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Am I a good fit?


We are looking for a very diverse team of motivated scientists, computer scientists, bioinformaticians, and data scientists. We will be accepting students with a broad range of academic backgrounds. Previous students have come from but are not limited to the fields of computer science, biology, biochemistry, data science, and bioinformatics. All of the projects at this REU are highly interdisciplinary in nature, so no matter what your background, the most important aspect is your desire to gain insight into other disciplines beyond those of your primary area of specialization or focus.. Everyone must be filled with a desire to become more integrative in their thinking and research aims and career goals. That means that a computer scientist with no interest in biology is a bad fit for this program. Similarly a biologist with no interest in computation and programming is also a bad fit for this program. We do not expect anyone to be an expert in all of the fields needed for these next-generation projects. It is the ability to collaborate effectively and learn from other disciplines that makes this such an exciting, creative and productive opportunity during an extraordinary period of discovery and innovation in the life sciences.


As we have previously stated, we are interested in recruiting a very diverse team. We are not looking for a specific major, but we are looking for you to have some foundational courses. For those with a degree that is related to the life sciences that would mean courses such as genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, statistics, etc. For those with a computational background courses such as programming, data structures, algorithms, data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, etc. It is very important to remember that we do not expect each student to have taken these courses. We do expect that you find yourself somewhere on that spectrum. Of particular interest is the recruitment of students with experience in both of the main areas of this REU site: computing and the life sciences with an emphasis on molecular biology and genetics.

Additional Program Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of U.S.
  • Completed at least one to three years of college, but have not yet received a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Completed some upper-level coursework in fields related to the REU program.
  • Current plans for a career in scientific and/or computational research.