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.


REU participant and mentor in field. Photo of Yellowstone National Park with flowing waterfall in distance. Photo of REU participant walking on trail.

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 presenting a poster at a local summer science and technology meeting and giving a 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 in Yellowstone National Park. During the first week of the program, students will see extreme biofilms firsthand and learn about them during discussions at diverse Yellowstone geothermal basins and by conducting hands-on measurements.


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 $6000 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.


The 2023 Application is now OPEN! 

Summer 2023 Program Dates: May 30th- August 4th, 2023

Application Deadline: February 24th, 2023

Selectees Notified: March 8th, 2023