*Continuously funded since 2002

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we will offer a remote version of our program focused on data analysis, which will involve bioinformatics, statistics, mathematics or other approaches for the analysis of large-scale experimental data related to cell biology of plants, plant pathogens or microbes. Some basic understanding of bioinformatics is welcome but not required. We will start selecting candidates after March 15, 2021, but will consider applications until all spots of our program are filled. Participants will receive a stipend ($525/week), but will work remotely. Please use this online form to apply. Please contact Drs. Carolyn Rasmussen (carolyn.rasmussen@ucr.edu) or Thomas Eulgem (thomas.eulgem@ucr.edu) for further questions.

2021 PROGRAM DATES:  June 21 – August 27

The NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site, funded since 2002, is geared towards providing opportunities to students interested in the cellular and molecular biology of plants through next generation technologies.  The program is especially interested in exposing students from two- and four-year colleges with limited research infrastructure to the excitement and career options that studies of plant and plant pathogen biology offers, but students from all colleges are welcome to apply.  The program is sponsored by the UC-Riverside Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) which, in association with the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) and other college departments, includes many faculty that study plants, plant pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes), other microbes, and allied fields.

The program begins with a one-week series of workshops, in which students are introduced to techniques and approaches used to study plant and plant pathogen cells, including genetics, molecular biology, genomic and bioinformatic analyses, and confocal microscopy.  During the first week students also hear presentations by potential faculty mentors, and select their home labs for the remaining nine weeks of the summer.  During the remaining nine weeks of the program, students participate in workshops to enhance learning skills and their professional development, in addition to conducting laboratory research.

A complete listing of our REU students and their projects is available here


Currently enrolled undergraduate students that are citizens or permanent residents and interested in plants and plant pathogens are eligible for the program.

Participating Faculty and Past Projects Since 2002

A full listing of the CEPCEB REU’s past projects and participants may be found here.

REU awardees have the opportunity to work with members of the Center for Plant Cell Biology and conduct research in their labs.  To further explore the research being conducted in each CEPCEB member’s lab, please follow the links to our faculty’s individual lab or department pages.