The John Nambu Memorial Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program offers full-time research opportunities with stipend support for FAU undergraduates. Established in the memory of the late Dr. John Nambu, Professor in the Biological Sciences Department, the program provides undergraduates an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research in neuroscience and behavior-oriented labs on the FAU Jupiter and Boca Raton campuses. These scholarships are exciting and once-in-a-lifetime chances to perform research while expanding scientific expertise through networking with fellow undergrads and faculty mentors, writing and presentations skills. Students often complete a thesis through the ten-week program that runs full-time during the summer semester, with the option of continuing their research into the next academic year. The REU experience concludes by highlighting student accomplishments and summer research projects at the annual Nambu REU Research Day.

This year, the fifth annual John Nambu Memorial Summer REU Program will welcome eight participants from a competitive application process. In addition to spending 28 hours per week conducting research in the laboratory, students will participate in weekly mentoring sessions and professional development workshops focusing on topics such as laboratory safety, experimental design, and scientific communication skills. Program participants will learn about innovative neuroscience research and techniques through seminars hosted by the FAU’s Jupiter Life Science Initiative and partner institutions Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Students will also have the opportunity to network with fellow FAU undergraduates as well as interns from these partner institutions at social gatherings and the program’s culmination. 

Congratulations to the 2018 REU Scholarship Recipients

Mariah Calubag

Garcendy Derosier

Erin Gerlica

Elizabeth Potts

Taylor Selman

Sam Stilley

Rameen Walters

Anders Yuiska


2017 REU Scholarship Recipients

In 2017, the fourth annual John Nambu Memorial Summer REU program sponsored seven undergraduate students that participated in summer research projects covering a broad range of approaches, from molecular to behavioral. Below is a list of the 2017 REU scholarship recipients, their faculty mentors, and the titles of their research projects.  

Samantha Berner (Dr. Dawson-Scully) -  “Pharmacological Activation of the cGMP-Dependent Protein Kinase Molecular Pathway in Drosophila melanogaster to Increase Anoxic Tolerance”

Micael Idani (Dr. Godenschwege) -  “Characterization of the neuroprotective role of Dsd and Mgrn1 in Drosophila

Stephanie Lazo (Dr. Macleod) -  “Determination of Quantal size at different neurons synapsing at the same target”

Heather Nick (Dr. Jia) -  "The Relationship Between Autophagy and Social Feeding Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans

Rodeania Peart (Dr. Blakely) -  "Gender-Biased Cocaine Conditioned Place Preference in DAT Val559 Mice”

Jonathan Rivera (Dr. Stackman) -  "How did I get here? Selective activation of head direction cells"

Joshua Torres (Dr. Keene) -  “Geographic Variation In Sleep and Metabolism Within A Single Species of Drosophila

REU 2017 Winners

Pictured from Left to Right: Joshua Torres, Stephanie Lazo, Micael Idani, Samantha Berner, Jonathan Rivera, and Heather Nick.