Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (BMB) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis invites undergraduate students interested in completing an 8-week research program over the summer of 2024 to apply to our summer research program.

Students will join a lab that matches their interests where they will complete real-life research at the cutting edge of molecular biochemistry and biophysics. Research areas in the department range from single-molecule spectroscopy to molecular simulations to mitochondrial biochemistry. As well as conducting research, students will also attend workshops that cover various important areas in science, including how to design experiments, how to read papers, scientific communication, and guidance on graduate school applications, etc.

No prior research experience is required, and we strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Local travel, housing, and an additional monthly stipend of $3000 will be provided (total of $6000 for the 8-week program). The program will run June 6th – August 4th, 2024. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed their sophomore year by June 2024 (but may still apply as a sophomore), and the ideal candidates will be considering applications to graduate school following graduation.

To apply, please submit an application that includes the following information:

  1. A full CV/resume (sample template here)
  2. A statement of purpose (up to two pages; 11pt font) with the following headed sections:
    • What motivates and excites you about science?
    • Tell us about a time you have faced a challenge and how you overcame it (or are planning/working to overcome it)?
    • Why are you interested in this program?
    • What do you hope to get out of the program?
    • Describe the type of research you think you would (or would not) enjoy along with up to three labs within the Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics department that interests you (see attached form).
  3. Unofficial academic transcript
  4. A letter of recommendation that can speak to why you would be a good applicant for the program

Application instructions: Please email application documents to Combine sections 1 and 2 as one .pdf or .docx file, titled: ‘last name, first name’. Have your letter-writer send their recommendation letter to the same address with your full name in the subject line.

The application deadline is Friday, February 16th. Applicants will be notified of success within 4-5 weeks of the submission deadline. All materials are required at the time of deadline.