MCB Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Announcing Two MCB Specific Summer Research Opportunities for Summer 2015

We take great pleasure in announcing two Summer Undergraduate Research Awards in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

I. 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.  $2,000 is the minimum stipend (to be paid hourly), but participating laboratories are encouraged to contribute additional funds in an effort to be competitive. Funds will be deposited into the faculty members ICR account and student recipients will be hired as hourly employees for the summer. Students will need to turn in bi-weekly time cards reporting their hours spent in the lab.

II. 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 5 premier awards providing $5,000 toward a summer research stipend (to be paid hourly as above) for undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry.

Requirements for both awards are listed below.  Note: there isone common application for both awards.  Students need not apply twice.  Applications will be reviewed by committee and students/labs will be notified which award, if any, has been awarded.

MCB SROP Requirements:

  • Must be an officially declared MCB or Biochemistry major for the two semesters 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 eligible to be hired as an hourly employee, may require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • It is assumed the student will continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and spring semesters and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.

Jenner Family Summer Research Internship Requirements:

  • Must be an officially declared MCB or Biochemistry major for the two semesters 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 eligible to be hired as an hourly employee, may require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • It is assumed the student will continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and spring semesters and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • The recipient will be asked to provide an electronic presentation for Dr. Kris Jenner and family members, during the fall semester following receipt of the award. Deadline TBA.

Application materials:
Due by 5pm February 13, 2015 using our on online application form:

  • One page proposal co-written by the student and the principle investigator (P.I.) of the laboratory that describes the proposed research project.
  • Un-official undergraduate transcript, available in Enterprise under Academic History
  • Letter of recommendation from the lab P.I.

Our top 5 applicants, as determined by committee, will be awarded the Jenner Internship.  MCB will fund as many SORP awards as possible for the remaining applicants.  Students selected for either award will be notified on or shortly after March 15, 2015 and will be hired on an hourly basis in the approved laboratory during the summer. Students are expected to work up to 40 hours (minimum of 20 hours) per week over an 8 to 10 week period.

We are pleased that alumnus Dr. Kris Jenner and his family value the importance of research at the undergraduate level in MCB.  Dr. Jenner credits his own research experience as an undergraduate at Illinois as an important factor in his career successes in medicine and business.