REU Program Information

 Note that this program is not currently funded.  This page is informational only. 

REU Class of 2012

Summer 2013 Participants -- From left to right: Front Row: Sonia Chris-Uka (UW-Oshkosh), Diana Medina (University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez), Mariel Coradin (University Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras), Ana Pamela Torres (University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras), Jessica Jimenez Rico (Alverno College) Back Row: Cathy Davis-Gray (Program Administrator), Eric Silva (Salem State University), Kevin Hughes (Simpson College), Miguel Cuevas (University of Puerto Rico-Cayey), Dr. Jon Roll (Program Director)


Contact Info

Program Director: Dr. Jon T. Roll
Department of Bacteriology
Microbial Sciences Building
1550 Linden Drive, Room 1322
Madison, Wisconsin 53706.


The program provides students with the opportunity to test their interests in a scientific career by becoming engaged in an active research program in a recognized scientific laboratory. Participating students conduct their own research project under the direction of a faculty member and work as part of a laboratory research team investigating fundamental problems in microbiology and molecular biology.


Financial support is available to all individuals selected. A stipend of $5000 is paid for the ten-week period of full-time research. Housing is provided for students and a modest allowance for meals is provided.

The UW Environment

The Department of Bacteriology is part of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The College and the Department are known internationally for basic research in the biological sciences. The University is located on the south shore of Lake Mendota, one of several lakes in the area. The U.W. campus combines a graduate and undergraduate university with Medical School and Veterinary School facilities. Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin and offers a wide variety of social, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.

Eligibility & Application

Undergraduate students majoring in the biological sciences, preferably between their junior and senior years, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an accredited college or university, are eligible to apply. The applicant should have a strong interest in a career in biological research. Disabled students, minority students, and students from smaller liberal arts institutions where comparable research facilities are unavailable are particularly encouraged to apply. Apply online here

Research Projects

There are over 90 professors from the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program (MDTP) that can participate as mentors in the REU-Microbiology program. Although you cannot choose the professor for which you will work, mentor/student matches are based on what you state as your area of interest. If you would like to see the professors and their research, go to

Selection Process

Criteria for selection are based on academic qualifications as determined by academic record and prior course work, two letters of recommendation from college science teachers or advisors, and a statement from applicants regarding their career interests and reasons for applying to this program. Letters of recommendation should address the applicant's potential for a research career and the opportunities for a meaningful research experience at the student's home institution. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors whose primary interests are a career in research in the biological sciences.