Research Experiences for Undergraduates at DSU

HBCU REU at Delaware State University: Summer 2024 Molecular/Cellular Biology Internship Opportunity

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Description

The proposed project will focus on specifically recruiting students from Delaware State University (DSU) and partnering Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to participate in an undergraduate summer research internship and mentoring program. Through this collaborative initiative, a diverse cohort of students will be recruited to engage in a 10-week program of high-impact research at DSU in the extensive and wide-ranging arena of cellular and molecular biology.

Students will develop science communication skills through writing and presentation activities and workshops, network with faculty and peers, and, most importantly, develop lasting relationships within the scientific community. Students are expected to take part in program activities and research training seminars held during the internship. They are also expected to stay and fully reside on the DSU campus and present a poster at the DSU Summer Research Symposium. Students selected for the internship will receive a $625/week stipend. Food and housing costs will also be covered by the program.


Program details

  • 10-week summer program (5/29/24 - 8/2/24)
  • $625/week stipend
  • Housing and Meal Plan included
  • Applicants should be an undergraduate STEM major and have completed at least 25 credits of college course work including one introductory science course
  • Candidates from HBCU’s will be given preference. Undergraduate students supported by this program must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions


Application Requirements

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (letters from faculty, student advisor, or employers preferred)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • CV or Resume
  • Completed application through the NSF ETAP portal


REU Affiliated Researchers

Participants will be paired in a DSU research laboratory to conduct their 10-week internship. A wide range of research topics are available to choose from including neuroscience, cancer research, microbiology, and computational biology. Some options are listed in the table below:

  Faculty Mentor Affiliation/Department Research Focus
1 Y. Hwan Kim Biological Sciences Neuropathology of PD/Therapeutics
2 Michael Gitcho Biological Sciences Alzheimer’s Disease pathology
3 Hakeem Lawal Biological Sciences Cholinergic synaptic transmission
4 Karl Miletti Biological Sciences Cancer Biology
5 Rosaria Formisano DIST Fellow/Biology Regulation of dopamine homeostasis in C. elegans
6 Sokratis Makrogiannis Physical & Computational Sciences Biomedical and Biological Imaging
7 Hacene Boukari Physical & Computational Sciences Investigate interaction biological and non-biological nanoparticles using optics and machine learning
8 Jung-lim Lee Food Science Microbiome and bacteriophage in food, products and the environment
9 Gulni Ozbay Agricultural & Natural Sciences Habitat restoration, aquatic ecology, water resources
10 Anthea Aikins Biological Sciences Yeast/bacterial genetics and molecular biology
11 Kevin Shuman Biological Sciences Microbial Ecology
12 Erin Perchiniak Biological Sciences Genetic Changes that lead to Altered Apoptosis
13 Melissa Harrington DIST Director Spinal Muscular Atrophy research, electrophysiology