*Continuously funded since 2002

2019 PROGRAM DATES:  June 17, 2019 – August 23, 2019

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.

Typically about 12 students are accepted into the 10-week summer residential program.  Students live on campus and receive a stipend of $525 per week.  The program also covers transportation costs to Riverside.

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.


Undergraduate students interested in discovering research and enrolled in a two- or four-year college are eligible for the program.  In addition, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.  Students are expected to have completed one year of Chemistry and Biology before the summer begins.

Application Deadline: February 22, 2019

Please download the form (tab between fields).  The form contains instructions for applying, including information about providing transcripts and the names of referees. Please fill in the application and mail/email it to:

Dr. Thomas Eulgem (thomas.eulgem@ucr.edu)
Department of Botany & Plant Sciences
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Students requesting information about the program should contact Dr. Thomas Eulgem at (951) 827-7740 or at thomas.eulgem@ucr.edu .

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.