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Comparative Regenerative Biology and Aging REU Program

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Each summer, 20 undergraduates from around the United States participate in research fellowship opportunities at MDI Biological Laboratory. Undergraduate students work in the laboratory of an MDI Biological Laboratory investigator on an independent project designed by the student and their mentor. Laboratory training may include techniques in molecular biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. Projects are wide-ranging and could include the comparative study of laboratory animals (zebrafish, C. elegans, or salamander), work with cultured cells, and biological tissue preparation and advanced microscopy. In addition to pursuing their independent research projects, students attend weekly seminars given by MDI Biological Laboratory scientists and invited speakers from other institutions, participate in a course on scientific communication, and attend workshops in bioinformatics and bioentrepreneurship.


Students may select a summer research mentor from among the Lab's full time or visiting faculty whose research matches their personal scientific interests and career goals.

Campus living

Undergraduate summer research fellowships are 10 weeks long. Students are typically housed in either Spruce or Birch Hall. Meals are served in the MDI Biological Laboratory Dining Hall

Weekends are typically free and students enjoy recreational activities including hiking in Acadia National Park, swimming in one of Mt. Desert Island's pristine ponds, biking, running, sand pit volleyball, soccer, kayaking, or just relaxing on the Lab dock.

Participating Institution(s):
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Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Bioinformatics & Genomics
Cellular Biology
General Medical & Life Sciences
Genetics & Genomics
Molecular Biology
STEM Fields

Developmental Biology
Functional Genomics
Genomic Analysis
Molecular Genetics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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