for the entire 10 weeks of this on campus program.
  • As per the NSF regulations, the applicants must be U.S. citizens, naturalized citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
Program Highlights
  • 10 weeks residential summer program at James Madison University
  • Individual mentored research projects in laboratory and field settings
  • $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, food and travel support included
  • Weekly workshops in data science and professional development
  • Social activities and field trips around the Shenandoah Valley

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