The MDI Biological Laboratory’s REU program aims to engage students in scientific explorations in the laboratory’s research focus area, comparative regenerative biology and aging, while providing them with opportunities to build skills important to successful careers in the biological sciences. Research opportunities focus on uncovering basic cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying regenerative and aging processes in various animal model systems, including zebrafish, nematodes, axolotls, and mice. Students will have access to state-of-the-art research laboratories and core facilities, support staff, and our inspirational coastal setting. Students will join in MDI Biological Laboratory’s active scientific community, which includes other undergraduate research fellows, visiting scientists, graduate students and post-docs as well as research assistants.

During the 10 week REU fellowship, all students will participate in a scientific communication course and hone their technical writing, oral, and poster presentation skills. In addition, students will participate in a bioentrepreneurship workshop and receive advanced training in microscopy and bioinformatics. At the end of the fellowship, students present their findings at our annual summer science symposium. Families and friends are invited to attend.

Application Procedure
Online applications require the uploading of student-copy transcripts with fall semester grades, a resume/CV, and answers to several essay questions. Two faculty references are required, which are requested through the online application form. Application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Notification
Decision notification letters are sent to applicants in late March/early April.

2020 Session Dates
Arrival: Sunday, May 31
Student Symposium: Friday, August 7, at MDI Biological Laboratory (family event)
Departure: Saturday August 8