USREV: Undergraduate Summer Research Experience in Virology

Join faculty finding solutions to diseases of epidemic proportions including HIV/AIDS, Herpesvirus, Human Papilloma Virus, and Chlorellavirus Biology.

For information contact

Ms. Pamela Snyder
Training Coordinator
SROP Website
2015 Virology USERV scholars
2015 Virology USERV scholars

Application Dates

Nov 15 2015 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 5 2016 Arrival day
June 6 Program begins
August 10 Program ends
August 11 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology

This program gives preference to and encourages applications from students whose primary interest is exploring a career in biomedical research.


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

The Nebraska Center for Virology research topics are challenging and meritorious exploring problems of epidemic proportions facing mankind including AIDS and HIV replication and pathogenesis, herpesvirus latency and cancer, human papilloma virus and cancers, and chlorellavirus biology. Our goals include designing novel vaccines and therapeutic strategies to block disease.

During the summer program, students work with our faculty alongside current graduate students and postdoctoral research associates in their labs where cutting-edge techniques and the latest instrumentation are used. Students have the opportunity to design and implement a tailor-made research project according to their interests. Students are also exposed to the research of others and have the opportunity to attend weekly lab meetings and seminars where new ideas are exchanged and explored.

This ten-week summer research experience is culminated in a research fair that will provide an opportunity for you to prepare and present a poster showcasing your research project findings and progress.

In addition, after receiving a bachelor's degree, students are encouraged to apply for graduate school fellowships through our federally funded National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. This is a prestigious program offered at the Nebraska Center for Virology that selects and prepares individuals with exceptional potential and academic credentials for careers that will have a significant impact on the nation's biomedical research agenda.


  • Competitive stipend: $4,000
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access

Learn more about academic and financial benefits.


  • Weekly mentor/mentee lunches
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium

Mentors and Projects

Dr. Peter Angeletti Biological Sciences

Replication and encapsidation of human papillomaviruses.

Dr. Deborah M. Brown Biological Sciences

Innate immune response to influenza infections; generation and regulation of cytolytic CD 4 T cells.

Dr. Hernan Garcia-Ruiz Plant Pathology

Plant-Virus interactions:  Genetic analysis and mechanism of antiviral RNA silencing.

Dr. Clinton Jones Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Latency-reactivation cycle of alpha-herpes viruses, effects of stress on reactivation from latency, innate immune responses, and viral gene expression.

Dr. Qingsheng Li Biological Sciences

Investigation of HIV-1 mucosal transmission and its prevention using rhesus macaque, humanized mouse and HIV patients.

Dr. Fernando Osorio Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Swine virology: studies on viral pathogenesis, immunology and vaccinology which are centered on the pig. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).

Dr. Asit Pattnaik Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Replication and assembly of RNA viruses.

Dr. James Van Etten Plant Pathology

The isolation and characterization of large dsDNA (encode >300 proteins) viruses that infect chlorella-like green algae.

Dr. John West Nebraska Center for Virology

Developing synthetic immunity for anti-viral and anti-cancer treatment.

Dr. Matthew Wiebe Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Intrinsic intracellular immune defenses against viral DNA.

Dr. Charles Wood Biological Sciences

HIV and Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus transmission and molecular biology.

Dr. Shi-Hua Xiang Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

HIV vaccine design or OPPV-host interactions.

Dr. Luwen Zhang Biological Sciences

The herpesvirus-host interactions, the biology of the family of interferon regulatory factors, and the treatments for herpesvirus-triggered cancers.