Chemistry REU Program
Summer REU Program Details
The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. Penn State Chemistry is proud to be an REU Site! An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.
The Department of Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program gives undergraduate students opportunities to participate in frontier chemistry research at a major research facility.
The National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focuses on catalysis and dynamics. You can perform research with the listed participating faculty on any of the topics of the REU program: we match your interests with those of current faculty.
Applications for summer 2023 will be accepted starting in mid-December and will close on February 17, 2023.
About the Program
The Penn State Department of Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program hosts undergraduate students with support both from the National Science Foundation Division of Chemistry and from the 3M Foundation. This program gives visiting undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research at a major research facility. The Chemistry Department at Penn State University was recently ranked among the top 10% of departments in the United States and is a major research facility with 36 research faculty and more than 200 graduate students.
These summer positions are:
- open to undergraduate students who are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering etc. and who have an interest in research in chemistry.
Direct research experience is one of the most effective ways to prepare undergraduates for careers in mathematics, science and engineering. Come to Penn State Chemistry to:
- work closely with a faculty member, and the graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in his or her research group
- get hands-on experience in the challenging and exciting work in chemistry research
- acquire valuable skills, participate in seminars, and join in a variety of extra-curricular activities.
One of our central goals is to provide the opportunity to do research to students who would not normally have the chance to do so. This group especially includes women, first generation college students, multicultural minority students, LGBTQ+ students, individuals with disabilities, and veterans, whose talents will make important contributions to the nation's scientific resources for the future.
Penn State is one of the largest land-grant universities, with approximately 45,000 undergraduates and graduate students at the University Park campus during the academic year.
Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact email@example.com in advance of your participation or visit.
If you're interested in learning more about research projects within the program, view our complete list of Possible Undergraduate Research Projects.
If you'd like to learn more about chemistry research at Penn State, visit our research home page.
Applications for summer 2023 will be accepted starting in mid-December and will close on February 17, 2023
The main criteria for selection will be the student's academic record and letters. We will also take into account the student's enthusiasm for chemistry, and interest in career goals related to chemistry research. The central aim to the selection process is to identify students who are well qualified, who have a keen interest in chemistry, and who want to find out whether a career in chemistry research is right for them.
If you have read the requirements and are eligible to apply, there are two steps. Please:
1) Create a Friends of Penn State account at: https://accounts.psu.edu/
2) Complete the online application (we recommend opening in a new window to keep the below instructions open) following the directions below:
Indicate two faculty members from whom we will request recommendations (please do not send these separately). We recommend that these letters be from your faculty advisor and a chemistry professor.
- In your statement of research interests, Indicate your first, second and third choice of research project topics
- Upload an unofficial (free) transcript to the application.
- After submitting, you may log back in at any time to check the status of your application
If you have questions or comments about the application please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program c/o The Department of Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802