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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Discover the future as a summer researcher with EMBRIO Institute!

2024 Summer Program Dates: May 20 – July 26 

Student application window: Dec. 1, 2023 - Feb. 1, 2024.

SURF Symposium: July 25, 2024

The EMBRIO REU program partners with the Purdue Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program to provide a hands-on research experience for undergraduate students to stimulate their interest in advanced education and research careers. Selected students will engage in research this summer on Purdue's West Lafayette, Indiana campus.

Details about this competitive fellowship:

  • It is a paid, 10-week, immersive summer research guided by the faculty and graduate student mentors of EMBRIO Institute.
  • In addition to research activities, students will participate in weekly professional development workshops with the SURF program, along with several EMBRIO cohort activities during the summer.
  • The program culminates with a student research symposium where all fellows present a technical poster or an oral talk and a final report.
  • Selected students participate in research activities on campus over 10-weeks in the summer.

Research project areas:

  • CORE Thrust - Simulation, Data Integration, and Technology Support Structure
  • Biology Thrust 1 - Intracellular to cellular signaling and integration
  • Biology Thrust 2 - Cellular to multicellular communication and coordination
  • Biology Thrust 3 - Multicellular to organism-wide coordination and emergence
  • Thrust 4 - Pedagogical Education Research, Training, Diversity, and Outreach

For a more complete description of projects within each Thrust area, visit our Research page.

Application Steps

  1. Explore EMBRIO research projects and faculty mentors:
    On the SURF program page, search the project listing for those which include EMBRIO in the title and indicate those that are of interest to you. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in a college or university, and attending in the fall. Students from underrepresented minority groups, women, persons with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. You are strongly encouraged to directly contact EMBRIO faculty at Purdue in the area of your interest. Please see our faculty page and the faculty leadership page for potential mentors. For more information, please contact us, (
  2. Complete the SURF application form (SURF application window Dec. 1 - Feb. 1).
    Describe your research experience, qualifications, relevant experiences, career goals, and the name(s) of Purdue faculty mentors you've contacted in the letter of interest and upload your resume.
  3. Send Unofficial University transcript
    Upload a PDF of your original transcript to the application system.
  4. Await response from SURF and the EMBRIO faculty member(s).