Note: our 2021 program has already been filled — please consider applying for 2022!

To Apply:

  1. Submit a single PDF containing the completed ISCRM Application form, CV/resume, transcripts and personal statement by January 15, 2020 to with the subject line “ISCRM REU Application”

                     Access the ISCRM REU Application Form HERE.

  1. Identify two referees and ask them to submit letters of references via email directly to Leena Pranikay (
  2. Please direct any questions to Leena Pranikay (


Program Description

Perform research in cutting-edge labs at the forefront of human regenerative engineering, medicine, and biology

The University of Washington (UW) Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM) and partnering departments (e.g., Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Orthopedics) sponsor a 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Seattle, WA. The program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with leading scientists. The program also offers workshop training sessions in communications, scientific presentation skills, and ethics, in partnership with the UW’s Center for Neurotechnology. We are building the next generation of diverse scholars in regenerative medicine, biology, and engineering.

Program Requirements

You must:

  • Participate in the full 10-week REU program (June 16, 2020 to August 21, 2020)
  • Be at least 18 years old and have not graduated by the first day of the REU program.
  • Devote 40 hours per week to the program.
  • Not enroll in classes or hold other jobs during the day. Participants will be paid a stipend and will not receive academic credit for the research experience.
  • Attend required weekly communications classes, lectures, seminars, focus groups, and workshops
What participants will receive:
  • Involvement in an interdisciplinary research project with a team where researchers are working together to solve a common science problem.
  • Access to lectures on ethics, communications, laboratory safety, and other select topics.
  • The opportunity to take part in an interactive poster session at the end of the summer, and to present research findings to the CNT research community.
  • The opportunity to participate in a research symposium, at which undergraduate researchers give a 15-minute oral presentation and poster presentation describing their work and results to the CNT community.
  • A stipend of $5,500.
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to a maximum of $750.
  • Housing on the host university campus (at no cost to the REU student).


Founded in 2006, the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine is the largest interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Washington. For more than a decade, ISCRM researchers in more than 130 labs have been harnessing stem cells as instruments of discovery and treatment, learning from the human body’s natural capacity to repair itself, and pioneering new technologies to solve the biggest challenges in medicine, safely and effectively.