Month: November 2016

University of Rochester Chemistry REU – Apply by Feb. 14th!

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

May 31 – August 4, 2017

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, this summer program of full-time scientific research includes discussion groups, research meetings, as well as social activities. As required by NSF policy, the program is open to domestic students, and preference will be given to students from schools that do not have a PhD program in Chemistry. Underrepresented minority students and women are especially encouraged to apply. Summer research students have their own research problem, a specific faculty advisor and a specific day-to-day graduate student or postdoctoral mentor. Everybody participates in a weekly group meeting, reporting to each other on their research projects and results in oral, poster, and written form. Discussions of careers, graduate work, and scientific ethics are also part of the experience.

Research problems are available across the broad landscape of contemporary chemical research: structure, mechanism, dynamics, synthesis, spectroscopy and theory; inorganic, organic, organometallic, physical, biological, polymer, nuclear and environmental chemistry. For more specific examples of research projects, click on the link below to see poster titles of students who participated in a recent summer.

Applications due: February 14, 2017
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents may apply. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. We welcome applications by email.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Thomas R. Krugh
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0216
Phone: 585-275-4224
Marguerite Weston
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-0216
Phone: (585) 275-8286
Fax: (585) 276-0205

CURE Summer Research Program – Apply by Jan. 19th!

CPRIT-CURE Summer Undergraduate Program

Join our program for outstanding undergraduate students interested in cancer research.

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)-CURE Summer Undergraduate Research program is a ten-week research program designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in cancer research.

Who should apply? 
College or university students in good academic standing within their freshman, sophomore or junior year.

In-depth hands-on laboratory experience in cancer research with prominent MD Anderson faculty members.

When is the program?
June 6, 2017 to August 11, 2017

This program is aimed at highly motivated students who are interested in a research career (i.e., future Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.). The program provides an interactive and fulfilling laboratory-based research experience with prestigious mentors at MD Anderson. Students will be given hands-on research training in cutting-edge labs, where they will interact daily with faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. Students will attend scientific lectures, seminars and career development events, and will have the opportunity to present their work at a poster session at the end of the ten-week program.

Students cannot earn credit from their home institutions for participating in the CPRIT-CURE Summer Program.

When is the application deadline?
The online application will be active from December 1, 2016 to January 19, 2017.


Students will receive a stipend up to $5,000 ($500 per full week worked) for the ten-week program.  The stipend may change depending upon the actual days worked in a week.  Housing will be paid by the students from these funds. Paychecks will be issued on the 5th and the 20th of each month, deducting the required federal tax.

CPRIT-CURE Faculty Mentors

CPRIT scholar faculty mentors serve as direct supervisors for CPRIT scholars or as co-mentors on advisory committees. CPRIT faculty mentors participate in all aspects of the CPRIT training program, including formal instruction and supervision of research.

Chemistry REU at University of Michigan – Apply by Feb. 10th!

2017 University of Michigan
REU Program

Welcome. The University of Michigan Department of Chemistry will once again offer its long-running REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Site in 2017. The entire faculty welcomes interest in its research programs, and projects are available in all disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of study. Please spend some time to acqaint yourself with the research interests of the faculty by reading the descriptions at our department’s web site. You can sort the faculty interests on the traditional research cluster (organic, inorganic, etc) or by the different interdisciplinary research themes (energy, nano, optics, etc).

All REU Fellowships include: $4500 stipend, housing, and all travel. All students receive internet access through their existing home university/college e-mail account. You should ensure that you are covered by an appropriate health insurance policy in order to participate in a summer research program.

Monday, Nov 28, 2016: Applications open for Summer 2017 (Wed, May 31 – Tue, Aug 8, 2017).
Friday, Feb 10, 2017: Application deadline.

  1. Offers are made via e-mail only.
  2. Only the selected and accepted applicants will be announced in the space below.
  3. Because of the large number of applications we receive, we do not contact applicants who have not been accepted to the program.
  4. We use a rolling acceptance, and make offers to a greater number of students than we have spots for because many students have applied to multiple schools. Under no circumstance should you accept an offer from an REU program unless you are committed to that program. When you say ‘yes’ to a position in a professional setting, you should mean it.
  5. In general, you have a week or two to make up your mind. By all means, you should contact other programs to which you have applied with this offer, if you have decided there are programs whose offer you will take over ours.
Offer/Accept School e-mail Professor/mentor

The Domestic REU Program is not open to U-M undergraduate students.
REU programs are only open to US citizens or permanent (green card) residents.

