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Microbial Friends & Foes application


Applying to the Microbial Friends & Foes REU program is a two step process. It requires: (i) submitting an application package (all done through this page), and (ii) requesting one letter of recommendation to be submitted on your behalf by March 1. Acceptance notifications will be issued by March 30, 2021. The program runs from June 7 to August 13, 2021. Current Cornell students interested in summer research: please consider CIHMID’s Undergraduate Research Experience, Cornell’s sister program to MFF.


DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTIES SURROUNDING COVID-19 IN NEW YORK STATE, the program’s features and requirements may change. The program is intended to operate in person, but all potential projects can be completed in person, or remotely. Should circumstances require the program to be held remotely, all program participants will be notified. 


*Accepted applicants must be available to participate in the entirety of the MFF REU program from June 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021, and MUST be an undergraduate at the time they attend (graduating seniors are ineligible).


Application package

1. Assemble the following items, and information:

  • Identify three CIHMID faculty mentors with whom you could potentially work, if accepted by searching for ‘Potential REU Host’ on our PEOPLE page.
  • Prepare a personal statement describing your research interests, relevant coursework, prior research experience, and how participation in the Microbial Friends & Foes REU program fits into your future academic and professional plans (1000 words).
  • Obtain a copy of your academic transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable).

2. Submit your application materials via the web portal below. The application portal will close at the end of day on February 15, 2021, and letters of recommendation must be received no later than March 1, 2021. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • You must attach your transcript to your application; it will not be considered otherwise.
  • Only submit one application; subsequent submissions will not be considered.
  • Check spam/junk folders if you have applied, but not received a confirmation email.


Letters of recommendation

Identify ONE professor or other individual who can comment on your aptitude for participating in the Microbial Friends & Foes REU program and ask them to write a letter of recommendation for you and submit it through CIHMID’s Recommendation Letter web portal.


Summer Research Project Selection

List your top three faculty program choices of those marked REU on the Research Projects page

The Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates program provides training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts. Students work with faculty mentors in the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID).  A common theme among research programs in CIHMID is investigation of interspecific interactions, both mutualistic and antagonistic.


Summer 2021 REU Application

The MFF REU is no longer accepting applications.

Recommendation letters will be accepted until March 1, 2021.