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Frontiers in Science

Frontiers in Science 

2020 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Student Internship Program

May - August 2020

Rice University University of Houston

(This program is for students attending University of Houston and Houston Community College only)

Frontiers in Science (FIS) Program

The Frontiers In Science (FIS) Program is intended to introduce students from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines, and to engage faculty in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research activities.

The Frontiers In Science Summer Research Internship is available to the undergraduates at the University of Houston (UH) and Houston Community College (HCC). The selected students will participate in cutting-edge science research in the field of biological physics during a 10-week program housed at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University.

A Physical Sciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program

The 2020 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 and/or Rice University.


Prospective Research Faculty Mentors (representative):

Dr. Margaret Cheung, PhD, Department of Physics, University of Houston

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

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

Internship Stipends

Interns will receive $5000 for the summer program, and are expected to perform at least 300 hours of research. Each intern’s particular working schedule will be determined by the faculty mentor. Please be aware the $5000 is taxable as regular income. 

To Apply

Email a single PDF formatted file containing the following items:

  • Current Resume
  • Course List of All Science (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), Computer Science, Technology, and Mathematics courses completed to-date (do not include grades)
  • Statement of Research Interest (minimum of one-page), that describes and explains your current academic and professional aspirations

Send to and include “2020 REU Application” in the email subject line.

An initial review of applications will begin in March, so we highly recommend that you apply by March 15, 2020. Initial invitations for interviews will be sent by March 22, 2020.  After interviews, students will be notified of their status within a week.

For additional program information, contact Dr. Margaret Cheung, U Houston,, 713-743-8358. Visit for more information.

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