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MCB Summer Research Opportunity Programs

Continuing Students interested in applying for summer research awards through the School of MCB, Department of Biochemistry or Department of Microbiology, should apply using this common application form. Students may be eligible for multiple awards, but each student may only accept one. Eligibility requirements for each award can be found below.

Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000. Please complete the application in its entirety and submit prior to the deadline, Monday, February 13, 2017, at 5:00 PM, for full consideration.

Documents required to complete this application are listed below:

  1. One-page proposal (excluding any necessary referrences) of research to be conducted, saved and uploaded as a PDF. The proposal should be typed using 11 point Arial font (or equivalent), single-spaced with 0.5 inch margins on all sides and includea title/topic of research project. It should describe the overall goals and objective of the project along with the work that will be undertaken by the student. This document should be an original and professional document prepared by the student with input from the principal investigator (P.I.) of the laboratory.
  2. Current CV/Resume for applicant, saved and uploaded as a PDF
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript available from Enterprise Student Self-Service, saved and uploaded as a PDF.
  4. Nomination letter from Principle Investigator (PI) supporting the applicant's research, uploaded as a PDF at the following site, http://go.illinois.edu/sroprec.
  5. Required for Microbiology Awards only. Recommendation letter from your direct mentor (supervising graduate student or post doc), who can critically comment on the research you have already conducted in the Microbiology faculty member's laboratory.

MCB Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Funds are available to undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors for the summer to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry. The School of MCB will contribute $2,000 toward a summer research stipend and $500 toward supplies to support an undergraduate in an approved laboratory during summer.

Eligibility Requirements for MCB SROP Award:

  • Must be an officially declared Biology, MCB or Biochemistry major for the semester immediately preceding the award.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB or Biochemistry major in the fall semester following receipt of the award. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290, MCB 492 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • The recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB summer research award. SROP recipients are ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology or the Carlson Women in Science Awards.

Jenner Family Summer Research Internship

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has received a generous donation from Dr. Kris Jenner and his family of Annapolis, Maryland to fund premier awards providing $5,000 toward a summer research stipend for undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry.

Dr. Jenner credits his own research experience as an undergraduate at Illinois as an important factor in his career successes in medicine and business.

Eligibility Requirements for Jenner Family Summer Research Internship:

  • Must be an officially declared Biology, MCB or Biochemistry major for the semester immediately preceding the award, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB or Biochemistry major in the fall semester following receipt of the award. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290, MCB 492 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • Must be free of academic integrity violations.
  • The recipient will be asked to provide a written summary of their research for Dr. Kris Jenner and family members, during the fall semester following receipt of the award. The deadline for this requirement will be the same as the university deadline to drop a fall semester course.
  • The recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB summer research award. SROP recipients are ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology or the Carlson Women in Science Awards.

Dawn M. Carlson MD, MPH Research Award for Women in Science

Dr. Dawn Carlson, a UIUC alumnus (1982 BS Microbiology) currently works for Abbvie and has been provided an opportunity to direct a donation to MCB students conducting summer research. The award is in the amount of $3,000.

Eligibility Requirements for Dawn M. Carlson Award for Women in Science

  • Must be a female (Woman in Science).
  • Must be an Illinois High School Graduate pursuing a career in science or medicine.
  • Must be an officially declared MCB major for the semester immediately preceding the award.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB major in the fall semester following receipt of the award. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290 or MCB 492 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • Must be free of academic integrity violations.
  • Recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB summer research award. The Carlson recipient is ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology, MCB SROP or the Jenner Internship.

Department of Biochemistry Summer Research Scholarships and Awards

Eligibility Requirements for The William T. and Lynn Jackson Scholar Awards

  • Must be an undergraduate performing biochemistry-related research projects

Eligibility Requirements for the Biochemistry Summer Research Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Must be a junior performing biochemistry-related research projects.

Department of Microbiology Undergraduate Student Awards

Eligibility Requirements for the Undergraduate Student Research in Microbiology Summer Support Award

  • Must be committed to conducting research in the Microbiology faculty‘s laboratory over the ENTIRE summer of 2017. The entire summer is defined as the entire 12-week period between the beginning of the 2017 Summer Session Term I and the end of the 2017 Summer Session Term II.

You are responsible for ensuring that the submitted proposal conforms to all of the formatting requirements and instructions. The online submission system will not notify you if your application fails to conform to the formatting guidelines. As such, students are strongly encouraged to review their proposals before submitting them. Applications that fail to conform to the formatting requirements and instructions will not be considered.

Please be sure that you click SUBMIT to complete your application. If you simply SAVE AND FINISH LATER, we will NOT get your submission and you will NOT be eligible for any of the awards.You should receive an email confirmation, which includes your responses after clicking submit. Please save this email for your records. If you do not receive an email confirmation then your submission did not go through and you should try again.

MCB will fund as many SROP awards as possible. Students selected for any of the awards will be notified on, or shortly after, March 17, 2017. Upon acceptance, students must register for MCB 198 REU. Instructions for registering for this 0 credit hour, non-tuition bearing course will be sent via email. Students cannot accept more than one School of MCB summer research award.