The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at BMCC* offers paid summer internships for qualified undergraduate students to conduct biology research projects with BMCC scientists.
Bioactivity of natural products at different biological levels of organization
Program dates: May 29 to July 24, 2019
Application period opens: December 1, 2018
Application deadline: March 3, 2019
Decision notification letters will be sent to applicants in late March or early April.
About the Program
This REU site is located at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in New York, NY, as part of the City University of New York (CUNY). Our program will support the training of eight students for eight weeks during each of the summers of 2019-2021.
Student research will focus on the bioactivity of natural products at different biological levels of organization, e.g. the potential antioxidant capacity of natural plant products used in different human cultures; the effects of natural extracts on microorganisms in fresh water and marine environments with changing salinity; the regulation of genes involved in cellular differentiation; and the potential protective effects on growth of mammalian cells. Students will receive a $4,600 stipend, a housing allowance of $1,200, a MetroCard, and daily meals.
Program highlights include:
- A fully mentored research project
- Boot camps in all aspects of scientific inquiry including biostatistics, laboratory safety, ethics and responsible conduct of research, and professional development
- Workshops in STEM careers and in scientific communication, including oral presentations and scientific writing
- Field trips to various sites relevant to the project, including an herb farm, nationally recognized botanical gardens, and an agricultural experiment station
- Social events to explore New York City
* This program is funded by The National Science Foundation (REU Award #1756998) and Borough of Manhattan Community College.