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REU in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology

For REU in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology opportunities.

There are no summer 2023 REU positions in Plant Genomics and Biotechnology. Please see the WSU Summer Research site for other opportunities.

The REU programs at Washington state University provide students with 9.5 weeks of full time (40 hours/week), laboratory research experience guided by graduate student and faculty mentors. Students will prepare a final report and present a poster summarizing their work at an end of summer symposium.


REU for Native American Students


For Native American REU opportunities.

Please see the WSU Summer Research site for 2022 REU opportunities.


Undergraduate native students from any university in the U.S. are invited to apply for this flexible, 9.5-week research experience opportunity at Washington State University. Research areas include:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Natural resources
  • Plant biology
  • Horticulture
  • Plant pathology
  • Muscle biology
  • Atmospheric research

Program benefits include:

  • Research training
  • Experience preparing and presenting research posters at national conferences such as SACNAS and AISES
  • A stipend of $5,000 for the  9.5-week program
  • Travel expenses
  • Family-friendly or community housing
  • Professional training workshops

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



What Can Undergraduate Research Do For You?

Undergraduate Research is an integral part of the Dhingra Genomics and Biotechnology Program. Since 2007, the program has provided hands on training to 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 Read More from Danielle


Cory Druffel


“After working at the laboratory, my confidence in my own abilities increased.” Cory Druffel — Mathematics,

Whitworth University
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Aaron White


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

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
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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
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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 from Fantahun »

Keeona Lawrence


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

Payden Waldo

payden_waldo“The lab experience was everything I had expected, and a little more.” Payden Waldo — Chemical Engineering,

Washington State University Read More from Payden »

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
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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 from Kathie »

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
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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 from Maureen »

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 from Kiara »

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 from Christopher »

Jennifer Hartwig

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

Chelsea Crabb

Chelsea“My experience working in Dr. Dhingra’s lab as an undergraduate intern has been a positive, re-affirming experience for me. I have recently stepped out of my previous profession and I am beginning a new path, both academically and professionally.” Chelsea Crabb – Seattle Pacific University – 2016.

Shirley Guzman

ShirleyPhoto“Throughout college I have come across many great opportunities, REU being one of them.” Shirley Guzman – University of Idaho – 2016.

Na’ta’ne Miles

NataneCropNa’ta’ne Morning-Song Miles. Northwest Indian College – Native Environmental Science program (Interdisciplinary Concentration Option) – 2016.

Corbin Schuster

“… this experience has allowed me to put the theory I have been learning in my courses to work. Not only has this experience helped me really focus in on what I want for my future, it reassured me that I made the right decision in changing my major.” Corbin Schuster. Heritage University – 2016

Jessica Brar

Jessica Brar. Heritage University -2016

Brennan Hyden

“Conducting research as both a high school student and an undergraduate has helped me realize my strengths and interests in the field of plant science.” Brennan Hyden –  Agricultural Biotechnology, Washington State University – 2016.