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Program Overview:

The MBG-REU program, titled “Molecular Biology and Genetics of Cell Signaling”, is a NSF-funded, ten-week summer program with a strong focus on diversity. The program aims to provide cutting edge summer research training experiences for ten undergraduates in the broadly defined area of cell signaling. Through intensive research and a series of organized activities, participants will be exposed to world-class research environments, with the aim of broadening their understanding and appreciation of research (please see a story featuring our program here). Participants will also have opportunities to interact with other summer students at Cornell, and enjoy the beautiful scenery and waterfalls in Ithaca, New York.

Successful participants will receive a stipend of $5,500 for the summer, and will be housed in one of Cornell's dorms in Collegetown.  Housing will be provided, along with a meal allowance and a bus pass for transportation on campus and into town.  A travel budget to and from Ithaca will also be provided.

The REU experience is an intensive 10 week program.  REU participant are not allowed to take classes during the program.

The 2020 program dates: June 1, 2020 – August 7, 2020.

Applications for the 2020 MBG REU are accepted from December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. 


  • REU is open to current undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Selection is based on academic standing and faculty recommendations
  • Minority, women, and 1st generation college students are encouraged to apply
  • Housing and partial meal allowance are provided.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation (REU Award #1659534) and various sources at Cornell University, including:  the Office of the Associate Vice Provost for Research; Weill Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology;  the Division of Nutritional Sciences; and the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

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