Center for Plant Cell Biology

Opportunities for Undergraduate Training


The Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) at the University of California, Riverside is committed to providing rewarding research experiences to undergraduate students. As an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site, CEPCEB brings research experiences to students of two- and four-year colleges who have limited opportunity to learn about the excitement and career options that research in plant cell biology offers. Ten undergraduates will be accepted into the ten-week residential program. The program will begin with a one-week workshop, in which students will be introduced to techniques and approaches used for analysis of plant and plant fungal pathogen cell function, including basic molecular biology, genomic and bioinformatic analyses, and confocal microscopy methods used to study live cells. Students will then spend nine weeks working with a faculty mentor and a graduate or postgraduate mentor on a research project of their choice. Students will also participate in workshops to enhance learning skills and professional development, and to discuss ethics in science.

CEPCEB intends to establish a novel year-round education program that will enhance the academic development of low income and minority students. The underlying goals of our educational outreach programs are to encourage completion of four-year degrees by underrepresented students and to present research plant biology as a career option to young biologists for the benefit of future generations.

Undergraduate Symposium

CEPCEB's Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program holds an annual poster symposium
where students summarize and discuss their ten-week research projects while working in a CEPCEB laboratory.



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center Information

Center for Plant Cell Biology
Botany & Plant Sciences Department
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
Fax: (951) 827-5155
E-mail: genomics@ucr.edu