Department of BioMolecular Sciences
The University of Mississippi


UM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (STEMS REU) Program

The program aims to provide educational science research opportunities at the University of Mississippi to undergraduate students seeking research experiences and considering a career in research or academia. The program provides students with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge STEM-related topics, develop presentation and communication skills, practice networking skills, and explore and develop their interest in cutting-edge STEM-related research. In addition, the program aims to educate students beyond lab specifics and nurture students for successful careers in STEM, graduate, and/or professional programs.

2023 STEMS REU Application

Deadline to apply is March 26, 2023.

Eligibility: All undergraduate students at 2-year community colleges or 4-year colleges/universities. Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams.

Applications from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. These groups include but are not limited to Black/African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, Vietnamese, those with disabilities, first-generation college students, those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and those underrepresented based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Duration: 9 weeks (40 h/week) of education and research activities.

Stipend: $5,000. The stipend is intended to offset students’ living costs in the program. Please note that the total living cost in the summer in Oxford, MS might be more than the stipend.

Allowances – There are limited slots available that will also provide the following allowances. Not all students will qualify for the allowances.

*Travel allowance – $400 to offset the cost of travel to/from Oxford, MS

Housing allowance – $1,800. Housing will be provided on campus in a Traditional Hall single room.

Food allowance – $500 for on-campus meals.

*University of Mississippi students will not be provided a travel allowance since they currently live in Oxford.

Schedule: May 22 to July 21, 2023 Each student is associated with a specific research project, on which they will work closely with the sponsoring faculty and other researchers. In addition, all students will participate in a weekly guest lecture with mandatory attendance. During the last week, the students will give a 15-minute presentation on the research they have been conducting in the program.

Sponsoring Faculty:

Dr. Nicole Ashpole (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacology)

Dr. Paul Boudreau (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacognosy)

Dr. Joshua Bloomekatz (Department of Biology)

Dr. Robert Doerksen (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Medicinal Chemistry)

Dr. Deborah Gochfeld (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Environmental Toxicology)

Dr. Jing Li (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Medicinal Chemistry)

Dr. Vitor Pomin (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Pharmacognosy)

Dr. John Rimoldi (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Environmental Toxicology & Medicinal Chemistry)

Dr. Courtney Roper (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Environmental Toxicology)

Dr. Kristie Willett (Department of BioMolecular Sciences – Environmental Toxicology & Pharmacology)

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Letter of interest from the applicant including a justification for why they are interested in acquiring research experience and what the student hopes to gain from program participation (Limit 250 words)
  • Copies of academic transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Students may participate in the program for up to 4 summers, depending on the selection from the sponsoring faculty.
  • All application materials should be sent as a single pdf file to the Program Coordinator, Jessica Crawley(

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