Microbial Friends and Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates Application

The 2020 Microbial Friends & Foes REU program is suspended until 2021 due the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


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. Acceptance notifications will be issued by March 30, 2020. The program runs from June 8 to August 14, 2020. Current Cornell students interested in summer research: please consider CIHMID’s Undergraduate Research Experience, Cornell’s sister program to the REU.


*All accepted applicants must be available to participate in the entirety of the MFF REU program from June 8, 2020 to August 14, 2020, and MUST be an undergraduate at the time they attend.*


Application package

1. Assemble the following items, and information:

Identify three CIHMID faculty mentors with whom you could potentially work, if accepted.           

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 package must be received no later than February 1, 2020. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

You must attach your transcript to your application; it will not be submitted 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 (http://bit.ly/REURecommendation). 


Summer Research Project Selection

List your top three faculty program choices

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. 


REU Application Form

Microbial Friends & Foes
Research Experience for Undergraduates

Summer 2020 Application Form

Questions? Please contact Teresa Pawlowska

The MFF REU is no longer accepting applications.

Recommendation letters will be accepted until February 21, 2020.