Summer 2017 will be the 28th year of funding we have received from the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Throughout that time, we have especially welcomed applications from women and students from other populations underrepresented in the sciences.

University of Michigan REU in the Chemical Sciences

We generally receive about 250-350 applications for our program each year. You will receive an automatic notification when you submit your application, along with a file number to give your recommenders. If you do not hear from us, you may assume that your application is complete. We will contact individuals whose files are incomplete.

REU Projects: are available in all subject areas. Please see the Chemistry department website for general areas of faculty interest. You may assume that every member of the faculty is interested in hosting an REU student. See links at the top of this page, in the first paragraph.

In addition to a research project, there will be other activities, including field trips, meetings of all our summer students, weekly group meetings, and a poster session.

Notice to European students participating in the NSF/ACS/DAAD/ECTN program: We are excited to welcome your application to spend the summer in Ann Arbor. Please indicate your interest in the University of Michigan’s REU program to host your visit to the US when you apply through the ACS site:

All REU Fellowships include: $4500 stipend, housing, and all travel. All students receive internet access through their existing home university/college e-mail account. You should ensure that you are covered by an appropriate health insurance policy in order to participate in a summer research program.

For questions, contact:
Prof. Brian P. Coppola, Program Director:
Angie Cox, Program Coordinator:

Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program – Apply by Jan. 26th!

Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program

The Duke University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated undergraduate students hands-on experience in graduate-level biomedical research. The Duke SROP is geared toward students who are seriously considering joining a Ph.D. graduate program after completing their undergraduate degree.


The Duke SROP emphasizes direct laboratory experience. Students spend a majority of their time learning research techniques in the laboratory, attending lab meetings, interacting with members of other labs, and otherwise conducting themselves just as if they were in graduate school. Each student is mentored by a faculty mentor, solving real research problems in an active, modern biomedical research laboratory.

In addition to laboratory research, the program features:

  • Weekly research seminars and roundtable discussions
  • Academic and career-planning workshops
  • GRE preparation
  • Mock interviews for graduate school
  • Weekly social activities, including dinner outings, movies, games, and shopping
  • Closing symposia where the students present their research in oral presentations and a poster session

Students receive shared on-campus apartment accommodation, travel assistance, and a competitive stipend.

The 2017 SROP runs from May 30 through August 5. The application period opens October 26, 2016. The application and supporting materials must be received by January 26, 2017.

Apply for SROP

SROP Events

Graduate Schools Attended by SROP Alumni

Contact Duke SROP

NSF LSAMP-OTS REU in Costa Rica – Apply by Jan. 31st!

REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) for U.S. Underrepresented Minority Students Summer Program in Costa Rica
(African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders)

Las Cruces and La Selva provide LSAMP undergraduate students with research mentoring, cultural experiences, and training in research methodology. The students are coupled with on-campus mentors from their home LSAMP schools to ensure the integration of the summer research experience into the students’ academic careers. LSAMP students can choose between either Las Cruces or La Selva Research Stations for their nine-week research experience. Each station will follow similar pedagogy, program structure, schedules, and mentor training, though each will emphasize those elements unique to their locations. Features of this program include 1) research skills in the field, 2) enhancing communication skills through training in scientific writing and videography, and 3) integration of cultural experiences with research development. Students interact with indigenous and rural communities in Costa Rica to discuss the important environmental and social issues affecting their lives and communities. Because the Las Cruces Research Station is embedded in an area rich with indigenous populations (Brunca and Ngöbe), the Las Cruces Node will focus on interactions with these communities and special field trips on ethnobiology. Conversely, La Selva Research Station has long history of research on environmental topics, such as biodiversity conservation and agroecology. The La Selva Node will offer more opportunities to interact with local farmers and environmental NGOs.

Application Process

The REU application deadline is: January 31st, 2017.

