The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is at the forefront of biochemical research. The Department of Biochemistry’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers non UIUC students the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best scientists in the world. Our faculty and students are engaged in a variety of exciting areas, including chemical biology, molecular virology, genomics, microbial physiology, and so much more.

For more information about the REU, please contact Satish K. Nair, Ph.D at

Note: UIUC students should apply for a School of MCB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in lieu of the REU.


Eligibility & How to apply

Full-time undergraduate student or recent graduate from an accredited institution.

Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate at the time of application. (Incoming freshmen are not eligible.)

Minimum cumulative undergraduate science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Must be at least 18 years old at the start of the internship.

Must be a U.S. citizen, DACA student, or legal permanent resident at the time of application.

Must possess medical insurance during the internship.

Students may participate in UIUC Biochemistry REU twice and apply a maximum of three times.



Weekly stipend provided for working full-time (40 hours per week).

Additional housing accommodations or allowance provided.

Round trip travel reimbursement.

Build your analytical and communication skills.

Network with scholars.

If you are interested in attending graduate school, an REU may open doors to that opportunity.

Contact us


Email the Department of Biochemistry at