NSF REU SITE: Interdisciplinary Research Training Across Biology, Physics, and Engineering


Our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site enables undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in the sciences to conduct interdisciplinary research at Yale for a 10-week period during the summer. Our program focuses on research at the intersection of biology, physics, and engineering and serves as a glimpse of what graduate school at a large research institutions is like. 

The REU features a series of workshops, which combine group exercises with short periods of lecturing and discussions, to complement the research experience participants obtain in individual laboratories. The workshops help students develop strong communication skills, briefly explore scientific ethics, and help participants learn about the graduate application process and the difference between a PhD and an MD/PhD. REU participants are provided with the opportunity to present their research to the Yale community, both as an oral and as a poster presentation. Finally, there are several opportunities for REU students to interact with graduate students and postdocs at Yale. We have some social activities in place for students to help them enjoy the weekends and integrate into Yale’s campus and New Haven easily; however, this is not the focus of our program. Instead, we do provide participants with information on nearby recreational areas and points of interest.

This REU Site is closely linked with  Yale’s Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology (PEB), and as such, hosts REU students in the laboratories of PEB affiliated faculty (click here; to see the list of faculty labs).


Details of the research program

  • The program for 2020 will run Tuesday, May 26 - Friday, July 31.
  • The program provides financial support of $5,500 for the 10-week period. In addition, it will cover travel expenses up to $500 and provide a food allowance and free room and board on Yale’s campus.
  • Students will be involved in a variety of enrichment/professional development activities. These include a series of workshops covering laboratory procedures, documenting laboratory results, delivering compelling presentations, and discussing scientific ethics and the process of applying to graduate school, career development meetings and seminars.
  • Students will be able to showcase their research through a power point presentation halfway through, and a poster session towards the end, as part of an undergraduate research symposium.
  • Research will be balanced with some social activities, such as a welcoming picnic and tubing down the Farmington River. Some social activities will be held in conjunction with other summer undergaduate research programs at Yale.
  • Selected students will be matched with PEB affiliated faculty advisors based on research interests, prior research experiences, and available openings.

NSF REU site link


How to Apply

Apply through Yale’s Graduate School Application website. Note: Because the application for the  NSF REU is set up through the online application system of Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, some of the language throughout the application may suggest that you are applying to the Graduate School at Yale, this is not the case. Please ignore wording related to graduate study at Yale as you complete the application. 

The complete application will include 1) the application form (including a personal statement), 2) a CV 3) two letters of recommendation (which must be received before you will be able to submit your application) and 4) a transcript.

Your personal statement should describe your career aspirations, your current research interests and what you hope to gain from participating in this summer program is required. Additionally, please describe any relevant research experience(s) and list 3-4 faculty members with whom you would be most interested in conducting your summer research and why.


The application deadline is February 2, 2020 (midnight, EST).

Eligibility: you must be a permanent resident or a US citizen to apply, you must have health insurance, and you must be enrolled at an undergraduate institution the summer of your internship.

Click here to view the faculty affiliated with the program.

For questions about the fellowship e-mail dorottya.noble@yale.edu . 



We have developed strong partnerships with Connecticut College and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program but applicants from non-partner institutions are also welcome.