REU’s in Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software tools for understanding biological data. As an interdisciplinary field of science, bioinformatics combines biology, computer science, information engineering, mathematics and statistics to analyze and interpret biological data.

Check out these REU’s in Informatics:

Yale Biomed amgen Scholars PrograM

BioMed Amgen Scholars Program is a research-intensive summer training program in biomedical research for undergraduate students who plan to obtain a PhD or MD-PhD in the biomedical sciences. The program particularly encourages students who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences, who are the first in their families to college, who are from inner city or rural communities, or who have grown up with financial or other disadvantage to apply. Students must have completed one semester of college-level biology, chemistry or physics at the time of application.

Students should be interested in pursuing an MD or MD-PhD

Levels: RIsing Juniors or Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020

COLD SPring Harbor

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research. Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists. Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Status: Students of any country are eligible to apply.
Minimum GPA: Not specified
(However, Successful applicants generally have GPAs around 3.5 or higher in their science and math courses
Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2020

Fun Fact:  Bioinformatics was invented by Paulien
Hogeweg and Ben Hesperin 1970 as “the study of informatic processes in biotic systems.”


The Summer Student Program is available at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Outside the laboratory there is much to explore. Depending on the location, students can visit the sights of Boston, New York, or the trails and vistas of Acadia National Park. The Summer Student Program is designed for students who want to immerse themselves in genetics and genomics research. It emphasizes laboratory discovery, communication of knowledge, and professional growth.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 2, 2020

cornell university

The BRITE REU at BU Bioinformatics (Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience) focuses on computational and mathematical fundamentals of bioinformatics analysis through research projects in a broad range of topics, including gene regulatory networks, metabolic networks, analysis of microbial communities, synthetic biology, enzyme structure and function, machine learning methods for cancer subtype classification, and sequence analysis algorithms for identifying genetic variation

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  February 15, 2020 but admissions are made on a rolling basis apply early


TECBio REU @ Pitt : May 26 – July 31, 2020

Simulation and Visualization of Biological Systems at Multiple Scales  REU program is a 10-week summer program that will provide a challenging and fulfilling graduate-level research experience to undergraduate students. Housing, travel, and a stipend allowance will be provided

Students will receive classroom training in topics pertinent to the emerging field of computational biology, such as computational structural biology, cell and systems modeling, computational genomics, and bioimage informatics, in addition to a wide variety of theoretical and experimental research projects.

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: February 11, 2020

University of Rochester

The Summer Scholars Program is aimed at providing research opportunities in all aspects of Biological or Biomedical Research to undergraduates may be considering applying to graduate (PhD) programs.Matriculated sophomores and juniors that are US citizens, permanent resident aliens or foreign students with visas from their host institutions.

Levels: Sophomores and Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents or Foreign students with vias from their host institutions 
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020

Michigan State

iCER ACRES is a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in computational and data science. This REU is coordinated by Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE), in partnership with the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER).

Research projects provided though iCER ACRES focus on the development and enhancement of algorithms, models, and software for applications in multiple research areas that require high-performance computing resources.  Research areas include: computational chemistry, biology, astrophysics, mathematics, big data science, and computational electromagnetics.

Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of calculus and programming by May 2020. AP courses and self-study are acceptable ways of meeting the minimum calculus and programming requirement

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-Graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2020


The Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics (SIBMI), now entering its 16th year, is for undergraduates with quantitative interests and skills who aspire to contribute to translational advances in biomedicine with a future PhD or research-oriented MD or MD/PhD

Levels: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. Citizen or permanent residents only
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2019

vanderbilt university

The Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Informatics is designed to provide
students from diverse backgrounds with a high quality Biomedical Informatics research experience; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field. Biomedical Informatics is the interdisciplinary science of acquiring, structuring, analyzing and providing access to biomedical data, information and knowledge. As an academic discipline, biomedical informatics is grounded in the principles of computer science, information science, cognitive science, social science, and engineering, as well as the clinical and basic biological sciences. Exceptional students from any of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Levels: Freshmen, sophomore, Juniors and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.