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Undergraduate Research Programs

MFF REU – Microbial Friends and Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates: for non-Cornell undergraduates

Microbial Friends and Foes (MFF) is an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The MFF program provides a fully-funded, nine week immersive summer research experience for non-Cornell undergraduate students. MFF students are recruited nationally, emphasizing participation by students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in science or who may not otherwise have access to robust research opportunities. MFF projects can be hosted in varied CIHMID labs, and can span all aspects of host-microbe biology from cell biology and molecular genetic interactions to ecology, evolution and epidemiology. (Application link.)

REU + URE Participants

Some photos from our recent cohorts.

URE – Undergraduate Research Experience: for Cornell undergraduates

The CIHMID Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) is a program to provide research opportunities to Cornell undergraduate students interested in host-microbe interactions.  Applicants to the program will be matched with a CIHMID lab whose research aligns with their interests. The URE program has both academic-year and summer research options, and includes structured mentoring and professional development in a cohesive and interactive undergraduate research community. (Application link)


A maintained list of Cornell courses in host-microbe biology that may be of interest to advanced undergraduate and graduate students.