REU: Mechanisms of Evolution

The goals of this program are to provide undergraduates with hypothesis-based projects that investigate one or more mechanisms of evolution, promote careers in science, reinforce the connection between genetics and evolution, and highlight the accomplishments of evolutionary scholars. At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research results at a scientific colloquium.

Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities, including two-year colleges, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students will be selected based on their interest in research or STEM education, letters of recommendation and academic record.

The application is designed to be completed in one sitting. Unofficial transcripts should be attached as a pdf. The letter of recommendation should be emailed to The letter of recommendation should be addressed to the Members of the Admission Committee.

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Undergraduate Position


  • Applications will be accepted from students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, microbiology, science education, and mathematics enrolled at either a two-year or four-year institution.
  • First-generation college students, members of groups underrepresented in science, education majors, non-traditional students, and post-9/11 veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders).
  • Students receiving their bachelor's degree in May/June of the current academic year are not eligible for this program.
  • Students with funding from other sources such as EPSCoR, McNair, NASA, MARC, and RISE are eligible for this program, but cost sharing or matching might be required by the granting agencies.
  • High school students should contact the REU Program at to determine their eligibility.
  • There is no minimum GPA.

Travel Subsidy

  • The REU program will make every attempt to provide round-trip airfare for every participant. Unfortunately, the REU program is not able to pay airline fees and charges for either baggage or rescheduled flights.
  • The standard mileage reimbursement regulations will be employed for participants that drive to UNLV

Student Housing

  • REU participants will reside in air-conditioned double-occupancy dormitory rooms located on campus. Each suite contains two bedrooms, a small refrigerator, microwave, Internet connection, and a shared bathroom. REU students should bring twin sheets, pillowcases, a blanket, and a desk lamp.
  • There is no married student housing at UNLV, and pets are not allowed in the dorm. Cooking is prohibited in the dormitory.
  • A 100-meal dining plan will be provided to out-of-state participants.
  • The dormitory is a 15 min. walk from the research laboratories.


Each participant will receive a $5,750 salary disbursed into two equal checks at that beginning of July and August. The salary is subject to federal taxes and withholding.

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Closing Date


Contact Name

Eduardo Robleto

Contact Email

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