IQ BIO REU Opportunity

About the program:

IQ BIO REU is a summer research and student development program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that offers opportunities for undergraduate students from universities and colleges that lack a strong research component and those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

For 9 weeks, starting on the first Monday of June, ten (10) students will be immersed in a wide array of high-impact practices including participation in a mentored research project in partnership with faculty members from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus (UPR-RP). The program offers training and practice for fluency in computational and quantitative skills, data analysis, and bioinformatics and myriad opportunities for career development.

Program benefits:

  • Mentored research at the vanguard of biological sciences
  • Skill development workshops on the use of computational tools
  • Workshops on Career Development, Research Ethics, among others
  • Guided writing activities
  • Social and cultural activities
  • Stipend of $5,400
  • Near-campus housing arranged by the program
  • Reimbursement for travel to and from REU site

For more information about the program, click here.

Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. (Priority will be given to students from universities and colleges that lack a strong research component and those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields)
  • Rising sophomores, juniors or seniors enrolled in 2 and 4-year colleges or universities.
  • Major in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field.
  • Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in emerging fields at the intersection of biology with other scientific disciplines that incorporate quantitative analysis.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form.
  • Copy of undergraduate transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one from a science professor)
  • A “Statement of Research Interests and Professional Goals” that describes: MOTIVATION for participating in IQ-Bio-REU, PROJECTS of participating faculty that are of interest to you and FUTURE academic and career goals.

For more information about the application and FAQs, click here.

Here is a sneak peek at the 2019 cohort and their projects.