MURALS: Materials-focused Undergraduate Research Applied to the Life Sciences
MURALS UMASS REU PROGRAM
MURALS: Materials-focused Undergraduate Research Applied to the Life Sciences.
A summer research experience for undergrads
We are MURALS UMass REU Program, an NSF funded REU site providing 10-week long intensive research experiences for undergraduates. Our faculty are in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, and we offer projects at the interface of materials and the applied life sciences.
Mid-January - Application window opens
Late February / Early March - Application review starts
Applications will continue to be accepted until cohort is filled
Late March - Accepted students will begin to get offers
Late May / Early June - Program starts at UMass!
9 Week Research Program
June 12th - August 11th 2023
Free Housing, Food, and Subsidized Travel to Amherst, MA. Plus, earn $500 per week to do research at UMass
We will start reviewing applications February 15th, 2023 and continue until we fill the cohort of 10 students
Mentored research in faculty laboratories of program participants in the Departments of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Professional development activities and career development workshops
Room provided for you, for free, through University Housing
Travel allowance up to $500 to get to UMass
No application fee
Who should apply?
Students motivated and interested in materials research
Students from any size college and community colleges
Students from groups historically excluded from science and engineering
What is required in order to be admitted?
United States citizenship or permanent residency (required by NSF guidelines)
Previous research experience is not required
No GPA our prior coursework requirements
Before applying, you will need to gather or produce the following:
A current college transcript
Personal demographic information
A statement of purpose (described in the body of the website)
The name and email address of a faculty member from your current institution who can provide a Letter of Recommendation on your behalf
MURALS Research Themes
Example projects you could work on as a MURALS REU Student
Shelly Peyton, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Life Sciences Laboratory
240 Thatcher Way
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA 01002