Spend your Summer with Science at UConn!

Our primary goal is to give students, from non-Ph.D. granting institutions, opportunities to experience a competitive research environment. Students can expect to acquire skills and knowledge to help them enter graduate research programs.


The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site in the Physiology and Neurobiology department at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) offers paid summer research opportunities in the areas of renal and muscle physiology; developmental neurobiology, synaptic plasticity and neural circuits; and other areas in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology. Interested students, especially underrepresented minorities, veterans, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities from institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply.

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 situation in Connecticut, UConn reserves the right to make modifications to the REU Program features and requirements. UConn is planning to host an REU in-person or remote and will determine the modality as we get closer to the program start date.




Contact Information


Dr. Xinnian Chen
Email: xinnian.chen@uconn.edu
Dr. Anastasios Tzingounis
Email: anastasios.tzingounis@uconn.edu
Program Coordinator:
Amber LaFontaine
Email: amber.lafontaine@uconn.edu

 As part of the REU program, students will receive:

  • Generous stipend
  • Meal allowance
  • Housing (with other REU participants) in our modern, air-conditioned University dormitories. University recreational facilities will also be available for participant use.
  • Limited funds to assist with travel expenses to and from UConn are also available if requested at the time of application. UConn is located midway between New York City (2.5 hours) and Boston (2 hours) in scenic eastern Connecticut.

Apply Now!


Check out the video below, created by a former UConn REU participant, to get a glimpse into the world of REU!