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REU Site in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at WSU is supported by the National Science Foundation

The Summer 2014 application period is now closed.


May 29 – August 1, 2014


APPLY TO THE REU SITE PROGRAM: Visit the INFORMATION PAGE for additional information about the program.


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Our priority deadline for applications is February 20th. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 10th. In addition to completing the on-line application on the information page, you must provide the following:

  • A Personal Statement(1,000 words or less) describing:
    • Previous experience you have in research including individual projects for science.
    • Additional experiences that demonstrate your ability to work independently and to be self-motivated.
    • What you hope to gain by participating in a research program represented in the REU Site: Genomics and Biotechnology.
    • Your short- and long-term goals, and how a summer research experience will help you realize them.
  • A copy of your academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable).
  • Two letters of recommendation. (Please ask the recommender to send a pdf as an attachment in an email to Amit Dhingra (; hard copies are not required and will not be accepted.)

All information must be sent electronically to Dr. Amit Dhingra ( This includes a pdf of your personal statement and a pdf of your transcripts. Please make sure the transcripts are legible. Please request your letters of recommendation be sent (as a pdf) electronically directly to Amit Dhingra. Hard copies will not be accepted.

What Can Undergraduate Research Do For You?

Undergraduate Research has been an integral part of the Dhingra Genomics and Biotechnology Program. Since 2007, the program has provided hands on training to 52 undergraduate students across 23 disciplines in the Sciences and Arts and 3 Universities besides WSU. The program has been fortunate in being a part of the journey of so many brilliant minds. Read on to learn about the benefits of getting involved in undergraduate research.

Danielle Adams


“I was able to learn a lot in a short period of time through the help of my peers and was able to utilize my individual talents, skills, and experiences to contribute to the lab research and come up with new ideas.” Danielle Adams — Civil Engineering, Washington State University — 2009


Cory Druffel



“After working at the laboratory, my confidence in my own abilities increased.” Cory Druffel — Mathematics,
Whitworth University Read More »

Aaron White



“I really felt like I was a part of some important work.” Aaron White — Crop Biotechnology, Washington State University Read More »

Jake Abel



“It is very much worth your time to seek out a lab opportunity and follow through with it.” Jake Abel — Physics, Washington State University — 2009 Read More »

Christina Kapoi



“[Working at the lab] allowed me to develop skills in time management, strengthened my communication skills and ability to coordinate with other members of my group.” Christina Kapoi — Civil Engineering, Washington State University Read More »

Fantahun Tedla



“Working in a lab does not only teach you technical knowledge it also an opportunity to learn how to work with others and develop a teamwork mentality.” Fantahun Tedla — Microbiology, Washington State University — 2008 Read More »

Keeona Lawrence



“This research experience surpassed what I expected.” Keeona Lawrence — Plant Science, Biotechnology Fort Valley State University Read More »

Justine VanNatta


“Working in the lab became a part of the well rounded learning experience I received at WSU.” Justine VanNatta — Liberal Arts, Washington State University Read More »

Payden Waldo


“The lab experience was everything I had expected, and a little more.” Payden Waldo — Chemical Engineering,
Washington State University Read More »

Angela Clark



“Even with the most tedious and time consuming experiences, and all the mistakes I made, I felt reassured by my mentor.” Angela Clark — Biology, Fort Valley State University Read More »

Kathie Nicholson


“[I recommend conducting research due to the] opportunity to be actively working on a research project, with the potential for contributing new information.” Kathie Nicholson — Viticulture and Enology, Washington State University — 2009 Read More »

KC McFerson


“I learned in the lab [...] that interdisciplinary work is the most effective way to create something new that works.” KC McFerson — Philosophy, Seattle University — 2009 Read More »

Maureen McFerson



“I would recommend even spending a semester in his lab to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the sciences.” Maureen McFerson — Food Science, Washington State University Read More »

Shane Moore


“You’re only limited by your imagination.” Shane Moore Read More »

Kiara Little


“This lab experience definitely helped with my perspective about science and working in a lab.” Kiara Little — Plant Science / Biotechnology, Fort Valley State University Read More »


Christopher Vincent


“Working in this lab I got to see that my work was going towards a productive goal and that gave me so much more inspiration to get things done.” Christopher Vincent — Biology, Washington State University — 2011 Read More »

Jennifer Hartwig


“I enjoyed being able to learn many different techniques.” Jennifer Hartwig — Genetics and Cell Biology, Washington State University — 2010 Read More »

James Crabb


“Even if your long-term goal is not to work in a lab, getting some lab experience [...] can provide relevant and valuable knowledge and insight.” James Crabb — Horticulture, Washington State University Read More »

Brittany Komm


“It is always nice to be able to see your fellow lab-mates and superiors kick back and let loose. Working in this lab there is definitely no lack of fun!” Brittany Komm — Horticulture, Washington State University — 2011

Amanda Porter



“It was interesting to help develop a product that could be used in the future for emergency situations such as a destroyed crop or natural disaster. ” Amanda Porter — Chemical Engineering, Washington State University Read More »

Karla Rivera


“Working in the lab allowed me to see the big picture of science.” Karla Rivera — Medical Sciences, Washington State University Read More »