NSF-REU Site: Summer Program in the Biochemical Sciences

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

The summer program in the Biochemical Sciences at the University of Kentucky is a ten week program that involves undergraduates in cutting edge biochemical research. The goal of the Program is to encourage student participants to pursue careers in the biochemical sciences. A wide variety of projects are offered, including research in structural biology, biophysics, proteomics, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, membrane biochemistry, and molecular biology.

Participants will receive training in basic laboratory techniques and safety, and the nuts and bolts of research. Participants will also be exposed to the wide variety of career options available in the biochemical sciences. At the conclusion of the Program, all participants will present their research as a short talk and/or a poster. Outstanding undergraduate students who have little or no opportunity to participate in research in their home institutions and students from groups underrepresented in the biochemical sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. All student participants will receive a stipend and housing, and reasonable travel costs will be covered.

Target Applicants

This REU Site Program is targeted at undergraduates who are residents of Appalachia and/or underrepresented minorities. Outstanding applicants from other groups will be considered.

It is a requirement of the NSF that all REU participants be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

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