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Frontiers in Science

Frontiers in Science 

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate Students

The deadline for application for the Frontiers in Science program has been extended to Friday, March 25.  

Program, June - August 2022

Univ. of Houston – Rice Univ. – Northeastern Univ.

Frontiers in Science (FIS) Program

The Frontiers In Science Program is intended to introduce students from all STEM disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in natural and physical science research, and to engage faculty in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research activities.  To maintain the excellence of our student cohorts, the Frontiers in Science Program seeks to recruit and select a diverse student group to illustrate our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.  Students selected for the program will participate in cutting-edge scientific research in the field of theoretical biological physics during a 10-week program with the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (, housed at either Rice University in Houston TX or at Northeastern University in Boston MA.

UH students can access a video describing the program in detail at the link below.  This link is only accessible by UH students.

Prospective Research Faculty Mentors (representative faculty): 

Dr. José Onuchic, PhD, Department of Physics, Rice University

Dr. Peter Wolynes, PhD, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

Dr. Elebeoba May, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Houston

Dr. Greg Morrison, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Houston

Dr. Herbie Levine, PhD, Department of Physics, Northeastern University

Dr. Paul Whitford, PhD, Department of Physics, Northeastern University

A Physical Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program

The 2022 Frontiers in Science REU program provides students with extensive hands-on training in a multitude of physical and biological research methods within a research group at the University of Houston, Rice University (in Houston TX), or Northeastern University (in Boston MA).  This research experience is intended to be an in-person collaboration with regular interaction between students and mentors.  Some components of the program may be held virtually to permit interactions between Houston and Boston participants, but the scientific work is planned to be in-person for the interactions between mentors and mentees. 

Internship Stipends

Interns will receive a $5000 stipend for the summer program, and are expected to perform at least 300 hours of research.  Please be aware the $5000 is taxable as regular income. Students from the Houston area may have the opportunity to work at Northeastern University in Boston, and will be provided transportation costs to Boston and on-campus housing for the full 10-week period if they are selected to travel to Boston (in addition to the stipend provided to all participants).  Each intern’s particular working schedule will be determined by their mentor.


Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student at one of the following institutions:

Houston Community College
Lone Star Community College
Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern University
Roxbury Community College
Sam Houston State University
University of Houston (UH)
UH Clear Lake
UH Downtown

Students from Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, or other related departments are welcome to apply.  No prior experience with Biological Physics is required. The Frontiers in Science Program does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

To apply, please complete the form HERE.  In addition to a few individual and demographic questions, you should include a single PDF containing the following items:

  • Current Resume
  • Course list of all Science (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), Computer Science, Technology, and Mathematics courses completed with a passing grade to-date. Please do not include the letter grades received, just list the courses you have passed.
  • Statement of Research Interest (minimum of one-page), that describes and explains your current academic and professional aspirations.

An initial review of applications will begin in March, so we highly recommend that you apply by Friday March 25, 2022. Initial invitations for interviews will be sent by April, 2 2022.  After interviews, students will be notified of their status within a week.

For additional program information, please contact Dr. Greg Morrison at, 713-743-9344.