Research Experience for Undergraduates

The departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the Division of Biochemistry at the Ohio State University will host an

REU program in Molecular Biology sponsored by The National Science Foundation
during the summer of 2019.
Official Program Dates: May 20 through July 19, 2019
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

This program provides a cohesive framework for undergraduate research, focusing on the use of model organisms and molecular biology techniques to address fundamental questions in biology, while preparing students for successful graduate study in molecular life sciences.

Students are expected to be on site full time during the program.

Program Overview

  • Laboratory safety training and laboratory procedure workshops
  • Full-time research activities
  • Training in scientific writing and communication
  • Social activities


  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  • Current full-time enrollment in a U.S. college or university
  • Completion of basic course work in chemistry, biology and physics
  • Persons from groups underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Applications from students with disabilities are encouraged and will be accommodated through Student Life Disabilities Services
  • Sophomores and Juniors are especially encouraged to apply, but strong applications from Freshmen will be considered
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old on the first day of the program
  • Applications from students with limited research opportunities or from 2 year institutions are highly encouraged
  • We anticipate having a limited number of additional positions funded by the OSU Center for RNA Biology. Students with a specific interest in these positions may indicate this in their application, and may include RNA center faculty in their list of possible mentors.


  • Stipend of $5,250
  • Housing in university dormitory or area apartments
  • Meal allowance

Please submit all questions or concerns about the program to