Biological Materials and Processes Research Experience for Undergraduates (BioMaP REU)

The BioMaP REU Program will not be offered during Summer 2015. Please check back in January 2016 for information about our program for Summer 2016.

About BioMaP REU

Interested in a fun and enriching experience this summer? The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University hosts a summer research experience for undergraduate students. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The summer 2014 program application deadline has passed.

The program creates novel research experiences for undergrad students from around the country in the areas of biological materials and processes, often referred to as “BioMaP.” Students are active members of interdisciplinary groups and interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and industry. Students also participate in cohort experiences such as short courses, joint seminars/meetings, workshops, tours of research facilities and field trips.

When: May 27 – August 1, 2014
Incentives: $450 weekly stipend, up to $800 in paid travel expenses, and up to $2,500 food and housing allowance

A unique component of the program is a partnership with the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnolgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico.

To complement the research experience and have students get to know each other, several social and recreational events are organized. Students take advantage of life in Ames, Iowa, which was named one of the ten best places to live in the nation in 2010. Summer activities include the Central Iowa Festival of the Arts, Iowa Games and much more. Central Iowa also is well suited for hiking, bicycling and sailing.

In addition to baccalaureate-track students, Iowa State welcomes community college students from any state to apply to this program.

Read about how 2013 BioMaP REU student Alejandra Martinez won the sustainability category of the 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Undergraduate Poster Competition.