Application Process

Deadline for receipt of the full application package is February 26, 2018

The application process is handled online and the package consists of:

  • An online application form
  • Two letters of recommendation. filled by professors that know the student well.  This form also asks the references to upload a recommendation letter (signed and on official letterhead).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage through at least February 26, 2018 (uploadable as a pdf in the application form)
  • Unofficial transcript (uploadable as a pdf in the application form)
  • Official transcript (see instructions below)

As part of their application, students are asked to: 

  1. Select up to three projects/mentors of their choice in ranking order.
  2. Write a statement/essay that demonstrates a mature interest and describes their motivation to participate in this program and the impact that participation in research experience may have in their education/career plans.
  3. Upload a pdf copy of their unofficial transcript.
  4. Enter information about health insurance coverage, including a pdf copy of their insurance card (front and back).


  1. Complete and submit the online application form.
  2. Send official transcript to:

CDB-REU Program c/o Michael Moody

University of Texas at El Paso

500 West University Ave

Biological Sciences Bldg. 206

El Paso, TX 79968-0509

  1. Arrange for two professors to complete and submit the online recommendation form. 

*Acceptance notifications will begin at the end March.



Summer 2018 CDB-REU Undergraduate Application Form

Summer 2018 CDB-REU Undergraduate Recommendation Form

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