Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Plant Biology at the University of Louisville

NSF-logoThe National Science Foundation-funded Plant Biology REU program is a 10-week program that gives undergraduates an immersive research experience in one of several plant research laboratories in the Biology Department at the University of Louisville. We are working toward obtaining funding to continue to offer the program in the Summer of 2016. Along with research experience, additional educational activities help prepare students for graduate school and beyond. Students are matched with a researcher in their field of interest. Areas of research include biochemistry, development, ecology, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology.

2016 Program dates

The 2016 program is a 10 week program that will run from Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, August 5, pending availability of funding.

Program highlights

- Immersive laboratory and/or field research experience.

- Weekly meetings, including lectures and group discussions led by faculty on key issues in biology.

- Educational activities and career preparation, including safety training, ethics training, graduate school application information, and training on scientific writing and presentation.

- Joint activities and meetings with students participating in other diverse on-campus summer research programs.

- Optional participation in Garden Commons, an urban garden program developed by the Cultural Center on the University of Louisville campus.

- Participation in the Intern Symposium at the end of the term.

Stipend, Meals, Travel, Housing

The estimated stipend for 2016 is $5250, pending availability of funds. Students are also provided with a meal allowance (tentatively set at $600 for the summer of 2016) and a travel/commuting allowance (tentatively set at $600).

Free on-campus housing is available for participants of the program.


Application forms are available to download in two formats:

If we are able to offer the program in the summer of 2016, we will begin considering applications on March 1, 2016 and will continue until all positions are filled.

Eligibility information

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for funding through this program.

Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate at an accredited baccalaureate or associate degree granting institution in the Fall 2016 semester.

Students must be available for the duration of the program (May 31-August 5, 2016).

Students must not have previously participated in the University of Louisville Plant Biology REU program.

Faculty mentors

Dr. Margaret Carreiro

Dr. Perri Eason

Dr. Sarah Emery

Dr. Christopher Frost

Dr. Linda Fuselier

Dr. Michael Perlin

Dr. Mark Running

Dr. David Schultz

Dr. Steven Yanoviak

Note that participating faculty mentors may vary from year to year.

Information from Past Years

Coming soon!

Contact information

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact Dr. Mark Running at or (502) 852-3409.