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Summer Undergraduate Research in Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry is honored to be the home of the Hanson Summer Research Scholar Program. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a career in biochemical or basic science research. This program is supported by an endowment in honor of the late Distinguished University Professor Dr. Richard W. Hanson, a beloved former Chair and world-renowned colleague in the Biochemistry Department.

2020 Program dates and stipend

In 2020, this program will support 2 or 3 CWRU undergraduates conducting summer research in areas of basic biochemistry at CWRU. Successful applicants will be expected to commit to full-time effort during the 10 weeks from Tuesday May 26 through Friday July 31. Hanson Summer Research Scholars will receive a $3,000 stipend and additional funds to partially defray housing expenses.

How to apply

Please email applications before February 14, 2020 to with the subject line "2020 Hanson Scholars application".

Your application should consist of:

  • a) a 2-page statement describing your education and career goals, your proposed summer research project, your motivation for your summer research experience, and stating whether you are eligible for work study
  • b) an unofficial copy of your CWRU transcript
  • c) a 1-2 page resume that summarizes your extracurricular activities, laboratory/research experience, and work history, and that provides names and contact information for 2 faculty references
  • d) a letter from your CWRU summer research faculty mentor that includes a recommendation for you as well as a description of your proposed summer research project (this should be emailed by your faculty mentor directly to
  • Please email any questions to with subject line "2020 Hanson Scholars question".


    Undergrad Advisor
    David Samols