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Nanotechnology for Biology and Bioengineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The Institute for NanoBioTechnology at Johns Hopkins University offers undergraduate students from colleges and universities around the country a chance to participate in research projects in the exciting and rapidly growing area of nanobiotechnology, a place where biology, medicine, and nanoscience meet.

The summer 2019 application cycle opens November 10, 2018 and closes February 1, 2019.


  • 10-weeks of research in a graduate-level laboratory.
  • Professional development seminars on scientific research and tools.
  • Professional development workshops on science communication skills.
  • Oral presentation of research.
  • Poster presentations of research at annual CARES Symposium at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Social activities, including trips to Artscape, HONfest, The National Aquarium, and much more.  
  • Many weekends free to travel to Ocean City, MD, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, or to explore the rich history and culture of Baltimore.  


INBT offers an experience that engages students in cutting-edge nanobiotechology research. We provide a valuable summer research experience through participation in research labs and high quality student/faculty interaction and mentorships.

Students receive many benefits for participating in the REU program, including:

  • Hands-on, graduate-level laboratory research experience.
  • Guidance from faculty and graduate student mentors.
  • Development and refinement of important laboratory and communication skills.
  • Networking with experienced scientists.
  • Stipend, paid housing, and travel allowance to concentrate on research and other professional development skills.

Who Should Apply?

Students applying to INBT’s REU program should be serious about receiving professional research experience and professional development.

Eligible participants fall under the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents (This criterion is required by NSF). 
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least their freshman year and will not be graduating before the start of the program.
  • GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Non-Johns Hopkins University students.

Under-represented minority students in science and engineering fields are encouraged to apply.



The summer 2019 application cycle opens November 10, 2018 and closes February 1, 2019.

Submit the following in the Apply Yourself application:

  • Personal statement (See our FAQs page for more details)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from someone who has worked with you in a supervisory role.
  • Transcript

More information

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

See how the program influenced two-time REU student Quinton Smith's scholarly training. Quinton went on to receive a Siebel Scholar Award and named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna Gray Fellow for 2018.  

Contact INBT’s Director of Academic Programs, Camille Mathis, at cmathis@jhu.edu for more information. 

This is an NSF funded program. Award number: 1460716. Pending 2019 renewal. 



For questions about INBT's education programs contact: Camille Mathis / cmathis@jhu.edu / 410-516-6572