Summer Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The MU Biochemistry Department is internationally known for its cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and state-of-the art facilities. The research interests of our faculty span a wide range of modern biochemistry topics, including the molecular basis of human diseases, cell signaling, host-pathogen interactions, plant biology, structural biology, metabolic engineering, proteomics, metabolomics, and single-molecule studies of molecular machines.

Preference will be given to applicants from other institutions who are interested in applying to the MU Biochemistry PhD program after completion of their undergraduate degree.



  • Applicants must meet basic eligibility requirements.
  • Students must be planning on pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry.
  • Students are expected to have completed two years of college (including two semesters of organic chemistry) and have earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA



Students live in on-campus, air-conditioned housing (double rooms), and receive a meal plan, covered by the program.  Summer interns also are provided with one hour of academic/research credit, travel to and from Columbia, and a stipend of $3,800.


Application Information

The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Students must complete the attached application and provide: an unofficial transcript (including Fall 2018 grades); letters of recommendation (two preferred); a resume; and a personal statement indicating career plans, prior research experience, and research interests. Completed packets should be saved as a PDF combined into one document if possible and emailed to


2019 Summer Application



The CamScanner app allows you to turn your smartphone or tablet into a scanner so that you can combine documents or scan in handwritten forms. Use the app to combine your files into a single PDF document.


Please visit the department website for a list of faculty members and their research areas before completing your application form.


Questions can be directed to Jenn Brown, Assistant Director of the MU Office of Undergraduate Research at, 573-882-4818.