Research Experiences for Undergraduate at The RNA Institute

Hands-on RNA research focused on scientific discovery 

Students will participate in hands-on research focused on scientific discovery in and around ribonucleic acid (RNA) science and RNA-based technologies. The broad potential of RNA means that advancing RNA science and RNA-based technologies benefits society by generating innovation and building infrastructure capacity for future research, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications.

Engaging students in RNA research, especially those underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), creates a pool of diverse interdisciplinary scholars who will ultimately lead future scientific endeavors and help address STEM disparities at all levels.

Support Provided
  • $6,000 stipend
  • On-campus housing in University at Albany dorms
  • $1,500 meal plan allowance
  • Up to $750 in travel support
  • Undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Majoring in biology, biological sciences, biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics (other science and engineering majors may be considered),
  • Rising juniors (will have completed their sophomore year at the start of the summer) or rising seniors (will have completed junior year by the start of the summer program). Students who graduate prior to the summer are not eligible.


The program welcomes the participation of first-generation college students, students from community colleges, and students from groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering, including women, historically underrepresented minorities (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Alaskan Native/Native American/Native Hawaiian, Pacifica Islander), veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Research Projects

REU participants will have the opportunity to match to one of our many REU research projects. The REU application will allows applicants to select their three preferred research lab choices.

How to apply
  • Complete the online application form (including statement of future plans and your ability to contribute to diversity in RNA research, statement of prior research experience (if applicable), unofficial transcripts, and resume)
  • Ask two professors to email letters of recommendations to: [email protected]
Important Dates
  • Application window: September 1, 2023 - January 15, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance:  February 15 - Apr 15, 2024
  • Arrival in Albany: May 25 to 27, 2024
  • First day of program: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 (May 27th is Memorial Day)
  • Last day of program: Friday, August 2, 2024
Contact us

J. Andrew Berglund

Principal Investigator

Professor and Director of the RNA Institute

Phone: 518-437-4448

[email protected]

Shanise Kent

Co-Principal Investigator

Assistant Dean, The Graduate School

Phone: 518-442-3899

[email protected]