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Welcome to the Modeling the Dynamics of Biological Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at NC State University! We invite rising sophomore-junior students from primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), Deaf-serving institutions, or those who hold PEER identities to engage in one of many possible independent research topics that use imaging and modeling approaches to study biological systems across departments in Raleigh, NC.

Funding Information

During this 10-week NSF-funded summer program, students will actively engage in a research project under the mentorship of a participating faculty member, live together in campus housing, work together on an outreach project, and enjoy exploring the Raleigh-Durham area.

Participants will receive housing on campus, travel expenses to the site, a food allowance, and a stipend of $6,250.


Stipends, room, board, travel expenses, and ASL interpretation are provided.

  • Stipend: $6250 for the 10-week session
  • Room and board: Apartment-style accommodations on campus and $140 per week food allowance
  • Travel expenses: Round-trip air travel or mileage-based reimbursement will be provided to participants
  • ASL interpretation: Professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available for group activities and on a limited basis within the research lab setting.
  • We welcome and encourage applications from students of all identities and backgrounds, including those who may need to request accommodations to facilitate their application and/or participation.

Important Dates

2024 Program Dates: May 25 – July 31, 2024

Application Deadline: February 29, 2024

Program Activities

The program kicks off with a one-week microscopy short course, where participants will build community and learn critical laboratory skills. Participants will pursue independent research projects for the remainder of the summer, under the guidance of an experienced faculty mentor. Students will also have weekly cohort meetings to work with their peers to practice science communication and present what they are learning to the public through a blog, an outreach program for high school students, and a poster presentation at the campus-wide undergraduate research symposium at the end of the summer.

This program is funded by The National Science Foundation (REU Award #2243955) and the NC State Biotechnology Program.