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REU Apply

Thank you for your interest in the REU program in the Department of Biology at Northeastern University. The deadline to submit your application is February 1. The application requires the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation


  • Undergraduates (rising sophomore through rising senior as of Summer 2020)
  • US citizens or permanent residents only
  • Students majoring in biology, biochemistry, or other related disciplines
  • Strong interest in a career that involves scientific research
  • Women, first-generation college students, and students from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply
  • Active and prior service US military personnel are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will be given to students from institutions lacking doctoral research programs

Please follow the instructions below to submit your online application.

  1. Create an online application account HERE.
  2. Complete the following sections in the online application:
    • Program Information.
      • College / School: Science
      • Program: Research Experience for Undergraduates – Biology Be sure you are selecting this and NOT Internship.
      • Degree Sought: Non-degree
      • Concentration / Specialty / Track: Not Applicable
      • Enrollment status: Full-time
      • Entry Term: Summer 2020
    • Biographical Information
    • Contact Information
    • Application Information
    • Education Information
      • Please upload copies of your unofficial undergraduate transcripts
  3. Test Results – not required
  4. Employment Experience – not required
  5. Upload a personal statement to the Supplementary Section.
    • In 500 words or fewer please tell us about your aspirations as a scientist and how participating in this summer program fits in with your academic and career goals. Please be sure to include your research interests.
  6. Complete Supplementary Section questions for REU program applicants.
  7. Complete the Recommendations Section
    • In the Recommendations Provider List, add the names and contact information of two recommenders. The recommenders will receive an automated e-mail from the application system with a link to submit their recommendations online.
  8. Submit Application
    • The application fee will be WAIVED. Please select that you will be paying the application fee by check and we will waive it upon submission of your application.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Rebeca Rosengaus, or Wendy Smith,