ISB Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences Program

The ISB Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences Program offers undergraduates with a diversity of backgrounds, career goals and experiences the opportunity to experience research side by side with experts in systems biology.

ISB is an internationally renowned non-profit research institute dedicated to the study and application of systems biology. Founded in 2000 in Seattle, Washington, ISB´s goal is to unravel biological complexity by deciphering vast amounts of data in order to gain valuable insights and achieve breakthroughs across scientific disciplines.

To support learning, student interns will:

  • Be paired with a mentor based on their interests. Students with a demonstrated interest in fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, information science, applied mathematics, and/or engineering are all good fits for the types of research projects available.
  • Participate in a research project developed by the student intern’s mentor
  • Be included in all events at ISB, including lab meetings and retreats
  • Participate in ongoing professional development including attendance at workshops, seminars, and team tasks
  • Complete a poster with the support of their mentor and other ISB staff to be shared at an ISB-wide mini-symposium
  • Be included (where applicable) on the development of publications that result from their research project

Logistics of research experiences at ISB:

  • The program selects a broad range of students, from current freshmen through to seniors with a diversity of backgrounds, career goals and experiences
  • Student interns will work 30-40 hours per week
  • Student interns with financial need, will receive a $6000 stipend (or equivalent)
  • Students interns will be at ISB for 10 consecutive weeks that must include the seven week period between June 22, 2020 to August 7, 2020.
  • ISB does not  provide housing


  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • Must currently be a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (To be eligible, graduating seniors must demonstrate they have been accepted to graduate school immediately following their internship at ISB)
  • Must have a current minimum GPA of 3.0
  • A completed application
  • Only online applications will be considered


  • January 24 – Application process opens. Review of applications begins immediately. It is to your advantage to apply early.
  • February 21 – Application process closes.
  • January 31-March 29 – Phone interviews and informal offers
  • Week of April 1 – Formal offer letters sent to selected applicants

Please direct questions to Jen Eklund, jen.eklund@isbscience.org with Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences question in the subject line.