Department of BioMolecular Sciences

The University of Mississippi

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

UPDATE: The university has has cancelled all in-person on-campus summer camps, conferences, events and other experiences this summer due to COVID-19. This program will be offered again in the summer of 2021.

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.

Application Form

Eligibility: All UM and non-UM undergraduate students (Note: Depending on the guidance from our university concerning COVID-19 at the start of the program, non-UM undergraduate students may be ineligible for the program this year.)

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 26 to August 4, 2020 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 will be taught by the following faculty:

Sponsoring Faculty:

Dr. Wei-Yin Chen (Department of Chemical Engineering)
Dr. Courtney Roper (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacology)
Dr. Kristie Willett (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology)
Dr. David Colby (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Medicinal Chemistry)
Dr. Nicole Ashpole (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacology)
Dr. Cole Stevens (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacognosy)
Dr. Jason Paris (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacology)
Dr. Hoang Le (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Medicinal Chemistry) (Program Director)

Guest Faculty:

Dr. Saumen Chakraborty (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
Dr. Dao Nguyen (Department of Mathematics)
Dr. Shan Jiang (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

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.

Note: Depending on the guidance from our university concerning COVID-19 at the start of the program, the lectures on Mondays may be conducted via Zoom and the social activities on Fridays may be cancelled.

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 ( by April 20, 2020.

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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. Announcement of selected students will be made on April 30, 2020.