Department of BioMolecular Sciences
The University of Mississippi

UM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (STEMS REU) Program

The objective of the program is to provide educational science research opportunities at the University of Mississippi to undergraduate students who are seeking research experiences and considering a career in research or academia. The program provides students with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge STEM-related topics, develop presentation and communication skills, and practice networking skills, as well as opportunities to explore and develop their interest in cutting-edge STEM-related research. The program aims to educate students beyond lab specifics and nurture students for successful careers in STEM, graduate, and/or professional programs.

2021 STEMS REU Application

Eligibility: All UM and non-UM undergraduate students

Duration: 10 weeks (40 h/week) of education, networking, and research activities

Stipend: $3,000 The stipend, averaging $7.50 per hour, is intended to be used to offset the living cost of students participating in the program. Please note that the total living cost in the summer in Oxford, MS might be more than the stipend.

Schedule: May 24 to August 3, 2021 Each student is associated with a specific research project, on which he/she will work closely with the sponsoring faculty and other researchers. In addition, all students will participate in the following activities:

Mondays (11am–noon): Lectures on cutting-edge STEM-related topics.

Wednesdays (11am–noon): For the first 9 weeks, the students will give presentations on literature STEM-related topics in a journal club setting. During the last week, the students will give a 15-minute presentation on the research they have been conducting in the program. The effectiveness of individual presentations will be evaluated each week, and feedback will be provided to each student.

Fridays (11am–noon): The students will interact with and get to know one another and faculty from the program and, when appropriate, gain career assistance, in a networking setting. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a welcoming event and a pizza bowl at Premier Lanes in Oxford, MS in the first week of the program and another major social event, such as a gathering lunch with the faculty, during the program. On the last Friday of the program, the students will have a pizza party.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Letter of interest from the applicant including a justification for why they are interested in acquiring research experience and what the student hopes to gain from program participation (Limit 250 words)
  • Copies of academic transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Students may participate in the program for up to 4 summers, depending on the selection from the sponsoring faculty.
  • All application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the Program Director, Dr. Hoang Le (

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Processing: The application pool will be forwarded to the sponsoring faculty, and they will opt to sponsor the students best fit to a specific research project in their labs.