— Research Experience for Undergraduate Opportunities —

To have a competitive application for graduate programs (especially PhD programs), it is almost necessary to have research experience outside of Belmont. Therefore, I highly recommend you apply to a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, of which there are countless across the country. Not only does this give you a fantastic real-world experience in a lab that is studying cutting-edge topics, it also gives the amazing opportunity to travel somewhere else in the country for a paid experience. Just one note that to be the most competitive for one of the programs, it is best to have a strong GPA and gain research experience at Belmont, likely through SURFS. Therefore, be sure to begin the process of getting research experience as early as possible.

Check out the following websites and the table below for resources.

NSF Searchable Site: >100 REU programs

SchoolProgramLocationApplication Due Date
BYUREU, ChemistryProvo, UTFeb 15, 2022
VanderbiltVSSANashville, TNFeb 1, 2021
St. JudePediatric Oncology Education ProgramMemphis, TNFeb 1, 2021
University of PennsylvaniaCenter for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)Philadelphia, PAFeb 1, 2021
Washington UniversityCenter for Engineering MechanoBiology (CEMB) Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)St. Louis, MOFeb 1, 2021
University of ColoradoCancer Research Experience for Undergraduates (CREU)Aurora, COFeb 1, 2021
Johns Hopkins UniversityJHU BioREUBaltimore, MD
Marshal UniversitySummer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS)Huntington, WVFeb 12, 2021
University of UtahSummer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)Salt Lake City, UTJan 31, 2021
Michigan State UniversityPlant Genomics @ MSU REUEast Lansing, MIFeb 8, 2021
Cincinnati Children’s HospitalSummer Undergraduate Research FellowshipCincinnati, OHFeb 1, 2021
University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesSummer Undergraduate Research FellowshipLittle Rock, ARMar 1, 2021
San Jose State University or SUNY-Stony BrookNuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School Program (not an REU, but an excellent opportunity!)San Jose, CA or Stony Brook, NYFeb 1, 2021
Cornell College of Agriculture and Life SciencesSummer Research Scholars ProgramGeneva, NYFeb 5, 2021
Mayo Clinic of Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesSummer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)Rochester, MNFeb 1, 2021
Purdue UniversityNSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programWest Lafayette, INFeb 12, 2021
Purdue UniversitySummer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) (geared toward under-represented populations)Champaign, ILFeb 11, 2021
Georgia Southern & University of LorraineCollaborativE Multidisciplinary Investigations Through Undergraduate Research Experiences (CEMITURE)Statesboro, GA & Épinal, FranceFeb 19, 2021 (for GA), Jan 22, 2021 (for France)
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