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Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Program Dates*: June 24, 2019 – August 16, 2019

The Quantitative Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Program offers summer research fellowships to undergraduates. This program allows undergraduate students majoring in biology, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or physics to participate in hands-on laboratory or computational research that applies mathematical concepts and methodology to understanding mechanisms in biology. If selected, leadership will match you with a faculty mentor.

Participants will be encouraged to attend activities such as, faculty research presentations; day trip to a local museum or Argonne National Laboratory; a presentation on applying to graduate school; and other cohort outings.

This program is supported by the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology and the Northwestern Research Training Grant in Quantitative Biological Modeling.

Stipend: Participants in the program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000.

Eligibility: To be considered for this program, applicants must currently be freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with demonstrated interests in the mathematical biology and/or developmental biology.


  • Participants are expected to spend 100% of their summer break working in a participating faculty member’s research group for 8-weeks between end of June 24 – August 16, 2019. (*Dates can be flexible to accommodate your university/college’s spring term/quarter end date and fall term/quarter start date.)
  • Participants must agree not to take on any other paid work or research grants for any part of the eight-week period, and must not be enrolled in courses for any part of that period.
  • Participants must give a 15-minute presentation with slides at the end of the program to the Center directors, investigators, scholars and personnel.

Application Materials: To apply, students are required to submit the following materials via email to Tiffany Leighton Ozmina, by March 1, 2019.

  • A completed application form
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Include a one-page, single-sided proposal describing the type of research in which you would most like to conduct if selected for this program. You can write broadly about the research subject areas you’re interested in exploring and whether you’d like to do mathematical or experimental research. Then write specifically about one or two research projects lead by participating faculty that spark your curiosity and imagination.
  • Information about participating faculty and their research projects can be found on the program website. Use a standard 11-point font. Include title of project at top of the page, centered. One additional page is allowed for including figures and/or references.
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