The Summer 2021 Chemistry REU Program!

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2021 program, and strongly encourage you to apply.  Please be advised, however, that operation of the program is contingent on administration approval and subject to possible constraints relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.   If you are considered for a position in the program we will keep you informed about any situations that may affect your participation.


Welcome!  The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas is proud to have sponsored a National Science Foundation-supported Research Experience for Undergraduates Program for over 31 years.  The program provides initial research experiences for a diverse group of 10-12 students in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. Undergraduates attending any U.S. university or college who are majoring in chemistry or a closely related field, and who are considering a career and perhaps graduate study in chemistry, are encouraged to apply.

Key components of this program are career enhancement and educational activities that encourage and prepare the students for graduate studies and careers in emerging and interdisciplinary areas of the chemical sciences (the current focus is sustainability in chemistry). Close interactions between the participants and their faculty, graduate student, and postdoctoral mentors provide guidance and feedback throughout the program and beyond. In addition, the students develop important skills for the oral and written presentation of their research accomplishments and are encouraged to present their REU outcomes at national or regional scientific meetings.

Each participant in the KU Chemistry REU Program receives a competitive stipend plus full room and board and a travel allowance, a total value of  approximately$8800.  
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 21, 2021         START DATE:  May 24, 2021          END DATE:  July 30, 2021

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The University of Kansas is an equal opportunity institution.
Minorities, women, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The KU Chemistry REU Program is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all participants.  The program does not tolerate harassment or any other form of personal misconduct by participants, mentors, or program staff, or retaliation in response to reported incidents of alleged misconduct.  Click here to view the full policy.

The KU Academic Achievement and Access Center is dedicated to providing necessary services for individuals with special needs.

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2020 Program Details

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Published News: 
On July 24, 2017 - Cameron Liss had his research featured in the ACS Journal of Chemical Theory & Computation.  Cameron served as a 2016 REU Participant under the direction of Professor Marco Caricato.  The article is titled:  "Electronic Coupling for Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Systems with a Bridge-Overlap Approach"  Click to access abstract

► "HEADLINER" - Mark Craven not only makes the new in Ireland, but here at KU:  Click for the story

1992 REU Alumni Joseph Cavaleri
remembers when....
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►  Alumni List (1988 through 2018) here

  REU Past Chronicles
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►  Thanks for the memories!