Bioinformatics Research and Interdisciplinary Training Experience (BRITE) in the Analysis and Interpretation of Massive, Information-Rich Data Sets

Starting in the summer of 2015 BU Bioinformatics will be offering an intensive, 10-week summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) for rising juniors and seniors in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics, focusing on the computational techniques and skills required for the analysis and interpretation of large data sets, now ubiquitous in biological research.

Participants will receive a weekly stipend, on-campus housing, travel to Boston and travel to a scientific research conference to present the results of their summer research.

Program Dates:  June 1 – August 7

Summer Program Components

Full-time research with a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor

Workshops and seminars on:

Python Programming

Parallel Processing and Cloud Computing

Scientific communication including creating a research poster and oral presentation skills

Preparing a competitive graduate school application

Research Ethics

Presentation of your scientific poster in the fall at a BU sponsored or national (SACNAS, ABRCMS) undergraduate research conference

Bioinformatics research and career opportunities talks

Enrichment and social activities including:

Tours of Boston area scientific facilities (National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center)

Participation in the International Workshop on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (held at BU)

Visits to Boston museums

BU FitRec membership


REU participants cannot be students at Boston University, and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions and enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Applicants should have an interest in biological research and some quantitative training in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or a closely related field. Women, minorities, students with disabilities, and veterans are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.


Applicants are required to submit an unofficial undergraduate transcript, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can discuss your potential to successfully complete a bioinformatics research project, a resume and a personal statement (two pages max) discussing your research interests and experience, background in computing/math/biology, career goals, involvement in community and leadership activities and specific interest in the BU BRITE REU.

Please contact Caroline Lyman at with questions.

Applications are due by March 1, 2015