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Microbial Friends & Foes Summer Research Experience

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November 27, 2023

The Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID) will begin accepting applications for the NSF-funded Microbial Friends & Foes Research Experience for Undergraduates (MFF REU) Summer Program ( on December 1. The application portal will close February 1, 2024.

The Microbial Friends & Foes Program will take place from June 10 to August 9, 2024, on Cornell University’s Ithaca campus. The program will provide training in the concepts and experimental approaches central to understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts. Students will learn about broad diversity of microbe-eukaryote interactions through conducting independent research projects, weekly research group meetings, seminars by CIHMID faculty, Microbial Friends & Foes Synthesis Panels, the CIHMID Summer Symposium, and the Microbial Friends & Foes Closing Symposium. Emphasis will be placed on appreciation of the scientific method and developing effective strategies for conducting research as well as on the synthesis of concepts important to interspecific interactions across diverse systems. In addition, typically included are workshops in electronic database literacy, science citation software, research ethics, science communication, and planning for graduate study will be offered.

Students will receive a weekly stipend of $700 ($6300 total), travel subsidy, meal allowance and on-campus housing. Applicants will be asked to identify areas of scientific interest, and participants will be selected in a review process by the program organizers to pair students with potential mentors. A flyer describing the program is attached and more information can be found at


*All undergraduate students interested in understanding microbial interactions with eukaryotic hosts.

*Members of minorities underrepresented in science, undergraduates from small colleges, and first-generation college students.

*Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and at least 18 years old.