Opportunities for Undergraduates


The Center for Genetically Encoded Materials (C-GEM) will offer a summer undergraduate research program starting in Summer 2021. Positions will be funded. Apply here by February 1, 2021!

C-GEM is transforming the way scientists design and produce materials and medicines. C-GEM is establishing a new way to program chemical matter by repurposing the ribosome—nature’s protein synthesizing machine. In doing so, we biosynthesize genetically encoded chemical polymers and natural product-like molecules with unprecedented structures, functions, and activities.

We’re looking for undergraduates to join us for a 10 week summer program, to carry out exciting computational or experimental research at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials, alongside one of the C-GEM faulty research mentors.

Program details:
• Participants may be placed in laboratories at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale, or Boston College, depending on location and research preferences
• 10 weeks long, from June–August (exact start date varies by location)
• Stipend is competitive with other programs (varies by location, but approximately $5000–6000)
• Room and board will be provided
• Travel costs will be reimbursed up to $500
We are monitoring public health guidance from universities and local officials with regards to COVID-19. We hope to be able to safely host participants in-person. However, if that is not feasible, we will transition to an online program.

As a C-GEM REU participant, you will:
• carry out an individual research project, either in-person, or virtually (TBD), in participating faculty laboratories at one of the participating institutions.
• interact with faculty and students at all institutions in-person and online.
• participate in an integrated mentorship and professional development program.
• have the opportunity to attend research seminars, group meetings, and C-GEM team meetings.
• connect and network with current graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and learn more about the graduate school application process, as well as life as a graduate student.
• strengthen your oral and written communication skills.

To apply, fill out this application form. You will need:
1) an unofficial transcript from your current institution
2) one letter of recommendation from a faculty member, other instructor, or other person who knows your intellectual capabilities and personal strengths well (a second letter is optional)
3) an interest statement
4) list of previous work/research/extracurricular experiences
5) research preferences. Check out the research our team does by clicking on the faculty website links in our team page!

Please email apply@gem-net.net if you have any questions!