NSF Research Experience (REU Program)

The Department of Biology at Tufts University offers a NSF funded summer research program entitled "Integrative approaches to studying recognition systems in cells, organisms, and populations" in which 12 undergraduate students will work closely on a collaborative, interdisciplinary project. Students in this 10-week program will receive a stipend of $575 per week, a $100 allotment for food, and on-campus housing ($6,750 total).

Our department has a long-standing commitment to mentoring undergraduates in research, as well as a strong track record of highly productive interdisciplinary research. Science is a collaborative enterprise, requiring the combined expertise of researchers from diverse fields. The goals of this summer program are: to increase students' proficiency in biological research and collaborative skills, to educate and inspire students toward future research careers, and to develop students' ability to effectively communicate scientific results. In addition to research, students will participate in weekly discussions, seminars, field trips, and symposia.

Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an accredited institution. Candidates should have a strong academic record. We especially encourage applications from first generation students, veterans, students from historically underrepresented groups, as well as students from community colleges and other institutions that do not traditionally offer research opportunities.

Application Instructions

Summer 2021 REU Program Status: TBD. The status of the Summer 2021 REU program is yet to be determined. We will be sure to update this information once a final decision has been made. Thank you for your patience at this time.

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. Online application form
  2. You will be required to upload a copy of your undergraduate transcript(s)
  3. You will be required to upload an essay of 1-2 pages that describes:
    1. your interests in biology
    2. your career aspirations
    3. what you hope to gain from being a participant in the Tufts REU program
  4. You will need two letters of recommendation preferably from faculty who are familiar with your academic or other work related to biology. The two candidates that you select to complete your recommendation forms must complete the online form through the application portal. They will be sent an automatic email request.

2020 REU Schedule

Students will perform research each week of our summer program. In addition to the research, we hold social events, educational seminars, field trips, and symposia (see below).

Week Event/Location
Week 1 Orientation to Program and Department
Group Exercise: Library Resources
Week 2 Social Gathering
Seminar: Developing Hypotheses
Week 3 Social Gathering
Field Trip #1 - Terrestrial Ecology
Week 4 Social Gathering
Exercise: How to Give Oral Presentations
Week 5 Social Gathering
Mid-Program Student Presentations
Week 6 Social Gathering
Discussion: Find the Right Grad School
Week 7 Social Gathering
Student Led Lab Tours
Week 8 Social Gathering
Field Trip #2 - Wetland Ecology
Week 9 Social Gathering
Seminar: Constructing a Resumé
Week 10 Discussion: Alternative Careers in Science
REU Symposium
Social Gathering (Picnic)

Collaborative Projects NSF REU website

Contact Us for More Information:

Please send an email to REU@tufts.edu or by mail:

Tufts REU Summer Program
Department of Biology
Tufts University
Robinson Hall Room 369
200 College Ave
Medford MA 02155