Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Cell Biology awards are available for 8-10 weeks of full-time paid research study in the laboratory of a Duke University Cell Biology faculty member, and include a $4,000 stipend to help cover accommodations and living expenses.

Eligible Duke University students are those with an excellent academic record, who have conducted independent research with the proposed Duke University Cell Biology faculty mentor for at least one and preferably two or more semesters, and who demonstrate an interest in cell biological research.  We encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.  Students will be selected based on academic record, description of research interests, and career goals. Students from outside Duke University who meet the qualifications will be considered, but preference will be given to Duke University undergraduate students.

Interested students should apply by submitting a PDF application with the requested information to

Applications are due on March 31.  Decisions will be announced in early April.

Note that fellowships are reportable income by IRS rules (see


Recipients of Summer Fellowships


Kevin Murgas, Major: Biomedical Engineering
Eda Yildirim, Mentor

Project: Examining the role of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) in the maintenance of X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) in female cells and how its loss is causal to human blood cancers.

Juan Ramirez, Major: Biology
Cagla Eroglu, Mentor

Project:  Determining how hevin, an extracellular matrix-associated astrocyte-secreted glycoprotein,controls synaptic refinement in the developing visual cortex.