Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and plan to return to an undergraduate program after his/her participation in the program. This means that you must have at least finished your freshman year of college by the time the program starts. Furthermore, it means that if you are a senior and graduate before this program begins, you are NOT eligible to apply.

Yes, the research experience program has a schedule and requires a lot of time for laboratory research. If you were to begin late, you may not be able to complete your research project. Therefore we cannot accept any late participants. The same rule applies to those who would like to leave the program early. If you are invited to participate in INBT’s REU, you must commit to stay for the entire 10-weeks.

We accept a maximum of 14 students each summer.

Our sponsor, the National Science Foundation, requires that all REU participants a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, its territories or possessions. There are no exceptions.

You will need a resume, statement of interest, a college transcript, and two letters of recommendation from faculty or people you have worked for.

All documents must be submitted to us electronically through the online application form. We stipulate this requirement so we can process your application as quickly as possible. You can notify your references that submission of their letters of recommendation letters can also be done online in a very straightforward manner. Once you enter the reference’s information into the application and submit it, an email is sent to that person. By using the form in the email the recommended can complete your recommendation and upload a letter if they choose.

We rarely accept students who have a GPA of less than 3.5. If there are extenuating circumstances, please make a note of them in your statement of interest.

Student education, interest, and research background are taken into consideration when we select your faculty mentor. If you have a particular research interest, please mention this in your statement of interest. Students remain in the lab of their faculty mentor throughout their 10-week stay at Johns Hopkins.

A. To show undergraduates what a graduate research experience is like. Our goal is for students to consider applying for graduate school after completing our REU program.  We would like to recruit a diverse, talented body of undergraduate students from around the country and from a variety of engineering and science disciplines. The program is particularly interested in reaching women, minorities, and, in general, student groups that have had traditionally low representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

B. To offer an experience that will actively engage the recruited students into cutting-edge nanobiotechology research. We provide a valuable summer research experience for undergraduate students through participation in research labs, professional development activities, and high quality student/faculty interaction and mentorships.

You will receive travel arraignments to and from the Johns Hopkins campus and also an NSF stipend (2019 amount is $5,750) to be used at your discretion throughout the summer. This money will be paid to you in semi-monthly checks. The program also pays for the housing of interns during the 10 week program. The housing and utilities/amenities are paid for up-front, before the start of the program.

Students will stay in apartments within walking distance. For those students that work on the medical campus, there are shuttle stops on campus for your convenience.

Students in the REU program should be serious about receiving a graduate research experience.  There are some planned social and professional activities, as well as a field trip to an industry research facility. Because we are located close to DC, New York, and Philadelphia, we find that many students like the freedom of an open weekend to make individual plans. We have oral presentations and a closing Poster Symposium that includes all summer programs, on the Johns Hopkins Medical campus.

In this order, you should consider choosing the following people to recommend you:

  1. Someone who you have directly done research with already – e.g. previous REU mentors, someone at your institution who you did a project with during the school year. This doesn’t have to be limited to engineering,  if you’ve worked in a lab before, a letter from that PI would be ideal.
  2. Instructor of an engineering or science class who you directly interacted with and who remembers you – e.g. a class where you asked a lot of questions or went to office hours, someone who oversaw an independent reading course
  3. Other faculty members who you know and have interacted with, if they have something concrete to say.
  4. Post-docs who you have worked with on a research project.
  5. Current and previous employers.

Apply early to give your references time to complete your recommendations.

Your statement should be 300 to 500 words in length.