Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) - Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins
Program Dates: May 31 - August 5, 2022*
Deadline: Applications open December 10th, 2021 and the deadline is February 14, 2022.
- Complete our program's ONLINE APPLICATION, including a statement of career goals and reasons for participating in the program.
- Because there is no way to save your application and come back to it later, you may wish to preview the questions HERE
- Upload an unofficial copy of your transcript with the application. If selected, an official transcript will be requested.
- Request two faculty recommendation letters to be submitted online. The student application will generate automatic e-mail to recommenders explaining the process. You will receive a confirmation email when each recommendation is received.
- $5750 stipend and additional $750 meal allowance
- Housing on campus
- Round trip transportation to West Lafayette
Scott Briggs - Histone methylation
Clint Chapple - Phenylpropanoid pathway, regulation of lignin synthesis in plants
Brian Dilkes - Plant biochemistry, protein analysis using natural variation, genetics
Natalia Dudareva - Plant molecular biology, biochemistry of aromatic compounds
James Forney - Protein sumoylation, protozoa
Barbara Golden - Catalysis: RNA/protein
Humaira Gowher - Regulation of DNA methylation in development and disease
Mark Hall - Regulation of the cell cycle by ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis; protein mass spectrometry
Ann Kirchmaier - Histone modifications, gene silencing
Xing Liu- Roles and regulations of ubiquitin-proteasome dependent protein degradation
Jeremy Lohman - Biochemistry of natural product biosynthetic enzymes
Andrew Mesecar - Mechanisms and function of therapeutic enzymes and proteins
Joseph Ogas - Chromatin remodeling proteins, cell differentiation
Sujith Puthiyaveetil - Genetic and molecular control of photosynthetic light utilization
W. Andy Tao - Proteomics, mass spectrometry
Elizabeth Tran - RNA helicases and post-transcriptional gene regulation
Vikki Weake - Histone modifications in cell differentiation, neurobiology
Jennifer Wisecaver - The evolution of eukaryotic chemodiversity using genomics and phylogenetics
1. What is the application deadline?
Applications open December 10th, 2021 and the deadline is February 14, 2022.
2. Can I apply if my GPA is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale?
No, this program requires a 3.0 GPA, but you are welcome to apply in the future if your GPA increases and you remain eligible according to other criteria.
3. Can I apply if I have completed fewer than 4 semesters of college coursework?
No, applicants to our program are required to have completed at least 4 semesters of college coursework. Some NSF-REU programs take students with fewer semesters so you may wish to search out those opportunities and inquire about eligibility.
4. Can I apply if I am a senior graduating before July 2022?
No, NSF regulations require that participants have at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining after completing the summer program.
5. Can I apply if I am not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident?
No, NSF regulations require participants to be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents.
6. Can students attending Purdue University, West Lafayette campus apply?
Yes, but they are unlikely to be selected and are encouraged to apply to other programs.
7. My college does not complete the spring semester until June, can I still participate in this program?
Participants are required to be available for the entire duration of the summer program, May 31-August 5, 2022.
8. How can I find out if my letters of recommendation have been submitted?
When your recommendations are submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you do not receive this confirmation email about a recommendation, it has not been received and you should remind your recommenders and send them this link: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpGDeazUbWwVbRW
9. How do I submit my transcript?
An unofficial copy of your transcript may be uploaded in the online application form as a PDF, JPEG or other format. If you are selected for the program, an official transcript will be requested for verification.
10. When will I find out if I have been selected for this program?
We will begin reviewing applications in February.
11. Who can I contact if I still have questions about this NSF-REU summer program?
If you still have questions that are not answered above, please contact Jenny Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REU students participate in the Ropes Challenge course at Purdue University
REU students join other members of the Biochemistry Department on a canoe trip
REU students presented posters on their summer research
REU students gave oral research presentations at the end of the summer
REU students joined other Biochemistry summer research students on a field trip to a local biotech company