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JSU CURE Program
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Jackson State University’s degree options in Biology is designed to prepare students for graduate or professional studies, as well as for entering the job market. Students can elect to specialize in Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Pre-Health Careers(Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, etc.), or Pre-Health Career Prerequisites (Pre-Dental, Hygiene, Pre-Nursing).

JSU CURE Program

The Department of Biology is an integral component in the vibrant and esteemed College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State University, the urban university of Mississippi. Designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a research-intensive university, Jackson State University, offers Biology to study the basic science of life and the foundation of life science studies. Courses in Biology serve as stepping stones for students preparing for careers in basic science research, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biotechnology, environmental and marine sciences, in addition to many health-related disciplines and professions.



JSU Biology students have an opportunity to apply for a research position with JSUCURE, Jackson State University Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience Program.  This is an undergraduate program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to enhance the undergraduate STEM education offerings in the JSU Department of Biology, and in turn, better equip and prepare our underrepresented students for entrance into STEM-related professional careers.


Program Components

JSU-CURE Scholars have the opportunity to participate in enrichment and professional development activities.  These activities include:

  • Academic Enhancement
  • Bioinformatics Course
  • Intramural and Extramural Mentored Research Training
  • Participation in at least one scientific meeting (Oral or Poster Presentation)
  • GRE Preparatory Course
  • Participation in workshops and seminars
  • Final JSU-CURE Symposium
  • Social outings

Program Benefits (Click for Brochure)

  • Conduct hands-on team-based research
  • Work closely with faculty mentor on a research project
  • Analyze and present research findings
  • Reinforce classroom learning
  • Receive guidance on career options
  • Build academic and professional networks
  • Stipend
  • Travel to national conferences

For consideration, eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a JSU Biology major
  • Be rising sophomores and/or juniors
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 GPA Scale) with all first year science courses completed (BIO 111/BIOL 111, BIO 112/BIOL 112)
  • Committed to entire program (both the academic year and mentored research during the summer)
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • Previous research experience not required
  • Complete an online application and submit all supporting documentation

APPLY TO JSU-CURE (Application deadline: November 1 – until filled)

  1. Students will apply for JSU-CURE online. {Application}
  2. Students must have one letter of recommendation submitted on their behalf. The recommendation must be completed by a professor or research mentor in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Jackson State University who can give insight to the potential success of the applicant in the Program. {Letter of Recommendation}
  3. JSU-CURE decision letters will be mailed to all applicants.



Contact Us
Department of BIology
P.O. Box 18540
Jackson, MS 39217

Funded by:
National Science Foundation
(Grant #633233)



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2586 or submit your questions and requests to  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



John A. Peoples Science Building, Room 335


(601) 979-2586

Mailing Address

Jackson State University,
Department of Biology,
1400 J.R. Lynch St.,
P.O. Box 18540, Jackson, MS 39217