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Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) at CSHL provides an opportunity for undergraduate scientists from around the world to conduct first-rate research.  Students learn the scientific process, technical methods and theoretical principles, and communicate their discoveries to other scientists.  Approximately 20 students come to CSHL each summer for the 10-week program, living and working in the exciting Laboratory environment.

URP participants work on a real research project in one of CSHL's expert labs.  Research at CSHL focuses on:

   Molecular Biology & Cancer
   Genetics & Genomics
   Plant Biology
   Quantitative Biology

In addition to doing research in the lab, URP participants attend a series of specially designed workshops, seminars and collegial events.  Workshops focus on learning particular skills, such as Python programming, while seminars cover research topics, responsible conduct of research, and career development. At the URP Symposium at the end of each summer, students present their research to the entire CSHL community.

URP participants live and work among CSHL scientists. They are invited to all Laboratory social activities - including two exclusive dinners, one with CSHL President Bruce Stillman and one with Chancelor emeritus and Nobel Prize winner James Watson.  On weekends, students are free to explore nearby New York City or the sandy beaches of Long Island.

By the end of the summer, URP participants have first-hand experience of a career in scientific research.

The 2018 URP Program will be held June 11 - August 11, 2018.

The online application for the 2018 URP program is now available.  To apply, click here.

Summer Curriculum
An overview of the URP summer - research, workshops, seminars & events.  [Read more]

Student Perspectives
What past URP participants said about their summer at CSHL. [Read more]

Current sophomores and juniors are eligible.  Applications must be submitted online before January 15.  [Read more]

URP Alumni
The URP program started in 1959. URP alumni have made great achievements. [Read More]

Stipend & Housing
In addition to free room & board, students receive a $5000 stipend for the summer. [Read more]

The NSF REU at CSHL focused on Bioinformatics & Computational Neuroscience.  [Read more]


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