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Program Description

NSF REU Summer Program in Molecular and Organismal Evolution

Program Outline

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho is proud to host an NSF-funded summer research program for undergraduates. This 10–week program actively engages 10 students in independent research in the areas of molecular and organismal evolution. Research interests in evolutionary processes form a unifying theme and are a particular strength of our department. These interests range from molecular processes of evolutionary change to the adaptation of organisms on the landscape level. REU students will have the opportunity to work on a diverse range on projects that address current questions with cutting-edge approaches in state–of–the–art facilities. Our summer program is enriched by weekly research seminars, a series of professional development workshops, and a variety of social activities. The program concludes with a student research symposium during which students present their work.

Target Applicants

This program seeks talented and dedicated students who have completed a minimum of a two-semester core sequence of biology and chemistry. Efforts will be made to select students who possess a genuine intellectual curiosity about scientific research and who are interested in exploring their potential for a career in science. Outstanding undergraduate students who have little or no opportunity to participate in research at their home institutions and students from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipends, Housing, and Travel

Student participants will be provided with the following:

  • Round trip travel to Moscow, ID
  • Stipend ($5,500) for the 10–week program
  • Housing at the University of Idaho
  • Meal Allowance

2021 Schedule

  • February 15, 2021: Application Deadline
  • Mid-March – 1st April: Students notified of acceptance
  • Mid-April: Mentors contact students, begin discussing projects
  • May 30: Students arrive at the University of Idaho
  • May 31: Program begins
    • Week 1 – 2: Project design, students master research skills
    • Weeks 2 – 10: Student research projects
    • Week 10: Student Research Symposium
Student projects may be lab-based, field-based, or involve a combination of both.


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


Web: Department of Biological Sciences