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Biophysics Summer REU



Nature’s machinery through the prism of physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering

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The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program in biophysics is funded by the National Science Foundation to support ten highly qualified students to undertake interdisciplinary, supervised research projects at Clemson University, for a period of 10 weeks each summer.  The summer 2022 REU program will run from Monday, May 23, 2022 through Friday, July 29, 2022. Move-in is at least one day before the start date, and move-out is one day after the end date.


Program participants work with faculty members, postdocs, graduate students, other undergrads, and each other on collaborative research projects about nature’s machinery. Participants are paired in teams of two to carry out independent but highly collaborative research under the guidance of two faculty mentors, each from a different discipline. The projects are designed to give participants a sense of the contributions that physical scientists can make to biological problems and the contributions that biologists can make to physical problems. The focus is on cross-disciplinary training.

The program includes a week-long biophysics boot camp, a biophysics seminar series, a research tools workshop, a professional development workshop, a journal club, off-campus field trips, and social activities. Program participants regularly present their research to and hear about the research conducted by, their peers. By the end of the program, participants present their projects at a University-wide summer research symposium, draft a research article manuscript, and are encouraged to present their work at relevant scientific conferences. Participants also participate in outreach activities throughout the summer.

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This program is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Students in the program will get the opportunity to work with faculty and students from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Genetics and Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering. Additionally, students will interact with participants in the other Summer REU sites on campus.

Students are strongly encouraged to additionally consider other summer programs at Clemson University: 

Clemson Chemistry REU. This Summer Undergraduate Research Program will provide selected students with unique research training and professional development through an intensive ten-week summer program in the Department of Chemistry. In line with the strategic goals of the university, research opportunities will fall within two broad focus areas: Advanced Materials and Chemical Biology.