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COVID-19 Statement:

The safety of program participants and mentors is our top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all or part of the summer 2021 program may be held virtually with an emphasis on providing training and research projects in computational biology and data analysis. Final decisions on specific details, including program start and end dates and the availability of on campus housing and meals will be made at a later date.



Candidates who do not meet all the requirements below or cannot participate / attend for the entire period should not apply. However, if you have a conflict with final exam schedules, please contact us for advice.

  • Program dates: May 24th - July 30th 2021 (Arrival May 23rd, Departure July 31st)
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2021.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree.
  • Applicants should have a declared major in life sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, bioinformatics, or a related subject.
  • Participants must be able to work at least 40 hours per week for the entire 10-week program, and be available for occasional evening and weekend events if they are scheduled. Participants should not be enrolled in classes during the program; this is a full-time position.


Application instructions

For the 2021 summer program, we are participating in a common application pilot study conducted by the National Science Foundation.

Please visit for instructions of how to apply. Click on the “Applicants” tab and go to “General Info” to begin your application. Preparing an application to the Plant Genomics @ MSU REU program using the common application tool will allow you to use the same application information to apply to other REU sites.

**Applications for the summer 2021 program will open December 13th and will close on February 8th, 2021

The common application will ask for the following:

  • Personal information
  • Demographic information
  • College enrollment information
  • Personal Statement (500 words)
  • A copy of your CV
  • Answers to two program specific questions
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation

Please note, letters of recommendation should be written by a current or former professor, teacher, mentor, or employer; someone who can comment on your academic achievements, your work ethic, and your potential to be successful in a research internship. Please remember to ask for these recommendation letters well in advance of the program deadline to give your letter writers plenty of time to prepare them.

Please contact us with any questions or call 517-884-6959





View the 2021 program poster