February 15, 2021: REU Application Deadline
March 1, 2021: RMBL Financial Aid and Scholarship Deadline
June 1, 2021: Final Application Deadline
All applications require the submission of two Recommendations via our online Recommendation Form. It is the responsibility of applicants to give this link to their recommenders and make sure that they have plenty of time before the deadline to complete the form.
The cost of this program is $7,500 for research assistance, room, and board. Some students will pay the $7,500 fee, some will receive full or partial scholarships from RMBL or their home institution, and twenty students will be funded by a National Science Foundation REU grant. An REU award pays $600 toward travel costs, pays a $5,750 stipend, and covers the full RMBL program cost including tuition, room, and board. Students requiring assistance applying for funding from their home institution should contact the Research and Education Manager.
We will judge the applications and make awards based in part on financial need and on student motivation. We encourage participation by minorities currently underrepresented in biology (defined by the National Science Foundation as Native Americans (including American Indians and Alaskan Natives), African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Pacific Islanders.
At least one year of college biology is recommended for students conducting independent research. No pre-requisites are required for research interns. Any student 18 or older, who is interested in a career in field biology, is eligible to apply to this program. US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive RMBL full and partial scholarships. However, REU awards are restricted to students who are not only citizens or permanent residents of the United States, but also have not graduated from college before the dates of the program. The REU awards are for students who must work in the summer to pay for their education. We have offered this program since 1994, and it has been highly competitive, with more than 200 applicants annually for approximately ten REU positions. This year 10 students will receive REU awards. RMBL also has a large selection of full and partial scholarships. All students applying for Financial Aid must complete the Financial Aid Form.
Acceptance and Deposit
We accept about 150 students into our program. The 40 education spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and our program typically fills up by late March. A $500 deposit is required to hold a spot, except for students receiving federal funds.
You can expect to receive an email from RMBL staff in March letting you know if you are accepted into the program this summer. At this point, once you are accepted, you will be sent information on how to make your deposit and secure your place in the program. Students with REU awards or other federal funding are not required to submit a deposit to hold their spot.
RMBL provides equal opportunities in science and education without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual preference.