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Research Experience for Undergraduates

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The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at Michigan State University invites applications from undergraduate students interested in a career in bioenergy to participate in their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2015.

GLBRC.pngThe program provides students with the opportunity to become engaged in an active research program in a scientific laboratory on the MSU campus. Faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate students and/or research technicians will act as mentors for participants. Students will contribute to the project by working in the laboratory alongside their mentors, participating in group meetings and activities, and attending seminars. At the end of the program, students will present short research project summaries of their work to their project team.

Opportunities on the MSU campus in East Lansing exist in multiple departments, including chemical engineering, biochemistry, plant biology, agricultural economics, microbiology, entomology, and crop sciences. For those interested in ecological and environmental research opportunities related to bioenergy, please see the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) REU site at

MSU will fund four to five undergraduate students to work on GLBRC projects on campus this summer through the GLBRC Education and Outreach program.

Criteria for selection:

Absolute requirements

  • Undergraduates currently enrolled in a four-year program
  • Not an incoming freshman or graduating senior

Strong preference will be given to:

  • Non-MSU students
  • Members of an under-represented group in science
  • First in their family to attend college
  • Students at small colleges without broad research facilities
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in bioenergy research

Stipends will be $5,000 per student for 10 weeks. There are also funds available for housing assistance if needed. Completed application forms and the other necessary materials are due to Jonathan Markey before February 21, 2015.

Application for the REU Summer Program

REU Program Dates: June 8 – August 14.

Some flexibility is possible depending on the school schedules of the students and availability of the mentors.

Full time: 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Students should not plan on taking any classes during the summer, nor work for another department.

Total Stipend: $5,000 paid in one installment. In some circumstances, there may be the possibility of additional housing assistance as deemed necessary.

Eligibility: Students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university and not an incoming freshman or graduating senior. Strong preference will be given to groups under-represented in science and students at colleges without strong research programs.

Application deadline: February 21, 2015

For more information contact: Jonathan Markey, REU Coordinator, or Linda Steinman, GLBRC Administrative Associate.

For more information about the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center visit:

A directory of MSU GLBRC scientists is available at :

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