(1) Career Options seminars and panel discussions, including site visits to local companies and institutions engaged in cutting-edge chemical research. Speakers and panelists describe their careers as chemists, discuss career paths and training, and serve as role models and contacts for our REU students. Additional time is allocated for informal one-on-one interactions with the speakers.
(2) Short Course on Green Chemistry. In 2013 we introduced a Short Course on Green Chemistry, with the first session held at the KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) [https://www.cebc.ku.edu]. Dr. Bala Subramaniam, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Director of the CEBC, continues to provide a broad overview of this important field and a tour of the facilities. Two or three subsequent seminars are presented by KU faculty members who are affiliated with the CEBC, or whose research closely aligns with its goals. Examples include:
- Green Chemistry: Research Challenges for Physical & Theoretical Chemistry in Renewable Energy
(Professor Ward Thompson)
- Green Chemistry: It ain't easy being green (Professor Jon Tunge)
(3) A day long Madison & Lila Self Professional Development Symposium held every June. This event focuses on graduate school selection and applications, career goals, and development of effective communication skills ('Skills for Success').
(4) Tutorials including Scientific Ethics and Integrity, Keeping a Research Notebook, Tips for Effective Research Presentations, and Laboratory Safety.
(5) A Research Progress Symposium held at mid-point of the Program. Participants present 10-15 minute oral progress reports, each of which is followed by a Q&A period.
(6) The scientific aspect of each REU season culminates with a Multidisciplinary Poster Conference coordinated by the Chemistry Department and The Center for Undergraduate Research. In 2016, a total of 72 posters were presented by undergraduate student researchers in Chemistry and other science disciplines including Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Physics, Geography, and Aerospace Engineering. The chemistry REU students were encouraged to take their posters to regional and/or national ACS meetings. The NSF REU grant and other additional funding is provided for student travel to these meetings.