The MSU Extreme Biofilms Research Experience for Undergraduates (EB-REU) is a 10-week summer program designed to engage participants in a research project aimed at discovering new ways to grow, understand, and utilize extremophilic biofilms for human benefit. Our undergraduate scientists will gain a direct appreciation for the unique physical, physiological, and genetic adaptations of biofilm-forming microorganisms found in numerous extreme systems.


Photo of REU students in Yellowstone National Park in front of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Photo of REU participant presenting their summer research project at the end-of-program symposium.


In addition to helping our students understand how scientists think and solve problems, EB-REU students will participate in innovative technical and professional development activities, helping enhance their leadership, communication, and professional skills. Participants will practice these skills by networking at a local summer science and technology meeting and giving a poster presentation at an end-of-program symposium. The physical location of the MSU campus and expertise of our scientists also provide a unique opportunity for participants to study extreme biofilms in-person. During the second week of the program, students will see extreme biofilms firsthand by visiting different geothermal basins in Yellowstone National Park on a 3-day field visit.

2022 REU Student plating cultures in the lab. 2022 REU Student works with a lab mentor to image samples in the microscopy facility.


The 10-week EB-REU program provides participants with a $7000 stipend, and covers the costs of on-campus housing, plus partial support for food and travel to the REU site. No prior research experience or formal coursework in biofilm science or bioengineering is required to apply.  

2022 REU student loads protein samples into the centrifuge.


Our application portal is OPEN! Application Deadline: April 8th, 2024

Summer 2024 Program Dates: May 29th- August 2nd, 2024

 If you have any questions at all about our program or the applicaiton process, please email the REU Program Coordinator, Dana Skorupa, at I am here to help and am happy to answer any questions that may come up!