Research Exploration Program

HBREX students present their research posters

The Human Biology Research Exploration (HB-REX) program is an opportunity for declared Human Biology majors to work in research groups with experienced mentors, during the summer following their sophomore year. HB-REX is specifically for sophomores who have taken the Human Biology Core course. These sophomores are individually mentored by faculty from a broad range of natural and social science departments in Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Interns receive a stipend and are required to work full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks. All HB-REX interns present their research in a poster symposium in August, attended by faculty mentors and other students.

Students are expected to complete an Application to HB-REX by January 31, 2020. Students may apply to a maximum of three (3) specific projects.

HB-REX projects are listed below by category (some projects may appear under two categories). To view the full description of the project or to submit an application, click on the project title (we recommend opening a new tab or window when browsing projects). Applications for summer 2020 are now closed.

If you have questions about anything related to the HB-REX application, please send an email to Dr. Katherine Preston ( and Linda Barghi (

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For students with an existing faculty mentor, please follow the link here to apply (if you apply through the existing mentor portal, you may not also apply to any of the specific projects below):

Existing Mentor Application