Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins

Program Dates: May 24- July 31, 2021*

Program Description

biochemistry labThis National Science Foundation sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students. It facilitates deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry is available. Examples include the experimental analysis of enzyme mechanisms, post-translational protein modifications, proteomics, and protein-nucleic acid interactions studied in the biological context of cell cycle control, chromatin regulation and renewable energy research.

Problem-based modules presented during the first three days of the program introduce key concepts in protein biochemistry and experimental design. After this brief orientation, the program emphasizes full-time research supplemented with weekly sessions on ethical conduct in research, professional communication, GRE preparation and the graduate school application process. At the end of the program students will present their results at a departmental symposium and a university-wide poster session.

Stipend, Housing and Travel

Participants are provided:
  • $5750 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
  • Housing on campus
  • Round trip transportation to West Lafayette


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students should have completed at least 4 semesters by the start of the program. In addition, students must have at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining after completing the summer program and fulfill the NSF citizenship requirements. Applications will require a statement of career goals and reasons for participating in the program and two faculty recommendation letters. Faculty will be asked to comment on their perception of the applicant’s interest in graduate research. Students from the Purdue, West Lafayette campus are unlikely to be selected for this program and are encouraged to apply to other programs.
The program seeks to recruit undergraduate students who are members of underrepresented groups in STEM fields.


The deadline is February 12, 2021.

*COVID-19 Statement: This REU program will follow state, county, and Purdue policies regarding off-campus visitors to campus. 

Department of Biochemistry, 175 South University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063 USA, (765) 494-1600

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