There are five items required to complete an REU application:

  1. REU Student Application Form
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from an On-Campus Mentor
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from a Faculty Member
  4. Official Transcript(s)
  5. Letter certifying your membership to a LSAMP program at your home institution

1. REU Student Application Form (Word document 135 kb) (includes Statement of Purpose)

Click on the application link above and open the MS Word application file. Upon opening the document, please click in the blank areas of each field and insert the appropriate application information. For REU project preferences, please select mentors/projects from the list available under “Downloads” on the right sidebar of this website. OTS has two REU program research sites: La Selva and Las Cruces. Please make sure you select your preference (OTS will take this information into consideration when defining the REU groups).

After you complete the first two pages of the general application, you will need to write the ‘Statement of Purpose’, which is on the third page.

Please save your application using the following format:


For example, if your name is Jane Elizabeth Smith, you should label your application:


After the application has been completed and saved, please send it as an attachment to:

2. Two Letters of Recommendation

Science Faculty Member ( Word document 97 kb)  – Two letters of recommendation are required from two science faculty members who knows you well, are from your major department, and with whom you have taken at least one class within the past two years. You must download this form and send it to each professor who is writing your recommendation. Instructions of how he/she is to submit the form are included within the document.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Official transcripts from all universities attended must be sent to OTS for review. Please send them via US Regular Postal Mail to:

OTS REU – Undergraduate Program

Organization for Tropical Studies


7801 NW 37th Street

Doral, FL 33195-6503

These forms will be automatically forwarded to the OTS Costa Rican Office (CRO) in San Jose, Costa Rica and should arrive within 5-7 days.

*** Should you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Kattia Mendez, Undergraduate Program Assistant at the OTS Costa Rican Office, at: .

REU in Molecular Biosciences – Apply by Feb. 1st!

Program Description

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Molecular Biosciences

May 30, 2017 – August 3, 2017

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, offers undergraduate students opportunities for independent research projects in molecular biosciences including:

• Gene expression analyses
• Chromatin structure/function
• Protein characterization and manipulation
• Cell molecular architecture
• Tumor virus molecular biology
• Molecular mechanisms of ion channels and neurotransmitter release
• Protein folding, structure and function
• Molecular neurobiology
• Developmental mechanisms
• Proteomics
• Detection of food-borne pathogens
• Plant molecular biology and metabolism
• Cardiovascular physiology and development
• DNA repair and telomeres in cancer and aging
• Prions in neurodegenerative diseases

Program Description

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, offers qualified undergraduates from throughout the country the opportunity to conduct research projects in biochemistry and molecular biology for ten weeks each summer.

This program allows students to participate in active research in a wide range of areas, including protein structure and function, transcriptional mechanisms, molecular neurobiology, regulation of gene expression in a chromatin context, cancer biology, plant biology, embryonic development, diabetes, cytoskeleton dynamics, and virology.

Students will be involved in exciting and interesting projects at the very edge of our current knowledge in these areas. They will learn how to formulate and test hypotheses, how to problem-solve and troubleshoot, and how to use state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation including analytical ultracentrifugation and X-ray crystallography. A significant number of participants in this program have published the results of their projects in scientific journals.

Each student is assigned to a specific faculty member’s research laboratory, where the student works closely with the faculty mentor, post-doctoral associates, and graduate students.

Click here for the list of potential mentors. The student participates fully in the life of the mentor’s lab. In addition, there are informal meetings of all program participants to exchange information on the research being done and to discuss areas of biochemistry/molecular biology that are of
particular interest and excitement. There are also weekly meetings at which various scientists describe the latest advances in their own research or career opportunities in biomedical or biotechnology fields. Informal evening or weekend social, recreational, and cultural events with program participants and faculty provide for relaxation. The summer experience is capped by a mini-symposium at which program participants present a poster/report on their project and receive certificates of completion for the program.

How to Apply


Students who will graduate at the end of the Spring 2017 term are not eligible for this program. Participants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions (NSF requirement).

While there are no set course requirements, our REU Program is oriented towards students who have completed at least some college level biology and general chemistry.

Students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science (women, under-represented ethnic and racial minorities, and those with physical challenges) are especially encouraged to apply. Also, students from smaller undergraduate institutions with limited opportunities for research are encouraged to apply.

Applying to the REU Summer Research Program

1) To apply, please click the link and submit the online application form

2) Please upload an unofficial transcript as a pdf through the online application form.

