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The application for the 2017 MBG-REU program is now closed.
The application for the 2018 MBG-REU program will open on 12/1/2017 and close on 1/31/2018

Who should apply:

Students entering their junior (preferred) or senior years majoring in the life sciences with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to students with strong interest in gaining research experience in preparation for graduate study. Members of underrepresented or underserved minority groups, students with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. Students from smaller undergraduate institutions with limited opportunities for research are also encouraged to apply. Participants in the REU program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who will have completed the bachelor's degree by May of this academic year are not eligible for REU programs, but are invited to apply to the University's graduate programs (see


How to apply:

1. Please complete the application form below.  The application, including transcript and letters of recommendation, are due by January 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed starting in early February.

2. Please request two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your abilities, interests, and motivation towards research. Please include with your application the complete e-mail addresses and regular mail addresses of the individual providing the letter. Letters may be sent via regular mail to the address below, or by e-mail (preferred) to       

3.  Please send a copy (unofficial is fine) of your transcript either by e-mail or to the address below.

4. Students can apply directly to the MBG-REU program, or through the Leadership Alliance ( if they are associated with that program.


Cornell University Contact:

REU Program Molecular Biology and Genetics of Cell Signaling

c/o Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

107 Biotechnology Building
526 Campus Road
Ithaca, NY 14853-2703
Attn: Program Manager   

Current program directors: Dr. Volker Vogt (PD) and Dr. Jun (Kelly) Liu (co-PD)