2021 Heritage University National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (HU NSF REU)

Rolling Admissions Starting January/February 2021

Minimum requirements for 2021 Applicants:

  1. Science major at university or community college,
  2. Strong desire, passion, and interest in science,
  3. Required coursework (at least one of each: college level Math, Biology and Chemistry courses).

For Summer 2021, the paid internship will include the following:

  • $6,000 research stipend for 10 weeks summer virtual research experience. After the COVID-19 pandemic, we will safely resume back to in-person summer research experience.
  • Transportation funds and housing are all covered by our HU NSF REU at selected summer research site in the event of in-person research experience after COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Internship includes a mandatory intensive pre-REU workshop at Heritage University to be held in May 11th to 13th, 2021 in an online/virtual format and will be recorded for all accepted applicants; from 10am to 3.00pm pacific time.  For students on quarter system, another pre-REU workshop at Heritage University will be provided in June 2021 to accommodate student intern class schedules.

Research experience at host labs starts late May or early/mid June and ends in early August or early September (alternative times may be considered).

Research Areas

USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA

 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

 Oregon State University’s Biochemistry and Biophysics Program, Corvallis, OR

Washington State University at Prosser, Prosser, WA.

Western Washington University’s Biology Department, Bellingham, WA

University of Puget Sound, Department of Biology, Tacoma, WA

Heritage University, Toppenish, WA

Submit your application via the form below. You can upload your research interest ranking, personal statement, unofficial transcript and letter of recommendation using the form or email to:

Dr. Bob Kao
Heritage University, College of Arts and Sciences
(509) 955-8683

IMPORTANT: If you choose to “Save and Continue Later” instead of submitting your application, be sure to copy and save the link provided on the screen. You should also receive an email, but spam filters occasionally block this email.


Dr. Bob Kao
Heritage University, College of Arts and Sciences
Science Department- Room 2333
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948
(509) 955-8683