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NSF REU Site in Biochemistry

Primary Institution: Texas A&M University
Affiliation: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
City: College Station
State: TX
Job Duration: Summer 2012
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident or Foreign Citizen
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Biochemistry
Description: NSF-REU Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry
May 29 - August 1, 2012

Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Texas A&M University

The Program: With support from the NSF-REU grant program and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a 10-week intensive summer research program during the summer. Under the direction of our faculty, students will join a laboratory team to conduct research in modern biochemistry, with wide-ranging possibilities in structural biology, molecular genetics, genomics, enzymology or biophysics (faculty research). Students will participate in weekly meetings in order to explore the diversity of research opportunities in this vibrant field, gain experience in critical reading of biochemical research papers, discuss research ethics and to learn effective oral and written presentation skills. In addition, opportunities for social activities away from the laboratory will be provided on weekends. Financial support will include a stipend of $4500 in addition to living expenses on campus, and some assistance with travel expenses.

Eligibility: The program is open to pre-baccalaureate undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, biology, or any life science. Preference will be given to candidates who have finished their third year and already taken organic chemistry and biochemistry courses. However, outstanding students who have completed their second year of college work will also be considered. This program is committed to provide research opportunities for students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.

To Apply:
        Online application or Download the application as a .pdf file from:


        To request a paper application:
            email: Gary Kunkel ( or Mary Bryk (

toll-free telephone: 1-800-482-6246
write to:
            Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
            Texas A&M University
            Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biochemistry
            2128 TAMU
            College Station, TX 77843-2128
        The following documents must be received by February 1, 2012
            completed application form, including statement of purpose and goals
            2 letters of recommendation
            transcript from undergraduate institution
Stipend: $4500
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/01/2012
Job Website:
Additional Information: US citizens, permanent legal residents and international students who are enrolled at a 4 year college or university in the US are eligible to apply.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Gary Kunkel
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
2128 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2128
Phone: 1-800-482-6246
Secondary Contact: Mary Bryk
Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics
2128 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2128
Phone: 1-800-482-6246
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