3) Ask two references (preferably Chemistry and/or Biology professors who know you well) to complete the program’s special online Recommendation form. An email with a special link will be sent to them after you have submitted the online application.


If you have questions or difficulties submitting your application, please email us at or contact us at 970-491-5602.

GAANN Fellowships in Chemistry at Syracuse University


The Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University is pleased to offer several GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowships. These prestigious

awards are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and will enable students from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue the PhD.

The Chemistry Department offers a friendly, supportive atmosphere in which to conduct cutting edge research in both traditional and interdisciplinary areas of chemistry.

How To Apply:

  1. Send an email to Professor Nancy Totah atntotah@syr.edustating your interest in applying for the GAANN fellowship.
  2. Submit an application for graduate study in Chemistry at Syracuse University. Apply on-line at:
  3. Provide evidence of financial need by submitting a FAFSA. You can complete the FAFSA online at:
  4. For full consideration, all components of the GAANN fellowship application must be complete byMarch 1st, 2017.

Attached is a flyer on the program. Please share with students.


Contact the GAANN Program Director, Dr. Nancy Totah

phone: (315)443-2657

REU: Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech – Apply by Feb. 15th!

REU: Aquatic Chemical Ecology at Georgia Tech

Pepperdine University Summer Undergraduate Research – Apply by Apr. 17th!

In the summer of 2017 ( May 7-July 22), Pepperdine University will host the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Biology (SURB) developed specifically for students who are interested in pursuing a career in biological research, science education, environmental science, or biotechnology. Pepperdine biology faculty will work closely with selected students in diverse areas of biological research. Successful applicants will be provided a generous stipend, on-campus housing, a unit of biology research credit, funding for travel to Malibu, and a budget for the purchase of research supplies. The program will begin with a 14-day research orientation workshop, May 8 – May 20. During the workshop, students will be introduced to varied research tools and techniques and will partner with a faculty member to develop a project idea for their summer research. The workshop will culminate with a visit to the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve near Idyllwild, California, where students will present their summer project proposals. Over the remainder of the summer, students will pursue individual research projects under the direction of their faculty mentor. Guest scientists will periodically visit the program to give seminars and meet with the SURB research students. The research program will conclude with a student research symposium in late July.

Students may elect to study in one of six areas and are selected on the basis of their interest in research-based careers, their academic credentials, and teacher recommendations. Depending on faculty participation, which varies from year to year, students may be accepted to do research in a second or third choice of preference.

Students must complete the initial online application form, then go to the Interfolio to complete their full application. A link to the Interfolio site will be provided via email once the initial application is submitted. Application components to be submitted via Interfolio will include 1) a copy of your initial application, 2) a brief essay defining your interest in biological research in general and the SURB program specifically, 3) college transcript (unoffical is acceptable), and 4) one letter of recommendation from a science faculty member who is familiar with your academic or research work. Applicants are expected to have completed one year of biology prior to the summer program and must be classified as undergraduate students (NSF requirement). All application materials, including the recommendation letter must be submitted to Interfolio before the application deadline: 12pm Midnight, February 17, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made on or before Friday, April 7, 2017.

The following link provided access to the online application form that begins your application process and generates the Interfolio invitation:

Please contact Dr. Jay Brewster for more information.

Northwestern University Nanotechnology REU

Northwestern University Nanotechnology REU

Hands-on research infuses the traditional undergraduate curriculum with excitement. To date, the IIN has provided over 350 students with a glimpse into the life of a scientific researcher, as well as opportunities to meet and work with world-renowned scientists.

IIN REU participants engage in full-time research over an eight-week period in the summer. They attend regular group meetings, that provide an opportunity to share their progress and gain a broad overview of a wide array of scientific projects. Additional activities include special lectures, a field trip to Argonne National Laboratory, an individual writing workshop, a public speaking seminar, and a summer picnic.

At the end of the summer, each student completes a substantive research paper and presents their research accomplishments at a Closing Symposium.

REU participants receive a $4,200 stipend, round-trip airfare, a meal plan, and housing in Northwestern dormitories.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, majoring in the physical sciences or engineering, with at least one year left to complete their degree. Participants are selected based upon academic achievement and scientific interests. Efforts are also made to include students from smaller schools where research equipment and opportunities might not be available, and to encourage participation by young women and other groups typically underrepresented in science and engineering.