Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The IISAGE REU program is a 10-week summer program that provides firsthand research training for undergraduate students. Students will join IISAGE laboratories across the United States to investigate the sex-based differences in aging amongst various diverse animal species. Research projects will range from computational studies, to molecular and physiological studies in the lab, to fieldwork on wild populations. This paid summer research experience provides in-depth research training and career development skills in a team setting. Students will be co-mentored by faculty, postdoctoral students, and graduate students from across IISAGE. Undergraduate students participating in the program will gain hands-on experience in research, foster their interest in biology, and prepare for careers in science.
After completing the REU program, students will be able to present their research projects as posters at their local institutions:
- Participants in this NSF-sponsored program must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents.
- Participants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program to participate. Students who graduate before the end of the program period are not eligible to participate.
This REU program provides a stipend of $6000 to participants. If students require on-campus housing, in many cases, accommodations in dorms can be arranged with advance notice (costs will be subtracted from the stipend).
How to Apply
Please fill out the following application form here
All application materials must be submitted online. In addition, you must attach the following three documents:
- Personal Statement – A 600-word essay (pasted into the application form) describing your interests and career goals and outlining your goals for participating in this program. Please identify a specific IISAGE lab from one of our 8 participating institutes (see here) for your research training and explain your choice.
- Academic Transcript – Please provide an unofficial academic transcript that demonstrates your academic performance.
- Resume – Please submit a comprehensive resume that outlines your educational qualifications, prior research experience, academic achievements, and any other relevant extracurricular activities or accomplishments.
You are also required to submit the name and contact information for a reference (e.g., research mentor, academic advisor, instructor) that can speak to your motivation, abilities, and potential. IISAGE will contact this reference to request a recommendation letter. Once we have received your application, transcript, resume, and recommendation, we will begin the review/selection process.
Please visit iisage.org/team for more information on the host lab you are interested in working in this upcoming summer and the skills they have to offer.
Application forms are due by January 31st, 2024.
NOTE: Dates for this 10-week program will be decided by the principal investigator (PI) of the laboratory you are applying for. These dates will be communicated with the you in the official acceptance letter if applicable.
|November 6th, 2023||Applications Open|
|January 31st, 2024||Application Deadline|
|March 8th, 2024||Recipients Announced|
For additional program information, please direct your questions to our program manager Jordan Favors.
Program Manager – IISAGE
Phone: (205) 975-0170