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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.

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Application Timeline

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

Program Highlights

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


Stipend $5000


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

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MURALS Leadership
Shelly Peyton, PhD
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Life Sciences Laboratory

240 Thatcher Way

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst MA 01002

Thanks for submitting!

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